Monday morning musing from the shores of the Platte river. Winds, wet and town sirens blowing for the past few days signal the return in dynamic form of moisture to the region of Kansas, Nebraska and iowa. Reports show that every one got rain, up to 4 inches, usually in small showers that went into the dry soil. Some washing in rolling hills just planted with corn that had not emerged as of my road trip Mother's Day of over 400 miles in central and eastern Nebraska delivering seed corn. We saw a few places where we could row corn but 90 is below the soil ,with a few days till visible rows typically. We have seen many moths in the evening drives , these are all none of the dreaded black cutworms momma, an assortment of others lesser damaging types. Coupled with the later and cooler than normal planting and emergence we project a low early cutworm activity in regional fields. All the plumb thickets that survived the dry fall, winter months are in bloom in eastern Nebraska. Plumb thickets are sporting the tent caterpillar nesting webs of early development near and far. They eat every leaf, no fruit develops and plants usually re leaf later. The stress of drought on the plumbs suggest no re leafing and a loss of farm field edge habitats for many positive birds and insects that address crop pest by Gobbling them up later as the season progresses. What a loss of natural habits of good insects and birds. Those ego driven producers who eliminated miles of tree wind breaks deserve what they will get of pests in their crops. See the attached pictures. What are you seeing in your fields that has caught your eye? These question about what is happening are a learning time. Take a picture, send it over to the office and let's see what is happening in your area. I will be glad to post and attempt to answer your "what is this or that " around our farm home. This next few weeks we should begin to see stalk borers in edges of fields . Typically we see a few rows chewed but not worth any application of material. As we get a bit of warmth, crops will emerge rapidly now. An important action of checking the populations and reviewing that status slope by slope is what we do as agronomists. Replanting based of facts is then calculated. A seed salesman will always replant it seems. How many plants per foot, gaps and wash out all go into any replant decision. Corn flee beetles are here in some spots. They will chew the first few emerged leaves, just a few are not worth the effort to be concerned . Just ugly lower leaves and the corn grows on to normal yields. Water will make weeds be active where they had been waiting in the dry and cold soil this spring of 2014 . Be ready to address that issue as dry returns to your fields . Mike Williams OPINS co- op agronomist Sent from my iPad
Bare, not one gift from Corporate America again.
I was just like the grand kids this year, I wanted it all. Yes I was a greedy little kid in my wish list 1) Labels that show GMO food content in all foods.. 2) Organic prices fair to producers every year. 3) Good science that shows that GMO fed animals are not doing well. 4) a USDA that works for producers and not corporate AG America interests. 5) Removal of corn sugars from use in foods. 6) An EPA that is allowed to do it’s work 7) Big Ag realizing that big is not better , just cheap unhealthy foods.
Simple wishes to make all healthy and fairly wealthy.
I got scrogged again from Big AG and the Corporation of America.
New Rules Threaten Farmers, Don’t Make Food Safer
The Food and Drug Administration is poised to make some of the most sweeping changes to food safety regulations since 1938. The final comment deadline has been extended to this Friday, November 22. If you are a farmer or food producer we urge you to comment. If you are a consumer, these rules could impact your ability to get fresh, organic local produce.
What’s wrong with the proposed rules:
1. They force small farms – which should be exempt from the regulations – to comply with extensive, burdensome regulations without improving food safety.
2. They’re too expensive. They could put small organic farmers out of business by cutting into small profits.
3. Compost would become a dirty word. The rules propose a 9-month waiting period before farmers can apply manure and other soil-building materials.
4. Small on-farm producers of products like pickles, jams, and sauerkraut could be put out of business.
CONTACT THE FDA TODAY
Submit your comment in TWO places – to the Produce Rule (http://bit.ly/fsma-pr) and to the Preventive Controls Rule (http://bit.ly/fsma-pcr ). This is important because these issues affect both rules.
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ESSAY OF THE WEEK
Quietly into the Night? Not Monsanto.
The average American eats more than 150 pounds of genetically engineered food every year. This despite the fact that scientists – the independent ones – agree that GE foods are ruining our health and our environment.
