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Best of the [A] List: Ten top picks from the Internet

John Walter Updated: 12/16/2010 @ 1:53pm

In July, as part of a major redesign, Agriculture.com initiated a new feature, the [A] List of best agricultural features on the Internet. The section, housed on the home page and organized by categories on the website, is based on the idea that farmers and other agriculturalists are busy people and will appreciate guidance in finding useful and entertaining information.
The [A] List includes websites, blogs, social media postings, user comments and other Internet-based content developed by agribusinesses, agricultural media, and farmers.   

More than a hundred selections from sources outside of Agriculture.com were cited in the first six months of the existence of the service. 
“All the links on the [A] List are considered top drawer,” says Successful Farming and Agriculture.com Editor-in-Chief Loren Kruse. “But our staff also felt there are some features that deserve to be short listed.”
Below are the ten top [A] List picks for 2010, selected by the editors of Agriculture.com. Have your own nomination for a top Internet feature? E-mail us.

Chat 'n Chew Café

Bob Neilsen, “Your friendly neighborhood Extension corn specialist,” continues to maintain one of the oldest and most useful resources for crop production info on the Web. He also invites interactivity, saying comments, “are gladly received, always read and frequently acted upon.” While at the cafe, it’s worth taking a look at the related site, another Internet original, King Corn: The Corn Grower’s Guidebook.

Go to: Chat 'n Chew Cafe

Observations in Agriculture

Dave Rahe, an Illinois-based crop consultant, keeps regular tabs on a wide range of issues, including plant diseases, precision ag, soil conservation, and all the sights you see when driving the back roads. His comments are brief, well informed, and practical.

Go to: Observations in Agriculture

BASF Plant Health Training Module

BASF presents an online learning and product promotion experience with a sophisticated digital approach to a cutting edge agronomic topic—innovative uses of fungicides to control plant disease. The multimedia presentation centers on the user’s geography, and includes grower testimonials and highlights of BASF fungicide research.

Go to: BASF Plant Health Training Module

Will Gilmer on YouTube

Alabama dairy producer Will Gilmer has developed a number of quirky videos about farm life, including a piece called "Water 'n Poo”…a song about nutrient management.”  He improvised the tune from his tractor cab, spinning lyrics that are not only funny, but, oddly enough, also grassroots testimonials to the way farmers wisely manage resources. 

Go to: Will Gilmer on YouTube

Voices Across the Plains

A handsome user interface showcases a mix of video, blogs, audio and articles about wheat production from the Palouse to the High Plains. Created by Syngenta, the site expertly meshes wheat product information with practical grower experience to talk about new technologies of all types.

Go to: Voices Across the Plains

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Thanks so much John, Jeff, Loren et al! 12/17/2010 @ 9:53am Doing a personal blog on top of my daily job can sometimes get a bit grueling, especially when traveling! But I've received such great support from the ag community and such interest from friends and family who aren't connected to ag, that I can't imagine not telling my personal ag story. Thanks for making sure I have motivation to keep going for a while with this honor.

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