Editor's note: The USDA Risk Management Agency posted this list of frequently asked questions May 23. The original document is here.
Soil moisture levels are adequate to surplus in most of the Corn Belt, but soils are a little drier in the northern Plains.
The nation’s corn crop is now 84 percent planted, up 13 percent from a week ago, according to this week’s USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Crop Progress Report released today (May 22). That is 1 percent behind the five-year average and equal with last year’s planting.
Editor’s note: The following was written by Aaron Hager, University of Illinois Extension weed specialist, for the university’s Pest Management Bulletin.
Heavy rains that inundated large swaths of Illinois farmland put growers in a holding pattern in early May, waiting to see what will become of their crops already in the ground as well as seed still in the bags.
Innovation in the development and application of broad spectrum fungicides has brought a new tool to farmers seeking improved disease protection and higher crop yields.
SWISHER, Iowa — DriftWatch, a new online mapping tool for sensitive crops, allows herbicide or insecticide applicators to see where bees and specialty crops are being raised in their neighborhood.
WOODHULL, Ill. — Randy DeSutter, a fourth-generation Northwest Illinois farmer, finished planting corn a little earlier than usual this year, and one-quarter of his soybeans were planted before the rains came at the end of April.