Wet Weather Delays Corn Planting

Cindy Zimmerman Corn, Cotton, Planting, sorghum, USDA

Many planters around the Corn Belt were sitting idle last week as wet weather continued to delay planting progress at the start of the season, much to the dismay of farmers anxious to get into the fields. The latest crop progress report from USDA this week shows corn planting progress at six percent falling behind last year at this time …

Corn, Cotton, Planting, sorghum, USDA

Farm Faster With FMC 3RIVE 3D

Chuck Zimmerman Agribusiness, Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, FMC, Planting, Video

Rick Ekins, FMC, and I have talked about their 3RIVE 3D platform several times since it was introduced and Commodity Classic provided another opportunity. It’s a great time to talk about it too as planting season gets underway. So if you farmers want to farm faster FMC has this option for you. I think their quick facts sum it up …

Agribusiness, Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, FMC, Planting, Video

MaxEmerge 5e Rolling Out in 2017

Lizzy Schultz Ag Group, Audio, Equipment, John Deere, Planting

John Deere is offering growers more consistent population control than ever before with the release of the MaxEmerge 5e set for the 2017 planting season. Ryan Hough, Product Marketing Manager, Planting and Seeding Operations, sat down with Chuck during the John Deere Product Reveal for Ag Media to discuss how the MaxEmerge offers growers precision technology that can help increase …

Ag Group, Audio, Equipment, John Deere, Planting

2017 Looks Promising at John Deere

Kelly Marshall Agribusiness, Equipment, Harvest, Planting

The growing season for 2017 will bring about some promising new additions to John Deere‘s product line up. Available next spring is the new MaxEmerge 5e row units for a variety of Deere planters, including the mini-hopper and DB planters. MaxEmerge 5e row units will improve seeding population accuracy when it operating on a curve– up to 20 percent improvement in …

Agribusiness, Equipment, Harvest, Planting

#Plant16 Progress Surges

Kelly Marshall Agribusiness, Corn, Planting, USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that corn planting continues to be ahead of the five-year average.  Last week results showed 30 percent of the total corn acres have been planted, numbers that exceed the average by 14 percentage points and ten percentage points ahead of where growers were just the week before. Missouri leads the way in corn planing, surpassing …

Agribusiness, Corn, Planting, USDA

Illinois HerbFest Celebrates Earth Day

Lizzy Schultz Ag Group, Conservation, Environment, Planting, specialty crops, Sustainability

The Illinois Herb Association will celebrate this month’s Earth Day festivities during the 2016 HerbFest. The event will be held April 16 in Chillicothe, Illinois, at Chillicothe Public Library. “The annual HerbFest was previously held in June and September, but this year will be moving to April in order to celebrate Earth Day and build nature into the program,” said …

Ag Group, Conservation, Environment, Planting, specialty crops, Sustainability

Farm Futures Predicts More Corn, Less Soybeans

Kelly Marshall Agribusiness, Markets, Planting

Farm Futures is Penton Agriculture‘s market-leading ag business resource and they are seeing a lot of red on the ledgers right now.  In fact their latest survey suggests farmers may react to the agriculture market by cutting back almost 2 percent of the crop acreage this year.  Of the major row crops, only corn and cotton are seeing gains– but …

Agribusiness, Markets, Planting

Case IH Reveals 2000 Series Early Riser Planter

Jamie Johansen Agribusiness, Audio, Case IH, Equipment, National Farm Machinery Show, Planting

The 2000 series Early Riser planter has been re-thought from the ground up and was revealed last week at the 2016 National Farm Machinery Show by Case IH. The planer is the first to factory-integrate industry-leading seed placement technologies from Precision Planting® into a completely new system featuring a best-in-class rugged row unit. “From all-new cast iron components to an …

Agribusiness, Audio, Case IH, Equipment, National Farm Machinery Show, Planting

High Def Corn Planting

Chuck Zimmerman Corn, Farming, Gadgets, Planting, UAV, Video

Via Twitter alert from Robert Frye comes, “Iowa Corn Planting In High Definition.” Robert is obviously a drone pro judging by how he commanded his quad copter to take this gorgeous video. He published it on May 11, 2015. Here’s how he described it on YouTube: A “birds-eye-view” of Jim, Matt and Jay’s 2015 corn planting. Please watch on full …

Corn, Farming, Gadgets, Planting, UAV, Video