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            We have started to see some movement out in the fields with harvest underway. In terms of corn, some silage has been chopped, high moisture corn is being harvested, and seed corn fields are quickly drying down and are starting to get picked. Soybean fields have lost a lot of their leaves and are drying down quickly. A few soybean fields have already been harvested and it won’t be long before several more will be picked in the area. As a reminder to everyone, this is a very busy and stressful time of year for our farmers. When driving to and from work, please be cautious and courteous of large equipment being moved from field to field. We are going to see several trucks, tractors, and combines moving in the area for harvest. Give yourself plenty of time to get to work in the morning and give them a wave as you pass by. Farmers give up a lot of family time during the fall to bring in a bountiful harvest. Show them your appreciation for their hard work instead of honking as you drive around them!

                Stalk Rots: The major topic of concern at this point of the growing season is the potential for stalk rot damage in corn fields. Corn has been drying down fast this year and while some of that is natural, some dry down may be contributed to late season disease issues. We have received quite a bit of rain in the area during the month of September. Standing water and saturated soils can contribute to the development of stalk rots. Stalk rots can weaken corn stalks which can cause issues with standability. Lodging, stalk breakage, and premature plant death is often a result of stalk rots, which can lead to yield loss and difficultly while harvesting. Another issue to consider is that if the corn crop has stalk rot issues and stalk quality or strength has been compromised, it is common for ears to drop during harvest. This can lead to issues with volunteer corn next year. Several fields in the area had problems with volunteer corn in 2018 thanks to the wind storms that occurred in October last year. I have already heard of some folks in the area who have noticed corn ears on the ground due to wind damage. Hopefully, the extent won’t be near as bad or widely distributed as last year.

                There are several different types of stalk rots that can occur at this point of the growing season. Often times we see stalk rots develop in fields that experienced some sort of damage throughout the year, including hail and wind damage or foliar disease pressure. Excessive rainfall or ponding may also contribute to stalk rot development and other characteristics like hybrid selection, or planting population may increase the risk for stalk rots and lodging in the field. If any of this pertains to your fields and you’re concerned that stalk rots could be an issue this fall, the question you may be asking is “how do I know if my field has any stalk rots?” There are two ways you can easily evaluate potential stalk rot damage. The first method is called a Push Test. Walk a little ways into your field and randomly select at least 100 plants, more is better for good measure. Place your hand on the plant, typically on any portion of the plant that’s above the ear leaf, and extend your arm out away from you. The rule of thumb is to push the plant out about 30 degrees from its natural upright position. If the plant doesn’t snap back to normal or it remains bent when you let go, there’s a good chance you have stalk rot in that field. Another method that some folks prefer over the Push Test is to conduct the Pinch Test. Some folks like this method better because some of the guess work is taken out in deciding if the plant bounced back to normal or not when conducting the Push Test. To use the Pinch Test method, select a plant and find one of the lowest internodes on the plant. The closer to the brace roots the better. Using your thumb and index finger, pinch the internode. If the stalk crushes easily between your fingers, you may have stalk rot. If more than 10% of the plants tested in the field are confirmed to have stalk rot, it’s a good idea to harvest that field sooner rather than later. If you are still uncertain if there is stalk rot or if the stalk has been compromised in any way, you can cut the stalk open lengthwise and look to see if the inside is discolored, if the pith is hollow or spongy, or if the vascular bundles (conductive tissues) are stringy and loose.

                There are several different types of stalk rots that can infect your fields. Common stalk rots found this time of year include Fusarium stalk rot, Gibberella stalk rot, Anthracnose stalk rot, and Charcoal rot. More information about each disease can be found on UNL’s CropWatch website (https://cropwatch.unl.edu/corn-stalk-rots-2018) or in this online publication: http://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/pdf/ec1898.pdf. If you conduct either the Push or Pinch test and determine that over 10% of the plants tested had compromised stalks, you may want to know “what are my options at this point of the growing season?” Unfortunately, the answer to this question is, not much. The best thing for you to do at this point is make a note of any stalk rot damage, write down pertinent information to that field (i.e. hybrid, planting population, hail/wind damage, disease pressure this year, etc.), prioritize that field when you start harvesting, and talk to your seed dealer about hybrid selection for next year to help reduce stalk rot pressure in the future. If you are still unsure if you have stalk rots in your field after conducting the Push or Pinch test, or you wish to get an accurate diagnosis, send whole plant samples to the Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic in Lincoln for accurate confirmation.

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Global Herbicides Market Analysis 2017 – Forecast to 2025” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

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1 Introduction

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4 Porters Five Force Analysis

5 Herbicides Market by Product

6 Herbicides Market by Mode of Action

7 Herbicides Market by Crop Based Type

8 Herbicides Market by Non -Crop Based Type

9 Herbicides Market by Formulation

10 Herbicides Market by Molecular Structure

11 Herbicides Market by Mobility

12 Herbicides Market by Mechanism of Action

13 Herbicides Market by Application

14 Herbicides Market by End User

15 Geographical Segmentation

16 Vendor Landscaping

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BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — A giant brown cloud billowed from the back of a truck as a crowd of onlookers watched, some taking video as it settled into the earth.

Those recently gathered behind caution tape were either curious or prospecting, checking out an equipment demonstration for one of agriculture’s fast-rising commodity.

