Conservation http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/taxonomy/term/6051/more en November 2014 features http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/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="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/november-2014-features" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/november-2014-features#comments Conservation Corn Crop Chemicals Issues Soybeans Tillage Fri, 21 Nov 2014 02:52:00 +0000 94611 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Testing soil health tests http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/fertilizer/testing-soil-health-tests <div class="field-deck"> Foundations gear up to establish soil health testing guidelines. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Soil health tests are popping up around every corner, and farmer use is growing. Each has its adherents, and many offer a wealth of information to a degree unimaginable only a few years ago. As a soil scientist and landowner, Ward Labs President Ray Ward believes a diverse microbial community is an important measurement of soil health.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/fertilizer/testing-soil-health-tests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/fertilizer/testing-soil-health-tests#comments Conservation Fertilizer Gold soil health Testing Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:38:00 +0000 94561 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>As a Missouri farm owner, Bill Buckner is using a baseline soil health test to evalute use of cover crops. As president and C EO of the Noble Foundation, Buckner is leading a national effort to develop soil health standards and focus research dollars where they are most needed.</p> Photo: Noble Foundation <p><span>As a Missouri farm owner, Bill Buckner is using a baseline soil health test to evalute use of cover crops. As president and C EO of the Noble Foundation, Buckner is leading a national effort to develop soil health standards and focus research dollars where they are most needed.</span></p> Photo: Noble Foundation 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 5 Agriculture stories to read, Nov. 7, 2014 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/tillage/5-agriculture-stories-read-nov-7-2014 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Five agriculture stories to read offer advice on fall tillage and insight into corn and soybean consumption after a large harvest. The USDA is seeking public comment on changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program, and if you're going to test cornstalks for nitrate, now is the time. For a good laugh, check out a bit by Jimmy Kimmel where he asked consumers what GMO means.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/tillage/5-agriculture-stories-read-nov-7-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/tillage/5-agriculture-stories-read-nov-7-2014#comments Conservation Tillage Sat, 08 Nov 2014 03:11:00 +0000 94351 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Conservation Tillage Conference is in December http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/tillage/conservation-tillage-conference-december <div class="field-byline"> Source: NDSU and UMN </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>This conference emphasizes proven farmer experience and applied science in conservation tillage. Learn how heavier, colder soils aren’t necessarily the challenge they’re made out to be. And, what have long-time no-tillers and reduced-tillage farmers learned that could spare you the same lessons?</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/tillage/conservation-tillage-conference-december" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/tillage/conservation-tillage-conference-december#comments Conservation Tillage Tillage Tillage Conference Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:19:00 +0000 94191 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 3 Ways to minimize compaction http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/3-ways-minimize-compaction <div class="field-deck"> Take control of your soils by keeping loads as light as possible, properly inflate your tires and follow previous tire tracks across the field. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Corn and soybean harvest is in full swing but some fields are a little wet, and wetter soils compact easier. However, there are three ways to minimize the extent of the compaction you may create when driving through the field. </p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/3-ways-minimize-compaction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/3-ways-minimize-compaction#comments Conservation Corn Soybeans soil health Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:53:00 +0000 93921 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Cover crop benefits: Help ground water, prevent erosion, build soil quality http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/cover-crop-benefits-help-ground-water-prevent-erosion-build-soil-quality <div class="field-byline"> Source: The Fertilizer Institute </div> <div class="field-deck"> Also adding to farm sustainability, cover crops complement existing best management practices. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Cover crops offer many benefits to farmers, says Eileen Kladivko, an agronomist and cover crops specialist with Purdue University. Some of the benefits include: improved nitrogen use and water quality, erosion prevention, better soil quality, weed suppression and enhanced wildlife habitat.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/cover-crop-benefits-help-ground-water-prevent-erosion-build-soil-quality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/cover-crop-benefits-help-ground-water-prevent-erosion-build-soil-quality#comments Conservation cover crops Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:51:00 +0000 93861 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com September 2014 features http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/september-2014-features <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The September issue of <em>Corn+Soybean Digest</em> offers a lot for readers. From data management to tips for financial success in turbulent times, what farmers learned in 2014 to strip-till tips. Check out these feature stories for insight on Ukraine corn exports, as well as marketing advice for low prices, using tillage for weed control and cover crop seed mixes.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/september-2014-features#comments Conservation Precision Ag Tillage Precision Farming Management Tillage Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:18:00 +0000 93601 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com What has 2014 taught farmers? http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/what-has-2014-taught-farmers <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>This spring was crazy in some areas, and we’re in for leaner times through at least 2016. Corn+Soybean Digest asked growers what they have learned and what they are changing going forward. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/what-has-2014-taught-farmers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/what-has-2014-taught-farmers#comments Conservation Corn Precision Ag Soybeans Tillage Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:45:00 +0000 93561 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Shift to strip-till: residue management, benefits, challenges and tips http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/tillage/shift-strip-till-residue-management-benefits-challenges-and-tips <div class="field-deck"> Farmer succeeds by turning residue into valuable organic matter. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Tim Koosmann switched to strip-till from ridge-till five years ago to capture the efficiencies of phosphorus and potassium banding in continuous corn. Real-time kinematic (RTK) satellite navigation makes it relatively simple, and he’s building long-term soil organic matter and productivity. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/tillage/shift-strip-till-residue-management-benefits-challenges-and-tips" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/tillage/shift-strip-till-residue-management-benefits-challenges-and-tips#comments Conservation Corn Tillage Gold Strip Till Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:15:00 +0000 93421 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>Koosmann builds next year&rsquo;s strips in between this year&rsquo;s corn rows. By fall, last year&rsquo;s residue has decomposed to the point that it crumbles to dust if disturbed.</p> Photo: Koosmann Farms