Online Kernels of Knowledge

November 23, 2008 06:00 PM
 

Sara Muri, AgWeb Crops Online Editor
 
Endless information is waiting for you anytime you log onto the Internet. While it can be overwhelming, it can also be extremely useful, especially for your farming operation. We've taken the time to sift through some sites and find valuable and timely online tools and information to assist and expand your corn production.
 
Explore the following tools, calculators and Web sites to assist your farming operation.
 
Develop a Successful Storage System
Courtesy of the University of Kentucky's Cooperative Extension Service, the Grain Storage Systems Calculators and Tools will help you pencil out your storage costs. They offer the following tools:
 
 
 
Calculate Your Costs and Returns
Asgrow and Dekalb offer three value calculators via their website. These tools, while specific to Asgrow and Dekalb crop varieties, can help you determine expenses and yield potential for your operation.
 
The calculators include:
 
  • BYE Calculator: This calculator allows you to value the money you can save when you plant hybrids that are qualified under the Biotech Yield Endorsement. Complete the required fields and the calculator figures the total potential value per bag converted.
 
  • Asgrow Calculator: Fill in your planting rate and current soybean price and this calculator will figure total revenue per acre with Asgrow varieties versus other brands.
 
 
Decode Your Corn Diseases
Iowa State University (ISU) offers an informational Web site Corn Leaf Diseases and Disorders that provides photos and descriptions of common corn diseases. You can use this site as an on-line scouting guide for problem areas in your corn fields.
 
ISU has also recently updated their "Corn Diseases” publication. With the hope of saving your fields from major disease damage, this booklet provides concise information on foliage and above-ground diseases, stalk rots, diseases that affect roots and ear and kernel rot. To learn more, visit ISU's Web site: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/CropNews/2008/1016robertson.htm
 
 
Get Budgeting for 2009
Even if you haven't checked harvest completely off your to-do list, you should probably start thinking about your 2009 crops. Planning ahead, especially in these unsteady financial times, could really pay off. The Ohio State University has just released its 2009 crop budgets.
 
As of now, the 2009 available budgets are:
  • Corn: Conservation Tillage
  • Soybeans: No-Till (Roundup Ready)
  • Wheat: Conservation Tillage (Grain and Straw)
 
 
 
Helpful Websites
This Web site, operated by Purdue University, provides both timely and timeless information on growing corn. Current topics featured are nitrogen fertilizer rate recommendations, guidelines for continuous corn production and corn hybrid performance data.
 
Have a state-specific question? You can find the university corn specialist for your state here.
 
 
Other Information Sources
Know another good site or tool? Email it to smuri@farmjournal.com.
 

 
You can e-mail Sara Muri at smuri@farmjournal.com.

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This article appeared in the latest issue of AgWeb's Corn eNewsletter. To sign up for a free subscription, click here.
 
 

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