Renewable Farming

Month: July 2020

A nationwide group of biosecurity advocates asks government for stronger food safety policies

A nationwide group of 127 food safety specialists has appealed to the government for a thoroughly revised food safety and biosecurity law to guard the nation’s health. July 16, 2020  By Jerry Carlson —  Their open letter to senior government officials stresses:  ”We believe that legislators must have a comprehensive, in-depth understanding of the severe situation …

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Congratulations to AgWeb for a daring report on a non-GMO, cover crop farmer

AgWeb associate editor Chris Bennett’s July 7, 2020 feature story on Adam and Seth Chappell dramatizes their transition from conventional GMO farming to cover crops, non-GMO seed — and finally, profitability.  July 13, 2020  By Jerry Carlson — Chris infused his report with specific, lively details on how the brothers rescued their 8,000 acres from palmer amaranth, low yields …

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Ways to help corn and soybeans endure a hot, dry July – August stretch

A couple of foliar-applied products new to the Midwest offer corn and soybeans ways to withstand stretches of hot, dry weather. July 9, 2020 — Last February we published a preview of stress relievers from Spraytec, a Brazilian firm. We’re watching fields now for further evidence that nutrient elements, fully assimilated, can keep corn healthy through hot, rainless days of …

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Carey Gillam reports: Bayer’s $9.6 billion Roundup “settlement” is far from settled

U.S Right to Know writer and analyst Carey Gillam’s July 6 update on the Bayer class-action lawsuit raises doubts whether Bayer’s proposed settlement of “up to $9.5 billion” will gain court approval. Carey Gillam July 7, 2020 — Gillam has covered the glyphosate controversy for many years for several news services. She’s assembled more background research …

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Flowers beautify your farm — and this flower also predicts upcoming rain

We’re celebrating America’s Independence Day with a little flower show for you! Here are five composite images of flowers on our Renewable Farming family’s home base near Cedar Falls, Iowa. And at the end of the flower show, there’s a very special Rain Lily flower with a story shared by one of our longtime farming clients. July 3, …

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Other farmers following Irvin Osterloh’s example: Oats as a cover crop

We previously reported here on Adams County, Wis. grower Irvin Osterloh’s technique of interplanting continuous soybeans into early-spring planted oats. July 2, 2020 — Today, Irv sent us a photo update on a neighbor’s adaptation of using rows of oats to offer wind protection and microbial diversity for carrots grown in that area’s sandy soils. He …

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