Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Planting continuing

Soybean planting has picked up over the last week. This hot, dry weather has come at a good time. We have six SoyMVP fields planted, with at least six more to go.

Early emergence number look very good; 85-90% in those fields that have completed emergence. We got 92% emergence in a field planted April 22. With these warm air and soil temperatures, I see this trend continuing through the end of the growing season.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Soybean Links

*The following agriculturally relevant links are for your information only. They don't represent an endorsement of any of the ideas presented.

Genetically modified crops may not be environmentally harmful

As one representative from the organic sector put it, agricultural biotechnology is kind of like the Force: It's not inherently good or bad -- what matters is how you use it.

Farmers say risk management program too complex

The Average Crop Revenue Election program provides revenue support as an alternative to the price support that farmers are used to receiving from commodity programs. If a state's revenue falls below the guarantee, farmers who signed up for ACRE could receive payments.

Hoosier USB Director says Corn and Soybean Checkoff Investment Working

Schriver told HAT that a lot of people don’t understand the importance of making sure consumers understand where Indiana farm products actually come from.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Drying out

While this spring looked like it was going to provide us with perfect early planting conditions, it's slowly turning into a late planting situation again for many areas of the state. Much of the state's corn crop is, or has been under water. Our SoyMVP fields that made it in the ground early have suffered the same fate.

Hopefully, the rain that is expected this week will be minimal or will hold off altogether so that we can get back on track.

For more information on flood damage to corn, please see the following posts made by Chad Lee on the Grain Crops Update Blog.

Flood Damage to Corn

Estimating N Losses in Wet Soils

Herbicide Issues in Flood Damaged Corn Fields

Below is an excellent resource with several links pertaining to flood damage in both corn and soybean.

Crop Management Information for Flood-Damaged Field Crops