Holistic, integrated solutions for farming

Mathias Kremer, Head of Strategy for Bayer CropScience welcomed attendees to the Corn Soybean Future Forum in Frankfurt, Germany Thursday by laying out his company’s commitment to the future of these crops. “The strategic focus for Bayer,” said Kremer, “is to be a solution provider.” He said Bayer CropScience remains committed to innovation and to… Read more »

Harvest is good time to evaluate herbicide program

Harvest is a good time to evaluate your herbicide program and look for resistant weeds, according to Dawn Refsel, a field market development specialist with Valent. “You’re covering every acre with your combine, going back and forth, and so you get a really good sense of scale of what’s escaped through your herbicide program that… Read more »

GMO advocate: Science always wins in the end

GMO labeling initiatives will be on ballots next week in two states—Colorado and Oregon. They are just the latest efforts by anti-GMO activists to require the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. Bill Horan, a farmer from Rockwell City, Iowa and chairman of the organization Truth About Trade and Technology, says although the anti-GMO… Read more »

NACD expresses concerns with WOTUS rule

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has joined the long list of organizations asking the EPA to withdraw its proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule. In comments filed with the EPA, NACD says the proposed rule would “substantially expand” Clean Water Act jurisdiction, granting EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers “broad authority and… Read more »

Ag director gets to ‘harvest’ from office

Missouri’s director of agriculture is also a farmer – and with technology – he is able to stay close to the farm. Richard Fordyce tells Brownfield although he’s not involved in the day-to-day operations on his northwest Missouri farm, he can see what’s going on. “So, I was actually in my office yesterday, here in… Read more »

Concerns with crop quality

As harvest delays continue, should farmers be worried about the quality of the grain that is still in the field? Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen says in certain conditions crop quality should be okay.  “As long as the ears are not on or near the ground – than within reason the grain quality is… Read more »

ISDA names Local Foods Program Manager

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture has named David King as the Local Foods Program Manager. ISDA Director Ted McKinney says King’s extensive experience in the marketing and management industries is invaluable to the department and will aide in catapulting ISDA programs to the next level. In his role, he will lead the Local foods… Read more »

Some progress in TPP negotiations

Officials report some progress was made in recent negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.  But they say there are still significant areas of disagreement, including the United States’ insistence that Japan lower its barriers to agricultural imports. Following a recent TPP negotiating session in Australia, Japan’s economic minister said that while there is “no prospect… Read more »

Corn is good, soybeans are better

Eugene and Betty Steiger raise corn and soybeans near Bloomington in southwestern Wisconsin.  Last year they had three, 300 bushel-plus entries in the national corn yield contest including a 315.2-bushel entry which won the AA No-Till/Strip-Till Non-Irrigated category.  Gene says while the crops are good this year, he doesn’t think his corn will equal last… Read more »

Farm Bureau releases results of ‘Big Data’ survey

A survey of farmers by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows that while more farmers are reaping the benefits of the latest agricultural technologies, most also remain wary of the risks involved with big data collection. Farm Bureau economist Matt Erickson says liability was the number one concern of farmers surveyed. “In the case of… Read more »