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Friday, January 30, 2015

Winter Tiling

Today I spotted this field west of Gillespie where drainage tile is being installed.  If you want to calculate the economic feasibility of drainage tile, Springfield Plastics has a spread sheet on their agriculture page that can be downloaded.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

No-Till Research Discrepencies

No-Till Farmer Looks at issues with University Research and yield results with No-till.  When you look at yield results, sometime it can be easy to determine why the results are not valid and sometimes not.  The above article has 29 reasons listed.  I hope you click and check them out.  One thing they did not mention is timing.  Sometimes farmers can delay an operation in No-Till to a more favorable time either moisture or soil temperature wise.  NO-Till research plots need to be planted on the the same day to eliminate that variable. The 29 things that go wrong with No-till research, can also go wrong with most research.  This article demonstrates why you might want to do your own research. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Subsoil Moisture

Yesterday I heard on the news that this has been the driest winter since 1953-54.  That winter was followed by a devastating drought.  I am not a long range weather forecaster, so I don't know what this peice of information means. 

The good news is that we did septic tank investigations in Taylorville and Columbia that past two days.  None of the six holes we bored had a water table, however moisture was good to a depth of 5 feet.  If we have a dry summer, at least we are going in with adequate moisture. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Old Wagon

I spotted the wooden wheeled wagon near Bulpit.  We were in Taylorville doing a septic tank investigation.  The view facing the road looks like it has a wagon box on it, but the view below reveals it is a grain box from an old gran drill. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Soybean Harvest in Mato Grosso

By Eduardo Paim:
Here in Mato Grosso we are getting back to having good rains in the fields, and we started the soybean harvest. Soybean production is undefined, where there were good rains in the last 30 days we are reaping average of 55 bags per hectare where rains failed we are harvesting 30 bags per hectare. The states of Bahia, Mato Grosso and Goias are at the beginning of harvest no average set productions.
In the state of ParanĂ¡ we are also seeing bad harvests as in Mato Grosso. Now we expect to too much rain for February, which may impair the production if they can not harvest soybeans.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Have a Balanced Nutrient Management Program

Everyone has seen von Liebig's law of minimums illustrated with the barrel.  Researchers have confirmed that nitrogen is less efficient when other nutrients are  lacking. No-till Farmer published the results.  It is always good to see what we preach confirmed by research.  We have seen nutrient deficiency manifest themselves in a deficiency in one nutrient when another nutrient is actually the culprit based on soil test results.  One of the ways that we are going to make nitrogen more efficient is by making sure that no nutrients are deficient. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Gluten Free

I have questioned the use of the Gluten Free Label on meat and other products that obviously do not contain gluten.  I took this picture at Schnuck's in Bethalto because they were using the label properly on products that traditionally do contain gluten such as bread, cereal, crackers, cookies, and flour.  It was nice to catch them doing it right.