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USDA Allows Commercialization of Dow AgroScience’s Enlist Traits By: 09/18/2014 @ 9:53am

USDA has given the thumbs-up to Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist corn and soybean traits. This week, it deregulated traits that are part of Dow’s Enlist Weed Control System. This system centers around traits…

Early Spotty Frost Descends Deep Within Minnesota By: 09/16/2014 @ 12:35pm

North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota farmers warily watch the chances of frost every mid-September. Last Saturday (September 13), though, they were joined by farmers as far south as southern…

WinField Launches Three Ag Tech Tools By: 08/20/2014 @ 10:32am

Here are three new products from WinField that the firm announced at its Ag Tech Summit held this week in Las Vegas, Nevada. They include:Answer Tech by WinField. This is a web portal and mobile app store…

Demand, Technology Optimistic Points for Corn and Soybeans By: 08/19/2014 @ 8:08am

If you’re down in the mouth about struggling crop prices, chin up. There’s still plenty to look forward to, says Mike Vande Logt, Winfield’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.Vande…

Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System Soybean Debut Now Likely in 2016 By: 08/07/2014 @ 3:20pm

It will likely be 2016 before you'll be able to use Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System for dicamba-tolerant soybeans.Monsanto officials say they still expect USDA to approve the Roundup Ready…

Late-Season Applications Can Help Curb Nitrogen Deficiencies By: 07/21/2014 @ 11:14am

Prolific spring and early-summer precipitation in parts of the Dakotas, Minnesota, and Iowa has sparked nitrogen (N) loss concerns in corn.The good news is that late-season N applications can work. Ideally…

Good Times for Livestock Farmers, Tough Times for Crop Farmers By: 07/16/2014 @ 2:32pm

If you were a livestock producer back in 2012 thinking just crop farming would be a lot easier, think again. You’re in the catbird seat for the next few years while grain farmers endure tighter…

How to Save and Build Soil By: 06/24/2014 @ 9:16am

There’s a saying farmland sellers use to entice buyers: “They aren’t making any more of it.”Well, there’s a little more to it than that. Centuries ago in the Amazon Basin of South America, natives…

Deep Corn Planting May Pay on Droughty Soils By: 05/21/2014 @ 11:29am

The standard corn planting depth recommendation for the Corn Belt is 1.5 to 2 inches. During droughty springs or in droughty fields or droughty parts of fields, though, you may be shortchanging seeds.At least…

What’s Coming in Herbicide-Tolerant Trait Stacks By: 05/21/2014 @ 11:14am

There’s a saying that nothing is certain but death and taxes. This saying, though, should be altered to include weeds in your crops. A particular disconcerting trend in recent years has been the advent of…

What Now for Corn After Corn? By: 05/19/2014 @ 5:46pm

If you’ve finished planting corn after corn this spring, congratulations! Planting corn after corn is no small task. Compared to corn following soybeans, you have much more residue to plant through. All this…

Fungicides Aren’t All About Yields By: 05/19/2014 @ 5:30pm

Granted, increasing yields and preserving yield potential are major factors when it comes to fungicide applications.   RELATED VIDEO       Still, Paul…

What Does Test Plot Replication and Randomization Mean? By: 05/19/2014 @ 5:27pm

Agricultural input sellers often point to test plot trials as a means of selling their product. But how do you know if these trials are accurate?One way is to ask if the test plots are replicated and…

Varietal Resistance Still Key in Managing Corn and Soybean Disease By: 05/19/2014 @ 5:24pm

Back in 1970, Southern corn leaf blight cut a scythe-like swath of withered plants, broken stalks, and rotten cobs across the United States. Hybrids were vulnerable because…

How Can I Tell What Class of Fungicide I Am Buying? By: 05/19/2014 @ 5:19pm

Rotating between fungicide classes or using a premix of multiple fungicide classes is recommended by industry and university plant pathologists as a good way to forestall…

Should I Book Fungicide Right Now? By: 05/19/2014 @ 4:59pm

Before you even think about buying and applying a fungicide, first get your agronomic house in order. “Invest in new technologies for problems you actually have or that increase your overall farming…

How Deep Do Corn Roots Go? By: 05/18/2014 @ 11:00pm

Back in the heat of the 2012 drought, my barber asked me about its impact on the corn crop.“Well, it’s going to be tough on it,” I replied. “But corn roots have some pretty deep roots. If there’s any…

Watch for Fomesafen Carryover Injury in Corn By: 05/14/2014 @ 5:06pm

If your soybean herbicide last season contained the active ingredient fomesafen, you may want to take a stroll through your cornfield. In the past few days, Kevin Bradley…

Open Ag Data Alliance Launched By: 03/13/2014 @ 1:31pm

Several industry groups this week moved to address farmer concerns regarding privacy of farmer field data by launching the Open Ag Data Alliance (OADA).The OADA forms an open standards software project to…

Q&A: David Friedberg, Climate Corporation By: 03/05/2014 @ 2:09pm

David Friedberg would probably turn few farmer heads if he popped into your local coffee shop. Those same farmers, though, would likely be amazed by how much data the company Friedberg heads -- The Climate…

How Splitting Hybrids and Varieties Can Make You Money By: 02/27/2014 @ 2:39pm

Somewhere, there has to be a field complete with uniform jet-black soils that can spout a 225-bushel-per-acre corn crop year after year.In reality, though, most of you likely farm fields with different soil…

Bayer CropScience SDS Seed Treatment Slated for 2015 By: 02/27/2014 @ 8:53am

  Vibrant green mid-summer soybeans are every soybean farmer’s dream. Yet, sudden death syndrome (SDS) — a silent stalker — can turn this dream into a…

The Climate Corporation Announces Data Privacy Guidelines By: 01/31/2014 @ 4:14pm

Used properly, data gleaned from your fields can help you boost yields and better target inputs. Still, barriers exist. “There is uncertainty about how farmer data is…

Can Cold Winters Knock Out Corn Rootworm? By: 01/27/2014 @ 11:05am

There’s a glimmer of good news in the brutal cold snaps that have occurred so far this winter. The Arctic-type cold temperatures could dent corn rootworm populations for…

Q&A: What makes a farmer successful? By: 01/14/2014 @ 2:00pm

Back in 1975, Hiram Drache turned heads when he predicted just 100,000 farms were needed to produce the country’s food. That wasn’t a popular message when farms were smaller and tallied just over 2.3…

300-Bushel Corn Yields On Average? Not Anytime Soon. By: 01/08/2014 @ 11:35am

Talk to any seed corn company executive, and it sounds like the corn yield increase party will never end. Some firms have set goals to either double current yields or…

16 steps to better corn-on-corn and continuous corn By: 12/18/2013 @ 8:32am

1. Know your foeThe 5% to 15% yield drag in corn-on-corn and continuous corn sometimes can be lessened. To do that, though, you have to overcome excessive in-row residue that keys five issues.   Poor…

Does corn after corn pay? By: 12/18/2013 @ 8:25am

When yields and prices are good, corn planted on corn beats the pants off corn rotated with soybeans or other crops. “Continuous corn yields (prior to 2011) were almost too good to be true,” says Jeff…

Uniform Seeding Depth Keys Even Emergence By: 12/17/2013 @ 10:53am

Matching the right corn hybrid with the right field is a key factor in garnering bumper yields at harvest. Once the seed is in the planter, though, it’s crucial to plant…

John Deere Forms Alliances with Dow, BASF By: 12/17/2013 @ 10:05am

John Deere continues to form business relationships with seed and chemical companies. Last month, it formed a collaboration with DuPont Pioneer to deliver real-time…

Grain Farmers: Get Ready For Some Tighter Years By: 12/13/2013 @ 4:58pm

Dan Basse is advising his farmer clients to shift from maximizing farm revenues to instead protecting their balance sheets. “The next three to six years will be a…

Cure for sick cornfields By: 12/12/2013 @ 2:50pm

Soybeans may get more attention on in-season fungicides, but there’s good evidence that it can often help corn yields, too. Carl Bradley, University of Illinois Extension plant pathologist, says the…

