SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Taking Another Look at Soybeans vs Corn Previous articleHerbruck’s to Break Ground on New Egg FacilityNext articleIndiana Soybean Organization Celebrates 50 Years Gary Truitt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribe Taking Another Look at Soybeans vs CornIn last week’s Planting Intentions report, the USDA said U.S. farmers would plant 5.6 million more acres of corn in 2016. This has pushed corn prices lower and may be giving growers a reason to think twice about making the switch to soybeans. That is the topic of HAT’s newest Better Farming Report, sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Checkoff and the Indiana Soybean Alliance.In the newest, Better Farming video report, Dr. Jim Mintert and Dr. Shawn Casteel make the case that planting soybeans may be a better and lower cost option for growers in 2016. Mintert says soybean costs have come down from what they were in 2015. “From 2002 to 2004, we had production costs under $2 a bushel. In 2015, that approached $4 a bushel, but we have seen costs come down for 2016, due mainly to some reductions in fertilizer costs.” Mintert said, on average, 2016 variable production costs for soybeans should be around $3.50, “So anything we can do to increase yield will drop that figure significantly.”Dr. Casteel says growers need to think about the benefits of soybeans, “In recent years, soybeans have been our rescue crop. In drought years and even in wet years like 2015, soybean yields have held up.” Some of the research that Dr. Casteel has done at Purdue shows there are changes we can make in producing soybeans that can improve yields and lower production costs. He discusses those in the video report, “By simply adjusting planting dates, growers can see an increase in soybean yields.”Mintert says considering a switch to soybeans is just one of many things that can be done to help lower our cost of production, “There is not one thing, but a combination of many things that can help growers lessen the loss from the 2016 crop.”Watch the Better Farming video report on our the HAT web site. Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 Taking Another Look at Soybeans vs Corn Facebook Twitter All quotes are delayed snapshots Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 Minor Changes in June WASDE Report Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 Facebook Twitter Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 Name Sym Last Change By Gary Truitt – Apr 5, 2016 SHARE
Batesville, In. — The Indiana State Police will be joined by local law enforcement this March to increase dangerous and impaired driving patrols for the NCAA Tournament and St. Patrick’s Day.Last year, the weekend beginning St. Patrick’s Day had the highest number crashes involving impaired drivers. Because March 17, 2018 , falls on a Saturday, police are conducting random patrols, saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints intended to make our roads safer.“This is when we celebrate a time-honoredHoosier tradition, March Madness and basketball,” said Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter. “However if you drink, your plans should include a designated driver, ride sharing program, or taxi to get you home safely from your celebration. Troopers will be out looking for those drivers who fail to heed this advice and will provide another form of transportation to those drivers; but it won’t be to their home.”The top causes of all Indiana traffic crashes are drivers following too closely and failing to yield the right of way. Aggressive, distracted and impaired driving reduce reaction times to unexpected slowed traffic, bicycles and pedestrians.In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under 21 with a BAC of .02 are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to 1 year.Last year the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration purchased 1,759 new portable breath tests for Indiana law-enforcement agencies. An additional 836 devices will be purchased this year.But unlike alcohol, there is no quick field test for the legal and illegal drugs that can impair drivers. ICJI and NHTSA are issuing Android tablets and apps to assist 185 highly-trained police officers in the recognition and enforcement of drug-impaired driving.If you’re taking a new drug or higher dose, talk with your doctor or don’t drive until you know how it affects you. Even over-the-counter medication such as cold medicine or sleep aids may cause impairment, especially when combined with alcohol or a second drug.Experience different perspectives on an impaired-driving crash scene in 360 degrees.