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Phytophthora in Illinois Soybean Production

By Nathan Kleczewski and Santiago Mideros-MoraDepartment of Crop SciencesUniversity of Illinois The oomycete Phytophthora sojae, is a soil borne organism which is the predominant cause of Phytophthora root rot in soybeans. Believe it or not, P. sojae is fairly prevalent in Illinois, and under the correct conditions, this disease can result in reduced stands, blighted […]

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Seeding Oats and Clovers Now Improves Spring Grazing

By Linda Geist Now is the time to seed oats and clovers to improve spring cattle grazing resources and reduce costs, says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Patrick Davis. “Feed is a major cow-calf operation cost,” says Davis. Oats and clovers are forages to seed now to improve spring grazing resources and help reduce […]

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Advice to get thin, struggling wheat going after a wet winter

© Tim Scrivener Winter wheat growers are advised to get nitrogen fertiliser on their crops as soon as possible to help tillers survive and encourage rooting after a very wet winter. Heavy rainfall has limited the root development of wheat plants, and will also have led to vital nutrients needed for early growth being leached […]

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Farmer Focus: Life on the border after Brexit

I woke up on 1 Feb and nervously turned on the news. Amazingly, there was no mention of earthquakes, tsunamis, plagues of locusts or planes falling out of the sky. As I live 300m from the border with the EU, I went for a little drive across – no Garda, customs officers or protesters. Everyone […]

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Corn

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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Farm equipment sales in Canada down again in January: AEM

New farm equipment sales in Canada declined again in January, according to the latest monthly sales numbers from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM.) 4-wheel drive tractor sales were down sharply from January 2019, falling from 69 to 11 units — an 84 percent drop. Overall 2-wheel drive tractor sales were only down 2.8 percent, […]

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Soybean

Mild winter could lead to 2020 crop pest problems

Amid concerns the 2020 growing season is setting up for a repeat of last year’s challenges, LSU AgCenter experts emphasized early-season management strategies at the Northeast Louisiana Crops Forum held in Delhi, La. “This meeting is important and timely because it provides updates on crop production and protection as growers are beginning to make those […]

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Crops

Väderstad’s new central-fill technology offers increased productivity and capacity

Väderstad’s new planter offering enables operators to fill one large 3,000 L seed hopper, rather than each row unit, increasing both productivity and capacity. “It’s our new system for pressurized seed metres,” says Väderstad’s Lars Thylen, “where we have a central fill function…for all seeds, including small seeds like canola, sugar beets, but also normal […]

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Prinsco sells Manitoba tile drainage pipe plant back to founders

A Manitoba tile drainage pipe-manufacturing facility is back in the hands of its original owners. Winkler, Man.-based Precision Land Solutions (PLS) announced today that it has re-acquired the high density polyethylene pipe-making plant at Winkler from Prinsco, which has operated pipe-manufacturing facilities across the U.S. since the 1970s. PLS originally established the plant in 2012, […]

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Corn

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 […]