With the continued rise of polarizing topics in this great country, research data clearly shows that skepticism about today’s food system continues to grow. The anti-GMO, factory farm activists have become adept at spreading their version of farming. Fortunately, groups like CommonGround are slowly beginning to calm the rhetoric, without using the fear, bad science and vitriol that these activists deploy....More
As we look back at 2013, CSD continued to bring farmers ways to Think Different about the way they farm. The fall issues brought lots of opportunity for that with stories about nitrogen management, thinking like a nematode, tips for best soybean yields and varieties, weed resistance, soil tests for microbial activity and data and economic values, among others.
It's the time of year to review what we've been thinking different about at Corn + Soybean Digest. From organic matter and crop sensors to variable seeding and nitrogen tests, along with narrow rows and cover crops, the first three issues of CSD brought lots of opportunity to think different about the way you farm.
It’s non-GMO month, say natural food retailers. Really. Kind of a crazy irony, as you and your peers harvest millions of GMO crop acres. These are the same grains that we all have consumed in food for more than 17 years -- without a single instance of adverse health or environmental effects....More
Before you run that combine through every acre of your fields, I’d highly recommend reading “Resistant Palmer amaranth hits the Midwest." This weed is a game changer, and if left unchecked without multiple herbicide modes of control, you can literally lose a field in three years’ time....More
While you may not give much of a hoot to how magazines look or how they serve up stories and what not, it’s our job to pay attention to that stuff. We like to match your passion for yield with our passion for a great word/photo/data package that you can’t put down (even after the flush and the air freshener mist)....More
Delegating field operations and accounting activities to dedicated employees frees up Reid Weiland's time to think strategically about how to grow and sustain his Garner, Iowa, corn and soybean farm....More
It’s not often a five-page letter from a farmer crosses my desk, even though it is obviously a typewriter-written, mass-mailed letter addressed to “magazine officials.” It was a letter from Vernon Bowman, a 74-year-old farmer from Sandborn, Ind. He outlined his use of commodity soybeans purchased from a local elevator to use as inexpensive double-crop soybean seed, and the subsequent legal actions taken against him by Monsanto....More