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Keep an eye on those soybeans

July 23, 2021

Soybean Source: It’s easy to get riled up over holes in soybean leaves, but investigate before taking action. Beans can withstand some defoliation. By: Clarke McGrath It’s been a pretty challenging summer, with most of the state fighting serious drought, storm damage in many areas, and some regions even dealing with excess moisture. Even with […]

Consumers drive changes in wheat breeding pipeline

July 23, 2021

Wheat Foods Council video explains how consumer demands are reflected in wheat variety breeding. As Kansas wheat farmers are delivering their last loads of grain to the elevator for the 2021 wheat harvest, they are evaluating the yield and quality of the varieties they planted. Behind this decision, however, is an entire wheat breeding pipeline. […]

Senate hearing focuses on need for ag labor reform

July 23, 2021

Dairy and pork industries promote need for year-round labor in comprehensive labor reform. By: Jacqui Fatka  The future of undocumented farmworkers and needed changes in securing agricultural labor were the focus of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on July 21 featuring over two hours of questioning of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack during the first panel and […]

American ingenuity leading the way through 2021 drought

July 23, 2021

AFBF survey assesses how farmers and ranchers are dealing with drought. By: Daniel Munch With intensifying drought conditions across the American West, Southwest and Northern Plains, AFBF designed and distributed a survey to assess drought’s impact on farm and ranch businesses. This Market Intel, the first in series of drought-focused articles, summarizes the results of […]

A drought for the ages

June 25, 2021

Water Lines: Many factors are making it difficult to continue farming and ranching — but drought is one of the biggest challenges. By: Dan Keppen This water year is shaping up to be one of the worst in recent Western history. More than 90% of the region is in drought, with 53% experiencing at least […]

Landmark Growing Climate Solutions Act clears Senate

June 25, 2021

Bill breaks down barriers for farmers interested in participating in carbon markets and be rewarded for climate-smart practices. By: Jacqui Fatka  The Growing Climate Solutions Act passed by a vote of 92-8 on the full Senate floor on Thursday. The act has 55 cosponsors, which makes it the first major piece of bipartisan legislation that would […]

Fungicide win: Corn disease controlled

May 25, 2021

Corn Illustrated: Get out in front of disease issues by scouting. By: Dave Nanda I scouted a cornfield in late June last year and noticed a few small lesions of gray leaf spot. When I returned as corn was approaching tasseling, the disease was present on most leaves. I informed the grower, who was watching […]

Cool temps spread out corn emergence

May 25, 2021

Corn Watch: Corn planted on April 24 emerges, albeit slowly. By: Tom J Bechman Brightly colored flags with green, white, red and blue markings flapping in the breeze are a cool sight if you’re watching the Indianapolis 500 race. They’re not such an encouraging sight when they are tiny flags attached to wires, each one […]

Making the most of manure in pastures

March 26, 2021

Producers should be careful not to “burn out” pastures with additional fertilization. By: Ryan McGeeney “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” or so the saying goes. Dirk Philipp, associate professor of animal science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, has some advice for cattle producers and pasture managers who are often […]

New planter technology could boost yields in wet conditions

March 26, 2021

An innovation in planting technology can boost crop yields in wet conditions. By: Forrest Laws Not much has changed in the way farmers plant their crops in the last six or seven decades. Precision seed dropping is making variable seeding rates possible and allowing growers to plant at faster speeds. But the point where the […]