"I think we've gotten away from IPM," says Iowa farmer Blake Crawford. "For my customers, integrated traits in hybrids are the No. 1 option as they are easy to use and affordable versus scouting and using IPM, and give good control of most problem pests."...More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, download crop budget spreadsheets and a 2015 tax guide. Learn about nematode research and the impact of late weed control. Finally, enjoy some RC tractors in action.
In the 1950s, CSD advertisers offered a lot to readers. From combines and tractors to an inoculant, vacuum and solvents, check out these products from Phillips Solvents, John Deere, Cargill, Allis-Chalmers and 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
Projected profit margins for 2016 crop production are still below breakeven levels for many producers. Here are some financial strategies for farm businesses to consider during these highly volatile and potential stressful financial times in the farming business....More
Overall, corn production in 2015 is down from the 2014 estimate, and stored corn is up from December 2014. Soybean production was estimated slightly up from the 2014 estimate, and stored soybeans were up 7% from 2014....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
As we end 2015, many farmers are focusing on cash flow strategies for 2016, wondering what the future holds for land values, cash rental rates, and 2015 ARC-CO payment prospects, as well as being concerned how various ag policy issues may play out in a Presidential election year....More
Profitable weed management is all about when you control weeds, says Paul Johnson, South Dakota State University Extension weed scientist. A total POST program is risky — even if glyphosate is working well in your fields — because unfavorable weather often prevents timely herbicide applications....More
Faced with wet or windy weather and heavy workloads, farmers want to know how much it will cost to delay weed control. The answer: plenty — even if you don’t have glyphosate-resistant weeds in your fields.
In the 5 agriculture stories to read this week, check out a new batch of videos helping ID and manage soybean diseases and get tips for reducing cash flow in the coming year. Read about farm transition concerns and wishes for higher prices in the new year. Finally, the CSD staff wishes you happy holidays.
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.
This is the second of a two-part article highlighting what happened agriculturally in 2015. Last week’s article provided a review of 2015 crop production and weather conditions. This week we will focus on some highlights regarding input costs, grain prices and the avian flu virus outbreak in 2015....More
As Woodrill Farms looks for ways to boost productivity, it is taking a deep-down look at soils to help drive decisions it hopes will help it maintain or boost its current year-over-year trend-line average corn yield increase....More
Average Iowa farmland value is now estimated to be $7,633 per acre—having dropped in value for the second consecutive year. Per-acre value declined $310, or 3.9%, since last year’s survey. Farmland values have now fallen almost 13% from the historically high 2013 values....More
Crop growing conditions in much of the Upper Midwest were almost ideal throughout much of the growing season. Conditions were not nearly as favorable in the eastern and southern Corn Belt where farmers dealt with crop conditions in 2015 that were similar to the Upper Midwest during the 2014 growing season....More
Marty Derks is on a mission to maximize corn and soybean yields in a harsh climate. Twin-row planting combined with precise seed placement are enabling higher planting rates in corn and lower rates in soybeans....More
As farmers worked hard in 2015 to produce crops, we worked hard to bring you the best stories and information to help you farm smarter, and be more profitable. From new farm equipment to mobile apps to use on the farm, soil fertility tips to land values and other tips to make harvest better, we've offered a plethora of information in our galleries this year. Here are the top galleries for 2015.
Soybean bulls remain optimistic in regard to a possible "producer" tax-credit coming down the pipe for biodiesel. They are also hoping U.S. exports can repeat this past weeks stronger than expected performance and close the gap a bit more in regard to total export sales....More