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New Soybean Disease Publication Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has released an updated version of the “Soybean Diseases” (IPM 4) publication to help farmers and other professionals in the agriculture industry identify and scout for disease threats to soybean production in Iowa. Corn Fungicide Application Timing Dr. Alison Robertson review corn fungicide timing studies from 2017 and poses the question should be be spaying fungicides at V12.  You can read more on her research findings and her hypothesis at…

USDA projects a drop in farm income

U.S. Farm Income to Hit 12-Year Low Crop prices may be showing some recent signs of life, but that’s of little comfort for American farmers who are forecast to see their incomes fall to a 12-year low. Farmer profits will drop 6.7 percent this year to $59.5 billion, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday in its first forecast for 2018. That’s the lowest since 2006 and would be down 52 percent from a record $123.8 billion in 2013. "This may now be what we consider a normal time," said Carl Zulauf, an agricultural economist who retired from Ohio State University after a long professorship. "The period from about 2007 to 2013, that was the exceptional period. Farmers have had to confront the adjustment." An overhang of crop supplies has sparked a prolonged struggle in the farm economy. The decline in producer profits has crimped spending, hindering sales for companies like Deere & Co. to Monsanto Co. The downturn also helped spark a recent string of agricultural mega-mergers ..

Swarm Bots Could Shift Ag History

Swarm Bots Could Shift Ag History Picture a swarm of tiny robots moving down the rows of a cotton field, mechanical spider arms plucking multiple bolls per second and depositing fiber into holding containers. Ginning begins immediately within the containers as the bots move on to more plants. Scoffers beware: Agriculture is on the cusp of historical change. Robotic harvest is knocking on the door of traditional row crop production and cotton growers may bring in the first fruits. A massive technological push steered by Cotton Incorporated aims to deliver automated harvest via fleets of swarm robots to U.S. fields within 10 to 15 years. Coordinated field research is underway in multiple states and the results may benefit the entire spectrum of U.S. agriculture. A commercial prototype system could be ready in just over a decade, according to Ed Barnes, senior director of Agriculture and Environmental Research at Cotton Incorporated. Weaving together technological development project..

BAPMA dicamba delivers unique chemistry to soybean and cotton fields

BAPMA dicamba delivers unique chemistry to soybean and cotton fields From chemistry class to a history lesson, a recap of the smart science behind Engenia® herbicide To find out what’s at the scientific heart of the latest dicamba technology — Engenia herbicide from BASF — we need to take a step back into the chemistry classroom and talk about acids, bases and the power of salt. But first, a short history lesson: In the last several years, the number and extent of glyphosate-resistant weeds has been growing — dramatically in some areas. In fact, there are currently 17 species of glyphosate-resistant weeds in the U.S., with 38 states affected by at least one species. As every grower knows, weed pressure can cause crop losses — sometimes severe. The need for growers to get control back in the field has become acute. Enter BASF, along with a few other industry partners, bringing the creation of new technologies to market in the last year. Now, back to chemistry class … Dicamba is a..

High Yields Start With Clean Fields

High Yields Start With Clean Fields Chances are there are thieves lurking in your still-unplanted fields, and they’re preparing to rob you blind. The International Survey of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds has found 160 unique resistant weeds in the United States1. This includes 17 species of glyphosate-resistant weeds, which have been reported in 38 states. Resistant weeds can be introduced in a previously resistance-free field through the movement of weed seeds from one field to another. Preventing the spread of resistance should be an important element of herbicide resistance management. That means it’s time to leave nothing to chance on the success of your 2018 planting season. Make sure you use a preemergent herbicide with residual activity and take the would-be yield robbers out of the equation. As every grower knows, some things are simply out of your control, but making sure your fields don’t start out with weeds is very much in your control. Why create an uphill climb to high yie..

Hemp Goes Mobile As Farmers Seek Opportunity

Want to grow hemp? Help is literally rolling toward fields in 20 states as a mobile unit capable of processing 10 tons of hemp per hour will set up HempHub farmers markets in the Midwest, Northeast and West in 2018. Producers stuck on the hemp sidelines may be able to take advantage of HempHub USA, a push by two companies to transport a decortication machine into states with legal hemp programs. Essentially, the processing machinery will leapfrog perpetual infrastructure roadblocks and…

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