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Brazil's Soybean Yields = Record-Large Crop By: 02/05/2016 @ 1:14pm

SAO PAULO, Brazil (sfagro.com.br)--Concerns over the drought, which affected soybean plantations in some regions of production in the Mid-West and Northeast of Brazil, and heavy rainfall in the Southern region…

C Corporation Conflicts By: 02/05/2016 @ 10:43am

By Myron FriesenThe Problem:C Corporations are a major asset for some farm families. They can also cause major conflicts for the next generation when the parents pass away.Submitted by J.T. in Illinois:We have…

From Fighter to Farmer Rules By: 01/26/2016 @ 3:34pm

Enter the From Fighter to Farmer Contest here.OFFICIAL RULESVoid outside the 48 contiguous United States, District of Columbia and where prohibited. Do not proceed to enter if you are not at least 13 years of…

Quiz: What Type of Party Should You Hold in Your Shop? By: 01/14/2016 @ 4:52pm

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Clean Sweep On Vacuums By: 01/13/2016 @ 9:48am

By Ron Van ZeeVacuums are one of the most used, but most misunderstood tools. Anyone who has restored a tractor can testify that a good vacuum is essential for keeping dirt and grime at bay.But what makes a…

Measuring Up Restoration Rubber By: 01/12/2016 @ 2:42pm

By Ben Davidson The trend toward collecting tractors from the 1960s is causing some confusion for collectors looking to replace rear rubber on these tractors. The problem lies in the fact that tractors…

Wiring Gets Little Respect By: 01/11/2016 @ 10:30am

By Ben DavidsonI can certainly understand the tendency to get by with using old wiring when finishing a restoration. “After all,” some of us assume, “wire is wire whether it’s old or new . . …

Differences Among Magnetos By: 01/11/2016 @ 10:16am

By Ben DavidsonIn previous articles of Rustoration 101 (see Timing a Magneto and Sprucing Up a Magneto), we have featured step-by-step restoration advice on this electrical device by mechanical wizard Corky…

Young Farm Family Is Giving Consumers What They Want By: 12/22/2015 @ 11:45am

By Karen Weir-JimersonThe hens at Karl Family Farms are up with the sun and scratching new ground. Kris Karl rolls the portable chicken house into a new spot, and the hens spread out across the dew-kissed…

The Confidence Factor: Farm Successors Need Experience By: 12/21/2015 @ 11:24am

By Mark JunkinEvery golf caddy knows there’s a big difference between swinging a club perfectly and handing the golf club to Tiger Woods.The same type of dynamic is at work on most family farms where Dad is…

Saving and Converting 6-Volt Systems By: 12/17/2015 @ 4:40pm

By: Ron Van ZeeTaking the time to get a starter up-to-snuff is crucial if you are considering converting your tractor’s 6-volt system over to 12-volt operation. You may discover that revamping the starter…

What the Fed's Rate Hike Means for Farmers By: 12/16/2015 @ 3:55pm

Well, they finally did it. The Federal Reserve raised rates by 25 bps to .25.The way I see it Janet Yellen the Federal Reserve Chairperson was staring at a tale of two errors. Raise rates on worsening economic…

Sprucing Up A Magneto By: 12/15/2015 @ 9:41am

By Ron Van ZeeA magneto that has been stored for even a half year can develop erratic performance. And those in long-term storage, especially outdoors, often require extensive diagnosis.After dissembling and…

All Around the Farm Rules By: 12/10/2015 @ 5:16pm

SUCCESSFUL FARMING – ALL AROUND THE FARM FIRESTONE IDEA OF THE MONTH CONTESTOfficial RulesVoid outside the 50 United States, District of Columbia and where prohibited. Do not proceed to enter if you are not…

Hydraulics Pointers By: 12/10/2015 @ 10:59am

By: Ben DavidsonThere has been a cloud of mystery around tractor hydraulic systems that scares collectors away from restoring them. And for good reason. Just the pumps alone are complicated mechanisms with…

Avian Influenza Found in Oregon Duck By: 12/09/2015 @ 10:45am

A Eurasian H5 strain of avian influenza was recently found in a mallard duck harvested by a hunter in Morrow County, Oregon, in the north-central part of the state along the Washington border. According to the…

Slow Starter? Check the Connections By: 12/08/2015 @ 3:30pm

By: Dave MelloWhen working around engines that won’t crank, we often hear someone commenting that “the starter is dragging.” While there are definitely a few starters around that need an overhaul, the…

Stay Prepared With a Winter Emergency Kit By: 12/03/2015 @ 3:55pm

By Jodi HenkeWinter weather isn’t always kind, which is why it’s a good idea to have a winter emergency kit ready to go. Ashley Mueller, University of Nebraska Extension disaster education…

Debunking Myths of a Spit Shine By: 12/03/2015 @ 10:52am

By: Ben DavidsonMisunderstanding abounds when it comes to restoration topics. Take the myth that pure water is just fine for old radiators. The same is true when it comes to maintaining the shine on painted…

Successful Farming Holiday Sweepstakes Rules By: 12/02/2015 @ 7:59pm

Official Rules for the Successful Farming Holiday SweepstakesVoid outside the 50 United States, District of Columbia and where prohibited. Do not proceed to enter if you are not at least 13 years of age, a…

When Tools Just Don't Work the Way We Want By: 12/01/2015 @ 2:19pm

By Ben DavidsonWe love our tools . . . except when they don’t work exactly the way we want them to. Here are some colorful examples of that very fact.Wire wheel: An electric tool that cleans paint off bolts…

Tracking Down the Right Shade of Paint By: 12/01/2015 @ 11:56am

By Tharran GainesWalk into any automotive or hardware store on a quest for tractor paint and you’ll generally be met with one selection for each tractor brand. The choices often include Allis-Chalmers…

Fun Facts About Turkeys By: 11/23/2015 @ 5:32pm

By Jodi HenkeIn case of a lull in conversation at Thanksgiving dinner, we put together some quick facts about turkeys to impress your family over pie. Before turkeys hit your plate on Thanksgiving Day, those…

The Impressive Strength of Cold Weld Putty By: 11/23/2015 @ 2:56pm

By Ron Van ZeeCold weld is a common – although incorrect – term used to describe the process of using filled epoxy glue to repair broken metal machinery components. The product is a combination of a…

9 Tips for Securing Your Financial Footing in 2016 By: 11/23/2015 @ 11:22am

By Brent Gloy and David Widmar As the 2015 season comes to a close and attention shifts to 2016, the prospects of real improvements in commodity prices or input prices for 2016 have begun to fade. The…

Tree-Felling Technique By: 11/23/2015 @ 9:16am

By Jodi HenkeYou’ve finally decided to cut down some of those bothersome trees in the back 40. Grab your chain saw, safety glasses, a helmet, and earmuffs. Then analyze how to follow through on your project…

Tips on Protecting Your Property By: 11/20/2015 @ 9:17am

By Jodi HenkeSecurity cameras and other monitoring technologies have allowed farmers to keep an eye on everything from their home offices. Now, you can do this from almost anywhere using the smartphone in the…

Radiator Remedies Lie in Annual Checkup By: 11/19/2015 @ 9:41am

By: Ben DavidsonRadiators are the pack mules of engine components. They operate for decades without a problem – until a sudden leak occurs. Here’s a quick checkup guide to employ this fall when preparing…

