REVIEWS & ARTICLES BY LATHAM SEEDS
Benefits of Soybean Seed Treatments By: 03/19/2014 @ 11:00pm

Instead of viewing seed treatment as an input cost, consider it an investment – an insurance policy if you will. After all, it takes less than a bushel of soybeans to pay for the cost of treatment!Wet…

Plan for the Worst, Hope for the Best By: 03/13/2014 @ 8:59am

Usually at this time of year, our alfalfa is waking up and ready to stretch from its long winter nap.Plants typically break dormancy and regrow as temperatures warm through March, but many alfalfa fields…

Take Root: 10 Steps to Begin Your Legacy Planning Journey By: 03/11/2014 @ 11:00pm

“Before you take root, you must plant a seed,” said Nathan Katzer, business development manager for the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, as he addressed a crowd of family farmers including my husband and me…

Face Down Food Fears! By: 03/11/2014 @ 11:00pm

“OMG. GMO.”The journalist in me appreciated this clever headline. The agriculturist in me, however, saw a red flag and decided to read the opening paragraph of this blog by Kristi Cooper, Family Life…

Marketing Options for Duracade Hybrids By: 03/09/2014 @ 11:00pm

With an increasing concern over western corn rootworms (CRW) showing resistance to other rootworm traits already available in the market, many corn farmers have been looking forward to the release of Duracade…

Celebrate March with Pi(e) By: 03/03/2014 @ 11:00pm

Math has never my favorite subject. Honestly, the only way I’ve ever really enjoyed working with fractions is by measuring ingredients in my kitchen. Yet there is a group of math-loving Americans who…

Former FFA Officers “Exert an Influence” by Coming Home By: 02/25/2014 @ 1:21pm

Lisa Ahrens Peterson and her husband, J.R., didn’t merely recite The Creed as FFA members. They’ve been living each day, for more than a decade, according these very words.As a member of the…

Corn. Soybeans. Corn. Soybeans. By: 02/25/2014 @ 1:18pm

Like a pendulum swinging on a clock, many farmers are still going back and forth about which crop to plant this spring.Unlike corn, which has seen large price declines in…

Be Prepared to Survive Winter Weather By: 02/24/2014 @ 11:00pm

Earlier this winter Polar Vortex blanketed the Midwest, followed by subsequent days of below-zero temperatures and dangerous wind chills. Most recently, our region has been hit by a serious of blizzards. These…

Achieving Excellence in Your Forage Program By: 02/06/2014 @ 10:52am

On the heels of the Super Bowl, I’m reflecting on how that trophy became the most prestigious award in football.  “Excellence” is the one word comes to…

Best Management Practices to Control CRW By: 01/28/2014 @ 11:00pm

Continued use of the same rootworm-resistant trait in corn hybrids, an increase of corn-on-corn areas, plus a lack of refuge acres, has caused rootworm resistance to become an…

Protect Your Hearing, Reduce Your Risk! By: 01/27/2014 @ 9:39am

Guest Blog from Farm Safety For Just Kids Hazardous levels of noise are produced by many things on the farm, including grain dryers, tractors, combines, livestock…

Evaluating Foliar Fungicide on Soybeans By: 01/27/2014 @ 9:35am

Many Midwest farmers are asking questions about the benefits of spraying foliar fungicides on their soybean fields.  The simple truth is… there are a lot of…

Keep It Simple Super Bowl Sunday By: 01/26/2014 @ 11:00pm

Whether you’re planning to watch the big game (or just the commercials) with family and friends, Scott and Cindy Rasmussen from Burt in North Central Iowa offer some tried and…

Play It Safe: Tips for Preventing Cold-Weather Injuries By: 01/08/2014 @ 8:45am

Many farm-related activities, such as feeding the cattle and plowing the farm yard, must be done no matter what the thermometer reads. That’s why it’s important for…

Tips for Increasing Soybean Yields By: 01/07/2014 @ 11:00pm

Stop smoking. Start exercising. Spend more time with family.  Even though “increasing bushels per acre” doesn’t make the nation’s Top 10 List for New Year’s…

Why The Pew Commission’s Recommendations Stink By: 12/20/2013 @ 10:08am

Recently the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production (PCIFAP) issued a follow up report to its original 2008 report entitled, “Putting Meat on the Table:…

Stand Up for Farming & Ethanol By: 12/20/2013 @ 10:01am

On November 15, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  Despite…

Fine-Tune Fertility Program for Optimal Performance By: 12/20/2013 @ 9:58am

The holiday season is rich with traditions, many of which center around food.  Food is usually carefully prepared by the skillful hands of moms, grandmas or other…

