Iowa Providing No-Till, Strip-Till Resources

Kelly Marshall

Farmers in Iowa have increased no-till acres to more than 7 million in 2012, but Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is encouraging farmers to continue their efforts with no-till and strip-till practices. “We are in the midst of spring planting and continue to see significant growth in no-till and strip-till adoption across the state. New technologies and tools continue …

Agribusiness, No Till, Planting, Soil

“Farmer Speaks Study” Highlights Grower Concerns

Kelly Marshall

If you are reacting to low commodity prices in your operation this year, you are not alone.  Bill Farmakis, President of J.L. Farmakis, recently spoke with AgWired about their “Farmer Speaks Study.”  The results, Farmakis says, were striking. The study, conducted in February by Millennium Research, asked growers what they were thinking as they headed into the 2016 planting season. …

Agribusiness, Markets, Monsanto, Planting, Traits

Bearish Market Predicted for Row Crops

Kelly Marshall

The news for row crop prices isn’t great, according to the Prospective Plantings Report, with corn and rice likely to continue their current trend through the end of 2016. “The report really highlights how challenging the market is right now for major crops,” said John Anderson, deputy chief economist of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “We currently have adequate supplies …

AFBF, Agribusiness, Markets, Planting, USDA

Surprising Crop Report from USDA

Cindy Zimmerman

The 2016 Prospective Plantings report out today from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) shows farmers expect to plant more corn and less soybeans this year. U.S. corn growers expect to plant 93.6 million acres to corn this year, the first increase in corn planted acreage since 2012 and, if realized, will be the third largest corn acreage since 1944. …

AFBF, Corn, Cotton, Markets, Planting, Rice, Soybeans, USDA, wheat

Penton Agriculture Suggests More Corn, Less Soybeans

Kelly Marshall

Farm Futures is Penton Agriculture‘s market-leading ag business resource and they are seeing a lot of red on the ledgers right now.  In fact their latest survey suggests farmers may react to the agriculture market by cutting back almost 2 percent of the crop acreage this year.  Of the major row crops, only corn and cotton are seeing gains– but …

Agribusiness, Markets, Planting

iSOYL App Earns FinOvation Award

Kelly Marshall

This year’s FinOvation Award, honoring reader interest in new products, has been given to SOYL for their new precision production app, iSOYL. The app offers growers a solution that makes variable rate seed or fertilizer application easy and affordable.  iSOYL can work with a variety of controllers to take shape file prescription application maps and connect via an iPad to …

Agribusiness, Apps, Award, Fertilizer, Planting, Variable rate

2000 Series Early Riser Planter from Case IH

Jamie Johansen

The 2000 series Early Riser planter has been re-thought from the ground up and was revealed last week at the 2016 National Farm Machinery Show by Case IH. The planer is the first to factory-integrate industry-leading seed placement technologies from Precision Planting® into a completely new system featuring a best-in-class rugged row unit. “From all-new cast iron components to an …

Agribusiness, Audio, Case IH, Equipment, NFMS, Planting

RIB Products Simplify Grower Compliance

Taylor Truckey

Refuge-in-a-bag (RIB) products continue to simplify how growers meet refuge requirements in the Corn Belt. In a survey by the Compliance Assurance Program (CAP), many growers surveyed in the Corn Belt planted exclusively RIB products, while all planted at least one refuge in a bag product. The National Corn Growers Association is pleased with the continued increase in use of …

Corn, NCGA, Planting

Cotton Council Planting Intentions Survey Released

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Cotton Council (NCC) 35th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey indicates U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 9.1 million cotton acres this spring, up 6.2 percent from 2015. Upland cotton intentions are 8.9 million acres, up 5.7 percent from 2015, while extra-long staple (ELS) intentions of 208,000 acres represent a 31.2 percent increase, according to the survey results …

Cotton, Planting

Ag Leader Launches 2nd Gen. SeedCommand Line

Taylor Truckey

The next generation of Ag Leader SeedCommand products will be available to growers in summer 2016. The new product line will offer exciting features for growers looking to enhance the functionality and productivity of their planting operations. As an all-encompassing planting solution, the next generation SeedCommand products will comprise of electric drives and individual row control for hydraulic down force, …

agronomy, Equipment, Planting