“A lot of conservation practices — once you get them working well — turn out to be an economic advantage, so you make more money,” says Brian Parkinson, a corn and soybean grower from Reynolds, Ill....More
Illinois farmer Brian Parkinson thinks saturated buffers are a good fit for his farm. The conservation drainage practice diverts tile water before it reaches the outlet and reroutes it along the length of an existing grass buffer strip....More
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
Farmed potholes are consistently less profitable than upland parts of fields, and often lose money, according to a recent analysis by the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA). Tight margins and increased attention to water quality make this a good time to scrutinize pothole performance on your farm, Adam Kiel says....More
The American Soybean Association (ASA) presented Winsor Farms, in Grantville, Kan., with the 2016 National Conservation Legacy Award during the annual ASA Awards Banquet on Friday, March 4, at Commodity Classic in New Orleans. Andy Winsor accepted the award on behalf of Winsor Farms....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, get some insight into crop insurance and risk management for 2016. Learn about the value of cover crops and see the latest crop values summary from USDA. Read about an increase in conventional corn use and enjoy some "You might be a farmer if…" jokes.
When he decided to take parts of five fields out of corn and soybean production a year ago, Wayne Fredericks was convinced that converting the ground to wildlife habitat was a sound decision for his pocketbook and the environment. A year later, with crop prices even softer, he thinks the reasoning behind the decision is even more compelling....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, learn about corn production challenges, and Northern corn leaf blight control. Sign up for the Conservation Stewardship Program and read about improving management zones and variable rate. Finally, enjoy some farm-related ads from the 1950s.
Three generations of Winsors have been working since the 1940s to sustain soil and water resources on the family farm in northeastern Kansas. “Having those practices in place allows my brother and I to implement newer conservation techniques, such as water management and cover crops," says Andy Winsor....More
About 10 years ago, John Verell transitioned from cotton to corn, wheat and double-cropped soybeans, made no-till a priority and began to use cover crops. “Erosion just isn’t an issue any more,” this year’s Conservation Legacy Award winner for the South Region says....More
There appears to be more interest in the CRP enrollment in 2016, due to the current lower crop prices and reduced farm profitability. FSA will rank all bid offers for the General CRP enrollment on the basis of the Environmental Benefits Index (EBI) to determine which CRP bids are accepted....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
Indiana farmer Lynn Hindbaugh plans to capitalize on new detailed soil type and organic matter maps to: Experiment with variable-rate seeding, improve variable-rate fertility practices and evaluate multi-hybrid planting scenarios....More
Charlie Hammer has never done the same thing for too long, except when it comes to wheels on soil. He has deliberately traveled the same controlled-traffic (CT) lanes on his Beaver Dam, Wis., farm to limit soil compaction....More
Nitrate management in tile water is a big reason why this water control structure has slowly gained a foothold in the Corn Belt, but its potential for providing timely water to corn and soybeans may spell the future for this underground tile water management tool....More
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
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.
Our most-read stories from November 2015 included corn hybrid performance data, cloud-based farm software, a look back in time, weed management strategies, cover crop benefits and more. Take a look here and read the best stories you may have missed.
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, read some research about managing glyphosate resistance with pre and post herbicide applications and about terminating cereal rye cover crops right before soybean planting. See how big data can add value to agriculture and learn how no-till can save on nitrogen costs. Finally, enjoy a farm-themed Christmas light display.