This installment of 5 Agriculture stories to read offers tips and considerations for flooded corn and soybeans, as well as tips for double-cropping soybeans after wheat. Also read about the first farm in Minnesota to receive a water quality certification, and download a mobile app to help when scouting weeds. Finally, warm your heart with a story of a bachelor farmer who found love, lost it, then donated his farm to 4-H.
1. Flooded corn, soybeans. Parts of the Corn Belt have received heavy rains over the past week. Experts at the University of Minnesota Extension offer tips and considerations for corn and soybean fields that are flooded, from plant survival to nutrient management, as well as seedling diseases.
Corn plants that survived flooded conditions should show new leaf development within 3 to 5 days after water recedes. Flooding and saturated conditions also restrict root development, thereby reducing the crop's ability to take up water and nutrients and tolerate drought stress later in the season.
2. Double-crop soybeans. Steve Crafton, LG Seeds, says that with adequate moisture at planting, along with optimal seeding rate, planting date and maturity, a crop of soybeans following wheat can boost income.
If soil moisture is adequate and wheat harvest is timely, planting a crop of beans is a definite option for adding profit. There are variables we cannot control such as timely rains in August and frost. But planting a mid to fuller maturing soybean and increasing population are things we can control to increase yield potential.
3. Farms certified for water quality. A farm in Minnesota is the first to be certified under the Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program. The program is funded with state and federal money, and once certified, farms are exempt from new water quality regulations for 10 years. For the Nordick farm, it’s not just about conservation. It’s about economics, too.
"We've got great black dirt out there and we just hate to see that end up in our streams," Jared Nordick said. "So by doing this we're detouring the problem of overland flooding and reducing the erosion out in the field."
For Nordick, conservation isn't simply a matter of doing the right thing for the environment. He said managing water and fertilizer makes economic sense.
4. Mobile app for weed scouting. Now that farmers are back in the fields, it’s a great time to download the Ag Weed ID mobile app. Using the app on smartphones, farmers can access hundreds of weed photos, as well as get weed info.
5. Farmer donates farm to 4-H. This spot in the story roundup is usually reserved for something fun. But, we’re taking a touching turn today. A local Minnesota NBC station recently profiled a farmer from Minnesota who fell for a local Extension office worker. The story ends with a large donation to the 4-H group. Watch how it plays out. And you may want to have a tissue handy. Enjoy this heartwarming story.