ARTICLES BY GIL GULLICKSON
Rotation Helps Crop Strategy By: 10/22/2014 @ 11:04am

If you randomly parachuted into one of John Weinand’s fields, you’d swear the tall, verdant corn was in central Iowa. Once out of the field, though, you’d do a double take at the winter wheat, peas, and…

Saline And Sodic Soils Can Be Fixed By: 10/21/2014 @ 11:43am

Rain makes grain. There can be too much of a good thing, though. Year after year of rampant rainfall has fueled saline and sodic soils in eastern South Dakota and eastern North Dakota. In South Dakota alone…

Confidentiality Agreements By: 09/17/2014 @ 4:32pm

Rubber bands can seemingly stretch and stretch and stretch. Eventually, though, the stretching stops and morphs into a stinging snap that smarts. That’s akin to confidentiality agreements between industry…

Split Hybrids Between Management Zones By: 09/16/2014 @ 1:34pm

Somewhere, there has to be a field complete with uniform jet-black soils that can sprout a 250-bushel-per-acre corn crop year after year. In reality, though, most of you farm fields with these rich soils…

Q & A: Robb Fraley, Monsanto CTO By: 09/03/2014 @ 2:04pm

Robb Fraley, Monsanto’s chief technology officer, is excited about coming agricultural technologies, but he’s looking for new ways to explain these technologies to nonfarmers.Robb Fraley and Monsanto are…

What They’re Saying About the Tools for the Future Tour By: 06/19/2014 @ 2:25pm

You’ve heard of the saying “keeping up with the Joneses?" A twist of that with a rural flavor is keeping up with ag technology. That’s a big reason why Daryl Drake, Brookville, Indiana, attended…

What's Coming From BASF By: 05/08/2014 @ 6:22pm

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.“Between application and plant uptake, 50% of nitrogen content…

Flushing Out the Fungicide Triangle By: 05/08/2014 @ 3:11pm

For a moment, flash back to the most basic concept of Plant Pathology 101: the disease triangle. Host + pathogen + environment = disease. For a plant disease to occur, all three factors must first converge…

Last Winter Won’t Chill 2014 Fungal Disease By: 05/08/2014 @ 2:57pm

Remember last winter’s chill that cut through your Carhartts? Unfortunately, it didn’t chill the fungal disease pathogens that threaten your corn and soybeans in 2014. Pathogens that cause diseases like…

Boosting Topsoil Quality By: 04/07/2014 @ 3:30pm

Dan DeSutter asks a seemingly easy question: If you invested money with money managers who lost half of it, what would you do?Easy answer: They’re outta there.Swap money for soil carbon, though, and the…

22 Sobering Need-to-Know Facts About Herbicide-Resistant Weeds By: 03/24/2014 @ 2:11pm

1. Nothing new is comingEver notice the “new” herbicide products that come on the market? They really aren’t new.Most of the time, they’re a mix of existing herbicide active ingredients. That’s a…

Soil-Moisture Sensors By: 03/17/2014 @ 2:21pm

Imagine a corn plant whose roots are able to relay real-time soil-moisture conditions. By telling you if the plant’s thirst is quenched or not, the roots can enable you to optimize your irrigation…

Plant More Seeds with Narrow Rows By: 03/07/2014 @ 2:03pm

When seed company sales representatives extol how modern hybrids yield much more than past ones, they’re right. Since the mid-1950s, U.S. corn yields have annually increased 1.9 bushels per acre.  Most…

Think you can hit 300? By: 03/06/2014 @ 3:10pm

The number 300 conjures up a great major-league baseball batting average or a perfect bowling game. It’s also the goal several agricultural companies have launched for eventual average corn yields…

Herbicide-resistant weeds, farmer blogs, and more By: 02/26/2014 @ 10:05am

Here are some questions — with answers — that popped up at Bayer CropScience’s Ag Issues forum prior to this week’s Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas. What’s keeping large farmers up at night?…

How parametric crop insurance works By: 02/03/2014 @ 10:32am

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 federal crop insurance in that they are…

Pop quiz time! True or false? By: 02/03/2014 @ 10:26am

There are lots of old wives’ tales about growing corn. The thing is, though, some of these beliefs might actually be true. Five are put to the test with agronomists and soil scientists in this quiz. Take it…

Rogue rootworms: Managing resistance By: 01/14/2014 @ 8:57am

Rootworm-resistant traits remain a good way to protect corn hybrids from corn rootworm. Still, cracks in the trait armor continue to appear.In Iowa, Iowa State University (ISU) entomologists have confirmed…

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