Faced with wet or windy weather and heavy workloads, farmers want to know how much it will cost to delay weed control. The answer: plenty — even if you don’t have glyphosate-resistant weeds in your fields.
Low prices, weed resistance, environmental concerns and more are giving farmers the opportunity to think different about they way they farm. Stories this year offered insight and tips to thinking different about herbicides, data, planting, nitrogen application and more.
Undoubtedly, the 21st century’s first 15 years were laden with change, challenges, and opportunities. Sound management and financial practices offer a large piece of the profits to those that embrace and execute their strategies....More
This is the second of a two-part article highlighting what happened agriculturally in 2015. Last week’s article provided a review of 2015 crop production and weather conditions. This week we will focus on some highlights regarding input costs, grain prices and the avian flu virus outbreak in 2015....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, read some resolutions to help farm finances in 2016, as well as a price outlook for the coming year. Learn about a change in farm program payments and how data can help make your fertilizer more efficient. Finally, enjoy a list of reasons Santa is similar to farmers.
Agronomic practices, fertilizer application, tillage and low prices (and how to deal with them) were just a few hot topics on our website in 2015. Check out these most-read stories; a lot of it will be helpful to know for 2016.
As Woodrill Farms looks for ways to boost productivity, it is taking a deep-down look at soils to help drive decisions it hopes will help it maintain or boost its current year-over-year trend-line average corn yield increase....More
Average Iowa farmland value is now estimated to be $7,633 per acre—having dropped in value for the second consecutive year. Per-acre value declined $310, or 3.9%, since last year’s survey. Farmland values have now fallen almost 13% from the historically high 2013 values....More
Crop growing conditions in much of the Upper Midwest were almost ideal throughout much of the growing season. Conditions were not nearly as favorable in the eastern and southern Corn Belt where farmers dealt with crop conditions in 2015 that were similar to the Upper Midwest during the 2014 growing season....More
Marty Derks is on a mission to maximize corn and soybean yields in a harsh climate. Twin-row planting combined with precise seed placement are enabling higher planting rates in corn and lower rates in soybeans....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get a land value outlook and projections into net incomes for 2015. Read about winter drainage water management and take our latest poll about input cuts. Finally, enjoy a holiday serenade from Farmer Derek.
As farmers worked hard in 2015 to produce crops, we worked hard to bring you the best stories and information to help you farm smarter, and be more profitable. From new farm equipment to mobile apps to use on the farm, soil fertility tips to land values and other tips to make harvest better, we've offered a plethora of information in our galleries this year. Here are the top galleries for 2015.
Antonio Mallarino, Iowa State University agronomist, firmly believes that farmers should not cut or reduce phosphorus, potassium or lime application rates in low-testing soils, where yield increases and profits from fertilizer or liming are very likely even with unfavorable prices.
Regardless of the economic outlook, the cycle, or even where we are in the cycle, it is still good to be a farmer. The agriculture industry is integral to global economics, continuing innovation, and generations of sustainability....More
After relying primarily on blanket applications of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium during his operation’s rapid growth phase, Riensche is planning variable-rate and just-in-time nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium applications on half or more of his acres in 2016....More
Corn catches a bit of tailwind on a huge backstroke by the U.S. dollar and strength in the wheat market. Unfortunately flat-price is only up about 10¢ on the week and the market still continues to chop around in a sideways channel near the lower end of the range....More
Christmas is approaching, and I am looking for a gift. But not your typical gift, because I am not interested in another tie. I want — make that need — the gift of a market signal that will take soft and languishing corn and soybean prices in the grain market and give them a reason to rally higher....More
Without a surprise in the final 2015 production estimate or December 1 stocks estimate to be released in January, low prices may persist into the spring when U.S. weather becomes an important factor again....More
In tough economic times there is sometimes a tendency to ignore or deny reality and hope better times magically reappear. Instead, reach out and use the resources around you. Attend meetings and engage with your lender, supplier, and peers. Networking can be extremely useful in developing strategies and actions to navigate tough economic times....More
Leaders say change happens through growth over time. I hope we can all try to get outside our comfort zone. Taking that first step can lead to less fear and put us on the road to greater success....More
In the 5 agriculture stories to read, access a new risk-management website for farmers and see estimates for 2015 ARC-CO payments. Read about hired worker and wage increases for 2015 and learn about cloud-based farm-management software that helps save time and improve budget planning. Finally, enjoy the latest pro-ag parody from the Peterson Farm Bros.