Weed resistance concerns won’t slow down in 2014

Changes for 2014 weed management plans are going to be necessary for many farmers. Many signs are pointing to growing concerns with weed resistance for the 2014 growing season. According to a weed resistance survey conducted by BASF, 77% of growers plan to change their weed management program to address glyphosate resistance. More than two-thirds […]

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Scouting for weeds and insects is essential in post-flood fields

Most farmers are wrapping up planting, and as crops begin emerging it is time to scout fields for damaging insects. This year’s flood conditions during planting have made many crops more vulnerable to disease and insect damage. Stay on top of your weed, insect and disease concerns by implementing a crop scouting program on your […]

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Farmers warned to review crop insurance

While planting is wrapping up in many areas, a great deal of farmers still face the possibility of not getting crops in on time for the crop insurance final planting date. Final planting dates vary by area and crop. The final planting date is the last date that acres can be planted and still receive […]

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How planting late may require you to adjust your plan

As planting gets further and further behind in many parts of the country, especially in the Midwest which is still dealing with the effects of flooding and a late snow, growers will need to start making adjustments to their crop management plan. Growers will need to consider a variety of factors including: How will the […]

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How crop rotation patterns affect your yield

Crop rotation trends vary depending on the crops growers are dealing with, and these trends can ultimately affect your yield and soil quality. Rotation practices and tillage systems can help you maximize your yield. Certain times when crop prices are high and input costs are low, growers may see value in using a continuous cropping […]

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Tire options more critical in wet fields

Depending on the conditions of your field, you may need to consider using different tires to decrease the amount of soil compaction. The right tires can help you cut down on soil compaction while improving traction and fuel efficiency. source: http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/icm/2007/4-9/moisture.html Data from research on soil compaction at the University of Wisconsin indicated 70 to […]

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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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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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