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Community Helps Farmer with Cancer During Harvest

Community Helps Farmer with Cancer Harvest Crops

Carl Bates of Galva, IL, was unable to harvest his crop this year due to his cancer, so his neighbors helped out last week. 450 acres of corn was harvested in 10 hours with the help of 10 combines, 16 semis, 8 tractors with grain carts, and the generosity of 40 neighbors who volunteered to […]

Acres Cover - October 2015

Acres U.S.A. Magazine for October

Acres U.S.A. is the longest running publisher in North America on production-scale sustainable agriculture and organic farming. For over four decades the monthly magazine has dedicated itself to helping the farmers, growers, ranchers and market gardeners grow food organically and sustainably. Subscriptions are available for the U.S., Canada, and Internationally. With each monthly issue you […]

FSA Deadline September 30th

A very important reminder! FSA deadline September 30th.

You need to make a final trip to the FSA office to finalize your enrollment in ARC-CO, ARC-IC, or PLC. If you miss the September 30 deadline, you will not be enrolled in the program, you will not receive a payment earned for 2014, nor will you receive any payment for 2015 crops, if earned. […]

Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome

Soybean Crop Scouting for September

• Crop scouting #1 Pretty colors for leaves on a houseplant, but not on soybeans, as sudden death syndrome has prevailed over many Cornbelt acres this year, brought on by early season sogginess. It is the second leading cause of yield loss (behind SCN). Several land grant universities (Purdue, IA St., WI) are collaborating on […]

Cornbelt Update at Ask The Plant

Free Issue of Cornbelt Update Vol 16 No 34

Another great FREE issue of Cornbelt Update Volume 16 Number 49 for the week of July 27th 2015. This free episode is 15 pages of Market, Pricing, Weather and Geo-Political data that effects you, the corn growers, the soybeans growers, the wheat growers working the Cornbelt of America. Subscribe to the Cornbelt Update and get […]

Corn Plant Silk

Cornbelt Update Market Insight July 28th 2015

Get all of this and more when you subscribe to the weekly Cornbelt Update. Just $75 subscription for 52 weekly issues. Contact StuAgNews@aol.com Corn prices. Improved weather prospects, stability in weekly crop ratings, and concerns about export demand were major dynamics rippling through the corn market in the past week. Corn lost 11¢ on Friday […]

Soybeans Yellow Leaves

Cornbelt Update: Crop Scouting – July 13 2015

This excerpt is from Cornbelt Update July 13, 2015 vol 16 no 47. Subscribe to Cornbelt Update and receive 52 weekly updates of timely, relevant information and data for only $75 a year. Contact Stu Ellis at StuAgNews@aol.com Crop scouting refreshers are provided by TX and TN entomologists who say scout early and often, particularly […]

Corn-fed Corn

The Loss of Microbes to Feed Plant Roots

Throughout much of the Central and Eastern Cornbelt soils are saturated. Thanks to a June which set precipitation records in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, corn and soybean fields are waterlogged. Tiling has mitigated some of the problems with excess water, but aerial photos show water standing in large areas and crop scouting has become a […]

Corn Growing Degree Day Tool

Web-based Tool for Corn Planting and Maturity

If your corn maturity seems to have slowed, that may be a result of a slowdown in the accumulation of growing degree days. Some cool nights and days in the past week have taken a toll, if you are calculating the date to black layer. Cornbelt meteorologists and agronomists have provided a web-based tool for […]

Cornbelt Update July 13th 2015 - Financials

Financials for week of July 14th, 2015 – Cornbelt Update

Corn prices. Uncertainty about the bond market impact from a Greece financial meltdown, along with a Chinese stock market in freefall, atop interpretation of USDA’s reports, all brought a wide variety of dynamics into play in the market last week. Traders also reconciled weather reports that indicated heat would prevail in the foreseeable future, versus […]

Cornbelt Update Free Issue June 29 2015

Cornbelt Update Vol 16 No 45

AskThePlant.com presents another Free Issue of Cornbelt Update. Cornbelt Update is a weekly periodical with Market Information, Prices, Weather, Industry Forces, Global Economics and Crop Scouting featuring warnings and advice on what to look out for in your crops. This information is presented weekly for timely and insightful information. If you are a Cornbelt Ag […]

10-Year Corn Price and Cost Projections

Farm Finances • June 2015

Warning: Reading this may cause you to rent your land, instead of farming it. That disclaimer is needed with an economic analysis that it cost $1,000 to raise an acre of corn in Illinois last year, which put breakeven prices from $4.34 to $5.10 per bu. IL Farm Business Farm Management economists calculated those numbers […]

17 Things to Look Out For in Your Crops • June 2015

Crop scouting #1. “Crappy looking corn,” is how Purdue’s Bob Nielsen characterizes your yellow, stunted corn, which results from a variety of issues. Among them: excessive rainfall and ponded fields; compacted soil from heavy equipment; light soil color which warms more slowly than dark soil resulting in fewer GDDs; damage from parasitic corn nematodes; seedling […]

