Renewable Farming

Month: June 2020

More evidence that the Covid-19 virus was genetically engineered to be more infectious

The Organic Consumers Association recently published a detailed report with convincing evidence that the SARS-cov-2 virus causing the current pandemic was genetically engineered in a laboratory. Here’s the link to that report, written by André Leu. June 29, 2020   By Jerry Carlson — The take-home for farmers is this: The newly developed capabilities of editing viral …

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These two corn roots are probably the most prolific of any we’ve ever seen

We’ve dug countless corn roots over the years, but this pair of stalks has the richest array of branching, root hairs and actinomycetes we’ve seen at the 6-leaf stage.  June 27, 2020 — Look closely at how the soil clings to the root hairs. That signals a massive network of beneficial mycorrhizal fungi which multiplies the …

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Foliar feed a no-till garden with WakeUP for fabulous taste and abundance!

Today’s explosive interest in home gardening reveals an opportunity to enhance your yields of vegetables, greens and fruit: Foliar feed with nutrients, biologicals and WakeUP. Fast-growing produce shows you how WakeUP dramatically accelerates foliar nutrient absorption and metabolism. June 25, 2020 By Jerry Carlson — Three years ago, our grandson Blake took over crop management of our 20-acre …

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Covid-19 threatened to block a prom at school. Grads celebrated in a machine shed

In rural America, a high school prom is no time for social distancing. So when Rossville High School couldn’t accommodate the 2020 spring prom because of Indiana’s lockdown rules, graduate Jayden Brown found an alternative venue: An upscale machine shed on  Windy Lane Farms near Muberriy, Indiana, operated by his dad Ty and grandfather Hal Brown. Here’s …

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A few hopeful benefits for farmers in the Covid-19 crash — if you look carefully

Our Renewable Farming website is here to encourage you with ways to enhance your farm, ranch and family life. I’m even convinced some beneficial changes will emerge from the current pandemic, recession, protests, riots and dismal grain prices. After all, this is America! June 9, 2020  By Jerry Carlson – Warning: Reader discretion advised. I’m an 84-year-old journalist with a …

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Here’s a way to celebrate Flag Day with other American patriots!

The American flag has long been a favorite theme in our photos displaying American agriculture and its people. Here are several of our countryside photos linked with the star-spangled banner. June 14, 2020, Flag Day By Jerry Carlson — I shot several of these flag images as covers for the newsletter Seasons, which I produced many years for the …

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Update on Irvin Osterloh’s continuous-soybean strategy: How the 2020 crop is starting out

Today, Irvin Osterloh sent us two photos of his 2020 soybean fields, which are interplanted between twin rows of oats as a nurse crop for weed suppression. We told the background story in a May 5, 2020 report at this link, and asked Irv to send along a couple of images of the 2020 crop …

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Pursanova water filters and Pursalex tube improve egg production and shell strength

On May 31, Pursanova Ltd. president Vatché Keuftedjian forwarded this text message from an Iowa farmer who installed a Pursalex water treatment system: June 4, 2010 — “Prior to installing the Pursanova water system on our farm, we were experiencing significant challenges to the shell quality of the eggs from our chicken flock. We record …

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Good moisture this spring makes crimping cereal rye a safer bet for soybeans

One technique to spend more management and less cash for weed control is fall-drilling cereal rye, then crimping it at pollen shed and planting directly into the crimped rye. A thick stand of rye — seeded at 100 pounds per acre or so — restrains weeds while soybeans emerge and shade the ground. June 2, 2020 — The …

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“My corn is not yellowing at all, like a lot of other fields I’ve seen around here”

That headline quote comes from Mike Williams, agronomist for Gold Eagle Co-op headquartered in Goldfield, Iowa. He’s talking about his own corn, which was primed at planting with in-furrow and over-the row nutrition and biologicals. Mike farms in Pocahontas County, Iowa. Much of May was cool and cloudy in central Iowa. Even so, Mike’s corn …

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