Renewable Farming

Month: July 2015

Wall Street Journal poll: 63% of readers favor labeling GMO foods

The Monday, July 13 Wall Street Journal published a “Big Issues” section on food, with the lead feature titled: “Should Companies Be Required to Label Genetically Modified Foods?”  (This link may require a subscription to view the full article) Alongside that story, WSJ reported its own poll which found that 63% of its readers favor …

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Gabe and Paul Brown: Ranchers show how to renew soil life

We’ve been enthusiasts for rebuilding healthy soil biology and productivity. And you can see one of the most amazing examples of how that’s done by reading or viewing presentations by Gabe Brown, who ranches with his family near Bismarck, North Dakota. Visitors from around the world are flocking to the ranch to see how Gabe …

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“Dirt Doctor” prescribes ways to apply foliar nutrients

Howard Garrett, consultant and publisher of the website www.dirtdoctor.com,  sent his clients the following e-mail making key points about foliar feeding. It aligns with what we’re regularly recommending to farmers.   Here’s Howard’s advice: Foliar feeding has been used since 1844 when it was discovered that plant nutrients could be leached from leaves by rain. …

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How WakeUP “amplifies” foliar nutrient benefits

Dr. Roch Gaussoin, foliar feeding scientist at the University of Nebraska, cites research showing that corn absorbs 31% to 99% of leaf-applied nitrogen. However, only 10% to 40% of soil-applied nitrogen is absorbed. On average then, crops recover only about 20% of soil-applied nitrogen such as anydrous or broadcast ammonium sulfate. Roughly 80% of your …

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White House orders “independent” safety study on GMO crops… really?

On July 2 just before the holiday weekend, the White House announced instructions from four federal agencies for “Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products.” It was directed at the Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency and USDA. A major directive was an “independent study” of health aspects of genetically engineered crops. After more than two …

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AgriEnergy Resources highlights WakeUP in national ad

AgriEnergy Resources of Princeton, IL has a mission of building biologically healthy soil fertility. It’s one of the nation’s most experienced and respected providers of biologically beneficial fertility — and the educational services to make it effective. So we feel honored to have a little “spot” in their national full-page color ad on the inside back cover …

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Yes, you can heal nutrient deficiencies signaled by yellow soybeans

Editorial comment by Jerry Carlson An article posted on the AgWeb site reported sightings of yellowing soybean leaves in some Midwest fields. Some of the reasons given: Potassium deficiency and iron chlorosis.  However, the Iowa State University fertility specialist cited in the article essentially said there’s nothing you can do to help satisfy that deficiency …

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Facts about glyphosate and GMOs that we wish weren’t true

About 80% of our farmer neighbors here in the heart of the corn-soybean country really don’t want to hear the detailed, health-related research on glyphosate and genetically engineered crops. The emerging facts threaten a simple farming formula they’ve enjoyed for more than 15 years: Plant corn and soybeans. Maybe spray with a premerge herbicide. Then spray …

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Miracles coming — from mycorrhizal fungi?

Virtually every consultant who encourages “biologically friendly” farming recognizes the great value of beneficial mycorrhizal fungi in the soil food web of life. Today, one of those consultants e-mailed us a link to a scientist who anticipates that fungi hold secrets which could revolutionize crop pest control — inexpensively and safely.  The consultant is Trent …

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