Scholarships Offered for Ag-Related Degrees By: 11/18/2015 @ 3:02pm

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders program. Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the program will provide over $500,000 in college scholarships across rural America…

Do-It-Yourself Steering Wheel Repair By: 11/16/2015 @ 9:58am

Years of use and exposure to the elements can damage the black plastic and rubber material covering old steering wheels to the point that they are a hazard to your hands let alone an eyesore. Many restorers…

Evaluate Risk When Choosing Marketing Stategies By: 11/12/2015 @ 4:58pm

By Frayne OlsonAll marketing strategies offer potential gains, carry costs, and contain risks. Evaluating risks is often either overlooked or misunderstood. As crop prices have fallen, there…

Build Wildlife Habitat on Your Land By: 11/10/2015 @ 3:19pm

By Jodi HenkeWhen farmland is healthy, there is a balanced ecosystem with plenty of native plants and habitat for wildlife. This is called biodiversity, and all landowners can do something to improve…

Degreaser Lives Up to Its Promise By: 11/10/2015 @ 9:55am

We ask our readers to help evaluate a variety of new products that could help in restoration. Such is the case with the evaluation of a biodegradable, nontoxic, and noncorrosive degreaser called Oil Eater. But…

Q & A: Jeff Broin, POET Founder By: 11/09/2015 @ 3:48pm

Jeff Broin has stirred the ethanol industry pot like no other. In 1987, the Minnesota farm boy ran a 1-million-gallon plant his family bought in Scotland, South Dakota. A decade later, the business, renamed…

Used Spark Plugs Tell Stories By: 11/09/2015 @ 2:22pm

By Ben DavidsonThere is a wealth of information to be discovered in viewing a used spark plug. The condition of the tip – along with other evaluations like a compression test – can certainly guide you in…

Secrets to Circular Polishers By: 11/05/2015 @ 12:58pm

By: Ben DavidsonNot all dull or oxidized paint on vintage horsepower needs recoating. An amazing amount of shine and color can be brought back using rubbing compounds and polishes applied with a circular…

Rustoration 101: Timing a Magneto By: 11/03/2015 @ 9:35am

By Ron Van ZeeBefore timing and installing a magneto on a tractor, magneto expert Cork Groth recommends replacing the ignition switch and all electrical wiring on a tractor. In particular, replace spark…

Brazil Soybean Planting Faces Too Dry Conditions By: 10/30/2015 @ 3:56pm

Dry conditions continue to slow Brazil's soybean planting season. Although sowing has advanced, forecasts indicate that the rains will remain irregular, and producers may have to work on…

U.S. Wheat Exports Plunge; Foreign Production Expands By: 10/14/2015 @ 1:38pm

According to today’s Wheat Outlook Report from USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS), U.S. wheat exports are down 50 million bushels, making a new record low of 850 million bushels, the lowest since 1971…

Dry Weather Delays Brazil Soybean Planting By: 10/08/2015 @ 9:46am

By Darlene SantiagoThe Brazil soybean-planting season began in mid-September but has progressed slowly due to a lack of moisture. Farmers in Mato Grosso, where more than 30% of Brazil’s soybeans are grown…

USDA Drops Soybean Stocks, Raises Corn By: 09/30/2015 @ 11:05am

The USDA has released the latest Grain Stocks Report, which shows corn stocks are up 41% from September 2014, soybean stocks are up 108%, and wheat stocks are up 10%. Based on an analysis of…

Brazil Plants Its Most Expensive Soybean Crop In History By: 09/29/2015 @ 11:44am

As October begins, it is ushering in more currency volatility for Brazilian farmers that are planting what's being called their most expensive soybean crop ever. A weaker Real (currency) vs. the U.S…

3 Big Things Today, Sept. 22 By: 09/22/2015 @ 7:13am

Corn, Soybeans Likely to Stay LowerFutures fell overnight and likely will trader lower today after the U.S. Department of Agriculture raised its ratings for soybeans and left corn conditions unchanged.About…

Grains Close Higher as China Demand Outlook Better than Expected By: 09/21/2015 @ 9:19am

Grain and oilseed futures closed higher on indications that demand from the world’s biggest importer of several commodities may be stronger than previously expected.

China’s economy isn’t on the…

Rates Left Unchanged, Now What for Grains? By: 09/17/2015 @ 2:30pm

Well, there you have it. Groundhog Day. The Federal Reserve has decided to leave interest rates unchanged at their current levels. Those levels are considered 'emergency levels' at or near 0% to help…

This Weekend on the Machinery Show: Farmwell F-6 Economy Dearing By: 09/10/2015 @ 4:44pm

This weekend on the Machinery Show: {[VIDEO]} var rampVidID=109062207 var vidWidth=240 Dave Mowitz travels to Huntsville, Utah to visit a collection featuring a one-of-a-kind Farmwell F-6 Economy…

3 Big Things Today, Sept. 10 By: 09/10/2015 @ 8:35am

Grain and oilseed prices likely will be choppy today, before tomorrow's USDA report.Corn and soybean yields are expected to be forecast lower than last month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in its…

4 Agronomic Practices that Pay By: 09/09/2015 @ 5:08pm

By Gene Johnston  Today, your skills as an economist may supersede those as an agronomist. Yes, you can do some things to get higher corn yields, but here’s the real question: Will it pay?Jeff Coulter…

2015 Farm Beautiful Contest Winner By: 08/26/2015 @ 4:48pm

Today, in partnership with Successful Farming magazine, Exmark announced Joel Helbling as the grand prize winner of the Exmark Farm Beautiful Contest. As the grand prize winner, Helbling will be awarded a…

Battle Challenging Farm Economics: Here Are 10 Tips By: 08/19/2015 @ 2:49pm

Recognizing that the low commodity price environment could spark on-farm management decisions, lenders have compiled a list of tips for farmers to consider. Here is a Top-10 list provided this week by the…

Cornfield's Cool Block "O" Designed to Spur Conversations on Precision Ag Potential By: 07/29/2015 @ 8:59am

LONDON, Ohio -- A cornfield west of Columbus is showing some Buckeye pride with an unmistakable block "O" pattern when viewed from above. The demonstration plot’s design isn’t a crop circle or a corn…

Plan Ahead to Avoid Weather Marketing Woes By: 06/22/2015 @ 7:26pm

By Cathy EkstrandThis is a year the market is assuming large yield guestimates and colossal acre numbers combined with an ample supply on hand from last year. Based on what the market is saying, it’s time to…

First-Ever Real Tough Winner By: 05/29/2015 @ 11:42am

Meredith Agrimedia in partnership with Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., has announced Shavalerie Thurman as the winner of the Yamaha Real Tough Sweepstakes. As the grand prize winner, Thurman was able to…

And the Faces of Agriculture Winner Is... By: 05/14/2015 @ 2:54pm

DES MOINES, IA – (May 14, 2015) Meredith Agrimedia today announced Ross Hutto as the winner of the Faces of Agriculture Sweepstakes. As the grand prize winner, Hutto will be awarded a Polaris RANGER® 570…

U.S. Ethanol Exports Worth $2 Billion By: 05/01/2015 @ 3:32pm

By USDA/FASU.S. ethanol exports rebounded in 2014, with value and volume both up approximately 35% from the previous year, although still below the record set in 2011, according to the USDA report released…

