Corn and Soybean Digest http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/rss.xml en Advice for new ag lenders http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/advice-new-ag-lenders <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Increasingly, new lenders will be less familiar with agriculture and farm backgrounds. Further, expect individuals from varied backgrounds, national origins as well as perspectives to enter agricultural lending. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-warrior">Road Warrior</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/advice-new-ag-lenders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/advice-new-ag-lenders#comments Issues Finance Road Warrior Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:09:00 +0000 100341 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 2014 ARC-CO payments likely http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-arc-co-payments-likely <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>It appears highly likely that many crop producers in Minnesota and northern Iowa who are enrolled in the county yield-based Ag Risk Coverage (ARC-CO) farm program choice on their corn base acres will earn a significant farm program payment for the 2014 crop year. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-arc-co-payments-likely" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-arc-co-payments-likely#comments Corn Soybeans Farm Programs Focus on Ag Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:51:00 +0000 100331 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Is there still a bullish corn card to be played? http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/there-still-bullish-corn-card-be-played <div class="node-body blog-body">Corn continues to trade inside a tight 10¢ range. U.S. exporters were happy to see better than expected weekly corn sales, but there is still talk of traditional buyers like South Korea going to Brazil for supply.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/grain-market-viewpoint"> Grain Market Viewpoint</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/there-still-bullish-corn-card-be-played" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/there-still-bullish-corn-card-be-played#comments Corn Marketing Forward Contracts Futures Hedge-to-arrive Hedges Marketing and Promotion Options Grain Market Viewpoint Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:17:00 +0000 100311 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 5 Agriculture stories to read, Aug. 28, 2015 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/5-agriculture-stories-read-aug-28-2015 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>In the 5 ag stories to read this week, check out some pros and cons to alternative grain storage and read research showing that yield forecast models are accurate. See the variations in farm program payments across high-production states and get tips for calibrating your yield monitor this fall. Finally, enjoy a cool website that features games for the classroom that center on agriculture and farming.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/5-agriculture-stories-read-aug-28-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/5-agriculture-stories-read-aug-28-2015#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Grain Handling Equipment Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:12:00 +0000 100321 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com USDA Weather recap: Rain soaks Midwest, Plains http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/usda-weather-recap-rain-soaks-midwest-plains <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Rain soaked much of the Upper Midwest, providing a generally favorable boost in soil moisture for corn and soybeans in areas where little rain had fallen during the first half of August. Scattered showers dotted the remainder of the Corn Belt, accompanied by a turn toward cooler weather. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/usda-weather-recap-rain-soaks-midwest-plains" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/usda-weather-recap-rain-soaks-midwest-plains#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Weather Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:17:00 +0000 100301 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Scout corn fields for stalk, ear rot diseases http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/scout-corn-fields-stalk-ear-rot-diseases <div class="field-byline"> Source: University of Nebraska-Lincoln </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>While most of the corn crop looks good, Extension experts in Nebraska are beginning to see early evidence of problems developing, in particular, stalk and ear rot diseases. Farmers should watch for early symptoms and consider monitoring high-risk corn fields for stalk and ear rot diseases as harvest approaches. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/scout-corn-fields-stalk-ear-rot-diseases" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/scout-corn-fields-stalk-ear-rot-diseases#comments Corn corn production Conditions and Diseases Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:17:00 +0000 100291 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>Early discoloration of some plants can be a symptom of stalk rot. Push, pinch, or split symptomatic plants to assess for stalk rot diseases.</p> Photo: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Field demos at 2015 Farm Progress Show http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/equipment/field-demos-2015-farm-progress-show <div class="field-byline"> Source: Farm Progress Show </div> <div class="field-deck"> UAVs, high-speed planting, combines, tillage, precision ag and more </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Along with the standard combining and tillage demonstrations, the Farm Progress Show will feature new types of demonstrations this year, including: UAVs, tiling, precision ag, planting and cover crops.