Why Too Much and Too Little Water Hurts Your Crops By: 12/11/2013 @ 9:02pm

If you swear that wet springs that foul your planting plans are worsening, you may be right. Jerry Hatfield, director of the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture…

Novozymes and Monsanto Form Strategic Microbial Alliance By: 12/10/2013 @ 8:59am

Novozymes and Monsanto announced this morning what they call a long-term strategic alliance to research and commercialize microbial products for farmers. The firms term…

Know Waterhemp's Weaknesses By: 12/03/2013 @ 10:22am

Want to get a soybean field free of waterhemp like the one in this picture? Know its two weaknesses, says Kevin Bradley, University of Missouri Extension weeds…

Micronutrient Checkup By: 11/21/2013 @ 2:45pm

Nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) are the big guns of crop nutrients. Still, micronutrients—such as zinc for corn and manganese for soybeans—may be worth a checkup. If you farm in an area…

The Climate Corporation Unveils New Products for 2014 By: 11/18/2013 @ 1:42pm

The Climate Corporation, a San Francisco-based weather data company, is offering two new services for 2014. Climate Pro Climate Pro will help a farmer with 40 key…

How Parametric Crop Insurance Works By: 11/18/2013 @ 1:32pm

When The Climate Corporation first debuted in 2006, it brought a new twist to the crop insurance business. The products from the San Francisco firm differ from those of…

How The Climate Corporation Built Big Weather Data By: 11/18/2013 @ 1:23pm

Back in 2002, David Friedberg walked daily past a shop called the Bike Hut on his way to work at Google in San Francisco.   On sunny days, business brimmed at…

Regularly scouting reveals in-season maladies By: 11/05/2013 @ 9:57am

Each year, the “whoosh” of rustling leaves, the “che” of a shovel striking soil, and the “psshh” of flying shoveled dirt emanate from Jim Mitchell’s cornfields. That’s because the Eaton, Ohio…

Prescription seeding: What to know By: 11/01/2013 @ 10:36am

Back in 2010, Josh Van Kooten planted a hybrid in one of his fields that busted the bins with a 240-bushel-per-acre yield. “It was great,” says Van Kooten, who farms near Pella, Iowa. “I planted more of…

4 Ways To Boost Corn Yields By: 10/24/2013 @ 2:52pm

  Think you’ve hit a corn yield plateau? Here are some four ways to break through from Bob Nielsen, Purdue University Extension agronomist.  1. Identify…

The $120,000,000 pest...and that’s just one state By: 10/22/2013 @ 9:36am

Perhaps you’re taking the Alfred E. Neuman approach to herbicide-resistant weeds: “What, me worry?” If so, Tennessee farmers can give you 120 million reasons why that won’t work. Back in 2011, Larry…

Tramlines boost row crop field efficiency By: 10/22/2013 @ 9:28am

Soybeans used to be a crop that you could plant, spray, and walk away from. If you want to break through yield barriers, though, you need to manage this nitrogen-fixing legume all the way to maturity. John…

Four reasons to feel good about farming By: 10/16/2013 @ 11:22am

Even as crops prices near harvest lows, there are plenty of reasons to feel good about farming. Here are a few that popped up this morning at a North American Agricultural Journalists breakfast hosted by…

Multiple Modes of Action Deter Fungicide Resistance, Too By: 10/08/2013 @ 4:21pm

Resistance isn’t just limited to herbicide-resistant weeds. Any control measure aimed at a pest can be rendered ineffective if it is repeated again and again.Biotypes of a soybean disease, frogeye leafspot…

BASF Aims to Boost Sales 70% From 2012 Levels By 2020 By: 10/08/2013 @ 4:17pm

BASF’s crop protection division is bullish enough on agriculture to aim for a 70% growth in sales over eight years heading into 2020. Eight billion euros ($10.88 billion) is the company’s 2020 target, up…

Mobile Microscope Identifies Disease By: 10/08/2013 @ 10:48am

If you’re ever been stumped about what crop disease you’re viewing while scouting your fields, a wireless hand-held mobile microscope may enable you to obtain a quick diagnosis, say BASF officials.The…

New Life For Row Crop Herbicide Research By: 10/08/2013 @ 7:18am

BASF doesn’t bill itself as The Chemical Company for nothing. Herbicide-resistant weeds have spurred development of new chemistries, such as its Kixor stable of PPO inhibitor herbicides it launched earlier…

What’s Coming Down The Pike From BASF By: 10/07/2013 @ 5:24pm

If last spring’s wet weather worried you about nitrogen (N) losses in your crops, you may soon be getting a tool from BASF to help curb them. “Fifty percent of…

European Farmers Need Other Technologies By: 10/02/2013 @ 10:38pm

Genetically modified crops are as much of a U.S. farmer’s tool as is a tractor or combine. In Europe, though, it’s a different story. Many European governments…

Cover crops spur slacker soils By: 09/05/2013 @ 8:32am

One spring, Stud Swenson supplemented wrestling calves during calving season with nightly 5-mile runs. After calving, he worked in morning weight training that coincided with tossing seed corn bags during…

6 steps to hiring the right employee By: 09/04/2013 @ 3:05pm

Farm employee recruitment has come a long way from the personnel department one dairy farmer used years ago. “It was the county sheriff,” said the farmer to Bernie Erven, a retired Ohio State University…

4 points to ponder for 2014 corn By: 09/04/2013 @ 11:42am

If growing corn were akin to being a student, you’d be nervous now because final exam time is quickly approaching. The results of your corn-growing strategies will soon become apparent from your combine cab…

Can cover crops curb saline seeps? By: 09/03/2013 @ 2:10pm

As Sarah Palin would say, “You betcha!”Many times, crop maladies are linked to a lack of water. Saline seeps take an opposite tack. These salty areas in fields are rooted in water unused by crops…

No Surprise: Expect Lower Corn and Soybean Prices for 2013-2014 By: 07/15/2013 @ 12:35pm

Expect the corn and soybean price drops of the last few days to continue as we roll into the 2013 harvest. “We have in place potential for a 14 billion bushel corn crop,” says Darrel Good, University of…

How Corn Deters Drought By: 06/20/2013 @ 11:36am

So far, drought tolerance in corn has probably been the furthest thing on your mind this spring. Pounding rainfall has replaced drought concerns so far in 2013. Still, a dry…

Machinery changes on the way By: 06/18/2013 @ 5:13pm

Machinery technology literally seems to change with each day that passes by. Here are a couple future advances you may see, according to Matt Rushing, vice president of product management, global advanced…

Soybean Vein Necrosis Virus Spreads Across U.S. Soybeans By: 06/18/2013 @ 12:34pm

Keep your eye on a new viral soybean disease called soybean vein necrosis virus (SVNV). So far, little is known about this disease that first surfaced in Tennessee in 2008…

Watch for New Disease Called Soybean Dwarf Virus By: 06/18/2013 @ 12:20pm

As if you didn’t have enough soybean worries this year, here’s another threat. A new viral disease called soybean dwarf virus (SbDV) has surfaced in parts of the Corn Belt…

How to Manage Cattails in Corn and Soybeans By: 06/18/2013 @ 10:28am

Cattail control in corn and soybeans probably doesn’t rank as high as control of the waterhemps and marestails of the world with which you’ve wrestled in recent years…

Precision Ag For Weed Control By: 05/30/2013 @ 5:58pm

Years from now, greybeards will muse about the golden age of weed control, when the Roundup Ready system blitzed all weeds with just two passes of glyphosate…

What They’re Saying About Roundup Ready Wheat Surfacing in Oregon By: 05/30/2013 @ 2:26pm

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced this week test results of plant samples from an Oregon farm indicate the presence of genetically engineered (GE) glyphosate-resistant wheat…

What They’re Saying About Dicamba-Tolerant Soybeans By: 05/29/2013 @ 4:38pm

  You likely won’t see dicamba-tolerant soybeans in 2014 as previously expected. That’s because earlier this month, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection…

