Kurt Lawton

Corn & Soybean Digest
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.

Think Different: Tillage traditions die hard 1

Oh, the aroma of fresh-tilled soil. You know what I’m talking about — that amazing and wonderful odor given off as steel slices and turns dark that golden carpet of crop residue. That wonderful scent soured given what I saw on a Minnesota field this fall. Dark fields with little to no corn residue.

Think Different: Harvest ponderings 1

All that harvest windshield time you are logging is also valuable think time — especially given how commodity price changes have impacted your business plan. In this issue, we provide some nuggets to ponder while those long harvest hours grind away, safely we all hope.

Think Different: Prolific pigweeds winning 7

Reports of more severe waterhemp infestation in Midwest soybean acres continue to roll in as we head into harvest, and that means more herbicide-tolerant weed seed going into the ground to cause larger future problems.

Marketing strategy for low-priced corn

Matt Roberts, associate professor at Ohio State University, talks about marketing strategies for lower-priced corn. He says corn producers are going to have to be very tactical, as he doesn’t see the high corn prices coming back any time soon. Growers should focus on HTAs and maximize on-farm storage, he says.

Farmers: Be an advocate for agriculture

Agriculture is becoming more and more distant, said David Kohl, professor emeritus, Virginia Tech University, when he spoke with CSD Editor Kurt Lawton at the Wyffels Hybrids Corn Strategies Conference at Wild Rose Farm, Inc., near Galesburg, Ill. “Anyone involved in the ag industry has to be an advocate; not only to other producers, but to the non-farm public,” he says.

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