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Updated May 26, 2020
“Nitrogen plays an important part in many essential functions and compounds necessary for life,” says the University of Missouri Extension and can be found in various parts of plants... According to Cornell University Cooperative Extension, nitrogen loss can occur in three ways:Denitrification: Nitrate converts into gaseous forms of nitrogen which are lost to the atmosphere Volatilization: Ammonium (NH4) converts to ammonia (NH3) gas which is released to the atmosphere Leaching: Nitrate, which is negatively charged like soil particles and not well retained by the soil, is washed downward by excess soil water beyond the root zone of crops... Penn State Extension explains there are two broad categories of nitrogen stabilizer products: urease inhibitors and nitrification inhibitors. Urease inhibitors prevent urease from converting into ammonium, while nitrification inhibitors are actually a pesticide that kills a specific group of nitrifying bacteria that are responsible for the conversion of ammonium into nitrate. While these products can help protect your nitrogen from loss, are they worth using on your farm? More importantly, will they pay off?Consider Soil TextureUniversity of Nebraska Extension Soil and Nutrient Management Specialist Charles Wortmann says that like most practices in agriculture, you can’t expect universal benefits from use of nitrogen stabilizers, but it can be very beneficial if it’s well targeted to certain situations...
By John Moody
Published May 14, 2018
Are CSAs still a viable business model for small farms? In the early 2000s, we hit a heyday for local farm and foods. Works by numerous authors created a resurgence in interest among consumers for “food with a face” - locally grown, seasonal, direct from the farm. What had been a mostly niche movement starting the 1980s that had limited appeal into the 90s took off in the 2000s. Farmer’s markets exploded http://cleantechies. com/2010/04/26/explosive-growth-in-farmers-markets/New forms of connecting with local farms emerged - specifically CSAs...
Published Jun 18, 2018
The Member; Argentina, has experienced fluctuations in economic growth over the past decade in recent years, growth has slowed sharply once again as dangerously high inflation pressures have weakened domestic demand... Argentina has experienced wild fluctuations in economic growth over the past decade. In recent years, growth has slowed sharply once again as dangerously high inflationary pressures have weakened domestic demand. Gross Domestic Demand(GDP) growth will be weak at best over the near term as export demand remains weak and high inflation impacts domestic demand growth. Moreover, Argentina's Economic imbalances could result in much lower rates of economic growth later in the forecast period...
Updated Dec 30, 2019
Part 1: Know Your True Cost of Production Why Your TCOP Matters How to Calculate Your TCOP Part 2: Take the Emotions Out of Your Marketing Plan Why You Need a Plan How to Create a Marketing Matrix How to Determine Your Marketable Inventory How to Use a Marketing Matrix Why You Need an Accountability Partner Part 3: Replace Dead Assets What Are Dead Assets? What Are Productive Assets? Part 4: Manage Your Cash Flow Conversion Cycle What a Cash Flow Conversion Cycle Is How to Speed Up Incoming Flows How to Postpone Outgoing Flows How to Minimize Paying Interest Part 5: Start Using Cover Crops... And Get Paid To Do It Why Cover Crops Make Sense How to Obtain Funding Part 6: Take Your Own Soil Samples Why You Should Get Your Own Sampler Who Else You Can Get Consultations From How This Approach Helps You Save Part 7: Bid Out Inputs Why You Should Be In Contact With Multiple Dealers What the Ground Rules Are For Getting Multiple Bids Part 8: Manage Your Fields By Zone How to Create Productivity Zones How to Use Productivity Zones How the Management System Affects Profits Part 9: Focus on Efficiency Over Growth Why Efficiency Matters More Than Size How to Increase Revenue How to Reduce Costs How Increased Efficiency Can Lead to Scaling Part 10: Know Your Optimal Scale... And Accompanying Crop Rotations What Is Equipment Efficiency? What Scale-Related Questions Do You Need to Ask Yourself? When Does It Make Sense to Add Equipment? Part 1: Know Your True Cost of Production Want to make more money farming this year? Step one is to know your true cost of production (TCOP). Why Your TCOP Matters By knowing your TCOP, you can set price targets that allow you to lock in profitable prices. You may not know what the markets are going to do in any given growing season, but knowing your TCOP can make sales decisions easier and more profitable...
