Seeding & Planting

Selecting Appropriate Corn Hybrids for June Planting

While some farmers have decided to change crops altogether this year due to the cold, wet start to the season, some corn growers still intend to get their crop in. Anyone who has yet to plant corn this year may want to use this handy tool from Ohio State University to figure out which varieties mature quickly enough for the best chance of a good yield.
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Illinois Incentivizes Planting Fall Cover Crops in 2020 Budget

Crop Insurance Reward Pilot Program promotes cover crops as an in-field management practice.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture will adopt and implement a crop insurance reward program for cover crops that American Farmland Trust and a coalition of agriculture, environmental and conservation organizations developed.
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Wet Fields Continue to Plague Corn and Soybean Growers

This spring has been called the wettest on record in the Corn Belt and other major growing regions of the U.S. and the pace of planting would seem to verify this claim. As of Sunday, May 26, corn planting in the U.S. is 32 days behind the 5 year average and soybeans are 37 days behind the 5 year average.
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Managing Weeds in a No-Till System

A primary principle in no-till farming is that tillage dramatically disturbs the soil, decreasing water infiltration capacity and increasing the likelihood of erosion, and yet many farmers continue to use tillage to deal with weeds that would otherwise hamper crop production in their fields. A no-till system offers techniques for killing weeds which do not destroy the structure of the soil the way tillage does.
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Experiments with ‘Extreme Biomass’ Provide Soil and Water Protections

Pennsylvania no-tiller Jim Hershey shares his thoughts on maximizing cover crop benefits by interseeding and delaying termination.
Lancaster County, located about 90 minutes west of Philadelphia, is the largest livestock-producing county in Pennsylvania. It’s also the county with the most impaired streams, making it a major contributor of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay.
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No-Till Creates Path to Success for Young Wisconsin Brothers

Tough lessons about farm management lead brothers Andy and Anthony Beck to no-till. Improved profits and healthier soils turned them into dedicated practitioners.
For many farmers, it can take years to make the transition from traditional tillage to no-till practices, often starting with a small field and adding acres each year.
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