Corn planting is nearing completion in many states, and emergence rates made big jumps over the past week. Farmers planting soybeans made a lot of progress out in the field, too. Soybean emergence rates are still just slightly ahead of average....More
If a summer price rally does occur, producers will likely want to aggressively price the 2016 crop. In addition, history suggests that a weather market would also result in opportunities for pricing 2017 crops and beyond....More
After the encouraging start to the growing season in April, there have been several crop challenges across the region, including delayed planting, poor emergence, and frost damage. Fortunately, a bit more favorable weather during the week of May 16-21 has helped improve the crop conditions in many areas....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get answers about corn replant and watch for slug damage. Check out a new edition of the Farm Estate and Business Planning book and get tips for nitrogen management in a wet spring. Finally, enjoy some signs that you were a farm kid.
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
Clete, a diversified farming and cattle operation, uses Granular farm management software to track inputs, farm tasks and inventories. Data can be uploaded via the mobile app to ensure it's uploaded at the right time and with the right information, every time....More
According to the latest USDA Crop Progress report, farmers were able to make some significant strides in planting corn and soybeans over the past week to continue with ahead-of-average pace. And despite the cold weather, crops continue to make good emergence progress....More
Unfortunately, human interaction is often an overlooked skill. Whether it is a farmer, rancher, lender, supplier or agribusiness professional, the art of one-on-one interactions can be a competitive advantage....More
. The May report showed slightly lower corn ending stocks for 2015-16, and significantly lower soybean ending stocks, as compared to the April Report. Corn stocks are expected to show a 19 percent increase by the end of the 2016-17 marketing year, while the ending stocks for soybeans are expected to decrease by 24 percent during that time....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, download an app to help with soybean replanting decisions and get insight into late corn emergence. See what impact marketing gains will have on your 2016 budget and scout for early-season corn pests. Finally, get help drying your soggy soil.
Planting may be in the front of everyone’s mind, but farmers should not lose sight of nitrogen management, particularly after the recent rains. With the extra moisture, water movement through the soil creates reason for nitrogen leaching concerns....More
Now that interest rates have increased, many producers want to know whether they should fix interest rates on their loans or continue on with a variable rate. Here are five considerations when making that choice for your farm loan....More
Corn exports may exceed the current USDA projection, but the decline from exports of a year ago contributes to prospects for ample year-ending stocks and the continuation of relatively low corn prices....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.
In a high-yielding, irrigated environment, one broken nozzle 1,000 feet from the center affects water delivery on nearly two acres, and “could cost you $600-1,000 in lost corn yield,” says Joshua Stamper, University of Minnesota Extension irrigation specialist....More
The best approach to a retirement decision starts personally and requires examination of several factors. A plan that is thoughtful and thorough in considering goals, health, expenses and income is a good start in the right direction....More
Frequent rainfall events during the last 10 days of April, along with saturated soils, has halted corn and soybean planting in many areas of the Upper Midwest. Some portions of the region have a significant amount of corn planted, while other areas have barely started....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.
Considerable debate surrounds the U.S. crop insurance program, including its cost, role in farm conservation and impact on farm management and farmland values. Experts at the University of Illinois examined the broader considerations that underpin these specific debates.
Although the price of nitrogen fertilizer has fallen in the past year, the lower price of corn means that decisions about nitrogen management need to be made carefully, with an eye towards maximizing the return on investment for this important input....More
Although the concept of a custom farming agreement is simple, close communication between the custom operator and the landowner is essential. A written contract for the custom farming agreement should definitely be prepared....More