Tim Laatsch recommends having "boots on the ground" during on-farm research. A trusted partner on site can help with taking measurements, laying out treatments, and marking plot corners, so you can stay in the cab and execute the trial properly and accurately. Photo by Koch Agronomic Services.
Updated Mar 1
If you want to make smart, well-informed decisions on your operation, you need relevant, high-quality data to support those decisions, says Tim Laatsch. A great way to achieve this? On-farm research. An Illinois-based farmer, Laatsch knows first-hand the importance of on-farm research. As the Director of Agronomy, North America for Koch Agronomic Services (Koch), he leads a team of agronomists responsible for developing and executing field research strategy. Illinois farmer and Director of Agronomy, North America for Koch Agronomic Services, Tim Laatsch...
By Elvis Wu
Published Sep 2, 2019
Humic acid is a mixture of natural organic macromolecular compounds, which exists in all soils, plants and animals,and have been widely used in agricultural production in recent years due to their unique physiological functions. The one source of humic acids are the sedimentation layers referred to as Leonardite. Leonardite is organic matter, which has not reached the state of coal and differs from soft brown coal by its high oxidation degree, a result of the process of coal formation (bog > peat > coal), and high humic acid content as well as higher carboxyl groups. Now humic acid have been widely used in agricultural production in recent years due to their unique physiological functions... Mechanism of humic acid actionHumic acids range in molecular size from 10,000 to 100,000,and combine mixtures of carbon chains and carbon rings...
Published Apr 15
Farmland prices have increased for the first time since 2013, driven by by strong commodity prices and low interest rates. Surveys suggest the outlook is very bright Summary High quality Iowa farmland now exceeds $10,000 per acre, up by 7... Chicago Fed's AgLetter covering farmland outlook is the rosiest in years Farmer optimism is driven by higher commodity prices and low interest rates. Iowa Farmland Survey Strengthened Iowa farmland prices increased approximately 8% over the past six months through March 2021, as measured by the Iowa Chapter of the Realtors Land Institute (“RLI Iowa”) March survey... Source: RLI IowaThe survey participants’ outlook is bullish...
By Sam Davinci
Updated May 25, 2020
Tractor of the Year 2020Winner of the Tractor of the Year 2020 award was the Fendt 942 Vario... The innovative hydraulic system includes two separated high-flow circuits, while the VarioDrive Transmission splits and delivers the torque to the two axles for optimized traction in the field and on the road... 's Spicer 980 independent suspended axle is featured on the Fendt 942 Vario tractor... Tractor manufacturers are increasingly challenged to deliver vehicles that provide superior productivity and operator comfort while minimizing the environmental impact through high fuel efficiency and reduced soil compaction, says Aziz Aghili, President of Dana Off-Highway Drive and Motion Technologies. The results of the 'Tractor of the Year 2020' competition demonstrate how Dana's advanced technologies are helping manufacturers strike a balance between often competing goals...
Published Aug 16, 2019
In late 2018, a new farm bill was passed that legalized the production of hemp as an agricultural commodity while also removing it from the list of “controlled substances”. The Gold Rush of the modern farming era was on. The farming industry was buzzing with new information on how to grow and market this miracle plant. Hemp farming was going to not only save the modern row crop farmer but also make him wealthy in the process. Right? Not so fast…Let me preface this entire article by saying that I am not anti-hemp...
On the Hardwick brothers' Somerset Plantation, they do a lot of variety trials with seed companies, which helps them determine which hybrids to plant next year. In this photo they are finishing planting their corn variety trials. Photo from the Hardwicks.
Updated Mar 1
With last year’s season completed and this year’s yet to begin, now is a natural time to reflect on your farm’s performance and how you can improve in the future. One way to make your decision-making process even better is by conducting your own on-farm research. It’s a process the Hardwick brothers and Nick McMichen have gained tremendous value from using on their respective operations. Here they share how they got started, how they design their trials, and the tools and technologies they use to make it happen. Universities Propel Start of On-Farm ResearchLocated in Tensas Parish, La...