Renewable Farming

Month: August 2016

Heading for 30-bu. double-crop soybeans after wheat — in Canada!

The photo of soybeans below was shot Aug. 15, 2016 near Brooksdale, Ontario, which is on the same latitude as southern Minnesota. These beans were drilled into wheat stubble 30 days earlier, and they’re already 22 inches high. A primary reason they gained such a fast emergence and early growth is a seed treatment with …

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Conventional scientists start decoding the “secret” language of plants

Dr. Clarence Swanton, plant researcher at the University of Guelph, is adventuring into the mystery of crop “communication” where few conventional plant physiologists have dared to document. Until now, the seemingly paranormal behavior of botanical species has remained within the realm of unconventional authors like Christopher Bird and Peter Tompkins. They wrote books such as The Secret …

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Vitazyme, a well-proven crop biostimulant, gains a new boost with WakeUP

Paul Syltie leads worldwide field research for Vitazyme, one of the most thoroughly proven plant growth stimulants we’ve found. We met Paul when he was visiting our neighboring crop research farm, ACRES, where Paul’s company, Vital Earth Resources, has conducted field trials with Vitazyme for many years. Paul has headed this project for close to 20 years. …

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New study: Corn, bean yields rise with extended use of cover crops

A new nationwide survey of 2,040 farmers shows that yield increases and profits increase with each additional year cover crops are planted. In fields cover-cropped more than four years, corn yield increases attributed to covers rose 8.3 bu. per acre; soybean yields rose by 2.4 bushels.  Rob Myers, Regional Director of Extension Programs for SARE at …

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Farmers who switched to non-GMO crops find lower costs, equal yields, more profit

A detailed article by Laura Barrera for No-Till Farmer highlights how three farmers have raised profit margins by transitioning from GMO to non-GMO crops.  They’re examples of how increasing numbers of growers are making the switch. Once more, No-Till Farmer leads the ag publication pack in “fair and balanced” coverage of this trend, as demand for non-GMO …

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Dicamba drift makes National Public Radio headlines: Crime in the Fields

A report by Dan Charles on the National Public Radio site published Aug. 1 is headlined: “Crime in the Fields: How Monsanto and scofflaw farmers hurt soybeans in Arkansas.” Its focus: Farmers in Missouri and Arkansas are filing herbicide-drift complaints about soybean damage from volatile dicamba sprayed by their neighbors. The story shows a photo …

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New lawsuit against chemtrails could force “Geoengineering” into legal spotlight

Crop and animal health are just one of the concerns over “Geoengineering,” the issue of supposed longtime spraying of toxic aerosols into the atmosphere worldwide. The atmospheric evidence is clearly visible, but government agencies have been far less than forthcoming about the massive volume of atmospheric modification and its impacts.  Now, the number of activist groups …

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