Renewable Farming

Month: January 2016

Adding WakeUP to nutrients added 7 bu. corn yield benefit in four years of field tests

Back in 2008, we thought the primary use of WakeUP was to spray it on corn at the two-leaf stage, encouraging a vigorous root system by mobilizing extra sugars to the root. That still works — but we’ve learned that new formulations of WakeUP “amplify” benefits of many foliar and ground-applied nutrients too. Farmers alerted …

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Major ag firms launch massive microbial research projects for ag “sustainability”

More than 30 years ago, AgriEnergy Resources founder Dave Larson told farmer seminars that the most important quality of a fertile soil is “the greatest number and variety of microbial life.” Now the “big six” ag chemical and seed companies are launching mega-million-dollar research projects to identify (and most likely patent) the most effective microbes …

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3MG: a corn breeder growing counter-culture to the GMO industry

An old friend just sent us a new and encouraging report which underscores the resurgence of farmer interest in non-GMO seed. And it’s refreshing to know that not all small seed firms have been “Deep Sixed” by the major seed/chemical multinationals.  Dick Hagen, a native Minnesotan with an accent to match, was a colleague editor back …

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Ohio Corn Performance Tests compare non-GMO and conventional hybrids

A new Ohio State University Extension analysis of hybrids in the 2014-15 Ohio Corn Performance Tests showed only minor variations between yields of GMO and conventional corn hybrids with the same isogenic lines. The average yield of all traited hybrids over the two seasons was 215.8 bushels.  The average of all non-GMO hybrids was 213.5 bushels. …

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El Niño reversal into LaNiña will load odds for wet Spring, dry Autumn

If the current El Niño fades and reverses normally to its opposite cycle, the 2016 growing season in the Midwest will likely start wet and end with a dry autumn. Just how early the dryness sets in can’t be predicted. But the safest crop management strategy is to plan for it — and look for every …

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