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/equipment/field-demos-2015-farm-progress-show" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/equipment/field-demos-2015-farm-progress-show#comments Equipment Equipment & Supplies Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:57:00 +0000 100281 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com John Deere rolls out new, upgraded products for 2016 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/equipment/john-deere-rolls-out-new-upgraded-products-2016 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>John Deere gathered the ag media and showcased their new and improved products for 2016. From high-horsepower tractors and self-propelled sprayers to nutrient applicators, folding corn heads and precision ag, the company has a wide range of new tools available for farmers in 2016.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/equipment/john-deere-rolls-out-new-upgraded-products-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/equipment/john-deere-rolls-out-new-upgraded-products-2016#comments Equipment Farm Equipment Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:24:00 +0000 100271 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Tips for millennial generation farmers http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/tips-millennial-generation-farmers <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The millennial generation of producers will set new trends, use more advanced technology and take the agriculture industry into the future. Now is the time to mentor these young leaders and give them the tools they need to succeed professionally and individually. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-warrior">Road Warrior</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/tips-millennial-generation-farmers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/tips-millennial-generation-farmers#comments Issues Management Road Warrior Tue, 25 Aug 2015 23:31:00 +0000 100261 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Farm program enrollment deadline is September 30 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farm-program-enrollment-deadline-september-30 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Farm operators are facing one more important deadline for the ARC/PLC Farm Program for the 2014 and 2015 crop years. They need to enroll in the farm program for 2014 and 2015 at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office by Sept. 30, 2015, in order to be eligible for farm program payments for those two years. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farm-program-enrollment-deadline-september-30" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farm-program-enrollment-deadline-september-30#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Farm Bill Focus on Ag Tue, 25 Aug 2015 23:11:00 +0000 100251 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Corn prices reflect export concerns, weak demand prospects http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/marketing/corn-prices-reflect-export-concerns-weak-demand-prospects <div class="field-byline"> Source: University of Illinois </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>According to University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good, recent corn price weakness is not coming from the supply side. Concerns about demand may stem from two sources: exports short of USDA projection and economic weakness.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/marketing/corn-prices-reflect-export-concerns-weak-demand-prospects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/marketing/corn-prices-reflect-export-concerns-weak-demand-prospects#comments Corn Marketing corn harvest Prices Tue, 25 Aug 2015 22:59:00 +0000 100241 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com United Suppliers, Inc. to Merge with Land O'Lakes, Inc. Crop Inputs Business http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/crop-chemicals/united-suppliers-inc-merge-land-olakes-inc-crop-inputs-business <div class="node-body press_release-body"><p>ARDEN HILLS, Minn. and AMES, Iowa, Aug.&nbsp;24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --&nbsp;The owners of United Suppliers, Inc. and members of Land O&#39;Lakes, Inc. have overwhelmingly approved the merger of United Suppliers with Land O&#39;Lakes&#39; crop inputs business. The merger will build on the recent successes of the two companies and aims to create a single, relevant and competitive system of independent agricultural retailers. &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/crop-chemicals/united-suppliers-inc-merge-land-olakes-inc-crop-inputs-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crop Chemicals Precision Ag Seed Mon, 24 Aug 2015 04:00:00 +0000 100231 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com After a rough week for soybeans, is the low price in? http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/after-rough-week-soybeans-low-price <div class="node-body blog-body">Soybeans continue to trade toward the low end of their range. The bulls are talking about the possibility of an additional 1 million acre reduction in U.S. harvested acreage and that U.S. exports to China might be picking up out of both the Gulf and the PNW.