The recent Precision Ag Data Platforms conference was one of the most interesting events I've attended this past year. Ag data management platforms are part of a relatively young industry by agricultural standards, but these offerings are growing and diverse. Like any young technology, growth comes with a lot of growing pains. Here are three reoccurring themes I heard all day.
The El Niño weather phenomenon is expected to start dumping torrential rains on Argentina next month, pushing farmers to plant more low-cost soy and less corn despite concern over lack of crop rotation in one of the world's main food suppliers.
You may have noticed that after a heavy rainstorm, creeks and rivers often turn the color of chocolate milk. That cloudy brown color is caused by sediments—weathered rock material ranging in size from tiny granules of mud to stones. As it courses along, water sweeps up sediments in the well-known process of erosion. Eventually, the sediments find a home, sometimes in a place where it isn’t wanted.
With above normal rainfall favoring early season nitrogen (N) losses, we are starting to see corn fields with typical N deficiency symptoms. When N deficiencies occur early and mid-season, corn leaves on the lower part of the plant begin to turn yellow prematurely starting from the leaf tip and progressing towards the stalk.
By Martin Nagelkirk, Michigan State University Extension
Arguably one of the best ways to improve wheat yields is to plant earlier in the fall. For this reason, some farmers are taking advantage of alternative rotations that would free-up ground earlier than the usual soybean to wheat rotation.
Using corn as an example, how long does it typically take for prices to recover to their pre-crash levels following a price decline? The answer can be important because current price levels often influence future production and investment decisions.
Syngenta announced actions to accelerate shareholder value creation through unlocking the considerable inherent worth in its global seeds portfolio. Pursuant to this, the company announced its intention to divest its global vegetables seeds business.
The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) sent a letter Thursday to members of the House of Representatives urging them to pass multi-year surface transportation legislation that provides adequate funding and certainty for transportation infrastructure projects.
A recent two day workshop concluded at Heidelberg University’s National Center for Water Quality Research (NCWQR) lab in Tiffin, Ohio. The event included an explanation of recent developments to the Nutrient Tracking Tool (NTT) that has been used in many watersheds across the country by USDA-NRCS.