Mark Adelsperger

Bayer strives for sustainability for farmers and consumers

August 5th, 2019 4:05pm In a world where consumers are demanding increases in traceability and sustainability, farmers are wondering what is the next step. As farmers, we are addressing consumer’s concerns for the environment by doing more, with less. In line with Bayer’s sustainability mission, they have gathered data across the food chain to help farmers and ranchers meet those challenges.  Read more

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Chlorophyll meter can help reduce nitrogen costs

August 2nd, 2019 10:30am EAST LANSING, Mich. — When it comes to corn production, nitrogen (N) is the most commonly applied nutrient and one of the most expensive inputs, averaging from 13 to 18% of the variable costs depending on the type of crop rotation. On the other hand, the nitrogen cost-to-benefit ratio usually exceeds that of other fertilizer inputs. Read more

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Don’t Sacrifice Weed Control For Later Cover Crop Stands

July 31st, 2019 2:25pm RESIDUAL HERBICIDES CAN IMPACT COVER CROP STANDS LATER IN THE SEASON. IT’S NOT A GIVEN, THOUGH. Gregg Johnson is a fan of cover crops. “I am all for them,” says Johnson, who works with biomass cropping systems at the University of Minnesota’s Southern Research and Outreach Center (SROC) at Waseca. “But we can’t compromise on weed control to take advantage of the benefits of cover crops.” Read more

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Cover Crop Economics Report available

July 26th, 2019 1:35pm Evaluate the benefits of incorporating cover crops into your production systems. WASHINGTON — As more farmers across the nation begin to incorporate covers into their rotations, they find that this valuable conservation practice pays in more ways than one. Many farmers in states suffering from oversaturated fields that prevented or delayed planting are considering cover crops. To help farmers evaluate the benefits of incorporating cover crops into their production systems, USDA-SARE released an important new report…

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