ARTICLES BY KACEY BIRCHMIER
Terminating Cover Crops By: 04/21/2014 @ 3:24pm

Failure to properly terminate cover crops can result in them acting as weeds and creating competition for your crop. For the most consistent control, make herbicide applications in the early spring while cover…

USDA Requires Reporting of PEDv By: 04/18/2014 @ 4:46pm

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the USDA will require reporting of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and swine delta coronavirus in order to slow the spread of this disease…

Spring Nitrogen Application Options By: 04/10/2014 @ 11:28am

After a long winter and a delayed start to fieldwork, you may questioning which nitrogen (N) application method will be the most efficient this spring. You aren't alone. “Questions are already coming…

Palmer Amaranth Management By: 04/04/2014 @ 5:04pm

Palmer amaranth is spreading throughout the country, and it is going to require careful management. This weed has the ability to grow two to three inches per day. The effectiveness of  foliar-applied…

Crop roundup: Yield-Limiting Factors for Continuous Corn By: 03/28/2014 @ 4:57pm

One study looks at yield-limiting factors for continuous corn, another at the effectiveness of preemergence herbicides with multiple sites of action. Grants announced from Monsanto corn rootworm knowledge…

Cool Temperatures Ahead By: 03/21/2014 @ 6:15pm

Below-normal temperatures are expected to return to the Midwest and East this weekend. Not the start to spring growers were hoping to see. The cool, wet soils won’t allow farmers to do much fieldwork anytime…

Herbicide Receives Federal Registration for Pre- and Postemergence Applications By: 03/17/2014 @ 11:27am

BASF announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) federal registration of Sharpen herbicide for pre- and postemergence applications on rice. Sharpen herbicide offers rice growers flexible control…

Insects and Disease May Have Survived Extreme Winter Weather By: 03/17/2014 @ 10:06am

Extreme cold and snow cover in many parts of the country have growers guessing about the weather’s impact on pest pressures in the upcoming planting and growing season. Researchers say this winter’s…

2014 Trends By: 03/14/2014 @ 4:04pm

Meetings and conferences are an opportunity to glean information from experts, farmers, and industry leaders. I’ve had the opportunity to attend several this winter – here are a few trends I’ve been…

Draft EIS Comment Period Closes for Enlist Corn and Soybean Traits By: 03/12/2014 @ 11:56am

USDA has closed its comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Enlist corn and soybean traits. Dow AgroSciences has developed these traits that include tolerance to 2,4-D. …

5 ways to produce winning wheat yields By: 03/07/2014 @ 2:28pm

Over the past 25 years, brothers Brad and Chuck Minton, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, have been able to produce record wheat yields. New technology has enabled them to triple their wheat yields to an average of 80…

Fertilizer in small doses yields returns By: 03/06/2014 @ 5:01pm

Crop yields in the semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe have been declining over time because of poor soil fertility due to mono-cropping, lack of fertilizer, and other factors. In collaboration with the International…

Evaluate your fertility plan for 2014 By: 03/06/2014 @ 2:34pm

Entering the 2013 growing season, untapped nutrients were allegedly left in the soil from the 2012 drought. Spring floods dashed hopes to use nitrogen (N) from 2012 in 2013. Yet most areas were able to produce…

Mixed views on Ukraine grain sales By: 03/05/2014 @ 5:06pm

The U.S. Grains Council and the U.S. Department of Agriculture both addressed the ever-changing political situation in Ukraine today, and there seems to be some difference of opinions concerning the short- and…

Leading the Way in Whole-Farm Decision Services By: 03/04/2014 @ 10:11am

DuPont Pioneer, the advanced seed and genetics business of DuPont, launched Encirca services, a suite of whole-farm decision services to help improve productivity and profitability of grower operations. These…

Start clean, stay clean By: 02/25/2014 @ 11:49am

Herbicide-resistant weeds are spreading, and it’s important to know how to recognize them. “The problem is much more widely spread than what I think many of the growers recognize,” says Mike Owen, Iowa…

Crop roundup: soil analysis By: 02/21/2014 @ 4:34pm

A new collaboration promises the ability for growers to more accurately plan, place, and manage nitrogen applications on a real-time basis; growers will have more corn hybrid choices for 2014; U.S. soybean…

Slow winter....slow spring? By: 02/17/2014 @ 2:06pm

Planting season must be around the corner. On Thursday, the USDA is scheduled to release its first detailed data on farmers' planting plans. To get an idea of how farmers are preparing, here are a few…

Crop roundup: soil health By: 02/07/2014 @ 5:01pm

A new partnership formed to enhance soil health, growers planting Mycogen brand seed can earn cash rebates, and refuge compliance report shows increased compliance.New partnership focused on helping farmers…

16 steps to better spraying By: 02/05/2014 @ 12:26pm

Here’s what you can do to optimize efficiency and to minimize off-target drift during the 2014 season. See more information and how-to videos1. Read the LabelChemical manufacturers are starting to specify…

