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Establish corn growing resolutions for 2020

Slideshow: Follow these seven resolutions to increase corn yields and profits. Did you make any corn growing resolutions this year? Adam Spelhaug, lead agronomist with Peterson Farms Seed, a regional seed company headquartered in Prosper, N.D.; and Matt Caron, sales agronomist for South Dakota for Legend Seed, a regional seed company headquartered in De Smet, […]

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Why agronomists preach uniform corn emergence

If you want 30,000 plants per acre, your seeding rate is 32,000 seeds per acre and you achieve 30,000 plants per acre, you’ve met your goal, right? Joe Rollin, a regional manager for Precision Planting, says you shouldn’t be too quick to answer. There’s an even more important question, he believes. Did all your plants […]

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Is it time for options?

February traditionally can be slow time for farmers hoping to price crops they’ll plant in the spring. That certainty seems to be the case this year as well. Nonetheless, for growers planning to make call options a part of their marketing efforts in 2020 it’s time to get started. Weak February futures prices stuck in […]

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Afternoon Market Recap for Feb. 14, 2020

Corn, soybeans and wheat all crumble in Friday’s session Grains were mixed but mostly lower this Valentine’s Day, as corn, soybeans and most wheat contracts couldn’t hold onto small overnight gains after a round of technical selling today. Losses were mostly limited by uneven optimism for exports moving forward, but traders will be watching for […]

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Tennessee soybean yield winner values early planting

Lauderdale County, Tenn., farmer Brad Burks credits planting soybeans early, timely irrigation, and interval nutrient applications for his yield success. Burks averaged 100.2 bushels on 3 acres inside a 180-acre field that, overall, averaged 96 bushels. “I planted on May 6 but would like to plant before mid- to late April. Planting soybeans early is […]

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Morning Market Review for Feb. 14, 2020

Technical buying ensues after coronavirus concerns led markets lower this week Corn up 1 cent Soybeans up 1-2 cents, soyoil up $0.23, soybean meal down $0.7 Wheat up 1-3 cents *Prices as of 6:50am CST. Please note: Markets will be closed on Monday for the Presidents’ Day holiday. Our regular market reports will resume as […]

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Wisconsin Corn Growers elects board members, officers

The Wisconsin Corn Growers Association held its board of directors election at its annual meeting on Feb. 6, during the 2020 Wisconsin Corn/Soy Expo in Wisconsin Dells. Mike Berget and Mark Hoffmann, incumbents, were reelected to serve second terms. Hoffmann was the 2019 WCGA secretary-treasurer and farms 1,100 acres of corn and soybeans with his […]

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Yield predictions improved based on seedling data

A doctor diagnosing a 50-year-old patient based on a blood test taken during the patient’s infancy would be unthinkable. Anecdotally speaking, however, that’s what Michigan State University scientists have done with corn. Using plant RNA data from 2-week-old corn seedlings, Shinhan Shiu, professor of plant biology and computational mathematics, science and engineering, has shown that […]

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Conservation farmer shares cover crop economics

Will cover crops pay? It’s an often-asked question today. While it sounds simple, it’s complex. For example, will cover crops pay the first year? Will they return more profit per acre through more yield? Through lower input costs? Are you willing to put value on soil health improvements? In that case, will they pay long […]

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Organic soybean prices expected to rise

A leading global provider of organic and non-GMO grains sees a price divergence between organic soybean and corn prices continuing for the balance of 2020. The Jacobsen says the supply of organic soybeans is expected to decline due to slowing imports while organic corn imports are expected to rise. U.S. demand is reliant on organic […]