Soybeans http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/taxonomy/term/6021/more en 2014 ARC-CO payments likely http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-arc-co-payments-likely <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>It appears highly likely that many crop producers in Minnesota and northern Iowa who are enrolled in the county yield-based Ag Risk Coverage (ARC-CO) farm program choice on their corn base acres will earn a significant farm program payment for the 2014 crop year. </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="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-arc-co-payments-likely" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-arc-co-payments-likely#comments Corn Soybeans Farm Programs Focus on Ag Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:51:00 +0000 100331 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 5 Agriculture stories to read, Aug. 28, 2015 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/5-agriculture-stories-read-aug-28-2015 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>In the 5 ag stories to read this week, check out some pros and cons to alternative grain storage and read research showing that yield forecast models are accurate. See the variations in farm program payments across high-production states and get tips for calibrating your yield monitor this fall. Finally, enjoy a cool website that features games for the classroom that center on agriculture and farming.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/5-agriculture-stories-read-aug-28-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/5-agriculture-stories-read-aug-28-2015#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Grain Handling Equipment Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:12:00 +0000 100321 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com USDA Weather recap: Rain soaks Midwest, Plains http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/usda-weather-recap-rain-soaks-midwest-plains <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Rain soaked much of the Upper Midwest, providing a generally favorable boost in soil moisture for corn and soybeans in areas where little rain had fallen during the first half of August. Scattered showers dotted the remainder of the Corn Belt, accompanied by a turn toward cooler weather. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/usda-weather-recap-rain-soaks-midwest-plains" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/usda-weather-recap-rain-soaks-midwest-plains#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Weather Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:17:00 +0000 100301 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Farm program enrollment deadline is September 30 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farm-program-enrollment-deadline-september-30 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Farm operators are facing one more important deadline for the ARC/PLC Farm Program for the 2014 and 2015 crop years. They need to enroll in the farm program for 2014 and 2015 at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office by Sept. 30, 2015, in order to be eligible for farm program payments for those two years. </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="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farm-program-enrollment-deadline-september-30" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farm-program-enrollment-deadline-september-30#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Farm Bill Focus on Ag Tue, 25 Aug 2015 23:11:00 +0000 100251 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Expected corn and soybean price distributions http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/marketing/expected-corn-and-soybean-price-distributions <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>It is increasingly unlikely that harvest prices will be greater than projected prices, and thus the effective price for much of the crop insurance coverage is likely to be at the original Projected Prices.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/marketing/expected-corn-and-soybean-price-distributions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/marketing/expected-corn-and-soybean-price-distributions#comments Corn Marketing Soybeans Prices Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:06:00 +0000 100201 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Stop farming unprofitable acres http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/sustainable-agriculture/stop-farming-unprofitable-acres <div class="field-deck"> Iowa farmer Wayne Fredericks uses technology to retire unprofitable field areas. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Five fields on Wayne Fredericks’ farm took on a new look this year after he decided to retire small parcels in each of them to boost profitability and improve the environment. Although the retired areas are small – the largest is 3.2 acres and the smallest just under 3/4 of an acre – Fredericks says it makes sense to quit growing crops in these areas that lose money every year.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/sustainable-agriculture/stop-farming-unprofitable-acres" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/sustainable-agriculture/stop-farming-unprofitable-acres#comments Conservation Corn Soybeans Sustainable Agriculture soybean production Corn Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:56:00 +0000 100191 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>Iowa farmer Wayne Fredericks retired portions of five fields, ranging in size from a 3.2-acre piece surrounding a sinkhole, to smaller 0.7 to 1.2-acre areas along building sites, windbreaks and a waterway. &ldquo;In all but one case, yield was at least 20% below the farm average, and all consistently lost me money,&rdquo; he says.</p> Photo: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association 4 steps to estimate soybean yield http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/soybeans/4-steps-estimate-soybean-yield <div class="field-byline"> Source: Ohio State University </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>To estimate yield, four soybean yield components need to be considered: plants per acre, pods per plant, seeds per pod, and seeds per pound (seed size). It can be difficult to accurately predict soybean yield because plant variability and fall weather conditions can influence seed size. Estimates become more accurate as the growing season progresses. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/soybeans/4-steps-estimate-soybean-yield" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/soybeans/4-steps-estimate-soybean-yield#comments Soybeans soybean production Wed, 19 Aug 2015 21:30:00 +0000 100181 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com USDA crop report surprises grain trade http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-crop-report-surprises-grain-trade <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The USDA Crop Report issued on August 12 estimated the 2014 total U.S. corn production to be just under 13.7 billion bushels, which would be third-highest U.S. corn production in history. </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="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-crop-report-surprises-grain-trade" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-crop-report-surprises-grain-trade#comments Corn Marketing Soybeans USDA Focus on Ag Tue, 18 Aug 2015 20:27:00 +0000 100141 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com USDA weather recap: Favorable growing conditions across Midwest http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/usda-weather-recap-favorable-growing-conditions-across-midwest <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Spotty showers and moderate temperatures maintained generally favorable growing conditions for Midwestern corn and soybeans. Showers were heaviest in separate strips across the northern and southern Corn Belt, respectively, with several locations reporting 2-to 4-inch weekly totals.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/usda-weather-recap-favorable-growing-conditions-across-midwest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/usda-weather-recap-favorable-growing-conditions-across-midwest#comments Corn Soybeans Weather Fri, 14 Aug 2015 16:06:00 +0000 100091 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Calibrate yield monitors more often http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/calibrate-yield-monitors-more-often <div class="field-deck"> A poorly calibrated yield monitor can be off by 10%. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A well-calibrated yield monitor can assess yields to within +/- 3%, says Matt Darr, a precision agriculture specialist at Iowa State University. A poorly calibrated monitor can have a margin of error of +/- 10%, particularly in fields where yields vary significantly.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/calibrate-yield-monitors-more-often" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/calibrate-yield-monitors-more-often#comments Corn Soybeans Precision Farming Electronics and digital equipment Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:57:00 +0000 100081 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>For growers using benchmarking services to make management decisions, by-the-book yield monitor calibration is more critical than ever. Recalibrate at least three times when harvesting corn and soybeans.</p> Photo: Kurt Lawton