The choice of alfalfa seeds can be difficult. While some will say the cheapest variety is the way to go, agricultural and seed experts will tell you that this is rarely the case. In fact, variety performance almost always trumps price. Factors that will impact yield include soil fertility and type, the cutting schedule, and … More CHOOSING THE RIGHT ALFALFA VARIETY TAKES TIME AND RESEARCH
Many farmers look to save money on the cost of seed corn. The fact is, however, that cutting seed corn costs won’t do much for profits when you look at overall yield. In order to save money and still produce quality and profitable corn and corn silage milk yields, there are cost-cutting measures that make … More Look Beyond Seed Corn To Cut Production Costs
Cover crops seem to be all the rage these days. However, not everyone is sold on the idea of cover crops, including many farmers. Cover crops are nothing new, however. The practice of growing crops for the protection and enrichment of soil has been going on for centuries. Often promoted as a cure for any … More Why Some Farmers Aren’t Sold on Cover Crops
Many individuals mistakenly believe that it makes good sense for farmers to save seeds from the current year to plant the next year. After all, purchasing seeds is a significant expense, right? The fact is, the practice of saving seeds was for the most part abandoned in the 1930s with the advent of hybrids. Second-generation … More WHY FARMERS DON’T SAVE SEEDS
Extreme weather conditions are a fact-of-life for farmers. Such conditions bring to mind the old farming adage, “A dry year will scare you to death but a wet year will kill you.” While dry weather is likely to reduce yields, it is unlikely to impact quality. Wet weather is a different story and can lead … More Wet Weather Can Throw a Wrench in Weed Control
If you grew up on a farm, chances are you know all about seed corn detasseling. Many people are unaware of how the process works, however, and still others don’t even know what it is in the first place. If you are someone who knows little about seed corn detasseling, what follows is a short … More Corn Detasseling 101
Some farmers today are finding that they are able to manage insects and weeds with conventional corn hybrids. But that doesn’t mean the practice will work for everyone. There are several reasons why some farmers are choosing to go this route. These include weed resistance and declining populations of pests. To make it worth their … More Can Insects and Weeds be Managed with Conventional Corn Hybrids?
Hybrid seed corn is so common today we hardly think about it. In fact, more than 95 percent of corn planted today is hybrid corn. Thanks to hybrid seed, today’s farmers are able to produce 20 percent more corn on 25 percent fewer acres than they did a century ago. It was a geneticist from … More A Brief History of Hybrid Seed Corn
The phrase, everything old is new again, is quite common. And when it comes to agriculture, it often rings true. One of those cases is the concept of cross slot seeding. Cross slot seeding uses a drill that combines low-disturbance planting with fertilizer banding or knifing closer to the seed. This is not a new … More A Resurgence in Cross Slot Seeding?
If you are a farmer considering planting one or more specialty crops, it is important that you take particular care when planting these crops next to one another or near another farmer’s field. This will help to ensure that each specialty crop reaches its full potential. One of the dangers of planting specialty crops near … More Preventing Cross Contamination During Planting and Harvest