Redefining “Local” Foods By: 12/16/2013 @ 6:26am

One benefit to living in the land of plenty, is that we have food choice.  Organic is one food trend.  Another trend has become “buy local.”  While…

Website Open Farm to a World of Opportunities By: 12/16/2013 @ 6:21am

Judi Graff, aka FARMnWIFE (@farmnwife on Twitter), describes herself as “a wife who farms in the middle of the Midwest. I love to show farmers and ag businesses how to…

Weed Resistance Reaches Shocking Levels By: 12/15/2013 @ 8:42pm

Recently, Iowa State University hosted the 25th Annual Integrated Crop Management Conference to provide the latest information on crop production technology.  It comes…

Creating Family Traditions and Holiday Memories By: 12/14/2013 @ 11:00pm

Family traditions are important to us, as one might guess since Latham Hi-Tech Seeds has been family owned for more than 65 years.  We’re proud to carry on the tradition…

“Musings of a Pig Farmer” by Larry Sailer...So Much to Lose with EPA’s Proposed Ethanol Policy By: 11/26/2013 @ 12:45pm

Last week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new policy, backing off the amount of ethanol that must be blended into gasoline.  This mandate, known as the Renewable Fuel Standard…

Minimize Risk through Crop Planning By: 10/05/2013 @ 6:22am

No two crop years are exactly alike, so why base next year’s potential off last year’s results?  In 2010, we received excessive rainfall. In 2011, we experienced three weeks of 100-plus degree heat…

Water & Soil Management Are Top of Mind During Harvest By: 09/28/2013 @ 5:32am

Plot results provide another tool to help dairy producers and nutritionists make more educated decisions about which products work best.  That’s why, at Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, we turn pair forage…

Remember "O" and "D" in 2014 crop plan By: 09/23/2013 @ 6:43am

No two crop years are exactly alike, so why base next year’s potential off last year’s results? Making seed selections based only on this year’s yield results could risk performance next year due to…

Winding Road Leads to Home By: 09/23/2013 @ 6:35am

Aaron Wenger is proud to be the fifth generation to live on a century farm just southeast of Elgin, nestled in between the beautiful rolling hills of northeast Iowa. But, he took the most unusual road to get…

Roadway Safety During Harvest Season By: 09/23/2013 @ 6:26am

About one-third of fatal tractor accidents occur on public roads, according to the National Safety Council. That’s why we're sharing the following tips for road safety during harvest season: Plan…

Lack of Moisture Triggers Corn Silage Harvest By: 09/06/2013 @ 1:45pm

With late planting dates and above-normal rainfall in July, many farmers were predicting a late harvest and wondering how they’d be able to get the 2013 crop dry enough. The past month has brought…

Save Yield by Scouting for Stalk Rot By: 09/06/2013 @ 1:40pm

Warm, moist weather with extended periods of overcast skies and high humidity makes conditions ideal for stalk rot.  That’s why it’s so important to continue scouting your…

Pork: Perfect for Potlucks & Tailgates By: 08/31/2013 @ 5:58am

Larry Sailer is known as a hog farmer from North Central Iowa, an agvocate and author of the “Musings of a Pig Farmer” blog. But did you know that Larry is the proud grandfather of a member of the…

Ease Worries with Pre-Harvest Prep By: 08/31/2013 @ 5:17am

Ever since the cicadas began to sing in mass, folks have been predicting when the first frost will hit. More than one Midwest farmer is worried about how frost will impact late developing corn. …

Why Root Mass Matters By: 08/30/2013 @ 11:00pm

Root mass matters, especially given the extreme weather like we’ve experienced!  While visiting corn plots in western Iowa Aug. 24 during the Freedom of Independence Ride, Corn Product Specialist…

Got Beef? Whip up Runza! By: 08/27/2013 @ 9:29am

Running through wide, open spaces.  Building forts.  Playing in the hay. Bottle feeding calves.  There’s so much to see and do when you’re a farm kid, and that’s just…

Farmers Explore the West during "Field Day on Wheels" By: 08/27/2013 @ 8:58am

Midwest farmers, driving or riding motorcycles and muscle cars, channeled famous Iowa explorers as they traveled through Lewis & Clark Country on Saturday, Aug. 24, for the 5th Annual Latham Freedom of…

Tips to Access Rootworm Activity By: 08/23/2013 @ 5:54am

Earlier this summer Latham Corn Product Specialist Nick Benson posted a blog, reminding farmers to scout every field for rootworm.  Because of the wide variance in planting dates in 2013, it’s…

