Renewable Farming

Month: November 2016

Fall farming can help get an early start on growing your maximum microbe crop

Dean Craine, general manager of AgriEnergy Resources, opened the ACRES USA conference in Omaha this afternoon with a challenge: “Grow the largest population of benefical soil organisms you can. A living soil is the most productive, cost-effective soil.” Nov. 30, 2016 — by Jerry Carlson  Dean told farmers that after building up populations of good …

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Expending more management, less money can help with 2017 corn, bean budgets

I’ve tried assembling a realistic 2017 corn and soybean production spreadsheet that shows a positive cash flow — but achieved it only with heroic assumptions about cash rent and yields that would make a banker roll his eyes. Nov. 29, 2016  By Jerry Carlson — The best I can do for you in helping you with crop budgeting …

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ACRES conference in Omaha Nov. 29-Dec. 2: Your eco-farming opportunity

The ACRES USA conference and trade show is America’s largest, longest-running annual eco-education gathering of farmers. We encourage you to look over the agenda and attend if you can, even if only for just one day. Nov. 25, 2016 — This winter’s ACRES conference is at the Hilton Omaha, Tuesday Nov. 29 through Friday Dec. 2. The …

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On-farm field test: Beans stayed healthier, yielded more with Vitazyme and WakeUP

Even though we prefer field trials with multiple replications, an experienced farmer can often discern a crop’s response in ways that don’t show up statistically. That’s the case in this split-field trial with foliar-sprayed Vitazyme and WakeUP, applied on soybeans in Iowa in 2016. The yield map from the combine monitor shows a fairly consistent higher …

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Sometimes it takes a lot of plot replications to confirm a yield benefit

One of our 2016 yield trials on soybeans showed that adding WakeUP Spring to an in-furrow mix of two biological yield boosters added another 2.63 bushels, a 6.2% yield benefit. That doesn’t sound like much of a yield gain — but even at the $9.13 per bushel we got for the beans at our local co-op, …

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How to profit from a revival of your soil health and productivity

Our little 40-acre WakeUP research farm is located close to ground zero for a new “Culture of Conservation.” We can see it greening up the Midwest landscape more each fall. But cover crops are just the beginning of what we hope is a new era. Nov. 17, 2016    By Jerry Carlson — That realization hit home yesterday …

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Update: Season-long nutrition and disease protection bumped yield monitor over 300 bu.

The 2016 corn yield contest winners typically foliar-fed and side-dressed nutrients through the season to keep corn healthy and adding kernel depth and nutrient density late into the season. Here’s an example of an Iowa grower on rolling ground who does the same — with high-yielding results. Nov. 24, 2016 — On Sept. 24 we …

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Crop consultant: Use savings on seed to strengthen season-long crop health

  Bob Streit opened his latest Iowa crop report (posted below) with a special observation for 2017: “My position in this budget crunch time is that in many cases, growers would be better off planting lower traited corn hybrids, then taking part of the savings on seed and doing season-long nutrition needed to keep the crop …

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Horsch air seeder sows cereal rye cover crop while you combine

Hal and son Ty Brown of Windy Lane Farms, Indiana, consider cover crops as their “third crop” each season. Their new Horsch air seeder rides piggyback on their combine and blows cereal rye evenly under their 12-row Claas combine header. See the photos below for details on the delivery and control system. Stalks shredded by …

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Our first corn trial result of 2106 shows yield boost with AgriEnergy’s “EvenUP”

We’ve found only about one out of three “yield booster” treatments which are consistent performers, year in and year out. The new AgriEnergy Resources in-furrow product, “EvenUP” shows significant promise in our first-season trial on corn.  And as we’ve learned since 2008, using WakeUP formulations can enhance the performance of an already effective product. Here’s …

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