Agriculture Innovation Day June 28th

MAY 16, 2018 11:12 AM

Join ag experts at Michigan State University’s Agriculture Innovation Day June 28th in Benton Harbor, MI. The featured topic is unmanned aerial systems (UAS or “drones”): how drones fit into your operation, comparison to airplane and satellite-based imagery services, and how to understand GPS and analytics to support decision-making. Drone platforms and sensors currently on the market will be broken down by price and capabilities. The workshop will also go over FAA regulations for anyone interested in learning to fly a drone. Register here before June 24th!

Ohio Ag Retailers Make Strides to Improve Water Quality

MAY 11, 2018 12:51 PM

Ohio ag retailers participating with the Partnership for Ag Resource Management are making strides in reducing nutrient runoff into local waterways. Ag retailers offer unique products and services that can enhance nutrient efficiency and stewardship, along with increasing soil health, water holding capacity and infiltration, and reduced soil erosion. In 2017, Ohio ag retailers and their farmer customers retained more than 1.5 million pounds of phosphorus on fields and out of surface waters! Read more about trends in customer adoption of beneficial products and services like cover crops, soil sampling and variable rate fertilizer application in Ohio!

Cover Crop Bandwagon Frustrates Farmers

MAY 10, 2018 1:05 PM, Ag Web by Farm Journal

On a bitterly cold April morning outside Alexander, Iowa, Roy Arends stands on a county road and stares at ground seeded the previous fall. Bare, black dirt across a naked 40 acres. Despite planting tillage radishes in October, he is forced to walk into the field to find a visible trace of isolated 2” sprouts with anemic volume. Arends is dealing with stark reality: Cover crops are failing on his farm.

Arends has served 11 years on the Iowa Soybean Association, and the blunt-spoken producer rides no bandwagon. “I want covers to work, but I farm in the real world. All I hear is blind promotion and all I see on my farm is a lack of cover success.” Read more

National Strip-Till Conference July 26-27

MAY 7, 2018 12:45 PM

Register for the National Strip-Till Conference July 26-27 in Iowa City! The conference combines session speakers, classrooms and roundtables to provide an interactive and fulfilling learning experience. Topics addressed at the conference include: the benefits of cover crops and strip-till, banding fertilizer, beneficial cover crop combinations, corn-on-corn residue management, split applications, enhancing nitrogen efficiencies, the pros and cons of applying anhydrous, and many, many more! Register now before it’s too late!