Apr 26, 2011

New tool for precision nutrient application 1

  One evening before dinner at the 2011 Commodity Classic, I had the pleasure of visiting with National Corn Growers Association’s first vice president Garry Niemeyer. Niemeyer told me about a new NH3 control system that he and colleague Jerry McCulley are planning to install on an anhydrous toolbar this summer. With the rising cost of anhydrous ammonia, they needed a system that would control application rates more precisely than conventional controllers....More
Apr 22, 2011

Refuge-in-a-bag product planted in Kansas 2

 With planting now well under way in some areas of the country, Dow AgroSciences says its first bag of Refuge Advanced – the company’s refuge-in-a-bag product – has been planted in a field near Silver Lake, Kan. Refuge Advanced powered by SmartStax contains a blend of 95 percent SmartStax seeds and 5 percent non-insect-traited refuge seeds. The company received EPA registration on April 8....More
Apr 22, 2011

High prices continue for good Midwest farmland 1

Prices paid for farm ground have surged over the past several months. Good farmland in my home area in northwest Iowa, for example, just sold for $9,900/acre. That follows a $10,000/acre price paid in February for a field, nearly a record high price for farmland in Plymouth County. Last November, we thought the $13,950/acre price paid in neighboring Sioux county was an aberration. But farmland prices continue to stay very high....More
Apr 22, 2011

Does corn ethanol affect food prices? 5

Rising corn prices in 2006 and 2007, followed by the 2008 spike, and dramatic drop in 2009, would have occurred without ethanol subsidies or even if corn ethanol production had not expanded....More
Apr 21, 2011

New red and yellow row-crop tractors 2

This month AGCO added a 290 PTO horsepower model to its 2011 Massey Ferguson 8600 Series and Challenger MT600D Series high-horsepower row crop tractors. The new MF8690 and Challenger 685D are now the largest of both series, which range from 205 to 275 PTO....More
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