Crops en Cut energy and save yields <div class="field-deck"> Cut energy and save yields </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Ask yourself these energy-savvy questions: Have you analyzed diesel fuel use per row-crop acre? How much of your energy use adds profit? How much propane do you use to dry 1,000 bushels? What percent of a bushel did you lose in moisture discount?</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Crops Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:40:00 +0000 96691 at Finalizing custom rates for 2014 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>An analysis of some of the more common custom rates in the 2014 Iowa Custom Rate Survey showed that the listed “average” custom rates for some farming practices may be a bit low, given the higher ownership costs of larger farm machinery, higher fuel expenses that have existed in 2014, and the difficult field conditions that existed in some areas. </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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Soybeans Crops Focus on Ag Tue, 02 Dec 2014 22:44:00 +0000 94751 at Merge art, science to farm for the big picture <div class="field-deck"> Fresh thinking by one Iowa farmer </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On his central Iowa corn, soybean and seed farm, Tim Couser tests agronomic practices with on-farm strip trials and new concepts. Beyond the weather, he leaves nothing to chance. “That’s what makes farming so much fun,” says Tim Couser, a Nevada, Iowa, farmer. “It’s half science and half art. Being a low cost producer takes a lot of work; the next yield breakthrough will definitely be harder to achieve.” </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Precision Ag Gold Crops Fri, 21 Nov 2014 03:19:00 +0000 94621 at <p>Tim Couser&rsquo;s combine cab is filled with monitors, from his iPad on the upper left to his 20-20 Seed Sense yield sense; his GS3 Guidance monitor; a Hillco Single Pass Round Baler (SPRB) control monitor; a combine-functions monitor; and in the lower right, a back-end visual view of the lower right hitch of the combine. Couser and father Bill feed their field data into the iPad, using Google Drive to share any new information instantly. The Hillco SPRB monitors status of the corncob/residue bales formed on-the-go behind the combine. The lower-right hitch monitor allows a rear view that helps monitor the baler hopper and line up the baler hitch to the combine.</p> Photo: Lynn Betts Compare real benchmarks <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The best benchmarking services don’t just tell you where you rank – but they tell you why. What does the data say you need to change to perform better or to keep doing to stay on top? </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Precision Ag Precision Farming Crops Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:16:00 +0000 93291 at Cover crops make corn stover more sustainable, profitable <div class="field-byline"> Source: Purdue University </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Farmers using cover crops as a soil conservation method can remove much more corn stover per acre for biofuels or other uses and at the same time potentially increase their income, Purdue University research shows.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Corn corn production cover crops Crops Tue, 05 Aug 2014 19:24:00 +0000 92531 at Landlords seek cover crops? <div class="field-deck"> Signs point to conservation and soil health becoming the next wave of landlord desires. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>“In a 2010 survey, we asked landlords to rate the importance of characteristics they consider when evaluating tenant performance,” says J. Gordon Arbuckle Jr., a sociologist at Iowa State University. “More than 90% of landlords ranked ‘ability to maintain soil productivity’ and ‘ability to avoid soil erosion’ as important or very important."</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation cover crops Gold Crops Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:35:00 +0000 92381 at Photo: Lynn Betts Judgment, farm experience impact your bottom line <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Technology is a great tool, but don’t discount your judgment. When and whether to enter a wet field, identifying broken tile, how you control spray drift, which surfactant to use, when to use glyphosate and at what levels, which stage of cereal rye is easiest to kill it off (avoid the tillering stage)…you get the idea. These judgment calls, based on your experience, are second nature. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/bottom-line">Bottom Line</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Issues Soybeans Crops Bottom Line Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:15:00 +0000 91831 at 2014 Custom farming agreements <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Although the concept of a custom farming agreement is simple, close communication between the custom operator and the landowner is essential. A written contract for the custom farming agreement should definitely be prepared that specifies the amount of payment by the landowner to the custom operator, and all other pertinent details. </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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Precision Ag Soybeans Tillage Crops Focus on Ag Tue, 27 May 2014 19:39:00 +0000 91171 at 5 Agriculture stories to read on April 29, 2014 <div class="field-deck"> Fine-tune sprayers, nitrogen management, on-farm experiments, weed resistance and #WeAreFarming </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Here are five agriculture stories you should check out today. From taking time to tune up equipment and refine weed and nitrogen management to yield gains from on-farm experiments, along with a fun farming parody on YouTube, these are articles you should read (or watch) while you're waiting to get in the field.</p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Crop Chemicals Equipment Fertilizer Soybeans Crops Nitrogen Weeds Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:07:00 +0000 90631 at Use mobile app calculators for seeding rates, input break-even costs <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Do you know the optimal seeding rate for a return on your dollar, as well as break-even costs for input use? Our Extreme Beans mobile app gives you the numbers you need to know with easy-to-use calculators! Download the mobile app before you hit the field this spring.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/lets-get-digital">Let&#039;s Get Digital</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Seed soybean planting Crops Electronics and digital equipment Let&#039;s Get Digital Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:02:00 +0000 90181 at