What nozzles should I pick to reduce drift? By: 02/05/2014 @ 6:48am

Here’s a rundown of several nozzles that can reduce off-target movement while giving good pest control.See more: Minimize off-target movement while sprayingTurbo T Jet nozzleThis Spraying Systems nozzle was…

Crop roundup: multi-hybrid planter By: 01/31/2014 @ 4:17pm

New wheat herbicide, new sorghum and corn hybrids, multi-hybrid planter, and new partnerships all on the horizon. Zidua herbicide receives federal registration for wheatBASF announced that Zidua herbicide…

Crop roundup: sudden death syndrome By: 01/24/2014 @ 4:25pm

Iowa State University researchers take steps toward improved SDS resistance, a new discovery could lead to herbicides and fertilizers working naturally with plants, Bayer CropScience gives €1 million (EUR)…

Minimize off-target movement while spraying By: 01/21/2014 @ 2:26pm

Herbicide-resistant weeds in corn and soybeans threaten your bottom line. Fortunately, help is on the way. Soybeans that tolerate new formulations of 2,4-D, dicamba, and HPPD inhibitors should debut later this…

Crop roundup: disease control By: 01/20/2014 @ 3:11pm

MANA introduces a new fungicide, Enlist advances in the USDA regulatory process, Monsanto releases updates on pipeline projects, DuPont Pioneer brings a large class of new products to the market for 2014…

Adjust N timing = Savings? By: 01/08/2014 @ 10:16am

Last fall, Brad Dorsey jumped at the opportunity to evaluate his nitrogen (N) use by participating in Beck’s Hybrids Practical Farm Research program. Even though he believed his current practices were on…

Crop roundup: Advanced technology By: 12/20/2013 @ 4:58pm

Dow AgroSciences announces FDA consultation completion, and John Deere and Dow AgroSciences form new partnership. Enlist E3 Soybeans Successfully Complete FDA ConsultationDow AgroSciences and MS Technologies…

Don't sweat seed supply By: 12/17/2013 @ 1:55pm

If this year’s waterlogged late planting, shortage of heat units, and late-season drought have you concerned about 2014 seed supplies, breathe easy. For the most part, seed companies say 2014 seed supplies…

Crop roundup: interactive services By: 12/13/2013 @ 4:34pm

BASF expands interactive services, Monsanto and Novozymes announce an alliance, and registration is open for North Dakota Reclamation Conference.BASF to expand range of interactive services for the global…

Crop roundup: weed management By: 12/06/2013 @ 4:56pm

BASF releases survey results showing majority of farmers deal with glyphosate-resistant weeds, Dow AgroSciences provides training for the Enlist system, and a new report indicates producers in the Chesapeake…

Crop roundup: DuPont Pioneer and John Deere partner By: 11/08/2013 @ 3:46pm

DuPont Pioneer and John Deere partner to provide near real-time level data to growers, DuPont Pioneer introduces a new charcoal rot scoring system for customers, Mana extends its Roundup Ready Plus residual…

N Inhibitors tips By: 11/06/2013 @ 11:19am

If you want to use nitrification inhibitors, set realistic expectations. Here's how.Since nitrogen (N) keys corn production, it’s important to keep your fall- and spring-applied N in the root zone and…

4 steps for late-fall nitrogen By: 11/04/2013 @ 4:27pm

Here are four steps you can take now to help manage your nitrogen (N).    Last spring’s record-breaking rainfall washed N away from your corn and loaded nitrates into rivers. Therefore, you…

Nitrification inhibitor tips By: 11/04/2013 @ 3:59pm

Since nitrogen (N) keys corn production, it’s important to keep your fall- and spring-applied N in the root zone and avoid as much loss as possible. Nitrification inhibitors can be a tool to help you do that…

Crop roundup By: 11/04/2013 @ 9:35am

Two new product registrations were announced last week. DuPont announced that Aproach Prima, a fungicide with two modes of action, will be available in 2014. Syngenta announced a new seed treatment insecticide…

4 steps to soil testing By: 09/27/2013 @ 5:12pm

After you’re done with harvest, you may want to consider heading back out to the field and collecting soil samples. Dr. Robert Mullen, director of agronomy for PotashCorp, says soil testing provides an…

Bayer CropScience focuses on contributing to sustainable agriculture By: 09/09/2013 @ 5:50pm

If you’ve considered using Liberty herbicide, but found non-existent or scant supplies, you’re in luck. Bayer CropScience is ramping up its U.S. production of this product that gives farmers a tool in…

Farm families honored for environmental stewardship By: 08/15/2013 @ 5:10pm

Sixty-three Iowa farm families were recognized for their environmental stewardship today in an award ceremony at the Iowa State Fair. The families were presented with the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award…

What's up at Wolf Trax By: 08/02/2013 @ 4:30pm

For over a decade, Wolf Trax has been focused on improving plant health through plant nutrition. This week Wolf Trax hosted a field tour near Elm Creek, Manitoba, to showcase current technologies and introduce…

Cover crop decisions By: 06/21/2013 @ 2:52pm

Don’t forget about prevented planted acres once you report them to crop insurance. Instead, plant cover crops on them, says Jill Sackett, University of Minnesota Extension educator and conservation…

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