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Keeping Microbes Happy Key to Crop Success

Microscopic organisms can make or break your crop

In a single teaspoon of soil there are 1 billion microbes. Even though you can’t see microbes, they play a key role in your crop’s success or failure. 

“It’s important to keep microbes happy—they can’t function alone and so much of what farmers do depends on them,” says Bob Perry, general manager, Perry Agricultural Laboratory, a soil testing lab in Bowling Green, Mo.

AgTech Investment is Booming

If it seems to you advanced ag technology is invading farm fields across America, you should see Silicon Valley. Investors have poured more than $10 billion into agtech inventions since 2014, according to AgFunder, an online marketplace tracking the sector.

One thing that has become increasingly clear to many investors:  farmers are key to the process.

Tale of Two Tillage Systems

Strip-till and no-till can offer benefits; find out if they’re right for your farm

Ten years ago, north-central Iowa farmer Dave Gerber did what few dare—he switched all of his 1,100 acres from conventional tillage to strip-till in just one season. He now spends 60% less on diesel fuel, 20% less on fertilizer and estimates 60% slower depreciation on his equipment. 

Tiny Organisms, Giant Impact

New spin on old technology can boost crop health

While biological products in agriculture have been around since the 1920s, new waves of technology are more focused than those of old. Today, the four major types of biologicals in the marketplace can be applied to the seed, in-furrow or broadcast. 

Starved Soil Kills Yield Potential

You’re always pushing for better yields, and all the pieces finally fell together in 2016. Record or near-record yields across the country not only topped off grain bins but also depleted soil nutrients. As you plan for your 2017 crop, it’s important to replenish soil nutrients so yield isn’t held back from reaching its potential.

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