Agriculture Online - Farm Production Successful Farming articles on crop and livestock production. Read about new crop technology, tillage, planting, harvesting, spraying, and fertilizer management. Get updates on animal health, pork production and cattle production, grazing management and more. en-us Copyright Successful Farming Sunday Apr 20 07:00:58 EDT 2014 150 30 30 Help Stop Glyphosate Resistance Tuesday Dec 07 14:58:10 EST 2010 The power of drop size So many factors can affect your bottom line. Wednesday Jul 28 00:00:00 EDT 2010 Taking a stab at pre-harvest yield estimates Actual corn and soybean yield determinations can only be made at harvest using accurate area and grain weight measurements, but there are ways to make ballpark pre-harvest estimates. Tuesday Jul 06 18:22:11 EDT 2010 Four steps to boosting your soybean yield Tuesday Jul 06 18:21:30 EDT 2010 How to know when you need a preplant N test Tuesday Jul 06 18:21:29 EDT 2010 Replant decision deserves more than a quick glance at the field Tuesday Jul 06 18:21:27 EDT 2010 Why you should attack weeds in the fall Attacking winter annuals and simple perennials and biennials in the fall, rather than waiting until spring, is the most effective way to control the weeds. Tuesday Jul 06 18:21:22 EDT 2010 Agro-Connect ask the expert archive Agronomy experts from university and industry sources respond to common questions from readers. Tuesday Jul 06 18:21:07 EDT 2010 Rescue nitrogen application often boosts corn yields Wet weather causes nitrogen losses somewhere virtually every year. In 2008 and 2009, very wet weather caused major nitrogen losses in a huge chunk of the Corn Belt. Friday May 28 11:10:00 EDT 2010 Treasure maps The more you know about your fields, the better chance you have of unlocking the treasures that lie within them. Yield maps and grid maps have answered many questions (while raising others). But now there are even more ways of gathering information and gai Thursday May 27 17:19:00 EDT 2010 Adjuvants give fungicides a hand up Adjuvants and herbicides know each other nearly as well as a couple at their 50th wedding anniversary party. Adjuvants and corn and soybean fungicides, though, mimic a newlywed couple -- sometimes clicking along in unison and other times in confusion. Monday Apr 26 09:08:00 EDT 2010 Traiting up Just 15 years ago, a corn hybrid that fended off nonselective herbicides, European corn borer, corn rootworm, and other corn insects seemed to be part of every farmers' dream. Today, such multiple stacks form the majority of corn hybrids planted. Tuesday Mar 30 13:12:00 EDT 2010 Mix & Match: How to choose a smart seed portfolio Tuesday Feb 09 11:43:00 EST 2010 20 things you need to know about varieties Tuesday Feb 09 11:22:00 EST 2010 The best way to no weeds is to know weeds Back in 1996, competitors of Monsanto faced a dilemma regarding Roundup Ready soybean technology. Farmers liked it. No, they loved it. "First, there was denial, saying it wouldn't happen, there would be yield drag," recalls Michael Heinz, who headed BASF's Tuesday Jan 26 10:48:00 EST 2010 Cover crops help keep winds from battering young cotton The Texas Panhandle is cotton country. And, farmers there are no strangers to high winds. The two can make for a less-than-perfect scenario when it comes to getting a cotton crop started, especially where soils are excessively sandy, like on John McDowell' Wednesday Sep 23 15:20:00 EDT 2009 Taking temperatures Plants and people both fare best under normal temperatures. For humans, 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. is optimal; corn fares best when its leaf canopy is 87 degrees Fahrenheit. Thursday Jul 16 09:44:00 EDT 2009 3 tips for 2009 Soggy and cold soils thwarted timely planting last spring for many farmers. As it turned out, though, yields in many areas at harvest were better than expected. A mix of good midseason weather and sound agronomic management kept farmers in the game. Monday Apr 27 14:53:00 EDT 2009 Thickness thoughts Sometimes, accidents spur some unintended beneficial innovations. In 2006, Matt Mayer, Spencer, Iowa, had the wrong sprocket on his corn planter and accidentally planted 20 acres at 41,000 plants per acre (ppa). This exceeded his normal 30,000-ppa rate. Monday Apr 27 14:32:00 EDT 2009 Switch to no-till with pivot irrigation can cut water costs $20 to $30 per acre There is some relief to the high cost of fuel and the restricted access to water. Try switching to no-till. The potential savings are huge, ranging from $13 to $23 per acre just in irrigation energy savings. Monday Apr 27 13:23:00 EDT 2009 Seed armor The eye-popping yield potential of today's crops is anchored in top-notch genetics and traits. The weak link, though, is the pack of pests waiting to attack. That's where seed treatments come in. Tuesday Mar 03 13:27:00 EST 2009 Tested tough Early planting into a fit seedbed is a great way to boost soybeans yields. In 2008, though, the key words -- fit seedbed -- often didn't apply. Still, there's a fine line between fit seedbeds and lost planting days. Miss a planting window with borderline s Tuesday Dec 09 10:20:00 EST 2008 10-crop tango Growing as many as 10 crops each year creates a complex rotation, but Troy Coons figures the extra effort pays off. Tuesday Nov 04 13:19:00 EST 2008 Eye in the sky Remote sensing is a broad classification that includes aerial imagery with airplanes and satellites as well as sensors such as the ones used to detect nitrogen deficiencies. This article deals with aerial imagery taken from airplanes. Wednesday May 21 11:53:00 EDT 2008 4 ways to lose money Think you can't lose money in these days of double-digit-dollar-per-bushel soybean prices? From a pest management standpoint, higher prices and spiraling input costs make it easier than you'd think. Avoiding these four pest management mistakes will help yo Wednesday May 21 11:25:00 EDT 2008 Filling the glyphosate gap Glyphosate-tolerant corn is zooming toward the 90%-plus use rate of glyphosate-tolerant soybeans. The downside is that regular use selects for weeds resistant to glyphosate and shifts weed spectrums. Providing alternative and complementary chemistry to gly Thursday Apr 24 10:26:00 EDT 2008 Sink stressors with the seed If you're looking to boost soybean yields, there's an easy way to do it. Plant early. The downside is that early planting means farmers face wetter and colder soils. They aid diseases like pythium and rhizoctonia to thrive. The good news is there's a way t Monday Apr 21 12:56:00 EDT 2008 Brazil farmers plant, sell corn at record pace, analyst says CUIABA, Mato Grosso -- With corn prices pushing to their highest point in 10 years, Brazil's growing area of Mato Grosso could have a record double-crop corn production, said Fernando Muraro, a market analyst with AgRural, located in Curitiba. Monday Jan 29 09:01:00 EST 2007 Drought hurt early-planted soybeans in Brazil TANGARA da SERRA, Mato Grosso -- While visiting a large farm in northern Brazil, even in the prime soybean region, yields are coming in lower than expected. As soybeans planted in October are now being harvested, some reports are ranging between 45 to 46 b Saturday Jan 27 10:28:00 EST 2007 Continuous corn's a challenge Wednesday Apr 05 09:53:00 EDT 2006