Renewable Farming

Month: August 2021

Our favorite way to melt down cornstalks for your “second harvest” of valuable crop nutrients

Rising fertilizer prices make it more profitable to capture all the phosphorus, potassium and organic matter you can from your corn crop. A 200-bu. corn crop totals about 4.5 tons of grain — and leaves about 4.5 tons of valuable stalks, leaves and cobs on the ground. That translates to 20 pounds of phosphorus, 80 pounds …

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There’s still time to foliar-apply a “final fill” as corn and soybeans head for the finish line

Here’s the latest field report and season-ending management suggestions from crop consultant Bob Streit, based at Boone, Iowa.  August 23, 2021  By Bob Streit Now that the end of the growing season and month of August are drawing to a close, our opinions and evaluation of the crops and grain production carry more value. Potentials …

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Renewable Farming LLC experiments with BioEnsure, BioTango published for professionals

Our greenhouse experiments last winter with stress-relieving endophytes, BioEnsure and BioTango, were just published in CSA News, a monthly magazine reaching more than 10,000 agronomy scientists and consultants worldwide. August 18, 2021 You can download a PDF of this feature article by CJ McCauley at this link.  Our trials showed dramatic growth in young corn roots …

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Save almost $10 an acre, get more yield with nutrition vs. fungicides

Our Spraytec rep, Drew Ewing, sent us an array of photos showing ears pulled yesterday from test plots at a Clarion, IA research farm field day. The point — emphasized by Dr. Don Huber — you can counter fungal disease pressure with excellent mineral nutrition more effectively than you can with toxic fungicides. And spend less doing it. …

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You’ve dealt with shortages. But what if there’s a seed supply crisis?

If you farm, that means you plan ahead. For years, corn and soybean growers could count on adequate seed with gradually rising yield potential.  August 12, 2021  By Jill Carlson The questions were: Which corn hybrid? Which soybean variety? Which seed supplier has the best price? But this fall, longer-term planning is a bit more edgy in the wake …

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How foliar feeding alfalfa can upgrade yield and feed quality

“Did you ever mow a field of alfalfa — then when you came back and windrowed it, you wondered where it went?” That’s an opening remark about hay quality which I heard many times from veterinarian and crop consultant Dr. Dan Skow of International Ag Labs in Fairmont, Minnesota. Doc passed away in 2013, but Midwest livestock producers and farmers …

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