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AG SHOW UNDERWAY

By Staff | Dec 5, 2012
Todd Sears, president of IntelliAir explains his company's automated bin management system Tuesday morning at the Farm News Ag Show.
Sears shows how his system will gradually dry grain and maintain the condition, with a minimum of shrinkage.

Todd Sears, president of IntelliAir opened the 2012 Farm News Ag Show with a presentation on his company’s automated bin managing system that controls the conditions of grain in each bin, capable of both drying and even rehydrating grain.

Sears said his system uses scientific natural air drying, even in humid regions; can avoid overdrying, maintaining quality and profits; avoids overrunning fans, saving energy and costs; can rehydrate grain and make money from it.

For more information visit: “http://www.IntelliAir.com”>www.IntelliAir.com or call (855) 206-5612.

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AG SHOW UNDERWAY

By Staff | Dec 5, 2012

Kelvin Liebold, an ISU ag engineer, spoke Tuesday morning at the Farm News Ag Show and told his audience he is pessimistic that farmers can continue seeing the profit margins in farming that have been earned over the past five years.

According to Kelvin Liebold, the profit margins farmers have been earning the past five years will not be the margins they can expect in the next five.

If he’s right, the bottom will gradually fall out on farm incomes.

Liebold, an Iowa State University Extension ag engineer, was speaking to about 50 people Tuesday morning at the Farm News Ag Show.

He said a combination of more corn being grown around the world, U.S. government policies, and a stock-to-use ration in corn, will all work together to trim ag profitability over the next several years.

“I don’t know where ag is going,” Liebold said, “but there’s a lot of innovation out there and it’ll be an exciting time.”

Nevertheless, he said, if the U.S., South America and Ukraine have trendline corn yields, the price of corn can fall by $1 by late 2013.

“For a 200 bushel harvest,” Liebold said, “that’s a $200 (per acre) loss. If you’re working on a $150 (per acre) profit margin — what’s that do to ya?”

Liebold said he does expect there will be a farm bill, but all farm supports, direct payments, cyclinal payments and conservation program funding will be lost to the new bill.

The AG SHOW will continue this afternoon until 5 p.m., then reopen from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdsay. The show is at the Career Education Building on the Iowa Central Community College Campus in Fort Dodge.

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AG SHOW UNDERWAY

By Staff | Dec 5, 2012

Mark Licht, an ISU agronomist, advised his Tuesday afternoon audience at the Farm News Ag Show farming in a dry year, especially in the first half of the growing season.

The 2013 growing season looks to at least start out drier than normal, according to Mark Licht, an Iowa State University agronomist, as he spoke Wednesday afternoon at the Farm News Ag Show.

Licht said he thinks farmers can realistically expect to find 5 to 7 inches of moisture in the Iowa soil profile by planting time.

That 7 inches includes 2.35 inches received in October, plus slightly more than 4 inches that could fall this spring.

If Iowa gets 10 to 12 inches of snow cover, Licht said, and get melt into the soil, then another inch will be available.

Licht said that in all reality, the soil profile must be recharged as deep as the 8- to 10-foot level. “If it’s still dry in August,” Licht said, “that’s going to be a real problem.”

Licht offered recommendations for applying nitrogen, especially with carryover in the soil because of yield losses; determining how to apply herbicides if there is carryover from 2012; rootworm pressure and weed control in droughty conditions.

The show ends today at 5 p.m. and reconvenes Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. A free pancake breakfast will be fed Thursday to the first 525 show visitors.

The show is at the Career Education Building on the Iowa Central Community College Campus in Fort Dodge.

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