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/grain-market-viewpoint"> Grain Market Viewpoint</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/after-rough-week-soybeans-low-price" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/after-rough-week-soybeans-low-price#comments Marketing Forward Contracts Futures Hedge-to-arrive Hedges Marketing and Promotion Options Grain Market Viewpoint Fri, 21 Aug 2015 21:07:00 +0000 100221 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 5 Agriculture stories to read, Aug. 21, 2015 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/5-agriculture-stories-read-aug-21-2015 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>In the 5 ag stories to read this week, watch a webinar covering the benefits, and the possibilities, of cover crops and get information about treating post-pollination corn aphids. See the latest USDA report about computer and internet usage on the farm and learn how to track payback on variable rate application. Finally, learn about a WWE wrestler who also farms. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/5-agriculture-stories-read-aug-21-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/5-agriculture-stories-read-aug-21-2015#comments Conservation Corn Precision Ag corn production cover crops Fri, 21 Aug 2015 19:40:00 +0000 100211 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Expected corn and soybean price distributions http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/marketing/expected-corn-and-soybean-price-distributions <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>It is increasingly unlikely that harvest prices will be greater than projected prices, and thus the effective price for much of the crop insurance coverage is likely to be at the original Projected Prices.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/marketing/expected-corn-and-soybean-price-distributions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/marketing/expected-corn-and-soybean-price-distributions#comments Corn Marketing Soybeans Prices Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:06:00 +0000 100201 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Stop farming unprofitable acres http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/sustainable-agriculture/stop-farming-unprofitable-acres <div class="field-deck"> Iowa farmer Wayne Fredericks uses technology to retire unprofitable field areas. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Five fields on Wayne Fredericks’ farm took on a new look this year after he decided to retire small parcels in each of them to boost profitability and improve the environment. Although the retired areas are small – the largest is 3.2 acres and the smallest just under 3/4 of an acre – Fredericks says it makes sense to quit growing crops in these areas that lose money every year.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/sustainable-agriculture/stop-farming-unprofitable-acres" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/sustainable-agriculture/stop-farming-unprofitable-acres#comments Conservation Corn Soybeans Sustainable Agriculture soybean production Corn Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:56:00 +0000 100191 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>Iowa farmer Wayne Fredericks retired portions of five fields, ranging in size from a 3.2-acre piece surrounding a sinkhole, to smaller 0.7 to 1.2-acre areas along building sites, windbreaks and a waterway. &ldquo;In all but one case, yield was at least 20% below the farm average, and all consistently lost me money,&rdquo; he says.</p> Photo: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association 4 steps to estimate soybean yield http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/soybeans/4-steps-estimate-soybean-yield <div class="field-byline"> Source: Ohio State University </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>To estimate yield, four soybean yield components need to be considered: plants per acre, pods per plant, seeds per pod, and seeds per pound (seed size). It can be difficult to accurately predict soybean yield because plant variability and fall weather conditions can influence seed size. Estimates become more accurate as the growing season progresses. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/soybeans/4-steps-estimate-soybean-yield" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/soybeans/4-steps-estimate-soybean-yield#comments Soybeans soybean production Wed, 19 Aug 2015 21:30:00 +0000 100181 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com New seed treatment, high-tech corn coming to market http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/seed/new-seed-treatment-high-tech-corn-coming-market <div class="node-body article-body"><p>DuPont Pioneer launches range of new tools, including new seed treatment package for corn, Lumivia. Also included is a line-up of traited corn products, called Qrome, which combines two traits into a single event.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/seed/new-seed-treatment-high-tech-corn-coming-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/seed/new-seed-treatment-high-tech-corn-coming-market#comments Corn Seed Seed Wed, 19 Aug 2015 19:25:00 +0000 100171 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>DuPont Pioneer will be moving to a new seed treatment in 2015 with its PPST250 product enhanced with the addition of Lumivia, a new insecticide, that offers added protection from black cutworm and fall armyworm.</p> Photo: Willie Vogt Corn acreage estimates continue to be disputed http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/corn-acreage-estimates-continue-be-disputed <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Corn continues to show mixed tendencies as the initial FSA numbers and private crop tours leave more uncertainty and ambiguity than solid definitive answers. