Renewable Farming

Month: November 2015

Why big ag corporations want you to believe the Trans-Pacific Partnership will help you

The full 6,000-page text of the “Trans-Pacific Partnership” was finally released to the public Thursday, Nov. 5 — by New Zealand.  American farmers who’ve been assured that the TTP will open up new markets would be advised to read the relevant sections of the pact and realize that: 1. The treaty would supersede U.S. sovereignty …

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5-bu. yield gain on soybeans with MegaMag, Symbiosis AGx applied 2×2

Our consultant friend Jim Martindale asked us to check out two products as a 2×2 application with the planter: A magnesium nutrient and a biostimulant (lots of amino acids and nourishment for microbes) called Symbiosis AGx.  Result: a gain slightly over 5 bushels. Here’s the detailed data: The average of 10 treated strips was 55.2 …

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New ways to monitor your soil microbes to build productive power

Indiana crop consultant Jim Martindale is currently working with growers in eastern Russia and western China. But since distance doesn’t interfere with communication as much as it once did, he has encouraged one of his specialist friends, Mary Lucero, to offer a new online seminar — a “webinar” — for farmers. Here’s how Jim describes …

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Finally: Key facts about glyphosate and health, packed into one scientific review

Today, a new and thorough review of the health impacts of glyphosate use is available to regulatory officials who are reviewing its re-approval as the world’s most widely used herbicide.  The paper is titled Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases IV: cancer and related pathologies. It’s published in the Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry which is now being mailed to subscribers. …

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Recreational tillage — still more popular than cover crops

Our “mission” to encourage renewal of soil health faces a relentless force: The brute power of soil erosion by water, tillage, and wind. As we cruise around Iowa this fall, it’s clear that favorable harvest weather also opened the opportunity for extensive fall chiseling and disking. We’ve even seen a few disked-up soybean fields.  We’re not …

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Coming from Germany to America: a new video documentary about glyphosate

Several weeks ago we helped host German film producer Volker Barth, who was traveling through several countries to document the effects of glyphosate on soil organisms, animals and people. The video is now streaming from a website in Germany, with narration in German. An English subtitled version will soon be available.  Visit this link to …

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As corporate giants offer “data intensive” technology, we like a weigh wagon

Monsanto’s spinoff of Precision Planting to Deere & Co., announced today, sends a puzzling signal to farmers about Monsanto’s direction. Several indications have come from Monsanto recently that it’s re-inventing itself as a data company… and now they’re selling a sophisticated data-based system bought in 2012 for a reported $250 million. Deere & Co. says …

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The inconvenient truth is, debunking the global warming deity can get you fired

A few years ago, I wrote a freelance article for a Midwest client that exposed the “Global Warming” swindle. Two or three meteorologists attacked my client, who quickly backpedaled and destroyed all available copies of my report. Its accuracy was never disproven — just its audacity that anyone should deny that man-made global warming is “overwhelmingly accepted …

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