A group of young friends from Iowa were so excited about the business potential of manure they were talking over each other, as if trying to share a secret the world was ignoring. The general public, for some reason, treats manure like waste.

Animal poop, yes. But not waste.

“It’s gold,” said Andy Mazurik, echoing one of his buddies.

The 20-year-old was not the first person to use the word “gold” to describe manure at the 2018 North American Manure Expo, a two-day event at the Swiftel Convention Center.

Language is a matter of context. And money talks.

The Argus Leader reports that as urbanites create the need for mass food production and ignore the industry’s by-products, residents of rural America are embracing the untapped potential of the hundreds of millions of tons of animal waste produced each year by swine, cattle and poultry farms.

Like any volatile product, manure also demands caution. Created in vast quantities by large-scale livestock operations, problems with storage and transportation can be devastating and even fatal. Not to mention ripple effects with damaging consequences on an already dim public perception of manure and its source.

The goal of the expo — now in its 17th year — is to teach farmers about how to best harness the agricultural value of manure, but also to help them avoid the hazards of working with “black gold,” said Anthony Bly, a soils field specialist for South Dakota State University Extension.

“Agriculture in my mind is really on the defensive a lot,” Bly said. “We do want to be responsible for what we do.”

South Dakota is home to 440 concentrated animal feeding operations, CAFOs for short. All are required to file permits with state officials and meet standards for handling the substantial amounts of manure produced by livestock.

Between the cow and hog CAFOs in the state, there are 1.39 million animals, all producing manure in high quantities.

Spills from inadequate storage and transportation can mean days of clean-up and ruin neighboring properties.

Manure pits also cause significant risks to workers if safety precautions aren’t followed. Brookings area farmer Jerry Nelson spent weeks in the hospital after climbing into his family farm’s manure pit to try to unplug a pipe.

He nearly choked to death on the pool of hydrogen sulfide gas hovering just above the pit. Doctors told family he would likely die. He suffered a collapsed lung and damage to his peripheral vision because his brain had started to die, Nelson said.

“It strikes me how many farmers are vaguely aware that there are gasses in the manure pit,” Nelson said. “But they’re not aware of how dangerous or how quickly it can kill or injure.”

Mazurik attended the expo to get ideas and analyze equipment options for a business venture.

The 20-year-old and his friends are planning to start a manure hauling and application business near their home in Eldora, Iowa, after witnessing the economic benefits for nearby farmers.

With the ambition of Silicon Valley-type entrepreneurs, they described manure as an untapped market.

“It’s organic,” Mazurik said. “You can’t beat organic.”

Demand for manure has increased with skyrocketing costs of chemical fertilizer. Widely used chemical fertilizers such as nitrogen-rich anhydrous ammonia have doubled, tripled and even quadrupled in price in the last couple of decades, depending on the fertilizer

If applied correctly, manure can supply the nitrogen and phosphate cash crops need to flourish, along with offering other benefits for the soil.

A fast-rising market is creating new resources and leading to the development of new technology as farmers abandon old perceptions and embrace manure as a valuable commodity.

Peter Bakken runs a beef operation west of Luverne, Minnesota, on the same property his dad owned and operated when he was a child.

Other farmers covet his manure — they started coming by and making offers. He’s already been selling and applying it, he just wants to learn more about how to streamline an already lucrative piece of his business.

“I’ve got something of significant value,” Bakken said.

Manure production and sales is a boon for the regional economy, Bly said. Instead of sending ag dollars out of the area to the giant manufacturers of chemical fertilizer, manure is made and produced locally.

“The animal operators that produce a lot of manure, we get to keep that,” Bly said.

Bakken and his brother run the farm now, but they both grew up working for their dad. Manure was considered mostly as a by-product of the herd.

“When I was growing up we didn’t realize the value as much as we have today,” Bakken said.

Farmers pivoted to relying heavily on chemicals on their crops in the 1950s and 1960s. Chemical fertilizer became significantly cheaper around that time, said Linda Schott, a graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

“They started treating manure like a waste product,” Schott said.

Manure sat on hills and in pits for decades, spread on fields maybe, but largely as a second-class citizen to the cheaper and more targeted chemical fertilizers that allow farmers to blend the mixture of plant nutrients to their desired ratios.

But the rising costs of chemical fertilizers, along with developments in science have allowed farmers to regain respect for manure and more effectively put it to work.

“Technology has brought us a long way,” Mazurik said.

The Northeast Nebraska Corn Growers Association held a “Growing Potential” ag youth festival Wednesday and Thursday at Wisner River Park.  Nearly 600 elementary students from across northeast Nebraska were able to learn more about how corn is grown and all the different uses of its products.  The students rotated among numerous learning stations covering corn planting and harvesting, crop protection, soil testing and nutrient management, irrigation and water management, ethanol, beef production, and corn by-products.  KTIC staff were also at a learning stations to showcase ag journalism and broadcasting.


Steve Ausdemore from Citizens State Bank talks about sponsoring the event…..


Jeff Pribnow from Kaup Seed and Fertilizer was one of the presenters….


Kasey Rathke works at Siouxland Ethanol, and also a member of the N.E. NE Corn Growers…. he presented on ethanol…


Morgan Wrich with NE Corn Growers told students about all the products that contain corn….


Jason Kvols with NE Farm Bureau was at the beef station next to a cow-calf pair explaining how corn is used to make great tasting beef and pork for your table….