Hagerman High School has started an ag and food science class that could be a trendsetter.
We had nine-tenths to an inch of rain last week. Corn and beans still look good. The 103-day corn around the outside of our silage field was 30%, so we’ll probably open the field up on Monday and see what the 112-day corn is testing. Pods on beans are filling nicely with the rains we’ve had. Still could use some more hot dry weather to move things along.
Tuesday felt like Monday, and Friday felt like Saturday. Did your Labor Day leave you questioning what day of the week it was? Looking back at this past week, or even further, I was recalling what took place. Well, we really cannot account for too many field activities or crop progress. It’s been somewhat cooler than normal lately, and very little, if any, precipitation has been measurable. I forced myself to take Labor Day off and do some fishing at PotatoCreekState Park. I must have found a popular fishing spot for farmers. I saw a hat on the ground next to me for several hours, so upon leaving I flipped it over and it was a Beck’s hat. I had my Pioneer hat on, but it didn’t matter what hat a person wore because the fish were just not biting.
Monday, Sept. 9, 2019: Harvest 2019 begins. The stalk is dry, the ears are hanging down and the decision is made. Today, we begin a harvest that will be a total crapshoot. How bad did the non-ending spring rains and cold temperatures affect this year’s crop? Time will tell. We have only 64 acres of “dry” corn that was planted on April 7. Best guesses are 20% to 24% moisture. Mark says we need to get it out, so we can get all the augurs set and test the dryer before the majority of the corn is ready to harvest. I’m old-school. I say, let it dry in the field. What’s the hurry? We will have a 10- to 14-day break before the next planted corn will be ready to go. Mark always wins this argument.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — It’s kind of nutty to find to find red crown rot disease in soybeans in Illinois. It is usually just found in the south and southeast where soybeans are grown in rotation with peanuts.
DES MOINES — For the first time in a year, there are areas of Iowa where groundwater conditions are beginning to show stress, according to the latest Iowa DNR Water Summary Update.
Despite the rain and delays in planting, farmers may have dodged a bullet in some areas this year.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nearly 400 National Farmers Union members are in Washington, D.C. this week as part of NF’s annual fly-in.
Stormy weather stranded Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in Atlanta the night before the Nebraska State Fair opened last month.
SANTA ROSA -- Elated Sonoma County Winegrowers announced a double-header achievement for the environment at a press conference on Thursday at their Santa Rosa headquarters. Not only have the more than 1,800 members reached 99% certified sustainable vineyards, but they will build on their sustainability leadership by becoming the first wine region to participate in California's pilot Climate First Certification program.
A 2015 rule that expanded the definition of “waters of the United States” in the Clean Water Act today was repealed. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army for Civil Works also are recodifying regulatory text that existed prior to the 2015 rule.
Three Mitchell County farmers, who are using relay cropping, are seeing success with the use of soybeans.
Wisconsin's crops continue to be behind schedule as the state sees more rain this week.
DES MOINES — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig commented earlier this week, on the Iowa Crop Progress and Conditions report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. The report is released weekly from April through November.
“How come this whole thing, discussion with the White House and the EPA and everybody else, just seems to be an Iowa discussion when there’s at least 14 states that are big corn-growing states and every one of those states, I’ll bet, has ethanol in it,” Grassley said.
(Bloomberg) — China is opening the door to soybean meal shipments from Argentina, the world’s biggest exporter of the animal feed, as Beijing looks to pivot away from U.S. agricultural products amid a trade war with Washington.
The guessing games continue for the fall.
Deere & Co. Chairman and CEO Sam Allen foresees a solid future for Deere and agriculture in general in Deere's newly released annual sustainability report “A Power For Good.”
An invisible enemy is attacking corn. The crop may look fine above ground, but as many as eight species of a common soil fungus may be infecting the roots and compromising yields, according to South Dakota State University plant disease experts.
After one of the most rain-soaked planting seasons in recent memory, farmers in Northwest Indiana qualify for natural disaster assistance.
The Emeryville, Calif.-based company wrote in support of the Agricultural Worker Program Act.
Nebraska's farmers and ranchers are on track to lose close to $1 billion in revenue this year because of tariffs on agricultural products, according to a new report.
According to Wayne Fredericks, a director with the American Soybean Association, depressed soybean prices are not just related to the ongoing trade war with China, but other factors are entering into the lower prices.
A 65-year comparative analysis between U.S. yields of irrigated and rain-fed crops has sounded a message to farmers, land managers and policymakers: Mind the gap.
“We’re going to build a top-end brand. Our goal is to change the valley.”
Landowners in Wisconsin have until Sept. 30 to be considered for Emergency Watershed Protection Program-Floodplain Easements. Congress has provided the U.S Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Wisconsin more than $7 million for the program.
Pecan and cotton farmers across Arizona have seen the prices for their crops fall across the past few months as a result of the U.S. trade war with China. With no end to the dispute in sight, farmers are bracing for the worst case scenario.
We only had two rain showers in the past two weeks -- one was one-half inch and another was four-fifths of an inch. That left plenty of dry days for farmers in the area to accomplish field work. The reduced humidity and sunshine was conducive for haymaking. One farmer I visited with said he put up some nice hay this past week, although not enough of it. Some late-summer-early-fall seeding was done in the area. Soils were dry enough to make a good seedbed.
Kasey Felder admits that she and her husband jumped into the vineyard business head first five years ago.
With a poor planting season, troublesome weather and uncertainty in the market, the expectation that farmers may hold onto more grain in storage leaves them open to one new problem — bugs.
ALBANY – Dougherty County ninth-graders visited a farm and returned to the Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy with the desire to launch their own agricultural venture.
Three-dimensional printing is being evaluated for its use in engineering plants with desired traits. “Bioprinting” has been a disruptive technology for tissue engineering in animals. It’s not unforeseeable that a plant also could be 3D-printed with various agronomic traits, according to Ross Sozzani, a plant biologist at North Carolina State University.
The days of a dairy farmer sitting on a homemade three-legged wooden stool and hand-milking his or her way through a dozen cows is long gone. Computers have become commonplace throughout all walks of life – including a dairy operation’s milking parlors, barns and pastures. Producers are fully connected to search engines, data processors, research studies and “clouds.” It all leads to the goal of improving profitability, milk quality, animal welfare and the lifestyle of today’s producers – all with just a few clicks of a mouse.
When word reached the Western Slope in the spring of 1908 that the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad's Potato Train would be visiting, people were enthusiastic.
CHARLESTON – A Clemson University graduate student has found adding a little color to watermelon fields can attract pollinators, which can help improve quality and increase yields of one of South Carolina’s most important vegetable crops.
Cool weather made Nebraska’s wheat crop late to green up this year, but the lower temperatures helped in other ways.