Renewable Farming

Month: September 2017

Some weed scientists distance themselves from Monsanto’s defensive efforts to preserve dicamba approval

Today’s St.Louis Post-Dispatch reports: “Monsanto Co. invited dozens of weed scientists to a summit this week to win backing for a controversial herbicide. But many have declined, threatening the company’s efforts to convince regulators the product is safe to use.” Sept. 27, 2017 By Jerry Carlson — One scientist who has reportedly declined to attend Monsanto’s …

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How a few corn growers are overcoming “early die-down” — and adding bushels to yield

Dr. Michael McNeill of Algona, IA is one of the most seasoned Midwest crop consultants we know. His firm is Ag Advisory, LTD, serving farmers for 22 years. For the past several years, he has expressed concerns about early die-down of corn. At field days we’ve heard Dr. McNeill asks: “What’s different — what’s causing this to happen? Corn …

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Another way to save money on ag chemical costs: It’s the water

For several years we’ve heard farmers report that they’ve been able to reduce herbicide rates and maintain effective control — if they start the spray solution with clean, “energized” water. The most common technology among the farmers we know is the Pursanova water activation tube. It flows water past energized natural ores. You can read …

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Finally, growers are eager to test the benefits of “biological” tools for healthy soil

Yesterday, Sept. 20, 2017, is a date I’ll remember as long as my memory endures. It’s the first moment I ever saw a farmers’ cooperative actually buy breakfast for farmers, to entice them to come hear about a biologically alive product intended to restore microbial health to cropland. Land tortured for decades under salty NPK, tillage and …

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Dramatic postmortem evidence of glyphosate-linked damage to animal organs

Warning to the squeamish: The veterinarian’s report which we link in this report shows photos of damaged internal organs under post-mortem examination by Ted Dupmeier, DVM, who has provided veterinary service in Saskatchewan since 1970. His veterinary group focuses on beef, dairy, swine and sheep.  Sept. 17, 2017 — We encourage you to study the web posting …

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Ways to get fall residue digestion started — bypassing pressures of your harvest rush

JimMitchell of Eaton, Ohio, lines up extra help to run his sprayer while he combines. The residue breakdown spray, including Residuce from AgriEnergy, hits stalks within a day behind the combine. Then the stalks are tilled in very lightly… the top few inches. One of the most common fall tillage operations now is the vertical disk. A few use …

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How WakeUP helps mobilize foliar-applied calcium — the “king” of nutrients

An intriguing crop nutrition idea that arrived this summer, via our crop-consultant friend Bob Streit, is applying calcium as a foliar nutrient. We’ve long known since the days of Dr. Carey Reams, Dr. Dan Skow and AgriEnergy Resources founder Dave Larson that “Calcium is the king of nutrients.” But — until now — few efforts …

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How WakeUP and good soil biology help preserve lush pastures into late summer

The biggest profits from abundant hay and pasture come when drought decimates forage crops across your entire region. A hot, dry summer can also force you to eat up your winter stocks of hay. Since 2008, we’ve found a self-reinforcing system which adds weeks to the life of grass pastures. Sept. 7, 2017 — First …

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Images direct from the cornfield reveal the power of healthy soil biology

Smartphone video and social media can bring you instant updates on the latest breakthroughs in yield improvements with healthy soil. Here are some examples from Mike Williams, sales agronomist with Gold Eagle Co-Op in Iowa. He’s reporting via his Facebook pages on corn response to Environoc 401 and 501, two microbial blends from Biodyne Midwest …

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