Supreme Court rules for Monsanto in patented seed case By: 05/14/2013 @ 7:18am

If you’re ever tempted to save patented seed for replanting the next year, don’t. That’s the case even if you buy patented commodity seed from your elevator.This week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0…

Herbicide tolerance delay likely By: 05/10/2013 @ 11:44am

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is launching two separate environmental impact statements (EIS) for traits that tolerate 2,4-D and dicamba herbicides. This likely will delay planned…

How Trajectory Spraying Technology Works By: 05/08/2013 @ 4:36pm

Trajectory technology is a new spraying strategy that uses multiple angles to target weeds or the crop canopy.  “When (soybean) rust concerns appeared in 2005, all…

Spray Nozzle Considerations By: 05/08/2013 @ 4:10pm

In the days when the Roundup Ready weed control system squelched nearly all weeds, any glyphosate drift that occurred was incidental. After all, the odds were high the…

Spray Nozzle Questions By: 05/08/2013 @ 4:05pm

  Wondering what kind of spray nozzles you should use during this spray season? Here are some questions you should first ask. • Are you using more highly active or…

Seed Armor: 12 seed treatment tips By: 05/08/2013 @ 3:50pm

A costume is to a comic book superhero what a baseball is to a bat. After all, who would Iron Man be without his armor?Trouble is, one particular costume doesn’t always work for other super-heroes. Years…

Why Herbicide Modes and Sites of Action Differ By: 05/08/2013 @ 12:37pm

Weed scientists and agronomists frequently intersperse the terms of pesticide modes of action (MOA) and sites of action (SOA). What do they really mean? Although the two are…

Let traders panic late planting By: 04/29/2013 @ 2:27pm

Worries over delayed corn planting has fueled a late-April corn futures surge. Let the grain traders sweat this one, though. You still have plenty of time to plant corn in the relative maturity range you’ve…

The right order By: 03/20/2013 @ 4:10pm

Mixing pesticides and additives with a proper fit in proper sequence is crucial for top performance. You've likely heard the Las Vegas advertising catch phrase, "What happens in Vegas, stays in…

Talk to your chemical dealer. Now By: 03/13/2013 @ 10:19am

If you haven’t nailed down your herbicide supplies for 2013, talk to your chemical dealer. Come spring, there may be tight supplies of certain chemicals.That’s particularly true for soybean preemergence…

Mulling undecided acres? Check on seed first By: 03/13/2013 @ 9:40am

If you are still mulling over undecided acres for 2013, you may find corn hybrid choices are limited. Supplies for high-demand hybrids at this point are scant or sold out. “We put the largest crop in the…

Get set for 2013 corn By: 03/04/2013 @ 11:25am

The clock is ticking for the start of the 2013 growing season. Here are six answers to commonly asked questions that have surfaced during the winter meeting circuit.1. How big a yield hit do I take for…

In-depth: decisions from precision By: 03/01/2013 @ 2:23pm

Today’s combine typically collects data every eight feet. This creates millions of data points across a farm. But how do you sort it out all that in order to make agronomic decisions?That’s created a niche…

Meet agricultural employees of the future By: 02/28/2013 @ 8:26am

Want to make $300,000 per year?That’s what several large farms in need of a farm manager are willing to pay for a few positions that Greg Duerksen is trying to fill. Duerksen, president of Kincannon Reed, a…

9 trends you’ll see in agriculture By: 02/27/2013 @ 9:02am

A growing world population that wants (and can pay) for your products. Non-traditional labor sources. And biological products that protect your crops from pests.Those are just some of the agricultural trends…

What’s coming in trait stacks from Bayer CropScience By: 02/27/2013 @ 8:51am

A glance back at the past shows one new corn and soybean herbicide mode of action after another coming from the 1950s to the 1990s. Examples included glycines (glyphosate), ALS inhibitors (Pursuit), PPO…

Look At Precedents for Bowman v. Monsanto By: 02/19/2013 @ 11:03am

Buried in all the public relations flak flying out of both sides of Bowman vs. Monsanto are previous court cases establishing precedence that could significantly impact the case. Bowman v. Monsanto is being…

What Vernon Bowman Says About Today’s Supreme Court Oral Arguments By: 02/19/2013 @ 10:57am

Vernon Bowman is combination frustrated and bemused about his case that’s being argued today before the U.S. Supreme Court.“Neither side seems to get the point,” says the 75-year-old farmer from…

App makes scouting made simple By: 02/14/2013 @ 2:17pm

If you're tired of jamming crumpled and coffee-stained field-scouting notes into an easily forgotten binder, three Iowa State University (ISU) students have a better idea.Michael Koenig, Stuart McCulloh…

Time's up for trait patents By: 02/14/2013 @ 1:49pm

Excitement rivaling the start of an Olympic 400- meter dash often accompanies new product introductions by agricultural companies. That was the case when biotech's golden boy, Roundup Ready 1 soybeans…

Corn questions for 2013 By: 02/14/2013 @ 9:28am

Many of you couldn't wait to throw your 2012 calenders away and think about 2013. That's an understatement, for 2012 was the worst drought year since 1988.Fortunately, 2013 is here and you can start…

Post-patent Roundup Ready 1 era is coming By: 02/12/2013 @ 3:32pm

Midwest soybean farmers have had access to Roundup Ready 1 (RR1) soybean trait technology since the mid-1990s.  Monsanto patented the biotech trait with tolerance to glyphosate herbicides and incorporated…

Why it doesn't pay to plant bin-run soybean seed By: 02/12/2013 @ 3:19pm

Thinking about planting bin-run soybean seed? That really hasn’t been an option for years, as seed and trait companies have vigorously protected their patented varieties. In 2015, though, that could be an…

Beyond herbicides By: 02/04/2013 @ 4:31pm

Herbicides are the main way to manage weeds. Still, there are such huge weed seed banks forming in the Corn Belt that herbicides aren't often sufficient to manage weeds.“We are planting two summer crops…

Production help is on the way By: 02/04/2013 @ 1:49pm

Prices of inputs — like fuel, seed, fertilizer, chemicals, and labor — will continue to rise. Meanwhile, commodity prices will decrease or stabilize through 2025, says Matt Rushing, product management…

Channel Your Inner Gladys Kravitz By: 02/04/2013 @ 11:12am

Remember Gladys Kravitz from the 1960s television show Bewitched? She was the ultimate nosy neighbor who constantly spied on her neighbors. You might want to borrow one of her annoying attributes and find out…

The return of the billion-dollar bug By: 02/04/2013 @ 11:07am

Last July, Mark Moeller drove into Peter Bakken's yard near Beaver Creek, Minnesota, and delivered sobering news.Moeller, a Centrol crop consultant, told Bakken that western corn rootworm beetles were…

Handheld wind meters By: 02/04/2013 @ 10:35am

Ever lick your finger and hold it up in the air to gauge wind direction and speed? Tossing blades of grass works, and so does noticing which direction trees blow.These no-cost wind-detection methods might work…

Sticking with corn-on-corn By: 02/04/2013 @ 10:22am

Ask Robert Jones what he'll change about his family's 2013 continuous-corn strategy after the 2012 drought, and he'll tell you nothing. Zip. Zero. Nada.“It's no use trying to outguess the…

Marshal McGlamery, Former University of Illinois Extension Weed Specialist, Dies By: 01/31/2013 @ 9:39am

Those of you who sat in on field days and meetings where Marshal McGlamery spoke always were in for a treat.McGlamery, who served Illinois farmers for 35 years before retiring as Extension weed specialist in…

New DuPont Pioneer T Series Soybeans Set for 2013 By: 01/24/2013 @ 3:40pm

DuPont Pioneer is pegging its new T Series soybeans as performance changers with improved agronomic and defensive traits. The T Series, which DuPont Pioneer officials…

Pioneer launches new soybean series By: 01/23/2013 @ 10:17am

DuPont Pioneer is launching a new series of Pioneer brand soybean products developed through its Accelerated Yield Technology process. The new line of soybean products – named the T Series – includes 39…

