Pounding rains continued to hamper fieldwork and spark local flooding across portions of the Plains, Midwest and South, although overall growing conditions remained mostly favorable for summer crops. Weekly rainfall amounts in excess of 4 inches were scattered across all three regions, boosting month-to-date totals to 10 inches or more in several locations.
This installment of 5 Agriculture stories to read offers information on corn diseases, as well as white mold. Also read tips on replanting flooded land to keep soil in condition, and see photos to help diagnose nutrient deficiencies. Finally, as we celebrate Independence Day, enjoy the Dodge Ram Super Bowl commercial, "Farmer."...More
Rabobank has released a mid-year agribusiness review, highlighting the economy, weather and growing conditions, margins and prices, grain stocks, global imports and exports and more. Here are some highlights....More
Globally, the economic slowdown of emerging nations along with unrest in Ukraine, and now Iraq, bears watching. Remember, spikes in oil prices have been a major contributor to every recession since 1969. Overall, both the domestic and global economies are muddling along, uninspired by central bank stimulus both here in United States and abroad....More
The USDA released the Grain Stocks and Acreage reports on June 30. Data showed that corn stocks are up nearly 40% from last year. Soybean stocks, however, are down 7% from 2013. The Acreage report showed the lowest corn planted acreage since 2010. Soybean planted acreage is up 11% over 2013....More
In this installment of 5 Agriculture stories to read, there are outlooks for soybean aphids and farm incomes. The USDA is offering funding for farmers who establish new bee habitats. Help bust GMO myths by sharing a gallery showing what is not, and what is, a GMO. And have a little fun learning what a farmer says with a YouTube video....More
John Sawyer, professor of agronomy at Iowa State University, says that wet soils in June are more conducive to nitrate loss, reminding growers that corn plants “do not respond well to saturated soils, and therefore can express symptoms similar to N deficiency when they really are showing excess water stress.”...More
Technology is a great tool, but don’t discount your judgment. When and whether to enter a wet field, identifying broken tile, how you control spray drift, which surfactant to use, when to use glyphosate and at what levels, which stage of cereal rye is easiest to kill it off (avoid the tillering stage)…you get the idea. These judgment calls, based on your experience, are second nature....More
Continued and excessive rainfall mixed with fluctuating temperatures offer excellent conditions for seedling diseases to appear in corn and soybean fields. University of Minnesota Extension Plant Pathologist Dean Malvick says now is a “good time to check fields for seedling disease problems and efficacy of seed treatments.”...More
Large portions of southern Minnesota, northern Iowa and eastern South Dakota have been impacted by severe storms and have received excessive rainfall. This caused some property damage from strong winds, and caused considerable crop damage due to wind, hail and standing water in fields....More
Complacency can be the silent business killer. Peer analysis and benchmarking can be the catalysts that motivate managers to focus on aspects of the business that are done well, and then step outside with the advisory teams and other leading businesses to break into new territory, taking the business to a new level....More
When ranking which precision technologies are the most profitable to adopt on their corn and soybean operation, Vogel Farms, Rockport, Ind., finds that RTK guidance pays off in multiple ways. Certainly it makes the Vogels more efficient, but simplifying on-farm trials is the ultimate payoff. And that’s real money....More
Nutrient deficiency in corn or soybeans can be seen just by looking at the plant. Problems in the upper and lower canopy can signify micro and macronutrient deficiencies, respectively. Discoloration can mean a shortage in potassium or nitrogen and stunted plant growth can also signify a nutrient shortage.
This installment of 5 Agriculture stories to read offers tips and considerations for flooded corn and soybeans, as well as tips for double-cropping soybeans after wheat. Also read about the first farm in Minnesota to receive a water quality certification, and download a mobile app to help when scouting weeds. Finally, warm your heart with a story of a bachelor farmer who found love, lost it, then donated his farm to 4-H....More
GMO Answers is busting GMO myths and misinformation, helping consumers learn what is, and what isn't, a GMO, and providing answers to your GMO questions. These images help dispell some of the myths and misinformation, and you can learn more about GMOS at GMOAnswers.com.
A new report from GROWMARK shows that corn and soybean stock levels don’t directly correlate with corn and soybean prices. “Stocks do not influence overall price levels,” according to Kel Kelly, GROWMARK economic and market research manager, and author of the report....More
How can a son-in-law or daughter-in-law bring up the conversation about joining the farm operation or possible ownership? Often the younger generation family members are intimidated particularly if they have provided labor for the business for quite a while. What will frequently occur is that time will slip by and months become years without these important questions being asked and answered, which often ends up being disastrous to all generations involved....More
Corn and soybean emergence rates are both ahead of average, and closing in on the finish line. Crop conditions are holding steady on the positive end, and slightly increasing in the excellent category for both crops....More
Now that crops have emerged, farmers are heading back out to the fields to scout for weeds. As you scout, why not let your smartphone do some of the work? Using the Ag Weed ID mobile app, you can ID weeds on the spot using photos and get control tips. ...More
Fluctuating commodity prices are just one of the many risks that today’s farming operations face. On-farm grain storage is an effective strategy that enables producers to obtain higher prices for their crops and benefit from the growing demand for a consistent grain supply....More
Dumping the old-crop bushels and holding off on any new-crop sales obviously makes the most sense. It creates cash-flow, frees up available storage and buys lots of additional time. Also with new-crop prices well below the spring revenue insurance guarantee of $4.62 per bushel, I see no real need to start making new-crop sales at this stage....More
This installment of 5 Ag stories to read reminds growers to evaluate soybean emergence for uneven stands, and to lookout for "rootless" corn seedlings. There's also insight into revenue and returns on cash-rented land for 2014. To keep up with growing season weather, check out ag weather maps from USDA, and for a little fun, watch a parody by the Peterson Farm Bros....More
In its fourth-annual research project focused on consumers and food, Charleston|Orwig uncovered ample opportunities for companies across the food system to engage with consumers. Results showed that consumers want to know how genetically modified organisms (GMOs) affect health—theirs and their family’s—and are less concerned with political or moral issues surrounding GMOs.
Prior to the arrival of heavy rain across the southern Plains, multiple rounds of heavy showers and locally severe thunderstorms crossed the central Plains, Midsouth, and Midwest. Weekly rainfall totaled 4 inches or more in numerous locations across the central and southern Plains, Tennessee Valley, and southwestern Corn Belt.