Renewable Farming

Month: September 2016

Goss’ wilt appears to be part of the disease pressure behind corn’s “early die-down”

Today, we received an e-mail from Dr. Don Huber, Professor Emeritus of Purdue University with expertise in crop diseases and plant nutrition. He linked to a University of Nebraska field report commenting about stalk rot diseases, specifically naming: Anthracnose stalk rot Charcoal rot Fusarium stalk rot Diplodia stalk rot Physoderma brown spot Dr. Huber’s comment, …

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How WakeUP outperformed two leading surfactants

Since 2008, we’ve been field-testing WakeUP’s effectiveness at translocating foliar-applied nutrients into crops. In general, we’ve found that WakeUP Summer adds a yield “bonus” to a micronutrient blend or NPK package.  Example: Suppose a trace pack or other foliar nutrient formulation adds 5 bu. more yield. Including WakeUP Summer as a surfactant/penetrant/mobilizer typically stimulates another 4 …

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Crop consultant Bob Streit: Why USDA crop condition surveys may prove over-optimistic

During the last two or three weeks the first signs and feel of fall have begun to invade. Nightfall comes earlier, the nights have cooled off and the crabgrass is in all its glory. The crops have begun to change color and in multiple cases are within a week or two of early harvest beginning. …

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171.8-bu. soybean yield by Randy Dowdy breaks former world record

One of our WakeUP clients in Indiana tipped us this morning that there’s an upcoming announcement of a new world soybean yield record: 171.8 bu.  by Randy Dowdy of Brooks County, Georgia. Randy is already known as a corn yield champion with 503 bu. per acre. An online report written by Kevin Dowdy posted Sept. 8  says …

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New research continues to document positive payback for fall-applied gypsum

We’ve applied a ton per acre of calcium sulfate each fall for the past three seasons — and we’ve seen soils mellow out and absorb rain more readily. This week, we saw one new random-rep corn yield trial indicating that there’s a 10-bu. potential corn yield increase following an application of gypsum from stack scrubbers. …

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You can taste the benefit of WakeUP when you foliar-feed your garden!

Usually, foliar-feeding the garden which Jill and I raise is a “last priority.”  If something’s left over in the Hagie sprayer from a field trial I’m doing, I swing out a boom and spray the garden crops. That always generated a lot more butternut squash and other produce than we could eat.  This season, Erik and Jeanene’s …

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Ways to cut crop production costs by leveraging “free” biological fertility

Several of our WakeUP clients are making comments like this: “With $2.65 corn, I’ll simply have to cut back or eliminate fertilizer this fall. Maybe cut spring nitrogen rates too.” Here are several ideas our “biological” farmers are using for reducing crop production costs and putting cash into fertility choices which offer highest odds of a positive …

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Corn used to be one of our healthiest crops. Now what?

Here’s a summary of crop consultant Bob Streit’s observations as August wound down — and the suspense is building:  How will corn and soybean health hang in there without robbing what (until now) has looked like a huge crop?  This is Bob’s take on it in his report to clients: __________________________________________________________________ August is over with and …

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