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Purdue Economist: Profit Isn’t Just About Cost Per Acre

Soybean Data Collection

Corn and soybean growers should not scrimp on crop inputs because of lower grain prices and tightening profit margins, a Purdue University agricultural economist says. Michael Gunderson, associate professor and associate director for Purdue’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business, said cutting corners on inputs can be more costly for producers because of yield reductions. “The current commodity price climate might ... Read More »

Soybean Variety Tests Show Surprisingly Good Yields

Surprisingly Good Yields

Despite a growing season of extremes, soybean in the University of Missouri Variety Testing Program show surprisingly good yields, said MU Extension agronomist Bill Wiebold. “Yields were really very good,” especially considering more than 1 million acres in Missouri were planted after July 1, Wiebold said. For 75 years, MU researchers have compared varieties in several locations in each region ... Read More »

Five Tips for Renters to Use When Interacting with Landowners

Five Tips for Renters

Recently, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service published findings from its Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) survey. Conducted during 2014, the survey involved gathering data from the 48 contiguous states. The survey found that agricultural producers had rented 353.8 million acres of land from landlords during 2014. Of the 353.8 million total rented acres, land rented from ... Read More »

Good Yields on Early Harvested Soybeans

Early Harvested Soybean

Good yields from first-harvested soybean surprised Missouri farmers this fall. After rain-delayed planting followed by late drought, growers didn’t expect much. “Yields have been surprisingly good from timely planted fields,” says University of Missouri Extension soybean specialist Bill Wiebold. Yields from later planted beans may be lower due to lack of rainfall during critical times. On Nov. 2, USDA reported ... Read More »

Check for Soil, Crop Health Before Seeding Forages

Check Crop Health Before Seeding Forages

Forage producers should carefully scout their flood-damaged pastures and hay fields for signs of crop health to determine if reseeding is necessary, a Purdue Extension forage specialist says. “It’s important to take note of hoof damage to pastures,” Keith Johnson said. “Come back to the damaged areas often to assess if recovery is occurring. If there is permanent damage, plan ... Read More »

Diseased Wheat Plagues Farmers

Diseased Wheat

This year’s record-breaking rain and continued wet weather has led to serious problems in wheat fields. Farmers have had a tough time harvesting the wheat crop in the first place, and now disease is making it hard or even impossible to sell, says Pat Westhoff, director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri. ... Read More »

Cover Crops are Alternative for Acres Unplanted Due to Rain

Alternative for Acres Unplanted

Record rainfall in the Midwest has kept farmers out of the field, leaving thousands of acres of row crops unplanted due to the weather. Farmers who receive prevented planting insurance payments can still plant cover crops on those fields to improve soil health, says Rob Myers, University of Missouri Extension agronomist. “That’s provided the cover crop is not hayed or ... Read More »

Cover Crops Could Help Save Soil in Flooded Fields, Experts Say

Cover Crops

Planting cover crops could help preserve healthy soil in fields that have been left empty this year because of flooding, according to a new article by Purdue agronomist Eileen Kladivko and Barry Fisher, Indiana state soil health specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. “These ‘prevented planting’ acres, while unfortunate for this year’s production, should be managed in ways to ... Read More »

Soggy-Bottom Blues Killing the Green

Killing the Green

Rain continues to reign in Missouri’s corn and soybean fields. The type and location of flooding determines damage to planted crops, says University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Bill Wiebold. An understanding of flooding can help farmers consider options and risks. According to Wiebold, three factors determine how flooding affects plants: water temperature, water motion and flood duration. First, temperature ... Read More »

Researchers Identify Gene that Controls Soybean Seed Permeability, Calcium Content

Soybean Seed Permeability

Purdue University researchers have pinpointed the gene that controls whether soybean seed coats are hard or permeable, a finding that could be used to develop better varieties for southern and tropical regions, enrich the crop’s genetic diversity and boost the nutritional value of soybeans. Jianxin Ma (Jen-SHIN’ Ma), associate professor of agronomy, and fellow researchers found that a mutation in ... Read More »