Enlist Corn Commercial Launch Now Slated for 2014 By: 01/18/2013 @ 5:42pm

Dow AgroSciences has modified its commercial launch plans for the Enlist Weed Control System for corn. It is now slated for the 2014 growing season, pending regulatory…

9 steps to higher yields By: 01/11/2013 @ 2:20pm

Finding a diamond in the rough sums up 2012 for Wally Linneweber, who farms with his son, Kyle, and his brother, Joe, near Vincennes, Indiana. Although last year's drought-scorched corn yields across…

Use tech to bash bottlenecks By: 01/11/2013 @ 11:24am

Determining the value of a tractor or combine is doable, but have you ever figured the value of your time?At certain times – like harvesting – your time is worth plenty, particularly if a harvesttime…

Tech makes soybeans sizzle By: 01/11/2013 @ 11:05am

Some farmers typically consider soybeans a sickly sibling to corn.Well, perception is reality. If you treat soybeans like a lesser crop, the legume's yields will always trail those of corn.Shaun Casteel…

Diesel changes, four-cylinder engines on the way By: 01/09/2013 @ 1:57pm

In our February issue, we will profile some new machinery technology that will impact your crop production efficiency. Here are a couple others that you will see, says Matt Rushing, product management…

4 steps for better corn-on-corn By: 01/03/2013 @ 12:58pm

Robert Jones and his family have significant hurdles to face in growing continuous corn near Palmyra, Indiana.Prior to their farming them, some of the Joneses’ fields were continuously cropped to soybeans…

Aproach fungicide approved for 2013 By: 12/18/2012 @ 9:00am

Corn, soybean, and cereal farmers have a new fungicide option for 2013. DuPont officials today announced Aproach fungicide has been granted federal registration by the Environmental Protection…

Other ways to expand By: 12/05/2012 @ 3:35pm

Adding more acres is often how you think about growing your farm. Just remember, there are other ways to grow. In some cases, adding acres without thinking first can be undesirable.“Growing by purchasing…

Two-phase path to growth By: 12/05/2012 @ 3:24pm

Growth is the lifeblood of thriving farms. But how exactly do you do it correctly?Farm expansion can allow you to bring in family members, which can enable the farm to survive and thrive for at least another…

5 Tips To Better Corn Production and Knowledge By: 12/05/2012 @ 2:54pm

Ryan Weeks, Juniata, Nebraska, who’s featured in our December Corn High Yield Team story (page 56) uses several other tools to keep on top of his corn production program…

How to manage saline seeps By: 12/05/2012 @ 1:42pm

If you've ever had cropland salt up, you've been on the receiving end of a saline seep.Saline seeps start by water unused by crops percolating down through the soil. On its way down, water starts…

A tale of two crops in 2012 By: 12/05/2012 @ 10:08am

Drought seemed like a distant thought as Ryan Weeks' combine purred through 230 to 260 bushels per acre of irrigated corn last October.“We started irrigating much earlier than normal,” says the…

Something old, something new with herbicides By: 12/05/2012 @ 9:55am

Sometimes, old fashions make a comeback: World War II leather bomber jackets, 1950s-style crew cuts, patent leather purses, knee-high boots.Then again, there's a reason why some old things stay closeted:…

Soil moisture recharge unlikely by 2013 By: 11/30/2012 @ 1:01pm

Drought-stricken Midwestern areas aren’t likely to have fully recharged soils by the time the 2013 planting season rolls around, says Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University (ISU) climatologist.Taylor told…

Normal 2013 weather will pressure crop prices By: 11/27/2012 @ 7:02am

Enjoy these crop prices while you can. These lofty levels may not last if normal weather prompts new-crop supplies to surge.“There will be a transition at some point from short supplies and high prices to…

Where Fall Herbicide Applications May Fit By: 11/12/2012 @ 4:20pm

If your fields this fall look like a salad bowl of weeds, you may be considering a fall herbicide application. That’s particularly true if your fields were overrun by…

9 seed questions for 2013 By: 11/01/2012 @ 3:19pm

Here are answers to some of the questions you have about seed for 2013.1. Will there be enough seed?Seed companies say there will be. They use irrigation to dent drought's impact on seed production. Firms…

How to dash drift By: 11/01/2012 @ 2:24pm

Drift has always lurked as a potential threat to applicators as they put pesticides on crops. It will increase, though, due to these factors.Less use of glyphosate-only applications on glyphosate-tolerant…

Bagging bushels in the Bootheel By: 11/01/2012 @ 11:28am

Widespread drought devastated many cornfields across the Corn Belt in 2012. “This year's drought was far worse than 1988,” says Jerry Cox, who farms with his son, Matthew, near Delta, Missouri. “In…

Start smart By: 11/01/2012 @ 10:39am

Odds are you've been on the receiving end of this conversation once in your farming career:“My corn went over 200 bushels this year,” says one neighbor.“So did mine,” says another. “And my beans…

Double down on weeds By: 10/02/2012 @ 10:16am

So what's caused weeds to resist glyphosate and other common herbicides?Well, let's first trot out all the usual suspects:• Repeated use of the same herbicide year after year.• Use of below-label…

Don't let drought short your 2013 plans By: 10/01/2012 @ 11:18am

It's tempting to hunker down after a year like 2012 and expect the worst for next year. After all, it's human nature to pull in your agronomic horns after enduring one of the worst droughts since…

How to check roots By: 10/01/2012 @ 10:55am

Root digs during the growing season can tell you what's going on with your corn plants. Bob Streit, a Boone, Iowa, crop consultant, gives five tips on how to properly do root digs and how to decipher the…

7 steps to better soybean yields By: 10/01/2012 @ 10:08am

Soybean yields have been knocked in recent years for not keeping pace with corn yields.“Two years ago, I would have agreed with that,” says Ron Moore, Roseville, Illinois.In 2010 and 2011, though…

Narrow Rows Can Help Curb Waterhemp By: 09/12/2012 @ 10:06am

Feeling whipped by waterhemp? Well, you’re in good company. While many of you had scorched soybeans from this summer’s drought, waterhemp fared just fine. There’s one…

Not So Fast on Saving Soybean Seed when Roundup Ready 1 Patent Expires By: 09/05/2012 @ 3:19pm

If you’re thinking about saving soybean seed for next year’s planting once the Roundup Ready 1 herbicide-tolerant trait patent expires in 2014, think again. There are many…

Drought unmasks soil-type impact By: 09/05/2012 @ 10:54am

Last fall, Scott Lasater received a view of how soil types impact yield without leaving his combine cab. The Gaston, Indiana, farmer works fields containing a mix of soil types. They range from peat soils with…

Monsanto Launches New Prescription Planting Product By: 08/28/2012 @ 3:21pm

Monsanto has launched its FieldScripts product, which it says provides easy-to-use planting prescriptions and hybrid recommendations to farmers.“We are now entering the era of computerization of the farm,”…

What is it with corn on corn? By: 08/01/2012 @ 2:36pm

Continuous corn and corn-on-corn used to be a snap to grow. But that hasn't been the case in 2010 and 2011 in some regions like central Illinois.“There were pockets that have had really bad luck the…

How to grow corn in adverse weather By: 08/01/2012 @ 10:46am

A little over a year ago, 81-year-old Walter Quandt sat in the shop of his farm that is now operated by his sons, John, Mike, Jeff, James, Jason, and John's son, Justin, near Oakes, North Dakota.When…

Double-barreled drought market questions By: 07/12/2012 @ 5:41pm

This summer’s drought poses double-barrel questions: how high will it go and how low will it go?The first “it” are corn and soybean prices. They’ve skyrocketed in the past month and show no signs of…

2nd-half agronomics By: 07/06/2012 @ 9:44am

Midsummer used to be the time when you thought the whole game was over for your corn and soybeans. Just plant, spray, and go away until harvest.No more.Instead, more maladies make this period the halftime in…

New weed control traits on the way By: 06/26/2012 @ 3:34pm

There will be some new weed control traits on the way for 2013 and beyond. Dow AgroSciences will unveil its Enlist Weed Control System in corn in 2013, followed by soybeans in 2015. BASF and Monsanto plan to…

