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5 Agriculture stories to read, April 17, 2015

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Trade opportunities with Southeast Asia

This is becoming the trans-pacific year, says Sterling Liddell, vice president, food and agribusiness research, Rabo Agrifinance. "It offers a lot of opportunity to sell into those markets. This area is very important for the future of exports."

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Data can show cost per bushel

Which production practices are offering a return on your farm?

Imagine the power of knowing your long-term average cost per bushel by dominant soil types. Maybe you’ve mastered being profitable on lighter soil types and that is one of your strategic advantages.

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2 new tools aim to reduce sudden death syndrome and soybean cyst nematode in your soybean fields

Seed treatment update

New products aimed at soybean cyst nematode (SCN) and sudden death syndrome are on deck for the 2015 planting season. Bayer CropScience’s ILeVO seed treatment offers a new adversary for SDS, while Syngenta’s Clariva Complete Beans present a new tool for SCN.

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Farmer group improves watershed

Voluntary efforts prove that innovative programs can cut phosphorus loss.

Farmers in south-central Wisconsin’s Yahara River Watershed are cutting their phosphorus losses by thousands of pounds – before regulators step in with stringent new rules.

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Corn planting ready to begin

Topsoil conditions this spring have been described as “almost ideal” for corn planting by farm operators and agronomists across southern and western Minnesota. Due to the very limited amount of stored soil moisture in many areas of the region, producers are likely to minimize their tillage trips prior to planting this spring, in order to maintain as much top soil moisture as possible for seed germination and seedling growth.

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Oil prices & other economic factors impacting farm revenue

In my road warrior travels interacting with producers and agribusiness leaders, there is much discussion concerning oil prices and other economic variables that seem to provide a surprise around every corner. A question from one producer was, “How is oil connected to up to 80% of farm and ranch expenses and potential revenue?”

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DIY in-field management zones

The management zone creation tool, a step-by-step process, allows users to create zones from data including yield, soil type and crop health imagery. The zones can be modified, the rates chosen and test blocks can be added to further test plant populations or applications. All of this is done by the farmer, with a simple online tool at FARMServer.com. Then farmers just upload that prescription to their monitor in their equipment.

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MICHELIN OFFERS TIPS FOR REDUCING SOIL COMPACTION

GREENVILLE, S.C., April 14, 2015 — Faced with lower commodity prices, farmers are looking for any edge to improve productivity and crop performance. As the 2015 growing season gets under way, experts say one of the most effective ways to improve yield is to minimize soil compaction by using tires that can operate at a lower air pressure.

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Corn planter down-force systems tested

In a low-stress year, farmer trials show modest yield gains from automatic systems.

In 2014, the Boettgers, who farm 3,000 acres near Harlan in southwestern Iowa, decided to harness technology to help solve their planter down-pressure challenge. They outfitted half their 16-row Kinze 3600 planter with an Ag Leader hydraulic down-force system, which automatically senses down force and adjusts it in one second.

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Corn prices remain under pressure

Corn futures prices tumbled by nearly 10¢ per bushel this past week, with old-crop May closing Friday at $3.77, September at near $3.92 and December new-crop at $4.02. That’s even with good exports and USDA’s projected ending corn stocks still below trade expectations, notes a Memphis, Tenn., market analyst.

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How do you access news and social networks?

Cell phones and tablets (like iPads nd other Android-based devices) are becoming an increasingly large part of daily routine and life. With that, we'd like to know how you access your news, as well as social networks. Do you still largely use your computer, or have you turned to hand-held devices? Let us know which device below you use the most often to get your news and interact socially online. Feel free to leave a comment about your phone and tablet use below.

 

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8 Tips for saving money when corn prices are below $4

This might be a year to only do what pencils out. Here are tips and research on what may make sense for you to reduce this year. From fertilizer tips to seeding rates and product use, to overhead costs and weather planning, university experts offer their best research and ideas to help you save money this growing season.

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Is a bullish weather card still in the deck for corn?

With the weather wild-card still floating around, I think best practice is to simply remain patient and wait for a move higher to reduce any additional new-crop or old-crop risk.

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5 Agriculture stories to read, April 10, 2015

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Adopt big data, or else

Be an early adopter or compete against those who will accelerate farm consolidation.

“You don’t have to adopt new technologies, but you have to compete against those who do,” says Moe Russell, farm management consultant. This sums up the huge advantage that Big Data provides to farmers. One expert compares Big Data profits to the launch of hybrid corn – where new technology separated winners from also-rans.

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Multi-hybrid corn planter trials

This new planter technology could change how breeders develop corn hybrids and soybean varieties.

Fields across the Midwest will begin sporting a new look in 2015 as farmers begin using variable-rate, multi-cultivar planters, which are available commercially for the first time after being field tested in 2014 by Kinze Manufacturing and Precision Planting, in conjunction with four seed companies.

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5 tips when using in-furrow starter fertilizer on corn

Dan Kaiser at the University of Minnesota gets lots of questions about using an in-furrow starter fertilizer when corn prices are low. While it does present an added cost at the time, there are also benefits. Kaiser offers these tips when using in-furrow starter on your corn.

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Will U.S. planting delays keep the bulls fed?

Corn continues to trade in a sideways channel as both the bulls and bears defend their case. The bulls continue to talk about planting delays down South caused by conditions that are too wet, while those in the northern Corn Belt are talking about conditions being too dry.

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March USDA report recap

The large amount of corn and soybean bushels in on-farm storage, much of which is probably not priced, will likely make the grain market trends in the next few months very important for selling the remaining inventories, as well as for pricing the “new crop” 2015 corn and soybeans.

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