Most of the eastern half of the nation received at least an inch of rain, with 2-4-inch totals common from eastern Texas into the central and eastern Corn Belt and in the Atlantic Coast States. The rain curtailed fieldwork across much of the Midwest, South, and East, following a warm, dry period that had favored a rapid planting pace.
The May 18 Crop Progress report from the USDA showed a slower planting pace over the past week, with corn planting progress dropping back behind the five-year average and soybeans lagging further behind. The good news is that both corn and soybeans are emerging in most states....More
Common man-made agronomic problems that he sees aerially often arise from uneven plant emergence/planter problems and uneven nutrient application. These July 2013 aerial photos from northeast Iowa show agronomic problems. Can you decipher them?
With spring planting in full swing, farmers are encouraged to properly maintain their ag tires to promote optimal equipment and crop performance in the field. James Crouch, farm segment marketing manager for Michelin North America, says having the right tire pressure and sufficient tread are the most important considerations.
The USDA Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WADSE) Reports released on May 9 were regarded as neutral to bearish for the corn and soybean market in the coming months. Corn stocks are expected to increase by more than 50% by the end of the next crop marketing year, while the ending stocks for soybeans are expected to more than double by the end of the 2014-15 marketing year, which runs from September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015....More
For the first time in a long time, corn planting pace has squeaked ahead of the five-year average pace, reaching nearly 60% planted as of May 11. Corn emergence picked up pace over the last week, too. Soybean planting pace is nearly average, making big progress in the last seven days....More
The USDA released the monthly WASDE report on May 9, estimating corn production up from the record 2013-14 year with higher corn yields offsetting reduced plantings. Average corn price is projected down to $3.85-$4.55. Soybean production is at record highs due to record yields and harvested area. Average price has dropped to $9.75-11.75....More
Agriculture stories you should read today remind growers to check seedling stands and sprouting seeds for signs of disease. They also offer suggestions on soybean planting depth, and a look into research regarding benefits of GMO crops and research regarding climate change. Lastly, check out a new documentary, Farmland. You'll be glad you did....More
A recent review of biotech, or GM (GMO), crops shows that they offer major environmental benefits and allow farmers to grow more acres with fewer resources. In the 17 years of adoption, genetically modified crops delivered more environmentally friendly farming practices while providing clear improvements to farmer productivity, says Graham Brookes, co-author of the PG Economics report....More
A fair amount of the overall corn crop was planted in the last week, going from 19% planted to 29% planted overall. The soybean crop didn’t make a lot of progress in the last seven days, topping off at a mere 5% planted overall, only 2 points ahead of last week’s pace....More
Agriculture stories you should read today offer you a chance to comment to the EPA and learn more about corn rootworm resistance and sign up for succession planning workshops. They also remind growers that while planting, insecticide dust can impact bees, and that sometimes the rock that looks like a football on the surface is so large all you can do is bury it again....More
“Rock and roll” isn’t about music for Mike Petefish when he’s picking rocks in Claremont, Minnesota. “When I see a rock like this one with a certain bluish color, I know it’ll be dense and heavier for its size than any other, and all I can do is rebury it cause I sure can’t lift it with a backhoe,” he says....More
While you wait for fields to dry out and warm up, here are five decisions to think about before you start planting soybeans. These tips from the University of Minnesota offer ideas about variety selection, soil fertility, planting time, row spacing and herbicide program....More
Here are five agriculture stories you should check out today. From taking time to tune up equipment and refine weed and nitrogen management to yield gains from on-farm experiments, along with a fun farming parody on YouTube, these are articles you should read (or watch) while you're waiting to get in the field....More
The April 28 Crop Progress Report from USDA showed strong progress made in planting corn in the last week, with nearly 1/5 of the overall crop now in the ground. Soybean planting has also started in a handful of states....More
November soybean futures remain well above $12 per bushel, even with price pressure much of last week. And $12 should be a strong foundation for getting much of the 2014 crop marketed, says Ed Usset, University of Minnesota grain marketing specialist....More
The soybean bulls are trying to revive the trade on rumors of yet another Argentine strike; data showing better-than-expected U.S. soymeal sales; and extremely tight supplies. As a producer, I continue to hold out hope for new-crop prices to make a run back above $12.50, but I think we are still several weeks away....More
Here are 5 ag stories you should read today, April 25. From late planting and concerns (or lack of), including compaction, to learning more about the PLC risk coverage in the Farm Bill, to NASA research about better soybeans, these are stories you should read....More
Would you believe that the corn ears from plants emerging on Day 1 would be 13% fatter than the corn ears from Day-2-emerged corn? That’s exactly what played out at Watson Farms, Villa Grove, Ill., last year on a test of a 40-ft. section of one row. You could say the Watsons’ corn stood the test of time....More
With warming weather and the end of April nearing, most farmers have turned their attention to planting. But Purdue University is reminding farmers to think about the corn and soybeans they still have in storage; particularly the corn that may have been stored at a moisture content above 15%....More
It’s official now: some major Corn Belt states’ corn and soybean planting weather windows have officially shrunk. Purdue Professor Ben Gramig found that Illinois and Iowa have on average 11-12% fewer hours per week to plant, when comparing 1980-1994 to 1995-2010....More
It appears that 2014 will likely be similar to 2013, with a later-than-normal initiation of spring fieldwork in many areas of the Upper Midwest. This year, we are not likely to see much full-scale field work in much of southern Minnesota until after April 20, and it will probably be late April or early May before a significant amount of corn is planted. Soil temperatures are still well below minimal acceptable levels for planting corn....More
There's a new weed identification mobile app available for download. The Ag Weed ID app offers an image library, as well as control measures for about 75 of the most common weeds in a variety of crops, including corn and soybeans.