MEDIA BY JEFF CALDWELL
Combines rolling By: 08/13/2010 @ 3:58pm

The "weather's been cooperating" lately around Northwood, North Dakota, where Keith and Ben Thorsgard were making good progress cutting their 2010 winter wheat. "We've been getting a lot done…

High & Tight By: 07/18/2010 @ 11:00pm

This central Illinois cornfield shows the current trend of higher plant populations. A recent ag consultants survey indicated an average increase in plant populations of 500 per acre vs. last year (photo by…

Illinois wheat harvest By: 07/08/2010 @ 10:35am

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2014 marks the 20th year for the annual Pork Powerhouses report in Successful Farming magazine and on Agriculture.com! This year shows some major gains for the biggest farms in the U.S. and Canada. See…

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Canadian producers added more than 30,000 sows in the last year. Click the chart at left to enlarge it and see who's growing up north.- See the full U.S. rankings for 2014

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Tassels were just starting to emerge. This field was about 7 feet tall. At about 7:00 in the morning, the leaves were fully open, though they showed signs of having curled quite a bit lately.

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While I was in Russell, Iowa, just southeast of Chariton, this friendly guy wanted to jump in the car with me!

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Though I was eyeballing the crops more than the livestock on this swing, I couldn't help but be awestruck by this herd just north of the Iowa-Missouri state line.

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This field is representative of some of the more severe corn conditions in the nation's midsection. Though this field was hilly creek bottom ground, it still showed signs of almost zero emergence in some…

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Though this field just north of Bloomfield, Iowa, looks like it's tasseling and pollinating well, it was at least a foot shorter than that tasseling field I'd seen earlier in Warren County. And by…

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This field's just south of Sully, Iowa. It was just starting to tassel, mostly along the edges of the field.

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Just like the field near Bloomfield, this one was noticeably shorter than the one I'd seen earlier near Lacona, and showed signs that it needs a good rain.

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One drawback to irrigation is that it creates a higher disease environment. “We scout and understand what is going on in those fields,” says Tom. “Typically, we use fungicides (in those fields) and have…

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Crops continued to struggle as I moved south. These sharp-looking soybeans east of Sidney, Indiana, were no-tilled into standing corn stalks. The moisture that no-till saves gives soybeans like these an edge…

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This dryland corn near Urbana, Indiana, was fighting off drought stress. However, it still was hanging in there. "Clearly, there are some truly severely stressed regions of the state," said Bob Nielsen, Purdue…

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The next stop I made was at Lasater Farms near Gaston, Indiana. “For only getting an inch of rain here from May 1 to June 20, things don’t look to bad around here,” says Scott Lasater. Until the 90-plus…

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Lasater farms a wide variety of soils, ranging from low-organic matter ones to high peat soils with 20%-plus organic matter like the one this corn is planted on. In a drought year, the moisture-holding peat…

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One dry weather bright spot is that it’s excellent harvest weather for wheat in the area. This field near Matthews, Indiana, has likely been harvested by the time you see this.

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Corn in Indiana is nearing the crucial late June to early July pollination period. Pollination has already started in some fields in southern Indiana. Drought stress like this slices pollination and yield…

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The good news is the crop appeared in better shape as I neared the Indiana-Illinois border. This field is near the border town of Kentland. Hopefully, moisture-deficient areas in the Hoosier state will catch…

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And, here's why!

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The Expo's the place to be if you're in the market for any new iron for your farm. The state fairgrounds are covered in booths -- indoors and out -- with the latest equipment, from trailers and…

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This shirt logo caught my eye. That's a strange-looking pig! It's on Steve Caskey's shirt. He's an Alabama native who's now working in Thailand. One of his ventures is a large Tilapia…

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He also produces feed additives that are used in swine diets. He said Thailand's got around a 900,000-head sow herd (fewer than in Iowa), but is the nation's 3rd-leading exporter of chicken and is…

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After a quick chat with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey on the way to the barns (he said the corn on his northern Iowa farm is "beautiful" right now, having received some good rains lately), I went…

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A lot of families make the Expo a vacation destination. Some drive halfway across the nation to show pigs. Some see it as a business proposition while others are doing it as a hobby.