Battling Goss’s Wilt: Good Defense is Best Offense By: 08/18/2013 @ 7:53am

Once thought to be a disease that only affected western states, Goss’s Wilt outbreaks have increased significantly in Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Illinois.  Continuous corn production together with…

Prevent the Spread of White Mold By: 08/18/2013 @ 7:41am

White Mold, or Sclerotinia Stem Rot, is becoming evident now in many soybean fields across the Upper Midwest.  Like weed seeds, sclerotia can lay dormant for years and then grow when the…

Welcome to the House that Beef Built By: 08/17/2013 @ 7:07am

“The power of love is a curious thing,” croons musician Huey Lewis.  “It makes one man weep, another man sing.”  And in Iowa, love helps build Ronald McDonald Houses.  Welcome to…

Accelerate Emergence for Fall Seeded Alfalfa By: 08/11/2013 @ 1:45pm

Now that the August winds are blowing, many growers are making plans to seed alfalfa. Prime seeding dates are August 1-15 in northern areas and mid-August to September 1 in southern areas.  When…

Hit the Road for a "Field Day on 2 Wheels" By: 08/11/2013 @ 1:30pm

You’re invited to join us for the fastest field day in the industry! Rev your engines and join Freedom Ride V on Saturday, August 24, 2013.  Channel Lewis & Clark as you embark on a…

Happiness is... the 2013 Iowa State Fair By: 08/11/2013 @ 1:17pm

Happiness is . . . is the theme of the 2013 Iowa State Fair, Aug. 8-18. Why?  Because there’s so much to see and do!  Happiness is…Marveling at the butter sculptures.Helping…

'Tis the Season for Food on a Stick By: 08/04/2013 @ 7:45am

The one-and-only Iowa State Fair runs August 8-18 in Des Moines. Indulge in all the great fair fun. Try some of the 18 foods to debut in 2013, and put the “Get Connected to Farming” exhibit on your…

Get the Scoop on Corn Rootworm By: 08/04/2013 @ 7:28am

Think you don't have rootworm pressure?  Look again!  It’s that time of year when farmers and their consultants are conducting root digs, but there are a few tricks to the trade. Most notably…

Pressure Rises from Insects & Disease By: 07/29/2013 @ 5:57am

Corn diseases will likely be more prevalent this season due to an excessively wet spring followed by humid summer weather. Plentiful moisture or dew is ideal for most fungal corn diseases. Watch for Gray…

Let's Make Tracks! By: 07/29/2013 @ 5:41am

Mark and Hona Beyer farm near Minnesota Lake, Minnesota, on land that was purchased by Mark’s grandfather in 1887.  When their oldest son desired to join the operation, they were determined to find a…

Protect Your Family from Sun Damage By: 07/20/2013 @ 11:37am

The warm sun has a major impact on crop growth, but the heat of the day can make dangerous working conditions for people.  Farm workers are especially vulnerable to heat exposure. When the…

Prevent Weeds from Going to Seed By: 07/20/2013 @ 11:26am

Bare ground is an invitation for weed development. From the looks of it, waterhemp and marestail are having quite a party in the Midwest farm fields this season!  Large-seeded broadleaf weeds…

Can You Bake Better than a 5th Grader? By: 07/20/2013 @ 11:15am

Bacon wrapped smokies.  Bacon cheeseburger soup.  Slow-cooked pulled pork.  Smoked beef brisket.  Individual fruit pizzas. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles.All of these dishes and more…

Vigilantly Scout Crops All Season Long By: 07/13/2013 @ 6:45am

“Be prepared” is the Boy Scout motto.  Like a good Scout, farmers across the Midwest should be prepared for the unexpected this season as pests aren’t following their typical developmental…

Serving Up Hotdish in North Dakota By: 07/12/2013 @ 11:00pm

Nick Pyle’s ancestors uprooted their families from Canada move to Casselton, about 20 miles west from Fargo in eastern North Dakota.  Other ancestors relocated from Illinois to North Dakota, the land…

Protect Alfalfa from Preying Insects By: 07/08/2013 @ 3:05pm

Late-season snow, combined with an extremely wet spring, caused significant damage to alfalfa fields particularly in southeast Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Thousands of acres that would have been…

Best Options for Sidedressing Nitrogen By: 06/28/2013 @ 10:54am

Wet soils this spring not only made it difficult to get seed in the ground, but it also caused nitrate to move deeper into the soil profile. Yellowing corn plants across the countryside show that nitrification…

Time to Walk Your Fields By: 06/28/2013 @ 10:35am

With the 2013 crop in the ground at last, it’s time to walk fields. Crops should be scouted within 3 to 5 days of planting and then regularly throughout the growing season. Be on the lookout for: (1) crop…

