Renewable Farming

Month: August 2016

With signs of soybean SDS and dying corn, how will big crops hold up until harvest?

USDA’s Crop Condition Reports reflect little change in Iowa soybean condition this week, but farmers studying bean fields around the state are describing early symptoms of Sudden Death Syndrome. At the Aug. 30 barbecue meeting hosted by consultants Bob Streit and Marv Mortensen at Boone, IA, Bob challenged USDA crop reporters to adjust soybean conditions to …

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Foundations for next season’s yield are built in your soil health this fall!

We’re curious about a new “biostimulant” called ISO, which has increase corn yields 26% in at least one independent trial.  Its developer, Lance Beem, will be one of the speakers at the Sept. 8 AgriEnergy Resources seminar in Princeton, IL.  AgriEnergy is a distributor of WakeUP, as our previous field trials have indicated it enhances …

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Challenge of the Gene Logsdon legacy: Where are the new ag contrarians?

This was the first summer that Jill and I have gone without reading and enjoying the “Contrary Farmer” columns written by longtime colleague Gene Logsdon. We miss him. Gene died May 31 at age 84 at his country acreage in Wyandot County, Ohio.  Gene and I were associate editors at Farm Journal in Philadelphia for …

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Our 2016 soybean test plots show promise for Lignition and WakeUP in-furrow

The past three years, our field test strips have shown profitable yield response to in-furrow biologicals, nutrients and biostimulants — all mobilized with WakeUP. In a world of low corn and soybean prices, the first place we’d encouraging investment in yield boosters is with the seed, in the furrow. A healthier start at germination gives the crop: …

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Don Huber, Jerry Hatfield, Michael McNeil, Bob Streit, Vatché Keuftedjian, Keith Schlakohl… Sept. 6 field day!

Few field days offer a lineup of leading ag experts like this.  You’ll have ample time to visit and listen to them Sept. 6 at a field day sponsored by BRT Ag & Turf, one of our WakeUP distributors, at their traditional field day location near Stockton, IA September 6. The program is below; BRT asks …

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Surprising new opportunity for cotton growers… in India

Farmers across India’s cotton-growing regions could find an unexpected opportunity flowing from a dispute between Monsanto’s seed affiliate and the Indian government, which insists on regulating prices for some of its GMO cotton seed. Monsanto has threatened to embargo sales of its latest version of insect-resistant seed if price restrictions stand. Last year, nine Indian seed …

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New poll indicates that majority of farmers see new GMO “labeling” law as damaging

An on-line poll of No-Till Farmer readers indicates that for every 6 farmers who think the new GMO labeling law will help growers, there are 10 who say it will hurt growers.  This “score” is as of August 20, 2016. The ratio of opinions may change as more farmers vote.  You can follow the results …

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University of Missouri study shows Vitazyme “heals” glyphosate damage in soybeans

When Paul Syltie, researcher for Vitazyme, visited our test farm earlier this August, he mentioned a University of Missouri study which showed that Vitazyme biostimulant “remediated” damage which glyphosate imposes on soil life such as beneficial bacteria and mycorrhizae.  We’d never heard about that study through regular Extension media or the farm press — even …

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