We begin this snapshot of the 1970s – the fourth decade of Soybean Digest – by examining back issues from November 1974 through October 1975. Agriculture and farm life in the 1970s saw huge change, prosperity, inflation, loss of price supports, rising land rates – all leading into the farm crisis of the late-1970s into the 1980s.
The 2016 National Farm Machinery Show offered so much for farmers. From new fertilizer application to cover crop seeders, new planters and tractors to grain conditioning, and more, these are some of the products we thought you should definitely see.
After six years of replicated trials (60 total site-years), would you believe the only soybean inputs with a positive return on investment (ROI) were foliar insecticides, an occassional seed treatment and an occassional foliar fungicide/insecticide combo?
The trade show at Commodity Classic was the biggest in show history. That meant a lot of products to browse through. Between the show floor and press events, Editor Kurt Lawton found these upcoming, updated or new products for farmers.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.