Tom McGraw, founder, Midwest Independent Soil Samplers, recently spoke to farmers attending the Nutrient Master Class about how to grow 300-bushel corn. He touched on crop nutrition and seed options, as well as using data to reach the 300-bushel goal....More
It's the time of year to review what we've been thinking different about at Corn + Soybean Digest. From organic matter and crop sensors to variable seeding and nitrogen tests, along with narrow rows and cover crops, the first three issues of CSD brought lots of opportunity to think different about the way you farm.
John Jackle, who farms 1,800 corn and soybean acres near Jasper, Ind., talks about Climate|Pro from The Climate Corporation. He uses it to gauge weather, and also takes advantage of the advisors available, including the harvest advisor....More
Jeremy Hopper, Tiptonville, Tenn., uses precision data to make many agronomic and management decisions. Using field maps and data, he can see yield distribution and evaluate hybrid performance, as well as influence irrigation and row spacing choices.
Bob Recker, Cedar Valley Innovation, takes aerial images of fields and looks down to the plant level to determine the cause of field patterns and variances. This is his 9th year of foucs at the plant level. "It's been an evolving process," Recker says....More
CSD Managing Editor Susan Winsor found farmers harvesting corn in Washington and Dakota counties in Minnesota late last week. Farmers made great harvest progress in the last week, closing in on average harvest pace. Looks like this was a beautiful evening to be harvesting corn!
Most of the Corn Belt received only light rain, except for higher amounts (locally 2 inches or more) in the upper Midwest. As a result, corn and soybean harvesting proceeded with only minor delays across the central and eastern Corn Belt, despite near- to below-normal temperatures. In fact, weekly temperatures averaged at least 5-10° F below normal across much of the Plains, Rockies, and Intermountain West.
No matter what your tillage goal is – residue management, seedbed preparation or preparing for the next crop in a rotation – a properly adjusted and properly used tillage implement will result in fewer trips to the field, better management of the quality and performance of the next crop, and hopefully lower potential erosion. Tillage experts from Sunflower, offer some advice for preparing and setting disc harrows before going to the field this fall. These tips apply regardless of the brand of disc harrow you’re working with.
Loran Steinlage, farmer at West union, Iowa, is a part of a closed Facebook group where 100 or so farmers talk strip-till and agronomics. The group formed in January on the social network, and memebers share pictures and ideas, learning from other farmers across the country....More
Sam McNeill, Extension specialist, University of Kentucky, talks about the harvest situation in 2013. McNeill addresses corn and soybean harvest loss implications of field drydown versus harvesting earlier and using a grain dryer....More