Picking better hybrids and varieties By: 06/26/2012 @ 3:27pm

Of all the inputs that farmers can buy, the sole one that makes the most difference is picking the right varieties and hybrids. Jeff Coulter, University of Minnesota Extension agronomist, notes that the…

Decade of the Bean By: 05/25/2012 @ 6:46pm

If the last 100 years have been the “Century of Corn”, Roy Fuchs thinks the next 10 years will be the “Decade of the Bean.” “When we look back at this time in 2022…

How to manage corn-on-corn By: 05/08/2012 @ 4:18pm

Corn on-corn took some lumps in 2010 and 2011. In some cases, reports of 60 to 70 bushel per acre yield decreases occurred in Illinois for corn-on-corn vs. corn rotated with…

Four things to know about fungicides By: 05/07/2012 @ 2:53pm

Thinking about applying fungicides to your corn and soybeans this summer? Here are four things to know about fungicides for 2012. 1.    You have a new…

Climate change 101 By: 05/03/2012 @ 3:26pm

Think climate change is a massive Al Gore-led conspiracy designed to limit how you farm?Maybe. There's a powerful case to be made, though, that man-made climate change is occurring. Worldwide, over 100…

Spray-on profits By: 05/03/2012 @ 2:52pm

Back when fungicides for use in corn and soybeans were just a gleam in the eye of a chemical company marketing manager, a 1990s discovery intrigued European scientists.They noticed that cereals treated for…

History of herbicide By: 04/06/2012 @ 11:06am

Download the War on Weeds game and play along as you gather ideas on how to manage your weeds.1. 2,4-D debuts in 1946. This broadleaf killer kicks off the row-crop herbicide era. It amazes wide-eyed farmers…

War on weeds By: 04/06/2012 @ 10:44am

If you keep controlling weeds the same way year after year, don't sweat it. You'll always have a job, along with jobs for your friends.“Glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth is the species that has…

Water management spurs revolution By: 04/04/2012 @ 11:16am

Back in 1990, Dwayne Beck was a panel speaker during a central South Dakota program about how the region could boost its agricultural output.“I got up and said if we no-till here, I think we can grow corn…

Spray-and-go-away strategy leads astray By: 04/04/2012 @ 9:44am

For years, relying on postemergence applications of glyphosate on Roundup Ready crops remedied weed worries. Currently, though, the spray-and-go-away approach isn't working.“In a majority of fields…

How to grow better winter wheat By: 04/04/2012 @ 9:36am

Winter wheat isn't just limited to the Great Plains and eastern and central Corn Belt states. It's gaining appeal in traditional spring wheat-growing regions like the Dakotas and Minnesota.“It can…

2012 herbicide update By: 04/04/2012 @ 9:32am

Chemical companies have launched several premixes, formulations, and rate changes for corn and soybean herbicides in 2012. Here are some that you will see.● Liberty single application rates on LibertyLink…

What's up for corn and soybean diseases By: 04/04/2012 @ 9:29am

The telltale small yellow lesions are early symptoms of frogeye leaf spot. This disease, once mainly limited to Southern soybeans, is increasing in the Midwest.Diseases are stealthy yield robbers that can…

Corn-production tips By: 03/21/2012 @ 11:27am

Looking to snap up your corn yields for 2012? Here are some factors to consider for this year and beyond.Carefully pick hybridsUniversity of Minnesota (U of M) trials from 2007 to 2011 showed 60- to 90-bushel…

Bayer CropScience stepping up seed and trait investments By: 03/08/2012 @ 6:24pm

New investments in seeds and traits were on the minds of Bayer CropScience executives during Bayer’s Ag Issues Forum at this month’s Commodity Classic in Nashville…

Bayer CropScience Expands Wheat Program By: 03/08/2012 @ 12:58pm

Wheat is often the forgotten stepchild when it comes to corn and soybeans. “You could almost say wheat looks like the soybean crops of 15 years ago,” says Lykele Van Der…

Preemergence herbicide use grows in 2012 By: 03/06/2012 @ 9:49am

Reminiscing about the good old days in farming conjures up visions of 4-H calves, outdoor hog roasts, and freshly mowed hay.Then again, not everything was good way back when. Remember creeping jenny? This…

Get your fields set for 2012 By: 03/05/2012 @ 2:36pm

The clock is ticking now in terms of the start of the 2012 growing season. Here are five tillage and fertility questions you'll want answered as you plan the season's start in a few weeks.1. Will…

When to nix winter weeds By: 03/05/2012 @ 10:54am

No-till and reduced tillage have lots of perks, Moisture, soil, and time savings are a few. Unfortunately, these systems have one nagging drawback: They create a hospitable environment for winter annuals…

120 million reasons why you should care about herbicide-resistant weeds By: 03/02/2012 @ 12:13pm

If you don’t think herbicide-resistant weeds will ever threaten your fields, Tennessee farmers will tell you 120 million reasons why you should care. Larry Steckel…

Don't Be a Seed Saving Rebel By: 02/21/2012 @ 7:40pm

Think you’ll be able to save Roundup Ready seed when its patent expires in 2015? Not exactly. It’s true that in the first growing season following patent expiration…

No-till links farmers to local consumers By: 02/16/2012 @ 3:04pm

What do you get when you combine direct seed-production methods with a movement to eat more locally? The result is a marketing strategy that's paying off for a group of farmers in the Palouse region of…

6 points to remember about atrazine By: 01/30/2012 @ 3:20pm

Atrazine is in a perennial battle between the agricultural chemical industry and environmental groups. Caught in the middle are state and federal regulators and the farmers who actually apply atrazine on corn…

5 questions about corn By: 01/30/2012 @ 2:56pm

1. How serious is the threat of herbicide-resistant weeds?Dead-drop serious. “Two years ago, I said we were on the edge of the precipice (regarding resistance),” says Mike Owen, Iowa State University (ISU)…

6 ways to boost efficiency By: 01/30/2012 @ 2:31pm

Great athletes like pro basketball's LeBron James make their sport look easy. In reality, it's not easy. Natural talent and endless hours of practice make athletes like James a model of…

Don’t sweat a drought . . . yet By: 01/13/2012 @ 6:45pm

Worried what this “brown winter” and low soil moisture levels in many areas will have on next year’s growing season moisture levels and yields? Don’t sweat it . . . yet. A low soil moisture profile…

4 ways to make a landlord happy By: 01/11/2012 @ 2:29pm

1. Make landlords your top customerSure, ethanol plants and livestock farmers are your customers. After all, that's where your grains often end up. Still, you can't sell to these end users without a…

Six-row strips boost yield success By: 01/11/2012 @ 11:27am

Corn harvest conjures up visions of combines pouring golden kernels into an awaiting truck for delivery to the bin.In reality, there's another harvest occurring from the time corn plants break the soil…

5 questions for 2012 By: 12/06/2011 @ 1:51pm

1. Will my corn rootworm trait work?In most cases, yes. Still, watch rootworm trait performance closely.Last July, Aaron Gassmann, an Iowa State University entomologist, and other ISU entomologists confirmed…

Planting genetically modified crops remains slow in Europe By: 11/23/2011 @ 6:01pm

They look like many U.S. citizens. In fact, many U.S. citizens can link their ancestry to their European forefathers. When it comes to planting genetically modified crops, though, a chasm exists between…

One Out Of 100,000 By: 11/22/2011 @ 6:01pm

The next time you have apply a pesticide to your crops, consider there are at least 99,999 that didn’t make the cut. That’s how many compounds a chemical company like BASF normally evaluates…

Companies Working on New Herbicide Action Modes By: 11/22/2011 @ 2:33pm

Weed resistance to glyphosate has sparked a flurry of new corn and soybean herbicide premixes and even new active ingredients in recent years. Still, the last new modes of action were developed in the…

What’s coming up from BASF By: 11/22/2011 @ 2:28pm

New fungicides and traits are coming from BASF for 2012 and beyond. Earlier this month, BASF invited agricultural media from around the world to its Global Agricultural Solutions Press Info Day in…

