This fall, as Steve Pitstick scans his combine’s windshield and yield monitor assessing performance of his Illinois farm, he also keeps an eye on his tablet computer as it displays harvest data from thousands of farms and millions of acres across the Corn Belt....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get some tips for using grain bags for storage and check out a new weed ID guide. Find out some price projections and get tips for weed management in 2016. Finally, enjoy the farmer wave.
In case you missed it: Here are our most-read stories from October 2015. From tillage's impact on soil health to new equipment, soil fertility management to dropping high-priced land leases, these stories appealed to farmers for their tips, insight and information.
As the 2015 corn and soybean harvest season is wrapping up, some producers have wondered if there will be any 2015 crop insurance payments, given the decline in crop prices. However, most crop producers in the Upper Midwest had above average yields in 2015, and crop prices have not dropped as dramatically, which will make 2015 crop insurance payments less likely....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get advice from experts on not skimping on crop inputs and see what a balance sheet looks like with lower farmland prices. Read about an EU rejection of opting out of biotech food and learn about changing chisel points to increase residue. Finally help out an ag-friendly Senator who supports biotech and a uniform food labeling system.
Weeds in corn and soybean fields are practically a certainty. No matter how much time, how many resources farmers used on weed control in 2015, it's more than likely weed issues will happen again next year. Here are some considerations from experts at University of Illinois for weed management in 2016....More
Corn prices were around $3.80 per bushel in mid-August, in mid-September and again in October. There's just not a lot of momentum on either side. From now to year-end it'll be hard to breakout of the $3.50-4.10 range....More
Low commodity prices and high yields this harvest season point to farmers storing larger quantities of grain for a longer period of time. However, capitalizing on the opportunity for higher, future commodity prices requires proper management to protect grain quality, according to Gary Woodruff, conditioning applications manager with GSI....More
The first confusion surrounding ARC-CO payments is why producers in one county get the maximum payment for a crop for the 2014 crop year, and producers in another county get zero payment for the same crop....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, take in some online agronomy classes and get new tips for phosphorus application. Read about the latest rules for drone use and get out to sample for SCN. Finally, take some time to set Subway straight and share some reliable farm information about antibiotic use in livestock.
Many farm operators in Minnesota, northern Iowa and eastern South Dakota are experiencing some the best corn and soybean yields in their farming career. With the exception of areas that were damaged by severe storms, crop disease, or late season dryness, crop yields have been consistently quite strong....More
The increased corn and soybean yields in the latest USDA Report was more than offset by reductions in the estimated harvested acreage for both crops, and resulted in decreases in the expected 2014 crop production levels, compared to the September report....More
After the latest USDA reports, some observers believe the corn crop is not as large as the current USDA forecast. One of the factors cited as evidence is the strong basis levels in many markets....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week learn about a new bacterial leaf disease and get some considerations if you're planning to apply nitrogen this fall. Read about the benefits of the recently passed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and about how tillage is impacting your soil health. Finally, enjoy a new podcast about yield mysteries.
If you're planning to fall-apply nitrogen after harvest this year, Fabian Fernandez at the University of Minnesota has some tips: the what, when, where, how and how much when it comes to nitrogen application....More
As producers we've learned through the years that slowly grinding lower prices are often the most psychologically challenging and painful to sit through. Make certain you are mentally preparing yourself or taking the appropriate actions to avoid the struggles. I continue to believe best practice is to keep all hedges in place....More
In the 5 agriculture stories to read this week, get some considerations for lime applications and learn more information about tar spot, a newly spotted corn disease. Review crop budget changes for 2016 and get some harvest and post-harvest tips. Finally, enjoy a story about farmers helping farmers in a time of great need.
The 2015 Farm Progress Show had equipment for days and something for everyone. Here's our last installment of products we saw at the show that may have a fit for your farm. From tillage to irrigation, tires to seed tending tech, and more, this roundup of new products will be available for your next purchase.
A few weeks ago, Tar Spot, a new disease of corn caused by the fungus Phyllachora maydis, was reported for the first time in the U.S., first in Indiana and then in Illinois. It was later found as far east as Allen County, IN, bordering Paulding County in northwest Ohio. Pierce Paul, Ohio State University, offers these answers about the new disease....More
Average rental rates for 2015 did drop a bit in some areas, but in general have remained quite high across the region. Farm operators and landlords are now beginning the process of negotiating land rental contracts for the 2016 crop year, and are trying to arrive at equitable rental rates, based on the lower crop prices that we are now experiencing....More
Dust storms, rills and gullies, soil crusting, runoff, ponding — these are above-ground signs of poor soil health. And below ground: weak soil aggregation, compaction, impaired biological life, restricted water infiltration, stagnant smell, gray color. The prime culprit? Tillage.
In the 5 agriculture stories to read this week, get some tips for harvesting down corn and insight into reduced fertilizer application given low commodity prices. Read about climate change consensus from non-climate scientists and learn which farm management practices are the worst. Finally, read an article reminding us that GMOs are more than just food.