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Drought Conditions Can’t Keep Nebraska Yields Down

Nebraska High Yield Corn

Drought conditions are holding back the high potential of the Nebraska corn and soybean crops, but that’s not really a surprise. “Dry conditions in Nebraska are the norm,” says says Chip Flory, Pro Farmer editor and western tour director. “I think we’re looking at really average corn and soybean crops.” After more than 230 samples in Nebraska, the average for corn ... Read More »

Trend Suggests Normal Frost Date

Field Corn

Monday’s USDA-NASS Crop Progress report showed some troubling numbers that indicate the corn and soybean crops are well behind the normal pace in their development. Combined with conditions that are turning dry in many parts of the Corn Belt, that could be a recipe for disaster if a frost hits before the normal time frame. Nerves about a potential early frost ... Read More »

Are Poor Yields Due to Short Drought Periods a Thing of the Past? We Think So!

Drought Stricken Soybeans

As farmers we try to do everything possible to see our crops succeed.  We take care in choosing the right seed, soil and chemical treatments.  However, no matter how much we do to try and ensure success there are always factors that we cannot control. Drought is one of those factors.  Here at Big Yield we are working to change ... Read More »

USDA Predicts Bin-Busting Corn, Soybean Yields


The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday (Aug. 12) predicted the nation’s largest corn crop in history and the third largest soybean crop – a stark contrast from a year ago when crops were devastated by drought. In its annual August crop production report, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service projected a national corn crop of 13.8 billion bushels on ... Read More »

Timing for Fungicide

Soybean Field

Fungicide application comes down to timing and rate explains Farm Journal’s Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer. She warns that, in some instances, applying too much fungicide after tasseling will drop yields dramatically. “One of the cautions I put out is timing,” says Bauer. “One thing we want to make sure of is that with these plants, especially when we’re looking ... Read More »

70 Cover Crops and Counting

Cover Crops

Gail Fuller is something of a pioneer in no-till circles. The Emporia, Kansas, producer began experimenting with reduced tillage in the 1980s, and his operation has been continuous no-till since 1995. It is Fuller’s work on cover crops that is catching the eye of farmers these days. He has experimented with 65 to 70 different crops, often mixing eight to ... Read More »

Will The Corn and Soybean Crops Get Finished?

Corn in Husk

Late planting and weather that continues to be cooler than normal into August has many wondering if the corn and soybean crops will reach maturity and harvest moisture within a reasonable time this fall. Crop conditions remain good for both crops, but crop development, including pod formation and filling in soybean and grain fill in corn, remains well behind normal. ... Read More »

U.S. Corn Crop Maintains its Record Pace

High Yield Corn

U.S. corn producers are expected to produce the largest U.S. corn crop ever this fall, according to USDA’s Aug. 12 Crop Production report. Corn production is forecast at 13.8 billion bushels, up 28 percent from 2012, which if realized would be a new record production for the United States. Based on conditions as of early August, yields are expected to ... Read More »

Corn in U.S. Seen by Cordonnier at Risk of Damage From Frost

Field Corn

Late-sown corn in the U.S. is at risk of frost damage in the northern and northwestern Corn Belt because of delayed development, according to Michael Cordonnier, president and owner of crop analyst Soybean & Corn Advisor Inc. Should initial frosts occur two weeks earlier than normal on Sept. 15, “we would have a big problem,” he wrote in an online ... Read More »

Farming? There’s an App for That!

Farming App

Smartphone apps aren’t just for social networking or entertainment. A growing number of apps make use of smartphone technology to help farmers do their job. Farmers can use apps on smartphones or tablet computers for everything from staying up to date on agriculture news to calculating sprayer tank mix ratios, said Kent Shannon, University of Missouri Extension natural resource engineering ... Read More »