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/grain-market-viewpoint"> Grain Market Viewpoint</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/corn-acreage-estimates-continue-be-disputed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/corn-acreage-estimates-continue-be-disputed#comments Marketing Forward Contracts Futures Hedge-to-arrive Hedges Marketing and Promotion Options Grain Market Viewpoint Tue, 18 Aug 2015 21:41:00 +0000 100151 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com USDA crop report surprises grain trade http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-crop-report-surprises-grain-trade <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The USDA Crop Report issued on August 12 estimated the 2014 total U.S. corn production to be just under 13.7 billion bushels, which would be third-highest U.S. corn production in history. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-crop-report-surprises-grain-trade" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-crop-report-surprises-grain-trade#comments Corn Marketing Soybeans USDA Focus on Ag Tue, 18 Aug 2015 20:27:00 +0000 100141 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Best risk-management tools for agriculture operations http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/best-risk-management-tools-agriculture-operations <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>good risk management should be a number of strategies implemented in various combinations to mitigate risk for specific business needs. Often, a business manager imagines one silver bullet that will magically address all needs in the operation. Unfortunately, there is no single tool that effective.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-warrior">Road Warrior</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/best-risk-management-tools-agriculture-operations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/best-risk-management-tools-agriculture-operations#comments Issues Management Road Warrior Tue, 18 Aug 2015 20:12:00 +0000 100131 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 5 Agriculture stories to read, Aug. 14, 2015 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/crop-chemicals/5-agriculture-stories-read-aug-14-2015 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The 5 ag stories this week reminds growers to check harvest wheat fields for weeds and shows the value of aerial imagery. Get some insight on the recent gas price increases and some ideas on where to cut costs to stay out of the red in 2016. Finally, enjoy the first Peterson Farm Bros. parody, "I'm farming and I grow it."</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/crop-chemicals/5-agriculture-stories-read-aug-14-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/crop-chemicals/5-agriculture-stories-read-aug-14-2015#comments Crop Chemicals Fri, 14 Aug 2015 18:46:00 +0000 100121 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com What's next for the soybean market? http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/whats-next-soybean-market <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Soybean bulls, similar to corn, are having a tough time digesting what appears to be an overly optimistic yield estimate by the USDA. The bulls are also questioning what they believe is a very conservative adjustment to harvested acres. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/grain-market-viewpoint"> Grain Market Viewpoint</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/whats-next-soybean-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/whats-next-soybean-market#comments Marketing Forward Contracts Futures Hedge-to-arrive Hedges Marketing and Promotion Options Grain Market Viewpoint Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:47:00 +0000 100111 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com What will your corn yield in 2015? http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/poll/08142015 <div class="node-body advpoll_binary-body"><p>Growing conditions have been variable across the Corn Belt this season, and even across states. Because of the variability, we&#39;d like to know what kind of corn yields you&#39;re expecting. Will your yields be above average for your farm? Below? Take our latest poll and let us know. Also, feel free to leave a comment with your predicted number, as well as your county/state (comments are anonymous).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div><form action="/poll/08142015" accept-charset="UTF-8" method="post" id="advpoll-voting-binary-form-0" class="advpoll-vote"> <div><div class="poll"> <div class="advpoll-available-choices"> <div class="vote-choices"> <div class="form-radios"><div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-3651-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-3651"><input type="radio" id="edit-choice-3651" name="choice" value="3651" class="form-radio" /> Corn will yield above our farm average.</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-3661-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-3661"><input type="radio" id="edit-choice-3661" name="choice" value="3661" class="form-radio" /> Corn will yield average for our farm.</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-3671-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-3671"><input type="radio" id="edit-choice-3671" name="choice" value="3671" class="form-radio" /> Corn will yield below average for our farm.