Agricultural production in the Midwest is a non-point source polluter of water bodies, affecting their recreational value, increasing costs for water treatment plants and contributing to the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico.
How should we go into 2020 as far as managing Southern rust is concerned?Southern rust is caused by Puccinia polysora, which produces fuzzy, raised structures called pustules on leaves and stalks of corn. They are mostly found on the upper…
With the recent Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy biennial report highlighting P and N levels in Illinois waterways, this is a good time to review the application of nutrients on frozen and/or snow-covered soils.
DES MOINES — Historically wet years and flooding throughout the state have pushed hundreds of Iowa farmers to voluntarily offer to take tens of thousands of acres out of crop production.
Despite the attention paid to cover crops over the last few years, acres planted to cover crops equaled only 3.9% of all U.S. cropland in 2017. Only two states (Maine and Maryland) averaged a 1 percentage point per year increase…
Growers of hemp plants that produce non-narcotic CBD oil were forced to deal with excessive rainfall, competition, pests and other issues while learning to grow the plants efficiently without an instruction book.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — When the Missouri General Assembly begins its 2020 legislative session on Jan. 8, farmers and ag groups will be following the progress of a variety of issues related to agriculture.
DES MOINES — There is no one obvious priority for farm organizations as they look toward the 2020 Iowa legislative session, but water quality and mental health funding are among the topics of discussion.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — While trade wars may have dominated the national attention in 2019, new Illinois laws will also be affecting the livelihood and practices of farmers here.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — At the 2019 University of Missouri Crop Management Conference in Columbia, MU agronomist Peter Scharf talked about nitrogen applications in corn and some of the decisions weather challenges present for farmers.
At the start of 2019, the U.S.-China trade war was in full swing and the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement was still up in the air. Now, as 2020 begins, producers and marketers watching trade issues can start to breathe a…
Despite some tough times for farmers in recent years, cutting production costs may not be high on their priority lists as the 2020 planting season approaches.
As spring calving draws closer, livestock specialists and veterinarians say it is a good time for livestock producers to be thinking about things they can do to prepare for a successful calving season.
When farmers couldn’t get into fields because of the mud this year, Aaron Lyle was just as frustrated as they were. He couldn’t install field tile or other conservation structures in that mud, either.
As of Dec. 3, USDA reported $10.33 billion in Market Facilitation Program payments for 2019, with payments being made in three tranches of 50% in August, 25% in late fall 2019 and 25% in early 2020.
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Like much of agriculture, the world’s livestock industry has seen its fair share of innovation over the past 20 years, dramatically changing the way ranchers raise their animals.
CHICAGO, Ill. — Brian Duncan, an Ogle County farmer, has led the charge for the last two years in trying to find an affordable health care option for Illinois Farmer Bureau members. At the annual meeting in Chicago on Dec.…
URBANA, Ill. — Given greater oil-extraction efficiencies at corn-ethanol plants, resulting co-products have reduced fat — such as distiller’s dried grains with solubles. That means less energy for pigs and other livestock consuming them as part of their diet.