Chin up. Things Aren’t That Bad. By: 11/22/2011 @ 2:24pm

The nation’s mood is sour these days. Rampant unemployment, home foreclosures, and a yo-yo stock market are souring the nation’s mood. A closer look, though, reveals that things aren’t that bad…

7 steps to better weed control By: 11/01/2011 @ 3:07pm

Getting your crop off to a quick start hinges on your ability to nix weed competition. (After all, you want a nice clean field at the start and not a waterhemp-choked one like this one.) Here are seven factors…

Top 10 changes in ag: Fungicides and implement guidance By: 11/01/2011 @ 11:19am

Picking the top 10 crop technologies in recent years is a task that can provide endless coffee shop chatter. That's the job Successful Farming magazine has taken with this series.Last issue, cover crops…

New crop price plateau? By: 11/01/2011 @ 11:11am

Are this year's $6- and $7-per-bushel corn and double-digit-dollar soybean prices too good to be true?“We were at $3.80 (per bushel) corn not that long ago,” says Brent Gloy, Purdue University…

Atrazine gets an OK By: 11/01/2011 @ 11:05am

Atrazine is often the poster child for links between farm chemicals and human cancer rates. Still, an extensive multiyear federal Agricultural Health Study (AHS) recently found no consistent association…

Whatever happened to soybean rust? By: 11/01/2011 @ 10:58am

The scare over soybean rust last decade could have jokingly been referred to as the Agricultural Media, Chemical Company, and Plant Pathologist Full Employment Act of 2005.That year, farm magazine articles…

How to manage corn nematodes By: 11/01/2011 @ 10:53am

So what's wrong with this field? Compaction? Herbicide damage? Early-season cutworms? Could be all three. In this case, though, the culprits were nematodes that feed on corn.You may think corn nematodes…

How to keep traits straight By: 11/01/2011 @ 10:01am

Seed corn buying used to mimic a leisurely Sunday afternoon drive through the countryside. Today, though, deciphering a complex menu of trait-laced hybrids resembles zipping through a busy freeway at rush…

Tested by adversity By: 11/01/2011 @ 9:43am

If Job of Old Testament fame lived in 2011, chances are he might be a southeastern North Dakota corn farmer.In the Bible, Job was a righteous man who lost his possessions, family, and health. Through it all…

Scout for bean stressors By: 09/30/2011 @ 1:35pm

After Roundup Ready soybeans debuted in 1996, growing soybeans seemed like a breeze. Just plant, spray, harvest, and you were done.Well, maybe it wasn't that easy. Still, raising soybeans is more…

Halt harvest losses By: 09/30/2011 @ 11:43am

Remember Where's Waldo? He's the red-stripe shirt and bobble-hat cartoon character that kids (and adults) try to find amid dozens of people doing dozens of activities. You don't have to find a…

Top 10 changes in ag: Cover crops and seed treatments By: 09/30/2011 @ 11:29am

Pity the person who has to compile the NFL Films' top 10 list.Sure, there are clear-cut winners like the number one “Weather Football Game.” That's the sub-zero frostbitten 1967 Ice Bowl between…

Don't sweat the small stuff By: 08/31/2011 @ 1:47pm

Rather than worrying how to squeeze the last bushel out of corn, Dave Diedrich concentrates on major factors like rotation mix and tiling.At first glance, Diedrich seems to take a nonchalant approach with his…

First In-Field Resistance to Bt Corn Targeting Rootworms Documented in Iowa By: 08/10/2011 @ 1:27pm

This report, written by Christian Krupke, Purdue University Extension entomologist, appeared this month in Purdue’s Pest & Crop Newsletter. • Following reports of high damage in Iowa…

What's new with fungicides By: 07/28/2011 @ 4:21pm

Farmers have some new fungicides to choose from in 2011 and 2012. Here's some of what's new this year and next.New for 2011MANA launched Incognito 4.5F fungicide this year for crops including…

Precision agriculture considerations By: 07/22/2011 @ 3:17pm

Thinking about getting into precision agriculture? Many farmers have adopted technologies like variable-rate technology, guidance systems, and automatic section control. Here are some benefits…

Gadgets and Gizmos By: 07/22/2011 @ 3:14pm

Here are some cool precision agriculture tools and other techy gizmos that Phil Rasmussen, director of the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Center in Logan, Utah discussed…

New crop price plateau? By: 07/19/2011 @ 8:44pm

Are today’s $6 and $7 per bushel corn and double-digit dollar soybean prices too good to be true? Maybe, but they aren’t a flash in the pan either. Scott Irwin, University of Illinois (U of I)…

Early weed control keys corn yields By: 07/18/2011 @ 1:49pm

There's some good news on the weed-control front in corn.“Corn is traditionally a heavy preemergence (herbicide) market,” says Shawn Potter with Syngenta. “Farmers are predisposed to using…

When fungicides fit for hail-damaged corn By: 07/18/2011 @ 8:42am

Wondering what to do about hail-damaged corn? BASF’s Headline products could help it recover and protect it, says Nick Fassler, BASF technical market manager for fungicides. BASF obtained a…

Federal Study Shows No Link between Atrazine and Cancer, says Syngenta Official By: 07/17/2011 @ 11:31am

Atrazine is often the poster boy for links between farm chemicals and human cancer rates. Still, an extensive multi-year federal Agricultural Health Study (AHS) recently found no consistent association…

What Bayer is Up To With Wheat By: 06/30/2011 @ 10:04pm

  Wheat has taken a back seat to corn and soybeans in recent years. However, companies are placing more emphasis on wheat these days. “Wheat is a bastion of potential improvement in yield…

What’s Up With Crop Diseases By: 06/30/2011 @ 10:03pm

This year’s soggy weather in many locations has set the stage for future foliar diseases this growing season. Mark Carlton, an Iowa State University Extension agronomist, outlined the situation in…

What’s Up With Cover Crops By: 06/29/2011 @ 10:26am

Cover crops have been around for a long time. Until recent years, they prompted little interest. That’s changed. “There is a lot of momentum for cover crops in the Midwest,” says Jeremy Singer…

Weather, Stock Market, Worldwide Economics Impacting Corn and Soybean Markets By: 06/24/2011 @ 1:21pm

“How many of you have torn up your marketing plan this year?” asked Jim Jensen, Iowa State University (ISU) farm management specialist, to farmers in mid-June. Like other farmers, those who…

Seed Treatments Help Control Nematodes in Corn and Soybeans By: 06/24/2011 @ 10:19am

There’s an old gardening saying that states: "One for blackbird, one for the crow, one for the cutworm, and one to grow."
 If you applied that to farming, you’d be bankrupt before year’s…

Phoenix brand unveiled by Syngenta, Beck’s, for 2012 By: 06/17/2011 @ 3:21pm

Syngenta today announced the launch of Phoenix, a new seed brand that expands grower access to Syngenta germplasm and Agrisure traits. The Phoenix brand offers growers the opportunity to purchase…

Prevented Planting Considerations By: 06/03/2011 @ 11:12am

Thinking about taking the prevented planting option? Many crop producers are considering it. Here's a link to prevented planting resources that can help you make a decision. It's from Purdue…

Wheat yield woes ahead? By: 06/01/2011 @ 11:53am

Judging from previous experience with a La Niña weather system, wheat growers in much of the U.S. may be facing a challenging production year in 2011, says Mary Knapp, Kansas state climatologist.“This…

The Sound of Volunteer Corn By: 05/26/2011 @ 4:24pm

Remember the song How do you solve a problem like Maria from the 1965 movie The Sound of Music?Well, if Rogers and Hammerstein were writing about growing corn, they’d write this song: How do you solve a…

Corn herbicide changes for 2011 By: 05/26/2011 @ 4:21pm

There have been several label and product changes made in corn herbicides this year. Here are a few highlights we picked up on a few weeks ago at the Commodity Classic in Tampa, Florida. * Realm Q…

