Applying extra phosphorus so it isn’t yield-limiting has been worth about 3.5 bushels/acre in Fred Below’s research on adequate to high-testing soils in his plots from 2012 to 2014. “Phosphorus is the biggest single factor in driving yield increases in the past three years of our studies,” he says....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week learn about a new bacterial leaf disease and get some considerations if you're planning to apply nitrogen this fall. Read about the benefits of the recently passed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and about how tillage is impacting your soil health. Finally, enjoy a new podcast about yield mysteries.
If you're planning to fall-apply nitrogen after harvest this year, Fabian Fernandez at the University of Minnesota has some tips: the what, when, where, how and how much when it comes to nitrogen application....More
In the 5 agriculture stories to read this week, get some considerations for lime applications and learn more information about tar spot, a newly spotted corn disease. Review crop budget changes for 2016 and get some harvest and post-harvest tips. Finally, enjoy a story about farmers helping farmers in a time of great need.
In the 5 agriculture stories to read this week, get some tips for harvesting down corn and insight into reduced fertilizer application given low commodity prices. Read about climate change consensus from non-climate scientists and learn which farm management practices are the worst. Finally, read an article reminding us that GMOs are more than just food.
I just returned from the Farm Progress Show with even more confirmation that farmer adoption of data services will be a huge game-changer. Several innovative/early adopter farmers I spoke with (who are playing with nitrogen management services from DuPont Pioneer, Monsanto/Climate Corp. and others) have found great knowledge from the data, while being realistic about current data accuracy....More
Speed, repeatability and ability to sample odd shaped zones are major benefits to using automated soil sampling. With some machines, farmers can collect up to 40 cores in as many seconds, traveling at 5 mph....More
It’s high time for high yield contest managers to think different – to recognize farmers that go beyond the weigh wagon – and reward yield along with environmental achievements such as reduced nitrogen use and increased soil health....More
Fertilizer research shows strong value in sidedressing nitrogen for greater efficiency when the corn crop needs it more. We'd like to know if you sidedress nitrogen on your corn crop. Is it something you don't even want to consider because of the risk of not getting into the field? Or, do you sidedress all of your corn acres? Do you fall somewhere in between? Take our poll and let us know. Please leave a comment with how many corn acres, or what percentage of your acreage, you sidedress with nitrogen.