ARTICLES BY BILL SPIEGEL
Stripe Rust Showing Up in Texas Wheat Fields By: 02/04/2016 @ 2:27pm

Less than six weeks into the new year, and we're hearing reports of stripe rust in winter wheat in Texas.Clark Neely, small grains and oilseed specialist at Texas A&M Agrilife, says stripe rust has…

Successful Land Sale: Nebraska, Kansas Trust Sale Yields $17 Million By: 02/02/2016 @ 2:42pm

Writing this week about the sale of 5,105 acres in Nebraska and Kansas is a no-brainer. Not only did the sale yield $17.155 million in sales ($3,360 per acre); some of the land was in my native area of Jewell…

AgriSync Brings Farmers, Service Advisers Together With Free Remote Support By: 02/01/2016 @ 10:18am

Imagine this. You're spraying a burndown herbicide and suddenly an alarm in your machine sounds. It's probably a simple fix, but you're baffled. An in-field service call is not only costly but…

Q&A - Tracy Zeorian, Custom Harvester By: 01/28/2016 @ 5:11pm

Tracy Zeorian was just 12 years old in 1974 when she joined her grandparents, Elvin and Pauline Hancock, on their annual wheat harvest run. “I loved my grandpa and grandma, and they had a huge impact on my…

Three Ways to Boost Wheat Yields By: 01/27/2016 @ 12:52pm

In the last three years, winter wheat producers in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas have documented yields greater than 120 bushels per acre. These are isolated cases, but they have Kansas State University…

Successful Land Sale: Northeast Iowa Auction Brings $330 Cash Rent; $8,796 Land By: 01/26/2016 @ 3:59pm

One of the more interesting land auctions we've covered occurred Jan. 23 in Buchanan County, Iowa. Interesting, because the auction featured 157 acres of high-quality farmland, plus a 330-acre cash rent…

Trim Winter Wheat Costs By: 01/25/2016 @ 10:10am

Much has been made of reducing costs for soybean and corn producers this year. Yet, wheat growers already have their crop planted. Cutting costs for these farmers, then…

Successful Land Sale: Southeast Nebraska Dryland Averages $4,300 By: 01/19/2016 @ 2:38pm

If you're in a position to sell farmland, it's good advice to have a piece of property that adjoining landowners want to buy. That's the case with this week's Successful Land Sale: a…

Purdue's Nielsen Offers Four Ways to Trim Corn Costs By: 01/18/2016 @ 1:37pm

Isaac Newton's Third Law of Physics states: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. That's not been the case when it comes to growing corn, however. When corn prices shot…

Successful Land Sale: Western Iowa Sale Averages $6,080 By: 01/12/2016 @ 8:34pm

The sale of three tracts totaling 341.86 acres in Woodbury County, Iowa, on Jan. 11 was surprisingly good, given the free-fall of commodity prices in the last nine months. "It's not where we were two…

Take a Hard Look at Lime and Micronutrients on Soybeans By: 01/08/2016 @ 3:28pm

It is tempting to not want to perform a soil test prior to planting the 2016 soybean crop in order to save money, but a soil fertility specialist at Kansas State University (KSU) doesn't agree. Dorivar…

Successful Land Sale: $12,900 Per Acre in Wabash Co., Illinois By: 01/05/2016 @ 11:42am

Apparently, the land auction market is having a New Year's hangover this week, as we have just one sale to report. But it was a doozy. A 41.25-acre tract a mile west of Mt. Carmel in Edwards County…

The War on Food is Heating Up, Harvard Professor Says By: 12/31/2015 @ 11:45am

A century ago, farming was tough business. Few machines helped farmers bear the brunt of labor. Commercial fertilizers were not yet common, and weed- and pest-control products had not been invented. It…

Ammoniated Wheat Straw Boosts Winter Feed By: 12/30/2015 @ 10:57am

When dry weather hits winter wheat country, beef producers always worry whether there will be enough feed to winter cows.  Terry Hobbs is no different, but the Penokee, Kansas, rancher boosts his feed…

Successful Land Sale: Year-End Sale in Eastern Iowa Nets $7,600 By: 12/29/2015 @ 5:09pm

Spending a little time at a local farmland auction is not a bad way to spend part of the holiday season, and the sale of 181.68 acres in Johnson County, Iowa, didn't disappoint. The farm featured three…

Successful Land Sale: Minnesota Land Brings $19,000; Illinois Land $9,630 By: 12/22/2015 @ 9:56am

Nearly 700 acres of high-quality soil in McDonough County, Illinois, sold Dec. 17. The sale brought $6.72 million, or $9,630 per acre - not a bad way to start the Christmas holiday season, but a bit below…

