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Strip-till systems can benefit corn By: 03/13/2013 @ 10:33am

Tillage practices are varied for farms today, depending on the farmer's vision for the land, but strip-till systems can benefit corn by combining many of the best aspects of no-till and conventional…

A tractor to plant and plow By: 03/04/2013 @ 11:03am

Maybe a piece of machinery was handed down to you once you started farming, and while it might not be exactly what you wanted, you were happy for the gift. Maybe you bought it on your own and your needs or…

Growing good hay By: 02/14/2013 @ 10:31am

In a cattle operation, access to adequate hay is vital. With prices already high, farmers are choosing to grow their own hay. But which scenarios are best for growth? Should you transition a corn or soybean…

New app tracks insect populations By: 02/13/2013 @ 9:57am

MyTraps.com, the Web-based pest management program produced by Spensa Technologies Inc. of West Lafayette, Indiana, could help farmers and consultants track insect populations to better control crop damage…

The silk road to better drought tolerance By: 02/04/2013 @ 4:39pm

Those theories about modern corn hybrids being more drought tolerant were put to the test in 2012.None of them can make grain on no moisture, but some hybrids show incredible resilience with limited moisture…

Try twin rows? By: 02/04/2013 @ 10:30am

Efficiency is the name of the game in farming. Getting the most for your input dollar is a necessary consideration when growing crops, and young and beginning farmers are looking to incorporate new practices…

Seed sales now enhanced with iPads By: 01/28/2013 @ 9:25am

The technology behind seed sales has evolved, with some sales reps now equipped with top-of-the-line gadgets and software. Sage North America announced that AgReliant Genetics, LLC, a Midwestern field seed…

2013 U.S. wheat export outlook By: 01/11/2013 @ 2:53pm

Reduced wheat production in the Southern Hemisphere over the past six months suggests a strong export market for U.S. wheat over the next six months. With both Australia and Argentina harvesting short crops…

Calling all cattle options By: 01/11/2013 @ 11:27am

“Several years ago, I made an attempt to start out in the dairy business,” says Ben, a 27-year-old diesel mechanic from Colby, Kansas. “I obtained a loan with Farm Credit and purchased 15 Holsteins. When…

Try windbreaks to shelter livestock By: 12/07/2012 @ 2:19pm

Cattle health is of the utmost importance in a livestock operation, and the bitter cold that hits much of the country during the winter months can take its toll on the animals. Windbreaks are a wise method for…

Drought-damaged foundations By: 12/06/2012 @ 2:45pm

This year’s unprecedented drought created problems for homeowners across the country, with headaches hitting the midwest especially hard.After a severe drought year, homeowners should keep an eye out for…

New study reviews seed protection benefits By: 12/06/2012 @ 1:33pm

Ever wondered just how beneficial seed protection is in your operation? CropLife Foundation (CLF) has announced that it will publish a comprehensive report in spring 2013 entitled “The Role of Precision Seed…

Dr. Smartphone By: 12/05/2012 @ 3:40pm

1. BodyMedia FIT BodyMedia FIT is a body monitoring system that consists of an armband and a subscription-based online activity manager (also available via free iPhone and Android apps). The armband reads…

Is the future autonomous? By: 12/05/2012 @ 10:17am

In her recent story, “Remote-Controlled Farm,” [September, page 42], Laurie Bedord discusses the future of autonomous machinery, outlining how, someday, tractors could ultimately drive themselves. There…

Managing weanling pigs without antibiotics By: 12/04/2012 @ 8:52am

A researcher at the University of Illinois has created a resource to help swine producers identify strategies that they can use to manage weanling pigs without using antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs), as a…

Running the numbers By: 11/20/2012 @ 8:59am

Here are the results of the September 2012 marketing survey of the Successful Farming Ag Adviser panel.Click on the image below to view a larger version.Chat about marketing issues in Marketing TalkRead more…

AEM safety guides go electronic By: 11/14/2012 @ 9:25am

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has published its Agricultural Sprayer Safety Manual in e-book format, meeting industry demand for safety information conveniently accessible from mobile…

Finding the right size semi By: 11/13/2012 @ 9:15am

Efficiency is the name of the game at harvesttime, and having a semi truck and wagon adequately sized to move the right amount of grain for your operation is key. Agriculture.com Machinery Talk member…

Offset hog feed costs with efficient production By: 11/09/2012 @ 10:49am

Looking to offset higher feed costs in your hog operation? You're not the only one, with corn and soybean meal prices hitting record highs. But instead of looking at alternative feed sources, consider…

10 tips for a longer-lasting smartphone battery By: 11/05/2012 @ 1:19pm

1. Adjust your usage. One simple way to save some juice would be to use it less. I know it’s tough. But if you have the willpower to set the thing aside for a period of time without giving in to the urge to…

Tips for trying no-till By: 11/01/2012 @ 10:53am

Some of the favorite conversations on the Farmers For The Future network are those where a young or beginning farmer is wanting to make a change in an existing operation and the community provides honest…

