Scout your fields and let what you learn drive your marketing decisions
Despite what the weather or markets throw your way, finish this year as strong as you can.
“I like to remind farmers two of their highest returns on investment are scouting and crunching numbers,” says David Widmar, senior research associate at Purdue University. Scouting protects profits. For example, catching northern corn leaf blight early can save up to 30% of your yield.
Top Bayer leaders said Monday that the company’s proposed acquisition of Monsanto offers a “clear benefit” for farmers.
The combined company would be number one in seeds and traits and number one in the crop protection market, according to figures released by Bayer and others in the marketplace. Bayer officials declined to say whether their newly achieved market strength would translate into higher prices for farmers.
It’s hard to believe something no bigger than a pencil eraser has the potential to make or break your year. But that's the power of a soybean seed.
“The full potential of the crop is locked in that seed,” says Bob Kemerait, University of Georgia plant pathologist. “Everything after planting either helps or detracts from it.”
Rotation is only defense against this new soybean disease
Is a mystery soybean disease lurking? It might take a hands-and-knees approach to find a new malady in Midsouth soybean fields, but plant pathologists are keeping a close eye on taproot decline (TRD) and hoping it remains relatively mild in virulence.
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