Manure, not just a waste product

An agricultural consultant says manure is livestock farmers’ most valuable resource. James DeYoung with CJD Farms Consulting in Michigan helps farmers develop Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans, or CNMPs, to properly utilize and manage nutrients.  He tells Brownfield farmers need to see manure not as a waste product, but as a nutrient resource. “It’s no secret… Read more »

$100/acre crop production cuts recommended

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A farm management specialist says farmers will be wise to look at $100 an acre production cuts to manage lower corn and soybean prices in 2016. Gary Schnitkey with the University of Illinois has calculated $100 worth of cuts to avoid large losses on cash rent farmland. The bulk of the cuts, he tells Brownfield Ag… Read more »

Between the Rows Tour concludes in Michigan

The Between the Rows Tour with Michigan Corn reports slightly better yields than expected. Executive Director Jim Zook says they saw a wide range of yields during the state’s first official crop tour. Over the last week, the tour traveled from Southeast Michigan into the Thumb. “We went into Lenawee and Washtenaw County where we… Read more »

Syngenta updates Duracade Stewardship program

For the past two years Syngenta has partnered with Gavilon Grain to provide growers with a place to market grain with the Agrisure Duracade trait.  Because the trait doesn’t have global approval, the stewardship program ensures the grain is used domestically and doesn’t make it into the global marketplace. Duane Martin, Agrisure commercial traits lead… Read more »

Farmers make choices as clock winds down

Farmers have just over three weeks left to sign contracts for safety net programs.  Crop farmers have had to pick which new USDA safety net program they want for the next five years, under the 2014 Farm Bill. Brownfield Ag News asked Southeast Missouri Farmer Chris Porter what he thought about the choices overall, the Agricultural Risk Coverage and… Read more »

54th Annual Delta Center field day

Field research tours for corn, cotton, soybeans and rice have been held at the Fisher Delta Research Center – where specialists have explained to farmers their latest research developments. It was the 54th Annual Delta Field Day in Portageville, Missouri. Research at the University of Missouri Center is enhancing crop production, weed management, soil and water… Read more »

Voluntary verification readied farm for audits

A Michigan farmer says environmental verification helped him better prepare for food safety audits. Fourth generation farmer Scott Lewis farms 700 acres in West Michigan, growing apples, cherries, peaches, pears, plums and asparagus. Lewis tells Brownfield, he voluntarily became verified with the Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) in cropping, farmstead and livestock systems. He… Read more »

Yields will vary a lot at harvest

Part of East Central Illinois farmer Phil Kiefer’s farm received 18 inches of rain in June.  He says the corn in that area looks pretty poor.  “We’ve had some areas of small corn and some yellowing,” he says.  “And then we had some dryness after that.  Where we farm at the home place might be… Read more »

Crop conditions aren’t the only concern

Variability will be the word used most to describe harvest in Indiana this year. Central Indiana farmer Brian Presnal says his crop conditions range from non-existent to above average. He says that largely depends on when the crops were planted.  “Crops that were plated the first 10 days of May definitely did better than crops… Read more »

Soybeans go to school

Soybeans are heading back to class in curriculum kits created by the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee. Noelle Byerley with the Soybean Checkoff says the soybean kits are available to any Michigan teacher. “The kit is four themes, which is about six weeks’ worth of lessons, and it has all the stuff it in so the… Read more »