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Tech in ag: the value of soil sampling

May 30, 2019
Over- or under-fertilizing negatively impacts yield, so farmers need to know the needs of their soil. Above is a 60-acre field that was sampled in one-acre grids. The numbers listed represent the amount of phosphorus in parts per million in each grid. Note the variance from nine on the low side to 91 on the high side. What farmers are now able to do is create what we call “controller files” base…

Top Five Myths of GMO seeds, BUSTED

Mar 19, 2019
You may have heard about GMO seeds, but was what you heard actually true? Dan Charles of NPR’s The Salt addresses prevalent misinformation about genetically modified seeds. Myth 1: Seeds from GMOs are sterile. Myth 2: Monsanto will sue you for growing their patented GMOs if traces of those GMOs entered your fields through wind-blown pollen. Myth 3: Any contamination with GMOs makes organic food non-organic. Myth 4: Before Monsanto got in the way, …

Ethanol “left-overs” benefit animals and environment

Jan 16, 2019
DDGs (distillers dried grain with solubles) are co-products of ethanol production. They’ve been used as loose feed for swine, poultry and dairy cows as well as beef cattle. Now POET, the world’s largest producer of biofuels, has developed a pellet form that is rich in nutrients and less likely to blow away, crumble, or be stamped into the ground by animals. This is an innovative way to feed livestock and …

“What does ‘GMO’ stand for?”

Dec 13, 2018
People have lots of opinions, but what about knowledge? Share this video with your students to help them see how important it is to know the facts!

Feed the World workshops coming to Nebraska!

Aug 31, 2018
The farmer board at Nebraska Corn is investing in education to empower teachers and connect agriculture science to the classroom. Educators will have access to free workshops, curriculum, and supplies to help them bring the science of corn into their classrooms. These hands-on lessons connect with current state standards in subjects such as chemistry, biology, environmental science, and more. Partnering with, the Nebraska Corn Board will deliver a …

High tech in precision agriculture

Apr 16, 2018
Farming has gone high-tech. Thanks to innovative technologies that are extremely accurate, cost-effective, and user-friendly, a method of farm management called precision agriculture has been widely adopted by large and small farmers alike since its introduction in the early 1990s. Before then, soil surveys and topographic maps did not provide enough information to be of much use in the field. Today, the primary tools of precision agriculture—the Global Positioning Sy…

Corn farming through the year: spring

Apr 16, 2018
Farmers must make decisions and take action at various points throughout the year to ensure a good harvest. National Corn Growers Association Corn Board member and Ohio corn farmer John Lindner talks about getting ready for spring planting. Soil testing Soil sampling gives us an idea about the nutrient levels on our fields, to help us understand our fertilizer needs and to assess whether our previous fertilizer applications were effective. …

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