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AgAnswers is a helpful tool that allows AgFuse members to ask questions and receive answers from the community. Do you have a question about cover crops? How about manure sampling, planter maintenance, or bookkeeping? You can use AgAnswers to publish a question and to request an answer from top experts in related fields. Here’s a quick look at how to get started.

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To ask a question about any topic related to agriculture, simply locate the Quick Post panel and click “Question.”

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Published Apr 15

Today marks the start of our 31 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest! This is our fifth year of hosting the contest, which is a fun way for AgFuse community members throughout the world to share your favorite cover crop photos. There will be three winners with the first prize being a $100 gift card to Amazon. The second prize is a $50 Amazon gift card and the third prize is a $25 Amazon gift card.

To enter our 31 Days of Cover Crops Photo Contest, simply take a photograph of cover crops and post your image…


Middle Tennessee State University soil scientist Samuel Haruna analyzes a soil sample from his research fields to see how cover crops impact soil temperature. Photo provided by Samuel Haruna.

You can pick the right seed, use the right equipment, apply the right inputs, and plant at the right depth, but without the right soil temperature, your crops are likely to struggle. One practice that can help fix that? Cover crops.

Why Soil Temperature Matters

While soil temperature has an impact on the soil and crop production throughout the growing season, the NRCS says it’s most critical at planting, when it drives seed germination and directly affects plant growth. …


Published Oct 1

An Oregon wetland resource manager examines a soil core sample. Proper soil sampling should accurately capture the variability of a field and provide useful data for input and management decisions. Photo by Jack Dykinga, USDA ARS.

With harvest either underway or on the horizon for most growers in the U.S., now is a good time to prepare for your soil sampling program.

Most universities and the NRCS recommend taking soil samples in the off-season, after the last crop harvest, and before the next cash crop is planted. Mississippi State University Extension advises collecting samples 3–6 months before planting, to allow any lime recommendations to react and change the pH.

But before you can grab your soil probe and head out to the field, you need to understand best soil sampling practices and have…


Published 7/7/20

Every year foliar diseases take a hit to corn yields across the U.S. and Canada. One way to protect corn bushels from these diseases is with corn fungicides.

But in economic times when margins are tight, farmers must consider how foliar fungicide applications will impact their bottom line. Deciding whether to use corn fungicides for foliar disease depends on several factors that can vary year to year, including the disease present and its severity, hybrid resistance, weather and field conditions.

How Damaging Are Corn Foliar Diseases?

According to the Crop Protection Network (CPN), disease caused more than 10% of total estimated bushels lost in…


Nitrogen loss pathways and management options to reduce risk of N loss. Image from University of Nebraska.

When it comes to fertility in crop production, nitrogen is one of the most critical nutrients involved. “Nitrogen plays an important part in many essential functions and compounds necessary for life,” says the University of Missouri Extension and can be found in various parts of plants.

Unfortunately, nitrogen fertilizer is susceptible to leaving the soil before it can be used up by the plant. According to Cornell University Cooperative Extension, nitrogen loss can occur in three ways:

  • Denitrification: Nitrate converts into gaseous forms of nitrogen which are lost to the atmosphere
  • Volatilization: Ammonium (NH4) converts to ammonia (NH3) gas which…

This high-clearance sprayer makes variable-rate nitrogen applications to corn based on sensor readings. The sensors monitor plant stresses that are frequently related to nitrogen status. Photo by Peggy Greb, USDA ARS.

For growers who are trying to follow the “4Rs” of nutrient stewardship — applying the right fertilizer source at the right rate, at the right time, and in the right place, as set forth by The Fertilizer Institute — variable-rate technology (VRT) can help them tackle two of the four, as it can determine the right rate and the right place based on prescription maps.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t guarantee those benefits will provide a return on investment.

Consider a study conducted in North Dakota, Montana and Minnesota from 2000–2003, where fields were divided so that nitrogen fertilizer was either variable-rated…


There is no shortage of great apps to help farmers in 2020. As farming gets more digital, tech savvy farmers are craving tools that can help them do their jobs more efficiently and better. This list compiles 10 of the most useful apps in agriculture.

  1. My John Deere Operations Center let’s you take complete control of your operation via remote management of your fleet, monitoring of field work and applications, as well as accessing historic agronomic data. With continuing improvements and updates being rolled out regularly, John Deere has developed what is the clear flagship farm management tool.
  2. Windy is…

It’s almost time to plant which means it’s time to make some varietal decisions…

It’s that time of year again where things seem to be waking up from the doldrums of Winter…the grass is greening up, pollen is falling everywhere and even an occasional snake shows up…not to mention snake-oil salesmen (kidding, kind of). With the weather warming up, there is an urge to get back into the field and to get outside and do the part of farming that everyone loves.

For almost every farmer, the idea of Spring is one of hope and excitement with the opportunity to get back outside and resume stewarding the land which they’ve been entrusted to.

For…


Published Mar 1, 2019

A new year is always a great time to reflect on your farm business and to look at the big picture. The main focus is “How can I improve my business this upcoming year?” Let us suggest an easy and free way to do so: join AgFuse and participate in the smartest online community of ag professionals. The platform is absolutely free and you can be as active or inactive as you’d like.

What are some of the benefits of joining AgFuse?

  • Network with other members in your area or members who specialize in your crops…

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