Practices and Systems http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/taxonomy/term/5865/more en Who owns agriculture data and knowledge? http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/who-owns-agriculture-data-and-knowledge <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Recently there have been headlines about agreements between the industry and farm groups on data ownership and privacy. That’s positive. But it’s really not surprising that a company would agree that you own your data and that it will be returned or removed from their servers. Or that you will be allowed to direct whom it gets shared with or sent to.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/who-owns-agriculture-data-and-knowledge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/who-owns-agriculture-data-and-knowledge#comments Precision Ag Data Decisions Precision Farming Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:57:00 +0000 95011 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Robot attempts nitrogen sidedress, cover crop seeding http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/robot-attempts-nitrogen-sidedress-cover-crop-seeding <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A big challenge – nitrogen management – could have a small solution. Rowbot Systems, a Minneapolis startup company, has developed an multi-platform robot that, among other things, can side-dress nitrogen in tall corn. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/robot-attempts-nitrogen-sidedress-cover-crop-seeding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/robot-attempts-nitrogen-sidedress-cover-crop-seeding#comments Corn Fertilizer Precision Ag Nitrogen Technology Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:41:00 +0000 94971 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>The autonomous Rowbot uses sophisticated sensors to navigate. It can apply in-season nitrogen and perform other field tasks, such as seeding cover crops into tall corn. The new technology is being developed by Rowbot Systems, a Minneapolis startup company.</p> Photo: Rowbot Systems 5 Agriculture stories to read, Dec. 12, 2014 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/5-agriculture-stories-read-dec-12-2014 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Five agriculture stories to read this week includes cover crop benefits and maintenance tips for your combine before it's put away for the winter. Read about and watch a recent debate over GMOs, where the pro-GMO side takes a win. Hear a corn and soybean price outlook from Iowa State ag economist Chad Hart. And, for a little fun, check out some funny farming memes on Facebook!</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/5-agriculture-stories-read-dec-12-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/5-agriculture-stories-read-dec-12-2014#comments Conservation Equipment Marketing cover crops GMO Combines Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:43:00 +0000 94941 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Think Different: Best of 2014, Part 2 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/think-different-best-2014-part-2 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>In this second installment of our best stories from 2014, farmers showcase drainage systems that also irrigate, along with high-yield corn production tips. Read how tillage increases compaction, and plan for a micronutrient strategy. There are conservation ideas to help farmers be competitive, as well as thoughts on soil lime. All of these stories offered farmers an approach to help them Think Different about their farm operations.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/think-different-best-2014-part-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/think-different-best-2014-part-2#comments Conservation Corn Soybeans Tillage Conservation corn production Drainage Micronutrients Tillage Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:54:00 +0000 94911 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Drainage tile blues http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/drainage-tile-blues <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Farmers, from an agronomic perspective, are doing great keeping phosphorus loss as low as 1% to 2%. The challenge, according to University of Arkansas phosphorus expert Andrew Sharpley, “isn’t so much the magnitude of the losses, or even the tile system itself; it’s the extent to which tile drainage has been implemented by farmers.”</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/think-different">Think Different</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/drainage-tile-blues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/drainage-tile-blues#comments Corn Precision Ag Soybeans Drainage Think Different Mon, 08 Dec 2014 17:53:00 +0000 94851 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com No-till saves nitrogen costs http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/tillage/no-till-saves-nitrogen-costs <div class="field-deck"> New research shows 36-100 pounds per acre less nitrogen needed after 6 years. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Soil tilth saves you money. After six years of continuous no-till, a field can produce more yield per unit of nitrogen than a conventionally tilled field. Think of it as better fuel mileage, smarter nitrogen use and better nutrient recycling. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/tillage/no-till-saves-nitrogen-costs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/tillage/no-till-saves-nitrogen-costs#comments Corn Fertilizer Tillage Gold Nitrogen No Till Mon, 01 Dec 2014 18:41:00 +0000 94721 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Photo: USDA Real agronomic complexity http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/real-agronomic-complexity <div class="node-body article-body"><p>I’m a believer that agronomic common sense and real world observations tell us that avoiding doubles and poor seed spacing is critical to higher yields. But they are only a few staves in a very complex agronomic rain barrel and the $ signs flashing on the monitor screen are only real if proper seed placement is your lowest stave. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/real-agronomic-complexity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/real-agronomic-complexity#comments Precision Ag Data Decisions Precision Farming Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:14:00 +0000 94651 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Think Different: Tillage traditions die hard http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/tillage/think-different-tillage-traditions-die-hard <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Oh, the aroma of fresh-tilled soil. You know what I’m talking about — that amazing and wonderful odor given off as steel slices and turns dark that golden carpet of crop residue. That wonderful scent soured given what I saw on a Minnesota field this fall. Dark fields with little to no corn residue. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/tillage/think-different-tillage-traditions-die-hard" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/tillage/think-different-tillage-traditions-die-hard#comments Tillage Tillage Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:24:00 +0000 94571 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Photo: iStock/ThinkStock Cover crops release more nutrients than they accumulate http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/cover-crops-release-more-nutrients-they-accumulate <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Joel Gruver, Western Illinois University agronomist, planted specific cover crops in a band, then after their demise he pulled soil samples in the cover crop row and compared them to samples taken 15 inches off the row. There were substantial differences in soil-test levels of P and K—“comparable to a nutrient-banding effect from a commercial fertilizer (banding) applicator,” Gruver says.</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="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/cover-crops-release-more-nutrients-they-accumulate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/cover-crops-release-more-nutrients-they-accumulate#comments Conservation Precision Ag cover crops Bottom Line Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:03:00 +0000 94501 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Corn residue breakdown photo journal http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/corn-residue-breakdown-photo-journal <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Andy Thompson kept a photo journal of residue breakdown in his cornfield near Niota, in west-central Illinois. The field has been in continuous corn since 2012. This series of photos shows how, in a single season, microbes in healthy soil break down large amounts of corn residue left on the surface.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/corn-residue-breakdown-photo-journal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/corn-residue-breakdown-photo-journal#comments Corn Tillage corn production Strip Till Fri, 07 Nov 2014 17:46:00 +0000 94301 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com