New fungicides for 2011 and beyond By: 05/25/2011 @ 2:46pm

Fungicides for corn and soybeans a decade ago were a pretty remote market. Back then, farmers mainly applied them to fruits and vegetables. That’s changed. Fungicides have been mainstreamed into…

New fungicides for 2011 and beyond By: 05/25/2011 @ 2:46pm

Fungicides for corn and soybeans a decade ago were a pretty remote market. Back then, farmers mainly applied them to fruits and vegetables. That’s changed. Fungicides have been mainstreamed into…

Defensive soybean genes aim at these diseases and maladies By: 05/24/2011 @ 3:19pm

Soybean pathogens build up quickly in a tight rotation like corn and soybeans. That’s led seed companies like Pioneer Hi-Bred to incorporate a wide array of defensive traits. “A bean will be in…

Whatever happened to soybean rust? By: 05/24/2011 @ 3:15pm

The scare over soybean rust last decade could have jokingly been referred to as the “Agricultural Media, Chemical Company, and Plant Pathologist Full Employment Act of 2005”. That year, farm…

How to determine total insect damage By: 05/23/2011 @ 2:33pm

Want to find out the total damage of all pests that attack your corn?  Syngenta Seeds’ multi-pest calculator enables farmers to do this. “It gives you the dollar amount of the total damage…

iGrow provides tailored information for South Dakota farmers By: 05/17/2011 @ 4:01pm

Over forty years ago, futurist Alvin Toffler wrote Future Shock. The groundbreaking book predicted an accelerated rate of technological and social change in the future will leave people overhelmed and…

Five trends in agriculture By: 05/11/2011 @ 2:56pm

Crop prices and land values are skyrocketing upward. The economy is recovering, albeit slowly. U.S. grain exports continue to hum along. Meanwhile, this is coupled with tight grain stocks. So what’s…

Pioneer, NBC team up By: 05/10/2011 @ 3:12pm

Educating students who will be future consumers and perhaps future employees is key for success in any industry. That’s what Pioneer Hi-Bred intends to do through a partnership with NBC Learn, the…

Walk your cornfields By: 05/05/2011 @ 9:09am

To an outsider, corn farming looks like a sweet deal. A few weeks spent planting, a few more spent spraying, followed by a fishing trip thrown in before harvest. Then it's off to Florida for the…

Hybrid barley may spawn hybrid wheat By: 05/04/2011 @ 9:53am

Hybrid wheat has long been a distant gleam in the eye of wheat breeders.“The main advantages to hybrid wheat are crop stability and heat tolerance,” says Rob Bruns, who heads Syngenta's North American…

The soybean crashers By: 05/04/2011 @ 9:35am

Ever had some pesky relatives or neighbors show up on your doorstep at the most inopportune time?Most often, a polite brush-off gets them to leave. No such luck exists, though, with two unwelcome guests that…

Behind the movie Food Inc. By: 05/03/2011 @ 3:15pm

The audience raptly watched film clips in silent skepticism.“That comes off a lot harder sitting here,” quipped filmmaker Robert Kenner.The scene was earlier this year at the 2011 Bayer CropScience Ag…

State of the traits By: 04/07/2011 @ 2:26pm

Fifteen years ago, the transgenic gleam that burned in the eyes of agricultural scientists for ages became reality. That's when Roundup Ready soybeans and Bt corn debuted. These products quickly nixed…

Fend off soybean weeds and diseases By: 04/05/2011 @ 10:14am

Soybeans often hover in corn's shadow. It's not like this when it comes to pests, though. Glyphosate-resistant weeds and diseases pay plenty of attention to this legume. Meanwhile, some reports link…

Don't simplify; diversify By: 04/05/2011 @ 9:38am

William of Ockham might have been a great theologian when he developed Ockham's Razor back in the fourteenth century. Still, his belief that the simplest solution normally is the best wouldn't work…

Zap weeds early for a clean start By: 04/05/2011 @ 9:31am

Corn yields of 200+ bushels per acre make a corn grower smile from ear to ear. Early weed control, though, could make this smile even wider.“Folks are tickled when they get corn yields of 210 to 215 bushels…

No more pink panther By: 03/15/2011 @ 3:09pm

Back in the 1970s, the term “Pink Panther” didn't just apply to the Saturday morning television cartoon character. It also described those who handed the seed treatment Captan. This pink product was…

Dow AgroSciences Announces Enlist Weed Control System By: 03/09/2011 @ 3:29pm

  Dow AgroSciences’ new herbicide-tolerant system that includes tolerance to 2,4-D and ‘fop’ herbicides now has a new name. Dow unveiled its Enlist Weed Control System at last week’s…

Yeutter talks trade By: 03/07/2011 @ 12:34pm

Remember Clayton Yeutter? This is a pop quiz for those of you who started farming in the mid-1990s. You may not remember the former USDA Secretary who served from 1989 to 1991.For those of you who do, Yeutter…

New BASF Xemium fungicide anticipated for 2012 By: 03/07/2011 @ 12:29pm

BASF is launching a new fungicide that includes the corn and soybean market named Xemium. BASF officials briefed the agricultural media about Xemium during March’s Commodity Classic in Tampa…

Bayer CropScience rolls out new products for 2011, beyond By: 03/04/2011 @ 10:21am

New products for farmers are always popping at the Commodity Classic. Here’s a look at some products Bayer CropScience has coming down the pike in 2011 and the next few years. Bayer officials discussed these…

Bayer CropScience rolls out new products for 2011, beyond By: 03/04/2011 @ 10:14am

New products for farmers are always popping at the Commodity Classic. Here’s a look at some products Bayer CropScience has coming down the pike in 2011 and the next few years. Bayer officials discussed these…

Corn-on-corn By: 02/28/2011 @ 10:59am

Thick residue has always been a thorn in the side of farmers who grow corn-on-corn.That was particularly true in states like Illinois in 2010. Although many corn yields suffered, corn-on-corn particularly took…

It's in the bag By: 02/14/2011 @ 3:39pm

You first saw it in 2010 when Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences unveiled SmartStax. This was – and still is – the king of trait stacks. It has six above- and below-ground insect traits and two…

Corn technology shifts By: 02/14/2011 @ 1:21pm

Last year was known as the corn year that wasn’t. In some areas, like most of Minnesota, 2010 was a banner corn year.It started that way across most of the Corn Belt, too, with bluebird planting…

The soybean crashers By: 02/14/2011 @ 10:50am

Ever had some pesky relatives or neighbors show up on your doorstep at the most inopportune time?Most often, a polite brush-off gets them to leave. No such luck exists, though, with two unwelcome guests…

Halt resistant weeds By: 01/26/2011 @ 2:10pm

Herbicides are a cornerstone of weed control. Sometimes, though, they’re too good. In some cases, repeated use of a successful herbicide selects for resistant weed biotypes.There are ways to prevent…

Hybrid selection key component for 2011 By: 01/26/2011 @ 2:01pm

Before 2010, corn was thought to be bulletproof. Great genetics. Amazing insect and weed traits. Precision agriculture technologies that match nutrients with plant needs. With all these tools at your…

Cushion yourself By: 01/26/2011 @ 11:01am

A speaker at a 2007 farmer meeting salivated like a puppy eyeing a pork chop as he described agriculture’s rosy future.This was about the time when corn and soybean prices were making their ascent…

Fungicide application response hinges on disease presence, University of Illinois trial finds By: 01/17/2011 @ 1:54pm

Several strobilurin fungicides are labeled for application on corn at around the V5 or V6 stage. A 2010 University of Illinois trial examining several application stages found the best response occurred…

How to Halt Southern Corn Rust By: 01/17/2011 @ 1:37pm

Corn fungicides added around tasseling time have done an excellent job in curbing southern corn rust in Illinois.  “If we see southern rust moving up to Illinois around the Fourth of July…

University of Illinois trials find disease presence boosts fungicide response By: 01/17/2011 @ 1:31pm

University of Illinois (U of I) trials in 2010 found the most profitable use of strobilurin fungicides occurred when application was based on: * Disease risk, such as hybrids susceptible to disease…