Giving Up the Farm but not the Work By: 04/24/2015 @ 1:58pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicThe Problem: Can an older farm owner continue doing what he loves and still pass ownership and responsibility to the next generation?Submitted by R.M., via email: You and I must be…

Including Spouses in Farm Planning By: 03/20/2015 @ 1:10pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicTHE PROBLEM: Can spouses of owners and successors be included in planning the future without causing business, family, and personal problems?Submitted by C.V., via email:Everything I…

Committing to the Family Farm By: 03/20/2015 @ 1:03pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicTHE PROBLEM: How can siblings and cousins feel secure in committing the most important years of their careers to their family's farm?Submitted by B.Y., via email:Over the past 10…

Gear Up For Tools Of The Future 2015! By: 03/13/2015 @ 11:08am

Successful Farming is excited to host the 2015 Tools of the Future Showcase!Most of Agriculture's greatest inventions begin on the farm, where farmer knowhow facilitates taking innovation to the field…

4 Keys to Structuring Ownership Transfer Plans By: 02/20/2015 @ 10:22am

By Dr. Donald J. Jonovic THE PROBLEM: when designing ownership transfer plans for a large family/complex business, how can an owner determine the best entity structure? Submitted by A.Z., via email: My…

Enter the 2015 Farm Beautiful Contest! By: 02/20/2015 @ 10:11am

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Is Your Estate Plan Right? By: 02/20/2015 @ 10:04am

By Dr. Donald J. Jonovic THE PROBLEM: Is there a way for non-lawyers to be sure their estate plan is exactly what they want and the documents are written correctly? Submitted by E.V., via email:…

2015 Farm Beautiful rules By: 02/20/2015 @ 9:49am

Successful Farming/Exmark Farm Beautiful Contest Official Rules Void outside the 48 contiguous United States, District of Columbia and where prohibited. Do not proceed to…

New Sorghum Lines Show Big Yield Improvement By: 02/16/2015 @ 8:54am

Kansas State University  New experimental lines in advanced testing at Kansas State University are proving to yield just as well as corn, but with less water and fertilizer than corn…

Top Shops Contest 2015 By: 01/27/2015 @ 11:21am

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Faces of Agriculture By: 01/27/2015 @ 11:16am

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Disagreeing and Disagreeable Children as Partners By: 01/21/2015 @ 2:39pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicSubmitted by S.W., via email: As a mother, I love my four children equally and have always wanted the best for each of them. What's making that hard is I'm now a…

Dividing Mixed-Together Assets By: 12/17/2014 @ 1:28pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicThe Problem: Are there any clear guidelines for dividing family assets when they are all mixed together with farmland and operating business assets?Submitted by C.S., via…

Ethanol Sees Expansion By: 11/19/2014 @ 12:17pm

Spanish energy company Abengoa became the second large-scale commercial cellulosic ethanol plant to open in the U.S. last month in Hugoton, Kansas, following the September dedication of the POET-DSM plant in…

Big Yields + Low Prices = Insurance Payout? By: 11/19/2014 @ 12:13pm

Early October futures for new-crop corn and soybeans suggested that even with record yields, prices may be low enough to trigger modest crop insurance indemnity payments this year.  “Even with high…

What the Mountain of Soybeans Means for Markets, Acres By: 11/19/2014 @ 12:10pm

A monster crop is pushing U.S. soybean inventories to their highest total in eight years, yet the oilseed shapes up as the more profitable choice for growers in 2015 than corn in a year that may be dominated…

Getting the Respect You Deserve From Advisers By: 10/21/2014 @ 12:10pm

How can a widow get respect and cooperation from her professional advisers as she consults with them to plan her estate?By Dr. Donald J. JonovicSubmitted by L.J., via email:Have you given any thought to how…

Concerns Over the Climbing Dollar By: 10/13/2014 @ 9:23am

Why should you be concerned about a potential rise in the U.S. dollar? As harvest progresses and we face perhaps the largest corn and bean crops in history, we are also watching the U.S. dollar climb to…

Leaving the Farm to On- and Off-Farm Heirs By: 09/17/2014 @ 10:44am

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicSubmitted by J.E., via emailWhere we grew up, my father used to rent 350 acres of prime farmland from two brothers. They each received half of the rent we paid them, which seems…

Growing Good Communication for Your Operation By: 08/15/2014 @ 9:53am

Every farmer faces questions about how to operate, how to position for the future, who should own the farm, and who has the talent to manage it. While all of these questions are difficult, each one must be…

Gear Up for Tools of the Future! By: 05/30/2014 @ 10:23am

Though a lot of technology tools and functions -- satellite guidance, yield monitors, smartphone apps -- are already within farmers' reach and being utilized on many farms today, there's an emerging…

Don't Let Emotions Sabbotage Decisions By: 05/14/2014 @ 11:24am

My first vivid memories are rooted in the 1980s farm crisis. My dad and his brothers split up the business partnership due to disagreements, losing their economies of scale. I remember the day in 1984 when…

Groom Famher CEOs By: 05/14/2014 @ 10:41am

Many fathers would harshly criticize anyone at the coffee shop who said their daughters couldn’t farm. Too often, what they say and do are completely different!  In families with multiple siblings…

Financial Access for Off-Farm Owners By: 05/13/2014 @ 11:47am

How can an off-farm owner convince her sibling partner she has a right to farm financial information and a say in financial goals? By Dr. Donald J. JonovicSUBMITTED BY Q.V., VIA EMAILMy father suffered from…

Save Lives With CROPS By: 05/12/2014 @ 7:18pm

No one questions that rollover protective structures (ROPS) save lives. However, retrofitting old tractors is a hard sell because of the cost and availability. It’s estimated that about half of the 4.8…

Groom daughters as CEOs By: 05/12/2014 @ 11:53am

By Mark Andrew JunkinMany fathers would harshly criticize anyone at the coffee shop who said their daughters couldn’t farm. Too often, what they say and do are completely different!  In families with…

Make Your Own Parent-Child Farm Safety Contract By: 05/12/2014 @ 9:07am

Many farmers are convinced that giving kids farm chores will build their sense of confidence and responsibility. Of course, it helps to get the work done faster.Supervision and close communication are key…

Bridging the Generation Gap With Mutual Understanding By: 05/12/2014 @ 8:43am

THE PROBLEM: WHEN GENERATIONS FACE OFF ON SUCCESSION ISSUES, CAN THEY AT LEAST START WITH MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING?   SUBMITTED BY A.M., VIA EMAIL Your article in Successful Farming magazine’s…

A Bare-Bones Beginning By: 04/08/2014 @ 1:12pm

After meeting as college freshmen a decade ago, Jay and Krista Reiser soon found they shared a passion for starting a ranch. Today, from a bare-bones beginning in 2010, the married couple has successfully…

Favorable Summer, Record Crops Ahead By: 04/03/2014 @ 9:00pm

Midwest farmers, emerging from one of the coldest winters on record, can look forward to a “very favorable” outlook over the spring and summer that may set the stage for record corn and soybean crops in…

Protecting Assets Against Divorce By: 03/16/2014 @ 9:58pm

Is it necessary to cut a spouse from ownership in order to protect business assets against divorce?By Dr. Donald J. JonovicSubmitted by K.F., via email:My husband and his brother recently inherited their…

