Soybeans en Farm program signup begins <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Sign-up for the new farm program, which part of the new farm bill, is now underway at local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices. The new farm program will be in place for the 2014 to 2018 crop years for all eligible crops under the Commodity Title of the 2014 Farm Bill, including corn, soybeans, wheat and other crops. </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 Issues Soybeans Farm Bill Focus on Ag Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:10:00 +0000 94661 at November 2014 features <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The November issue of Corn+Soybean Digest offered fresh ideas in merging art and science to farm for the big picture. There are also corn residue breakdown myths, including a photo gallery. Read challenges in rail transport, and weed control. Get an outlook about corn production in China, and see what's ahead in soil health tests. Finally, read about the weather future for the Corn Belt. And don't forget regular pieces from Editor Kurt Lawton, as well as new ideas from Xperts Ed Usset and Dan Frieberg.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Corn Crop Chemicals Issues Soybeans Tillage Fri, 21 Nov 2014 02:52:00 +0000 94611 at 5 Agriculture stories to read, Nov. 21, 2014 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Included in the five agriculture stories to read this week is a reminder to pay attention to pesticide labels, particularly if planting cover crops. There's new research regarding demand for genetically modified seed, and a recap of the choices to make regarding upcoming farm bill options. Hear from Xpert Ed Usset about market price triggers, and check out a great Buzzfeed list about the top 10 things farmers are tired of hearing.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Crop Chemicals Issues Soybeans GMO Farm Bill Pesticides Prices Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:29:00 +0000 94591 at Are lower farmland prices on the way? <div class="field-byline"> Source: Purdue University </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Low corn and soybean prices and an expected increase in interest rates may put an end to farmland value increases, says Michael Langemeier, associate director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture, Purdue University. He says, however, that any decline will be slight and spread over more than a year.</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 Issues Soybeans Prices Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:53:00 +0000 94551 at Rainy future for the Corn Belt <div class="field-deck"> Wet springs, summers becoming more common; plan for shorter corn, soybean planting windows </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Forecasting higher-than-normal rainfall several months in advance is still folly. But from a climatological standpoint, odds are that wet springs and summers are more likely in the years ahead than they have been in the not-so-distant past. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Issues Soybeans corn planting Gold soybean planting Precipitation Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:12:00 +0000 94441 at <p>The chance of excessive spring and summer rains will continue to be higher in parts of the Corn Belt for the foreseeable future, with Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin in the bullseye.</p> Photo: Kurt Lawton November USDA reports reduce corn forecast, increase soybeans <div class="field-byline"> Source: University of Illinois </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Those anticipating today's USDA Crop Production Report were surprised when the corn forecast was lowered from the October report. Soybean production was increased. " If current production and consumption forecasts actually verify, the big story this year will be that extremely large corn and soybean crops resulted in less than burdensome year ending stocks," says Darrel Good, University of Illinois ag economist.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Marketing Soybeans corn production soybean production Prices Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:05:00 +0000 94391 at 8 tips for successful weed control <div class="field-deck"> Diversity, practicality and knowledge define a field-specific weed control program. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Jim Legvold’s weed-management story began when this Vincent, Iowa, farmer planned out his program, embodying a new approach. But the plot thickened after an extremely wet spring and cool summer thwarted his best-laid plans. Weather extremes, weed adaptability and low crop prices challenged his long-term plan of corn-soybean herbicides, residual herbicides and rotated modes of action. </p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crop Chemicals Soybeans Weeds Sun, 09 Nov 2014 21:25:00 +0000 94371 at <p>Jim Legvold, Vincent, Iowa, rotates among group numbers 2, 9, 14 and 15 sites of action in soybeans to delay the development of potential herbicide resistance. The strip-tiller uses 10 different chemicals with seven modes of action, and he plans herbicide use for both crops to help control specific weeds this year and avoid a major issue when he rotates crops next year.</p> Photo: Kurt Lawton Soybean price rally offers sell opportunities <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Soybean growers should consider taking advantage of the nice rally, said Chris Hurt, Purdue University ag economics professor. “I think this is a good selling opportunity. It’s about as much recovery as we can expect in the short run. Futures at near $10.50 is a whole lot better than $9.”</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Soybeans Prices Sun, 09 Nov 2014 20:51:00 +0000 94361 at Advantages, disadvantages to flexible cash leases <div class="field-byline"> Source: South Dakota State University Extension </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Flexible cash leases may offer limited financial protection to farmers should growing conditions or market prices deteriorate, or production costs escalate.</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 Issues Soybeans Management Fri, 07 Nov 2014 20:55:00 +0000 94331 at Photo: ThinkStock Corn, soybean marketing programs helps grower take advantage of sell signals <div class="field-deck"> Two programs help farmers know when to book the bushels. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Michael Slack is taking a more diversified approach to getting his corn and soybeans marketed. He’s leaning on two separate entities: one for its advice and the other for grain contracting programs. One segment pools grain with other bushels to demand a better price from big buyers, while the other offers the Kansas grower periodic sell-period notifications. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Marketing Soybeans Gold Strategy Fri, 07 Nov 2014 19:39:00 +0000 94311 at <p>Michael and Janice Slack make a lot of farm decisions together, including trusting advice from marketing pros to help sell part of their crops.&nbsp;</p> Photo: Larry Stalcup