Organic gets growing in Iowa By: 10/31/2012 @ 4:27pm

The USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) released the results of its 2011 Certified Organic Production Survey showing that Iowa's 467 organic farms had $60.7 million in sales in 2011, which…

Hops production reaches new heights By: 10/30/2012 @ 11:47am

Looking for a specialty crop to fill a few acres (or many) on your farm? Have you considered hops, a perennial vine whose fruit is used in most beers today? The number of hops farmers has been growing over the…

Drought's impact on breeding By: 10/24/2012 @ 4:41pm

This summer's drought didn't only affect crops around the country -- cattle had a hard time breeding, and they experienced variable success rates. Cows that were bred in the early part of the summer…

Avoid fall grazing illness By: 10/23/2012 @ 4:41pm

With an extremely hot, dry summer behind us, cattle grazing practices may need to be tweaked to keep animals healthy. Many farmers have turned to letting cattle graze corn fodder as a cost-effective feedstuff…

Herbicide after harvest By: 10/17/2012 @ 4:29pm

If you're looking for an additional opportunity to manage problematic weeds, applying herbicides after harvest could be a good idea. Before applying any herbicide, however, be sure to scout fields to…

All-in for farming By: 10/01/2012 @ 1:37pm

The decision to give up an off-farm job to pursue farming full time is an exciting one, but making that final decision can be agonizing. Fear of the unknown causes many to shy away from their dreams and keep…

Extra-cool corn this fall By: 09/24/2012 @ 9:38am

With a lot of corn being harvested and dried this year with high outside temperatures, corn bins are, in turn, at much higher temperatures than normal. And early harvest corn will require at least two…

Rooting out rental ground By: 09/05/2012 @ 11:28am

It's no secret that acquiring land can be a difficult matter for young and beginning farmers, and many discuss their experiences in depth in the Farmers for the Future network. From discovering available…

What's a kid to do? By: 08/01/2012 @ 2:53pm

It happens often. Farm kids grow up and decide that a career in farming just isn't the right fit for them. Aspirations lead them to another field of study and a different profession, and families are left…

Managing with mobile By: 07/06/2012 @ 1:43pm

If things have gone well, your crops are stretching high and you're able to sit back and enjoy a brief lull before turning your eyes toward harvest.While true downtime doesn't seem to stick around…

The rent race By: 05/03/2012 @ 4:02pm

Competing with big-time renters is a challenge for many young and beginning farmers. Farmers For The Future member Josh Schwartz asks the network for advice on the topic.“I farm 50 acres of crops and 50…

Education first for young farmers? By: 04/05/2012 @ 11:21am

What do you do when you're confident that farming is in your blood and opportunity is laid out in front of you, but you're young and still learning the ropes? A Farmers For The Future member, Jaker…

Buying farmland By: 03/20/2012 @ 3:36pm

Land acquisition is one of the concerns discussed most often on the Farmers For The Future network, with many beginning farmers questioning the whole process. Is now the right time to buy? Is there even any…

Calling all New Century Farmers By: 03/06/2012 @ 3:11pm

The exclusive, highly competitive New Century Farmer conference is open to college of agriculture students or recent college graduates who intend to pursue careers in production agriculture.Those selected to…

Beginners practice planning and patience By: 02/16/2012 @ 2:53pm

Sometimes things just go smoothly. From the outside looking in, you find yourself wondering how it's possible. You wind up in the right place at the right time, and the doors of life open the first time…

How far would you go for land? By: 01/31/2012 @ 9:55am

Justin Hagedorn, a beginning farmer from Flandreau, South Dakota, finds himself in a situation many have faced before: traveling long distances to rent farmland. The issue of land acquisition is one of the top…

5 favorite farm apps By: 01/30/2012 @ 2:48pm

Successful Farming magazine presented research in it's November 2011 issue (p. 32) showing just how big a trend smartphone technology has become on the farm. One part of that technology – and the focus…

What's on their minds? By: 01/11/2012 @ 11:36am

Tony Eickman was out of the running before the bidding even began for a quarter of ground near his Templeton, Iowa, farm.“A neighbor's 160 acres were up for sale. The lawyer sent out a newsletter…

Doing what you know By: 12/06/2011 @ 1:57pm

Growing up on a farm teaches you how to develop a strong work ethic, how to build up a tough skin, and how to launch your own farm business should you so choose. For Terry Hollman of Isle, Minnesota…

Download past Corn High Yield Team stories By: 11/09/2011 @ 11:17am

The Corn High Yield Team is a group of crop specialists and experts offering tips and ideas to maximize your corn yields. Click on the links below for PDF downloads of the stories, and feel free to…

Farming after hours By: 09/30/2011 @ 11:24am

Life for Grant Hildabrand, a 28-year-old farmer from Russellville, Kentucky, can be summed up in one word: Busy. Most every farmer can relate to that lifestyle, but Hildabrand finds himself in a position many…

Fortunate family farmer By: 08/31/2011 @ 2:21pm

The parched soil of the High Plains can be a challenge, says Bryce Hediger, a 22-year-old farmer at Golden Prairie Inc., located in Nunn, Colorado. “We raise organic wheat and millet on all dry land,” he…