South America’s Changing Face By: 03/12/2014 @ 11:26am

By Jacquie Voeks, guest columnistThere are some things going on in South America right now that can affect the current situation for soybean prices, and also paints for us a longer-term picture of South…

Preventing family warfare during a business split By: 03/12/2014 @ 9:38am

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicTHE PROBLEM: Are there ways to help keep business divorces from turning into drawn-out family warfare?Submitted by B.P., via email:My wife and I attended a talk you gave in 2006, and…

Go around Your World in Agriculture By: 02/26/2014 @ 12:33pm

Your World In Agriculture offers market-impacting news from around the world. Guest contributors in Ukraine, China, Brazil, Canada and the U.S. will offer insights into the information you need to know from…

Easing ownership transition fears By: 02/24/2014 @ 10:20am

By Dr. Donald J. Jonovic THE PROBLEM: Is there some way to eliminate the owning generation’s fear of ownership transition planning? SUBMITTED BY K.P. VIA EMAIL Your article from the August issue of…

Planning meetings essential to partnership By: 01/13/2014 @ 11:41am

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicPROBLEM: Can a partner convince his workaholic co-owner to respect the need for management and planning?SUBMITTED BY K.P. VIA EMAIL:My stepbrother, Dirk, and I took over our…

Can succession planning be forced? By: 12/18/2013 @ 11:18am

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicSubmitted by J.Z., via email:On our farm, my father is now majority owner of farm ground. He was in a partnership with my uncle and my grandfather (both minority landowners) until…

World Forum outlines protein demand By: 11/22/2013 @ 3:50pm

FOZ do IGUACU, Brazil (Agriculture.com)--The Chinese economy will continue to grow over the next 10 or 20 years, and incomes could double in the next decade, increasing demand for world protein. That was…

How can you bring arguing heirs together? By: 11/14/2013 @ 1:35pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicSUBMITTED BY M.C. VIA EMAIL: You might be interested in a letter I sent to my children who are unable to get along. I want to start clarifying responsibilities and pay, but they…

Farming without soil By: 11/06/2013 @ 1:31pm

Many words related to agriculture in English go back to Latin, the language of the Romans. Examples are ager, terra, humus. Agriculture is related to ager (the field) and to terra or humus (the soil). So…

No-hands milking robots By: 11/05/2013 @ 8:14am

Labor-intensive dairy farms are early adopters of robot technology. The Dutch company, Lely (lely.com), is on the fourth generation of its Astronaut milker. Midwest sales manager Rick Rugg says one robot can…

Learn more, earn more: SF Marketing Academy By: 10/25/2013 @ 11:47am

Futures, options, charting and more will be covered in an upcoming marketing course. Join up! VIDEO  MORE VIDEOS >>  Talk…

Dealing with a non-farm fiance By: 10/14/2013 @ 7:58pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicSubmitted by T.G., via Email:My fiancé and I will marry in the fall, and I can see I’m going to have problems with his family.Please understand. I love all of them, and they’ve…

Safety Tips for Your Farm By: 10/14/2013 @ 7:26pm

By Erika Owen and Jodi HenkeKeeping your family safe is the first priority on your farm. Here are some tips to help you meet that goal. Safety ChecklistFirst, make sure you have enough fire extinguishers…

What’s a producer to do with inventory? By: 10/14/2013 @ 7:04pm

By Cathy EckstrandWeather concerns and emotions were high all season which kept many producers on the sidelines when it came to forward selling at higher price levels. Last year the drought, followed by a…

Monsanto getting into the weather game By: 10/02/2013 @ 9:26am

The success of every single crop input -- from the soil to the seed and chemical required to raise the crop -- depends on one overriding variable, one that's been less than friendly to many farmers in the…

When a major shareholder wants to sell By: 09/10/2013 @ 12:04pm

Can their problem be solved?By Dr. Donald J. JonovicProblem: How should a family respond to the demands of a major owner who suddenly wants to sell out?Submitted by K.T. via email:I have a very large family…

Protect pollinators while trying to protect your crops By: 08/14/2013 @ 11:26am

Honeybees and native bees forage in and near soybean and cornfields, especially during dry weather. When treatment decisions are being made for pests of these crops, it is important to consider minimizing the…

Four Winners Announced for Operation FarmSafe By: 07/29/2013 @ 4:46pm

DES MOINES, IOWA – July 29, 2013 Operation FarmSafe grants have been awarded to four families by Successful Farming® magazine.  Each recipient will receive a free Certified Farm Safe review of the farm…

Back in the Field: Amanda Whitman By: 07/26/2013 @ 12:10pm

Precision In Practice An Oregon techie paves her way toward a career in precision agriculture.In a sea full of men, Amanda Whitman may seem like a fish out of water. Even though she is outnumbered, this…

Q&A: Al Myers By: 07/26/2013 @ 12:07pm

VIDEO: Al Myers: Part 1  MORE VIDEOS >>  Al Myers was technology when technology wasn’t cool in farming. Starting with a…

FSA greenlights NE CRP grazing, haying By: 07/24/2013 @ 3:10pm

As of Friday, 61 Nebraska counties had been approved for emergency haying and grazing of CRP land. The USDA FSA authorization provides emergency relief to livestock producers facing reduced pasture and grass…

DNA-Based Approaches Offer Improvements in Crop Science By: 07/12/2013 @ 2:09pm

While debate around DNA engineering in crops continues, it is worth remembering that one of the greatest accomplishments of the 20th century came from a plant biologist and geneticist who would go on to win…

Summer 2013: Dig into 'How it Works' By: 07/08/2013 @ 3:46pm

One of our longtime editors, Rich Fee, was fond of sharing his wit and wisdom in the halls at Successful Farming magazine for more than 30 years. Fee, who retired as agronomy editor in 2012, left behind one of…

Another farm bill extension likely By: 06/25/2013 @ 8:16am

Three Purdue University agricultural economists agree that another extension of 2008 farm legislation is a distinct possibility following the U.S. House's defeat of the proposed farm bill.Chris Hurt, Otto…

Weather feeds volatility By: 06/19/2013 @ 1:37pm

By Cathy Ekstrand Just like water ebbs and flows, so do the markets, back and forth. How different the planting season has been this year compared with last year. In 2012, we had a record planting pace…

Black cutworm scouting time is here By: 06/12/2013 @ 9:41am

Farmers with emerging corn crops should be on the lookout for infestations of the black cutworm.Many cutworm species target corn in the Midwest, but the black cutworm is the most abundant. In years like this…

Now is the time to control files in cattle By: 06/11/2013 @ 1:56pm

One of the best ways to keep cattle healthy and gaining pounds in hot weather is to control flies, a Purdue Extension beef specialist says.Heavy populations of flies can cause stress in cattle herds and spread…

Peterson optimistic on Farm Bill prospects By: 06/10/2013 @ 8:37pm

U.S. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson, (D-MN), today made the following statement after the U.S. Senate approved S. 954, the 2013 Farm Bill.“Today’s Senate vote brings us one…

Pork group tackles new disease threat By: 06/05/2013 @ 10:37am

The National Pork Board has approved $450,000 in checkoff funds to direct research on a new disease threat facing the pork industry -- porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). The announcement came less than…

