As the 2011 NASCAR season launches with a new, greener fuel, the nation’s corn growers are joining forces with NASCAR to promote the use of corn-based American ethanol. As an official partner of NASCAR, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) will leverage its relationship to spread the message to NASCAR fans around the country about the role American farmers play in the development of ethanol....More
The old adage of planting soybeans as thickly as you can afford gets expensive as today’s seed prices can be five times greater than 15 years ago. But higher prices aren’t the only reason soybean growers consider lower seeding rates. It still boils down to yield, and how much you need to plant to get to that target density of 100,000 plants/acre to maximize it....More
Corn silks and soybean foliage are on the menu for Japanese beetles. And Eric Maupin is making sure they don’t get to order.
Maupin, who grows corn, soybeans and wheat in Newbern, TN, sometimes battles earworms, stinkbugs and other insects. He scouts every field to determine infestation levels and chooses the right insecticide for the situation. He’s ready for one of the newest insects to start invading western Tennessee....More
You almost get sticker shock when you hear about some of today’s skyrocketing farmland prices. Right now, demand for U.S. farmland has jumped to a five-year high, according to Farmers National Co.
“While demand rose sharply during the last quarter of 2010, the supply of available farmland fell to historically low levels,” says Lee Vermeer, vice president of real estate operations at Farmers National....More
A 1,000-acre operation can typically save $10,000-20,000 a year on energy costs,” says Mark Hanna, an Iowa State University (ISU) Extension agricultural engineer. The range may be from $5,000 to $35,000, depending on the farm....More
Anyone can collect data, but it takes effort to turn it into knowledge. You may have 10 years’ worth of “as applied” or “as planted” data, by field. But if it’s still on the card and you haven’t adjusted your fertility, planting population or other data accordingly, you haven’t benefited. Let’s talk about turning your information into profits....More
Visiting a soybean field in China is a bit like visiting Mecca for U.S. farmers. The first domestication of the soybean plant dates back to northeastern China in the eleventh century B.C. The soybean was developed there as a source of high-protein food.
Three Iowa soybean farmers recently had the opportunity to meet farmers in China, and see their soybean crop for themselves....More
In any industry, profits swing up and down in the short term, but for the ethanol industry the major long-term profitability trend continues to be quite favorable. Growth from this point will not likely be as fast and furious as it was in the previous five years, but growth nonetheless is continuing....More