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IN-SEASON AGRONOMY

Plant It Like You Own It

Most every major purchase you make comes with an owner’s manual that tells you the right ways to have a successful run with your item. Your car comes with an owner’s manual, your lawn mower, even your pet rock did as I recall.

By |April 15, 2022|

Dave’s Planter Top Ten for 2022

I am a family farmer in Bureau and Marshall County. Late night host David Letterman had a Top 10 countdown as a longtime popular segment on his show. My last name is Murphy, not Letterman, but here is my Top 10 Planter list for 2022.

By |March 28, 2022|

Managing for Higher Yield – What Pays and What Doesn’t

Farmers make hundreds of decisions every year. Some of them are big and some are small. These decisions all affect the bottom line to differing degrees. Some of them have negligible fiscal repercussions, while some can mean the difference between profit and loss. In my recent Better Beans seminar, I discussed five decisions that farmers make when growing soybeans and their impact on profitability.

By |March 22, 2022|

Illinois Wheat Association 2022 Double Crop Farmers Forum

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Illinois Wheat Association (IWA) in conjunction with the Illinois Soybean Association is excited to announce the Double Crop Farmers Forum, to be held February 8, 2022, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Presentations at the conference include best practices for maximizing yields of double-cropped wheat and soybeans, methods to manage diseases, fertilizer price update, USDA programs, market outlooks, and more. Special speakers for this Double Crop Farmers Forum include agronomist Phil Needham of Needham Ag Technologies on cost-cutting strategies, a panel of three winners of the IWA yield contest, crop insurance updates, [...]

By |January 12, 2022|

Program Application Deadlines

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced deadlines for several program applications in early 2022. Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) - Agricultural and Forestland EQIP is one opportunity for assistance through NRCS for agricultural and forestland producers to address natural resource concerns. With EQIP, producers have succewssfully addressed natural resource issues on their farms. Some EQIP activities include installing structures to address gully erosion, improving pastureland diversity by interseeding, and improving soil health by increasing orgranic matter with cover crops. In addition to conservation practices, EQIP funds the development of conservation plans. New plan options are available this [...]

By |November 18, 2021|

Post Harvest Evaluations and Assessments

This article was originally published in the September issue of Illinois Field & Bean. View the article here. Harvest has always been a crowd favorite. Whether it’s the humid heat of summer being replaced by crisp, autumn air, or the end of year holidays peeking out on the horizon, harvest tends to bring with it a sense of happy endings. But as any farmer knows, the work doesn’t stop even after the crop is out of the field. In fact, as farmers wrap up in the field and park the combine in the machine shed, there are several things [...]

By |November 9, 2021|
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