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Invest in Genetics to Meet Prime Beef Demands By: 07/24/2014 @ 4:14pm

At the annual meeting of the American Society of Animal Science in Kansas City, Missouri, this past week, David Patterson (MU Beef Extension specialist) and Scott Brown (MU economist) discussed the futures…

Top 3 Social Media Finds This Week By: 07/09/2014 @ 10:57am

Check out my top three agriculture-related finds from Facebook, Twitter, and/or Pinterest that I just couldn't scroll past this week:Lost forever? We all seem to have our phones attached to our hip…

Gain Confidence w/ Automated Soil Sampling By: 06/04/2014 @ 10:07am

Soil sampling is one of the inevitable, time-consuming duties of farmers each fall. While taking dozens of samples with a hand probe, you constantly have to ask yourself, “Did I get enough samples?” “Are…

Earn CCA Credits by Attending Tools of the Future By: 05/29/2014 @ 3:18pm

Explore the newest, state-of-the-art agricultural tools that will make farmers more profitable in the field—including demonstrations and hands-on exhibitions on UAVs (drones) in action, wearable technology…

Register for the Tools of the Future Tour...and Earn CCA Credits, Too! By: 05/29/2014 @ 11:49am

Meredith Agrimedia is launching the Successful Farming® Tools for the Future Tour this summer comprising 3 day-long symposiums in Iowa, Indiana and Illinois featuring the best new technologies and ideas to…

Wearable Tech Lends An Extra Hand By: 05/29/2014 @ 11:20am

Sometimes we need an extra hand (or two) out on the farm or in the field. Dealing with clients or trying to fix a mechanical issue on the phone takes away yet another limb. In the next few years, this will no…

Apply N & Water Cost-Effectively With Micro-Climate Network By: 05/29/2014 @ 10:11am

Farmers don’t want to waste any inputs whether it’s water, nitrogen, or other nutrients, and we all know how much a field can vary from acre to acre. How do you determine how much water or N to apply to…

First-Year Farmer Asking Fertilizer Questions By: 05/09/2014 @ 1:26pm

These days, more students are jumping straight from the college campus into an entirely different, more dynamic classroom setting – the field. While some are going back to the family farm to take over…

Farmer Diversifies Knowledge, Chooses No-Till By: 04/04/2014 @ 1:55pm

Northwestern Kansas farmer Michael Thompson gained his ground in agriculture when he was given a unique opportunity to diversify his knowledge and techniques in farming.“My dad did the best thing ever for…

Best of #NationalAgWeek, #AgDay, #Borlaug100 By: 04/03/2014 @ 1:14pm

National Ag Week 2014 was the biggest and best yet! Just as social media is continuing to become an every day part of our lives, many took to social media venues including Twitter to share ag facts, gratitude…

Dairy: Time to Look Into Forage Supplies, Options By: 03/20/2014 @ 1:52pm

Spring is finally upon us, and it’s time to start working on spring checklists and those winter items that were put off until temps warmed up. Purdue Extension dairy specialist, Mike Schutz, says…

Replace Toxic Fescue to Replenish Returns By: 03/18/2014 @ 11:55am

Kentucky 31 fescue (K-31) is known to be toxic to livestock and nearly impossible to eradicate. Replacing this tall fescue with one of five available varieties of nontoxic fescue can boost weight gains for…

Neighbors Help Man Launch non-GMO Production By: 03/11/2014 @ 12:11pm

Mention genetically modified organism (GMO) crops and there’s no doubt questions, debates, and eyebrows will be raised. However, one Michigan farmer believes non-GMO crops are the perfect fit for his crop…

How 100 Acres Built a Cattle Producer's Legacy By: 03/11/2014 @ 12:02pm

Looking to the south, there’s farmland. Head north and all you’ll find is city until Chicago. This is how Rick Houston describes his homeland near Highland, Indiana, where he grew up intently watching…

WASDE: Second lowest ending soybean stocks By: 03/10/2014 @ 10:16am

Monday's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report gave way to the second lowest ending soybean stocks on record since 1976 at 145 million bushels, down 5 million bushels from last…

9 apps to prep you for planting season By: 02/26/2014 @ 1:04pm

Planting season is creeping up, slowly but surely. Technology advancements makes planting incredibly different than it was 5 or 10 years ago: farmers drive tractors hands-free, check irrigation pivots…

