Latest Sowing Stories

2014-08-21 08:30:52

DICKEY-john releases new Hy Rate Plus(TM) LED Seed Sensor with high counting accuracy across multiple seed types and improved performance in dusty conditions. AUBURN, Ill., Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- DICKEY-john Corporation, the industry leader in precision electronics for agriculture, expanded its line of seed sensors to include the Hy Rate Plus(TM) LED Seed Sensor. From larger seeds such as corn to small seeds like canola, the Hy Rate Plus accurately counts seeding population...

2011-11-01 14:48:36

Choosing how much nitrogen (N) to put on corn fields isn't something farmers take lightly. Many factors go into the decision, including past experiences, the timing of application, yield goals, and results from soil tests. Nevertheless, crop sensors can select N rates for corn that outperform those chosen by farmers, according to more than 50 on-farm demonstration projects conducted in Missouri from 2004 to 2008. Compared to producers' N rates, sensor-selected rates increased yield by...

2011-08-23 19:36:14

Twin-row soybean production is the preferred growing method for growers, but is it more productive than the conventional single-row method? In the Mid-South, twin-row soybean production is becoming a popular growing technique for soybean producers. An estimated 80% of the total hectares grown in the Mississippi Delta are planted in this configuration. While growers report this method increases seed yields, especially when used with specific cultivars planted in April or early May, there is...

2011-06-28 20:47:51

Oat is the sixth most important cereal in the world. Traditionally it has been used for feed, but it's importance as a food crop is steadily growing due to it's unique health beneficial properties. Unfortunately, oat cannot be grown as a winter crop in Sweden. To remedy this, researchers at the University of Gothenburg are now in the process to develop new, more cold-tolerant winter oat varieties. The health benefits of oats are well documented in the scientific literature and oat is one of...

2011-02-02 04:07:00

FREDERICK, Md., Feb. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Now's the time to get a jump start on your spring planting by germinating your seeds indoors while it is still too cold for outdoor planting. Planting your garden from seed is economical, environmentally friendly and rewarding, according to MasterGardening.com. "Starting seeds indoors allows them to start life in a controlled environment, greatly increasing their chances when introduced to your backyard garden," states Martin Havrilla, Marketing...

2011-01-27 20:37:50

Soybean production has continued to increase in the Northeast United States with more and more first time growers planting the crop and many experienced growers planting alongside corn crops. To save on time and expenses, some farmers plant soybeans with a corn planter in 30-inch rows instead of 7.5-inch rows with the regularly used grain drill. Dr. William Cox, a Cornell University scientist, investigated the response of two soybean varieties in row widths of 7.5, 15, and 30 inches at four...

2011-01-18 05:34:00

LOVELAND, Colo., Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Trimble (Nasdaq: TRMB) announced today new Field-IQ(TM) system capabilities to monitor seed delivery, fertilizer blockage and manage application of up to six variable rate products. The new capabilities include support for row crop planters, air seeder, strip till and spreader platforms. The announcement was made today at the Trimble Agriculture Reseller Conference. The Field-IQ system pairs seamlessly with the guidance capabilities of the...

2010-11-24 11:11:00

ROSENBERG, Texas, Nov. 24, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- New production standards have been reached for soybean crops in Texas, defying skeptics who once thought the growing conditions would never allow soybeans to yield so strongly in the region. In areas where farmers previously expected to produce no more than 25 bushels per acre, many Texas growers in 2010 reported yields of 50-plus bushels per acre - despite a dry, challenging season. Many local farmers credit their success in large part to...

Latest Sowing Reference Libraries

Seed bank
2013-07-31 15:37:35

Seed banks are gene pools of seeds from food crops and other rare species. If seeds from the reserves are destroyed, seeds from seed banks can be used to generate new crops. Seed banks are not open to the public as are seed libraries or seed swaps. Maintaining seeds in a seed bank will preserve the seeds during times of natural disasters, disease outbreaks, or even war. SEED DORMANCY Seeds can remain dormant for decades as long as the storage environment remains cool and dry. Seeds that...

Seed Drilling
2013-05-18 07:39:11

Seed drilling is a method used by farmers in order to have a more unified, crop-yielding season. The first known use of seed drilling was in 1500 BC by the Sumerian. At this time, they were using a single tube. Later, in the 2nd Century BC, the Chinese developed a multi-tube iron drill. This facilitated in a larger crop planting allowing them to feed their large population. The first recorded patent of a sowing machine was in 1566 by the Venetian Senate, attributing Camillo Torello. In the...

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