Soilborne pathogens and fungal diseases are likely concerns for corn and soybean no-tillers this season, but pathologists say pay particular attention to soybean cyst nematodes, sudden death syndrome, tar spot and target spot.
Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) and sudden death syndrome (SDS) are expected to plague U.S. no-till soybean producers again this year, especially if the local planting season is accompanied by cooler and wetter than average conditions.
More than a decade after water-jet technology emerged as a planting solution in Australia, increasing interest in cover-crop farming across North America has a Canadian firm busy testing ultra-high-pressure technology as a way to enable planters to cut through substantial amounts of residue without disturbing the soil.
Unique chemistries to target resistant weeds and products to fight sucking insects and soil-born pests highlight new choices for no-till and conventional growers alike in new registrations for the coming year.
The discovery of waterhemp that is tolerant to a seventh class of herbicide action means growers have to double down on weed management by including cultural and mechanical controls to fight resistance.
As farmers across the Corn Belt were wrapping up the 2019 harvest, the buzz among corn and soybean producers centered on reports from Illinois that the tough-to-control weed, waterhemp, had shown resistance to yet another class of chemical weed control — those in Group 15.
Several years ago, No-Till Farmer posted on its web site a university article titled “Beware of Alternative Ag Lime Product Claims” and received a number of reader comments complaining the science behind the article was wrong.
Long-time cover-crop consultant Steve Groff says many growers are missing management opportunities in their lack of understanding the relationship of carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) in the soil and in field residue.
When Matt Braun was in high school, his father switched the family’s southwestern Oklahoma farm from a conventional-till wheat/cattle/milo operation to no-till, mainly to reduce labor and equipment costs.
Soil scientist Don Reicosky says the more soil you disturb in tillage, the more CO2 is released. In addition, he says tillage is detrimental to fungi-to-bacteria ratios that are vital to carbon and nitrogen storage.
Retired USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) soil scientist Don Reicosky of Minnesota admits he’s prejudiced against conventional farming and the moldboard plow because of their effects on soil organic matter (SOM)
If, like many farmers, you can’t imagine driverless farm equipment on your place, and take comfort in the thought autonomous farming is still years away and your current methods are working quite well, one long-time ag engineer says technological limits and population trends across the globe may be working against you.
Addressing a gathering of the Dodge County Farmers for Healthy Soil & Healthy Water, Russell Hedrick of Hickory, N.C., shares a presentation on the impacts on water quality that can be realized by utilizing regenerative ag practices, such as growing cover crops, reducing soil disturbance, maintaining soil armor, and integrating livestock.
Finding solutions to the problems farmers face is what inspired Harry and Etta Yetter to open a small machine shop in west central Illinois in the 1930s. Today, four generations later, Yetter continues the tradition of solving agricultural problems to meet the needs of producers all over the world.
Needham Ag understands the role of technology in making better use of limited resources within a specific environment by drawing on a wealth of global experience to overcome the challenges facing today's farmers, manufacturers and dealers.