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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cover Crops Pay

A recent survey shows that cover crops paid off in yield increases.  I would note that the yield increases might not be break even, but when you consider the long term benefits, it is probably worth the trouble.  Prairie Farmer has more information on the survey.

We offer our soil health tool to measure the positive biological effects of cover crops.  It measures plant available nutrients as well as biological activity.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Home Made Air Seeder

By Glenn Savage - Conservationist and Firearm Safety Instructor

Attached is a photo of my friend cradling a leaf blower fitted with a piece of plumbing I call a "T" fitting.  The fittings are directional.  

One dribbles in seed through the top hole and a powerful stream of air distributes the seed.  My friend helped me plant two acres in less than two hours using the "Seedinator". 

 I confirmed with Justin and Simon of M&M service that they offer "airflow" distribution of seed.  They mix the seed with potash {pelletized} and sling or use booms to distribute it on the surface. 

If you know anyone who needs to seed now or is waiting for spring to plant, encourage them to "do it now!"

The advantages:
  •  ground is frozen so you won't have to wait in the spring for the ground to get firm
  • planting now saves our no-till drills in the spring
  • Air flowing is much faster
  • The seed is layered (conditioned to germinate) naturally

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Deer Blind

This deer blind was visible from IL Route 127 South of Hillsboro.  You can see the blaze orange in the window. Click to enlarge.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Value of Soil Testing

No-Till Farmer recently shared a study out of Kansas State on the  Economic Reurn of  Soil Testing. With low prices, you may be looking for ways to cut back.  Soil testing and consulting may be one of those things you are considering.  The Kansas State Data suggest you actually get  better return on soil testing when crop prices are low.

Thursday, November 20, 2014


I worked in Freeburg area today. I did not see any crops not harvested in that area.  We sampled some wheat that was no-tilled. It is not very far along, but looked like it could survive the winter. Some tillage work is still underway, but there is not a lot of fall tillage done. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Little Rain in Mato Grosso

By Eduardo Paim:
Here in Mato Grosso we continued with little rain last week; it did not rain this week we have forecasts for no rains the rest of this week and next week! Producers are concerned, soybeans are sprouted suffering from the heat and lack of rain, I imagine that this year will be a good year in productivity for the second crop soybeans and corn. I do not recall myself a year with little rainfall as being this year. On my farm I am struggling to renew pasture for cattle due to lack of rains. Where the animals eat is taking 30 days to begin to recover. The soil is still very dry, we have no reserve of moisture in the soil around the state of Mato Grosso.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Trip to Pittsfield

I traveled to Pittsfield yesterday for a septic tank investigation.  In the lawn the soil was not frozen.  I saw one unharvested corn field near Nebo. There were a few fields of beans to harvest, but I would put the progress on both at 99%.   I have been hearing a lot about on the ground corn storage, but I had not seen any until the two piles below, both at Carrollton.