Just Ducky: Pigweed Seeds Spread by Waterfowl By: 12/22/2015 @ 9:35am

That glyphosate-resistant palmer amaranth and waterhemp have moved into the northern states of the Corn Belt is a given. The way they got there is hard to say, but University of Missouri researchers believe…

Hessian Flies are Bugging Winter Wheat Crop By: 12/15/2015 @ 11:16am

Hessian flies are flying wild in the winter wheat fields of Oklahoma, southern Kansas, and eastern Colorado. But there's nothing you can do about it. Sarah Zukoff, entomologist at Kansas State…

Successful Land Sale: Outside Interest Boosts Western Illinois Auction By: 12/14/2015 @ 4:52pm

Van Adkisson notes that farmland prices in western Illinois are holding fairly steady. The Bushnell, Illinois-based auctioneer sold 373.66 acres of cropland, grass and homestead in Warren County on December…

Winter Annual Weeds Thriving in Wheat Fields By: 12/11/2015 @ 12:32pm

With mild weather across the Winter Wheat Belt, winter annual weeds are getting firmly entrenched in the growing wheat crop. This group of weeds - which include mustards, henbit and marestail - germinate…

Successful Land Sale: 'Strong' Central Iowa Sale Nets $9,400 an A By: 12/08/2015 @ 8:19pm

It's been a good week for Green Real Estate and Auction Company. The Sac City, Iowa, firm had three sales in the last 10 days, with the best-seller of the lot a 74.50-acre tract 3 miles north of…

Grain Sorghum May Be More Profitable Than Corn In High Plains By: 12/04/2015 @ 2:48pm

Songwriters don’t include grain sorghum in the lyrics of country music like they do corn. However, falling commodity prices combined with the high cost of input prices may have High Plains farmers singing…

Farmland Value Trends Worth Watching By: 12/04/2015 @ 1:32pm

Since we launched the weekly Successful Farm Sale column in March, we've tracked more than 150 farmland auctions in 14 states and talked to dozens of auctioneers in the process. Early on, it was an…

Soil Champions Launch New Soil Health Institute By: 12/03/2015 @ 11:00am

Citing a need for dedicated funding to study soil health and long-term research to learn how to repair broken soils, the Farm Foundation and the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation have formed the Soil Health…

Successful Land Sale: Wind Turbines Add Value to Central Iowa Sale By: 12/02/2015 @ 11:11am

In nine months of Successful Farm Sales, we've not seen any sales of farmland that had wind turbines on them. So when a quarter section of Guthrie County, Iowa, sold November 28…

Check Winter Wheat to Gauge Winterhardiness By: 12/01/2015 @ 3:42pm

A year ago, winter wheat farmers felt as if the crop was in good shape headed into winter. There was adequate moisture throughout the Wheat Belt, and stands looked good. A cold snap in mid-November…

Farmland Partners Buys 7,400 Acres in Louisiana By: 11/30/2015 @ 3:22pm

Farmland Partners Inc. has announced its intent to buy 7,400 acres of farmland in Louisiana for $31.8 million in cash. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of next year. It was announced…

Successful Land Sale: 8 Sales, 8 States, $10.45 Million By: 11/25/2015 @ 12:13pm

The week leading up to Thanksgiving had a lot of farmland changing hands in the auction market. Across the Midwest there were dozens of farmland auctions, and we've picked several to highlight in this…

Rodale Institute Director: Healthy Soils, Healthy Food By: 11/23/2015 @ 3:21pm

If you think about it, it's not so unusual that many of the same principles that organic farmers promote also align with those who support soil health initiatives. That's why Jeff Moyer's…

USDA: Reverse Soil Health Degradation By: 11/20/2015 @ 10:23am

Improving soil health globally is the key to solving water quantity and quality challenges, plus feed a growing global population, the director of USDA-NRCS's Soil Health Division told a Kansas audience…

Successful Land Sale: Northern Kansas River Bottom Land Totals $6.2 Million By: 11/18/2015 @ 9:49am

Truth be told, there is not much left of Oketo, Kansas. The town in northern Marshall County - a mile from the Nebraska border - has about 60 residents. The farming heritage in this community, however, is…

Successful Land Sale: Van Buren County, Iowa, Brings $8,797 per Acre By: 11/11/2015 @ 3:38pm

Nancy Stoops was a longtime physical education teacher at the high school and collegiate level, with stops at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois, and at Southeast High School in Springfield…

It's Not Too Late for an N Rich Strip in Winter Wheat By: 11/06/2015 @ 10:11am

It is not too late to use the N-Rich Strip system to track nitrogen wheat needs in winter wheat.Brian Arnall, precision nutrient management specialist at Oklahoma State University says growers can apply one…

Postharvest Weed Control Options for Wheat By: 11/06/2015 @ 8:30am

Proliferating pigweeds that include glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth and waterhemp have made postharvest weed control in winter wheat stubble difficult. “We’re finding more and more disasters,”…

