Bottom Line http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/76391/feed Bringing you the latest ideas in farming and conservation to maximize your bottom line. en Here’s a cash rent approach you can live with http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/here-s-cash-rent-approach-you-can-live <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Sam Halcomb calculates a field’s revenue-generating potential, then offers a landlord 25-33% of that for cash rent. He’s found over the years that 25-33% accurately reflects a point where he can profit from current market conditions, while capturing present market values to satisfy the landlord. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/bottom-line">Bottom Line</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/here-s-cash-rent-approach-you-can-live" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/here-s-cash-rent-approach-you-can-live#comments Corn Issues Soybeans corn production soybean production Management Bottom Line Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:51:00 +0000 92171 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Judgment, farm experience impact your bottom line http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/judgment-farm-experience-impact-your-bottom-line <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Technology is a great tool, but don’t discount your judgment. When and whether to enter a wet field, identifying broken tile, how you control spray drift, which surfactant to use, when to use glyphosate and at what levels, which stage of cereal rye is easiest to kill it off (avoid the tillering stage)…you get the idea. These judgment calls, based on your experience, are second nature. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/bottom-line">Bottom Line</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/judgment-farm-experience-impact-your-bottom-line" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/judgment-farm-experience-impact-your-bottom-line#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Crops Bottom Line Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:15:00 +0000 91831 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Think differently on nitrogen four Rs http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/think-differently-nitrogen-four-rs <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Answers are unfolding to our nitrogen nightmares, but they beg for thinking differently. Of the four Rs of nitrogen BMPs (the right Rate, Time, Place, Source), most research addresses nitrogen Rate. Placement and timing are the next wave of nitrogen solutions.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/bottom-line">Bottom Line</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/think-differently-nitrogen-four-rs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/think-differently-nitrogen-four-rs#comments Fertilizer Nitrogen Bottom Line Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:17:00 +0000 91561 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com $4.58 breakeven corn price: ouch! http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/458-breakeven-corn-price-ouch <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Newly released figures from farm-management sage Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois, amount to a 6% increase for 2013 non-land costs above 2012. That’s $615 non-land costs to produce an acre of 2013 central-Illinois corn versus $581 per acre in 2012. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/bottom-line">Bottom Line</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/458-breakeven-corn-price-ouch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/458-breakeven-corn-price-ouch#comments Corn Prices Bottom Line Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:25:00 +0000 91391 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Cover crops do not rob from corn and soybean yields http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/cover-crops-do-not-rob-corn-and-soybean-yields <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Rick Juchems, Plainfield, Iowa, is surprised that cereal-rye cover crops did not reduce his corn or soybean yields. He and 11 other Iowa farmers participated in a five-year trial to determine whether rye causes yield hits in the cash crops that follow it. It doesn’t.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/bottom-line">Bottom Line</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/cover-crops-do-not-rob-corn-and-soybean-yields" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/cover-crops-do-not-rob-corn-and-soybean-yields#comments Conservation Corn Soybeans cover crops Bottom Line Thu, 29 May 2014 20:43:00 +0000 91241 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>Cereal rye has proven to not rob cash crop yields. It is a popular cover crop, especially in northern regions. It is easy to establish, winter-hardy, relatively inexpensive, and controls soil erosion when soil would otherwise lie bare. <em>Photo: NRCS</em></p> $2,000 buys this corn farmer aerial scouting technology http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2000-buys-corn-farmer-aerial-scouting-technology <div class="node-body blog-body">Crop consultant and farmer Marc Burggraff found an unmanned aerial vehicle that can fly GPS patterns with his son’s GoPro camera.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/bottom-line">Bottom Line</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2000-buys-corn-farmer-aerial-scouting-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2000-buys-corn-farmer-aerial-scouting-technology#comments Equipment Bottom Line Thu, 22 May 2014 16:16:00 +0000 91101 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>Marc Burggraff, Flandreau, SD.</p> Spray Palmer amaranth before it reaches 4 inches high http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/spray-palmer-amaranth-it-reaches-4-inches-high <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Geez, the margin for error shrinks constantly, especially with weed resistance. The latest bulletin on this theme relates to Palmer amaranth’s tight control window—before 4 inches high. That gives you about 10 days.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/bottom-line">Bottom Line</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/spray-palmer-amaranth-it-reaches-4-inches-high" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/spray-palmer-amaranth-it-reaches-4-inches-high#comments Crop Chemicals Herbicides Weeds Bottom Line Mon, 05 May 2014 20:20:00 +0000 90731 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Higher profits are in the soil for corn, soybean growers http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/higher-profits-are-soil-corn-soybean-growers <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>You might say that soil is the original green machine. Working with the Earth’s soil microbes saves you a lot of money. At no cost, soil’s tiny, underground critters convert sunlight, water, carbon dioxide and crop residue into crop income. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/bottom-line">Bottom Line</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/higher-profits-are-soil-corn-soybean-growers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/higher-profits-are-soil-corn-soybean-growers#comments Conservation Soil Bottom Line Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:27:00 +0000 90461 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com American farmers and sustainability: You don’t want to hear this http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/american-farmers-and-sustainability-you-don-t-want-hear <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I just talked to a very sharp large progressive producer fresh off a plane from Brazil, concerned that his fellow American farmers “don’t get” food companies’ sustainability emphasis. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/bottom-line">Bottom Line</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/american-farmers-and-sustainability-you-don-t-want-hear" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/american-farmers-and-sustainability-you-don-t-want-hear#comments Conservation Sustainable Agriculture Bottom Line Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:41:00 +0000 90291 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Find your corn, soybean profit numbers http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/find-your-corn-soybean-profit-numbers <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>You know these tight margins are playing havoc with crop budgets and potential profits. The University of Wisconsin has a tool to run various scenarios and calculate your profitability for the coming year. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/bottom-line">Bottom Line</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/find-your-corn-soybean-profit-numbers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/find-your-corn-soybean-profit-numbers#comments Corn Soybeans Prices Bottom Line Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:34:00 +0000 90141 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com