Cornbelt Ag Weather And Planting • Update June 2015

Tropical storm Bill washed through the central and eastern Cornbelt the past several days, pushing precipitation amounts upwards of 600% of normal for mid-June. Are you in a “prevented plant” mode? If so, your agent is your first contact. He or she will have the necessary forms, will probably have been expecting your call, and […]

Free Issue of Cornbelt Update Vol 16 No 34

AskThePlant.com is pleased to offer another free issue of Cornbelt Update. From April 13th of 2015, this Volume 16, number 34, weekly issue of Cornbelt Update is stuffed full of market prices, weather conditions and global financial effects of Cornbelt agriculture as it is happening in real time. Cornbelt Update Apr 13 2015 Cornbelt Update […]

Cornbelt Update Free Issue Dec 08 2014

Free Issue of Cornbelt Update 2 of 3

AskThePlant.com is posting three issues of Cornbelt Update for FREE so you can experience for yourself how informative and chuck full of great data and insight these weekly updates are. Once you’ve downloaded and read these three free issues, we hope you’ll find Cornbelt Update important enough to subscribe and help support this valuable resource. […]

Cornbelt Update Free Issue Dec 01 2014

Free Issue of Cornbelt Update 1 of 3

AskThePlant.com is providing three free issues of Cornbelt Update so you can see for yourself how full of great, relevant, timely information it is. After these three free issues, if you find Cornbelt Update beneficial, we strongly urge you to subscribe and help support this great independent resource. Look for free issue number 2 of […]

Rhizobia, the same bacteria present in the nodules on the roots of soybeans

Biological Inoculants Win 2014 Google Science Fair

Three Irish Girls Take Grand Prize in Their Age Category. an exclusive from our Corn Belt correspondent Stu Ellis When the world of agricultural research gathered in Des Moines, IA, October 15th to award the 2014 World Food Prize and celebrate the contributions of the late Norman Borlaug, a Nobel Laureate, word was getting out […]

Blooms Explode and Trees Blossom in Marathon Iowa

This is from our friend, Bill, in Marathon, Iowa, who sent the Spring Update currently on our Homepage. The blooms EXPLODED and trees became green, when we turned from snow to 80 degree temps in 1 week. Still wet in Northwest Iowa, some tillage with minimal corn planting in cold earth. Central Iowa did not […]

Grape Specific Soil Testing and Plant Testing

GRAPE Specific Ask The Plant® Testing

The ASK THE PLANT® Method supports Grape Specific Testing TP&S Lab has developed a grape specific format for the Ask The Plant® Method. This success of this program delivers outstanding yields utilizing less water and less fertilizer than traditional methods. Soil Testing and Plant Testing of leaves and petioles go hand-in-hand utilizing the Ask The […]

Corn Nutrition Notes

CORN – Nutrition Notes #1

Download the PDF Here » CORN- Nutrition Notes #1 by Larry Zibilske, Ph.D. Sponsored by Texas Plant & Soil Lab Corn is a staple of American agriculture. In recent years the incentive to grow corn has increased dramatically. As interest in the biofuel market increases, many farmers have increased corn acreage, or shortened rotation plans, […]

Wheat Nutrition Notes

WHEAT – Nutrition Notes #1

Download the PDF Here » WHEAT- Nutrition Notes #1 by Larry Zibilske, Ph.D. Sponsored by Texas Plant & Soil Lab Wheat is the premier small grain of American agriculture. The United States harvests 53 million acres annually which yield 13% of the world’s wheat supply. To maintain high yields, wheat requires a plentiful supply of […]

Potassium Deficiency in Alfalfa

ALFALFA – Crop Nutrition 1

Download the PDF Here » ALFALFA Crop Nutrition – 1 by Larry Zibilske, Ph.D. Sponsored by Texas Plant & Soil Lab Fertilizers needed for alfalfa are similar to other crops. However, because it's often harvested multiple times per year, alfalfa is a challenge to maintain optimum fertility to ensure good yields of high quality forage. […]

Soybeans – Plant Nutrition and Sampling

SOYBEANS – Plant Nutrition & Sampling

Download the PDF Here » SOYBEANS Plant Nutrition & Sampling Sponsored by Texas Plant and Soil Lab Soybeans have a high profit potential. Since approximately 90% of production costs for soybeans are incurred at the 30 bushel yield level, growers should be able to economically fertilize for maximum yields. Fertility programs based on plant analysis […]

FORAGE GRASSES – Nutritional Notes

Download the PDF Here » IMPROVED GRASSES – Bermuda grass – Coastal – Tift-85 – Jiggs – Bahia grass, etc. – 5 Tons per acre removes 250# – N 70# – P2O5 210# – K2O 25# – Mg 20# – S. 10 Tons per acre removes 500# – N 140# – P2O5 420# – K2O […]