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Agriculture information and tips on the specific crops (wheat, sorghum, corn, soybean etc.) and regions (U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Australia, India and other)

Pinpoint planting with these 4 steps


The stakes have never been higher. Bottom lines have bottomed out, commodity prices appear to have flatlined, and input costs continue to cause cardiac arrest. What you can control, however, is the performance of your planter. Though it is but ...

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Preseason planter repair


Planter design may have transformed, and seed technology may have advanced of late. What hasn’t changed, however, is the paramount necessity for a preseason inspection and maintenance on seeders, insists Kevin Kimberley. Kimberley should know. He has an in-depth relationship ...

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Think like a corn plant to improve management


Randy Dowdy, the 2016 National Corn Growers Association yield winner from Valdosta, Ga., recently told an audience that to get high yields, “Think like a corn plant.” The appearance of the leaves, stalks and roots can tell you what they ...

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Silicon valley and venture capital firms bet on Ag start-ups


Agriculture is suffering from a massive investment deficit. “At least $200 billion a year,” says Rob Leclerc, AgFunder. “It’s an industry hungry for capital.” At the same time, ag lacks the proper financial infrastructure necessary to make it work. “There ...

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Resistance management plan for soybean aphid


Soybean aphid remains the most important soybean insect pest in Iowa, and management over the last fifteen years has primarily relied on using foliar insecticides. The economic injury level was defined in 2007, and is approximately 675 aphids per plant ...

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Tips for Conventional and No-till Seedbed Establishment


You only get one chance to give a crop the right start, so it’s important to understand how previous tillage and crops impact seed’s access to soil. While crop residue breaks down to provide additional nutrients, it can also impede ...

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Drones on the Farm: How Can We Improve ROI?


Exploring how farmers can and will see a return on their drone investment is a topic I’ve discussed with farmers as well as experts who are working to develop new solutions that can be utilized on the farm. Being able ...

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High-tech approach to aerial imagery


What if you could have an aerial image taken in the morning and have a full analysis available for download within 24 hours? Sound crazy? Not to Robert Morris, founder and head of TerrAvion, an aerial imaging business that recently ...

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Getting started at variable rate


It seems nothing ever happens fast enough in our society, not with Internet connections or email replies, and not with the adoption of technology on the farm. At least, that’s the complaint from the manufacturers and service providers who say ...

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Plastic bean-shaped sensors monitor crops for Precision Ag


The internet of beans Thumb-sized “plastic beans” are being filled with sensors and tossed into grain bins and storage facilities for precision agriculture, getting rid of the need for handheld devices or elaborate moisture monitoring systems, according to an article on Farm Journal’s AGWeb. ...

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