Renewable Farming

Month: January 2017

A nearly forgotten, biologically based way of building long-term productive soils

When I introduced the first “Renewable Farming” seminars in the early 1980s, keynote speaker Dave Larson emphasized: “Calcium is the king of nutrients.” Jan. 18, 2017  By Jerry Carlson — Another champion of Renewable Farming, Dan Skow, also focused on the second most critical building block for crops: Carbon. The importance of calcium and carbon faded over …

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What’s behind 280-bu. corn on this rolling, “low” corn suitability rating soil?

January 14, 2017 –Excerpts from consultant Bob Streit’s weekly crop update:  I have previously mentioned that in working with a friend and ag professional on his farm just west of Guthrie Center, and other individuals across the state, we were seeking high corn yields in 2016. When we combined different products on a 31-45 CSR …

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Wall Street Journal features farmers who beat low ag prices with creative marketing

Wall Street Journal writer Jesse Newman captures the mood of today’s creative, optimistic farmers who are growing products for higher-value markets. They’re using their management and marketing skills, both of which are highly valuable and not easily found on the farm. January 9, 2017 — You can see the original article at this link. What …

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Two-year feeding trial reveals connection between Roundup and liver disease

“The weedkiller Roundup causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease at very low doses permitted by regulators worldwide, a new peer-reviewed study shows. The study is the first ever to show a causative link between consumption of Roundup at a real-world environmentally relevant dose and a serious disease.” Jan. 9, 2016 — That’s the lead in a GMWatch news …

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Free test you can use to choose a surfactant with superior “wetting” power

The agricultural market is jammed with hundreds of products called surfactants. Their main job is to allow spray materials to smoothly coat leaves of the target plant, rather than forming rounded droplets on the leaf. Some spray adjuvants are described as “stickers,” which add adhesion to the spray mix. Methylated seed oil (MSO) is an …

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Crop Update: Are micronutrients limiting response to your applied nitrogen?

  After stalk N testing was performed this fall there were growers who found out their stalks’ N levels were in the high to very high range — but their yields didn’t seem to correlate to those findings. In other words they sometimes found that sidedressing N did not produce any yield increase. Jan. 3, …

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How the Web connects experts worldwide, speeding problem-solving in agriculture

At Renewable Farming we have a front-row, real-time view of many discussions (and debates) among leading scientists and other experts worldwide. Here’s an example of such a person-to-person research network, sharing experience on honeybee “colony collapse disorder,” which threatens to devastate pollinating bees globally. Jan. 4, 2017 By Jerry Carlson — The connecting link is often a …

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How WakeUP Summer mobilizes foliar nutrients fortified with phosphites

These bar charts reveal another greenhouse lab test showing that WakeUP Summer is effective in gaining absorption for more of the new foliar nutrients containing phosphite. The phosphite molecule is not intended as a nutrient, but it’s reportedly effective for preserving crop health. At least two Brazilian fertilizer firms are marketing such foliars in the United …

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Proposed new Iowa soybean processing venture would offer $1.50 per bu. premium

The nutrition and health benefits of non-GMO soybean meal are growing so clear that poultry and livestock feeders are bidding for it. Especially, for meal produced by extrusion, rather than hexane solvent extraction. Financial plans and facilities for just such a production plant is underway at Marengo in southeast Iowa. The building, 27 acres and rail …

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