1. Soybean disease resistance vs. yield.
Ohio State University
Anne Dorrance, Ohio State University, says that the most economical way to manage soybean diseases is to plant resistant varieties. The researchers shared findings from comparisons of different resistant varieties and final yields for several soybean diseases.
Read the research findings.
2. Crop insurance premiums.
University of Illinois
Ag economic experts at University of Illinois compared 2016 crop insurance premiums to 2015, and found them to be higher for 2016. This may lead farmers to consider lowering coverage levels. Gary Schnitkey advises against that.
"Lowering coverage levels would expose farmers to higher revenue risks," he says. "In my opinion, these higher risks counter any cost savings from lowering coverage levels on most farms. As a result, farmers likely should continue to purchase crop insurance at high coverage levels."
Read the full story from University of Illinois.
3. What's new at Commodity Classic?
Commodity Classic is promising to be bigger and better than ever before in 2016. With the addition of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, the annual conference is doubling trade show space and is looking forward to better educational sessions and record attendance.
Learn more about 2016 Commodity Classic in New Orleans.
4. Controlled traffic benefits.
Wisconsin farmer Charlie Hammer has standardized row widths to multiples of 24 on all equipment except his 12-row combine. The corn head is half the width of the planter, so it runs on the traffic lanes half of the time. Overall, this amounts to driving on 25% of his ground, compared to conventional farms where wheels drive on more than 50% to 70% of fields.
Read more about the benefits of controlled traffic.
5. Steve Harvey on the farm.
Did you know TV personality Steve Harvey grew up on a farm? I didn't. A couple weeks ago, he posted a video, talking about what he learned by growing up on the farm. And he sure respects farmers!
Watch the video.