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.
Although it’s only been three seasons since Scott Poen switched to no-till and strip-till, the soil is already responding, he says. Water infiltration has improved, and he hasn’t had to fix any washouts on sloping fields....More
In less than a month, farmers will gather to discuss conservation tillage. The annual Conservation Tillage Conference, held this year in Willmar on Dec. 15 and 16, will feature speakers, breakout sessions, roundtable discussions and the favorite: beer and bull....More
As harvest season ends and farmers in the United States ready themselves for winter, one small change could make a huge difference in their soil’s health and the health of our climate-impacted world: planting cover crops.
With the installation of an 18-acre pond in mid-December 2014, eastern Iowa grower Jim Sladek married the pattern drainage and irrigation. By April 1, the pond was full, ready and waiting for use by center pivots. Ninety-five percent of its water came from drain tile....More
Tying conservation practices to federal crop insurance rules and rates requires turning field experience into public policy, and that requires data. AGree, a collaborative effort founded and funded by nine of the world's leading foundations committed to food and agriculture, is attempting to make that connection....More