Susan Winsor

Managing Editor, Corn & Soybean Digest

Posts by Susan Winsor

in Bottom Line Mar 13, 2015

Do retired farmers sway tillage decisions?

Is it too unreasonable to consider even just one field of strip-till or no-till, if you save roughly $15 per acre, and each 1% of soil organic matter....More
in Bottom Line Jan 22, 2015

Average cost of production: $4.23 corn, $10.96 soybeans

How do your production costs look for the year ahead? Iowa State University just released its 2015 crop-production estimates, and I hope your figures....More
in Bottom Line Nov 17, 2014

Cover crops release more nutrients than they accumulate

Joel Gruver, Western Illinois University agronomist, planted specific cover crops in a band, then after their demise he pulled soil samples in the....More
in Bottom Line Oct 30, 2014

More farmland in Africa?

Corn and soybean farmers will face more price pressure once 247,100 square miles of productive African land enters production, according to a Wall....More
in Bottom Line Jul 25, 2014

Ideas you can use to reduce risk

As a farmer, how do you reduce risk? Ideas to accomplish that include: planting offensive and defensive hybrids and planning for multiple alternate....More
in Bottom Line Jul 18, 2014

Here’s a cash rent approach you can live with

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....More
in Bottom Line Jun 27, 2014

Judgment, farm experience impact your bottom line

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....More
in Bottom Line Jun 13, 2014

Think differently on nitrogen four Rs

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....More
in Bottom Line Jun 05, 2014

$4.58 breakeven corn price: ouch!

Newly released figures from farm-management sage Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois, amount to a 6% increase for 2013 non-land costs above 2012....More
in Bottom Line May 29, 2014

Cover crops do not rob from corn and soybean yields

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....More

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