SOYL Releases New Field Scouting App

Joanna SchroederAgribusiness, Apps, Planting, Scouting

UK-based SOYL has released a new field scouting app iSOYscout, designed to make recording, monitoring and review of in-field problems and variation easier for growers. The free Apple-placform app enables growers to log features and problems in their fields, while they are in the fields, with no need for a cellular or wifi connection. However, SOYL says a 50GBP in-app … Read More

Connect IN Enhances Wheat Potential

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, Planting, seed, wheat

More than 61 percent of wheat growers told Monsanto their primary method for determining seed rates is to use a standard pounds-per-acre approach.  Only 14 percent said they plant based on their desired count per acre.  These results show that understanding optimal seeding rates is critical.  Enter the ConnectIN System. “This shows the tremendous need to get out the message … Read More

John Deere Introduces 76-Foot Wide Air Hoe Seeder

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, John Deere, Planting

Good news for small grains and oil seed producers!  John Deere is now offering a 76- foot 1870 Air Hoe Drill that can plant acres even more quickly and accurately. The current lineup of Air Seeders includes 40-foot and 56-foot options, each with industry-leading features.  Now this wider option can also deliver the latest in precision farming, with highly-controlled placement, … Read More

John Deere Promises Improvements for 2017

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, Harvesting, John Deere, Planting

The growing season for 2017 will bring about some promising new additions to John Deere‘s product line up. Available next spring is the new MaxEmerge 5e row units for a variety of Deere planters, including the mini-hopper and DB planters. MaxEmerge 5e row units will improve seeding population accuracy when it operating on a curve– up to 20 percent improvement in … Read More

Corn Planting Progress Ahead of Average

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, Corn, Planting, USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that corn planting continues to be ahead of the five-year average.  Last week results showed 30 percent of the total corn acres have been planted, numbers that exceed the average by 14 percentage points and ten percentage points ahead of where growers were just the week before. Missouri leads the way in corn planing, surpassing … Read More

#Plant16 Ahead of Average

Cindy ZimmermanCorn, Planting, USDA

The #Plant16 hash tag has been burning up Twitter in the past week as corn planting jumped up to 13% compared to the five year average of eight percent. According to USDA, planting progress is now ahead of average by 37 percentage points in Missouri, which at 58% planted nearly a quarter of its crop last week. Iowa, Kansas and … Read More

Iowa Providing No-Till, Strip-Till Resources

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, No Till, Planting, Soil

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 … Read More

“Farmer Speaks Study” Highlights Grower Concerns

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, Markets, Monsanto, Planting, Traits

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. … Read More

Bearish Market Predicted for Row Crops

Kelly MarshallAFBF, Agribusiness, Markets, Planting, USDA

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 … Read More

Surprising Crop Report from USDA

Cindy ZimmermanAFBF, Corn, Cotton, Markets, Planting, Rice, Soybeans, USDA, wheat

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. … Read More