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Going deeper can bump corn yields

When it comes to planting depth, deeper is most often better.

Compatibility key to Yetter’s bar kit

Yetter recently designed its 2995 Bar Kit to fit front-folding John Deere, White and Case planters, a move aimed at keeping the company’s attachment line on the minds of large growers.

New strawberry plant sorter

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center, or NREC, in Pittsburgh have developed a plant-sorting machine that uses computer vision and machine learning to inspect and grade harvested strawberry plants.

New iron for spuds, beans

Potato and dry bean equipment was on display at the recent International Crop Expo in Grand Forks, N.D. Here are some of the new machinery showcased.

Seek out best planting combination

You can argue that the most important activity in the spring is planting seeds correctly at the right depth, with the right downforce on the units, driving at the right speed. The Indiana Prairie Farmer/Precision Planting study attempted to sort out how important it is to make the right choices.

New seed buggy speeds fill-up

One year ago Kevin Thompson, Morgantown, traded his homemade seed buggy for a commercial model. The homemade version was featured on an Indiana Prairie Farmer cover along with his dad, Gene, in the 1990s. In making the trade to a commercial model, Thompson was looking for more capacity and more efficiency in the field.

Drill advancements dig deeper

Washington wheat grower Tim Smith isn’t waiting around for new technology to come his way.

Get your planter ready for season

Planting season is just around the corner. Do you have your planter set and ready to go? We’ve all bought equipment that was supposedly “field ready,” and $2,500 later it is finally set to go. So how “ready” is your planter? Here are a few guidelines you should follow — before planting — to evaluate your situation.

Pay attention to seed meters

Farmers can increase yields considerably by properly preparing the ground, adjusting their planters and closely inspecting how well the planter is doing putting seed into the ground. That’s the message Kevin Kimberley gives farmers attending his planter clinics.

Got water-logged soils? Strip Maker helps dry them out

Mother Nature often dictates what crop producers can get done, particularly during planting season. Wet, cool soils and heavy residues often gum up the best-laid plans. It’s not only a northern and eastern Corn Belt scenario, but one that can happen in Nebraska, too.

Ready, set, show!

Sumner County farmers Marty and David Ternes represent the very essence of what the Western Kansas Manufacturers Association 3i Show, coming July 12-14 in Dodge City, is all about: Kansas ingenuity.

Remote sensing aids peanuts

The economic wallop of Texas peanut products is getting an aerial boost from Texas Tech University.

Bulk soybean handling roundup

There are probably as many ways to get soybean seed to the field these days as there are farmers and seed companies. What’s more certain is how seed isn’t going to the field — in 50-pound bags.

Price swings affect buying decisions

My dad and I agreed to buy a new corn planter together. We ordered it last fall. I could pencil it out then, but not now with sinking prices. Am I obligated to go through with it? Either way I’m dreading telling Dad.

Big yield recipe includes lots of heavy kernels

No one in their right mind last June would have guessed farmers would harvest near-record yields in 2009. Not even someone with a crystal ball could have come up with that prediction.

Let corn plants see the light!

Even at the seedling stage, corn plants know what competition they’ll have from their neighbors, whether they’re weeds or other corn plants. It’s dubbed the “don’t fence me in” mantra for corn plants. Each plant needs adequate room to produce a factory capable of capturing light efficiently.

Farmers zero in on using ag technology to meet their needs

There’s no rule that says you have to adapt every practice invented so far to cash in on precision farming. As far as Henry Buell is concerned, the ability to do one thing well that he couldn’t do before without advanced technology makes it worth it.

Strip-buster skims off residue

Seth Spicer, who farms east of Imperial, is one of the many strip-till crop production adherents in southwest Nebraska.

RTK guidance cutting costs

When Charles Vining and his sons, Andy and Byron, decided to upgrade to a 12-row planter, they made the move without markers. “Getting wider and trying to find that row in some of the residues we had would have been a problem,” Vining recalls. “We needed precision guidance.”

Streamlining field operations

Richard Pelzel may reduce tillage or combine some field operations, like herbicide and insecticide applications, to save field trips and dollars. All the while, he makes good stewardship of the land at Miles, Texas, a priority.

Make cotton, wheat work together

Cotton and wheat are a good combination for young Stamford, Texas, farmer Justin Corzine.

Take a look at variable-rate planting

With farms becoming more reliant on GPS technology, the opportunities to more precisely apply crop inputs are expanding.

Getting ready to plant

This is my getting-ready-for-planting column, a topic I write about each spring. I enjoy writing every column for Wallaces Farmer, but like a lot of things in farming, getting ready to plant happens yearly and the routine is often the same: Prepare the tractors, planter, tillage equipment, and hopefully, everything will run like tops when the ground is ready to go. This year I have something new to tell you about.

Adjust planter for different sizes, grades

Indiana seed corn producers harvested about 60% to 70% of a normal crop last season. For a variety of reasons, there should be plenty of corn to plant. A scramble may be on to get as many units of top sellers as you like. And you may not be able to be choosy about the seed grade and size.

Great Plains expands its Nutri-Pro line

Great Plains, based in Salina, has come out with new models in its Nutri-Pro Nutrient Application Systems configured to 20-inch row spacing.

Bulk beans here to stay

If you still get your soybeans in 50-pound bags, you may want to hold onto them rather than burn them after the season. The way the shift toward bulk soybeans is moving, paper sacks with various company names printed on them could be collectible someday. Don’t laugh — do you really think your grandfather thought the burlap bags he used for seed and feed would be sold at antique auctions down the road?

Have crop ready when Mother Nature calls

Corn yields throughout the Corn Belt were spectacular in 2009. Was it environment or genetics?