Farmers Business Network Newsletter: Farmer Perspective: Fourth Generation Row Crop Farm Finds Profit Potential and Soil Health Improvement with Organics


Published by Farmers Business Network on August 12th, 2019 5:26pm. 6 views.



Farmer Perspective: Fourth Generation Row Crop Farm Finds Profit Potential and Soil Health Improvement with Organics

            
            

Chuck Thompson of Humboldt, Iowa, farms with his brother and father. Like many farmers, he grew up on a traditional, corn-and-soybean operation, but in the past 5 years, they've made some operational changes because some of their practices no longer made economic sense. 

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When should I start corn silage harvest?

By LeRoy Toohey, Senior Staff Agronomist, August 9, 2019

Historically, corn silage harvest occurs around 50 percent milkline, but recent research has shown this historical thinking may not work for all situations. Harvesting too early or at a higher than preferred moisture can cause potential spoilage and loss of overall tonnage; on the flipside, moisture levels that are too low can cause yield loss, mold development, poor digestibility and nutrient loss. So, it’s important to carefully time your corn silage harvest for optimum success.

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Avoiding Arrested Ear Development

By Doyle Oerter, Senior Staff Agronomist, August 9, 2019

We’ve heard questions lately concerning Arrested Ear Development (AED). While there are many things that remain unanswered as to why this occurs, here’s what we do know.

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Controlling Weeds in Acres Affected by Prevented Planting

By Doyle Oerter, Senior Staff Agronomist, August 8, 2019

The goal of weed control is to prevent weeds from reaching a growth stage where they can produce seed, giving your crop less competition in the current growing season and reducing the seed bank for future crop years. It’s easy to see the value of weed control when you’re in the middle of growing a crop. It’s a little harder to spend the money on it when there’s no crop in the ground covering those costs. 

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