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  • Dec 2, 2014
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    Finalizing custom rates for 2014

    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....More
  • Jun 27, 2014
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    Judgment, farm experience impact your bottom line

    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....More
  • May 27, 2014
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    2014 Custom farming agreements 1

    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....More
  • Apr 4, 2014
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    Use mobile app calculators for seeding rates, input break-even costs 7

    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....More
  • Dec 3, 2013
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    2013 Custom rate adjustments 1

    An increased number of farm operators are now providing some type of custom work to other farmers during the growing season. Many times, the farmers involved in custom work arrangements wonder what a fair custom rate is for the various faming practices that were performed....More
  • Sep 23, 2013
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    Corn+Soybean Digest

    Facebook group talks strip-till, agronomics

    Loran Steinlage, farmer at West union, Iowa, is a part of a closed Facebook group where 100 or so farmers talk strip-till and agronomics. The group formed in January on the social network, and memebers share pictures and ideas, learning from other farmers across the country....More
  • Jun 4, 2013
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    Prevented Planting Becomes the Focus of Farmers 18

    It’s hard to believe that a mere two to three months ago we were still talking about continued drought in much of the Upper Midwest. Now, in some areas of southern Minnesota and northern Iowa wet field conditions and delayed crop planting has become so severe that producers are considering not planting a portion of their crops in 2013....More
  • Mar 13, 2013
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    Corn+Soybean Digest

    Modern American Agriculture Statistics: Farmers Producing More Grain, More Efficiently on Less Land 2

    As the world population grows, American farmers will have to produce more food in the next 50 years than in the past 10,000 years combined. All of the growth in production will have to be done with less land, energy and water consumption while conserving and sustaining natural resources....More
  • Feb 19, 2013
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    Seed Worries?

    A new source of yield worries in 2013: Seed availability and quality. Seed company representatives say the 2012 seed crops turned out better than expected during the growing season and overall supplies should be adequate. However, some agronomists say there could be shortages of some high-demand corn varieties. In addition, the germination standard in some lots could be in the 80% range and flat seed may be in shorter supply while rounds are more plentiful....More
  • Feb 14, 2013
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    Corn+Soybean Digest

    USDA Reports Say Climate Change Will Affect Agriculture

    Two USDA reports say U.S. agriculture and forest management will have to adapt to climate change and that some of those efforts are already underway. "It’s well documented that the climate is changing, that we are seeing changes in temperature and in changes in precipitation patterns, and that those changes are having implications for forests and for agriculture," says William Hohenstein, director of climate change program, USDA. "What these reports actually look at in more detail are the changes that we expect in changes in terms of extreme events. Changes in the probability of droughts, and floods and how that also will have implications for our resources."...More

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