Iowa Farmers Investigate Cover Crop Termination Timing Before Corn Planting

Iowa farmer-cooperator’s Dick Sloan and Tim Sieren found better yields when terminating cover crops three weeks prior (19-21 days) to planting corn compared to reduced yields when terminating a few days (1-3) before planting. Sloan states, however, that it is not the timing of the termination but more so the amount of biomass that matters, “When I have good cover crop growth, I will kill it early and plant corn early, a few days after termination, to get my corn planted earlier.” Yet, for both farms, returns were highest when terminating the cover crop mixture 19 days before planting corn. Read the full study to learn more!

West Ohio Agronomy Day January 8th

Mark your calendars January 8th for the West Ohio Agronomy Day in Ft. Loramie! The program includes Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification and Fertilizer Applicator Recertification Training along with presentations on application techniques that protect crops and environment, information on problem weeds, pesticide drift liability, and property laws pertinent to farmers. Certified Crop Advisor CEUs and Commercial Pesticide Applicator Credits will be available. Click here to review the agenda. Visit this link to get information on pricing.

The Economic Benefits of Switching to Strip-Till

The Delhotal family’s five-generation farm in West Brooklyn, Illinois transitioned to strip-till in 2009, and has seen great economic benefits since. Ray Delhotal states, “Just this last year, operation-wide, switching to strip-till has saved almost $80,000 in labor, fuel and machinery costs.” Frustration from root balls led the family to transition from conventional to strip-tillage. Reduced soil compaction and disturbance from strip-till along with controlled-traffic and a targeted fertility program has contributed to a 10-40 bushel per acre yield advantage of corn. Read more about the Delhotal’s transition to strip-till here!

4R Nutrient Stewardship Program Making Headway

After three years, the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Program continues to support ag retailers with following the 4R’s when applying nutrients. The 4R’s refer to, “…using the Right Source of Nutrients at the Right Rate and Right Time in the Right Place.” The focus of the program is to implement methods to retain valuable ag inputs on cropland to mitigate nutrient runoff. Currently, 45 facilities servicing 2.8 million acres in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio have obtained certification. National and international awareness of the program is increasing, with two states in the U.S. and Ontario expressing an interest to implement the program. Read more about the program here! Click here to read the full article!