Kurt Lawton

Corn & Soybean Digest
Commodity Classic 2016: Farming different, agvocating, weed resistance, more

Commodity Classic is always one of my favorite events. There is so much information to take in; it's a bit overwhelming. We've pared down what we've learned so far while in New Orleans, and are sharing some of the best things we've learned, from weed resistance issues and agvocating to a money-back guarantee on prescription services.

2016 Soybean outlook: Diseases and insects 4

Farmers should talk with their agronomists to identify soybean fields that contained diseases in 2015 and choose soybean varieties that will offer optimal control for the new season.

CSD75: Soybean Digest – The 1960s

The 1960s saw a doubling of soybean acres from the previous decade (4.3 million acres versus 2.2 million) and average yields moved higher by 5 bushels (28.8 versus 23.5). Chemical control of weeds was probably the most important technical advance.

Enlist corn and soybeans move forward

The herbicide package used on all Enlist crops, called Enlist Duo, is a new formulation containing glyphosate and a new 2,4-D choline with Colex-D drift reduction technology. “We feel it is important to get this technology into the hands of farmers despite some current foreign import approval limitations," says Ryan Keller, Enlist field specialist.

2016 Corn outlook: Diseases and insects

Farmers should take field history into account in 2016 regarding both insect and disease risks, says Kevin Sloane, technical seed manager for WinField in Viroqua, Wis. “Make specific plans on a field-by-field basis to increase odds for better return on investment, especially with current low commodity prices.”

CSD75: Soybean Digest –1950s Advertising: John Deere, Allis-Chalmers, Cargill

In the 1950s, CSD advertisers offered a lot to readers. From combines and tractors to an inoculant, vacuum and solvents, check out these products from Phillips Solvents, John Deere, Cargill, Allis-Chalmers and more.

#CSD75: Soybean Digest – The 1950s

In the 1950s, average yields were hovering around 20 bu./acre. Soybean acres continued to climb (19.3 million acres in 1954), yet farmers were dealing with big surpluses of all crops by mid-decade.

Tips for adjusting fertilizer rates when crop prices are low 1

Antonio Mallarino, Iowa State University agronomist, firmly believes that farmers should not cut or reduce phosphorus, potassium or lime application rates in low-testing soils, where yield increases and profits from fertilizer or liming are very likely even with unfavorable prices.

CSD75: Soybean Digest: Advertising in the 1940s

The association lost $2,000 in the first year of publishing Soybean Digest, but they vowed to continue support of this valuable information for farmers. Check out these advertisements that we found from November 1940 to October 1941.

CSD75: Soybean Digest: The 1940s

To commemorate the 75th birthday of Corn+Soybean Digest, the editorial staff has paged through some dusty, old bound magazine volumes to give you a glimpse of what farmers were dealing with during each decade. Here is the first installment of interesting stories from November 1940 to October 1941.

Farmers share cover crop practices

Eighty-four percent of farmers who took the cover crop survey planted some cover crops and 16% have not. The survey sheds light on farmers’ motivations for planting cover crops, their expectations of the benefits, users’ concerns about cover crops and barriers to adoption among non-users.

Farmer survey shows cover crop value

Of the 1,248 farmers who responded to the National Cover Crop Survey, 84% planted some cover crops and 16% have not. The survey sheds light on farmers’ motivations for planting cover crops, their expectations of the benefits, users’ concerns about cover crops and barriers to adoption among non-users.

Monsanto sells deal of future innovation
Since Syngenta chose to take Monsanto’s private buyout offer public, Monsanto now counters by talking to shareholders and the farm media. I recently spoke with Mike Frank, Monsanto’s global operations lead, who stated their case for the value of this Syngenta buyout.
National Farm Machinery Show 2015 roundup, part 2

Check out this list of products that captured our attention at the 2015 National Farm Machinery Show, including cover crop seeders, new nozzles, tractors, grain carts and digital tools.

National Farm Machinery Show 2015 roundup

The National Farm Machinery Show turned 50 years old this year, and it continues to attract more than 300,000 farmers from across the nation and beyond. I spent some time at the show during the first two days, dodging and weaving in the crowded aisles over 27 acres of exhibits. Here is my first installment of items I found interesting.

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