Topsoil runoff losses can cost you By: 05/14/2013 @ 11:04am

As rainfall increases, the amount of topsoil decreases. So does the amount of grain the land can produce.April’s pounding rains likely took tons of topsoil from some Missouri farmlands, according to…

Organic group invites farmer input By: 05/10/2013 @ 2:23pm

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) recently announced formation of a new Farmers Advisory Council to provide input from small- to medium-size organic farmers, ranchers, and growers.“One of OTA’s Core…

Best practices for boosting barley yields By: 05/09/2013 @ 3:38pm

Boosting barley and other crop yields depends to a large degree on controlling "the worst weed in western Canada," wild oats, according to an article in a recent issue of the journal Weed…

7 top farm bill debate questions By: 05/08/2013 @ 9:50am

Farm bill markup likely will begin soon in both the Senate and House Agricultural committees. Much of the focus for traditional program crops will be around three programs: a revenue program, a target price…

New project aims to minimize dairy production greenhouse gasses By: 05/07/2013 @ 2:30pm

Agricultural scientists from across the nation are embarking on a new five-year, $10 million, USDA-funded effort to identify dairy production practices that minimize the emission of greenhouse gasses (GHG) and…

Valley Irrigation introduces customized water application product By: 05/06/2013 @ 2:40pm

Valley® Irrigation, the leader in precision irrigation, introduces the addition of QuickStart (QS) prescription writing to its Variable Rate Irrigation (VRI) product, allowing growers to customize their water…

Assessing freeze damage in KS wheat By: 04/26/2013 @ 11:03am

The repeated hard freezes in Kansas are taking a toll on some of the wheat furthest along in development, said Jim Shroyer, K-State Research and Extension crop production specialist. Temperatures were in the…

Is your fuel storage up to snuff? By: 04/26/2013 @ 9:21am

On May 10, 2013, farms must have both prepared and implemented their Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans if they fall under regulation by the EPA. Farms with 1,320 gallons above-ground…

Avoid these 3 tillage temptations By: 04/25/2013 @ 1:24pm

Corn farmers should not give into the triple tillage temptations of too early, too wet, and too often. Heavy rainfall and cool temperatures have delayed planting and tillage operations in many parts of the…

Farm Bureau, Case offer iron deal By: 04/17/2013 @ 4:19pm

A new program ties together the farm machinery-buying process and one of the nation's largest manufacturers. A new program offered by American Farm Bureau, Inc., and the American Farm Bureau Federation…

Bayer, Monsanto cross-license biotechnologies By: 04/17/2013 @ 4:01pm

Seed and chemical industry agreements continue to churn out. This morning, Bayer CropScience and Monsanto announced crop licensing agreements covering new biotechnologies.Monsanto will provide Bayer…

Parts of Missouri still face drought By: 04/15/2013 @ 2:51pm

While much of Missouri was drought-free at the end of March, other parts are still in moderate to severe hydrological drought, said Pat Guinan, climatologist for the University of Missouri Extension Commercial…

Don't shrug off planting safety By: 04/15/2013 @ 9:50am

With sunny days becoming more frequent and soil temperatures rising, a Purdue Extension agricultural safety specialist warns farmers not to let their enthusiasm for spring planting lead to injuries.Instead…

Is helping young farmers impractical? By: 04/14/2013 @ 9:56pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicTHE PROBLEM:Submitted by T.T. via email: I truly enjoy reading your column every month, but your January advice to the couple on how to keep their land while helping a…

Dow, Monsanto cross-license corn technology By: 04/11/2013 @ 10:07am

Corn farmers will have choices for more future corn trait technologies, due to cross-licensing agreements announced today by Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences. Highlights include:Monsanto’s licensing of Dow…

Cool soils stalling MO corn planters By: 04/11/2013 @ 7:37am

Missouri farmers itching to plant corn find that soil temperatures are well below the 13-year average, according to University of Missouri Extension specialists.Soil temperature, not air temperature, controls…

USDA's report is "game changer" By: 04/10/2013 @ 10:08am

By Cathy EkstrandWhat a difference a report makes. Wow! The USDA on March 28, 2013 put out their Quarterly Grains Stock Report that has some calling it the biggest market "miss" in history. The USDA released…

Burning boosts grazing output By: 04/03/2013 @ 1:24pm

Although the majority of the grasslands in Kansas are managed for livestock production and have been evenly grazed for generations, new research by Kansas State University may give rise to an alternate land…

Syngenta to offer new bio-control nematicide for 2014 By: 03/28/2013 @ 10:07am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted registration approval to Syngenta for a new bio-control nematicide seed treatment  targeting soybean cyst nematode (SCN). “It provides instant…

Spring planter prep checklist By: 03/27/2013 @ 3:33pm

Is your planter ready to go this spring? Here's a quick checklist for you to run through before you get your planter in the field and loaded up, courtesy DuPont Pioneer.Level the Planter. Check the hitch…

DuPont, Monsanto strike RR2Y soybean deal By: 03/26/2013 @ 9:19am

Seed industry watchers have pondered if DuPont Pioneer could keep pace with its Roundup Ready 1 soybeans vs. the newer traited Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans developed by Monsanto. That question has been…

It's National Ag Day! By: 03/18/2013 @ 1:35pm

On Tuesday, March 19, the U.S. will celebrate National Ag Day. This is a time to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, farmers, agricultural associations, corporations…

When farming partners split By: 03/10/2013 @ 2:28pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicTHE PROBLEM:  How can years of undefined land transactions be straightened out when partners decide to split? ~Submitted by U.F. via email My dad and older brother originally…

Your planting intentions survey is in the mail By: 02/27/2013 @ 3:06pm

Farmers soon will be receiving surveys from USDA about their 2013 planting intentions, the agency announced on Wednesday. Farmers can complete paper forms or fill out the questionnaire on a secure website. All…

ADM launches enhanced FarmerView mobile site By: 02/25/2013 @ 2:12pm

Earlier this month, Archer Daniels Midland Company unveiled its newly enhanced FarmerView mobile website, optimized for smartphone and tablet devices. The sure is free and offers a more intuitive user…

EPA approves fuel pathway for camellia By: 02/25/2013 @ 1:41pm

The EPA has finalized its rule approving camelina oil as a new low-carbon feedstock under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The RFS requires a 50% greenhouse-gas emissions reduction for qualifying…

Gypsum the focus of 2013 symposium By: 02/22/2013 @ 4:01pm

The third annual Midwest Soil Improvement Symposium will be held in conjunction with The Ohio State University’s Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference on Thursday March 7, 2013 at Ohio Northern…

Farm Safety For Just Kids Retools Its Outreach Efforts By: 02/12/2013 @ 1:00pm

Farm Safety For Just Kids is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a new logo, a relaunch of its website (www.farmsafetyforjustkids.org), and a new direction for achieving its…

Manage Money Conflicts By: 02/12/2013 @ 11:16am

By Mark Caygeon Junkin  One of the biggest ongoing arguments between Generation Y farmers and their parents revolves around personal…

It's not doublespeak: It's reality By: 02/07/2013 @ 11:00pm

By Cathy EkstrandCathy is filling in for regular columnist Naomi Blohm If you are working with a market advisor it may seem like they have a split personality. One minute they are telling you to protect…

Expect steady to lower crop input costs By: 02/07/2013 @ 12:04pm

Total variable input costs for the 2013 corn and soybean crops are likely to stay about the same as last year, a Purdue Extension farm business management specialist says.Variable input costs are the costs of…