Successful Land Sale: Tribine Founder Sells Indiana Farmland for $8.2 Million By: 11/04/2015 @ 8:37am

Ben Dillon is betting the farm on the Tribine's success. Literally. The Indiana-farmer-turned-Kansas-inventor sold 716 acres of Cass and Carroll county farmland at auction November 3. Schrader…

Successful Land Sale: West Iowa Century Farm Averages $8,900 By: 10/28/2015 @ 1:15pm

For a farm to be in one family's care for more than 100 years is still a remarkable achievement. However, as time goes on, more and more of these Century Farms transition to new ownership. Such is the…

Successful Land Sale: Wyffels Land in Illinois Brings $6,580 per acre By: 10/21/2015 @ 3:43pm

Alma Wyffels died in February at age 100. Her greatest legacy is her five children, 15 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. If her name sounds familiar, however, it is because she and her late…

3 Takeaways From Sorghum Day By: 10/14/2015 @ 4:34pm

The grain sorghum varieties of 1,000 years ago looked nothing like today's improved hybrids. They were tall, rangy plants with a thick stem and small clump of berries, when first discovered a long…

Successful Land Sale: Kansas Century Farm Sells 21% Above Average By: 10/13/2015 @ 8:47pm

When the Kehlbeck family began farming in northwest Kansas in about 1910, they started a farming legacy of being good stewards of high-quality land. In more than 100 years of operation and ownership, the…

National Wheat Yield Contest Announces Rules, Opens Registration By: 10/08/2015 @ 9:57am

Wheat farmers, your time to shine is now! For the first time in more than two decades, a National Wheat Yield Contest will recognize the nation's top wheat producers. “We have been eagerly awaiting…

Successful Land Sale: South Dakota Auction Averages $6,850 By: 10/07/2015 @ 2:56pm

With harvest action in play, land auction action this week is a little light. This week's Successful Land Sale focuses on two sales, one in Colorado and one in South Dakota. Here's more about the…

Successful Land Sale: Record-High Selling Price at Hancock County, Illinois, Auction By: 09/30/2015 @ 9:58am

Corn and soybean prices may be dramatically lower this year than last, but land auctions often prove that in the right situation, farmers are willing to spend money on land. Conditions were definitely…

Why Is Your Grain Sorghum Falling Down? By: 09/24/2015 @ 2:54pm

Lodging in grain sorghum is showing up in the Grain Sorghum Belt, just as farmers are getting ready to harvest the crop. The lodging is due to a couple of stalk rot diseases, and there's not much you can…

Successful Land Sale: Benton Co., Iowa, Auction Nets $3.68M By: 09/22/2015 @ 9:06pm

In 1821, Thomas Hart Benton was elected U.S. Senator from Missouri, a post he held for 30 years. Benton was a staunch proponent of "Manifest Destiny," or the westward expansion of the United States, which he…

Absent Buyers, Wheat Is Moved to Make Room for Fall Harvest By: 09/17/2015 @ 8:09pm

There's a certain kind of hopelessness in planting winter wheat when western Kansas cash wheat prices are just $4.20 per bushel. Adding insult to injury, many grain elevators in western Kansas are…

Successful Land Sale: Illinois Land Brings $11,110 per Acre; Plus Iowa, Michigan, and Oklahoma Auctions By: 09/16/2015 @ 12:14pm

One of the better producing farms Mac Boyd has ever sold also performed pretty well on the auction block September 15. The sale featured nearly 335 acres of cropland in Douglas County, Illinois, which…

Successful Land Sale: Iowa Farm Averages $8,560 By: 09/09/2015 @ 1:48pm

Six tracts, 446.51 acres. All in two contiguous blocks in Bremer County, Iowa, just northwest of the town of Oran. Very seldom does a farm of this size change hands. So when the gavel dropped at the end…

#Grow15: Benefits of No-Till, Cover Crops Mimic Mother Nature By: 09/01/2015 @ 10:10pm

In an average year, Norton County, Kansas receives about 25-inches of rainfall. Even if the rain fell at the right time, it is seldom enough to profitably grow a cash crop of corn. This isn't the Corn…

Successful Land Sale: Indiana Land Averages $6,796; Plus Illinois and Michigan Auctions By: 09/01/2015 @ 8:01pm

There were two dynamics at play at the August 26 auction of 144.26 acres in Whitley County, Indiana. One, the sale included pretty good farmland in a good corn and soybean producing county. This was appealing…

#Grow 15: Lessons Learned from Wheat School By: 08/31/2015 @ 2:05pm

With wheat seeding time just around the corner, it's a good time to go back to school to learn some tricks to make the most of the 2015-16 winter wheat crop. Kansas county Extension offices have hosted…

