“First, I was surprised that Adapt-N and our Soil Scan 360 testing found so much of the 150 to 160 pounds of N applied in the spring could be lost by the summer. And then I was surprised that when we added 50 pounds of N per acre by plane in June, there was a 30 bushel per acre yield increase.”
-- Brent Hall, agronomy manager, South Central Co-op, Lacona, Iowa...More
Editor Kurt Lawton talks about how farmers are working together to sold the issue of nitrate loss and the ag data conference coming up this fall. Plus, some changes in staffing at Corn and Soybean Digest....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
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
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
I believe many of the decisions we currently make in crop production are based on our observations from previous experiences. The more observations we have, the more confidence we have in making decisions....More
The 2016 National Farm Machinery Show offered so much for farmers. From new fertilizer application to cover crop seeders, new planters and tractors to grain conditioning, and more, these are some of the products we thought you should definitely see.
Precision ag’s history has been about applying existing knowledge variably within diverse landscapes. The future will be about using spatial data to create new complex agronomic knowledge that can be used in the most site-specific applications possible....More
Nebraskans Angela and Kerry Knuth are streamlining their operation by: Using a new scenario-analysis tool to evaluate cropping options; saving costs with variable-rate prescriptions that reduce phosphorus on high-testing soils; testing a plan to rent out fields planted in cover crops for cattle grazing....More
I believe that your data is the only place to look to make cost-cutting decisions. These examples about which farms to farm, necessary traits and fertilizer application use data to help farmers make choices on which expense to cut on the farm....More
After big nitrogen losses from excessive rains in 2009, Illinois farmer Corey Holmes adopted nitrogen management strategies that boosted yields 15 bushels/acre and reduced nitrogen use about 10 percent....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, learn about corn production challenges, and Northern corn leaf blight control. Sign up for the Conservation Stewardship Program and read about improving management zones and variable rate. Finally, enjoy some farm-related ads from the 1950s.
The decision to let land go or hold off on a needed purchase is never easy, but a clear view of the bottom line and everything that gets you there can help. Using risk-management, profitability and planning software tool GrainBridge, a Missouri farm has improved its overall business view....More
In late July, Zachary Yoder trudged into tasseling 8-foot tall corn to ground-truth his first-ever smartphone message alerting him that satellite imagery had detected an unusual area in the irrigated field....More
Indiana farmer Lynn Hindbaugh plans to capitalize on new detailed soil type and organic matter maps to: Experiment with variable-rate seeding, improve variable-rate fertility practices and evaluate multi-hybrid planting scenarios....More
Realistically, there are a lot of great corn hybrids and soybean varieties available for most crops. From my perspective, the equation looks like this: Yield = Genetics x Environment x Management. Management matters far more than most people realize!...More
Charlie Hammer has never done the same thing for too long, except when it comes to wheels on soil. He has deliberately traveled the same controlled-traffic (CT) lanes on his Beaver Dam, Wis., farm to limit soil compaction....More
Low prices, weed resistance, environmental concerns and more are giving farmers the opportunity to think different about they way they farm. Stories this year offered insight and tips to thinking different about herbicides, data, planting, nitrogen application and more.