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
DuPont Pioneer launches range of new tools, including new seed treatment package for corn, Lumivia. Also included is a line-up of traited corn products, called Qrome, which combines two traits into a single event....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
Two procedures widely used for estimating corn grain yields prior to harvest are the yield component method (also referred to as the "slide rule" or corn yield calculator) and the ear weight method. Each method will often produce yield estimates that are within 20 bushels/acre of actual yield. Such estimates can be helpful for general planning purposes....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
Given farm revenues in 2016 budget projections, costs must be reduced to have positive returns. Cost cuts of $100 per acre will be used at the target. Cuts of $100 per acre would result in $19 per acre of net farmer income, levels that are relatively low and do not provide much margin....More
All of the rain during May, June and July continues to impact the soybean crop in some areas of Ohio and other states. Surveys of plots and some scouting in the lower canopy have turned up soybean diseases, including white mold, sudden death syndrome and frogeye leaf spot....More
It’s high time for high yield contest managers to think different – to recognize farmers that go beyond the weigh wagon – and reward yield along with environmental achievements such as reduced nitrogen use and increased soil health....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, Extension experts advise scouting for stink bugs and for Southern corn rust. Learn about options for crop insurance payments on prevented plant acres and options for rescue nitrogen applications. Finally, enjoy a gallery of old farm equipment laying around in the back 40.
FarmLogs is known for their multi-functional mobile app. The company continues to bring new digital products to market, in hopes of making processes simpler and more efficient. And they've accomplished that with their new product: FarmLogs Flow, which creates yield maps....More
The Second Golden Age of American Agriculture is over, and the time is right to return to a proactive approach to grain marketing, says Ed Usset. The proactive approach outlined in my 2nd Edition of “Grain Marketing is Simple” says that we need to pay attention to pricing opportunities before harvest....More
In the north, cooler, drier air pushed into much of the Midwest, although showers lingered across the southern and western Corn Belt. In particular, rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches or more were common across Missouri and southern Illinois.
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get tips on managing giant ragweed during the late growing season and learn about new research that could lead to less dependence on nitrogen application. Take a poll on fungicide use this year and see how drought conditions have changed since planting season. Finally, enjoy a tribute to farm dogs in the latest parody from Farmer Derek.
Corn bulls are talking about more complications in Europe, continuing uncertainty in the eastern part of the Corn Belt, especially IL, IN and OH, and some recent arising heat and dryness concerns out in the western Corn Belt....More
Crop condition ratings in parts of the Corn Belt are on a steady downward trend, mostly due to standing water, whether from earlier this summer or right now, says Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois crop scientist. Soil nitrogen levels have also fallen considerably, he says, dropping to 50 lbs/acre or below in the top 2 feet of soil....More
One of the concerns some growers have is that persistent rains will wash pollen off the silks before fertilization occurs. However, pollen shed is not a continuous process. It stops when the tassel is too wet or too dry and begins again when temperature conditions are favorable....More
Crop conditions across most of Minnesota and much the Midwest have been quite favorable through the first half of the growing season. Crop conditions in a large segment of the southern Corn Belt have been much less favorable during most of the growing season, due to the significant amount of late and prevented planting, along with excessive rainfall in many areas during June and early July....More
Corn bears are talking about improving U.S. weather forecasts, while the bulls are talking about all-time record heat readings being recorded in France and other parts of Europe. Bottom line: We remain lodged in a weather market, and do not need to keep repeating the same rhetoric....More
The 5 agriculture stories to read this week gives insight into corn borer population and offers new research about soybean genetics. Growers are also reminded that there's still time to comment on the EPA proposed rule to the RFS. Learn about cover crop practices and read a story from the Washington Post about the value of corn.
Corn plants take up and use a large amount of nitrogen during the growing season. Making sure the plant has access to nitrogen as it approaches flowering can improve yields. In-season nitrogen applications help ensure the plant has adequate nitrogen to fuel kernel development....More
Lots of rain in early summer changed drought conditions in the Midwest, compared to what it looked like just before planting began. Here's a current look, and look back, at how the U.S. Drought Monitor has changed from planting season to now. We'll update the gallery each week with the latest map.