John Deere announces new heavy-duty XUV By: 02/06/2013 @ 9:05am

John Deere has introduced the XUV 825i S4 as part of its 2013 heavy-duty crossover utility vehicle lineup. The model now offers expanded cargo space and room for extra passengers."The introduction of the XUV…

Join the National Poultry Improvement Plan By: 02/01/2013 @ 4:31pm

To maintain the quality of your birds, join the National Poultry Improvement Plan.The National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) began in 1930 to control the disease Pullorum that eliminated entire flocks. The…

Despite extension, farm policy could see changes By: 01/28/2013 @ 9:44am

Although Congress extended the farm bill until Sept. 30, 2013, the director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri says several factors may cause Congress to…

Farmland: best-in-class asset By: 01/17/2013 @ 4:25pm

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Agriculture.com)--Farmland has a large income return and is an undiscovered asset class, an industry expert told a group of investors Thursday.Stephen Kenney, vice president of business…

Wall of Soybeans By: 01/17/2013 @ 2:42pm

By Luana Gomes, Jose Rocher, and Mike McGinnis, Marketing EditorIt has been expected for a while, but it looks like it will happen this year. Brazil is likely to become the world’s largest soybean-producing…

Brazil grows corn exports By: 01/16/2013 @ 11:06am

The data is in and for the first time ever Brazil will export more corn than Argentina. In the 2011/12 marketing year, Brazil shipped nearly 14.0 million tons of corn, while Argentina exported 12.0 million…

BARN AGAIN!: Before and after By: 01/14/2013 @ 10:50am

By Mary Humstone and John WalterBARN AGAIN! has been around for 25 years, but there's never been a barn rehab quite as remarkable as the one undertaken by Roy and Karin Clinesmith of Benge…

When none of the kids wants to farm By: 01/09/2013 @ 2:25pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicThe problem: How can a family with no farm heirs keep their land while helping a neighbor's son get started? Submitted by S.K., via email We have eight children. None of…

Get BARN AGAIN! with these resources By: 01/08/2013 @ 12:25pm

National Trust for Historic PreservationCo-founded BARN AGAIN! with Successful Farming in 1987. Website includes:    Summaries and photo of 60 BARN AGAIN! award winnersFrequently asked…

Senate readies 1-year farm bill extension By: 12/28/2012 @ 3:01pm

Hopes for a longer-term farm policy solution have all but vanished in Washington, D.C.Now, it appears as 2012 nears its end -- and the federal government nears the "fiscal cliff" -- farm lawmakers are poised…

Snow can provide benefits to wheat crop By: 12/21/2012 @ 1:01pm

Much-anticipated snow this winter will bring many benefits to the struggling wheat crop, says Jim Shroyer, K-State Research and Extension crop production specialist. In many ways, snow will be even more…

Farm income volatility reloading for 2013 By: 12/11/2012 @ 9:51am

What will 2013 hold for the farm community? It’s anybody’s guess until Congress passes a farm bill, said a University of Missouri agricultural economist.Scott Brown, research assistant professor in the MU…

Got yield data. Now what? By: 12/05/2012 @ 1:32pm

I may have 16 years of yield data on most of my Oakland, Iowa, fields, but the pretty yield maps were not always particularly useful. Knowledge gained from the yield monitor came mainly from the driver's…

Excluding a child from the family partnership By: 11/19/2012 @ 12:39pm

Submitted by L.L., Indiana: I'm blessed with four sons, a wonderful wife, and a large, successful grain farming operation that I inherited from my dad. Two of my sons farm with me. My oldest works…

Drought's silver lining By: 11/16/2012 @ 2:14pm

This has been a rough year for producing a crop. Between frosts last spring and the drought over the summer, U.S. producers have been challenged. But some things actually do grow well in a drought: crop…

Soybean frogeye leaf spot resistance to strobilurin fungicides is increasing By: 11/15/2012 @ 9:47am

Frogeye leaf spot, which is caused by the fungus Cercospora sojina, is an important pathogen of soybean plants. University of Illinois plant pathologist Carl Bradley said that since 2010, strains of the…

DeLaval debuts new TSR technology By: 11/13/2012 @ 10:04am

DeLaval unveiled its Teat Spray Robot (TSR) this week at EuroTier 2012 in Hanover, Germany. TSR is an automatic spray solution offering consistent application, optimal use of teat dip and less labor. The…

Try the Alltech Mycotoxin Hotline By: 11/02/2012 @ 10:04am

As livestock producers begin to examine this year’s harvest and prepare to feed the less than up-to-par crop to their animals, many questions are starting to come up in the field. Is this mold? Should I be…

Futures industry refortifies By: 10/25/2012 @ 9:28am

In the final dog days of summer, David Adcock, like many other Midwest farmers, hurried to harvest -- or salvage -- what he could. After an inspection, he feared that weak stalks would not withstand the winds…

Milk production falls By: 10/19/2012 @ 3:48pm

Milk production has slipped due to the hot weather and damaged crops, relative to the 2012 drought that by some standards was the worst since the 1930s Dust Bowl. From the Posson Model business Cycle…

Watch soil temps when applying anhydrous By: 10/19/2012 @ 8:02am

Farmers are encouraged to wait until soil temperatures remain below 50 degrees Fahrenheit before applying anhydrous ammonia (NH3) fertilizer this fall. With the record-early harvest this year, officials with…

Monsanto to partner with Invest an Acre program By: 10/16/2012 @ 11:20am

Monsanto Company has announced a partnership with Invest an Acre, which is focused on addressing rural hunger in America.In partnership with the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Feeding America, and Archer…

Planning for 3 partners, 7 successors By: 10/16/2012 @ 10:03am

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicTHE PROBLEM:  How can three partners with seven successors get the needed advice to help with the transition? Problem submitted by V.B., Iowa My two brothers and I are all…

Increase calf crop value with surrogacy By: 10/16/2012 @ 9:10am

Looking for a new way to add value to your calf crop? Try raising someone else's calves instead of your own, an Ohio State University Extension beef expert said. Producers interested in maximizing…

The Climate Corporation launches Total Weather Insurance 2013 By: 10/15/2012 @ 11:35am

The Climate Corporation has announced the launch of Total Weather Insurance (TWI) 2013 for corn and soybeans, with more adaptive coverage for increasingly extreme weather.The 2012 growing season is turning out…

Customized insights with Climate.com By: 10/15/2012 @ 11:20am

The Climate Corporation today announced its new climate.com service to provide growers with weather and crop insights for their fields. To date, The Climate Corporation has helped farmers protect their…

Biomass crops benefit marginal soils By: 10/10/2012 @ 3:04pm

Bioenergy crops can be a good match for areas of fields that have lost productivity. Crops such as switchgrass and miscanthus can help soil, improve water quality and provide alternative revenue, says Newell…

Using the sun to “crack” almonds By: 10/09/2012 @ 8:50am

Conergy Projects Group has broken ground on a 725 kW photovoltaic system for T&P Farms out of Arbuckle, California.  The system will power T&P Farms almond hulling and shelling operations –…

JRB announces new cotton grapple, fork By: 09/25/2012 @ 4:22pm

JRB has announced new Cotton Grapple and Fork attachments to extend wheel loader flexibility for general farm and ginning needs, such as transportation, placement and wrap cutting. JRB’s cotton grapple…

