The 5 Ag stories to read this week talk about the possibility of skipping Bt-traited corn in 2015 to help save costs, and offer examples of low returns for 2015. There is also help for making decisions regarding the new risk programs in the 2014 farm bill. Read what farmers learned in 2014, and remember to practice safety this harvest season as National Farm Safety and Health Week comes to a close.
This week's 5 Ag stories to read includes advice on scouting for Southern rust in corn, as well as an outlook on farmland prices. Also read an opinion about GMO and organic working together to feed a growing population. There are also tips and methods for seeding cover crops, and for a little fun, enjoy a gallery featuring a throwback to seed bags.
The Minnesota State Fair is the largest state fair in the U.S. And with that honor comes an incredible display of displays; the amount of things to see and take in is endless. One of the neat things I came across this year was a huge collection of old corn seed bags. So many different brands, names, colors. Which ones were used on your farm?
The USDA released the Grain Stocks and Acreage reports on June 30. Data showed that corn stocks are up nearly 40% from last year. Soybean stocks, however, are down 7% from 2013. The Acreage report showed the lowest corn planted acreage since 2010. Soybean planted acreage is up 11% over 2013....More
Spring 2014 has been a battle for most Upper Midwest crop producers, as they have tried to get corn and soybeans planted on a timely basis. Some favorable weather in late May allowed significant planting progress in many areas of southern and western Minnesota, and adjoining areas of Iowa and South Dakota....More
Farmers across the Corn Belt made strong progress in the fields in the past week, returning to normal corn planting pace and shifting ahead of the five-year average planting pace for soybeans. Warm weather helped corn and soybean crops emerge and push to near-average emergence pace....More
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
Agronomists are advising growers to stick with planting full-season corn hybrids for about another week, probably until around May 25, before moving to earlier corn hybrids, or switching major acreage to soybeans....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
Corn seedlings are most vulnerable and susceptible to damage from planting through the V6 growth stage. Identify early-season problems, including emergence and germination problems, early-season stress, weeds, appearance and nitrogen loss to make important input decisions and save yields....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
“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
“Think of corn in thermal time (growing degree days) instead of calendar time,” advises Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois agronomist. “If the whole (corn) crop got planted May 10 instead of May 1, we would not see a big drop in yield. We won’t lose a huge amount of yield until mid-May. We may have forgotten there’s a real advantage for the corn plant to be in a fairly warm soil, ready to germinate and emerge in five to six days."
“Some cold, wet spring days like today, you wonder whether the (corn) seed is better off in the bag or in the field,” says Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois Agronomist. Wet soils and cold weather have disrupted corn planting across large parts of the Upper Midwest and all of Iowa....More
Very cool temperatures have existed across the region during most of the month of April, resulting in cold soil temperatures and soil conditions, which have not been conducive to the initiation of corn planting in Minnesota and northern Iowa. In addition, heavy rainfall in late April across large areas of the Upper Midwest has added to the planting delays in most of the region....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
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
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
Help your corn crop get off to a good start this year with these tips from Ohio State University. From planting timing and tillage to seeding depth and rates, these tips will help alleviate mistakes during crop establishment and increase corn yield potential....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
On March 31, USDA released the Prospective Plantings Report and quarterly Grain Stocks Report. These were very highly anticipated USDA Reports, due to the uncertainty in corn prices and soybean prices in recent months, as well as with the potential for large increases in USDA estimated grain stocks in the coming year....More
As the weather warms, farmers will get into the field for planting corn and soybeans. Here are some tips and tools from DuPont Pioneer experts for planting, from planter setup to row spacing to planting rates....More
Gavilon Grain LLC has partnered with Syngenta to market the new rootworm-resistant Duracade corn. While growers of the new corn are free to find their own markets, if they can't, Gavilon will step in to find a buyer and set up a grain contract, offering growers a local market price for the corn....More
Chuck Lee, Syngenta, talks about the new rootworm-resistant Duracade corn. With a limited launch in 2014, the company expects to have about 250,000 acres of the new-traited corn planted under the NK and Golden Harvest brands....More
Ken DeSmith is a believer in higher corn plant populations, but that wasn’t always the case. The Atkinson, Ill., grower was skeptical when corn plant populations started steadily creeping upward a decade or more ago....More