Friday, January 4, 2013
Amongst the calamity yesterday Darrell Bruggrink calls from NoTill Farmer calls and we talk about the car crash. They have that too in Wisconsin but turkeys are worse! He tells me Kris Nichols is ill and she can't speak. Dang, I was wanting to hear that Top 40 Under 40 speaker I recommended on microbiology of our soil. Ed, can you take her place?
I said let's pray for her health. I reminded him of my ordeal 2 years ago and he agrees on health and prayer. Then we discussed topics and he said you have spoken on soybeans at the conference in the past, could you talk soybeans? I said how about What's New In High Yield Soybeans? I knew he would like that fancy wording and went with it.
I shook up NNTC in 2000 when I accepted my NoTill Farmer of the Year Award sponsored by Syngenta. I showed them how I modified my old White 5100 planter with the Martin system and used lime, gypsum, fertilizer and biological farming to increase my farming at age 50. We started NewAgTalk about the same time so we have all grown together(and apart.)
So I post my question to my trusted friends(and enemies) on Crop Talk. I got excellent answers, just what I was thinking. Take a minute and read these responses, there is a young guy replying I would like to see get more active on Crop Talk. Can you pick him out? His profile says he only had 34 posts when I looked for his name.
Then another young man asked about renting "a bunch of patches" like so many of us have done. I replied to it. I am pretty happy with my response to him, too. I've got my confidence back thanks to Leon in Hawaii, Phred, Farmerrob, Southernokie and others. Then I read a post about farm planning by my friend Paul up north and I feel even better.
Back to these high yielding soybeans, I have a good outline and comments in the links. Do you have any others? Somehow I've got to get my listeners thinking how to add a little calcium each year, balance their nutrients and treat soybeans as their top crop, not the "red headed stepchild." Cover crops, biology, humates all fit in here somewhere but I know right now weed control is my first issue. Weeds are eating everyone's lunch.