New biological products for the soil have entered the market at an unprecedented rate. However, product claims are now running into input budget reality. How does a farmer justify these new products with low crop prices?...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.
The herbicide package used on all Enlist crops, called Enlist Duo, is a new formulation containing glyphosate and a new 2,4-D choline with Colex-D drift reduction technology. “We feel it is important to get this technology into the hands of farmers despite some current foreign import approval limitations," says Ryan Keller, Enlist field specialist....More
Roy Wendte aims to hit his problem weeds, waterhemp and marestail, with a one-two punch every time he sprays. He puts down soil-applied residuals on all his crop acres, and deploys “as many modes of action within a season as I can.”...More
In late July, Zachary Yoder trudged into tasseling 8-foot tall corn to ground-truth his first-ever smartphone message alerting him that satellite imagery had detected an unusual area in the irrigated field....More
"I think we've gotten away from IPM," says Iowa farmer Blake Crawford. "For my customers, integrated traits in hybrids are the No. 1 option as they are easy to use and affordable versus scouting and using IPM, and give good control of most problem pests."...More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, download crop budget spreadsheets and a 2015 tax guide. Learn about nematode research and the impact of late weed control. Finally, enjoy some RC tractors in action.
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, check out a new weed control guide and an outlook on input costs. Read new research on the effectiveness of neonicotinoid seed treatments and tips for cutting costs in 2016. Finally, enjoy the carrot harvest!
Profitable weed management is all about when you control weeds, says Paul Johnson, South Dakota State University Extension weed scientist. A total POST program is risky — even if glyphosate is working well in your fields — because unfavorable weather often prevents timely herbicide applications....More
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.
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
Implied fertilizer costs in December 2015 are lower than in all years since 2009, suggesting that fertilizer costs in 2016 could be lower than in recent years. Current projections put fertilizer costs in 2016 about $10 per acre lower than in 2015. If fertilizer prices continue to decrease, this cost decrease could become larger....More
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.
Farmers across the Midwest faced weed control challenges this past summer, and many were caused by weather. Rain made it difficult to get into fields in a timely manner, causing many farmers to rely on post-emergence application to control larger weeds. Weed resistance was also an issue. Farmers did find weed control success when a preemerge was possible, and when weeds could be sprayed when they were still small....More
“We believe the questions that have been raised about any potential synergy between 2,4-D choline and glyphosate can be promptly resolved in the next few months, in time for the 2016 crop use season,” said Tim Hassinger, Dow AgroSciences President and CEO....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, learn about new pesticide rules and get info on the 2016 Commodity Classic. See some global benchmarks for corn production and hear from a farmer who went from plowing to no-tilling, and shares the benefits. Finally enjoy a little education on watersheds from the Environmentally Friendly Robot.
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.
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
Herbicide options and different sites of action may have some farmers forgoing fall herbicide application. However, Mark Loux, Ohio State University Extension, says that fall herbicide treatments may be beneficial in cases. Here are some considerations before you wash your hands of fall application....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get some tips for successful weed control and learn about a new corn disease. Read about a Taiwanese commitment to purchase U.S. corn and soybeans and get tips for adjusting your combine for soybean harvest. Finally, enjoy a very sharable video about the actual amount of herbicide used per application per acre.