Some farmers are considering corn or soybeans as cover crops thanks to a practice recently approved by the Extension Field Crop and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This approval was welcome news as corn and soybeans work well as cover crops since they canopy quickly, reduce erosion and scavenge nutrients.
As if farmers in the Midwest didn’t have enough to contend with, now there is news that warm season cover crop seeds may be tough to come by. Cover crop seed companies say they secured their inventories earlier than usual but that some varieties could run out because of record high demand.
What to Do with Grain Impacted by Floods? The agricultural losses in the states of Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin due to flooding are in the billions of dollars. Farmers in those states now have to figure out what to do with stored crop that fell victim to this historic flooding.
Uniformity is a key factor when it comes to high corn yields. Unfortunately, this is not always achievable during germination, emergence and nodal root formation.
The late harvest combined with the current extreme weather patterns makes preseason nutrient management a challenge but what farmer isn’t up for a good challenge? Rainy weather in the fall meant it was more difficult for ammonia to be applied. Even if it was applied, chances are great that the soil it was applied on was wet.
Corn producers are already planning for next year and now is the time when many seed companies are offering hybrids at discounted prices.
A record soybean harvest and trade disputes with China may result in storage challenges for soybean producers. While storing soybeans can be trying even under ideal conditions, things may get even more unpredictable this year.
One of the most important farm management practices is scouting fields. While some farmers may hire a commercial scouting service, farmers should perform at least some scouting on their own so they can see for themselves how their crops are performing.
For the first time in years, fertilizer costs for corn are on the rise. Economists say that fertilizer costs for corn could increase $15 per acre next year while fertilizer costs for soybeans could increase by about $5 per acre.
There are decided advantages to fall fertilizer application. It reduces the workload from the spring to fall and seed operations can be dramatically improved. It also helps to reduce fertilizer handling when seeding. There is a financial benefit, as well, since fertilizer prices are usually lower in the fall.