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Mark Karthauser, here with daughter Stevieann, drove 26 hours from Loomis, California, stopping every 2 hours to water his daughter's pigs. "The first couple of times we stopped, they wanted out. And…

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The Karthausers see raising show pigs as more of a hobby. Mark works at a local cable company and the family has about 10 sows. "We can't make enough money doing it to make it a business. Feed costs are…

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There are a lot of "secret weapons" in the show pig business. Here's Kevin Doherty's: Skittles. He and his 3 kids raise about 8 pigs a year, buying from farmers around Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois…

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Doherty, an ag lender with Badgerland Farm Credit Services, says showing pigs is more of a hobby for his family. But, youth and agriculture are also part of his work with Farm Credit. "We're promoting…

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Here's a young guy from Oklahoma who isn't showing a pig at this year's Expo, but just as I walked by, I heard someone tell his dad "You just wait. He'll be showing next year."

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These guys were hard at work when I walked by. They're brothers Gavin and Garrison Strika of stigler, Oklahoma. You could tell this wasn't their first hog show, and they were keeping their pens as…

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But, just as I was rounding the corner, they'd already shifted gears. Here, they're leading their pigs to the scale for the pre-show weigh-in.

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Soil moisture was excellent in the Claremont area, as I was able to easily plunge a soil probe in the ground. Soils quickly dried out, though, as I drove further into central South Dakota. This corn was…

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Soil moisture also was abundant. I put my soil probe in the soil prior to plunging it down. I was expecting drier soils, but the next photo shows how reduced tillage and no-till can shine in a dry year.

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It was no problem to plunge the entire soil probe into the soil. Pulling it out revealed adequate soil moisture to take this crop into the dog days of July, when soil moisture is a must for optimum

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The drier weather made for a good corn stand on my land near Claremont, South Dakota. Even stands are essential for good yields in the fall. “If plants are two leaf stages behind, there is a big yield…

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U of M research shows corn yields for stands with a one-leaf stage delay for every other plant are 94% of corn stands with uniform stands. Yields are further pared back to 83% of uniform stands with stands…

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One of the goals of the alfalfa is to have soil mycorrhizae take nitrogen from the legume (alfalfa) and feed it to the non-legume (corn.). The alfalfa also cycles nutrients including calcium, magnesium, and…

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You never know what kind of crops you’ll come across at Dakota Lakes. You might think this sesame poking through previous residue is a new crop. Actually, sesame seed is considered to be the oldest oilseed…

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Ever wonder where the lentils in your soup come from? Well, they are one of the crops grown at Dakota Lakes. Records of human consumption of this legume dates back up to 13,000 years.

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Canola is another broadleaf that Dakota Lakes includes in rotational mixes. Canola oil is used in edible food products and also in the production of biodiesel. Canola oil’s low saturated fat level and…

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This hard white winter wheat is part of a wheat-corn-broadleaf rotation that’s been grown for around 20 years. In recent years, winter wheat in this field has approached the 85 to 100 bushel per acre level…

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One unique feature is these wheat yields come with no insecticide, fungicide, or herbicides. “There are a few scraggly cheatgrass in here, but we will clean those up when we come in after it’s…

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Before European settlers broke the prairie, it consisted of 80% prairie grass. You’re seeing part of Dakota Lake’s goal to mimic that prairie makeup with two years of wheat (a grass), two years of grasses…

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“One thing about this mustard is it’s a pretty good soil fumigant,” says Beck. “It also gives us a lot of snow catch and sucked up lots of nitrogen (N) that was free, so the legumes (in the cover crop…

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Another advantage of having a high-residue no-till system with cover crops is an abundant earthworm and nightcrawler population. They create tunnels in the soil (filled by this pen) that greatly boost rainfall…

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The winter wheat crop was coming along in the area, as evidenced by this field north of Miller, South Dakota. Dry weather has had its impact on anticipated production, though. USDA’s most recent crop report…

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South Dakotans often take their cattle herds for granted. In lots of the places I travel, though, cattle are a rare sight. There aren’t many herds in these areas like this friendly group near Stephan, South…

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StarFire 3000 receiverTo give producers increased accuracy in precision-guided field operations, John Deere announces enhancements to its StarFire 3000 Receivers. The enhancements give SF1 subscribers 9-inch…

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That much became obvious on flat trailing riding when the new Gator would leap into the road when floor-boarded. I later discovered that the RSX850i delivers a 0-to-30 MPH acceleration in just 3 seconds.

