Renewable Farming

Month: October 2017

Mature corn ears on green stalks… in mid-October! Here’s how you can do it too

Healthy soil and full-season, biologically sound nutrition can apparently overcome the trend toward earlier “die-down” we’ve seen in Midwest cornfields for about the past seven or eight seasons. One field with the evidence is just west of Guthrie Center, Iowa. Oct. 15, 2017 — We had earlier asked Dave Schwartz to send us updated photos …

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Moving from monoculture to polyculture: Every farm can use some of these ideas

One of the most memorable facts we’ve learned about biological farming came from Dr. Robert Kremer, ARS/USDA microbiologist based at the University of Missouri: “Every time you add a crop species to your rotation, that species stimulates populations of at least 10 new microbial species in your soil.” October 15, 2017 By Jerry Carlson — That bio-stimulus …

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Why you can take part in encouraging a new, living foundation for civilization

“Where tillage begins, other arts follow.” That inscription is carved into the stone wall above a main entrance to Iowa State University’s Memorial Union.  Here’s the rest of that historic quote from Daniel Webster: “The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.” Oct. 14, 2017 By Jerry Carlson — However, over-tillage of soils has also led to the destruction of …

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Restore healthy soil and healthy profits in farming — One farm at a time!

The challenge is new every morning: “What’s today’s most vital information to publish on our website?” This morning, Indiana farmer Hal Brown provided that answer. It’s a really encouraging e-mail which we’re posting below. Oct. 13, 2017 By Hal Brown, as sent to Jerry Carlson — This is the message Hal sent:  Closeup of Hal’s cover crops seeded after 2017 …

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UK’s Soil Association documents the rise and fall of GMO cotton in India

Just released: The most comprehensive report we’ve seen on the promises and pitfalls of GMO cotton. Britain’s highly respected farmer organization, the Soil Association founded in 1946, published “Failed Promises — the rise and fall of GM cotton in India.” Oct. 11, 2017 — The 13-page report (download at this link) authored by Sarah Compson was instantly …

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Management mission for your post-harvest breather: “Time to RE-think anhydrous”

We’re quoting Progressive Farmer Senior Editor Jim Patrico from the subtitle of a feature posted today on the DTN/Progressive Farmer website. Jim details why Greg Carson and his father phased away from NH3 seven years ago. Oct. 9, 2017 — The Carsons achieve their yield goal of 230 bu. on 3,000 acres of corn using 0.75 …

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Fall residue digestion helps for all of your crops, not just corn

The “granddaddy” of crop residue digester products is Residuce, by AgriEnergy Resources. It has been widely and successfully used about 30 years. With all that field experience, AgriEnergy has been able to adjust the microbe mix for versatile use on any crop or soil. Oct. 8, 2017 — Following is a message sent by AgriEnergy …

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Full-season, biological nutrition generating 300-bu. corn again — on “poor” ground

At a  field day this week just west of Guthrie Center, IA, Dave Schwartz showed farmers his fields of corn which had stayed green weeks longer than neighboring fields. Initial yield checks pointed to over 300 bu. in several fields given his “prescription” of beneficial biological fertility. October 6, 2017 — Most of Dave’s cropland has an Iowa …

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