Jul 18

Is Grain Quality Stealing From Your Profits

Is Grain Quality Stealing From Your Profits

The old saying, “We are scraping at the bottom of the barrel,” seems about right when it comes to the current feed being used. With the 2014 harvest just on the horizon, many swine and poultry producers are finding the last of the 2013 grains being used in feed is of substantially lower quality. Even when stored in the best conditions, grains never improve quality during the storage period. Grain quality is either maintained or lost, taking with it the farm’s net returns. Corn, a key ingredient in swine and poultry diets, can represent close to 60 percent of the total feed.

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Jun 06

The World Beneath Our Feet

The World Beneath Our Feet
A couple of weeks back, I was invited to attend Alltech's 30th Annual International Symposium in Lexington, Kentucky. This is the second year I have attended and I can honestly say that I came home with so many ideas and thoughts that it is hard to get through them all. Have you ever thought of what goes on beneath your feet? The following will make you think twice about calling that black stuff dirt. Sitting at the Symposium, I felt as if some farmers are looking at the big picture and not the whole picture.

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May 14

The Great Unknown Below Our Feet

The Great Unknown Below Our Feet
Over 500 years ago, Leonardo DaVinci observed, “We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot.” Five centuries later, as NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft explores beyond our solar system, a galaxy of trillions of soil microbes inches below our feet remains unknown. As the global population rises each year, so does our concern over how agriculture will be able to close the yield gap. Our land yields must rise 70 to 100 percent by 2050 in order to feed a world of 9 billion people. If every field produced the highest attainable yield, worldwide crop production would only rise by 45 to 70 percent.

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May 06

Drones and the Potential for Precision Agriculture

Drones and the Potential for Precision Agriculture
As a child, my introduction to unmanned vehicles came via an episode of The A-Team wherein the protagonists were besieged inside a toy store. Surrounded by drug runners planning to burn the store down, the heroes of the show were forced to make use of the various materials at hand—conveniently including remote-controlled airplanes and model rockets—to route the drug runners outside and escape. You may be surprised to learn that the concept of drones is nearly a century old. Properly known as UAVs, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, the history of drones begins as early as World War I, although they weren't developed in earnest until the 1970s, when western militaries began to look for new ways to keep their human pilots from harm.

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