Renewable Farming

Month: May 2018

Biologicals accelerate the crop, the Web accelerates the message

Crop scouting today has more “leverage” on getting the word out than before the era of sharing high-resolution cell phone photos via text messages and the internet. A grower can take a field photo and within minutes, the evidence of effects on crop are available to friends around the world. May 30, 2018 by Jerry Carlson …

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Bigger roots: First signal of in-furrow treatment with Environoc 401 plus WakeUP Spring

Here’s an early glimpse of how soybean roots looked two weeks after planting with, and without, Biodyne USA’s “Environoc 401” and WakeUP Spring applied in-furrow. Both sets of soybeans were dug from their side-by-side position in a 30-inch row, with a single spadeful of dirt. May 29, 2018 — This is just the first glimpse …

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New battalions of Moms rise up to rescue America from an insidious enemy

After WWII, General Dwight Eisenhower said that our nation couldn’t have won the global war without the “contribution of the women of America, whether on the farm or in the factory or in uniform.” This Memorial Day, it’s appropriate to honor a new generation of American women who are counterattacking a global threat that could cripple our nation. April 28, …

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How do your corn roots at the five to six leaf stage compare with these?

These photos arrived May 26 from Indiana grower Hal Brown. Planting date was May 2. We’ve never met a farmer who knows as much about root biology as Hal. He’s experienced with cover crops and no-till, too. His experience confirms: It takes an integrated system of biologically enhancing practices and products to create living synergism in the soil.  May …

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Quick: What does this label mean on your food package in the grocery store?

This is one of the logos proposed by USDA as it limps slowly toward compliance with a national labeling program for genetically modified foods.  May 26, 2018 — Advocates for clear-cut labeling of genetically modified food are protesting USDA’s proposed smiley-faced emoticon, which consumers are apparently supposed to know means “bioengineered” when it appears on a food package.  But administrative subterfuge could …

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Foliars can accelerate growth of corn planted a little later than you wanted

This morning, AgriEnergy Resources in Princeton, IL e-mailed its clients and friends helpful guidance on beneficial foliar feeding for corn and beans in the early stages — two to five leaves. May 24, 2018 — Here’s what the AgriEnergy agronomists said. After those quotes we’ll add some recommendations of our own. “Another planting season is wrapping up. As we …

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For early, deep-reaching roots, spray at V2 with WakeUP Spring and Vitazyme

  In 2008, our first recommendation for using the predecessor of our modern WakeUP Spring was: Spray it on corn at the two-leaf stage. When it’s “pop-can high.” It was easy to see how the corn responded with more vigorous rooting. But was tough for corn-soybean growers to get it done. When their corn grows into the V2 …

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Indiana growers: Roots with in-furrow Environoc 401 outgrow others

Here’s a photo series of corn and soybean roots — all pointing to the same story: Give a seed in-furrow Environoc 401 biological, and its response shows up early with more vigorous root development. May 21, 2018 — These seedling photos were dug from Indiana fields by a rep for Biodyne USA, and forwarded to us …

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Whitewash: New book uncovers more than you may want to know about glyphosate

Carey Gillam’s new book, Whitewash, The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science is so compelling that I read it in one afternoon and evening. It’s carefully researched; skillfully written. I’ve personally followed and reported on the safety and regulatory aspects of Roundup since it swept through crop fields across America. I was intrigued to learn …

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Day 6 after planting, Vitazyme + WakeUP Spring edges a day ahead

Six days after planting is a long way from harvest. But today when a professional agronomist sent us this photo of germinating corn, we couldn’t resist publishing it as a clue to what might be ahead for this field test. If you’re still planting corn and have in-furrow capability, there’s still time to test this …

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