Almost perfect – but not quite. That’s how many Midwest farmers would describe the weather so far in April. Temperatures have been amenable, but precipitation has put more than a few planting schedules on pause.
While use in agriculture remains small, sales of zinc-infused fertilizers from companies including Mosaic Co. are growing. Farmers are trying to boost yields by reviving soils deprived of nutrients by overuse and a changing climate.
Make sure you have the right conditions before pulling the trigger on starter fertilizer. While it can provide positive ROI, it’s not always guaranteed. Learn what conditions are most likely to pay off.
As corn pokes through the soil it’s susceptible to a wide variety of attacks. From insects to disease, attacking organisms see young corn as easy prey—and an attack could be detrimental to yield.
While soybean acres gained major ground per USDA’s Prospective Plantings report, overall crop acres will be less than years past.
Although economics in the heart of the Corn Belt favor a switch to more soybeans and less corn, experts in the I-States of Illinois, Indiana and Iowa say rotational considerations and core crop competencies will keep the shift from being too dramatic.
While rain pours in parts of the Midwest farmers in southern states are moving right along with corn and cotton planting. This week put Texas ahead of planting average while other states are just getting started.