Renewable Farming

Month: December 2015

From the makers of WakeUP: We’re reducing our price to enhance your profits

As WakeUP sales grow, we’re able to negotiate volume pricing on our ingredients — and we’re passing along our savings to you. The in-season price for WakeUP Spring and Summer will be only $90 per gallon — a $15 per gallon price cut from the past two seasons. It’s another benefit to you from the efficiencies and savings we’ve been able to offer since …

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Consultant Bob Streit: For 2016 crop plans, take a closer look at micronutrients

Just a few weeks ago quite a few people were worried about the prospects of not having winter. They tried to make us wonder what would be the significance of not having our normal winter. Based on the cold temps and snow that is falling early this week, those fears may have to be dismissed. …

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30 to 40 bu. yield jump in corn: Fertility, biology, growth promotor — and WakeUP

The corn yield champions emphasize uniform, vigorous emergence as a foundation for reaching maximum genetic potential. And one of our favorite “encouragers” for boosting that seedling is an in-furrow blend of nutrients and stimulants which serves as a kind of “colostrum” for the first roots and shoots. Evidence of such a combination shows up in …

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AgriEnergy Resources seminar Jan. 26: “Next Generation Farming.”

One of the best-attended winter seminars offered by ecology-minded consulting firms is the one sponsored by AgriEnergy Resources since the late 1980s.  Here’s their detailed announcement, e-mailed to clients today: “Where did 2015 go? Seems like just yesterday we were preparing for our annual, winter seminar “How to Thrive in Today’s Ag Economy – 10 Practical, Profitable Solutions”  and …

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Dr. Stephanie Seneff: Courage to care about our food despite controversy

One of the greatest adventures of exploring what we call “Renewable Farming” is interacting with courageous researchers who dig out the truth in highly disputed scientific areas — such as food safety. One of those heroes is Dr. Don Huber, professor emeritus of Purdue University. He has unmasked dozens of facts about the dangers of transgenic foods and their …

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532-bu. new world record corn yield: Based on healthy soil biology

Farm magazine agronomists will be extracting details all winter from David Hula’s all-time corn yield record of 532 bu. per acre in the National Corn Growers Association contest this season.  So far, the most current “story” of his production effort we’ve seen is posted on the Genesis Ag website. There’s a video of David Hula …

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Penn State: Avoiding neonicotinoid seed treatment helps protect beneficial insects

We’ve long admired No-Till Farmer for presenting the facts about farm chemicals, and the Dec. 15 report by Laura Barrera confirms that confidence again. Barrera describes how Lewisburg, PA farmer Lucas Criswell has planted seed untreated by neonicotinoids for the past three years, with expectations of reducing toxic pressures on beneficial insects in the soil food …

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“Dark Act” not linked to budget bill… but still lurking in the background

Safe-food advocate groups are breathing a bit easier as Congress winds down debate on a huge appropriations bill — without inserting a rider which would, in effect, enact a law requiring any producer selling food carrying a “Non-GMO” label to qualify that claim under a rigorous new bureaucracy administered by the Food and Drug Administration. The …

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El Niño outlook for Midwest winter starting Dec. 22: Warmer than normal

The persistent and powerful El Niño should lead to a 2015-16 winter which looks like those of  1982-83 and 1997-98, says the December Browning World Climate Bulletin. The editor, Evelyn Browning Garris, anticipates northern U.S. temperatures to average above normal in early winter and midwinter, with slightly less of an anomaly by later winter. Here …

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How much carbon does a corn crop need to extract from the environment?

One bit of doctrine brushed aside in the Church of Climate Change is that epochs of high carbon dioxide have generally been benign for civilizations, with abundant food supplies and even wine grapes growing in northern England. These warmer climates typically preceded, rather than followed, upswings in carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere.  The point is, …

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