The National Farm Machinery Show turned 50 years old this year, and it continues to attract more than 300,000 farmers from across the nation and beyond. I spent some time at the show during the first two days, dodging and weaving in the crowded aisles over 27 acres of exhibits. Here is my first installment of items I found interesting.
Five agriculture stories to read this week includes cover crop benefits and maintenance tips for your combine before it's put away for the winter. Read about and watch a recent debate over GMOs, where the pro-GMO side takes a win. Hear a corn and soybean price outlook from Iowa State ag economist Chad Hart. And, for a little fun, check out some funny farming memes on Facebook!
Five agriculture stories to read this week offer advice for watching your bottom line during this time of lower commodity prices. There are tips for winterizing your sprayer, as well as tips for successful weed control. Also read about the impact of low gas prices on the ethanol market. Finally, for some fun, enjoy the latest Peterson Farm Bros. parody, I'm so Farmer. Those fellas are so clever.
A projected record corn harvest, along with low prices, has many farmers considering storage for their corn and soybeans this fall. As grain bins fill up, a "bag silo" may be an option for over-winter storage....More
A few simple precautions and a little bit of common sense can go a long way toward helping prevent farm-related accidents and injuries, especially at harvest time, two Purdue University agricultural educators say....More
Weather conditions this summer provided for excellent growing conditions for corn across much of the Corn Belt. However, a wetter, cooler September is slowing dry down in many areas. This will likely lead to more corn being dried after corn harvest, says Klein Ileleji, Purdue University....More
Rising diesel prices have made tackling fuel economy more important than ever. Given how much you spend on fuel each year, even a small change in fuel usage can mean boost your profit. For example, using using a low-viscosity oil can boost fuel economy, but that's the just one of several management tactics you can use to boost profits in spring and fall....More
I continue to field calls from farmers asking about locking in propane prices. I think this is a very smart play and something I have definitely been recommending for the past couple of weeks, at least on a significant portion of your fall and winter needs. Personally, I think securing 70% of your estimated needs makes a lot of sense at these levels. I am NOT saying we don't have the propane to meet our needs here in the US, because we do....More
“We’ve seen a trend toward more on-farm storage in recent years because producers understand they can put more money in their own pockets," says Adam Dryer, Blue Reef Agri-Marketing Inc. He explains that the economics of on-farm storage can work to farmers’ benefit in two ways....More
From what I am hearing most end-users are about 65-75% covered through July but have next to nothing done for August. Obviously everybody is hoping imports will help resolve the situation, but no one is clearly certain about how this game will end.
Soybean traders are digesting the fact the US planting pace is now AHEAD of our traditional average. The USDA released data yesterday showing that 59% of the crop is now planted vs. 41% last year and 56% on average. In addition 25% of the crop is now "emerged" vs....More
Bears continue to feel the pain and side-effects of Injuries sustained by the sudden and unexpected jerking of the markets higher. I continue to monitor both the NOV14 and NOV15 soybean contracts in hopes of making another round of sales and further reducing downside risk and exposure....More
With spring planting in full swing, farmers are encouraged to properly maintain their ag tires to promote optimal equipment and crop performance in the field. James Crouch, farm segment marketing manager for Michelin North America, says having the right tire pressure and sufficient tread are the most important considerations.
Here are five agriculture stories you should check out today. From taking time to tune up equipment and refine weed and nitrogen management to yield gains from on-farm experiments, along with a fun farming parody on YouTube, these are articles you should read (or watch) while you're waiting to get in the field....More
Every winter, as he finalizes seed, fertility and pest management programs for the following spring, David Wolfskill takes to his shop to perform a task that’s equally critical for top corn yields. He strips his planter down to the frame and rebuilds it....More
It’s important to remember to monitor stored grain this winter. Bin checks should be done every two weeks, say DuPont Pioneer experts. This will allow the chance to catch problems before spoilage occurs....More
An increased number of farm operators are now providing some type of custom work to other farmers during the growing season. Many times, the farmers involved in custom work arrangements wonder what a fair custom rate is for the various faming practices that were performed....More
Nearly 40% of farms in the U.S. use propane to run pumps and engines, heat buildings and dry and process corn and soybeans. With harvest coming to a close, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) offers a list of tips for preparing your propane equipment for winter....More
Inside a grain storage bin, flowing grain can engulf a grown man in just 20 seconds. That fact alone helps explain why every year, people are hurt – and some killed – in grain bin accidents. Avoiding grain bin entrapment requires awareness of the dangers, as well as training and clear safety procedures to follow in case of emergency....More
Anytime growers decide to put corn into storage, and especially when they plan to store it for several months, they need to manage the grain properly to keep it from spoiling. That includes drying corn to a safer moisture level when it comes out of the field and then properly cleaning, loading, aerating and monitoring it....More
Sam McNeill, Extension specialist, University of Kentucky, talks about the harvest situation in 2013. McNeill addresses corn and soybean harvest loss implications of field drydown versus harvesting earlier and using a grain dryer....More
Yamaha introduced it's new side-by-side vehicle, the 2014 Viking. Travis Hollins, ATV and SxS product planning manager for Yamaha, talks about the new cab features, including three-passenger seating, as well as the utility functions of the new SxS. Hollins also talks about the engine position of the new Viking model, as well as its offroad capabilities, including the On-Command system and Ultramatic transmission....More
With corn and soybean harvest around the corner, it's time to start prepping equipment. One place to start is having the tires on farm equipment inflated to a proper psi. Lucky for you, there's a new mobile website that can help with that....More
John Deere spent almost a month this summer in Columbus, Ohio, training their 4,800 dealers on its new iron and technology coming in 2014. I arrived with other media during the last wave of 1,200 dealers to witness the event and drive the new 7R series tractors....More