Apple Pie on the 4th of July By: 06/28/2013 @ 10:14am

You don't know what you're missing unless you've traveled through America’s Dairyland and picked up a bag of squeaky, fresh cheese curds!A favorite of ours is fresh curds from Ellsworth…

Celebrate Summer Solstice Wisconsin-Style By: 06/21/2013 @ 9:55am

Carrie Mess is so passionate about advocating for agriculture that she has created an online persona for Dairy Carrie.  You can connect with her via Twitter (@DairyCarrie); like her on Facebook; and join…

Corn Rootworm Hatch is Delayed but Under Way By: 06/21/2013 @ 9:41am

Cool, wet spring weather delayed corn planting and the corn rootworm hatch, which is largely dependent on soil temperature. When soil temperatures accumulate between 684 and 767 degree days, 50% of the…

Watch for Small Creatures that Cause Big Problems By: 06/17/2013 @ 7:51am

Microscopic creatures, like ticks, can cause some of the biggest health problems.  This is the case when it comes to the feared Lymes Disease.  Tick populations appear to be thriving after last…

Rules of Thumb for Late Planted Soybeans By: 06/15/2013 @ 9:01am

Many farmers are still waiting to begin planting soybeans. Recent downpours, like the deluge of 2.75 inches that fell in Mason City during a two-hour time span last Sunday afternoon, are creating a need for…

Family Dairies Come in All Sizes By: 06/15/2013 @ 8:50am

Families come in all shapes, sizes and colors. And so do family-owned dairy operations.  Majestic View Dairy formed in Lancaster, Wisc., as an LLC in 1999.  John Haskins and the husband-wife…

Celebrate Dairy Month with Cheesy Recipes By: 06/07/2013 @ 6:52am

Sarah Mumm isn’t a typical work-from-home mom.  Every morning at 6 a.m. and again every evening at 6 p.m., you’ll find her milking her 50 registered Holstein dairy cows in a picturesque white dairy…

Begin Scouting as Soon as Crops Emerge By: 06/07/2013 @ 6:07am

There won’t be much rest for the weary. As weather allows farmers to re-enter fields, they’re going to find themselves with the need to start scouting before they’re even finished with planting or…

Detect Deficiencies with Early Season Tissue Test By: 06/07/2013 @ 5:49am

Tissue sampling has become popular because it more accurately represents plant nutrition. Take samples as early in the season as possible to properly detect nutrient deficiencies and make adjustments during…

Combat Soil Crusting By: 05/29/2013 @ 1:43pm

Rain fell hard and fast in some areas throughout Memorial Day weekend.  We could see after-effects like soil crusting, which can result in poor growing conditions and reduced water infiltration. …

Optimal Conditions for Planting Soybeans By: 05/19/2013 @ 9:47am

Better planting equipment, improved soybean genetics and technology advancements such as seed treatments and weed control systems have moved soybean planting dates earlier in recent years. Last year 34% of…

Beef, It's What's for Dinner! By: 05/19/2013 @ 9:38am

Every farmer looks forward to the beginning of a new planting season – as well as to its end! As much as Ben Jones of Spencer, Iowa, enjoys farming, he’s eagerly anticipating the end of the 2013 planting…

Recovery & Reseed Options for Damaged Alfalfa By: 05/13/2013 @ 9:35am

This spring is like bad magic … Abracadabra!  Presto!  Our alfalfa disappeared. The May 2-3 snow event really did a trick on alfalfa fields across the Midwest.The past year has been…

Take Time to Adjust the Planter By: 05/13/2013 @ 9:30am

To help provide “picket fence stands,” corn growers must make proper planter adjustments. It’s also important to match the planter speed to field conditions and to avoid planting seeds in extremely…

Crock Pot Meal Perfect for Planting Season By: 05/11/2013 @ 6:24am

You might say that farming is in Ben Rein’s (pronounced Ryan) blood.  His great, great grandfather homesteaded around Highland, Minnesota, in 1884.  Farming is a tradition that has continued…

Repair & Recovery Options for Damaged Alfalfa By: 05/09/2013 @ 5:01pm

This spring is like bad magic … Abracadabra!  Presto!  Our alfalfa disappeared. The May 2-3 snow event really did a trick on alfalfa fields across the Midwest. The past year has been a wild…

VIDEO: Tips for Proper Seed Depth and Spacing By: 05/08/2013 @ 11:00pm

Among the thousand variables crops are subject to each growing season, planting is the most crucial. Corn Product Specialist, Nick Benson offers these tips for proper depth and spacing as planters hit…

