Many farm operators in the Upper Midwest are anticipating significant county-based Ag Risk Coverage (ARC-CO) farm program payments on corn for the 2014 crop year. Some producers are also likely to receive a fairly substantial ARC-CO payment for soybeans for the 2014 marketing year. It was recently revealed that the likely 2014 ARC-CO farm program payments, and any other farm program payments, are likely be subject to Federal government sequestration provisions....More
This is my list of the worst top 10 management practices. There are most certainly other aspects and components that are very important for businesses, but this list demonstrates that discipline is required for success. Even the mundane, seemingly boring tasks and details can be extremely important....More
Corn production is forecast at 13.6 billion bushels, down 4% from last year's record production and down less than 1% from the August forecast. Soybean production is forecast at 3.94 billion bushels, up slightly from August but down 1% from last year....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get tips for calibrating your yield monitor and help identifying different stalk rots in your corn fields. Learn about a possible reduction in ARC payments and read some questions and answers about cutting $100/acre in 2016. Finally, enjoy a harvest-time parody from Peterson Farm Bros.
Harvest is starting, and we want you to get the most out of your corn and soybean fields this fall. Here are our best stories, tips and ideas for optimal corn and soybean harvesting, as well as ideas for after harvest, including grain bag use, cover crops and storage tips.
Alabama soybean grower Annie Dee is working with nature on her 2,500 acres. The United Soybean Board member has seen the benefit of beneficial insects in her own fields and is supplementing native populations with honeybees....More
A few simple combine adjustments before and during soybean harvest can help to prevent grain damage and harvest loss. The following are a few suggestions on adjustments and operation factors in variable and short soybeans....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, check for herbicide resistance in pigweed and get scouting advice. Benchmark your labor efficiency and learn about taking unprofitable land out of your farmed acres. Finally, enjoy a list of reasons why you know you're a farmer.
To avoid losses on 2016 corn and soybeans, ag economist Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois, recommends growers cut $100 per acre. This suggestion has garnered some questions, and Schnitkey has some answers....More
It appears highly likely that many crop producers in Minnesota and northern Iowa who are enrolled in the county yield-based Ag Risk Coverage (ARC-CO) farm program choice on their corn base acres will earn a significant farm program payment for the 2014 crop year....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, check out some pros and cons to alternative grain storage and read research showing that yield forecast models are accurate. See the variations in farm program payments across high-production states and get tips for calibrating your yield monitor this fall. Finally, enjoy a cool website that features games for the classroom that center on agriculture and farming.
Rain soaked much of the Upper Midwest, providing a generally favorable boost in soil moisture for corn and soybeans in areas where little rain had fallen during the first half of August. Scattered showers dotted the remainder of the Corn Belt, accompanied by a turn toward cooler weather.
Along with the standard combining and tillage demonstrations, the Farm Progress Show will feature new types of demonstrations this year, including: UAVs, tiling, precision ag, planting and cover crops....More
John Deere gathered the ag media and showcased their new and improved products for 2016. From high-horsepower tractors and self-propelled sprayers to nutrient applicators, folding corn heads and precision ag, the company has a wide range of new tools available for farmers in 2016.
Farm operators are facing one more important deadline for the ARC/PLC Farm Program for the 2014 and 2015 crop years. They need to enroll in the farm program for 2014 and 2015 at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office by Sept. 30, 2015, in order to be eligible for farm program payments for those two years....More
It is increasingly unlikely that harvest prices will be greater than projected prices, and thus the effective price for much of the crop insurance coverage is likely to be at the original Projected Prices.
Five fields on Wayne Fredericks’ farm took on a new look this year after he decided to retire small parcels in each of them to boost profitability and improve the environment. Although the retired areas are small – the largest is 3.2 acres and the smallest just under 3/4 of an acre – Fredericks says it makes sense to quit growing crops in these areas that lose money every year....More
To estimate yield, four soybean yield components need to be considered: plants per acre, pods per plant, seeds per pod, and seeds per pound (seed size). It can be difficult to accurately predict soybean yield because plant variability and fall weather conditions can influence seed size. Estimates become more accurate as the growing season progresses....More
Spotty showers and moderate temperatures maintained generally favorable growing conditions for Midwestern corn and soybeans. Showers were heaviest in separate strips across the northern and southern Corn Belt, respectively, with several locations reporting 2-to 4-inch weekly totals.
A well-calibrated yield monitor can assess yields to within +/- 3%, says Matt Darr, a precision agriculture specialist at Iowa State University. A poorly calibrated monitor can have a margin of error of +/- 10%, particularly in fields where yields vary significantly....More
U.S. farmers are forecast to produce 13.7 billion bushels of corn this year, according to the Crop Production report issued today by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Despite a 4% decrease from last year’s production, if realized, this will be the third-largest production on record....More
While crop conditions across much of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest remain quite favorable, drier conditions have developed in portions of south-central and southwest Minnesota, and adjoining areas of northern Iowa....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get tips for treating soybean aphids this summer and learn about a new possibility for managing resistant weeds that comes from "down under." See the land value declines (and increases in some cases) across the U.S. in the latest USDA report and learn from northern farmers who strip-till. Finally, check out how ethanol was promoted at the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally.