ARTICLES BY DAVID EKSTROM
Stepping Up Biosecurity on PEDV By: 04/08/2014 @ 9:26am

The fight against the porcine epidemic disease virus (PEDV) continues to be a strong one. Missouri’s 96 cases compare to 1,646 in neighboring Iowa, 407 in Illinois, 214 in Kansas and 331 in Oklahoma. The…

Winter cover crops become weeds? By: 04/01/2014 @ 3:37pm

Cover crops are a great way to keep the soil rich and prevent erosion. Although, what happens when the ground frost prevents farmers from eradicating the cover crops before spring planting? In short, they…

Great Time to Own Cattle, but . . . By: 03/24/2014 @ 4:44pm

“With record-high beef prices, it’s a great time to be in the cattle business,” says Scott Brown, assistant research professor of agriculture and applied economics at the University of Missouri college…

Cool Tools: Rockwell Compact Circular Saw By: 03/13/2014 @ 1:16pm

Dave Mowitz looks at the newest tools on the market. This week he shares the RK3441K Rockwell Compact Circular Saw, IPA Diamond-Coated Point and Compact Cleaner, and the Craftsman nine-piece Max Axess Long…

Spring machinery prep checklist By: 02/20/2014 @ 7:41pm

As farmers get ready for spring, preparing machinery should include checking or repairing anything that may affect the safety of the operator (if not already done so).Keeping machinery properly maintained is…

Soil preparation for the spring season By: 02/20/2014 @ 7:37pm

With planting season right around the corner, everyone is itching to get out into the field. Before the time comes, it’s important to think about proper soil preparation.It’s common knowledge that before…

Will winter wheat survive the cold? By: 02/07/2014 @ 11:04am

The recent cold temperature stint and harsh winter weather has sure taken a toll on us, but how about the winter wheat?The big question is will winter wheat be injured or survive the low temperatures between…

The Secret to 100 Years of Success - Part 2 By: 01/28/2014 @ 10:57am

Cathrina Claas-Mühlhäuser, Deputy chairman of the shareholders' committee and chairman of the supervisory board of Claas, talks about who the influence are in her life, and how Claas develops…

The Secret to 100 Years of Success - Part 1 By: 01/28/2014 @ 10:06am

Cathrina Claas-Mühlhäuser, Deputy chairman of the shareholders' committee and chairman of the supervisory board of Claas, discusses how Claas will continue to innovate another 100…

Canning fresh produce this winter By: 01/08/2014 @ 6:10pm

It's the dead of winter, but that doesn't mean the season of canning fresh produce is over. With the use of hoop houses, cold weather crops, and other methods of prolonging the growing season there…

Cool Tools: Crescent X6 Pass-Through Ratchet and Socket Set By: 12/23/2013 @ 3:02am

Dave Mowitz looks at the newest tools on the market. This week he shares the Crescent X6 Pass-Through Ratchet and Socket Set, Craftsman 19.2 volt Max Axess Auto Ratchet, Milwaukee Tool Hollow Core Magnetic Nut…

Cool Tools: Mantus Tight Access Tool By: 12/16/2013 @ 2:19pm

Dave Mowitz looks at the newest tools on the market. This week he shares the Mantus Tight Access Tool, Ken-Tool T131 Utility Tire Pneumatic Bead Expander, and Campbell Hausfeld WK2500 Plasma Cutter. To learn…

Kossuth County farmers receive Iowa Farm Bureau Young Farmer Achievement Award By: 12/13/2013 @ 12:42pm

Matt and Nancy Bormann of Kossuth County were presented Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s (IFBF) 2013 Young Farmer Achievement Award at the organization’s 95th annual meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. The annual…

Cool Tools: Ingersoll Rand 259G Air Impact Wrench By: 12/10/2013 @ 2:52pm

Dave Mowitz looks at the newest tools on the market. This week he shares the Ingersoll Rand 259G Air Impact Wrench, Milwaukee 4pc nut driver set, and the Briggs and Stratton 3100 Elite Series pressure washer…

Check out Farmers For the Future By: 12/03/2013 @ 11:31am

Home to nearly 5,000 members, Farmers For the Future is a place where young and beginning farmers can connect with peers to receive advice and learn new things. Watch the video below to learn more and see how…

Cool Tools: Craftsman Max Axess Mechanics Tool Set By: 12/02/2013 @ 4:41pm

Dave Mowitz looks at the newest tools on the market. This week he shares the Craftsman 131-piece Max Axess Mechanics Tool Set, Ingersoll Rand IQV 12-volt Cordless Ratchet Wrench, and the Bostitch BTE 820K…

Cool Tools: Semi Automatic Driver By: 11/25/2013 @ 5:22pm

Dave Mowitz looks at the newest tools on the market. This week he shares the WORX SD Semi Automatic Driver, Milwaukee Tool's 10IN1 Multi Bit Drivers, Ken-Tool's Super Duty T45AS tire iron, and Bear…

Cool Tools: Ingersoll Rand 429G Reciprocating Air Saw By: 11/18/2013 @ 4:14pm

Dave Mowitz looks at the newest tools on the market. This week he shares the Ingersoll Rand 429G Reciprocating Air Saw, Lufkin Control Series tape measures, and the Snap-on MM 250SL welder. To learn more…

Contract grazing considerations By: 11/04/2013 @ 9:48am

When the topic of contract grazing is brought up, there are a few questions that may arise. Land availability, contracts, facilities and equipment, and payment rates are all things to consider. What is…

Farming with arthritis By: 09/11/2013 @ 11:05am

Farmers are always on the go. Working all day and climbing in and out of machinery can take a toll on joints. Arthritis is the most common chronic disease in the U.S., and it’s important to be aware of it…

New vaccine to battle PRRS By: 09/05/2013 @ 4:43pm

Each year swine producers in the U.S. lose $664 million to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS). An Ohio State University researcher has created a unique vaccine to battle the…

Climate change may affect wheat yields By: 09/04/2013 @ 2:33pm

Growing a healthy, high yielding wheat crop takes years to master and requires hard work and commitment. Climate change brings on a series of problems, and a quality drought-resistant variety that is resistant…

Intercropping soybeans may offer higher yields By: 09/03/2013 @ 5:00pm

A technique called modified relay intercropping of soybeans allows growers to capture 66% of the traditional growing season. At least, it did in Ohio. Planting soybeans into wheat not only resulted in…

Review grain bin safety rules before harvest By: 09/03/2013 @ 4:47pm

With harvest season soon approaching, it is important for farmers and family members to remember grain bin safety. Many farmers have worked around grain bins for most of their lives and think a grain…

MDA Crop Tour comes to a close By: 08/09/2013 @ 3:05pm

The 2013 MDA Weather Services Crop Tour started off in central Indiana making their way into Illinois on the first day. Towards central Indiana the corn was young and partially pollinating in multiple…

Precision nutrition for niche market swine producers By: 08/06/2013 @ 2:22pm

A new study may allow niche market swine producers with data to precisely match the nutrients in feed to what their pigs need -- and cut down on feed costs.Iowa State University animal science professor, John…

Cover crop survey reports higher yields By: 07/16/2013 @ 4:03pm

Putting in a cover crop can be one of the most important things a farmer can do during a dry year. A detailed report has just been released about a survey carried out in partnership between the USDA North…

PERC offers $5,000 incentives on new dryers By: 06/26/2013 @ 4:09pm

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is now encouraging producers to upgrade their grain dryers with a $5,000 incentive from the Propane Farm Incentive Program. Producers who purchase a…

Keeping your soil healthy By: 06/25/2013 @ 12:10pm

The weather has had a dramatic impact on the environment this year compared to 2012. With the amount of rain this season, Mhadi Al-Kaisi of the Department of Agronomy has a few suggestions that would be…

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