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Think like a corn plant to improve management

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Corn Illustrated: Farmers who produce high yields anticipate what corn plants will need in advance. 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 ...

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Сorn farmers lead in adoption of precision agriculture

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The largest U.S. corn farms (over 2,900 acres) lead in the adoption of precision agriculture, a partial reflection on the technology’s high price tag, says USDA. Up to 80% of those farms use auto steer and GPS mapping of yields, ...

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Residue Distribution Critical for No-Till

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Corn and soybean grain harvest is just around the corner, and it’s time to emphasize the importance of residue distribution for no-till success. Uniform distribution is important for planter and drill performance, but also because the residue contains nutrients that ...

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Wet weather creates challenges for 2016 harvest

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The 2016 growing season was wet with two distinct temperature patterns—hot during early pollination and cooler in August. Most of Iowa had 125% up to 200% of normal rainfall up to Labor Day, and even more after Labor Day. The outlook ...

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Variability in corn, soybean and wheat production across the globe

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Annual changes in production are a key determinant of price variability for corn, soybeans, and wheat. Production variability can occur across the globe, but it is usually of most significance when it occurs in a country or region that is ...

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Corn-on-Corn Strip-Till

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Growing continuous corn can be challenging, but with high corn prices in recent years, it’s been a good option for Koosmann Farms in Appleton, Minnesota. Even more challenging is strip-tilling in corn-on-corn acres, but Tim Koosmann has made it work. ...

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How do you know when to harvest corn

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Timing is critical for corn growers, because the payoff from your corn crop is right around the corner. Harvest timing is primarily determined by moisture. Yet, timing harvest is different for every farm, based upon the farm’s grain handling capabilities. ...

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Answer to Worrying Questions for Corn Farmers This Year

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Even though the weather was wonderful in most parts, there were several difficulties for corn farmers in 2014. For example, parts of Iowa experience heavy rain. There was a lot of disease. The price for crops fell and made 2014 ...

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Tips on Best Practice Maize Production

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If you are looking to produce the highest amount of maize with the lowest possible input, the most effective method is known as Conservation Agriculture (CA), which is known in some populations as “Farming God’s Way”. The features of this ...

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8 Tips for Risk Management in 2015

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In the years before 2014, the agriculture community was drawn into a mentality that corn prices of $5-6 to per bushel were the “new normal,” rather than a temporary price upswing. That type of thinking has changed quite dramatically in ...

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