Renewable Farming

Month: December 2017

Is the glyphosate in our food sabotaging all our weight-control diets?

Every New Year, a fresh crop of diet books promises new fat-melting systems to heal our holiday dining indiscretions. The market for such books is literally huge: Nearly 40% of American adults are obese. Our kids are fattening, too. However, not even one of this season’s “discoveries” reveals the most sinister fat-inducing agent. It’s hidden in most American food. Glyphosate. It sabotages …

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Have a blessed 12 days of Christmas, all the way to Jan. 6

I grew up on a farm in southwest Iowa and attended the one-room Franklin Grove School, where the kids all sang Christmas songs before Christmas vacation. One of those was the “12 Days of Christmas.” Only this Christmas did I learn the encoded Biblical meanings of the symbolism described in the true lover’s gifts. I thought …

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New way to use calcium, king of nutrients, to enhance your yields

The first replicated corn yield trial we’ve seen with calcium silicate from the Redox company showed a 30-bu. average yield gain: 266 bu. for treated plots versus 236 for the check plots. See the table below. Dec. 27, 2017 — This is also the first time we’ve seen a product which combines calcium and silica …

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Yield map signals a 20-bu. or more gain with an in-furrow biological, a biostimulant — and WakeUP Spring

This is one of those cornfield trials where we wish there’d been random-rep, statistically significant data. But the visual evidence on the combine yield monitor image is so dramatic we feel it’s rational to report. December 20, 2017 — The photo of the combine monitor’s yield map (shown below) reveals a bold band of almost …

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Research shows Vitazyme can remediate glyphosate impact on beneficial soil microbes

New USDA/ARS research on soil health shows “Soil microbial diversity based on polyphasic microbial analysis was restored by Vitazyme in soils planted to maize and soybean treated with glyphosate. A high microbial diversity is essential to maintain a stable ecosystem and crop productivity.” Dec. 18, 2017 — Field trials in 2014-17 by Ag Research Service scientists based …

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We’re documenting facts that could be our most significant report of 2017

We’re working for “clearance” to report how dairymen in more than a dozen states are converting to non-GMO corn, soybeans and grass forages — and seeing net profit per lactating cow rise by as much as $1,000 a year. Somatic cell counts drop. Cow life extends from a U.S. average of less than two lactations to five, …

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Soil health needs an abundance of microbes, especially “good fungi” that build humus

Renewable Farming team member Blake Carlson returned from the Bionutrient Food Association’s “7th Annual Soil & Nutrition Conference” in Southbridge, Massachusetts, loaded with ideas on improving soil health and human nutrition.  Dec. 8, 2017   By Jerry Carlson — One of the most significant conference themes was how the blend of microbial communities impacts total nutrient uptake …

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Video glimpses of farming systems in two countries: France and Argentina

Video cameras on every smartphone and direct links to the internet bring you the power to literally show millions of people worldwide what you’re learning. When a video “goes viral,” it can multiply to millions of viewers in a global flood that no government or mainstream media gatekeeper can spike. This power is amplifying video stories published …

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If your idea doesn’t catch on at first, be patient — for a decade or two

One of the first visions for turning corn into ethanol for motor fuel on an industrial scale originated 60 years ago this month. I was there to hear that recommendation — made to board members of the Iowa Farm Bureau. Dec. 4, 2017  By Jerry Carlson — In December 1957, my father, Glenn A. Carlson, urged the …

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AgriEnergy Resources blossoms into a biological fertility leader — nationwide

This fall, AgriEnergy Resources of Princeton, IL celebrates 30 years of growth by providing farmers with a full range of biological, organic and conventional fertility products and services. We’ve delighted to share the entire adventure with enthused, profitable clients — who are also good friends.  Dec. 2, 2017   By Jerry Carlson — In 1987, Dave Larson and his wife Carolyn …

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