Will wet, cool spring slow planting? By: 02/20/2014 @ 11:45am

Look for a cool, wet spring this year extending across most of the Northern Plains and Midwest according to MDA Weather Services senior agriculture meteorologist, Donald Keeney. Although the dryness will…

The great baler debate By: 02/19/2014 @ 4:02pm

Casey Lange got his feet wet in the farming world, and now he’s looking to take on his next big endeavor. “I started farming in northeast Nebraska about three years ago, finally bought some cows, and I…

Starting from the ground up By: 02/19/2014 @ 3:58pm

Raised on the outskirts of Chicago, Katie Warner and her husband recently moved to what she calls “the sweet Plains” of North Dakota, where her grandfather owns 280 acres of land. Approximately 70 acres…

Seeking secondary opportunities By: 02/19/2014 @ 3:52pm

Many young farmers use their parents as mentors and resources from whom they inherit land to start their own operation. However, some take matters into their own hands. Beginning farmer Ben Jones is looking…

Father Helps Daughter Love Her Ag Roots By: 02/19/2014 @ 3:44pm

“Being around a man who has such passion for what he does really rubs off on a person,” says Kellie Gregorich, 23, about her dad, Dave. As an Iowa State University alumnus with a degree in agricultural…

Temps rising . . . precipitation amounts, too? By: 02/12/2014 @ 12:20pm

Frequent cold fronts and a polar jet stream tearing through the U.S. brought a ferociously cold and windy start to 2014. Temperatures will not be as cold moving forward, says Kyle Tapley, senior…

New Planter Technology on the Way By: 02/11/2014 @ 11:42am

Agriculture.com has been given an exclusive opportunity to cover the unveiling of John Deere’s new planter, live from the floor of the National Farm Machinery Show. View the live feed on…

Propane problems reach crisis level for producers By: 01/31/2014 @ 1:49pm

Pipeline problems, high amounts of crop storage, and what seems to be never-ending cold weather are taking a toll on propane supply availability, and livestock producers are taking a hit.With the weather…

Eggs Reduce Environmental Footprint By: 01/28/2014 @ 2:26pm

Due to increased feed efficiency, advancements in hen housing, and improved manure management, the U.S. poultry industry has increased egg production the past 50 years while…

Corn seed cost squeeze tightens By: 01/24/2014 @ 1:53pm

With seed costs battling for the highest input, the U.S. farmer is being asked to pay more to grow crops for less of a return in 2014. Compared to a year ago, the corn market is down 40%, soybean prices are…

Propane price spiking above $4 By: 01/23/2014 @ 11:31am

Hog confinements, poultry barns, shops, and homes are about to see a spike in propane bills. Extreme cold weather the past few weeks caused propane to make an insane price jump to $4.00+ this week.The U.S…

Snowpack good east of the Rockies, not west By: 01/22/2014 @ 12:15pm

Snowpack west of the Continental Divide is looking bleak. However, the east side of the divide has snowpack at or above average, better than it has in years. According to reports by the USDA’s Natural…

Jump on the #Felfie bandwagon By: 01/17/2014 @ 7:21pm

If you’re still taking selfies, time to ditch the old fad and grab on to the hot #Felfie trend! “Felfies” are selfies (taking a picture of yourself) out on the farm. People catching the craze use social…

High seeding rates = Better yields? Not necessarily. By: 01/17/2014 @ 1:59pm

Thinking about upping your seeding rate to increase yields this year? A university report says that may not get the results you’re looking for.“Planting more seeds per acre in an effort to maximize yields…

9 tips to block PEDv By: 01/15/2014 @ 10:02am

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) is back in full swing. Reports show that as of December 1, 2013, there were 1,512 cases of PEDv in 20 states. “The disconcerting news is that this is an increase…

Hormones: Hashing out the facts By: 12/17/2013 @ 4:20pm

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln published an article answering the question that so many ask these days when it comes to beef: What about hormones?It’s undeniable that all multicellular organisms have…

Turning weeds into ethanol - why not? By: 12/17/2013 @ 3:00pm

The Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign looked at another option for ethanol production – weeds. Weeds are out there. These scientists are looking…

Fall recap: An earful of ethanol By: 12/17/2013 @ 2:56pm

Much has happened in 2013 for the ethanol-producing world: taking a look at new sources for ethanol, an inaccurate story instigating Twitter reaction, and markets looking to ethanol as both a worry and a…

