ARTICLES BY LOREN KRUSE
Across the Editor's Desk: Listening to the seasons By: 09/05/2012 @ 9:36am

When the October issue of Successful Farming magazine arrives in your mail next month, I, like you, will see the issue for the first time. After 23 years writing this column and 36 years with Successful…

Across the Editor's Desk: Corn on corn -- 1950s style! By: 08/01/2012 @ 10:14am

While recently flipping through some old issues of Successful Farming magazine, one story in particular caught my eye. It was from the April 1956 edition and was titled, “How to grow continuous corn.” One…

Across the Editor's Desk: Coaching in The 2nd Half By: 07/06/2012 @ 8:50am

Are you headed for a bin buster? Or are you needing luck and a few good decisions to score a victory?What's your next move, Coach? Around most of the U.S. where farmers grow corn and soybeans, it is…

Across the Editor’s Desk: Profiting by spending By: 05/03/2012 @ 1:46pm

This month's cover story looks at the economic and other benefits of using fungicides.I hope as you read this that your planting progress is on schedule or a little to a lot ahead. I also hope that your…

Across the Editor’s Desk: All about water By: 04/04/2012 @ 10:24am

Short soil moisture in spring reminds farmers and the market how water determines success.If you've farmed for a while, you've probably seen that a half inch of rain at just the right time can make a…

Across the Editor’s Desk: Land market on fire By: 03/20/2012 @ 10:58am

Sizzling heat in the land rental market this winter was almost enough to warm up soils in the northern Corn Belt for planting in January. The emergence of a few public cash rent auctions made the winning…

Across the Editor’s Desk: Loving new technology By: 03/05/2012 @ 11:17am

My farm's little choose-and-cut Christmas tree enterprise is high labor and low tech. My most complicated pieces of equipment are a chain saw and a backpack sprayer. While I tend to the Christmas trees…

Across the Editor’s Desk: What is agriculture? By: 02/16/2012 @ 10:31am

Yahoo.com drew a strong and emotional reaction from agriculturists recently when it posted a story, “College Majors That Are Useless.” Number 1 useless degree on the list: Agriculture. Number 4: Animal…

Across the Editor’s Desk: Farm Bill's food bill By: 01/30/2012 @ 2:02pm

Back in the 1960s, I recall an urban Congresswoman raising a fuss when her political party assigned her to the House Ag Committee. She said she couldn't help her constituents much on a farm committee. So…

Across the Editor’s Desk: Your piece of 2012 pie By: 01/11/2012 @ 10:27am

Did you get your share and more of last year's farm income pie? USDA estimates that 2011 net farm income will end up at $100.9 billion when the final numbers are tallied. That's a record amount and…

Across the Editor’s Desk: FFA stays on the grow By: 12/06/2011 @ 9:48am

Desiree Fuhrmann-Lavallee loved cheerleading and running as a freshman at Caribou High School in Maine. A self-described “city girl,” Desiree became curious about agriculture when one of her cheerleader…

Across the Editor’s Desk: More than convenient By: 11/01/2011 @ 8:48am

More than 30 years ago as this magazine's farm management editor, I attended a seminar for farmers about keeping a focus on what's most important in life and business. The speaker told of visiting…

Across the Editor’s Desk: Farmer solutions By: 09/30/2011 @ 4:11pm

My dad always got my attention around the farm when he used the word experiment. That meant we were trying something new. And when we tried something new, well, who knew what might result. Trying and…

Across the Editor's Desk: Deciding is not doing! By: 08/30/2011 @ 2:38pm

The quote above from farmer and professional speaker Jolene Brown was one of the final nuggets of wisdom shared with farm families attending the two-day Generating Success conference in West Des Moines last…

Across the Editor's Desk: Semi pros on-the-go By: 07/27/2011 @ 11:10am

The faded green ’51 Dodge ¾-ton pickup with yellow rims sits quietly in my machine shed. It was my father's truck; it's now mine. In the ’50s and ’60s when I was a boy, that machine was a…

Across the Editor's Desk: Protecting profit By: 05/04/2011 @ 9:59am

The one sure thing that comes with record commodity prices is the determination of costs to eat away your profit margin. The run-up of 2006 to 2008 was a dramatic example, with fertilizer in particular…

Across the Editor's Desk: Disaster lessons By: 04/05/2011 @ 3:19pm

Japan is in the midst of a great disaster as I write this column on National Agriculture Day in mid-March. Massive earthquakes and tidal waves caused enormous loss of life and widespread destruction of…

Across the Editor's Desk: A beginner's edge By: 03/17/2011 @ 9:36am

Farm Issues Editor Cheryl Tevis advocated in her “Family” column in the February issue that it is time for a new marketing campaign to entice rural-reared young adults to come back home to rural America…

Across the Editor's Desk: Your future now By: 03/02/2011 @ 1:35pm

Young people who aspire to a career in production agriculture are often influenced as much by their desire to join the family enterprise as by their passion for farming. And they also often dream of one day…

Across the Editor’s Desk: Trends, forecasts By: 02/14/2011 @ 2:00pm

Winter is a time to look both back and forward. While your fields rest, it is ideal to assess the progress of your business and set some assumptions and expectations for the growing season ahead. It…

Across the Editor’s Desk: Winter learning By: 01/26/2011 @ 2:06pm

Successful Farming magazine sponsored the Innovations Theatre on the show floor of AG CONNECT Expo 2011 in Atlanta in early January. Below is a tiny sampling of what I heard as I hosted 15 topic…

Across the Editor’s Desk: What farmers want By: 01/12/2011 @ 2:43pm

Family business consultant Don Jonovic, who writes our “Can Their Problem Be Solved?” column, always gets a confirming laugh at seminars when he explains the goal of most farmers. It is simple…

Across the Editor's Desk: Ag's my bag! By: 12/15/2010 @ 1:43pm

Every year I attend National FFA Convention, and every year I report back the same takeaway: There is no better event to fire up pride for the industry of agriculture. That’s because you are…

Across the Editor’s Desk: More than money By: 11/09/2010 @ 1:39pm

The editors of Successful Farming magazine strive to find new ideas that will help you make money and save time. Most of all, we seek ideas that you can take right to the field, barn, shop, or office and put…

Skeptical adopters By: 10/25/2010 @ 11:44am

More than 30 years ago and early in my career at Successful Farming magazine, a wise old farmer told me something I never forgot. “In farming you can make money by spending money, and you can make money by…

Across the Editor's Desk: The coming battle By: 09/08/2010 @ 3:43pm

Increasingly, today’s business-minded farmers are as interested in what’s next as what’s now. If that’s you, then your attention span will be tested over the next 10 months or so. While your immediate…

Across the Edtior's Desk: What's Important? By: 07/27/2010 @ 11:00pm

Are you among the many people who would prefer that their daily lives be a little less busy, not quite so hurried, and generally simpler and easier to manage? Some days I feel that way, although on other days…

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