Successful Farming, August 2011 By: 07/29/2011 @ 1:59pm

The August 2011 issue of Successful Farming magazine has hit mailboxes, and we've compiled many of the stories right here. Take a look and talk about the topics and more with others in Top…

Get smart By: 07/28/2011 @ 3:53pm

Technology: friend or foe? Surely there are components of the modern era that cause you to pause and scratch your head, but technology can also be leveraged greatly for business. One particular device that can…

First-generation farmer By: 07/28/2011 @ 1:17pm

Farming isn't necessarily in his family blood, but that didn't stop Tyler Hedge from pursuing the career. “I'm a first-generation farmer,” the 23-year-old from Crawfordsville, Indiana, says…

Father’s Day gifts for farmers By: 06/07/2011 @ 3:17pm

Be prepared this Father’s Day to honor your dad with a gift he might actually use. Necktie? No longer. Coffee mug? He already has more than he needs. There’s no denying that farm and ranch fathers work…

Successful Farming, May-June 2011 By: 05/05/2011 @ 3:15pm

The May-June 2011 issue of Successful Farming magazine has hit mailboxes, and we've compiled many of the stories right here. Remember, we're always happy to hear your thoughts on these…

Successful Farming, April 2011 By: 04/06/2011 @ 2:34pm

The April 2011 issue of Successful Farming magazine has hit mailboxes, and we've compiled many of the stories right here. Remember, we're always happy to hear your thoughts on these topics…

Successful Farming, Mid-March 2011 By: 03/17/2011 @ 2:26pm

The Mid-March 2011 issue of Successful Farming magazine has hit mailboxes, and we've compiled many of the stories right here. Remember, we're always happy to hear your thoughts on these…

Top tips for farm shops By: 03/08/2011 @ 4:13pm

We know having a nice, organized farm shop is incomparable in its value, so we've assembled a group of inspiring ideas for your place. Check out a few of our latest ideas from farmers and…

Successful Farming, March 2011 By: 03/03/2011 @ 9:46am

The March 2011 issue of Successful Farming magazine has hit mailboxes, and we've compiled many of the stories right here. And remember, we'd love to hear your thoughts on topics ranging…

CDS-John Blue Company turns 125 By: 03/01/2011 @ 2:11pm

2011 marks the 125th anniversary of CDS-John Blue Company. Since 1886, farmers and growers across the globe have counted on CDS-John Blue products for their accuracy and reliability.“We want to celebrate…

Successful Farming, Mid-February 2011 By: 02/15/2011 @ 2:03pm

The Mid-February 2011 issue of Successful Farming magazine has hit mailboxes, and we've compiled many of the stories right here. Browse photo slideshows and read valuable insight from our…

Top tips for farm shops By: 01/28/2011 @ 11:41am

We know having a nice, organized farm shop is incomparable in its value, so we've assembled a group of inspiring ideas for your place. Check out a few of our latest ideas from farmers and…

Top tips for farm shops By: 01/26/2011 @ 11:52am

We know having a nice, organized farm shop is incomparable in its value, so we've assembled a group of inspiring ideas for your place. Check out a few of our latest ideas from farmers and…

Corvus herbicide offers one-pass control By: 01/21/2011 @ 10:25am

Corvus herbicide by Bayer CropScience performed exceptionally well in both seasons of the 2010 growing season, and will see its second year on the market in 2011. The product’s slogan, “One pass…

Corvus herbicide offers one-pass control By: 01/21/2011 @ 10:20am

Corvus herbicide by Bayer CropScience performed exceptionally well in both seasons of the 2010 growing season, and will see its second year on the market in 2011. The product’s slogan, “One pass…

Handy hunting gear By: 10/20/2010 @ 9:08am

Polaris Sportsman XP 850 EPS The 2011 Polaris Sportsman XP 850 EPS features an 850 cc twin-cylinder EFI engine, electronic power steering, rolled independent rear suspension, and a 1,500-pound towing…

Steering made easy By: 08/25/2010 @ 2:24pm

John Deere has introduced ActiveCommand Steering (ACS™), a new steering technology that makes the tractor easier to drive by adjusting the amount of effort required to turn the steering wheel and the…

Yamaha’s Grizzly 450 EPS By: 08/13/2010 @ 2:44pm

Same big features The Grizzly 450 Automatic 4x4 EPS offers many of the same features as its bigger brothers, and features a 421cc liquid-cooled SOHC four-stroke engine.  Electric Power…

Go off-road with Polaris By: 07/28/2010 @ 11:00pm

2011 model yearAgriculture.com recently traveled to Great Falls, Montana, for some trail time on Polaris' 2011 model year vehicles.Sportsman 400 H.O. featuresFeatures include a full-size chassis, Lock…

All-terrain assortment By: 07/07/2010 @ 11:00pm

An ATV or UTV is guaranteed to prove beneficial on any farm. Here's an assortment of new machines to make your chores a bit easier.Arctic Cat 550 SEngine: 545 cc, dual overhead cam (DOHC), four stroke…

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