Monthly Archives: April 2013

Burndown applications still needed despite saturated fields

The weather is exceptionally wet this spring, and this can bring on the temptation to take a few shortcuts in order to get your fields planted; however, it is important not to skip over your spring burndown application. According to Bob Hartzler from Iowa State University, in the article Don’t Delay the Burndown Application, “This […]

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Field update from Saskatchewan

Jamie Benko from Cupar, Saskatchewan shared a photo of his snow covered fields and added that last year at this time, he was in the fields.

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Planting trends being dictated across the country

Weather forecasts, market value and changes in demand are among the many factors that influence the amount of crops producers grow every year in the United States. Over the last few years, some growing trends have become apparent. Cotton is experiencing the largest decrease in production, with an estimated 19 percent drop from the 2012 […]

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Extreme wet conditions raise soil compaction concerns

Planting season is off to a soggy start with the tremendous amount of precipitation and flooding in many areas which has only allowed growers to only plant approximately two percent of corn this far. Once the fields are dried out enough to get seeds in the ground, it will be necessary for farmers to be […]

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Safety first out in the fields

Safety is of the upmost importance when working around farm machinery and equipment. By taking precautions on your farm, you can help prevent accidents and injuries to yourself and other farm employees. According to Kansas State University’s Machinery Safety PowerPoint, nearly 1/3 of all farm injuries are caused by falls, and an average of 10 […]

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Record high water levels will affect planting dates

As water levels rise across the Midwest and break records, many states are facing devastating levels of flooding. “Torrential rain last week concentrated in two days or less, has led to major flooding in parts of the Midwest,” according to AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski in the article, Record Crests at Midwest River. “In […]

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Breaking down the different tillage systems

Determining which type of tillage is best for your operation depends on a number of variables. By breaking down some of these different factors, you can more easily decide which practice fits into your situation. Conventional tillage is a system that leaves less than 15 percent of residue at the time of planting, while no-till […]

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Apache owner wins New York Soybean Top Producer

Myron Brady of Mt. Morris, New York won the 2012 Soybean Division of New York’s Corn and Soybean Growers Association Yield Contest award by producing 85.02 bushels per acre. He received his award in January of this year at the 2013 New York Corn & Soybean Expo in Syracuse, N.Y. Caption: Myron Brady (far right) […]

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Tragedy strikes Texas farming community [video]

After a fire broke out at the West Fertilizer Co. in West, Tex. and first responders were on the scene, a massive explosion erupted at the building. Among the growing number of casualties include some of the first firefighters on the scene. The number of casualties is estimated to be between five and 15 at […]

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Changes coming for foreign workers in farming

Immigration issues have long been a source of great controversy, and new immigration legislation is just around the corner that will affect the farming industry. According to The Washington Post’s article, Senate immigration bill would set up a new permanent agriculture worker program, as of now, at least 50 percent and as much as 70 […]

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