Agronomy news and promotions Agronomy
Agronomy
Sweet clover contains a high level of a chemical that can be converted to an anticoagulant.
Environmental Protection Agency issued a report on the benefits of neonicotinoid insecticidal seed treatments to soybean production in the United States.
As soybean harvest slows, questions are being asked as to what may have caused lower than expected yields for some soybean fields.
Tips for cow-calf management in confinement situations.
Most producers seem to refer to cows as “the herd.” In reality, that herd is split into several age groups that often are overlooked.
When applying anhydrous ammonia and manure in the fall, remember to wait until soil temperatures cool to 50 degrees.
“Thin cows do not compete” and “they need more feed” are points that need to be written on a barn wall, painted on pasture fences and noted on all of your paperwork.
Growers wanting to increase crop yields while helping to improve water quality can do so using a set of best management practices when applying fertilizer to their fields this fall.


Energy news and promotions Energy
Energy News
Plummeting gasoline prices are the result of lagging economic growth in many parts of the world, the end of the summer driving season, less expensive winter gasoline and well-functioning Midwest refineries.
Tillage Radish® and winter rye cover crops are really coming along nicely in this field near Eldridge, IA.
Household chemicals can easily be mistaken for everyday food and drinks, especially by young children.
Domestic ethanol production for 2014 totaled a record 14.15 billion gallon.
Six combines in a bean field?
Agriculture’s Future is in Good Hands - A One-of-a-Kind Facility, the Muscatine Ag Learning Center is Making Sure of That!
Make an educated decision when choosing which hybrids to plant next year.
Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a set of regulatory definitions and provisions and a list of 49 low-risk biofuel plants from which growers can choose.


Feed news and promotions Feed
Feed News
The drop in corn prices in recent months represents a tremendous change in the feed cost environment for cattle producers.
Grazing cornstalks is still a valuable tool for cattlemen looking to hold costs in place.
Tillage Radish® and winter rye cover crops are really coming along nicely in this field near Eldridge, IA.
Household chemicals can easily be mistaken for everyday food and drinks, especially by young children.
Six combines in a bean field?
Agriculture’s Future is in Good Hands - A One-of-a-Kind Facility, the Muscatine Ag Learning Center is Making Sure of That!
There have been reports of corn having some mold and along with some stalk rot in certain areas of the state due to the cool and wetter growing conditions this past year.
Make an educated decision when choosing which hybrids to plant next year.


Grain news and promotions Grain
Grain News
Are corn dry down rates affected by maturity?
When producers are considering whether to sell corn at harvest or store on-farm, all costs, including shrink, must be evaluated.
For decades, international markets have been an important destination for U.S. agriculture products.
The cost of drying corn — especially the propane bills — add significant expense at harvest time.
The market’s assessment of the amount of acreage needed of various crops in any production cycle is complicated and continually changes.
Standing corn in the field may dry about 1.5 to 3 percentage points per week during October and 1 to 1.5 per week or less during November, assuming normal Upper Midwest weather conditions.
This year’s projected record corn crop has many farmers looking for alternatives to traditional storage bins and silos.
Tillage Radish® and winter rye cover crops are really coming along nicely in this field near Eldridge, IA.


Grain Notes
Grain Notes: 10/23/2014
Strong export numbers helped push bean prices higher. 2.17 mmt or 79.6 million bushels of new soybean export sales were reported today. This number was double the expected volume. China represented 62.5 million bushels.


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