A crop specialist says producers need to utilize all tools in the toolbox when battling corn rootworm. Kurt Maertens, technical service representative with BASF, says it starts with crop rotation. “If we can rotate in soybeans or a forage crop once every three-to-five years,... Read More.
An east-central Iowa farmer says Japanese beetles have been feeding on his corn and soybean crops. Dallas Tomlinson farms south of Waterloo near Traer. “I don’t know how much of an impact they can have, but when you walk around you sure hate to... Read More.
Insects are on the march across the Midwest. University of Minnesota Extension integrated pest management specialist Bruce Potter says conditions in his state and several others have been favorable for pests. “This has just been a really bad year for insects. It started out... Read More.
Corn rootworm is becoming more prevalent in some parts of the Corn Belt this year. Edwin Benkert is a seed and trait specialist with Bayer Crop Science. “We’ve heard reports of heavier pressure in some areas, especially in Iowa,” he said. “We have heard... Read More.
Eastern Iowa farmer Dave Walton says Japanese beetles are one of his biggest concerns this growing season. “Those populations have been coming up the last couple of weeks,” he said. “We’re not at a treatment threshold yet, but it’s still something we’re keeping a... Read More.
Alternative weed management practices are being tested at the University of Missouri as herbicide resistant weeds become a bigger challenge in the Midwest. The Weed Zapper is being evaluated for its effectiveness in pasture weed management. The equipment attaches to the... Read More.
An economist says livestock producers will continue to face some serious headwinds when it comes to feed costs. University of Missouri’s Scott Brown says, “The focus should be on when producers can lock some reasonable profitability and take some risk off the table.” He... Read More.
Dr. Mike Steele from the University of Guelph in Ontario shares some of what he’s learned about calf nutrition in today’s Managing for Profit ... Researcher says calf management and nutrition can improve
Farm management strategies, new technologies, and other ways to successfully transition an operation to the next generation will be discussed during the Purdue Farm Management Tour on July 11 in Washington and Jackson counties in Indiana. Jim Mintert, director of the Center for... Read More.
An extension specialist says drought conditions could create weed control challenges throughout the growing season. Aaron Hager with the University of Illinois tells Brownfield pre-emergence herbicides have been less effective this year because there hasn’t been enough rain. He says that could create additional... Read More.
Managing drought stress is a hot topic at BASF’s Showcase Plot Tour at their Midwest Research Farm in Seymour, Illinois today. The latest US Drought Monitor shows more than 92% of the Midwest is abnormally dry with at least 75% of that area... Read More.