Renewable Farming

Month: December 2018

This photo was taken Sept. 13, 2018: Green corn is adding a finishing 30 to 60 bushels

In the photo below, neighbors’ cornfields are brown with early die-down surrounding all sides of the still-green corn. Dying corn is unable to add kernel depth and test weight for that profitable final fill in September and October. The management difference: This northeast Iowa grower near Dows has focused for several years on restoring soil biological life and health, keeping his …

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138-bu. dryland soybeans — planted at 50,000 to 80,000 seeds per acre

The vital role of soil biological health is starting to catch the attention of traditional ag magazines and websites. Case in point:  On Dec. 10, 2018, Farm Journal’s AgWeb site carried a feature by crops and technology editor Chris Bennett, describing Nebraska grower Jimmy Frederick’s 2018 soybean yield of 138 bu. on 10 acres, with a …

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A way to choose the most profitable crop technologies in the new biological boom

The 30-year dominance of formula farming based on herbicides, GMOs, pesticides and NPK is cracking under the latest cost-price squeeze. However,  innovators who’ve learned their way into biological-based production are reflecting optimism. Question is: How do you choose among the astonishing and widening array of “bio” products? December 15, 2018 — Ad-supported farm magazines like Farm Journal, Progressive Farmer and Successful Farming …

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AgriEnergy Resources joins a bigger family with nationwide reach

AgriEnergy Resources tops off its 30th year of steady growth with a major advance: Teaming with a nationally-known firm to build a new Plant Health Division in a nationally-used firm, Douglas Products. December 14, 2018   By Jerry Carlson — AgriEnergy’s owner, Paul Aley, and the management team of AgriEnergy Resources has explored several growth alternatives for …

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Gift for your future in farming: Discovery of a new 50-year energy reserve

  The U.S. Geological Survey didn’t get much press coverage a few days ago when it announced a new assessment of a potential 49-year (or more) recoverable oil supply in shale formations of west Texas and southeast New Mexico. It projects a potential for American energy independence which is even more encouraging than existing fracking formations which are …

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More yield evidence: Keeping corn green longer in late summer pays you with bigger yields

Corn growers are testing several ways to battle early corn die-down. Late-season nutrition appears one of the most cost-effective. Some suppliers recommend spraying fungicides during kernel fill, but that’s a means of coping with disease instead of keeping corn naturally healthy. Dec. 6, 2018 — We’ve waited since mid-October to publish this photo from one of our clients in …

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