Fortunately, after 20 years of fighting for labels on foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), we’ve reached a turning point. We, as consumers and farmers, are demanding a say in what we eat and what we plant.
In an interview with Mercola.com, OCA’s Ronnie Cummins explains why we must marshal every last resource to win the GMO labeling battle in Washington State on Nov. 5. And once we win, how we’ll have to continue the fight against Monsanto. With every ballot we cast. With every food purchase we make.
Because Monsanto will not go quietly into the night. At least not yet.
Big Rules Spell Bad News for Small Farms
Love your local farms, farmers markets, and CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture)? They could be in trouble thanks to heavy-handed new rules proposed under the Food Safety & Modernization Act (FSMA).
Unless the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) agrees to some key changes in the FSMA, your local farmer could be forced to shell out up to $20,000 for a fancy “Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Control plan.” For a farmer on a small budget, all that extra cost and paperwork means raising prices. Higher prices could force even the most loyal consumer to reluctantly settle for inferior, industrial food, trucked in from out-of-state corporations.
And that could force your farmer out of business. While perpetuating the chemical-intensive, environmentally unfriendly corporate agribusiness model.
Under the guise of “food safety,” the FSMA would create new barriers for small and mid-scale farmers and processors who have for years been working to create local markets – restaurants, co-ops, groceries, schools – for their locally grown produce.
Who wins? The big guys, as usual. Who loses? Consumers. Farmers. Local markets. And Mother Earth.
TAKE ACTION BY NOVEMBER 15: Tell the FDA: The FSMA puts small and mid-scale farmers and processors at a competitive disadvantage against corporate farmers and producers who can more easily absorb costs, fees and fines. Please revise the FSMA to level the playing field for small growers
Too Close to Call?
With less than two weeks to go, Monsanto and Big Food are eating away at our lead in Washington State. We’re still ahead, but make no mistake. The opposition’s $17.1 million worth of misleading TV and radio ads, mailers and flyers, is hurting us.
The single most important thing we can all do right now is get on the phone. Call voters in Washington State. Urge them to get out and vote YES on I-522. And remind them that any company willing to spend $17.1 million to keep a simple label off of its products has something to hide. And that something can’t be good.
These next two weeks are critical. Please volunteer an hour of your time to call voters. The campaign will tell you how to do it. It’s easy. And it won’t cost you anything but a little time.
Outed! Big Food Spends Big Money to Keep You in the Dark
Big surprise. Big Food was hiding its big donations to the NO on I-522 campaign by funneling them through the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).
We knew it was true. Now we know who they are. The companies who make billions of dollars by selling you their products. But who don’t want you to know what they’re putting in those products.
Why were they so desperate to hide their donations that they were willing to break the law? Because you, consumers, boycotted them, and their natural and organic brands, after they publicly donated more than $26 million to defeat GMO labeling in California last year.
We’ll be updating our boycott list soon, based on this new list of donors. In the meantime…
- Kudos to Ben & Jerry’s, who kept its parent company, Unilever, from donating to the NO on I-522 campaign. For this, and for making a huge in-kind contribution to the YES on I-522 campaign, we’ll take Ben & Jerry’s off the new boycott list, when we make it official.
- Shame on Seth Goldman, CEO of Honest Tea, for telling the media that Honest Tea’s parent company, Coca-Cola, wasn’t “directly lobbying” to defeat I-522. As it turns out, Coke was the third highest food company donor, spending more than $1 million to kill I-522. If you haven’t already, please tell Mr. Goldman what you think.
- Welcome! To two new organic and natural brands, who will be added to our new boycott list. Sweet Leaf Teas, an organic brand, and Gerber organic baby foods are both owned by international food conglomerate, Nestlé, which donated $1.1 million to the NO on I-522 campaign. Why not get a jump on the boycott by posting on their Facebook pages today? Sweet Leaf Tea and Gerber organic.
And, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the top food donor to the NO on I-522 campaign. PepsiCo plunked down a cool $1.6 million in Washington State. Please let the folks at Pepsi’s subsidiary, Naked Juice, know how you feel about that.