Renewable Farming

Month: May 2020

Y-drop or streaming near the row: An efficient way to boost biology near developing roots

Even if you’ve wrapped up corn planting, there’s still a way to amp up biological life to enhance root development: Aim a stream of nutrients and Biodyne’s Environoc 401 near the row. May 28, 2020 — We’ve long favored applying live beneficial biologicals in-furrow. But many growers emphasize just seed and speed when planting, not stopping to refill …

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“Carbon Cowboys” video shows how to build soil, restore profits and enjoy life

Here’s a new documentary video that can give you an uplifting break from the pressure of spring planting, spraying and financial worry: It’s Carbon Cowboys, the stories of 10 farmer/ranchers who converted from intensive cultivation to intensive cattle grazing. May 27, 2020  By Jerry Carlson — These families are enthused about restoring soil carbon, their balance sheets …

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An inexpensive way to encourage deep, vigorous corn rooting early in the season

One of our earliest corn-growing experiments — in Spring 2009 — revealed that spraying WakeUP on non-GMO corn at the two-leaf to three-leaf stage generated visibly greater root development. We tested this in a “terrarium” — a four-foot deep, one foot wide and twelve foot long frame filled with soil. That fall, we peeled off one …

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A reliable way to enhance effectiveness of all your foliar-applied nutrients and crop protection products

For about 10 years, our research farm and home has relied on well water treated by a series of filters and finished with a Pursanova system, which is based on quantum physics. We’ve done many field and greenhouse tests showing that water treated with the Pursanova system promotes greater absorption of in-furrow and foliar-applied nutrients. May …

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Ideas to help crops recover from frost and cold-weather stress

AgriEnergy Resources today advised their farmer clients five ways to help your crops recover from freezing damage. We’re posting these recommendations below — plus a suggestion for using WakeUP to multiply effectiveness of each foliar product: Add 5 ounces of WakeUP Spring per acre to your spray water before tank-mixing the recommended nutrient or biological product. The WakeUP will: Enhance uniform …

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How Irvin Osterloh raises continuous soybeans on marginal Wisconsin land

This 2020 season marks the 13th year Irvin Osterloh has raised continuous soybeans on his sandy loam farm in central Wisconsin. His bean yields in normal years have ranged from 45 to 55 bu. per acre. A few years ago with good weather, he won second place a regional soybean yield contest by harvesting 69 bu. per acre. He …

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Foliar-sprayed WakeUP can help protect early-planted beans from frost damage

Two weeks of field-grade weather across the Upper Midwest allowed farmers record planting progress for corn and soybeans. Memories of rain delays the past two seasons motivated growers to keep planters rolling as long as they could stay awake. With 24-row and larger planters plus precision GPS guidance, growers can cover acres fast. USDA’s crop progress report for May …

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Retailing food to consumers? This directory might help you reach buyers

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has just published an online “National Guide to Finding Local Food.” It’s a state-by state listing of ag producers who sell direct to retail customers. If you sell fresh produce, meat or ag specialty products such as organic or non-GMO, your listing on this directory can help customers connect with …

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