Crops

Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide

Farmers interested in planting cover crops to improve soil health now have an updated and expanded resource in the second edition of the Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide. The pocket guide, released Sept. 22 is produced by Purdue University and the Midwest Cover Crops Council. Growers plant cover crops for a variety of reasons and [...]

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Consistency important in marketing

The corn board had been range bound between $3.25 and $3.43.  It is unlikely to rally past $3.40 through harvest. On the flip side, the market closed below $3.24 on Friday, which was the 2010 low. Breaching this technical resistant point means that hitting $3 becomes a possibility. Beans still seem overpriced. The $9 range [...]

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More ARC details released

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced new regulations related to the new revenue-based Agriculture Risk Coverage program and other risk management options designed to help growers facing sharp declines in commodity prices or significant production losses. “Many farmers are facing a difficult harvest this year — a lot of corn coming in, but at [...]

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Researchers uncover structure of enzyme that makes plant cellulose

Purdue researchers have discovered the structure of the enzyme that makes cellulose, a finding that could lead to easier ways of breaking down plant materials to make biofuels and other products and materials. The research also provides the most detailed glimpse to date of the complicated process by which cellulose — the foundation of the [...]

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Farmer’s perspective part of climate conversation

National Corn Growers Association Corn Board member Paul Taylor, a farmer from Esmond, Ill., participated in the inaugural meeting of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture. The meeting brought together partners of the alliance to discuss the organization of the alliance in its inception year and a program of work. The meeting followed the official [...]

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Assessing yield losses due to frost in corn

With scattered frosts predicted in parts of Ohio this week, it may be time to consider the impact of frost injury to corn that has not yet achieved kernel “black layer.” Black layer is the stage at which kernel growth ceases and maximum kernel dry weight is achieved (also referred to as “physiological maturity”). According [...]

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Selling the carry can be profitable

For the next week, the market seems to be at a standstill until harvest is fully underway in the Midwest. End users won’t pay up for grain with the record yield projections and farmers won’t sell corn at these values until he knows his yields. When will the corn low be in place? In the [...]

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Factors affecting corn dry down in the field

Growers like to have hybrids with high yield potential, excellent disease tolerance, great standability, faster dry down and lower grain moisture at harvest. Well there seem to be a contradiction here. Hybrids that live longer are not going to die earlier and dry fast. Management decisions such as planting date, plant population, amount of nitrogen [...]

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Todd Hesterman, Sept. 22

There have been a few fields of beans taken off around here. Even our late beans are just starting to change colors. I think we are finally in the drying down phase. We had a little warmer weather into the 80s. That was very nice and really pushed things along. We got a little rain [...]

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Tom Yuhasz, Sept. 22

People are up in arms over this CAUV issue around here. I have landowners that I rent from wanting to sell their farms because they can’t afford the taxes. On some farms the CAUV value is higher than the real value of the land. I don’t see the bean harvest going strong until maybe late [...]

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