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To engineer a vehicle that can maintain stability while running at high speeds, Deere engineers designed a unique 4-wheel independent suspension that employs dual “wide arch” A-arms in the front and an…

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Other features on the include electronic controls and a fuel-injection system; heavy-duty polyethylene doors, 400 pounds of payload capacity, 1,200 pounds of towing capacity, 10.3 inches of ground clearance, a…

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This Gator is being offered in three models including the RSX850i Sport, Trail and Base RSX. The Sport model was designed for harsh desert and rocky, sandy terrains. The Trail Model was developed for hunting…

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Then there was this fully canopied 10-foot-plus foot high corn field a little further south down the road. Chris Holt, district sales manager with Channel, stopped to chat while I was snapping photos. He…

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It’s dry in central Illinois, too. When I snapped this corn field just south of Decatur, Illinois, a couple of Macon County’s finest asked what I was doing and politely asked me for identification. One of…

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Knowing a bit about farming has its perks. When I told him this corn looked a lot better than some I’d seen in Indiana, he quickly concluded I was no security threat. This area sure looked like it could use…

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Bear in mind, though, that this area of central Illinois is in a severe drought as categorized by the most recent U.S. drought monitor report. These soybeans across the road will need rain soon if they are to…

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Then there is Missouri. This drought-ravaged corn field east of Jacksonville in northern Missouri is typical of much of the state. The consensus of those attending the University of Missouri (MU) Pest…

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At the station tour, Bill Wieblold, University of Missouri Extension agronomist, discussed a 2012 study to examine corn populations ranging from 24,000 to 44,000 plants per acre. “This was wrong year to do a…

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A drought year can confirm some findings, though. MU studies have revealed narrow corn rows of 15 inches like these or 7.5 inch double rows have little response in Missouri. However, Minnesota and Wisconsin…

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Early canopying aids weed control and it has been touted as conserving moisture. Compared to 30-inch rows like the ones in this photo, narrow rows may cost farmers moisture. “Narrow rows are spaced more…

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Growth regulator herbicides evaluated included in the MU trials include 2,4-D amine, Clarity, Tordon 22K, Milestone, Remedy Ultra, Stinger, aminocyclopyrachlor, and Starane. “Surprisingly, 2,4-D amine showed…

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A challenge in using new growth regulator technology will be proper cleanout of sprayers between use of different herbicides. “If a co-op sprays 2,4-D on 2,4-D tolerant beans one day and dicamba on…

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Several companies are promoting one-pass treatments of strobilurin fungicides, slow-release nitrogen, and postemergence herbicides early on during the V5 to V6 growth stage. Solomon reported on a study that…

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Fungicide did decrease gray leaf spot levels in the irrigated continuous corn plots. However Solomon and Bradley note neither fungicide nor the slow-release N boosted corn yields. Chlorophyll content and stalk…

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Another new soybean technology likely to debut by mid-decade include HPPD inhibitor soybeans. HPPD-inhibitor herbicides, such as Balance Pro, are now used on corn. “Tolerance to 2,4-D and dicamba are…

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Still, it will be important to use these technologies in rotation with others. “The big thing is not to go Callisto/Callisto/Callisto or Balance/Balance/Balance or 2,4-D/2,4-D/2,4D all the time,” says…

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Weed scientists recommend the use of preemergence herbicides to take the heat off postemergence herbicides like glyphosate or glufosinate. Rotation also adds modes of action, which helps deter resistance to…

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“This year, guys got sour on preemergence herbicides, but we have to stay with them,” says Bradley. “Year in and year out, preemergence herbicides will give you control better control.”

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You’ll also see better yields minus the grass and broadleaf competition. “We are losing yield by waiting too long to treat,” says Bradley. On average, 2.4 bushels per bushel were lost in 2011 Missouri…

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Bradley notes an overlapping residual program can work well by first applying a preemergence residual herbicide followed by a postemergence mix of glyphosate and a residual herbicide. “Cost increases, but…

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Early treatment is particularly important for waterhemp with existing and future technologies. “If you apply dicamba to dicamba-tolerant soybeans on waterhemp at this height, you will not be happy,” says…

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