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User Picture Blair Bennis
  • 1150
  • Hancock County Ohio

Market Volatility

 
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In the past several weeks there has been a significant amount of volatility in crop prices, yesterday’s being the most dramatic. What is causing this?

User Picture Paul Carter
  • 1950
  • Polk County, Iowa

How deep are corn roots now?

 
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As we have discussed in another post, a very important factor in how well our crops will respond to this dry weather is root growth and capability to extract soil water.

The table below shows recent average values determined by Iowa State University researchers for a range of Io…

User Picture Kenny Johnson
  • 1920
  • Boone County, IN

Pandemic Aid for Dairy Farmers - Too Little Too Late ?

 
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I saw this on AgDay today.  I'm curious if the pandemic aid for Dairy farmers is too little too late or right on time?  Curious thoughts on the aid amounts too: $700M for Biofuels, $400M for Dairy Donation Program and $580M for Dairy Margin Coverage?  

 

User Picture Paul Carter
  • 1950
  • Polk County, Iowa

How much water is corn using per day now?

 
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Lots of concern about the dry, hot weather. Nice visual here from folks at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln showing that largest corn water use demand is just before and after tassel and silking into the grain filling period.

Click on the graphic for a larger view.

 

User Picture Paul Carter
  • 1950
  • Polk County, Iowa

Are you intrigued by roots?

 
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How much more could we understand about crop and soil management if we could observe roots as easily and closely as we do the above ground part of our crop plants?

This video shares some insights on how roots of different plants interact with each other...based on greenhouse s…

User Picture Gracie Danner
  • 350
  • Muscatine County, Iowa
User Picture Gina Tumbarello
  • 920
  • Noblesville, IN

What the World Would Look Like Without Agriculture Tariffs

 
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Did you know that China is the world’s largest producer of vitamins and amino acids, representing 86% of U.S. vitamin imports, with a three-year average value of $1 billion, according to Rabobank. According to Rabobank, U.S. imports of vitamins fell by an estimated 8% in 2019 c…

User Picture Paul Carter
  • 1950
  • Polk County, Iowa

Fun cartoon explains study showing that rotating corn with soybeans reduces nitrate leaching risk

 
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It would be fun if every research study article had a cartoon explaining the results like this new one from the team at Iowa State University. Scroll down a bit to see the cartoon....and click on it for a larger view.

The study showed that rotating corn with soybean allows for…

User Picture Sean McMahon
  • 2665
  • Dallas County, Iowa

City of Des Moines Investing in Farmers' Conservation Practices: Video on Installation of Bioreactor

 
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The City of Des Moines is investing in farmers implementing conservation practices that improve water quality, including edge-of-field practices like saturated buffers and bioreactors. Check out this new view of an installation of a denitrifying woodchip bioreactor on a far…