Corn producers in several locations are talking about extremely warm temperatures and early-planted corn starting to show a bit of stress out in the fields. Obviously this has the bulls thinking about possible production cuts by the USDA coming in the next 30 days....More
With warm temperatures and the crop just entering its most rapid growth and nitrogen uptake phase, it seems highly likely that the corn growing in soils with the normal amount of nitrogen will be able to take up most of its nitrogen with little danger of developing nitrogen deficiency....More
The June report lowered the 2015-16 corn ending stocks by 95 million bushels, and the 2015-16 soybean ending stocks by 30 million bushels, as compared to the May report. In addition, projected 2016-17 ending stocks were lowered by 145 million bushels for corn, and by 45 million bushels for soybeans....More
In the 5 Ag stories to read this week, get tips for keeping stored corn and soybeans cool over the summer and read about tissue testing corn for phosphorus and potassium. Learn about using cover crops to control glyphosate-resistant weeds and about how much nitrogen is left in the field after recent extended rains. Finally, enjoy a book to help kids learn about planting and seed technology.
The June 2016 WASDE report was fairly as expected. Corn data is somewhat as expected, with the bulls looking for slightly larger increases in demand. Soybeans are holding their gains on across the board bullish data delivered by the USDA....More
The labels of most postemergence corn herbicides allow applications at various crop growth stages, but almost all product labels indicate a maximum growth stage beyond which broadcast applications should not be made. This table lists herbicides and the max corn height at which it can be applied....More
There’s a lesson to be learned from the commodities markets’ reaction to the May WASDE report, according to Matt Bennett, grain marketing consultant for Channel Seed. The lesson, he says, is to be proactive with your grain marketing strategies, so you can take advantage of unforeseen surges in prices....More
The spring of 2016 has been a battle for some Upper Midwest crop producers as they have tried to get corn and soybeans planted on a timely basis. Heavy rains over in the past couple of weeks have caused further planting delays in these regions, in addition to resulting in drown-out damage in other locations across the Upper Midwest....More
As of June 5, nearly of the 2016 corn crop had been planted across the United States. And the majority of that planted crop is out of the ground already. Soybean planting and emergence pace is running ahead of average and making good progress....More
“Beyond some level of applied nitrogen, grain yield stops increasing with more additions,” says Bob Nielsen, Extension corn specialist. “Consequently, applying more nitrogen than the crop requires is dollar wasteful and environmentally distasteful.”...More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get some resources for managing resistant weeds and get payment estimates for farmers who used the ARC-CO program for 2015. Learn about members of the public who help test water quality and see photos of nutrient-deficient corn and soybeans. Finally, enjoy some creative bale stacking!
Is there any hope for reduction of crop input costs including cash rent expense? The short answer is yes. According to data, rent, fertilizer, fuel and drying costs are slowing decreasing, says David Kohl....More
With the start of the critical three-month growing season, the potential size of the 2016 U.S. corn crop becomes the focus of attention. The market will follow weather conditions, crop ratings, and weather forecasts in order to form yield expectations....More
Cool, wet soil conditions from repeated rainfall events can likely be to blame for development of some seedling diseases in corn. Monitor seedling emergence and stand establishment during the coming weeks so problems can be detected as early as possible....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get some insight into replant options for hail-damaged crops and keys to proper soybean nutrition. Find out how climate change will impact corn yields in the future and consider switching unplanted corn acres to soybeans this year. Finally, we pay tribute to the farmer soldiers this Memorial Day.
Around the Midwest, agronomists from Winfield are out in corn and soybean fields, checking planting progress, emergence issues and looking for weeds, insects and diseases. Here are updates on what they're seeing.
Current prices favor planting soybeans on remaining unplanted acres. Prevented planting will come into play if continued rain and wet soils prevent plantings until the final planting dates have been reached....More
Timely nitrogen applications on corn can optimize yield, profits and the environment. Corn+Soybean Digest (CSD) editors compiled a special issue “Sidedress: Our best ideas, insight and tips to manage nitrogen application.”...More
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