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
Soybean aphid is a significant pest of soybean in Minnesota. Soybean breeders have developed various soybean varieties that carry aphid-resistance traits, in addition to other promising agronomic characteristics. Aphid-resistant varieties can provide an effective, economical, and more environmentally sustainable means
Farmer’s interest in planting dicamba-tolerant soybeans continues. There are a number of reasons a farmer may choose to plant dicamba-tolerant soybeans, but a primary one is to potentially be part of their 2017 weed management plan to help in the
With the recent confirmation of Palmer amaranth in Minnesota, it is critical to identify this noxious weed, so it can be eradicated before it becomes widespread. A new pictorial guide compares key characteristics of Palmer amaranth and tall waterhemp at
Over time, you can fall into a mind-set, especially with long-time landlords, lenders and other suppliers or vendors you may work with–that all they care about is the “bottom line”. This maybe true for some but, not necessarily for all.
Despite initial backlash to the proposed mega-mergers among agro-chemical companies in the past two years, some of the deals appear to be inching toward finality. Most recently, the European