Crop & Feed

Reducing fertilizer use with a more accurate soil test

Soil tests that determine fertilizer needs measure nitrate in the soil, but they don't sufficiently account for soil microbes, which mineralize organic nitrogen and make more of it available to a crop. As a result, farmers often apply more fertilizer than they need. FULL STORY »

Farm groups want comment period on water rule

Several farm groups, including the National Pork Producers Council, want the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to issue a "Notice, Comment Period" for an interpretive rule in the Clean Water Act. FULL STORY »

Heavy rains impact barge traffic, crops

As rains continued to fall in the Midwest over the holiday weekend, barge traffic is impacted and crops in the Upper Midwest have reached a critical point. FULL STORY »

Ag groups say, "Go ahead without Japan"

Although the corn and soybean groups have not signed on yet, the National Pork Producers and others want TPP negotiations to continue without Japan. FULL STORY »

Alltech’s 30th Symposium asks “What If?”

PorkNetwork editor JoAnn Alumbaugh is attending the 30th annual Alltech Symposium in Lexington, Kentucky. Here is a news release highlighting some of the sessions from the first day. FULL STORY »

Planting update for Nebraska, Colorado, Western Kansas

Good progress is being made in corn and soybean planting in Nebraska, Colorado and Western Kansas. At least until last week, when the weather got everyone's attention. FULL STORY »

Ralco receives patent for mineral technology

Ralco Nutrition uses a unique, breakthrough technology related to organically chelated mineral compositions, and has just achieved a patent for it. FULL STORY »

Most Texas farmers have corn in the ground

Farmers in southern Texas try to start planting in February to beat the hot weather, so the corn crop there is already mostly planted, says Del Massey with Case IH. FULL STORY »

Senate, House Ag Committees take action

The Senate and House Agriculture committees were busy last week, taking action on nominees for the CFTC and reauthorizing the Commission. FULL STORY »

ISU’s John Patience speaks in Scotland

The challenge in balancing the positive and negative effects of dietary non-starch polysaccharide (NSP) is a key theme at Inspire Forum 2014. FULL STORY »

Farm shows impact communities

The broad impact of farm shows includes community service groups' members who work at the shows as volunteers to earn funds they use to give back to their communities. FULL STORY »

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