Renewable Farming

Month: June 2015

“Top Growers” aims to make sap analysis of corn and soybeans more cost-effective

Iowa farmer Mike Holst and his son Tyler are offering a group purchasing service for other corn and soybean growers who want to save money on the new sap analysis technology.   Called “Top Growers,” the group pools their buying power to purchase a bulk quantity of sap analysis reports from Crop Health Labs of …

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Three ways WakeUP intensifies contact herbicide effectiveness

We don’t claim to know much about herbicides. The combinations are complex, and everyone has their favorites. We spend most of our time on learning about nutrients — especially foliar applied nutrients. However, haven’t learned how to totally avoid herbicides in our test strips. This rainy spring is certainly one time when pre-emergence herbicides haven’t kept fields …

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Still time to side-dress N on corn if you can get in between rains

Crop Consultant Bob Streit, Boone, IA  515-432-0907 Observations across the Midwest, week of June 21-27     Midwest wide, the USDA crop ratings tell the story. Overall, the major crops look good. One chink in the story is the serious decline in ratings in KS, MO, and all but one state east of the Mississippi …

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Consultant Bob Streit: Build Goss’ wilt immunity early

Warm, wet and stormy weather is a near-ideal incubator for Goss’ wilt. This bacterial disease hasn’t caused much widespread concern for a couple of seasons, but crop consultants know that the clavibacter michiganesis organisms are widespread across the Corn Belt, and growers need to remain especially alert. Boone, IA crop consultant Bob Streit is advising …

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Now’s the time to foliar feed for another 5 bu. of soybeans

So…  you have an excellent soybean stand, plenty of moisture, good weed control. That’s a strong foundation for foliar feeding which could add several bushels of beans, given the right nutrients and the right timing. We encourage tissue testing or sap testing to hone in on any nutrient which could become your crop’s limiting factor …

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Glyphosate in lab animals’ rations could invalidate health studies: July 2 update

Two independent studies of the mixed rations routinely fed to laboratory animals have confirmed significant levels of glyphosate and one of its breakdown products, AMPA. The contamination is pervasive enough, and at high enough levels, to raise serious questions about the accuracy of many clinical tests on the safety of ag chemicals, including glyphosate itself. …

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AgriEnergy Resources mentions how WakeUP energizes foliar nutrients

One of the most informative e-mail newsletters for biologically sound farming comes from AgriEnergy Resources, based in Princeton, Illinois. AgriEnergy is one of the “pioneers” in what we call Renewable Farming — steadily and naturally enriching the soil to build up crop production while constraining input costs. We’ve worked with AgriEnergy Resources for 25 years. …

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Chinese petition ag ministry to recognize glyphosate threat

Chinese “graduates” of the July 2014 Beijing Food Safety Conference are circulating a petition aimed at China’s Agriculture Ministry, urging more clarity and completeness for approvals of chemicals and GMO technology in China.  More than 600 Chinese individuals had signed the petition as of mid-June 2015. This is just one of several petitions around the world, …

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