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ISSUE DATE: 11/15/2010

Growing the best crops possible

By Doug Rich

In a totally unscientific poll six farmers from five states were asked if they altered their crop input purchases based on what the commodity markets were doing. The answer was no from all six producers.

Yield goals

“We know what will work, and we know how much fertilizer it takes to raise a bushel of grain,” said Bill Wright, a grain farmer from Walsh, Colo. “I have a set plan for inputs, and I don’t know anything that would alter that plan. If corn would go to $2 a bushel we might just quit raising it, but other than that we are kind of set in our ways.”

Wright sets yield goals for his crops and plans his chemical and fertilizer purchases accordingly. His yield goal for irrigated corn is 200 bushels an acre, 75 bushels an acre for irrigated wheat, and 40 bushels an acre for dryland wheat.

“I go for the best crop I can get, and I don’t hold back on anything,” Danee Helvey said.


80 nations want farming as part of climate talks
AFBF annual meeting set for January 2011
AFT releases environmental market guide
Ag foundation to hold annual meeting Nov. 18
Ag in Uncertain Times project honored
Ag Outlook and Management Seminars scheduled
Agencies to join forces on wind energy
Battling bed bugs
Chapman family named K-State Family of the Year
Extension director honored for outstanding leadership
FAPC appoints committee member
Fish Gelatin: Ultra-High-Tech Biomedical Uses Ahead?
FS4JK children's safety campaign receives donation
Iowa schools aim to have more local food options
Kansas escapes October tornadoes
Maine pine needles yield valuable Tamiflu material
Members reappointed to FAPC Industry Advisory Committee
New health care benefits for rural Americans
OFB leaders support direct farm payments
Oklahoma gov. seeking disaster aid for agriculture
Poll says rural Nebraskans more positive
Protecting the Arroyo Colorado
Rural charter school featured in film
South Korea, US in trade talks
UNL hosts seminar for food business entrepreneurs
UW Distinguished Alumni Award presented
Wichita to host global ag conference
Young Agriculture Leadership Conference draws crowd


ASA announces 2011 Young Leader class
Check for aluminum toxicity in wheat
Conservation easement helps young ranchers reinvest capital
Corn production workshop set for Nov. 17
Cotton harvest in high gear in High Plains
Cotton harvest the end of a tough year
Crop quality report now available
Deciding when to irrigate
Determining when to use deep tillage
Grain farmer named to Missouri Corn council
Growing the best crops possible
Iowa farm report shows continued strength
ISU to host Integrated Crop Management Conference
Josh and Sarah Falk named 2011 Kansas ASA/DuPont Young Leaders
Kansas water policy must transition from development to management
K-State agricultural events calendar
Lack of rainfall has limited small grain production
MGGA Convention, Trade Show starts Dec. 1
MU Crop Management Conference, Dec. 1-2, promises strong lineup of experts
November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month
OSHA launches grain handling safety program
Pennycress may go from weed to biofuel source
'PigPosium' to focus on pigweed
Reaching maximum yield with limited water
Retired professor supports plant genetics research
Rust resistant wheat planted in Afghanistan
Sorghum's challenge
Soybean aphids remain threat for growers
State grain group director says atrazine suit subpoenas are intimidation
USDA to re-establish Agricultural Trade Advisory Committees


American Hereford Association elects leaders
American Royal Hereford champions named
American Royal Limousin, Lim-Flex champions named
Beef producers honored
Buffalo meat prices continue to grow amid demand
CAB partners on Kansas Angus feeding project
Campaign for new K-State Livestock Marketing and Learning Center kicks off second phase
Cattlemen may still cull as hay shortage looms
Champions sold at American Royal Junior Premium Auction
Charolais breeders bring out the best
Charolais junior show winners named
Coudron Charolais wins Royal Breeders Bull Classic
Dashiell inducted into Hereford Hall of Fame
Extension to host genetic selection program Dec. 15
Feedout cattle evaluated by computer
Kansan named USMEF chairman
KLA to host convention, trade show
Livestock organizations disagree on impact of proposed GIPSA rule
Missouri Livestock Symposium, Dec. 3 and 4, features experts on beef cattle feeding, reproduction, h
NCBA: Rural America votes against big government
New Oklahoma gov, AG to review Arkansas poultry lawsuit
OFB files injunction against vet board
Professor named to Meat Industry Hall of Fame
Programming for profit
Ridding the Texas-Mexico border of cattle fever ticks
Stockgrowers to host supper meeting
Supreme champion breeding heifer named at American Royal
TAHC announces social media campaign
USDA informs producers of rights
USMEF disappointed by stalled trade agreement with Korea


GIPSA or Gyp-Us?
Show me the money (so I can take it away)
Show me the money (so I can take it away)
So long, Indian Summer


Just a scoop full
Living heroes
More than the menu
New trellises work in commercial settings
The ditch theory of government
Video teaches advanced TIG welding techniques


Aberdeen cattle sales report
Above normal temperatures blanket Wyoming
Ada livestock sales report
After rains, wheat seeding resumes
Apache cattle auction report
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock sales report
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Corn harvest nears completion
Corn, soybean bids close lower
Creston feeder cattle report
Dalhart livestock auction report
Denison feeder cattle auction
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dry weather helps harvest, wheat seeding
Dry weather pattern continues
Faith livestock auction report
Fall harvest nearing completion
Finishing fall field work
Georgia cattle auction report
Grain market close
High Plains slaughter news
Huron cattle sales report
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Kansas hay trade moderate
Lack of rainfall has limited small grain production
Lamoni feeder cattle auction report
McAlester livestock auction report
Most hay prices remain steady, movement still slow in some areas
Newell sheep sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock sales report
Presho livestock auction report
Row crop harvest ahead of 5-year average
Salina cattle sales report
South Central direct sheep sale
St. Onge livestock sales report
Sunflower harvest nearly complete
Superior video auction report
Temps still slightly above average
West Plains regional cattle sales
Woodward livestock auction report
Wyobraska cattle sales report


Prescribed burns may include summer and winter fires
Ranch Management University helps novice landowners


4-H Science Saturdays at The Ohio State University
Beets are neat
Cargill presents $25,000 to Iowa FFA Foundation
Creating a compost pile
DOW Buys Ranch to Protect Hunting, Shooting
Effort to focus on positive youth programs
Elizabeth ideal for growing families
Fall/winter gardening: Houseplants, garden crops, lawns and maintenance
Fall/winter gardening: Perennials, annuals, bulbs, shrubs and trees
Harvesting the last tomatoes of the season
Healthy holiday cooking
Helpful household tips
Herbs a healthy way to add flavor
Insect-proofing your home
Meditation for 11-15-10
Organic farmers market kicks off new season
Persimmons can be healthy, sweet treat
Prairie in the Fall
Pumpkins are a health food
Tractor Supply Company launches 4-H Paper Clover Campaign
Winterize your lawn

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