Successful Land Sale: Two Minnesota Auctions Total $2.3 million; plus Iowa and Oklahoma By: 08/26/2015 @ 11:04am

This was a big week for Matt Maring Auction. The Kenyon, Minnesota-based auction company had two land sales this week; a 222.35-acre auction on August 24 in Lyon County, Minnesota, and a 231-acre auction in…

#Grow 15 Two Takeaways From the East-Central Kansas Field Day By: 08/25/2015 @ 10:43am

At just about every field day in the Midwest this summer, much has been made of the difficulty in controlling waterhemp and Palmer amaranth (or pigweeds). No doubt, the summer of 2015 has seen…

#Grow15: Three Ways to Boost Your Sprayer's Performance By: 08/20/2015 @ 3:29pm

Sprayers. You can't farm with 'em, you can't farm without 'em. Perhaps that's a little dramatic, but no matter how much caution and care you exercise when operating a sprayer…

Successful Farm Sale: NW Kansas Farm Brings $2,475; Plus Iowa, Oklahoma Auctions By: 08/18/2015 @ 4:50pm

If a western Kansas landowner is planning to sell some ground, 2015 is a pretty good year to do it. Until this year, much of the western third of the state had been mired in drought. This year, however, rains…

#Grow15: Nebraska Farmers' Debt Loads are Increasing By: 08/16/2015 @ 1:57pm

Corn and soybean yields in 2015 are shaping up to be a bumper crop, but the financial health of many farmers is not as rosy, according to Tina Barrett, director of the Nebraska Farm Business, Inc., an…

Successful Land Sale: Illinois Farm Averages $9,250; Also, Sales in Minnesota and Oklahoma By: 08/11/2015 @ 3:35pm

On sale day, any number of factors can influence the selling price of farmland. Since we started the Successful Land Sale column in March, we've seen a number of factors at play: inclement weather;…

Successful Land Sale: Eastern Iowa Land Averages $9,100 By: 08/06/2015 @ 10:46am

The art of animal husbandry has not been lost on the farmers of east-central Iowa. Pork and beef production in the region remains strong, and thus land prices remain steady because of livestock producers'…

More Is Better When it Comes to Pigweed Control in Wheat Stubble By: 08/03/2015 @ 9:11pm

Weed control in wheat stubble following harvest has become more difficult with the proliferation of glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth and waterhemp - which we are lumping together here as pigweeds.  A…

Crop Rotation, Chemistry Selection is Vital for Pigweed Control By: 08/03/2015 @ 8:57pm

In nonirrigated Kansas fields, a typical crop rotation might be wheat-grain sorghum-soybeans. Growers hoping to apply herbicide after grain sorghum harvest in the fall (in preparation for pigweed control in…

Successful Land Sale: Marshall County, Indiana, Farms By: 07/30/2015 @ 9:50am

In the Hoosier state, corn and soybean fields are soggy. This, combined with low commodity prices, has land buyers wary of making long-term investments for all but the best farmland. Still, Jon Rosen, sales…

Entomologist: Bt Effectiveness to Corn Rootworm is Breaking Down By: 07/28/2015 @ 5:01pm

Remember how overuse of glyphosate herbicide in Roundup-resistant crops has brought about a number of glyphosate-resistant weeds?A Kansas State University entomologist worries that overuse of Bt corn traits…

On-Farm Research Helping Kansas Corn Farmers Learn Optimal Seeding Rates By: 07/28/2015 @ 4:45pm

In Kansas, like most western Corn Belt states, the optimal planting population for corn is hard to pinpoint from year to year. Rainfall is always the most limiting factor to a successful corn crop. A group of…

Sugarcane Aphids Moving North into Sorghum Fields By: 07/24/2015 @ 10:59am

By outward appearances, the grain sorghum crop in the lower High Plains states of Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas looks excellent. However, entomologists warn that sugarcane aphids are moving north at a fervent…

Successful Land Sale: Champaign County, Illinois, Land Brings $11,950 an Acre By: 07/22/2015 @ 9:41am

Champaign County, Illinois, is home to the University of Illinois. About 15 miles southwest of the heart of the sprawling campus in the city of Champaign is Crittenden Township, where 100 acres of farmground…

Four Land Trends Worth Watching By: 07/20/2015 @ 2:24pm

Since we launched the Successful Land Sale column in March, we've highlighted the selling prices of more than 50 Midwest land sales and talked to dozens of folks in firms specializing in farm real estate…

Successful Land Sale: 745 Acres in Oklahoma Average $1,289 Per Acre By: 07/16/2015 @ 8:14am

You've heard of Wakita, Oklahoma, before. It was one of the towns featured in the 1996 movie, Twister. In the film, a massive tornado cuts through town leaving rubble in its wake. "We wound up…

Successful Land Sale: Henry Co., IA Farms Average $7,550 By: 07/09/2015 @ 10:21am

