Antonio Mallarino, Iowa State University agronomist, firmly believes that farmers should not cut or reduce phosphorus, potassium or lime application rates in low-testing soils, where yield increases and profits from fertilizer or liming are very likely even with unfavorable prices.
Regardless of the economic outlook, the cycle, or even where we are in the cycle, it is still good to be a farmer. The agriculture industry is integral to global economics, continuing innovation, and generations of sustainability....More
Controlling weeds in soybean fields this past summer was a challenge for most farmers across the Midwest, often due to untimely rain, and lots of it. Agronomists from WinField share what they saw in fields and talk about the challenges, and some successes, that soybean farmers had with weeds this year....More
Christmas is approaching, and I am looking for a gift. But not your typical gift, because I am not interested in another tie. I want — make that need — the gift of a market signal that will take soft and languishing corn and soybean prices in the grain market and give them a reason to rally higher....More
Leaders say change happens through growth over time. I hope we can all try to get outside our comfort zone. Taking that first step can lead to less fear and put us on the road to greater success....More
In the 5 agriculture stories to read, access a new risk-management website for farmers and see estimates for 2015 ARC-CO payments. Read about hired worker and wage increases for 2015 and learn about cloud-based farm-management software that helps save time and improve budget planning. Finally, enjoy the latest pro-ag parody from the Peterson Farm Bros.
With the installation of an 18-acre pond in mid-December 2014, eastern Iowa grower Jim Sladek married the pattern drainage and irrigation. By April 1, the pond was full, ready and waiting for use by center pivots. Ninety-five percent of its water came from drain tile....More
In most instances, when USDA projects a large crop for a given year, it usually gets even bigger as the crop is being harvested. This was certainly the case with the recently released Nov. 10 USDA Crop Report, which featured major increases in the expected 2015 U.S. corn and soybean production for 2015....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, learn about new pesticide rules and get info on the 2016 Commodity Classic. See some global benchmarks for corn production and hear from a farmer who went from plowing to no-tilling, and shares the benefits. Finally enjoy a little education on watersheds from the Environmentally Friendly Robot.
The association lost $2,000 in the first year of publishing Soybean Digest, but they vowed to continue support of this valuable information for farmers. Check out these advertisements that we found from November 1940 to October 1941.
It’s time to party. The best reason for this -- harvest is over (or almost in some cases). Second best reason, at least in our case, is that our brand, Corn+Soybean Digest, is 75 years young this month....More
Similar to the pattern of last year, potential for price strength is possible again during the 2016 planting and growing season in the U.S. The ultimate demise of the current very strong El Niño weather event may bring more than normal crop weather risk in the summer of 2016....More
To commemorate the 75th birthday of Corn+Soybean Digest, the editorial staff has paged through some dusty, old bound magazine volumes to give you a glimpse of what farmers were dealing with during each decade. Here is the first installment of interesting stories from November 1940 to October 1941.
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get some tips for using grain bags for storage and check out a new weed ID guide. Find out some price projections and get tips for weed management in 2016. Finally, enjoy the farmer wave.
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