COLFAX, Iowa — Cover crops have become a hot item, and it is easy to see why.
Marty Williams grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm in rural northern Missouri. He enjoyed exploring and working on a 600-acre “laboratory.”
PONTIAC Ill. — This is a key time of year when farmers visit research centers to glean new ideas or reinforcements for what they are doing.
EFFINGHAM, Ill. — Fertilizer application rates get most of the ink regarding maximizing yields. But successful farmers take into account many other considerations.
Oats used to be a common sight in Midwestern fields, but acreage of the crop has shrunk considerably. With fewer hungry horses used in production and livestock demand shifting, oats have moved to a small percentage of what farmers are planting.
Double-cropping wheat with soybeans is certainly nothing new. But it’s getting a fresh look.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — “It’s not a good situation” for agriculture in the southern two-thirds of Missouri, where scant rainfall and high temperatures have led to worsening drought, said Pat Guinan, associate Extension professor of climatology with University of Missouri Extension.
At NDSU’s Dickinson Research Extension Center field day in mid-July, Frayne Olson, NDSU Extension crop economist and marketing specialist, spelled out a short list of what is going on in the grain/energy markets.
BREDSTEN, Denmark — This sizzling midsummer, as farmers nurture maturing crops, people continue to grapple with global food security issues on the international stage.
JOHNSTON, Iowa — It’s no secret that 2022 has been a stressful year for farmers who either couldn’t get input supplies or had to pay much more for them. That could change in 2023.
A tiny pest is causing significant damage in some southwestern Minnesota fields.
For years most farmers in the Corn Belt got their corn planted in the spring before beginning soybean acres. That has changed as producers have learned that early bean planting boosted yields considerably while not affecting corn.
JOHNSTON, Iowa — Carbon markets are here and they aren’t going away any time soon, so farmers should look at whether those markets make sense for their operations, according to Casey Onstot, the U.S. commercial leader for digital at Corteva Agriscience.
SEDALIA, Mo. — While it is still too soon to sound the alarm on “drought,” parts of the region are becoming severely dry, said University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Gene Schmitz.
Soybeans that were planted around mid-May have grown more slowly than expected this year, although that is beginning to be corrected in areas where at least an inch of rain fell in June.
A wet spring created a late planting season for many in the Midwest. Those conditions are optimal for disease growth, and it has shown up across much of the region.
Throughout July, drought has been growing in Missouri, as hot, sunny, breezy days have dried out fields and pastures while rains have been fairly spotty and localized, if they show up at all.
Lisa Schulte Moore is a professor of natural resource ecology and management at Iowa State University, focusing on research in sustainability. In 2021, Schulte Moore received a MacArthur Fellowship, also known as a “genius grant,” for her work to develop resilient agricultural systems in reg…
The decision on when to terminate cover crops may affect the overall yield of the upcoming cash crop.
Rising temperatures and sporadic rainfall expected to come with climate change will likely be detrimental to corn yields. But some research indicates that it could be worse than previously thought.
Crop acreage numbers provide a look at the gradual changes in agriculture and land use through the decades. Some crops grow in acreage, like corn and soybeans this century, while others become less popular, driven by economics.
CRAWFORDSVILLE, Iowa — As the summer heat kicks in, so too will the normal pests and diseases. The way to manage these problems is continuously researched and updated.
URBANA, Ill. — When tar spot — a fungal disease of corn capable of causing significant yield loss — popped out of nowhere in 2015, Midwestern corn growers were left scrambling to manage the outbreak with few effective tools.
Are you using the Tarspotter app this year? If you are, you may have noticed that the forecast for tar spot is high.
The first soybean gall midge adults were collected in Iowa near Wall Lake in Sac County and near Sutherland in O’Brien County in mid-June.