Soil Test Results May Not Reveal Accurate Field Nutrient Availability

Melissa Sandfort

Growers conducting soil tests this fall may be surprised at unexpectedly low potassium (K) levels. It’s likely, however, that fields tested in drought-stricken areas have plenty of nutrients waiting to move back into the soil, according to DuPont Pioneer agronomy experts. With little rain on most fields in 2012, K, absorbed by corn plants during the growing season, has not …

Agribusiness, Soil Sampling

Field Connect Helps Producers Monitor Soil Moisture

Melissa Sandfort

With water management becoming an increasingly important factor in crop production, John Deere introduces John Deere Field Connect to provide site specific water management data to facilitate the decision making process surrounding irrigation practices. With site specific information, producers are able to more efficiently utilize irrigation inputs resulting in fuel savings and additional yield potential. The Field Connect system continuously …

Agribusiness, Data Collection, John Deere, Soil Sampling

Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator Available

Melissa Sandfort

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach highlighted the Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator that is available to help farmers find the maximum return to nitrogen fertilizer applications and the most profitable application rate for their farm. The Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator can be found here. This online tool is rapidly updated to …

Agribusiness, Corn, Fertilizer, Soybeans

Workshops on Low‐Cost, High Efficiency Irrigation Techniques

Melissa Sandfort

Hands‐on training in proven strategies for maximizing ag water efficiency while minimizing cost will be held Nov. 7‐9, 2012, at the Rio Grande Center for Ag Water Efficiency near Harlingen, TX. The two workshops – designed specifically for irrigation district personnel and producers – are offered by the Texas Project for Ag Water Efficiency (Texas AWE), a project managed by …

Agribusiness, Events, Irrigation

Winfield Solutions’ R7 Agronomy Tool Voted Top in Technology

Melissa Sandfort

In May, ARA invited members to nominate technologies and/or presenters to be featured during the Technology Breakout Session during the ARA Annual Conference & Expo. The 11 nominees were then presented to ARA membership for voting. Voting concluded on Thursday, October 18 with WinField Solutions’ R7 Tool winning with 173 votes. The R7 Tool is a comprehensive precision farming solution …

Agribusiness, agronomy, Variable rate

DPAC Awarded Training Program Grants

Melissa Sandfort

The Dakota Precision Ag Center (DPAC) has been awarded two grants totaling $3.28 million for the development of training programs in precision agriculture. DPAC will develop the programs to help fill in-demand jobs requiring high skill level in precision ag technologies and enhance current workplace training at North Dakota agribusinesses and implement dealers. Precision ag includes remote sensing or GPS; …

Agribusiness, Company Announcement, Resources

Drought Assistance Minimizes Impacts to Farmland

Melissa Sandfort

The USDA’s efforts to help producers rebound from drought have touched more than one million acres of farmland across the country as nearly 2,000 producers took advantage of conservation funding targeted to drought-stricken areas by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). NRCS made more than $27 million available to farmers and ranchers to make conservation improvements, spurring recovery and ensuring …

Agribusiness, USDA

No-Tillers Pick Romney For President

Melissa Sandfort

The readers of No-Till Farmer overwhelmingly support former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney for president of the U.S. over President Barack Obama, as revealed in a just-concluded month-long poll conducted by No-Till Farmer. Romney outpolled Obama by more than a 4:1 margin, capturing 80% of the votes vs. just 17% for the president. Votes for “Another Candidate” came in at 2%, …

Agribusiness, General, Tillage

Effective Control of Resistant Weeds in Soybeans

Melissa Sandfort

Results from more than 300 soybean field trials conducted in 2011 and 2012 show soybean growers there’s hope for control of resistant weeds. Engenia herbicide, a technologically advanced dicamba formulation developed by BASF, demonstrated effective control of key broadleaf weeds including glyphosate resistant Palmer amaranth, waterhemp, marestail, and common and giant ragweed. BASF anticipates the commercial launch of Engenia herbicide …

Agribusiness, BASF