ARTICLES BY BILL SPIEGEL
Farm Foundation, Noble Foundation Team Up for 'Soil Renaissance' By: 07/18/2014 @ 4:06pm

A new partnership is working to develop a protocol that standardizes efforts to measure soil health and help farmers develop soil-nutrient tests that are based on soil-health testing…

Five Questions with Wyffels Hybrids’ Director of Research By: 07/16/2014 @ 10:10am

Shane Meis, director of research at Wyffels Corn Hybrids, is charged with developing new corn hybrids that ensure success in the cornfields of the Geneseo, Illinois, company's customers. A…

Kohl: The Easy Money's Been Made By: 07/11/2014 @ 11:44am

We’ve all heard the long-term outlook: The world population will reach 9 billion people by 2050, and 70% more food will be needed with 70% fewer resources.David Kohl, professor emeritus of ag economics at…

Winter Wheat: Act Fast to Secure Seed By: 06/24/2014 @ 9:15pm

Before the 2014 wheat harvest has finished for farmers in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Kansas, the 2015 crop is already off to a rough start.Supplies of certified seed in these states are limited, thanks to…

Bayer CropScience Launches Credenz Soybean Brand By: 06/19/2014 @ 1:36pm

Bayer CropScience has entered the commercial soybean business with its new Credenz brand of commercial varieties, available this month for the 2015 crop year in select U.S. markets. Growers in the south…

Expect Sugarcane Aphids to Move North into Sorghum States By: 06/16/2014 @ 4:17pm

Not since greenbugs swarmed onto grain sorghum 80 years ago has there been an aphid wreaking as much havoc on grain sorghum acres as the sugarcane aphid. Until this year, much of the impact of these sucking…

BASF Product Updates Include Urease Inhibitor, Dicamba Herbicide By: 06/14/2014 @ 10:31am

At its bi-annual summit for the agricultural media, BASF announced several innovations. Some are now available or will soon debut in 2015; others may hit the market in a decade or so. BASF spends $2 million…

In the Land of Winter Wheat, Durum Could Fit By: 06/05/2014 @ 5:10pm

Kansas routinely places first in the total number of winter wheat bushels grown by farmers. And while Kansas State University researchers continue to have a robust wheat breeding program, they also are…

Is a Soil Thermometer a No-tiller’s Go-to Tool? By: 06/04/2014 @ 1:32pm

Soil covered with old crop residue, or cover crop residue, can make a huge difference in the amount of soil microbial activity taking place on your farm.A simple soil thermometer – less than $10 at your…

Wheat Stem Sawflies Moving South Into Winter Wheat States By: 06/02/2014 @ 7:25am

For decades, wheat stem sawflies have been a problem for spring wheat farmers in Canada, North Dakota, and Montana. In recent years, however, the annual pest has moved south, wreaking havoc in winter wheat…

South Dakota Wheat Growers Can Use Fungal Disease Forecasting Tool By: 05/28/2014 @ 7:37am

The winter wheat crop in South Dakota may have the greatest yield potential of any in the nation. Timely precipitation and good growing conditions have helped nurture the crop in the Mount Rushmore State…

Dust Bowl V.2: Hot, Dry Conditions Create Domino Effect By: 05/15/2014 @ 10:48am

The dust has settled, but for how long no one can be sure. At any moment, the winds may blow, moving the topsoil -- soil that took Mother Nature generations to craft -- even farther from its origin. One farmer…

Kansas Wheat Tour Participants Expect 261-Million-Bushel Crop By: 05/02/2014 @ 8:14am

The numbers are in, and the 2014 Kansas Wheat Crop will total 260.6 million bushels, which would be the worst since 1996.  The average yield, calculated from 587 stops over three days, was 33.2 bushels per…

Drought, Wind are Hallmarks of Wheat Tour Day 2 By: 05/01/2014 @ 1:44pm

It was expected that Day 2 of the annual Wheat Quality Council Hard Winter Wheat Tour would highlight some of the state’s worst winter wheat. And sure enough, drought and high winds have taken a tremendous…

Wheat Tour Estimates 34.7 Bushels an Acre; Worst Day-One Average in More Than a Decade By: 04/30/2014 @ 11:02am

July wheat futures rose 16 cents Tuesday, in part due to rumblings from day one of the Hard Winter Wheat Tour through northern Kansas. Tour participants estimated the yield from 271 field stops in…

Kansas Wheat Tour Takes Off By: 04/29/2014 @ 8:09am

Nearly 70 wheat millers, buyers, exporters, USDA employees, farmers and journalists have begun the annual three-day tour across Kansas wheat fields, sponsored by the Wheat Quality Council. The Hard Red Winter…

Four Tips for Sorghum Planting Success By: 04/24/2014 @ 10:26am

Grain sorghum planting is in full-swing throughout the Central Plains, and as it moves northward, there are some practices successful sorghum growers use to get the crop off to a good start. 1. Plant the…

Freeze Could Hit Hard Red Winter Wheat Fields By: 04/16/2014 @ 9:35am

The condition of the hard red winter wheat crop in the states of Oklahoma and Kansas is precarious after temperatures dropped below freezing April 14-15. July Hard Red Winter wheat futures settled up 23 cents…

Army Cutworms Marching Through Wheat, Canola and Alfalfa Fields By: 04/07/2014 @ 2:20pm

Adding insult to the injury that is dryness and spotty winterkill for crops that are beginning to green up this spring, army cutworms are marching throughout wheat, alfalfa and canola fields in the Central…

Topdress Wheat by Feekes Growth Stage 5 By: 04/01/2014 @ 12:42pm

Winter wheat in the Central Plains has been slower than usual to break dormancy, thanks to colder than normal temperatures this winter. Now that the crop is beginning to green up and grow, farmers are…

Wheat Winterkill Damage Ranges in Kansas, Oklahoma By: 03/25/2014 @ 12:39pm

A few weeks of spring-like weather have helped bring the winter wheat crop out of dormancy in the southern Plains, thus giving clarity to the severity of wheat winterkill damage in Oklahoma and Kansas…

Wheat champ pushes yields By: 12/18/2013 @ 7:50am

Winter wheat is a crop that many farmers tend to plant and forget. One Kansas farmer, however, finds that winter wheat can respond to higher management levels, even in dry years. “Wheat is the toughest crop…

Repurposing goes mainstream By: 05/17/2013 @ 12:38pm

At a warehouse in eastern Denver, stacks of surplus materials will quickly jog the mind of innovative farmers and ranchers. A pile of rubber tracks removed from bulldozers are snapped up to be used as nonslip…

Syngenta's AgriPro aims for hybrid wheat by 2020 By: 03/11/2013 @ 2:14pm

Syngenta's AgriPro unit is three years into its hybrid wheat project at the company's Hard Red Winter wheat unit near Manhattan, Kansas. Syngenta is going all-in on wheat hybrids; the company built…

Hybrid wheat's comeback By: 03/11/2013 @ 1:31pm

Nearly 90 years after DuPont Pioneer successfully commercialized the first hybrid corn plants, the company plans to revolutionize the wheat industry in the same way.Pioneer announced its intent in February to…

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