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Interest: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Vegetables, Canola, Sorghum, Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Swine, Specialty, Cover Crops, Ag Policy, Precision Agriculture, Organic Row Crops, Irrigation, Timber, Marketing, Agribusiness
This group is for people who are small-scale farming or homesteading to connect with each other and share information and experiences. CSA's, organic gardening, animal husbandry, etc.
Interest: Vegetables, Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Swine, Specialty, Organic Row Crops, Irrigation
Experts warn that growing continuous peanuts or other legumes close in rotation to the peanut crop can have detrimental effects on peanuts — namely soilborne diseases. This includes leguminous cover crops. Photo by Jack Dykinga, USDA Agricultural Research Service
Published Aug 31, 2018
”Growing peanuts and other legume crops too close in rotation to peanuts can result in white mold (shown in photo) or Cylindrocladium black rot on the peanut crop... And because peanuts are a legume, it’s discouraged from growing other legumes in rotation with them. But what about using a legume cover crop? Can you include a legume like crimson clover in a cover crop mix that will be seeded on a field that includes peanuts in the rotation?The answer is a little more complicated than just yes or no. Avoid Legumes Before Peanuts; Use Grasses InsteadBalkcom believes the rule of avoiding legumes before peanuts also applies to legume cover crops, and points out that the typical intended purpose of growing a legume cover, doesn’t make sense for growing in front a peanut crop anyway... “Well in this case, peanuts are also a legume, so they don’t have that nitrogen requirement...
Published Feb 27
Carbon monoxide is a tasteless, odorless, invisible gas that occurs naturally through combustion, or, the process of burning. Low exposure to carbon monoxide can cause symptoms similar to the flu. In high doses, exposure to carbon monoxide can be lethal. Many people who are exposed to carbon monoxide are exposed indoors in their own home. Any appliance that burns fuel indoors could be a potential source for carbon monoxide including gas stoves, clothes dryers, water heaters, furnaces, grills, generators, car engines and fireplaces...
Published Apr 8
Capitol Commodity Hedging Services does not make predictions, but poses this question: What are the lessons from 2019 that we can apply to 2020? Let’s go back to where we were this time last year. The corn and soybean markets were declining on bearish news, record crops from the year before in both the US and South America... We all know what happened mid May, the rains came and did not stop... Capitol Commodity Hedging Services brokerage firm can help you make this put option buying determination, as well as advise you throughout the growing season and post harvest... ” We have seen people make these same mistakes for decades...
By Cierra Bray
Published Mar 26, 2018
February 13, 2018February 13th, 2018 is the 2nd annual Canada’s Agriculture Day – a time to celebrate and draw a closer connection between Canadians, our food and the people who produce it. Our theme this year is Water Pollution from Agriculture, which is a global challenge that has increased in both developed and developing countries, undermining economic growth as well as the physical and environmental health of billions of people... Farms discharge large quantities of agrochemicals, organic matter, drug residues, sediments and saline drainage into water bodies... How can farmers reduce these devastating impacts on our environment you ask? Without the initiation of the new guideline by governments, it is up to farms to take these matters into their own hands... Leading the way are drones which are a wonderful technology that can support farmers to reduce their use of water, fertilizer, herbicides, and pesticides...
By John Moody
Published May 21, 2018
Animal damage to ag crops is a significant issue. How significant? How is a over billion dollars per year? “The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimated that losses to field crops, vegetables, fruits, and nuts exceeded $765 million USD in 2001... Effective Deer Fences press release Fencing to Exclude Deer North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Deer Deterrents--Sights and Sounds press release Deer accidents increasing in Tennessee Nearly six thousand people hit a deer last year and these steps could stop you from being next... A number of factors are driving this trend, none of which bode well for deer driven crop damage in the coming decade... Effective Deer Fences press release Fencing to Exclude Deer North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Deer Deterrents--Sights and Sounds press release Deer accidents increasing in Tennessee Nearly six thousand people hit a deer last year and these steps could stop you from being next...
Published Sep 9, 2018
In this article, we’re going to cover how young farmers can start from the ground up, even if they don’t come from a family of farmers... As Jason pointed out, that can be compounded by many coming from academia, as financial woes “often include student loan debt... In addition, Jason recommended “farm business planning courses offered through state extension services, local organizations, or state departments of agriculture... Land For Good’s work includes helping beginning farmers in New England “think through these options, such as rental agreements, to better allow them to start a farm on a financial scale they feel comfortable with... Jason made sure to offer the following caveat: “This advice certainly depends on what kind of operation, what scale, and perhaps what region of the country a beginning farmer might find themselves in...
Published Sep 5, 2019
For anyone new to cover crop blends, these decisions can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are several free tools available today that can guide both new and experienced cover crop users through the process of developing their own mix. One of those is Green Cover Seed’s SmartMix Calculator... Start with the BasicsThe calculator starts by requesting some basic information about your location and your plans for the mix. This includes how many acres of the mix you plan on seeding, how you will seed it, and what the following cash crop will be...
Categories: Cover Crops
By Owen Taylor
Published Sep 7
Producers could be without 3 primary over-the-top dicamba products in 2021 if a critical court ruling holds. Essentially, the decision banned dicamba, which strips away the main feature in dicamba-resistant technology – dicamba itself. Even before the 2020 crop wrapped up, many farmers and their crop advisors already were considering their Plan B – a weed management approach for 2021 that omits dicamba altogether. So, what will go into these Plan B’s?We posed that question to 12 consultants in 10 states across the Midwest, Midsouth, Southeast and Southwest. How will they and their clients formulate an approach in a year without the herbicide?Click here to learn about their potential approaches for the coming crop year...
Updated Aug 7
”Drought has also increased spider mites and whitefly populations, pests that can affect cotton quality. Among the pests, those that feed on squares, bloom, and bolls are the ones that cause the most harm to the yield... Pests like thrips attack young emerging cotton leaves and can delay crop maturity by 1-2 weeks and have to be treated prophylactically. From the pinhead square to bloom time, the Lyus bugs (which affect lint quality), spider mites, and bollworms, cause the most damage... 89 times higher than dryland farms of the same category...
Published May 17, 2018
They’re a long-term practice for protecting and improving the soil, which may also translate into protection and improvements for cash crops... But what about the short-term? Are there benefits growers can experience in their very first year of using cover crops?The answer is: it depends. A variety of factors can influence the early benefits of cover crops, including the soil’s current health and conditions, tillage practices, species selection and overall management. The poorer the soil, the faster the resultsOne of the fastest changes that can occur from cover cropping is the improvement of soil health... While covers can help any soil, Groff, who now runs a cover crop consulting business, says that cover crops seem to help a poorer soil quicker...
Categories: Cover Crops