The Steffes Group of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, sold two tracts of Henry County farmland June 30. The tracts were side-by-side in a farm about 10 miles south of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.Here's how the tracts…

Baling Wheat Straw? Think of the Positives First By: 07/07/2015 @ 9:16am

Throughout the 2015 wheat harvest, a Kansas hay company hit the radio airwaves with an advertisement offering to pay farmers for letting them bale wheat straw windrows. The promise of a clean field for the…

AgReliant Genetics Buys Golden Acres Corn, Sorghum Business By: 07/06/2015 @ 5:09pm

AgReliant Genetics has acquired the corn and sorghum seed business of Golden Acres Genetics. This acquisition complements the continued strategic expansion of AgReliant Genetics, the third-largest corn seed…

Fighting Resistant Weeds in Soybeans is Highlight of UNL Field Day #Grow15 By: 07/03/2015 @ 5:13pm

If you feel like the only way to control herbicide-resistant weeds in soybean fields is with a squad of high school kids armed with hoes, you're not alone. The days of easy weed control using only…

Successful Land Sale: Prime Clay County, Iowa Land Brings $11,300 By: 07/02/2015 @ 11:01am

The word "prime" gets used a lot in real estate but it's not often that the subject lives up to its billing. One June 26, The Acre Company sold 115 acres just south of the community of Royal that was…

Wheat Harvest Progresses to Northern Kansas By: 06/24/2015 @ 9:17pm

The 2015 winter wheat harvest has stretched from Texas to Nebraska this week with variable yields and quality in every field.  Temperatures above 90 degrees in all four states have helped harvesters get…

Successful Land Sale: Southeast Iowa Sale Shows Land Values Holding Steady By: 06/24/2015 @ 1:02pm

Before the auction of 172 acres of Des Moines County, Iowa, land on June 16, there was some hand-wringing in the audience from neighboring landowners. The buzz in farm country is that land prices are starting…

Wheat Harvest Stalled by Wet Weather By: 06/18/2015 @ 11:10am

The 2015 winter wheat harvest is in various stages of completion throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and southern Kansas. The latest weekly harvest report from U.S. Wheat Associates says the crop is nearly cut out in…

Successful Land Sale: Dallas County, Iowa, Brings $7,600 an Acre By: 06/18/2015 @ 8:16am

Good land in a good area. Normally the recipe for many a successful land sale, the June 11 auction of 117 acres in Dallas County, Iowa, didn't quite meet expectations. The tract, located about 6…

Successful Land Sale: Minnesota Ground 'Beats Expectations' By: 06/11/2015 @ 8:05am

The mark of a good land auction is if it "meets the sellers' expectations."The sale of a quarter-section of farmland in Jackson County, Minnesota, did that. The 160-acre tract, which sold June 4, brought…

Rare Fungal Disease Spotted in Kansas Wheat Fields By: 06/04/2015 @ 9:59am

A rare fungal disease has been discovered in trace levels in some Kansas wheat fields this year. Wheat flag smut (Urocystis tritici) was discovered in a central Kansas wheat field the week of May 6, and has…

Successful Land Sale: Iowa Auction Proves Quality Counts By: 06/04/2015 @ 6:55am

We've said it in this space before: Good farmland continues to bring good money, while buyers are reluctant to bid top dollar on lower quality land.A land auction of nearly 893 acres in Crawford County…

Successful Land Sale: Illinois 40A Brings $14,500 Per Acre By: 05/28/2015 @ 7:18am

The auction of 40 acres near Paloma, Illinois on May 21 is proof that dynamite comes in small packages.  The land sold for $14,500 per acre. It was part of a 2-tract, 258 acres sell in Honey Creek…

Successful Land Sale: Northern Indiana Land Doubles in 10 Years By: 05/20/2015 @ 11:41am

In 2005, Mrs. Thelma Streifler bought 115 acres of good farmland south of Valparaiso for $4,500 per acre. On May 19, her heirs sold that same piece of property for $8,956 per acre. Gary Bailey…

Northern Indiana Farmstead, Acreage Brings $6,830 Per Acre By: 05/14/2015 @ 3:46pm

A nice little property. That's the most apt description of the sale May 6 of 68 acres of La Porte County, Indiana, farmland and homestead. The property is located about 2.5 miles south of Rolling Prairie…

Successful Land Sale: Northern Kansas Sale Averages $3,734 Per Acre By: 05/07/2015 @ 8:46am

Farmland prices in Kansas tend to be below those in the neighboring states of Nebraska and Missouri. A sale of 320 acres of Grant Township land in Jewell County may change that. The sale netted almost…

Successful Land Sale: Large Missouri Auction Averages $3,200 By: 04/29/2015 @ 9:04am

