Renewable Farming

Month: January 2021

Hundreds of farmers attend AgriEnergy Solutions seminars in person and online

Renewable Farming’s biological principles are now “mainstream ag technology.” That was the theme of the “new” AgriEnergy Solutions LLC seminar which I attended Thursday, Jan. 28. January 30, 2021  By Jerry Carlson   Farmers met new friends and asked questions of experienced presenters at Thursday’s face-to-face seminar here in Cedar Falls, IA this week. I sense that farmers …

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One of the best soil-health resources we’ve seen is just a click away

The “Soil Health Resource Guide” gives you 76 colorful, practical pages on enhancing soil life — emphasizing cover crops to overcome soil problems like compaction, iron chlorosis and salinity. You can download a PDF copy at this link. January 18, 2021   By Jerry Carlson — The Guide is compliments of GreenCover Seed in Bladen, Nebraska. Keith …

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Contact Organics launches website for its enviro-friendly burndown herbicide

Our longtime friend Howard Vlieger of Maurice, IA this week announced a new website for the soil-friendly Weed Terminator 20 which he has been instrumental in developing for several years. January 15, 2021 — The market-ready version of this contact burndown is intended for landscape, garden and municipal markets. A formulation for large acreages, such as terminating cover crops, remains under development.  …

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Limit-up jump in corn futures encourages new look at biological yield boosters

Many corn and soybean growers will be recalculating their 2021 crop input budgets after today’s Annual Crop Production Summary. USDA cut 2020 corn yields by a surprising 3.8 bu. per acre. By early afternoon, corn futures bumped limit-up 25 cents. Soybeans climbed 35 to 50 cents; winter wheat 25 to 30 cents. January 12, 2021 — Already in this grain rally, longtime WakeUP …

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China’s struggle with soil pollution and degradation amplifies corn, soybean imports

“In China, food safety is threatened by an increasingly opaque political system.” That’s a daring headline for any Chinese writer to publish. But Yanzhong Huang published this criticism today in the South China Morning Post, a newspaper circulated widely in China.  January 10, 2021 — Yanzhong hits Chinese authorities hard: “The task of improving what goes on …

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Renewable Farming: a leader in “The No. 1. food trend of 2020”

An AgWeb e-mail service called the Scoop headlined yesterday: “Regenerative Ag: The No. 1 Food Trend of 2020.” January 7, 2021  By Jerry Carlson  That confirmation has taken 30-plus years for the mainstream ag media to recognize. That “Regenerative Ag” label might have been “Renewable Farming” except that my wife Jill came up with that label in the late 1980s, …

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Hand-held instrument instantly measures grain protein, oil, carbohydrates, moisture

The new battery-powered instrument brand-named GrainSense is gaining use globally for instant analysis of any grain’s protein, moisture, carbohydrates and oil. The device interacts with your smartphone via Bluetooth, and transmits to a cloud-based database from your field. January 5, 2021 — Farmers, livestock feeders, crop consultants, seed breeders and many other ag users could find the $4,300 device and related software …

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