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By Dave Bergmeier and Jennifer M. Latzke
Favorable weather would be welcome news for farmers wanting to plant their corn and soybean crops.
Persistent moisture, which has included a deluge of rain in some areas as well as colder than normal temperatures, reduced preparation time.Nationwide, the USDA estimated earlier this year about 92.8 million acres of corn were projected to be planted this spring and about 84.6 million acres of soybeans.
Yield loss can happen when smaller plants compete for nutrients and sunlight with larger, earlier-emerging plants. Smaller plants will likely produce barren or small ears.
Seeds that emerge 10 days behind their row mates lessen in-row yield potential. Studies vary, but agronomists in Wisconsin and Illinois estimated losses at 8 to 10 percent in older research, says MU Extension corn specialist Greg Luce. Read more
While there was no time to build an ark to prepare for the most recent Bomb Cyclone that hit Nebraska and other areas of the Midwest, the Noah Seim family said one of their fields in Merrick County successfully braved the storm because they had established a healthy stand of rye as a cover crop. Read more
If there’s one thing for certain in farming, it’s that you can never really predict the weather. Read more
The trade conflict between the United States and China, which began brewing early last year pulled U.S. corn prices down an average $0.20 per bushel per month in the first six months of 2019, according to a Kansas State University agricultural economist. Read more
Cool, wet weather is forcing more farmers to consider how to plant soybeans into tall, mature cover crops this spring. Read more
Seven students from various colleges and universities are beginning summer internship programs supported by the Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Corn Growers Association. Read more
U.S. soybean farmers remain frustrated by the lack of progress between the U.S. and China in resolving the trade war, which continues to immediately threaten soy prices and, if not resolved, farmers’ ability to stay in business. Read more
Trade disruptions add uncertainty to the U.S. agricultural economy. President Trump’s recent announcement to increase the tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods continues to chip away at an already fragile sector. Read more
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