The land market may be softening a tad, but it may not yet be as dramatic as what The sale April 23 of 1,195 acres in northeast Missouri was fairly strong - not great, but not bad given that the land for…

Successful Land Sale: North Dakota Auction Shows Softening Prices By: 04/24/2015 @ 9:08am

Land prices in northern North Dakota are beginning to soften, based on results of a land sale in Towner County on April 21. About 1,361 acres, divided into four tracts, netted about $2.31 million, or $1,700…

Successful Land Sale: Nebraska Organic Farm Averages $8,426 per Acre By: 04/16/2015 @ 11:23am

It's not often that a big chunk of certified organic farmland is sold at auction, so the sale of 441 acres in Merrick County is an interesting case study. Tim Johnson, agent at Farmers National was in…

Three Great New Technologies for Grain Sorghum By: 04/16/2015 @ 8:46am

That more farmers are thinking about growing grain sorghum this year is a testament to the crop's nitrogen- and water-efficiency. Grain sorghum has been a staple crop throughout much of the High Plains…

Wheat Benefits from Chloride By: 04/10/2015 @ 10:12am

There’s no sure thing when it comes to improving wheat yields.Research shows, however, that a narrow region of the Wheat Belt stretching from Oklahoma to South Dakota often gets immediate payback with a…

Avoid These 7 Cover Crop Mistakes By: 04/09/2015 @ 10:22am

Cover crops have plenty of perks: soil health improvements, fewer weeds, and improved cash crop yields. Still, many farmers are leery of planting cover crops. The reason? Fear of failure. Don’t let this…

Successful Land Sale: Illinois Land Sales for $11,798 per Acre By: 04/08/2015 @ 8:24pm

Dan Sullivan has said it before: Farmers will pay good money for good farmland. Based on the results of an April 8 auction, his firm - Sullivan Auctioneers, of Hamilton, Illinois - sold another good…

Successful Land Sale: Black Hawk County Iowa Farm Averages $11,000 By: 04/01/2015 @ 3:53pm

The sale of 303 acres of Black Hawk County farmland on March 24 proves there still is great demand for great ground. The sale netted $3.35 million, or more than $11,000 per acre. That's a good price…

Wheat Crop Hanging On, Needs a Rain By: 03/30/2015 @ 8:51pm

A one-day driving tour of central Kansas Monday told a clear picture of that state's wheat crop: an above average 2015 wheat crop so far, but without rain, it could head downhill in a hurry.Daryl Strouts…

Dryness, Disease Ganging Up on 2015 Winter Wheat Crop By: 03/25/2015 @ 1:21pm

As if winter wheat farmers aren't already concerned enough about winterkill in the 2015 crop, now they need to keep an eye on stripe rust. Reports from Bob Hunger, Extension wheat pathologist at…

Successful Land Sale: Flint Hills Native Grass Averages $2,200 By: 03/24/2015 @ 5:30pm

The tallgrass prairie of eastern Kansas is to cattle grazing like what Beethoven is to music. It just doesn't get much better for the beef producer. Stocker calves grazing the native tallgrass prairie in…

Winter Wheat Farmers Anxious About Winter Injury Symptoms By: 03/19/2015 @ 2:07pm

About this time each year, the winter wheat crop in Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska breaks dormancy, shedding its cold-damaged leaves and beginning its journey toward a summer harvest. Except this year. While…

Successful Land Sale: Wabash County, Illinois, Sale Soars Past Previous Highs By: 03/17/2015 @ 11:47am

A successful land sale simply boils down to which bidder wants the land more. The March 14 land sale of Wabash County land in Illinois is a perfect example. Two tracts of four selling at auction topped…

Hybrid Wheat on the Horizon By: 03/13/2015 @ 2:28pm

Bayer CropScience and Syngenta’s AgriPro brand are plunging headlong into successful commercialization of hybrid wheat lines. Each company should have its products available to farmers by the end of the…

App Delivers Wheat-Yield Estimate By: 03/13/2015 @ 2:21pm

A new smartphone application from the Kansas Wheat Alliance (KWA) will help winter wheat farmers estimate wheat yields as early as six to eight weeks before harvest. The Kansas Wheat Yield Calculator app is…

Agronomists: Army Cutworms Marching Across Winter Wheat, Canola By: 03/12/2015 @ 4:20pm

Source: KSU and OSUWith the onset of warmer temperatures, winter canola, winter wheat and alfalfa has broken dormancy, and Extension specialists in both Oklahoma and Kansas are warning that army cutworms are…

Successful Land Sales: Illinois Farm Tops $10K Per Acre; North Dakota Ranch brings $7.4 Million By: 03/11/2015 @ 9:45am

The sale of 260.12 acres south of Monmouth, Illinois, on March 4, marked the end of a family-farming era. The sale, conducted by Van Adkisson Auction Service, satisfied the Gillen Family Estate. Three brothers…

