Bruce Ackley, Ohio State University weed science specialist, breaks down the differences between Palmer amaranth, waterhemp and redroot pigweed in a recent video. From stem differences, leaf shape, hair presence and seed heads, Ackley shows you the differences between the three plants so you can properly manage the difficult weeds....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, check for seedling diseases and get new nitrogen recommendations. Read the latest on the ag economy and tips keeping weed spray fails from happening on your farm. Finally, enjoy a tribute to Prince from a farmer.
Marestail can be one of the most challenging weeds to control prior to planting no-till soybeans. Already this season some have reported poor marestail control following applications of glyphosate plus 2,4-D....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, find out if fall-applied nitrogen is still in your field and learn the impact of rainy weather and cold temps on herbicide efficacy. Read income projections and new research about soybean input ROI. Finally, enjoy a new parody song about farming.
Paying careful attention to herbicide labels, cover crop selection, research results, and the timing of herbicide application and seeding can help increase your odds of successful incorporation of cover crops into a corn and soybean system....More
Herbicide application accuracy and efficacy is easy. All you have to do is follow the rules of right tip, right pressure, right speed, right rate and right application conditions. Fail on any one rule and you may face a costly re-spray or even lose control for the season....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get some considerations for soybean planting and a reminder about pesticide labels. Learn what university experts are predicting for corn and soybean prices and how one farmer is making no-till work in the north. Finally, enjoy some apps for your smartphone.
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, learn about new herbicides for 2016 and get info on soil testing for SCN. Access cover crop information on your phone and get tips for increasing your corn and soybean yields. Finally, enjoy some farm learning games for kids.
After six years of replicated trials (60 total site-years), would you believe the only soybean inputs with a positive return on investment (ROI) were foliar insecticides, an occassional seed treatment and an occassional foliar fungicide/insecticide combo?...More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get some tips for prepping your sprayer and consider some points if planting Dicamba-tolerant soybeans. Read a cash-rent outlook and learn some questions to ask about biologicals. Finally, enjoy a pro-GMO resource list of pages and websites to share.
Farmers from Iowa, Indiana and Ohio have written offer their advice and opinions on tillage, sustainability and soil health. Some agree with being progressive, and others are questioning it. What are your thoughts on being sustainable?...More
A mild winter was just right to create conditions for a higher incidence of the marestail weed on farm fields this year, says Travis Legleiter, a Purdue University weed specialist. Farmers need to do what they can to gain control of it early in the planting season, he said....More
The trade show at Commodity Classic was the biggest in show history. That meant a lot of products to browse through. Between the show floor and press events, Editor Kurt Lawton found these upcoming, updated or new products for farmers.
New biological products for the soil have entered the market at an unprecedented rate. However, product claims are now running into input budget reality. How does a farmer justify these new products with low crop prices?...More
Commodity Classic is always one of my favorite events. There is so much information to take in; it's a bit overwhelming. We've pared down what we've learned so far while in New Orleans, and are sharing some of the best things we've learned, from weed resistance issues and agvocating to a money-back guarantee on prescription services.
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, brush up on Anthracnose management and get tips for keeping your stored grain in good condition as temps fluctuate. Read the latest profit projections and some considerations when choosing crop insurance. Finally, enjoy a list of things that irritate farmers.
The herbicide package used on all Enlist crops, called Enlist Duo, is a new formulation containing glyphosate and a new 2,4-D choline with Colex-D drift reduction technology. “We feel it is important to get this technology into the hands of farmers despite some current foreign import approval limitations," says Ryan Keller, Enlist field specialist....More
Farmers should take field history into account in 2016 regarding both insect and disease risks, says Kevin Sloane, technical seed manager for WinField in Viroqua, Wis. “Make specific plans on a field-by-field basis to increase odds for better return on investment, especially with current low commodity prices.”...More
Roy Wendte aims to hit his problem weeds, waterhemp and marestail, with a one-two punch every time he sprays. He puts down soil-applied residuals on all his crop acres, and deploys “as many modes of action within a season as I can.”...More
In late July, Zachary Yoder trudged into tasseling 8-foot tall corn to ground-truth his first-ever smartphone message alerting him that satellite imagery had detected an unusual area in the irrigated field....More
There are farmers who clearly see the value of sustainability for their business, for the environment and for meeting consumer demand. They choose to certify their best management practices that precisely place fertilizer, capture carbon, minimize nutrient and soil loss, and rebuild soil health....More
"I think we've gotten away from IPM," says Iowa farmer Blake Crawford. "For my customers, integrated traits in hybrids are the No. 1 option as they are easy to use and affordable versus scouting and using IPM, and give good control of most problem pests."...More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, download crop budget spreadsheets and a 2015 tax guide. Learn about nematode research and the impact of late weed control. Finally, enjoy some RC tractors in action.