Renewable Farming

Month: September 2020

Stress-relieving endophytes, BioEnsure and BioTango, showed promise again this dry season

This soybean yield map offers one more clue that when dry weather stresses your crop, the specialized endophyte microbes in “BioEnsure” and “BioTango” can help your crop endure longer. September 30, 2020 — One of our innovative WakeUP clients in north central Iowa foliar-sprayed the Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies organisms on soybeans in early August. The yield …

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Pod counts signal that two new Biodyne products made a difference

Here’s the background on this soybean pod count comparison: Mike Williams farms and serves as an agronomist for Gold Eagle Co-op in central Iowa. A customer had a field of his soybeans hailed out this spring, and the farmer replanted June 8.  September 18, 2020 — Mike says that when the replanted beans reached about the …

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Three law firms settling Roundup/cancer suit against Monsanto/Bayer for $11 billion

Three law firms which sued Bayer AG on behalf of more than 100,000 individual plaintiffs have notified the U.S District Court for the Northern District of California that they’ve reached final settlement terms. September 16, 2020 — Bayer apparently committed to pay about $11 billion.  This settlement is in addition to verdicts in three individual jury …

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Carbon-capture opportunity as combines roll through corn in central-west Iowa

On Sept. 4 we anticipated a nutrient-recycling opportunity following an early harvest in drought-hit areas of the central-western Corn Belt. That’s happening now. Here’s the strategy we encourage to get an early start on cover crops and residue recycling. September 15, 2020 — Yesterday, agronomist Mike Williams sent us the field photo below, taken in Pocahontas County as …

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Memo to California Governor Newsom: Why does climate change stop at the Canadian border?

In the closing weeks of summer, wildfires across the West scorched a total land area almost the size of New Jersey. In Oregon alone, over 400,000 people are on evacuation alert. California’s Governor Newsom blames global warming. September 12, 2020  Commentary by Jerry Carlson — While standing on a charred hillside in his home state, Governor Newsom told TV newspersons: “The debate is …

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Illinois farmer: “Corn looks healthier at maturity where I included WakeUP in my program”

Glen Elliott of Clark County, IL just sent us these photos of a field trial in which he’s comparing corn performance of his regular nutrient program — with, and without, WakeUP Spring. His observation as of Sept. 9: Corn looks healthier where he tank-mixed WakeUP with his 2×2 starter mix and also with the foliar …

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Food Revolution Network offers free video, plus discounted access to sustainable food series

Rapid growth of the online “Food Revolution Network” signals a broadening base of consumers keen on healthier diets and more environmentally sound farming. Here’s an opportunity to look into the intensity of consumer commitment that can impact your farming future. September 9, 2020 — This link takes you to a free offer where you can view online the documentary …

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One slim benefit from drought-killed corn: Earlier start for recycling residue biologically

Advocates of fall-sprayed stalk residue digester products always encourage early application — before temps drop below 50 degrees. This season, central and western Iowans under near-drought conditions can get an earlier opportunity to spray lignin-munching bacteria and fungi because fields are already drying down. September 4, 2020 — Western Iowa farmer Howard Vlieger just sent us …

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