Corn en Farm program enrollment deadline is 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Issues Soybeans Farm Bill Focus on Ag Tue, 25 Aug 2015 23:11:00 +0000 100251 at Corn prices reflect export concerns, weak demand prospects <div class="field-byline"> Source: University of Illinois </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>According to University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good, recent corn price weakness is not coming from the supply side. Concerns about demand may stem from two sources: exports short of USDA projection and economic weakness.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Marketing corn harvest Prices Tue, 25 Aug 2015 22:59:00 +0000 100241 at 5 Agriculture stories to read, Aug. 21, 2015 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>In the 5 ag stories to read this week, watch a webinar covering the benefits, and the possibilities, of cover crops and get information about treating post-pollination corn aphids. See the latest USDA report about computer and internet usage on the farm and learn how to track payback on variable rate application. Finally, learn about a WWE wrestler who also farms. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Corn Precision Ag corn production cover crops Fri, 21 Aug 2015 19:40:00 +0000 100211 at 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Marketing Soybeans Prices Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:06:00 +0000 100201 at 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Corn Soybeans Sustainable Agriculture soybean production Corn Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:56:00 +0000 100191 at <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 New seed treatment, high-tech corn coming to market <div class="node-body article-body"><p>DuPont Pioneer launches range of new tools, including new seed treatment package for corn, Lumivia. Also included is a line-up of traited corn products, called Qrome, which combines two traits into a single event.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Seed Seed Wed, 19 Aug 2015 19:25:00 +0000 100171 at <p>DuPont Pioneer will be moving to a new seed treatment in 2015 with its PPST250 product enhanced with the addition of Lumivia, a new insecticide, that offers added protection from black cutworm and fall armyworm.</p> Photo: Willie Vogt 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Marketing Soybeans USDA Focus on Ag Tue, 18 Aug 2015 20:27:00 +0000 100141 at What will your corn yield in 2015? <div class="node-body advpoll_binary-body"><p>Growing conditions have been variable across the Corn Belt this season, and even across states. Because of the variability, we&#39;d like to know what kind of corn yields you&#39;re expecting. Will your yields be above average for your farm? Below? Take our latest poll and let us know. 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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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Soybeans Weather Fri, 14 Aug 2015 16:06:00 +0000 100091 at 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Soybeans Precision Farming Electronics and digital equipment Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:57:00 +0000 100081 at <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