This post may be a day late and a dollar short as the drills are already rolling across much of Minnesota. Nonetheless, I’m going to share some thoughts about how to reduce input cost in HRSW without sacrificing much, if
One of the hardest decisions with growing winter wheat or winter barley is evaluating the amount of winter kill and making the decision whether to keep a stand. Winter cereals are planted in the fall and develops in the spring
Tall waterhemp is expanding its reach across Minnesota, and herbicide-resistant populations are becoming more commonplace.
1. Soil conditions Avoid tillage and planting when soils are wet. In general, a field is ready for seedbed preparation when soil in the depth of tillage crumbles when squeezed. Pre-plant tillage when soils are wet can create a cloddy
The economics of 2017 corn production have challenged many farmers with minimizing losses per acre. One area that some farmers have targeted for reducing costs is hybrid selection. Planting corn hybrids without Bt protection for European corn borer (ECB), corn
Due to the weather, the “Strategic Farming – Are You Resistance Ready” workshops scheduled for Hutchinson and St. James on Friday, February 24, have been postponed. They have been rescheduled for: March 1 at the American Legion (620, 1st Ave.
Corn and soybean growers, and those who advise them, often have insect management questions for which the correct answer is, “It depends.” Insecticide resistant populations increase the difficulty of soybean aphid management decisions. Which insecticide group should be used? What
Weed management has changed dramatically in recent years. Herbicide-resistant weeds are a significant management challenge, and resistance issues are expanding in scope and geography. Once herbicide-resistance is discovered in a weed population, it doesn’t just go away, and an increasing
Farmers are gaining confidence in using cover crops more each year. Whether used for soil erosion, capturing nutrients, breaking disease cycles, improving soil health, adding organic matter, or one of the many other benefits, cover crops can be beneficial. However,
Weed management has changed dramatically in recent years. Farmers are faced with a growing number of challenges including weeds resistant to an expanding list of chemistries. Herbicide resistance issues don’t just go away, and an increasing number of weed populations
The bulls were again winners in an exciting week for longs and producers. In last week’s report, I said the markets bias would be near unchanged to a bit lower.