Welcome to the wild world of global economics and politics complete with advanced technologies and constant information! This environment will create havoc and mayhem; but more importantly, opportunities for those who plan, execute and monitor....More
Dr. Fred Below, University of Illinois, offers his best information and tips for growing high-yield corn. From intensive management to weather impacts and nutrient management, see the insight from Below to help you best manage your corn crop for the highest yield.
Overall average values of crop ground and grasslands have slipped from the highs of several years ago, but are still historically strong, according to Farmers National Company, the nation’s leading farm and ranch real estate company.
As we look back over the year thus far, agriculture continues to face various challenges in many different areas. From regulations to input costs, and generational transition to strategic business plans, producers must continue to address the important issues, not just the urgent. What will happen in the remaining months of the 2016? Well, only time will tell but as the old adage says, “Hope for the best and plan for the worst.”...More
Corn and soybeans planted across the Corn Belt are progressing just ahead of average pace, as corn begins the silking stage and soybeans start blooming. Conditions in the good/excellent category have held fairly steady over the past week....More
While some crops are more susceptible to heat stress during critical growth stages, both corn and soybean are also susceptible to extreme heat (and water) stress during early vegetative stages. While options are limited for mitigating the negative impact(s) of extreme heat stress on crops, there are several practical options, especially in irrigated settings....More
Corn and soybean prices have increased in the past several months, leading to improved 2016 income prospects. Even given these price increases, working capital is still projected to be negative for rented farmland, leading to a continuing need to cut costs....More
Crop producers in the Upper Midwest who are facing either prevented planting or crop replant situations should contact their crop insurance agent for more details on the prevented planting and replant options with various crop insurance policies....More
At a recent women’s conference on agriculture, I received several questions about cashing out retirement accounts. One woman's husband suggested cashing it in in order to purchase additional land that would generate higher returns than an investment account. In short, my answer was, “No! No! No!”...More
Arkansas farmer Gregory Baltz uses the Granular farm software mobile app to add financials to the collection of data, helping them really understand their cost of production. With the cropping plan just a click away, farm managers always have access to the data they need to make decisions on a daily basis....More
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Around the Midwest, agronomists from WinField are out in corn and soybean fields, checking on crop development and looking for weeds, insects and diseases. Development varies across the Corn Belt, and some states are seeing disease and weed pressure.
Around the Midwest, agronomists from Winfield are out in corn and soybean fields, checking emergence issues and looking for weeds, insects and diseases. They're also checking for nutrient deficiency. Here are updates on what they're seeing.
Late-planted corn and soybean crops may be reaching a critical stage of development just as the weather is turning drier and could require earlier irrigation, says Lyndon Kelley, irrigation specialist for the Purdue and Michigan State Extension services....More
Over the past week, nearly all of the corn crop has emerged, and crop condition improved slightly. Soybean planting is getting closer to completion and overall crop condition also improved over last week's ratings....More
Corn producers in several locations are talking about extremely warm temperatures and early-planted corn starting to show a bit of stress out in the fields. Obviously this has the bulls thinking about possible production cuts by the USDA coming in the next 30 days....More
With warm temperatures and the crop just entering its most rapid growth and nitrogen uptake phase, it seems highly likely that the corn growing in soils with the normal amount of nitrogen will be able to take up most of its nitrogen with little danger of developing nitrogen deficiency....More
The June report lowered the 2015-16 corn ending stocks by 95 million bushels, and the 2015-16 soybean ending stocks by 30 million bushels, as compared to the May report. In addition, projected 2016-17 ending stocks were lowered by 145 million bushels for corn, and by 45 million bushels for soybeans....More
Recently, I traveled outside the borders of the United States and a major question posed by farmers and bureaucrats was whether American farmers are still dependent on government support programs. In order to answer this question, we need to look at the numbers....More
In the 5 Ag stories to read this week, get tips for keeping stored corn and soybeans cool over the summer and read about tissue testing corn for phosphorus and potassium. Learn about using cover crops to control glyphosate-resistant weeds and about how much nitrogen is left in the field after recent extended rains. Finally, enjoy a book to help kids learn about planting and seed technology.
The June 2016 WASDE report was fairly as expected. Corn data is somewhat as expected, with the bulls looking for slightly larger increases in demand. Soybeans are holding their gains on across the board bullish data delivered by the USDA....More
The labels of most postemergence corn herbicides allow applications at various crop growth stages, but almost all product labels indicate a maximum growth stage beyond which broadcast applications should not be made. This table lists herbicides and the max corn height at which it can be applied....More