Category Archives: Crops

Corn Agronomy – Looking ahead to 2016: Planting date decisions

We started planting corn on April 14. Recent planting progress statistics from USDA-NASS indicate that corn planting is progressing slowly in the northern Corn Belt. Only 1% of corn acres had been planted in Wisconsin as of April 17. The … Continue reading

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Using High-Input Systems for Soybean Management Increases Yield but Not Profitability

Shawn P. Conley, Department of Agronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison Increased soybean commodity prices in the last 10 years have generated inter- est in developing high-input systems to increase yield. However, little peer- reviewed information exists about the effects of input-intensive, … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Fruit News: Volume 1 Issue 1– April 18, 2016

Introducing the Wisconsin Fruit Newsletter Janet van Zoeren, Christelle Guédot, and Amaya Atucha Welcome to the first installment of the Wisconsin Fruit News! This bi-weekly installment will allow us to highlight research regarding our state’s fruit crops, inform you of … Continue reading

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Corn Agronomy – Looking ahead to 2016: Plant density decisions

I have been receiving many questions this year regarding the “correct” plant density for corn. Growers are concerned about 2016 production economics and one input they are looking at is seeding costs related to plant density in the field. The … Continue reading

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Do Crop Rotation and Tillage Influence Seed-applied Inoculant Decisions?

David Marburger, Spyridon Mourtzinis, John Gaska, & Shawn Conley, Department of Agronomy UW-Madison Soybean has the unique ability to form a symbiotic relationship with a soil bacterium, Bradyrhizobium japonicum. This relationship results in biological nitrogen fixation, a process in which atmospheric … Continue reading

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No Silver Bullets in Crop Production

Richard Halopka, CCA Clark County UW-Extension Crops & Soils Agent Media has dramatized the quick solution to any ailment you may have. If you have a pain, a condition, are overweight, etc. there is a pill or remedy that has … Continue reading

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Soybean Management Strategies to Facilitate Timely Winter Wheat Establishment in 2016

Shawn P. Conley Soybean and Wheat Extension Specialist, Department of Agronomy Winter wheat acres across WI have declined over the past few years due to high corn and soybean prices and late grain harvests, however current economic realities suggest an … Continue reading

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Corn Agronomy: Looking ahead to 2016: The Economics

Joe Lauer, Wisconsin Corn Agronomist This spring farmers have been slow to make decisions on a number of inputs. Reluctance has largely been due to weather concerns and economics. The acreage intentions report last week did not help. Corn and soybean prices … Continue reading

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Corn Agronomy: Do farmer acreage intentions predict actual planted acres?

Last Thursday USDA-NASS came out with crop plating intentions for the U.S. This report along with the ending stocks report dramatically influences markets. Last week was no exception with market prices decreasing  with the news that 2016 corn acreage intentions … Continue reading

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Crop Budget Analyzer

Ken Williams – UW-Extension-Waushara County The decline in grain prices makes it essential for producers to accurately project the potential profitability of the crops they will plant in 2016. Production costs currently are around $500 to $550 per acre for … Continue reading

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