Last week, Syngenta invited Farm Industry News to a test site in Morgan, Minnesota, to showcase some of the company’s newest seed, seed treatments, and pesticide products in the field.
The Morgan, MN, location is one of more than 30 test sites scattered throughout the Midwest that are part of the company’s Grow More Experience Sites. Each site consists of small sections of land that are devoted to different products used on crops....More
A lot has been in the press in the past few years about crop modeling. Using algorithms to define outcomes based on millions of data points from weather, soil, yield history and other factors that play into farming.
But with all that predicting, there is bound to be some error. That’s where the importance of measurement comes in—to give you an accurate picture of what is actually happening in your field....More
Researchers at the University of Missouri are working toward less reliance on nitrogen in plants, which could help decrease costs for farmers, develop heartier plants, eliminate runoff in water supplies and provide food for a growing global population....More
Wet conditions have persisted across eastern Nebraska and in some other areas, and as spring planting winds down, some growers have been unable to complete their usual plantings. These growers have a number of alternatives for the unplanted acres, including planting this ground to cover crops. This article discusses several issues related to this alternative.
Benefits of cover crops...More
Timing is important to a quality nematode analysis. In sandy fields sampling is best done up to the V6 growth stage. Fields with finer textured soils can be sampled for nematodes almost any time....More
With many areas experiencing heavy rain in May, soybean planting is behind normal this year. According to the USDA NASS crop report on May 26, soybean planting was 59% complete compared to the five-year average of 73% and last year's 85%. Areas of the state will need considerable drying before fields are ready to plant. Many producers may be wondering if they need to rethink their agronomic practices such as relative maturity, row spacing, and seeding rate. The following are strategies to consider when planting soybean in June or July.
The new partnership with Australian-based Grains Research & Development Corporation seeks to increase options for growers around the world to manage weeds. Glyphosate resistance problems were first discovered in Australia in crops....More
Last week we took you behind the scenes of a sprayer testing lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where graduate student Shane Forney and assistant professor Joe Luck looked at issues affecting spray nozzle performance. Most of those issues have to do with how operators set up the machine. ...More
I’d like to thank a faithful reader from Missouri for setting me straight on an article we published in our December issue. On page 24, the headline reads “The Future of Farming: Industry leaders have a no-holes barred discussion on agriculture’s major challenges, and what farmers and corporations need to do to feed the coming groundswell of people.”
In a voicemail message, the reader says: ...More
Just two months after the USDA’s decision to deregulate Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist corn and soybean traits in the U.S., Dow AgroSciences announced yesterday the launch the companion product, Enlist Duo herbicide for the 2015 crop season. Enlist Duo is part of the Enlist Weed Control System, a herbicide-tolerant trait technology for corn and soybeans. The herbicide will provide new advantages for the management of hard-to-control and resistant weeds. It will be launched in conjunction with a stewarded introduction of Enlist corn, and seed production of Enlist soybeans in 2015....More