New formed Local Seed Company says it will offer farmers a “direct-to-growers” option with a mission to provide custom crafted seed options delivered to the farm.
A 12-million acre cotton crop in 2018 could set the table for healthy levels of cotton supply. With uncertainty hovering over the market road, producers should be prepared to take advantage of unexpected rallies, and shield themselves from unexpected sell-offs.
On Thursday USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) showed cotton production was reduced by 643-thousand bales. The drop off was largely in Texas and Georgia from hurricane damage.
Friday Bayer announced it signed an agreement with BASF to sell a portion of its crop science businesses for EUR 5.9 (about $7 billion).
Louisiana cotton farmers are in the midst of their harvest, and they’re finding a growing season filled with rain, diseases and insects has taken a bite out of the crop.
See all of the report data, coverage and analysis of USDA's Oct. 10 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) and Crop Production reports.
USDA Crop Production report says: Corn Production Up 1 Percent from September Forecast, Soybean Production Down Slightly, Cotton Production Down 3 Percent, and Orange Production Down 16 Percent from Last Season. Read the full report.
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Preventing fertilizer from leaving your fields lowers production cost while increasing yield. Oh yes—it also protects water resources. Sure, you’ve heard the warnings before, but it can be overwhelming to put nutrient management practices into motion. Start with these six steps to address your environmental footprint.
By partnering with Planet, aerospace and data analytics company, Farmers Edge will offer satellite images more frequently—every one to three days.
Crops don’t wait for irrigation, and now means now when it’s time to water. Solid end-of-season irrigation maintenance goes a long way in preventing problems the following crop year during crunch-time. Before the grip of winter sets in, checks and repairs are vital.
Farmers in Waverly, Iowa are trying at beating the rain moving into their area this week. Marc Mummelthei, a farmer from Waverly says he’s cutting as many soybeans as he can because conditions are right and the yields may be the best he’s produced.
Corn production is a journey from where you are now to where you want to be, figures Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie. Your destination is maximum profitability.
Tillage is a critical mile marker on the route to profitability. With tillage, the goal is to create uniform soil density so roots and water aren’t restricted.
If you plan to transition to vertical tillage this fall keep in mind it’s not a one-step process or a single tool. It’s a system that takes time to implement and a lot of attention to detail, according to Missy Bauer, Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist.
“A vertical tillage system involves understanding the soil profile, tackling compaction issues, ensuring that each pass achieves the goal of the system, respecting residue cover and providing a well-prepared seedbed for the planter pass next spring,” she says. “Simply put, this system requires managing the entire soil profile for uniformity.”
Farmers in Illinois might be tilling more land, but their interest in cover crops shows a willingness to adapt.
Junior Upton is fragipan's nightmare. He planted annual ryegrass hoping to gain the conventional benefits of a cover crop and no till system. However, the Illinois grower had no idea he’d just lit the fuse on the destruction of fragipan.
Written by Steve Cubbage
Prepare for additional challenges when planting soybeans on soybeans
This NH3 calculator that will help you determine if fall application is right for you.
Farmers’ shift away from fall application of nitrogen for crops such as corn and sorghum is being reflected in changing retail practices, says Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie. “In my area of central Illinois, I know two fertilizer plants that have completely dropped anhydrous ammonia,” he says. “Their sales had shifted to spring application of nitrogen solution. While ammonia can be applied in the spring, farmers found it took up too much of their time when they needed to concentrate on planting, compared to nitrogen solution that can be applied as they plant or with herbicides.”
Variety selection can play a huge role in yield and premiums
Since the vast majority of farmers don’t use horses for power anymore fuel has become an essential input—one with perhaps the most price volatility outside of ag’s influence. Look for opportunities in the off season to save on farm diesel and propane.
Overlapping germplasm can hit your pocketbook and reduce crop diversity
Researchers have discovered that waterhemp, and possibly other weeds don’t respond to rotating herbicides each year as they originally thought.
Farmers will be able to plant Enlist E3 soybeans in select areas because of a partnership of Dow AgroSciences with ADM. This will allow certain farmers to use not only the herbicide tolerant seed, but the accompanying over-the-top herbicide as well.
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