Renewable Farming

Month: February 2017

Secrets of turning white sandy soil black — in a few short years

Josh Boan has farmed 16 years in north Florida. His specialty: raising a perennial peanut. It’s a forage legume, mostly for the high-quality hay race horse hay market. It’s a Brazilian relative to the peanut with dense rhizome roots but no nuts. Feb. 24, 2017 — Josh’s irrigated yields of perennial peanut hay are four to six tons …

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Organic corn, soybean imports depress prices despite soaring U.S. organic demand

Until late 2015, the U.S. price of organic corn hovered mostly above $12 per bushel, and the soybean price around $25 per bushel. Then came a plunge to the current level of around $8 corn and $17 soybeans. That happened despite surging demand for organic livestock feed, driven by consumers’ appetites for organic meat, milk and dairy …

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Internet upstarts pressure co-op prices on ag chemicals, specialty nutrients

The cost-price squeeze in commodities plus wider rural internet access have generated new competition in generic ag chemicals. No longer can a major regional co-op count on its domination of each local market with a ready stock of crop protection chemicals and specialty fertilizers.  Feb. 16, 2017 by Jerry Carlson — New on-line marketers are offering farmers …

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Irvin Osterloh among winners in Wisconsin Soybean Yield Contest

WakeUP was part of the management package which Arkdale, WI farmer Irvin Osterloh used to win second place in Division 2 of the Wisconsin Soybean Yield Contest. His yield was 68.76 bushels. Division 2 contestants are in a northerly region of Wisconsin with a cooler climate and generally less fertile soils than southern Wisconsin counties.   …

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St. Valentine’s day has an agricultural root… in the symbolic almond tree

About 225 years after Jesus rose from the dead, some Christians in Rome had trouble with the government. The Roman Emperor Claudius ordered all Romans to worship twelve gods, and told them they couldn’t talk about Jesus or they would be killed.  But Valentinus, a Roman citizen, loved Jesus Christ and could not be quiet …

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What — a big new farm magazine in the pit of low ag commodity prices?

Yes, it’s a glossy, upscale quarterly magazine whose winter issue has 90 pages and lots of ads: Modern Farmer. It’s not your usual ag trade paper with a half-time editor and a very vertical audience.  This somehow captures the escape quality of a coffee-table conversation piece and the delicious aroma of chef-level cooking.  February 10, …

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Will you be ready for the next opportunities in crop marketing?

Here’s a signal that the slump in grain and livestock prices is beginning to bottom out: The Wall Street Journal has just featured a story with the headline, “The Next American Farm Bust is Upon Us.” Feb. 10, 2017  By Jerry Carlson, Pro  Farmer Editor Emeritus — During years of the ag outlook profession at Pro Farmer, our team …

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New $1.4 million study: Can glyphosate residue in feed affect animal health?

Two foundations are sponsoring a three-year study by Aarhus University in Denmark aimed at finding if, and how, glyphosate residues in feed may impact livestock health. You can read the university research announcement at this link.  Feb. 9, 2017  By Jerry Carlson — Denmark is an ideal base for such a study. Danish pork producers and …

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We’ll have “Vitazyme” available for you this season for the first time

Renewable Farming LLC is offering for sale a long-proven biostimulant, Vitazyme, starting this season. It’s the first time we’ve offered an established biological product. Since 2008, we’ve focused on field-testing commercial yield boosters to find the ones which generate yield response — and which ones work best with WakeUP as a surfactant and mobilizer. We found an outstanding yield …

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Daily Mail newspaper reveals Global Warming data fraud, makes a mistake of its own

Farmers, ag scientists and the world at large have been bombarded with “scientific data” for decades claiming that climate change threatens food production, human health and our existence. Billions of tax dollars have been poured out based on this pretext, much of which originates with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Feb. 6, 2017 …

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