</label> </div> </div> </div> </div> <input type="hidden" name="ajax" id="edit-ajax" value="" class="ajax" /> <input type="hidden" name="nid" id="edit-nid" value="100101" class="edit-nid" /> <input type="submit" name="op" id="edit-vote-binary-0" value="Answer" class="form-submit" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_build_id" id="form-UyUwXJ9g1qLHyznRWZXx3u_XobUGV7NO9vsyKH2RRLE" value="form-UyUwXJ9g1qLHyznRWZXx3u_XobUGV7NO9vsyKH2RRLE" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_id" id="edit-advpoll-voting-binary-form" value="advpoll_voting_binary_form" /> </div> </div></form> <div class="field-redirect-on-submit"> <span>Go to result page on submit:&nbsp;</span> 0 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/poll/08142015#comments Corn Fri, 14 Aug 2015 16:37:13 +0000 100101 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com USDA weather recap: Favorable growing conditions across Midwest http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/usda-weather-recap-favorable-growing-conditions-across-midwest <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Spotty showers and moderate temperatures maintained generally favorable growing conditions for Midwestern corn and soybeans. Showers were heaviest in separate strips across the northern and southern Corn Belt, respectively, with several locations reporting 2-to 4-inch weekly totals.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/usda-weather-recap-favorable-growing-conditions-across-midwest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/usda-weather-recap-favorable-growing-conditions-across-midwest#comments Corn Soybeans Weather Fri, 14 Aug 2015 16:06:00 +0000 100091 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Calibrate yield monitors more often http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/calibrate-yield-monitors-more-often <div class="field-deck"> A poorly calibrated yield monitor can be off by 10%. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A well-calibrated yield monitor can assess yields to within +/- 3%, says Matt Darr, a precision agriculture specialist at Iowa State University. A poorly calibrated monitor can have a margin of error of +/- 10%, particularly in fields where yields vary significantly.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/calibrate-yield-monitors-more-often" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/calibrate-yield-monitors-more-often#comments Corn Soybeans Precision Farming Electronics and digital equipment Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:57:00 +0000 100081 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>For growers using benchmarking services to make management decisions, by-the-book yield monitor calibration is more critical than ever. Recalibrate at least three times when harvesting corn and soybeans.</p> Photo: Kurt Lawton 2015 corn crop could be third-largest on record http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/2015-corn-crop-could-be-third-largest-record <div class="field-byline"> Source: USDA </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>U.S. farmers are forecast to produce 13.7 billion bushels of corn this year, according to the Crop Production report issued today by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Despite a 4% decrease from last year’s production, if realized, this will be the third-largest production on record.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/2015-corn-crop-could-be-third-largest-record" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/2015-corn-crop-could-be-third-largest-record#comments Corn Soybeans National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:39:00 +0000 100071 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 2 methods for estimating corn yield http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/2-methods-estimating-corn-yield <div class="field-byline"> Source: Peter Thomison, Ohio State University </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Two procedures widely used for estimating corn grain yields prior to harvest are the yield component method (also referred to as the "slide rule" or corn yield calculator) and the ear weight method. Each method will often produce yield estimates that are within 20 bushels/acre of actual yield. Such estimates can be helpful for general planning purposes.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/2-methods-estimating-corn-yield" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/2-methods-estimating-corn-yield#comments Corn corn production Tue, 11 Aug 2015 15:53:00 +0000 100061 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Crop development on track, despite dry conditions http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/crop-development-track-despite-dry-conditions <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>While crop conditions across much of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest remain quite favorable, drier conditions have developed in portions of south-central and southwest Minnesota, and adjoining areas of northern Iowa. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/crop-development-track-despite-dry-conditions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/crop-development-track-despite-dry-conditions#comments Corn Soybeans Weather Focus on Ag Tue, 11 Aug 2015 15:24:00 +0000 100051 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Automated core collection improves soil sampling http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/fertilizer/automated-core-collection-improves-soil-sampling <div class="node-body article-body"><p>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.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/fertilizer/automated-core-collection-improves-soil-sampling" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/fertilizer/automated-core-collection-improves-soil-sampling#comments Fertilizer soil health Mon, 10 Aug 2015 14:10:00 +0000 100041 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>MBS Family Farms is putting automated soil sampling to work for them and customers of their fertilizer and chemical business. Kyle Mehmen says the speed, repeatability and ability to sample odd shaped zones were major selling points.&nbsp;</p> Photo: MBS Family Farms