1. Tips for planting soybeans late.
While May rain has helped restore soil moisture, it's kept some farmers from planting soybeans, particularly in Nebraska. For those who are facing delayed planting, take into consideration relative maturity, row spacing and seeding rate, say experts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Read more about delayed planting considerations.
2. Geography strong indicator of glyphosate resistance.
A recent study published in the Weed Science journal says that, "the diversity of weed communities is not driven solely by the glyphosate-resistant crop trait. Rather, the overall crop production management system and geography in which the glyphosate-resistant crop is integrated will have a greater impact on the diversity of agricultural weeds in the soil seedbank.”
In total, 139 weed species were identified across all sites. Three species were common to all states, 79 were unique to one state, and 46 were unique to a single site. Diversity of the weed flora and weed soil seedbank was more strongly influenced by geographic location and hardiness zone than by any other factor. The previous year's crops and cropping systems also affected weed community composition, but deployment of the glyphosate-resistant crop trait did not.
Read more about the glyphosate resistance study from Weed Science.
3. Additional acres can be enrolled in CRP.
Lynn Betts, NRCS
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that an additional 800,000 acres of highly environmentally sensitive land may be enrolled in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) under certain wetland and wildlife initiatives that provide multiple benefits on the same land.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will accept new offers to participate in CRP under a general signup to be held Dec. 1, 2015, through Feb. 26, 2016. Eligible existing program participants with contracts expiring Sept. 30, 2015, will be granted an option for one-year extensions. Farmers and ranchers interested in removing sensitive land from agricultural production and planting grasses or trees to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality and restore wildlife habitat are encouraged to enroll.
Read more about the enrolling new CRP acres.
4. Women farmers drive success.
Heather Oden says today’s female generation can benefit from being part of what has been a predominantly male industry. “Today’s production agriculture creates opportunities for women that we did not have before. Sometimes I stand out in a meeting because I am a female. That gives me a platform to educate other farmers about my role on the farm."
Read more about successful women farmers.
5. Takin' care of livestock.
The Peterson Farm Brothers are at it again with their latest, Takin' Care of Livestock, a Takin' Care of Business parody. The brothers sing about what life is really like taking care of their farm animals, letting people know how much farmers care and how hard they work.
Watch the video!