Dow AgroSciences, Save Our Crops Coalition Reach Agreement By: 09/12/2012 @ 10:34am

Dow AgroSciences and the Save Our Crops Coalition have are calling a truce in this summer’s battle over Dow’s Enlist Weed Control System. The two entities released a statement this week announcing a…

Monsanto to introduce Genuity DroughtGard Hybrids By: 09/11/2012 @ 2:45pm

For the 2013 season, Western Great Plains farmers will have a new tool to help manage drought conditions with the stewarded commercial introduction of Monsanto’s Genuity DroughtGard Hybrids. The DroughtGard…

New Acceleron seed treatment for 2013 By: 09/04/2012 @ 1:54pm

Fungal diseases are major causes of poor emergence and stand development in soybeans. But farmers will have a stronger line of defense in 2013 with Monsanto’s planned introduction of Acceleron Seed Treatment…

Leica releases new RTK base station By: 08/28/2012 @ 9:18am

Leica Geosystems has announced the latest release of the RTK base station for the farming industry, Leica GeoAce. With the accelerating rate of technology adoption within the Agriculture sector and the markets…

Sunflower's new 6631 Series vertical tillage By: 08/21/2012 @ 9:26am

AGCO has introduced the new Sunflower 6631-35 and 6631-40 vertical tillage tools. The latest addition to the 6600 Series, these new tools have the width to meet early spring tillage needs of large farms and…

Ag Leader rolls out new steering system By: 08/21/2012 @ 9:22am

There's a new player in the precision ag autosteer game.The GeoSteer system, released Tuesday by Ames, Iowa-based Ag Leader, uses a single antenna design, making it easy to move from one vehicle to…

Paladin rake attachments By: 08/13/2012 @ 9:16am

Deciding how to tackle the landscaping jobs ahead of you, no matter what time of year, can be tough. Several types of rake attachments are available and, depending on your job requirements, each offers…

Pioneer introduces Inoculant Value Calculator By: 08/02/2012 @ 2:28pm

Livestock producers will now be able to calculate the overall value of forage inoculants through a new, easy-to-use online tool from DuPont Pioneer.The Pioneer Inoculant Value Calculator is a…

FAQ: Drought-stressed corn as livestock feed By: 08/02/2012 @ 10:39am

Many Illinois farms are starting to, or plan to, harvest drought-stressed corn, hoping to salvage it as livestock feed. University of Illinois beef extension specialist Travis Meteer answers some frequently…

Are your tires harvest-ready? By: 07/30/2012 @ 4:18pm

Proper tire care and selection can affect productivity during harvest season With harvest right around the corner, farmers are beginning to prep their equipment for the fall rush. In farming, timing is…

Smithfield imports Brazilian corn By: 07/25/2012 @ 8:05am

Smithfield Foods Inc., the world's largest pork producer, said Tuesday it will import corn from Brazil, a move that reflects how surging costs for U.S. feed grains are rippling through the livestock…

Leica announces new GeoAce RTK By: 07/19/2012 @ 10:04am

Leica Geosystems has announced the new Leica GeoAce RTK base station. The product provides access to Leica Geosystems patented Virtual Wrench, the agriculture industry’s first web based remote service…

Protect yourself from heat illness By: 07/17/2012 @ 2:28pm

From University of Wisconsin ExtensionHeat exposure kills more people each year than floods, tornadoes, lightning, and hurricanes combined. Heat kills more than 1,000 people each year in the US. Young children…

CHS posts high 2012 earnings By: 07/12/2012 @ 11:34am

CHS Inc. today reported earnings of $899.7 million through the third quarter of its 2012 fiscal year.Earnings attributed to CHS operations for nine months of fiscal 2012 (Sept. 1, 2011 – May 31, 2012)…

Reman parts market remade By: 07/12/2012 @ 8:53am

Imagine for a minute that the engine or transmission in your 10-year-old four-wheel-drive tillage tractor or combine has failed – just when you need it the most. In the past, repair generally meant a week in…

John Deere launches Gator RSX850i By: 07/11/2012 @ 1:10pm

John Deere has entered the Recreational Utility Vehicle category with the all-new, all-powerful Gator RSX850i. It’s been engineered to be faster, more powerful, and more agile than any Gator ever built.Since…

AGCO announces Tier 4 strategy By: 07/10/2012 @ 3:52pm

AGCO has announced its Tier 4 Final/Stage IV engine emissions strategy for its AGCO POWER diesel engines. The updated after-treatment system will continue to offer an effective method for farmers to reduce…

Keep your cool when marketing By: 07/09/2012 @ 8:16am

By Cathy Ekstrand, Senior Market Advisor, Guest ColumnistWelcome to the dog days of summer ... Seriously! I can remember years ago before I became a market advisor that warm summer days seemed so blissful…

Drought puts pollination in jeopardy By: 07/02/2012 @ 2:23pm

This year’s corn needs rain and needs it soon. The next couple weeks are critical for corn pollination, because silk growth and tassel pollen-shed must be in sync to create corn kernels. That…

Deere enhances StarFire receiver By: 06/28/2012 @ 5:08pm

To give producers increased accuracy in precision-guided field operations, John Deere announces enhancements to its StarFire 3000 Receivers. According to Holli Brokaw, product manager with the John Deere…

Keep an eye on the cab with new remote display access By: 06/28/2012 @ 5:07pm

As farmers integrate more precision technology into their equipment and operations, the ability to remotely supervise and support those field operations becomes even more important to both farmers and dealers…

'MyJohnDeere' boosts customer resources, company says By: 06/28/2012 @ 5:06pm

To help agricultural producers manage their equipment information, production data and farm operations from a single website, John Deere introduces MyJohnDeere.com. Developed as part of the John Deere…

Deere's HarvestLab improves silage analysis By: 06/28/2012 @ 5:05pm

Beef and dairy producers will have the ability to determine corn silage nutrient quality when using the John Deere HarvestLab starting in July of 2012, according to a report from John Deere. In addition to dry…

Prairie cordgrass: Highly underrated By: 06/26/2012 @ 9:32am

When D.K. Lee and Lane Rayburn, faculty members in the crop sciences department at the University of Illinois, talk about prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata) they have difficulty containing their…

Case IH signs agreement with Great Plains By: 06/26/2012 @ 8:33am

Case IH and Great Plains Division of Great Plains Manufacturing Inc., jointly announced the creation of a supply agreement today. Under the agreement, Great Plains will supply Case IH with twin row planters to…

App integrates yield forecasting with rainfall data By: 06/25/2012 @ 11:01am

Rainfall data collected by a network of radars operated by the National Weather Service has been integrated into an application that helps farmers forecast corn yields throughout the growing process. The…

Weather, USDA Report in focus By: 06/25/2012 @ 7:03am

This week's weather is seen as dry, according to WXrisk.com, the agriculture weather site. That is sparking buying in the commodities market. Dry conditions are seen into early Wednesday then…

GreenLeaf acquires JGL, expands portfolio By: 06/06/2012 @ 10:26am

GreenLeaf Genetics LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Syngenta, announced today that it has acquired JGL, Inc., a leading seed genetics licensing company focused on soybean and wheat genetics licensing to the…

