Herbicide resistance doesn't develop overnight. By repeatedly applying the same herbicide or herbicides that use the same mode of action, weed resistance pressure increases. Farmers can take a proactive approach to weed management to tackle the weed resistance problem.
“Many farmers don’t fertilize for sulfur and zinc. And many people don’t realize the season-long importance of phosphorus,” says Fred Below, a University of Illinois plant physiologist. In research conducted by Below and graduate student Ross Bender, extra P, S and Zn increased corn yields 8 to 10 bushels per acre in fields already supplied with a balanced high-yield fertility program.
Count on half the revenue this year and next compared to 2011-12, advises a leading farm management expert. Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois Extension farm management economist, lays out a variety of $4-4.50 corn price and $11-11.10 soybean price scenarios to guide your decisions.
Farms will have to decide between the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. The decision covers the 2014 through 2018 crop years. Because the decision covers all 5 years, can only be made once, and is irrevocable.
Commodity Classic in San Antonio this year was full of great events, learning sessions and new products at the trade show, not to mention warmth and sunshine! More than 7,300 farmers attended the annual convention and took in sessions about increasing yield, weed management, farm transition, marketing mistakes, using the cloud, getting more out of seed and cover crops, among others.
FarmLogs co-founder and CEO Jesse Vollmar talks about the FarmLogs app and web offerings, as well as a new app update. The new update offers a popular web feature, allowing farmers to access field-specific rainfall and crop history data right from their phones....More
Gavilon Grain LLC has partnered with Syngenta to market the new rootworm-resistant Duracade corn. While growers of the new corn are free to find their own markets, if they can't, Gavilon will step in to find a buyer and set up a grain contract, offering growers a local market price for the corn....More
Chuck Lee, Syngenta, talks about the new rootworm-resistant Duracade corn. With a limited launch in 2014, the company expects to have about 250,000 acres of the new-traited corn planted under the NK and Golden Harvest brands....More
Ed Usset spoke to a ballroom full of farmers at Commodity Classic in San Antonio about the five most common mistakes made in grain marketing. From reluctance toward pre-harvest pricing to lack of an exit strategy, Usset offered scenarios of those mistakes, as well as what they cost, and some advice for 2014....More