Farmers are Willing to Spend Top Dollar for Top Quality Land By: 03/09/2015 @ 2:45pm

Since we launched the weekly "Successful Land Sale" on www.Agriculture.com, in February, we've noticed a few trends in the farmland auction business. Our coverage so far has included at least one land…

Watch Wheat Fertility By: 03/04/2015 @ 3:39pm

A topdress nitrogen application to winter wheat is a step toward a successful harvest. Growers should consider timing, source, rate, and application method of a winter or spring topdress application, according…

Canola Boosts Wheat Yields By: 03/04/2015 @ 3:34pm

In southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma, fields of winter wheat blanket the earth almost as far as the eye can see. This is wheat country. Increasingly, however, those expanses of waving gold wheat are broken…

Successful Farm Sale: NW Kansas Dryland Brings $3,100 per Acre By: 03/03/2015 @ 3:12pm

East of Colby, Kansas, in Thomas County is a sweet spot, where the farmers are progressive, and the farming has been good the past few years. So you can imagine that when a half section of top-quality dryland…

Disease, Insect Issues Popping Up in Winter Wheat Crop By: 03/03/2015 @ 9:05am

If growing hard red winter wheat were a marathon, the 2015 crop would be at the 13-mile mark. Many marathoners power through aches and pains at the halfway point, and the wheat crop needs to do the same. From…

IRS Extends Tax Deadline for Farms, Ranches Using Health Insurance Marketplace By: 02/28/2015 @ 1:27pm

If you're one of the farmers or ranchers who enrolled in the Health Insurance Marketplace and are scrambling to complete your tax return in time for the March 2 deadline, you can breathe easy for a few…

NWF Launches National Wheat Yield Contest By: 02/26/2015 @ 10:32pm

A new wheat yield contest will help identify the nation's top wheat growers, drive innovation, and urge experimentation with new production technologies, the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) announced…

Nebraska Growers See Growing Opportunities with Cover Crops By: 02/25/2015 @ 11:39am

There are so many opportunities that cover crops present to farmers, Ben Steffen wonders if they might pave the way for helping young people return to the farm. Steffen, who farms near Burr, Nebraska, has…

Successful Land Sale: South Dakota Sale Nets $4,573/Acre By: 02/24/2015 @ 10:27am

In South Dakota, a given tract of land may sell publicly once per century. So when tightly held land is selling at auction, you can bet there will be a lot of interest. On February 20, Wieman Land and Auction…

Central Illinois Land Sale Fetches $14,560 Per Acre By: 02/18/2015 @ 10:30am

Location, location, location.  It counts just as much in agriculture real estate as it does in residential real estate, says Kurt Aumann, CEO of Aumann Auction, Springfield, Illinois. On February 17, the…

6 Lessons From Soybean School By: 02/11/2015 @ 1:50pm

Growers attending the Soybean Schools sponsored by Kansas State University across that state last week were treated to daylong sessions of improving production practices. If you missed them, here are some…

12 Tips to Make No-till a Success By: 02/05/2015 @ 10:37am

A panel discussion at this year's No-till on the Plains Winter Conference in Salina focused on several ways to make no-till a success in the High Plains. Panelists included Mark Watson, who farms near…

No-till, Diverse Rotations Help Oklahoma Farmer Beat the Heat By: 02/04/2015 @ 3:02pm

In southwest Oklahoma, acre after acre, mile after mile, farmers here grow winter wheat and graze cattle. That's pretty much it. Alan Mindeman, who owns Apache Seed Farms near Apache, grows wheat, but his…

Companion Crops Boost Wheat Stubble Health By: 01/28/2015 @ 4:09pm

After harvest in the summer, many wheat farmers plant a double-crop cash crop. Others plant a cover crop. Some farmers do both. For the last five years, Robin Griffeth and his son, Kelly, have used a strategy…

Warm Temps, Dry Conditions Cause Concern in Winter Wheat Belt By: 01/27/2015 @ 12:04pm

Warm temperatures and dry topsoil conditions this month are combining to cause some concern about the condition of the U.S. winter wheat crop. Snow falling in west Texas gave partial relief to the dry…

Growing Grain Sorghum? 3 Things to Think About By: 01/26/2015 @ 9:54am

Grain sorghum production has been getting a lot of attention lately, from last week's article in the Wall Street Journal about the crop's growing clout in the…

6 Takeaways from Corn School By: 01/20/2015 @ 10:50am

Even though domestic stocks of corn are plentiful, betting on U.S. corn for 2015 is a good move, says Greg Krissek, CEO of the Kansas Corn Growers Association and Kansas Corn Commission.  Speaking at…

No Silver Bullet for Pigweed, Waterhemp Control in Corn By: 01/18/2015 @ 11:00pm

Ah, the good old days . . . when glyphosate alone could provide effective weed control on waterhemp and palmer amaranth (both commonly called pigweeds). Not only have these weeds developed resistance to…

