As the 2015 corn and soybean harvest season is wrapping up, some producers have wondered if there will be any 2015 crop insurance payments, given the decline in crop prices. However, most crop producers in the Upper Midwest had above average yields in 2015, and crop prices have not dropped as dramatically, which will make 2015 crop insurance payments less likely....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get advice from experts on not skimping on crop inputs and see what a balance sheet looks like with lower farmland prices. Read about an EU rejection of opting out of biotech food and learn about changing chisel points to increase residue. Finally help out an ag-friendly Senator who supports biotech and a uniform food labeling system.
Weeds in corn and soybean fields are practically a certainty. No matter how much time, how many resources farmers used on weed control in 2015, it's more than likely weed issues will happen again next year. Here are some considerations from experts at University of Illinois for weed management in 2016....More
Low commodity prices and high yields this harvest season point to farmers storing larger quantities of grain for a longer period of time. However, capitalizing on the opportunity for higher, future commodity prices requires proper management to protect grain quality, according to Gary Woodruff, conditioning applications manager with GSI....More
The first confusion surrounding ARC-CO payments is why producers in one county get the maximum payment for a crop for the 2014 crop year, and producers in another county get zero payment for the same crop....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, take in some online agronomy classes and get new tips for phosphorus application. Read about the latest rules for drone use and get out to sample for SCN. Finally, take some time to set Subway straight and share some reliable farm information about antibiotic use in livestock.
Twenty-four years of continuous no-till, plus a decade of cover cropping, has largely halted water erosion on Dan Gillespie's farm in northeastern Nebraska, he says. Soil biological activity is flourishing and soil organic matter has climbed by more than a third....More
Many farm operators in Minnesota, northern Iowa and eastern South Dakota are experiencing some the best corn and soybean yields in their farming career. With the exception of areas that were damaged by severe storms, crop disease, or late season dryness, crop yields have been consistently quite strong....More
As a producer I'm simply going to stay patient and hope some additional weather headlines can provide enough momentum to breakout to the upside. As a spec I still think the NOV15 contract has a better chance of seeing an $8.50 type print than it does something north of $10.00....More
After harvesting soybean fields, it's time to go back out and sample for soybean cyst nematode, say experts at the Ohio State University. They recommend sampling in the fall – because in most cases this is what the population will be in the spring....More
Soybean bulls want to contend that global demand is improving to some degree and that most all of the bearish news has now been factored into the current price. Meaning the trade is well aware of the fact the U.S. yield is now much better than anticipated a few months back....More
The increased corn and soybean yields in the latest USDA Report was more than offset by reductions in the estimated harvested acreage for both crops, and resulted in decreases in the expected 2014 crop production levels, compared to the September report....More
Applying extra phosphorus so it isn’t yield-limiting has been worth about 3.5 bushels/acre in Fred Below’s research on adequate to high-testing soils in his plots from 2012 to 2014. “Phosphorus is the biggest single factor in driving yield increases in the past three years of our studies,” he says....More
The trade found the USDA soybean acreage reduction very favorable and pushed soybean prices 14¢ higher before selling off to just 4¢ higher. It is somewhat positive that soybeans stayed in the green, even with massive global production numbers thrown out today....More
Specialty soybean varieties are one way to bring in extra revenue, but farmers want options that can yield competitively with their commodity soybeans. The soy checkoff continues to work with seed companies to bring competitive high oleic varieties to market in more maturity groups. These varieties make a difference for end-use customers and can stack up against top commodity varieties in the field....More
If you're hoping for soybean prices to move to the upside, from my perspective it's going to take some bullish help from the USDA on Friday or increasingly heavy rains in South America. Unfortunately neither are a guarantee!...More
In the 5 agriculture stories to read this week, get some considerations for lime applications and learn more information about tar spot, a newly spotted corn disease. Review crop budget changes for 2016 and get some harvest and post-harvest tips. Finally, enjoy a story about farmers helping farmers in a time of great need.
The 2015 Farm Progress Show had equipment for days and something for everyone. Here's our last installment of products we saw at the show that may have a fit for your farm. From tillage to irrigation, tires to seed tending tech, and more, this roundup of new products will be available for your next purchase.
Average rental rates for 2015 did drop a bit in some areas, but in general have remained quite high across the region. Farm operators and landlords are now beginning the process of negotiating land rental contracts for the 2016 crop year, and are trying to arrive at equitable rental rates, based on the lower crop prices that we are now experiencing....More
Dust storms, rills and gullies, soil crusting, runoff, ponding — these are above-ground signs of poor soil health. And below ground: weak soil aggregation, compaction, impaired biological life, restricted water infiltration, stagnant smell, gray color. The prime culprit? Tillage.
Herbicide options and different sites of action may have some farmers forgoing fall herbicide application. However, Mark Loux, Ohio State University Extension, says that fall herbicide treatments may be beneficial in cases. Here are some considerations before you wash your hands of fall application....More
Cash rents on professionally managed farmland likely will decrease for the 2016 cropping year. Rents on non-professionally managed farmland likely will decrease as well. However, projected rent decreases are not large enough to cause farmers to have positive returns in 2016....More
First, one must consider the producer’s goals; business, family and personal. Next, look at the current business position. If the business is near the stage of exit perhaps the financial losses and negative margins are not a good use of the excess working capital....More