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Not Dixon Itself, the GATEWAY to Dixon

Tweet Someday, I’ll try your corn maize, Dixon: Dixon residents Matt and Mark Cooley, owners of Cool Patch Pumpkins, currently hold the Guinness World Record for “largest maze, temporary corn/crop maze”. The maze measured 163,853.83 m² or 40.489 acres.[18] In 2012, Cool Patch Pumpkins broke its own record with a 53-acre maze.[19] In 2014 Cool Patch Pumpkins […]

More Smart Solutions from AMVAC

Jamie and the Golden ZimmComm Microphone were able to find about about more Smart New Solutions from AMVAC during the NAFB convention. Jim Lappin, AMVAC crop marketing manager for corn and soybeans, got another session to talk about some of the new products like ParaZone and ACROPOLIS™. Show More Summary

Report: Kansas almost finished with corn, soybean harvests

The latest crop update from the government shows the majority of the major crops remain to be harvested in Kansas. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 93 percent … Click to Continue »

Corn Crop Increase Surprises

USDA surprised many with the crop production forecast out this month estimating a two percent increase from last month for corn. Based on conditions as of November 1, yields are expected to average 175.4 bushels per acre, up 3.6 bushels from the October forecast and up 0.8 bushel from 2016. If realized, this will be the highest yield on record... Read More

Report: Record crops of corn, soybeans forecast in Kansas

A new government forecast says Kansas is on track to harvest record crops of corn and soybeans. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Thursday that the state's corn crop is … Click to Continue »

Seasons of Change

By Sue Rericha My drive to and from work takes me on the path of a rural highway with trees, corn, and beans leading the way. As we approach fall, I have noticed the leaves starting to change as farmers begin to harvest their crops. During my drive, I’ve had time to think of things […]

Cover crops provide bed and breakfast layover for migrating birds

After harvesting a corn or soybean crop, farmers may plant a cover crop for a variety of reasons—to reduce soil erosion and nutrient runoff, increase organic matter in the soil, and improve water quality. Now there's another reason. University of Illinois research shows that migratory birds prefer to rest and refuel in fields with cover crops.

Cover crops provide bed and breakfast layover for migrating birds

(University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) After harvesting a corn or soybean crop, farmers may plant a cover crop for a variety of reasons -- to reduce soil erosion and nutrient runoff, increase organic matter in the soil, and improve water quality. Show More Summary

Pest resistance to biotech crops surging

In 2016, farmers worldwide planted more than 240 million acres (98 million hectares) of genetically modified corn, cotton and soybeans that produce insect-killing proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt. These Bt proteins...Show More Summary

Genetically boosting the nutritional value of corn could benefit millions

(Rutgers University) Rutgers scientists have found an efficient way to enhance the nutritional value of corn -- the world's largest commodity crop -- by inserting a bacterial gene that causes it to produce a key nutrient called methionine, according to a new study.

Mississippi River Shipping Backlog Hits Farmers

2 months agoVehicles / Watercraft : gCaptain

By Karl Plume CHICAGO, Oct 2 (Reuters) – U.S. farmers are running out of options for their just-harvested corn and soybeans as delays on the Mississippi River, the main conduit for crops to export markets, cause shipping backlogs, while grain storage on the river’s banks is filling up. Show More Summary

Unraveling what genomics can do

It took nearly 10,000 years of breeding to take maize from a tropical crop with thumb-sized ears to the high-yielding Midwest crop of today. But in just the next decade, new corn varieties will likely have higher levels of vital nutrients, handle drought and temperature extremes better, and produce yields more efficiently.

SMART Farmer Emily Buck

Emily Buck farms with her husband and daughter near Columbus, Ohio where they raise soybeans, corn and wheat and also have a small sheep operation. Her main role on the farm, beyond helping with crops, is to manage the 40 ewes. Off the farm, Emily is a university researcher and professor of agricultural communication at Ohio State University, which gives... Read More

Corn Progress Lagging

About seven percent of the nation’s corn crop has been harvested so far, but maturity of the crop is running behind average. Less corn acres have reached the dented or mature stage than the five-year average according to the latest USDA crop progress report. With 86 percent of total corn acres dented by September 17 and mature acres at only... Read More

Satellite data explain processes in plants

Satellite data is being harnessed by researchers at the University of Illinois for a more complete picture of cropland and to estimate crop yield in the US corn belt.

Agricultural Giants Teach Computers to Farm

Corn plants chosen with the help of computers are growing in the U.S. this year, and algorithms are sifting North American weather data to anticipate crop threats such as pests and disease. Agricultural giants like Monsanto and BASF are teaching machines how to farm.

European court sides with Italian farmer pushing GM crops

The European Union court ruled Wednesday in favor of an Italian activist farmer who has defied his nation's laws by planting genetically modified corn.

European court sides with Italian farmer pushing GM crops

The European Union court has ruled in favor of an Italian activist farmer who has defied his nation's laws by planting genetically modified corn. Italy has prosecuted Giorgio Fidenato for … Click to Continue »

Report: Kansas corn production forecast down from last year

A government report is forecasting that the Kansas farmers will harvest smaller corn and sorghum crops this fall. The National Agricultural Statistics Service said Tuesday that the state's corn production … Click to Continue »

Harvest Traditions and Folklore

2 months agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

In olden times, harvesting crops was a community chore, in which everyone had a specific task they specialized in, and the process was laid out by tradition. The corn harvest, as it existed before machinery is described in detail, as well as the customs that made it easier (hint-cider). Show More Summary

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