Two soybean diseases to watch for in 2011 By: 01/17/2011 @ 1:03pm

Frogeye leaf spot is a disease that’s increasingly becoming a problem in soybean fields in states like Illinois. Your first step in fighting this fungal disease is to plant frogeye leaf spot resistant…

Drainage keys agronomics for these Minnesota farmers By: 01/12/2011 @ 3:03pm

During his crop-consulting career, Mark Bernard has heard farmers complain about the costs of all kinds of inputs. Seed. Fertilizer. Machinery.There’s the price of one input, though, that never raises…

Chemical rate controllers By: 01/12/2011 @ 2:50pm

You can “barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it . . .” babbled character Bubba Blue in the movie Forrest Gump regarding the different ways shrimp could be fixed and prepared.Well…

Corn nematode control tools By: 01/07/2011 @ 2:26pm

Chlorosis. Stunting. Root damage. Yield loss. So which of the many maladies that annually impact your corn cause these symptoms?Could be herbicide damage. Could be soil compaction. Or it could be a…

Pioneer launches Aquamax hybrids for 2011 By: 01/05/2011 @ 11:13am

Pioneer Hi-Bred will be launching eight hybrids this year across five hybrid platforms that company officials say will add yields in water limited environments. In 2011, Pioneer will target western…

Chemical injection a perk of some chemical rate controllers By: 01/03/2011 @ 2:19pm

Several chemical rate controllers feature chemical injection. In these systems, a large tank houses only water. A small amount of chemical is injected into the lines carrying water to spray booms. These units…

What's up in Iowa agronomics By: 12/21/2010 @ 6:26pm

There was a whole lot of agronomy discussed during this month’s Iowa State University (ISU) Integrated Crop Management conference. Here are a few things Extension specialists discussed. Mix ‘em…

Ag chemical update By: 12/15/2010 @ 2:13pm

Traits garner the crop headlines these days – with less attention being paid to agricultural chemicals.Still, there’s lots going on with the ag chemical side. CropLife America…

Emerging solutions By: 12/14/2010 @ 2:27pm

Back when generic glyphosate was bumping around $25 per gallon a couple years ago, searching for alternatives was smart economics.That’s what brothers Shawn and Jeff Adam of Batavia, Iowa, who farm…

The Drawback to Simple and Convenient Systems By: 12/03/2010 @ 6:52pm

Mike Owen has seen some good things happen in crop production during his career as an Extension weeds specialist at Iowa State University (ISU). Bad things often come to his mind first, though. He…

Soybean yields rise over 20 years with less land, energy, and water By: 12/03/2010 @ 6:46pm

Soybeans yields are saddled with the reputation that their yields lag those of corn. Still, a glance backward shows U.S. soybean yields have risen 29% on average over the past 20 years. The reason?…

Commodity price spike has Syngenta Crop Protection hopeful for 2011 By: 12/03/2010 @ 6:43pm

This fall’s commodity price spike bodes well for crop input companies in 2011. Vern Hawkins, Syngenta Crop Protection president, notes the firm’s recent third quarter sale volume for this year…

Bayer CropScience focuses on wheat By: 12/03/2010 @ 6:35pm

Collaboration with Australian firm aims at high-yielding wheat varieties, traits     Bayer CropScience has entered the wheat business with its collaboration with the Australian…

What’s coming down the pike from Bayer CropScience By: 12/03/2010 @ 6:32pm

HPPD-inhibitor resistant trait, new corn rootworm-resistant trait in the works     There’s a flurry of new products coming down the pike from agricultural seed and…

6 insights from a crop science executive By: 12/03/2010 @ 6:23pm

Lessons learned can apply on the farm   In the United States, Friedrich Berschauer could pass for any veteran businessman. In Germany, though, his position as chairman of the board of…

The new glyphosate By: 12/03/2010 @ 6:12pm

A broad-spectrum, low-cost residual herbicide might be reality someday   Picture this: A herbicide with a weed spectrum that rivals glyphosate. Plus, it has residual, something which…

Managing nitrogen key for these farmers By: 11/22/2010 @ 9:52am

Remember the three Rs of your school days? Reading, w(R)riting, and a(R)ithmetic?Well, Ron Alverson and son Keith, Chester, South Dakota, have their own R series -- the four Rs of nitrogen (N) management for…

Seed prices level off By: 11/10/2010 @ 11:32am

A few weeks ago, I swapped stories about past teachers with a colleague.Some I mentioned were memorable. A math teacher who worked his love of horse racing into pony-filled story problems. (Fun, but I learned…

Syngenta and DuPont announce ownership change at Greenleaf Genetics By: 11/10/2010 @ 8:59am

Syngenta is taking full ownership of GreenLeaf Genetics, LLC. This move dissolves a joint venture between Syngenta Seeds, Inc. and DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred. Company officials say this…

Syngenta and DuPont announce ownership change at Greenleaf Genetics By: 11/10/2010 @ 8:59am

Syngenta is taking full ownership of GreenLeaf Genetics, LLC. This move dissolves a joint venture between Syngenta Seeds, Inc. and DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred. Company officials say this…

Field day By: 11/03/2010 @ 1:36pm

Picture of corn.

Late N applications can pay By: 10/29/2010 @ 12:22pm

In many cases, farmers can garner full yields even with late nitrogen (N) applications. Peter Scharf, University of Missouri Extension soil fertility specialist, created this graph that shows the effect of…

Emerging Solutions By: 10/25/2010 @ 12:28pm

If you ever doubt how quickly herbicide-resistant weeds multiply, ask Sid Fogg. The story the Heth, Arkansas, farmer tells is typical of many mid-South farmers.“A couple years ago in 2008, we had a pretty…

4 considerations regarding 2011 corn hybrids By: 10/22/2010 @ 9:36am

It used to be you’d have a few weeks after harvest before thinking about next year’s corn hybrid lineup. No more. The selling season now starts in late summer and is well underway at harvest.Here are four…

Bayer's latest By: 09/17/2010 @ 11:37am

Picture this: A herbicide with a weed spectrum that rivals glyphosate. Plus, it has residual, something which glyphosate doesn’t have. It also breaks down quickly in the soil, has a low active ingredient use…

Weather, tough crop protection environment declines first-half 2010 Bayer CropScience sales By: 09/10/2010 @ 2:35pm

Remember last winter, when many of your became sick and tired of cleaning snow out your farmyard day after day? Well, last year’s rough winter in many parts of the United States prompted some heartburn in…

Agricultural pesticides face rigorous route to market By: 09/10/2010 @ 2:32pm

The odds are stacked against a molecule on its way to making it as an agricultural pesticide on the market.“It’s very difficult to get a compound to market, but it is not impossible,” says Leonardo…

Combat glyphosate-resistant weeds with the old & the new By: 08/24/2010 @ 2:32pm

Herbicide resistant weeds -- not just those resistant to glyphosate -- are continuing to wreak weed-management havoc. “There are biotypes no longer controlled by previously effective herbicides,” says…

Farmers for the Future: Launching young farmers By: 07/28/2010 @ 11:00pm

Remember the 1995 movie, "Mr. Holland's Opus?" Its end showed scores of former students who reaped lifetime lessons taught by a humble music teacher.Well, Roger and Monie Thompson have created a similar…

The power of drop size By: 07/27/2010 @ 11:00pm

Remember that old Maxwell House coffee tagline, "Good to the last drop?"Well, focusing on drop size can help boost pesticide efficacy and reduce the chances of off-target application, too.  This joins…

What’s up with weeds By: 07/12/2010 @ 11:00pm

The weeds were popping right along with the crops after a soggy first half of the 2010 growing season at last month’s South Dakota State University (SDSU) plant science farm tour in Brookings, South Dakota…

Farmers for the Future: Purpose-driven farming By: 03/30/2010 @ 12:26pm

One day 14 years ago, Adam Moody sat in his car in a grocery store parking lot. He was visibly dejected. "While other farms had gotten larger or put animals under confinement, my dad and I had just maintained…

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