Practices and Systems en 5 Agriculture stories to read, Feb. 27, 2015 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get some considerations for seed treatments when trying to cut costs this spring. If you plant cover crops, be aware of residual herbicides, and there's still time to sign up for the Conservation Stewardship Program. Read 5 tillage myths, and watch a video thanking farmers, that also helps FFA.</p></div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Crop Chemicals Seed Soybeans Tillage Conservation cover crops Herbicides Seed Treatments Tillage Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:02:00 +0000 96111 at Variable-rate seeding success <div class="field-deck"> Data Decisions </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>For many, analyzing variable rate planting with strip trials has resulted in conclusions that aren’t positive for the practice. Our results and experiences have been the opposite. Using higher and lower Learning Blocks™ within management zones and analyzing yield results have led to even faster adoption.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Precision Ag Precision Farming Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:40:00 +0000 95971 at 2015 Conservation Legacy Awards Northeast region winner: M&J Farms <div class="node-body video-body"><p>M&J Farms, Brownsburg, Ind., protects water resrouces and commits to conservation. They focus on the edge of the field, no-till and nutrient efficiency, along with conservation methods.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Conservation Wed, 18 Feb 2015 20:50:00 +0000 95961 at 5 tillage myths <div class="field-deck"> We challenge your thinking on no-till, strip-till, vertical, chisel and neighbors </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Are your tillage practices justified by real crop responses? “Individual farmer decisions about tillage system choice are often more motivated by traditions, prior experiences and what the neighbors are doing than by reliable research,” says Tony Vyn, Purdue University Extension agronomist and cropping systems specialist.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Tillage Tillage Tillage Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:03:00 +0000 95941 at Photo: Susan Winsor Farmer uses no-till, twin rows, crop strips, RTK, controlled traffic to keep soil healthy, yields up <div class="field-deck"> Fencerow farming: Put soil first </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><span style="font-size: 13px;">Dean Glenney set out to replicate the undisturbed fencerow soils he recalled plowing up in his youth. Along the way, he began producing record-breaking yields under low inputs, giving him returns considerably greater than neighboring conventional systems.</span></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Fertilizer Soybeans soil health Crops No Till Thu, 05 Feb 2015 18:41:00 +0000 95751 at <p>An aerial view of Dean Glenney&#39;s alternating strips of corn and beans tells only part of the story. More important is the practice of planting directly over the previous year&#39;s rows, a practice he has followed for more than 20 years. It allows him to restrict traffic to only two rows, leaving the other four untouched.</p> Photo: Dean Glenney A strip-till journey <div class="field-deck"> Farmer overcomes variable soils and bad weather to achieve strip-till success. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Strip-till has improved soil structure on Sheldon Stevermer's farm to the point where it can manage extreme rains and heavy corn residue. “Three years ago, I realized I didn’t need to freshen the strips in the spring; crusting was no longer a problem,” says the Wells, Minn., farmer. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fertilizer Tillage Nitrogen Strip Till Tue, 03 Feb 2015 18:27:00 +0000 95711 at <p><span style="font-size: 13px;">Sheldon Stevermer is less concerned with &ldquo;a perfect, black, residue-free strip&rdquo; and more concerned with making a berm above the residue that he can plant into next spring.</span></p> Photo: Susan Winsor Top 10 of the web, 2014 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>We've posted a lot of great stories and photos on the web this year! These are our most-viewed pieces and cover a variety of topics from helpful aerial images to GMOs, making a profit with lower corn and soybean prices to no-till yield secrets, and more! Check out our best from the web for 2014, and stick around for more great stories and photos in 2015.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Fertilizer Precision Ag Soybeans Tillage GMO Precision Farming Fri, 02 Jan 2015 21:11:00 +0000 95221 at Farmer-led watershed groups offer water quality collaboration <div class="field-deck"> Iowa watershed model cited nationally as regulation alternative. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Wayne Kramer cut his nitrogen use by 33% and has applied no commercial phosphorus or potassium to his corn since joining his local farmer-led watershed group in Iowa five years ago. The Farley dairyman collaborates with his Hewitt Creek neighbors to voluntarily improve water quality with best management practices. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Conservation Gold Tue, 23 Dec 2014 21:32:00 +0000 95131 at <p><span style="font-size: 13px;">Eagles nest near John Rahe&rsquo;s farm at the confluence of the Hickory and Hewitt Creeks, Dyersville, Iowa. This reflection of abundant stream life resulted from farmers sharing successful practices among the local watershed improvement group.</span></p> Photo: Susan Winsor No-till can help save beneficials in your soil <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The case for no-till keeps on building. Tillage is increasingly viewed as destructive to soil structure and detrimental to root colonizing arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus (AMF), an important player in supplying plants with phosphorous. AMF is also credited with production of glomalin, the “glue” that holds soil aggregates together. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tillage Gold soil health No Till Tue, 23 Dec 2014 19:50:00 +0000 95111 at Think Different: Best of 2014, Part 3 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>In this third installment of our best stories from 2014, farmers learned the best ways to seed cover crops and how high-moisture corn can offer a yield boost. There were also stories about tillage: spring vs. fall strip till, and using tillage to control herbicide resistant weeds. Of course there were data insights, from soil maps to farming smarter with big data. Nitrogen application tips were offered, as well as a strategy for lean years on the farm. All of these stories helped readers and farmers Think Different about their operations.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Crop Chemicals Fertilizer Precision Ag Tillage corn harvest cover crops Strip Till Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:58:00 +0000 95021 at