Market Journal: View segments on drones in agriculture, a market analysis with Roy Smith, adding manure applications in field crop production, weed management for 2017, and the forecast for the next week.
When it comes to buying corn seed, one way to save money can be to ensure that you don't invest in GMO insect protection traits that you do not need for your particular farm or field. Which corn rootworm, western bean cutworm, or European corn borer traits do you need? This article can help you determine which of the nine types of Bt proteins might best serve your needs.
Many grain producers have on-farm grain drying and storage facilities and most have more than one bin equipped with a high capacity aeration fan with heat to reduce drying time. Researchers ran a mathematical analysis to study the advantage of filling drying bins in layers as an rather than the normal practice of filling one bin completely before filling the next bin.
Nine weed species in Nebraska have now evolved resistance to at least one group of herbicides. Six weed species — common ragweed, common waterhemp, marestail, kochia, giant ragweed, and Palmer amaranth — have confirmed resistance to glyphosate. Rotate herbicide sites of action and weed control practice to avoid contributing to this trend.
With low soil moisture levels in many areas of the state, early spring often is the best time to irrigate alfalfa. A good goal would be to have at least six feet of soil at field capacity at first cutting. Irrigating now also helps build a reserve water source to encourage deeper rooting.
Are you planting a new hay field this year? Instead of automatically planting pure alfalfa, consider mixing grass into your planting. A grass-alfalfa mixture that includes orchardgrass, smooth brome, festulolium, or other grasses offers several advantages and may be the best choice for your operation.
Prescribed burning CRP or pasture can improve stands, prepare them for interseeding, control weeds and trees, enhance wildlife habitat, and improve forage quality, but it must be done safely. The best time is from mid-April to early May when warm season grasses are just starting to grow.