Break down dense soil with annual ryegrass
A well-planned program results in more bushels, less fertilizer and reduced loss
In the annals of agriculture fraud, one scam may rule them all. Pulled from the pages of a Hollywood script, agriculture’s most outlandish Ponzi scheme is a cauldron of greed, loss and lingering questions. Simply, the bizarre B & B worm scandal is too absurd for fiction.
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.
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
Farmers may be wondering what all the wet weather they had this season is doing to their soil and what does that mean for next years crop?
Pam Fretwell sits down with Kurt Seevers Technical Dev. Manager with Verdisian about that subject.
The latest Drought Monitor shows soils continue to dry out and crops are suffering as drought and abnormal dryness continue to expand or intensity across the Plains, Midwest, northern Rockies and Virginia.
One of the contributing factors to our alfalfa stand losses is a root rot called Aphanomyces race 2. The prolonged wet conditions allowed this root disease to finish off already-weakened alfalfa crowns.
In the early 1900s, cotton was king around Enterprise, Ala., and much of the southern U.S. But a silent southern invasion was just beginning.
Microscopic organisms can make or break your crop