Utilize concentrates to prevent toxemia By: 12/12/2013 @ 10:10am

Pregnancy toxemia is a metabolic disease in goats and sheep that occurs during the last 6 weeks of pregnancy when the fetuses complete about 80% of their growth. This disease is most prevalent in does or ewes…

Northey budget request focuses on water quality By: 12/10/2013 @ 12:44pm

Water quality has been big talk here in Iowa this year. As stated in a press release, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey requested $6.65 million for the Iowa Water Quality Initiative and another $1…

Purdue, Ohio State team up for marestail control By: 12/09/2013 @ 10:40am

Purdue and Ohio State University Extensions teamed up to create a fact sheet to help farmers handle the obnoxious herbicide-resistant weed marestail, known to have effects on soybean yield and…

Pump up the nutrition for bred cows By: 12/05/2013 @ 1:40pm

Temperatures dropped below zero today, and the last hint of green is diminishing from lawns and pastures. Now is a critical time to focus on cows’ nutrition.For spring-calving herds, producers need to key in…

11 useful ag apps for the new year By: 12/04/2013 @ 6:30pm

With hundreds of thousands of apps out there, it can be difficult to find apps that are truly beneficial to our purpose as agriculturalists. Here are 11 apps we believe are useful for anyone in agriculture:…

Put that hay up right this winter By: 11/20/2013 @ 4:35pm

With the high demand (and even higher prices) of hay in the past few years, producers should do everything possible to protect their investment. Something to focus on this time of the year is the storage…

The beef on beta-agonists By: 11/05/2013 @ 10:31am

Cattle in packing plants are showing signs of lameness, sprouting welfare issues around beta-agonist intake.This issue was first brought to attention when Lilly Edwards-Calloway from JBS showed a video of…

Convention & country star ignite FFA By: 10/28/2013 @ 3:09pm

Welcome to National FFA Convention week! Convention is returning to Louisville, Kentucky this year after spending 6 years in Indianapolis, Indiana – the same city where the National FFA Headquarters is…

Large propane demand, short supply By: 10/25/2013 @ 10:50pm

Harvest happening late this year is nothing new on the radar. Later harvest and higher moisture mean that farmers will dry out corn using machines fueled by liquid propane. The only problem is the shortage of…

Early weaning = vast benefits By: 10/24/2013 @ 10:02am

Kansas State University has released studies showing the benefits of weaning calves earlier than at the traditional age. Prompted by the drought that caused many cattle producers to decrease herd size, calves…

Leading trade shows collaborate By: 10/23/2013 @ 11:46am

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers, the National Corn Growers Association, and the American Soybean Association announced on Tuesday that they will be collaborating for the AG CONNECT Expo & Summit…

Cattle prices reach new heights By: 10/23/2013 @ 10:24am

After overcoming a recession, drought, and liquidation of many herds in the past two years, cash cattle prices finally moved higher this fall. Factors such as small cattle numbers, a favorable demand base, and…

Crop progress as expected -- USDA By: 10/21/2013 @ 4:05pm

Since the government recently reopened and the past two Crop Progress reports were cancelled, this week’s report has been much anticipated. Trade expected that 40% of the corn to be harvested and 60% of this…

USDA reports cancelled By: 10/18/2013 @ 12:08pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) have cancelled Crop Production and Cotton Ginnings reports, and World Agricultural Outlook Board…

Time to take cover By: 10/17/2013 @ 2:28pm

Talk about cover crops has been imminent in the Midwest this year.  Iowa State University professors say now is the time to be planting cover crops to conserve soil and nutrients.Assistant professor of…

WFP: The push to full potential By: 10/17/2013 @ 12:20pm

“We’ve given Africa tools to succeed.  Why haven’t the tools made an impact?”According to Gary H. Toenniessen, Managing Director of the Rockefeller Foundation, these tools haven’t made it past…

Land rights basis to end hunger By: 10/17/2013 @ 10:47am

Every night, 900 million people go to bed hungry -- and 600 million of those people are farmers. Does anyone else see a huge problem with that?Sir Gordon Conway, moderator at the World Food Prize, posed this…

Feed falling = hog profit? By: 10/15/2013 @ 3:48pm

After pushing hogs to slaughter earlier due to input costs, falling feed prices are finally allowing producers to slow down the production process.  A major drought in 2012 shot crop prices to new…

Northey talks ag issues and sharing your story By: 10/15/2013 @ 2:32pm

To kick off the festivities of the World Food Prize Symposium this week in downtown Des Moines, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey spent time with our crew as well as members of the North American…

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