Three Easy Steps to Boost Soybean Yields By: 01/09/2015 @ 12:09pm

In areas were soybean producers routinely have yields of less than 70 bushels per acre, the challenges are many: not enough precipitation, varieties that may not be ideal for the location, poor soils, and…

Control Mustards in Wheat This Winter By: 12/10/2014 @ 5:01pm

Look carefully, and you may notice tiny mustard weeds in your winter wheat fields. Now is the time to take care of them, says Dallas Peterson, weed specialist at Kansas State University's Department of…

New Canola Hybrid Has Non-GM Resistance to SU Herbicide By: 11/22/2014 @ 12:09pm

Spring canola producers will have new tools to combat glyphosate-resistant weeds in 2015. Cibus Global and Rotam introduced last week a nontransgenic, sulfonylurea herbicide-resistant canola hybrid, plus…

Smartphone App Helps Producers Determine Wheat Yield By: 11/04/2014 @ 10:18pm

A new smartphone application, or app, from the Kansas Wheat Alliance will help wheat farmers in Kansas estimate wheat yields as early as six to eight weeks before harvest.  The Kansas Wheat Yield…

Grassroots Experiment Wonders: Can Cover Crops Provide Enough Nitrogen for Winter Wheat? By: 10/31/2014 @ 10:06am

Carl Coleman, Dillon, South Carolina, is conducting cover crop research on his farm using university protocols. The project’s funding source the long-term no-till is using, however, is unusual: the…

Winter Annual Weed Control Now Saves Nitrogen, Boosts Yield By: 10/29/2014 @ 3:39pm

Many winter annual weeds are appearing in fields throughout the Corn Belt, and Nathan Mueller suggests farmers should treat these problem weeds as soon as possible. Mueller, agronomy extension educator at…

When Should You Apply Cheatgrass Herbicide in Wheat? By: 10/27/2014 @ 4:40pm

Wheat farmers aren't looking for more ways to spend money, but if cheatgrass is a persistent, or even potential, problem in their wheat fields, then application of a cheatgrass herbicide may give more…

4 Reasons Your Wheat May be Slow to Emerge By: 10/03/2014 @ 4:36pm

If your winter wheat stand is spotty, it's best to figure out why so that you can make plans to re-plant, if necessary. Jim Shroyer, professor-emeritus of agronomy at Kansas State University, says poor…

Wheat Following Sorghum? Glyphosate Can Help By: 09/22/2014 @ 10:18am

Planting wheat into just-harvested sorghum stubble often has mixed results. Oftentimes, sorghum plants are still green, and the alleopathic effect of sorghum can compromise the wheat stand.  An application…

8 Ways Cover Crops Pay By: 09/16/2014 @ 4:52pm

Take a good look at any idle land in your area. Left unchecked, it will soon proliferate with weeds. That's Mother Nature at work, says Paul Jasa, engineer in biological agriculture systems at the…

Research Discovery Could Boost Sorghum Yields By: 09/15/2014 @ 2:33pm

The USDA Agricultural Research Service in Lubbock, Texas, is working on development of an improved sorghum hybrid - one that would increase the number of sorghum seeds per head by close to 60%, resulting in a…

Eight Ways to Improve Wheat Planting Success By: 08/29/2014 @ 3:55pm

Whatever the soil moisture conditions at wheat planting time, there are a few important steps producers can take to improve their chances of getting a good stand of wheat, says Jim Shroyer, Kansas State…

Haney Soil Test Can Help Producers Maximize Fertilizer Inputs By: 08/29/2014 @ 12:30pm

A relatively new soil test developed by USDA soil scientists can help farmers measure soil health in their farm fields, and provide a customized soil health scorecard with recommendations on how to improve…

Promise of UAV as Crop Scouting Tool Highlighted at Ohlde Seed Farms Field Day By: 08/21/2014 @ 5:21am

It may be a few years before you pilot your own unmanned aerial vehicle over farm fields as a scouting tool, but farmers are finding value in the quality and speed of data that UAVs can…

Alta Seeds to Launch First Herbicide Tolerant Sorghum Hybrids in 2016 By: 08/05/2014 @ 5:05pm

The sorghum industry’s first herbicide-tolerant grain sorghum hybrid should be available to farmers.  Alta Seeds has been testing the hybrid, which features resistance to an ALS herbicide called…

Winter Wheat Growers Learn of Two New Varieties for 2015 By: 07/31/2014 @ 2:56pm

Winter wheat producers in the central U.S. learned of two new wheat varieties on July 31. Syngenta announced the launch of SY Clearstone CL2 for Montana and western North Dakota; meanwhile, Kansas State…

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…

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…

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…

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 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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