Thursday, August 28, 2014

I'm Pro GMO and Here's Why

Courtesy IRRI 
Golden rice (left) is genetically enriched with beta-carotene.
We all know that there are topics that are best to avoid at public dinners.
Religion and politics usually top the list because we’ve all seen the awful effect these can have on family Thanksgivings. Invasive inquiries about age, weight, and personal finances are no-nos, and asking someone if they’re pregnant, especially if they’re not, can be a fast track to social disaster.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

As Farmers Grow Abundant Crop, Need for Market Growth Continues

The corn crop condition improved by slight margins according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Report released today. With 73 percent of the crop rated good or excellent (as of August 24), corn maturation remains on-pace overall while quality continues to far surpass that seen in 2013, when only 59 percent remained in good-to-excellent condition at this time.

"As harvest draws closer, the crop quality reports remain impressively strong," said NCGA President Martin Barbre, a farmer in Illinois. "Yet, corn farmers continue to see a decline in the price that will be paid for their potentially record crop. For some, current market conditions could result in prices possibly below that of production. We have done the work in the fields; we must now do work to build markets. We must speak up and make sure that the government does not take any action on our behalf to further jeopardize our markets or increase our cost of production."

Crop quality reports increased only slightly, with corn rated good adding one point and corn rated poor dropping one over the past week.

The crop progress report also tracks the stages of corn crop growth, with 83 percent in the dough stage and 35 percent dented, compared to a five-year average of 78 and 43 percent, respectively.

Click here for the whole report on crop progress.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Crop Updates from Iowa Corn Leaders – Tuesday Aug. 26, 2014

Warm temperatures and needed precipitation last week helped both corn and soybean crops. Both crops remains in very good condition overall, with 75 percent of corn and 73 percent of beans in good to excellent condition, according to the Iowa Department of Agriculture. More rain has fallen this week and is predicted for the next few days too.

Carl Jardon of Randolph received more than two inches of rain this past Saturday. He received nearly another two inches last night and early this morning. So, he’s had about four inches of rain in the past few days. More rain is expected but he’s hoping not too much. The rain is helping the soybeans. He says there will be tremendous soybean yields in his area. The corn is starting to turn color a little but he hasn’t see any colors changing on the soybeans yet.

Roger Zylstra of Lynnville received a few showers recently. The most recent rain resulted in a little more than one inch. He has started to see some disease pressure on some soybean acres but other than that the crops continue to look very good.

Nick Leibold of New Hampton has had about an inch of rain in recent days which will help the soybeans. He says many of his neighbors sprayed for soybean aphids last week. The aphid problems really exploded recently. He hasn’t seen anyone starting any silage yet. Any additional rain that would come this week would be welcomed to help push soybeans and corn a little further in these final stages. 

Bob Bowman of DeWitt, says any rain that comes is welcomed on his farm. Last week the corn was starting to fire a little. The Pro Farmer crop tour came through his area early last week and said it was dry. That was before these recent rains. 

Iowa Corn Promotes Cover Crops at the Farm Progress Show

Farmers are encouraged to visit the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) booth located at 26N during the 2014 Farm Progress Show. Each day at 2p.m., cover crop experts from Hagie Manufacturing will be on hand to explain the benefits of cover crops and how high clearance seeding works.
Hagie Manufacturing will have a high clearance seeder on display for farmers to see firsthand. The high clearance seeder is just one of several methods for planting cover crops. Iowa Corn Growers Association members can also enter to win a $100 ethanol gift card and a pair of tickets to the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series football game on September 13.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Farm Progress App is a Handy Tool

The Farm Progress Show is here, make the most of the visit with the smart phone application.

Coming to the Farm Progress Show is plenty of fun, but efficiently finding what you need on the 100-acre exhibit field can be daunting. The Farm Progress Show team meets that need with the Farm Progress Show Application - or App - for Android and Apple smart phones.
The free application includes news updates, links to added resources and even a handy mapping tool for finding exhibitors. It's that last tool that can really pay off when you're trying to find just the right company or product. The smart phone tool offers quick links to top news from the Farm Progress Show website, and the handy search tools.

COMPACT SHOW PLANNER: Make the most of your Farm Progress Show visit with downloadable smart phone app. Its free, and available for the iPhone and Android operating systems.
COMPACT SHOW PLANNER: Make the most of your Farm Progress Show visit with downloadable smart phone app. It's free, and available for the iPhone and Android operating systems.

This year, the show has added the ability for notifications to go to your phone, alerting you to special events and hot items you might want to check out. It's an enhancement that can keep you informed during the show. You can even check the weather during the show - which this year is definitely dry!
You'll also find the complete daily schedule, which allows you to plan the day. In a single application you can manage your way around the entire show!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award

The Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award is a joint effort between the Governor, Lt. Governor, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources to recognize the efforts of Iowa’s farmers as environmental leaders committed to healthy soils and improved water quality.
Bruce Rohwer is an Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award Winner!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Malaysia Extends Exemption to Ease DDGS Imports from U.S.

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) announced last week that Malaysian officials agreed to permanently exempt imports of U.S. DDGS and corn gluten meal (CGM) from that nation's upcoming, more stringent sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) and inspection regulations for agricultural commodities.

"Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, is a growth market, so this is an important decision," said Adel Yusupov, USGC regional director for Southeast Asia.

"Malaysia has experienced problems with some countries of origin, but U.S. DDGS and CGM are high quality. It is encouraging to see Malaysia recognizing this in its regulations."

The decision by the Malaysian government extends the exemption for U.S. exports the balance of this year and then makes it permanent when new inspection rules come into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. The regulations were "one-size-fits-all" that covered all sources of the commodities, said Yusopov.