ARTICLES BY AUDREY KITTRELL
International adventurer shares the summit of success By: 07/26/2011 @ 10:11am

Charlie Wittmack had a goal.  In 2010, the American adventurer became the first person to complete The World Triathlon—a staggering 8,000-mile journey from the frigid waters of the River Thames to…

FFA's New Century Farmer conference begins 14th year By: 07/22/2011 @ 3:55pm

A new generation of aspiring farmers is filtering into Des Moines, Iowa this weekend from 24 states for the 14th annual New Century Farmer (NCF) conference.  The National FFA Organization selected…

Garden tomato diseases high this season By: 07/20/2011 @ 11:23am

Tomatoes may be the most common garden vegetable for their low maintenance and high utility in summer salads, salsas and pasta sauces.  But this growing season, tomatoes are not proving as…

New app streamlines grain trading By: 07/07/2011 @ 11:17am

A new mobile application has been released for grain commodity sellers who use iPhone and Android smart phone systems. The trading app, called DPPSM (Dynamic Pricing PlatformSM) grain desk, allows…

No negotiating in hog sales By: 07/06/2011 @ 1:42pm

Hog prices, feed prices and world food prices are all climbing higher, making for a supply and demand tug-of-war between hog producers and consumers.  So how do you make the most profitable hog…

Risk in selling post-USDA report? By: 07/01/2011 @ 12:02pm

“Despite what everyone else says, there’s not much risk in farming these days,” Ken Rulon, Rulon Enterprises and Risk Management assessor said.Rulon admits he realizes this isn’t what you want to hear…

Reduce heat stress in cattle By: 06/30/2011 @ 8:50am

With temperatures expected to reach dangerous highs this week in the middle of the country, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension beef veterinarian Grant Dewell urges beef cattle producers to prepare for…

Causes of yellowing soybeans By: 06/29/2011 @ 5:04pm

Corn isn’t the only crop that’s turning fields yellow right now.  A number of soybean fields are showing a slight yellowing of leaves, and may need additional fertilization, according to Fabian…

Corn prices don't faze ethanol production By: 06/28/2011 @ 3:39pm

When Congress signed the Energy Independence and Security Act into federal law in 2007, House Representative, Nick Rahall, stated the purpose of the act was to protect consumers and “increase…

Clues to the interest rate mystery By: 06/24/2011 @ 4:02pm

All cards are in play right now as grain markets, weather and the U.S. Dollar index are up in the air, and all influencing the long-awaited sign of a change in the current historically low interest…

Make tree planting your next investment By: 06/23/2011 @ 2:08pm

Forget farm/ranch personal property insurance.  A new type of farm coverage is available: Trees. OK, so don’t completely nix your insurance, but planting trees is great supplemental coverage…

Bison sales on the up By: 06/23/2011 @ 8:51am

Demand for bison continues to grow as marketers race to keep up.  If adequate supplies of market-ready animals are available, half of U.S. bison marketers could increase sales by more than 25%…

Causes and treatment of pesticide drift By: 06/21/2011 @ 2:55pm

What goes around comes around—especially this time of year.  Applying pesticides to crops is inevitable to keep insects, weeds and disease at bay.  But pesticide drift is not so…

How late is too late to sidedress N? By: 06/17/2011 @ 9:59am

How and when to apply Nitrogen to your cornfield to maximize yield and profitability are already complicated decisions to make.  But add the volatile weather into the mix, and it is downright…

USDA's MyPlate reflects health trends By: 06/15/2011 @ 4:41pm

As a producer, it is easy to become mesmerized by rows and rows of corn, wheat, and the like, and lose sight of whom you are producing for.  Like it or not, producers have to respond to the needs of the…

Damping off increasing in corn By: 06/14/2011 @ 2:47pm

A wetter-than-normal season in the Midwest is starting to be reflected in corn growth in southern Iowa, and, according to Iowa State University (ISU) plant pathologist Alison Robertson, “It seems…

EPA comes down on mini-bulks By: 06/13/2011 @ 1:59pm

Although reusable mini-bulk pesticide containers save farmers and distributors money in the long run, the industry may spend $5 million recycling and $20 million replacing obsolete containers, according to…

Interest rates on the rise? By: 06/09/2011 @ 1:27pm

The Federal Reserve has kept interest rates near zero for over two years, but the second phase of easing is scheduled to end this month.  The Wall Street Journal prime rate is 3.25 percent, which…

Swine efficiency calculator introduced By: 06/09/2011 @ 12:07pm

The National Pork Board introduced a Live Swine Carbon Footprint Calculator this week at the World Pork Expo as part of its environmental sustainability efforts.  The calculator is a software…

High yield late-planted soybeans By: 06/08/2011 @ 11:30am

Normal soybean planting is down across the country, with just 68 percent of the nation’s bean crop planted. But growers still have time to maximize yields and revenue. “Planting soybeans later than normal…

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