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
There’s a lesson to be learned from the commodities markets’ reaction to the May WASDE report, according to Matt Bennett, grain marketing consultant for Channel Seed. The lesson, he says, is to be proactive with your grain marketing strategies, so you can take advantage of unforeseen surges in prices....More
At a value of 97, the May Producer Sentiment Index was nine points lower than in April, bringing it back in line with January (98) and February (96). The index is based on a monthly survey of 400 agricultural producers. Survey responses showed that the shift came from producer feelings about current conditions rather than future expectations....More
The spring of 2016 has been a battle for some Upper Midwest crop producers as they have tried to get corn and soybeans planted on a timely basis. Heavy rains over in the past couple of weeks have caused further planting delays in these regions, in addition to resulting in drown-out damage in other locations across the Upper Midwest....More
Prices, regulations, transition and uncertainty are significant issues for any agricultural operation, regardless of its location. Only time will tell how the United States and Canada will progress through these issues; however, as part of a world that brings surprises with each turn, the global stage will certainly not be boring!...More
As of June 5, nearly of the 2016 corn crop had been planted across the United States. And the majority of that planted crop is out of the ground already. Soybean planting and emergence pace is running ahead of average and making good progress....More
“Beyond some level of applied nitrogen, grain yield stops increasing with more additions,” says Bob Nielsen, Extension corn specialist. “Consequently, applying more nitrogen than the crop requires is dollar wasteful and environmentally distasteful.”...More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get some resources for managing resistant weeds and get payment estimates for farmers who used the ARC-CO program for 2015. Learn about members of the public who help test water quality and see photos of nutrient-deficient corn and soybeans. Finally, enjoy some creative bale stacking!
Is there any hope for reduction of crop input costs including cash rent expense? The short answer is yes. According to data, rent, fertilizer, fuel and drying costs are slowing decreasing, says David Kohl....More
With the start of the critical three-month growing season, the potential size of the 2016 U.S. corn crop becomes the focus of attention. The market will follow weather conditions, crop ratings, and weather forecasts in order to form yield expectations....More
Cool, wet soil conditions from repeated rainfall events can likely be to blame for development of some seedling diseases in corn. Monitor seedling emergence and stand establishment during the coming weeks so problems can be detected as early as possible....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get some insight into replant options for hail-damaged crops and keys to proper soybean nutrition. Find out how climate change will impact corn yields in the future and consider switching unplanted corn acres to soybeans this year. Finally, we pay tribute to the farmer soldiers this Memorial Day.
Around the Midwest, agronomists from Winfield are out in corn and soybean fields, checking planting progress, emergence issues and looking for weeds, insects and diseases. Here are updates on what they're seeing.
Current prices favor planting soybeans on remaining unplanted acres. Prevented planting will come into play if continued rain and wet soils prevent plantings until the final planting dates have been reached....More
Timely nitrogen applications on corn can optimize yield, profits and the environment. Corn+Soybean Digest (CSD) editors compiled a special issue “Sidedress: Our best ideas, insight and tips to manage nitrogen application.”...More
With more farmers incurring negative margins, the "willingness to repay" will be increasingly scrutinized, and could be a challenge. Therefore, a plan B, or perhaps plan C, may be needed to meet commitments on a timely basis....More
Corn planting is nearing completion in many states, and emergence rates made big jumps over the past week. Farmers planting soybeans made a lot of progress out in the field, too. Soybean emergence rates are still just slightly ahead of average....More
In a press conference Monday, May 23, Bayer went public with their private acquisition proposal that was presented to Monsanto executives in St. Louis on May 10. The offer, to create a global leader in the agriculture industry, is an all-cash deal of $122 per share, valuing Monsanto at $62 billion....More
If a summer price rally does occur, producers will likely want to aggressively price the 2016 crop. In addition, history suggests that a weather market would also result in opportunities for pricing 2017 crops and beyond....More
After the encouraging start to the growing season in April, there have been several crop challenges across the region, including delayed planting, poor emergence, and frost damage. Fortunately, a bit more favorable weather during the week of May 16-21 has helped improve the crop conditions in many areas....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get answers about corn replant and watch for slug damage. Check out a new edition of the Farm Estate and Business Planning book and get tips for nitrogen management in a wet spring. Finally, enjoy some signs that you were a farm kid.
Bruce Ackley, Ohio State University weed science specialist, breaks down the differences between Palmer amaranth, waterhemp and redroot pigweed in a recent video. From stem differences, leaf shape, hair presence and seed heads, Ackley shows you the differences between the three plants so you can properly manage the difficult weeds....More
Clete, a diversified farming and cattle operation, uses Granular farm management software to track inputs, farm tasks and inventories. Data can be uploaded via the mobile app to ensure it's uploaded at the right time and with the right information, every time....More
According to the latest USDA Crop Progress report, farmers were able to make some significant strides in planting corn and soybeans over the past week to continue with ahead-of-average pace. And despite the cold weather, crops continue to make good emergence progress....More