5 Tips to Avoid Accidents during Spring Planting By: 05/08/2013 @ 9:35am

In the push to get their crops planted, it's a challenge for farmers to slow down and exercise caution. Here are five simple steps you can take this season to help prevent accidents: Always check…

It Pays to Park the Planter By: 05/08/2013 @ 9:10am

Although farmers are going to get into the fields later than they had hoped, it’s not “too late.”  Research shows that early planting dates do not ensure high yields just as late planting…

Have a "Ball" with May Beef Month By: 05/06/2013 @ 5:17am

Warm weather means Joy Bonin can look through the patio window and take in her favorite view, watching black cattle grazing in the green pasture. Her husband, Dave, jokingly calls their cows and calves…

Follow Signs of Stress By: 05/02/2013 @ 3:47pm

This late spring is adding a bit more stress as farmers worry about getting their crops planted in a timely manner. First of all, remember there is no need to panic! We're still within the…

Consider Traits & Chemistries in Crop Rotation By: 05/01/2013 @ 11:00pm

A soybean-corn crop rotation allows farmers to spread out spring and summer fieldwork and provides a larger window for harvest. A soybean-corn rotation also can lead to energy savings during production, as…

Follow "Signs of Stress" By: 05/01/2013 @ 11:00pm

This late spring is adding a bit more stress as farmers worry about getting their crops planted in a timely manner. First of all, remember there is no need to panic! We're still within the…

Celebrate Soy Foods Month with Key Lime Pie By: 04/26/2013 @ 6:31am

Increasing the value of U.S. soy meal and oil, maintaining farmers' freedom to operate, as well as meeting customers’ needs for high-quality soy products are strategic objectives of the…

Don’t Push the Panic Button! By: 04/26/2013 @ 6:04am

Even though spring planting has been delayed by unseasonably wet and cold weather, there’s no need for corn farmers to push the panic button. We’re still within the window of achieving optimal corn…

Seeing is Believing: See Why It’s So Important to Avoid Wet Soils By: 04/25/2013 @ 10:44am

Cold, wet  weather throughout April has delayed planting. As soon as the sun starts shining, farmers will be eager to enter their fields.  However, clear skies and sunshine don’t necessary mean…

DIY, Build Your Own Burger Bar By: 04/20/2013 @ 7:47am

Spring into 2013 grilling season by putting a new twist on your tried and true burger recipes!  But remember, not even the most tantalizing of toppings can disguise a burger that hasn't been properly…

Consider Previous Crop Before Seeding Alfalfa By: 04/20/2013 @ 6:55am

Dry growing conditions in 2012, followed by an ongoing drought, have caused some growers to question whether or not to rip up their alfalfa seeding. While farmers should manage alfalfa based on winter injury…

Fields Not Fit for Planting By: 04/19/2013 @ 11:00pm

Daytime highs during the month of April haven’t been much warmer than the average lows for this time of year. As a result, soil temperatures haven’t warmed much during the last week. Plus, many fields…

Standard Planting Guidelines Might Not Apply in 2013 By: 04/11/2013 @ 4:28pm

The main objective at planting time is to provide seed with an environment that promotes rapid germination and vigorous early growth. Corn needs water, aeration and temperature – all in the right portions…

Take Soil Samples in Alfalfa Fields By: 04/10/2013 @ 11:00pm

It's a regular practice to take soil samples in corn fields, and it can be just as beneficial to test alfalfa fields. Alfalfa has a high demand for nutrients compared to other crops, making soil sampling…

Bring on the April Showers! By: 04/05/2013 @ 3:40pm

The arrival of spring weather is something everyone in the Midwest awaits, especially farmers. Now that we’ve turned our calendars to April, it seems that folks are more eager than ever for warmer…

2012 Drought Causes Concerns for 2013 Alfalfa By: 04/05/2013 @ 3:26pm

The 2012 Drought continues to impact how farmers must manage their 2013 crops. Since drought can slow the breakdown of herbicide in the soil, it also can increase the likelihood of carryover.  Some…

Locally-Grown Wheat Makes Bread Homemade from Start to Finish By: 04/04/2013 @ 11:00pm

Thirty-five years ago, Cathy Carlson was interested in finding a way to provide a second income without having to leave home.  She had always enjoyed baking and was fascinated by wedding cakes, so she…

Manage Alfalfa Based on Winter Damage By: 03/31/2013 @ 11:00pm

Our calendars show that spring has arrived. Although recent temperatures have been cool across the Midwest, the snow has finally begun to melt. Soon plants will emerge from their winter dormancy, so growers…

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