Valley Irrigation launches mobile website By: 06/05/2012 @ 11:07am

In order to continue to reach more audiences with product and application information, Valley Irrigation has launched a mobile version of its website, m.valleyirrigation.com. The site is intended to reach…

A Brazil soybean comeback By: 06/01/2012 @ 1:30pm

Curitiba (Brazil) – In just 30 days, the grain crop went from heaven to hell in South America. Up until November, Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay were heading for another record season in 2011/12. But an…

Agriculture.com wins two MobileWebAwards By: 05/23/2012 @ 11:30am

DES MOINES, IA – {May 23, 2012} Less than one year after the re-launch of m.Agriculture.com, the site has been awarded two MobileWebAwards from the Web Marketing Association for Best Magazine Mobile Website…

Protect yourself from skin cancer By: 05/18/2012 @ 11:42am

As summer quickly approaches, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has joined the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Park Service (NPS) to…

Kansas rancher is Mom of the Year By: 05/18/2012 @ 11:37am

Debbie Lyons-Blythe, White City, Kansas, is Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Mom of the Year 2012.Lyons-Blythe was nominated by her children (Meghan, Allie, Trenton, Tyler and Eric), and also by her aunt, Mary…

Hemisphere GPS announces AgJunction Mobile By: 05/17/2012 @ 10:59am

Hemisphere GPS today announced the new AgJunction Mobile for iOS, an enhancement to AgJunction®, its precision agriculture data services platform.AgJunction Mobile is an in-field data collection system…

Tending to implement tires By: 05/03/2012 @ 9:37am

If there were ever a stepchild in the tire world, it would have to be implement tires. Fact is, there was a time that tires were even optional on some implements and wagons. Today's implements aren't…

It takes grain to make milk By: 04/23/2012 @ 2:04pm

March US milk production was up 4.3% from previous year. The trend of higher production for the past 10 years remains intact.  And even though model research allows for higher production this year, it…

Husqvarna announces new Fast Tractor By: 04/17/2012 @ 9:13am

Husqvarna has teamed up with the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Lowes and five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, Jimmie Johnson, to launch a new riding mower – the Husqvarna Fast Tractor -- that speeds through yard…

Contract spreading grows By: 04/16/2012 @ 1:16pm

Commodity spread trading is not for the faint of heart. It has long been held as a specialists market but as of late has come more into play as another way to express bullish or bearish sentiment with less…

Monsanto broadens Roundup Ready Plus platform By: 04/09/2012 @ 2:31pm

Monsanto has expanded its popular Roundup Ready PLUS Weed Management Solutions platform to include two more post-emergence herbicides for use in soybeans. These additional options are highly effective on…

Take care under the hood By: 04/01/2012 @ 2:52pm

By Roger WelschA couple years ago, I had a new wiring harness, battery setup, and distributor installed. No, not in one of my tractors. In me. The old system was worn out, the dealer told me, so I had to…

In the middle of a family feud By: 04/01/2012 @ 2:45pm

PROBLEM SUBMITTED BY D.U., ARKANSAS I need advice on how to do the right thing for myself and for a family I love like my own. I've worked since my teens for Mack, who owns a 2,000-acre+ farm…

Leica updates mojoMINI and Leica mojo3D By: 03/27/2012 @ 3:19pm

Leica Geosystems has released additional features for its guidance systems Leica mojoMINI and Leica mojo3D to further enhance product usability and compatibility.The touch screen of the Leica mojoMINI has…

Illinois agronomy handbook updated By: 03/23/2012 @ 9:48am

University of Illinois crop sciences professor Emerson Nafziger is pleased to announce the Illinois Agronomy Handbook is available online."For decades, the Illinois Agronomy Handbook has been a major source of…

Kubota's new RTV400Ci UTV By: 03/20/2012 @ 9:17am

Kubota has introduced the new gas-powered RTV400Ci utility vehicle that features the agility and reliability of a mid-sized utility vehicle, but is compact enough to fit in the bed of a full-size, long-bed…

Case IH Steiger touts fuel efficiency results By: 03/19/2012 @ 11:07am

A new report from the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab shows that Case IH Steiger tractors with  have set new industry records for fuel-efficient power, the company said in a statement. Several models using the…

From independence to partnership By: 03/16/2012 @ 10:48am

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicIn my <a href=" http://www.agriculture.com/family/estate-planning/family-succession/prodigal-son-returns_344-ar22671" target="new">last column</a>, we looked at a question…

DuPont announces new EPA registration By: 03/13/2012 @ 11:34am

DuPont announced today that it has received registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Optimum AcreMaxXTreme insect protection for corn.  Optimum AcreMax XTreme adds to DuPont…

The prodigal son returns By: 03/05/2012 @ 1:22pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicProblem submitted by J.M. , via email I’m planning to rejoin my father on our family farm in the spring, but I have a big concern. After…

Brothers farming together By: 03/05/2012 @ 12:57pm

Problem submitted by C.B. , Illinois For over 15 years, my two brothers and I have worked with our dad, farming land we rent from him, as well as land we each…

Case IH rolls out Tier 4, precision support By: 03/02/2012 @ 1:28pm

Based on results from the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab, Tier 4A (Interim Tier 4) Case IH tractors with SCR technology are setting records for fuel-efficient power. More than 10,000 Steiger, Magnum and Puma…

Deere announces Final Tier 4 system By: 03/02/2012 @ 8:40am

John Deere announced the continuation of its planned building block approach to meet United States Final Tier 4 and European Union Stage IV emissions regulations today at the Commodity Classic in Nashville…

Prenuptial problems By: 02/20/2012 @ 12:11pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicPROBLEM SUBMITTED BY S.S. , VIA EMAILYour November 2011 column discussed a father’s unexpected demand that his son’s fiancée sign a prenup agreement. While I totally…

Corn, soybean exports to beat expectations By: 02/20/2012 @ 11:32am

In December 2011, the USDA judged total corn production prospects in Argentina and Brazil at 3.54 billion bushels.  That forecast was reduced by 120 million bushels in January and by an additional 160…

Will the cultivator make a comeback? By: 02/20/2012 @ 10:47am

Will tillage equipment be working extra hard this spring? If so, it could be because of the tenacity of herbicide-resistant weeds, according to a new report by CAST (Council for Agricultural Science and…

DAS announces new investment in weed control system By: 02/14/2012 @ 9:25am

Dow AgroSciences has announced a "significant, multi-year asset investment" in its Enlist Weed Control System. The investment will enable production of the company’s patented 2,4-D choline, the company said…

Cummins QSL9 at World Ag Expo By: 02/13/2012 @ 1:58pm

Cummins Inc. will feature the QSL9 engine with up to 400-hp (298 kW) output at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Feb. 14-16, ready to meet the 2014 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 Final near-zero…

Where have all the funds gone? By: 02/07/2012 @ 2:48pm

Like clockwork, my phone rings with a seasonal pattern and theme. In the spring and summer, callers ask if the funds will stop buying and how high the grains will go. As the new year starts in the dead of…

Dairy production rises By: 02/01/2012 @ 3:58pm

USDA placed December 2011 milk production at +2.7% compared to same time previous year. The aggressive long term up trend of production remains intact, however demand continues to grow, and all of this with…

Thanks for Entering! By: 01/30/2012 @ 2:56pm

Thank you for entering the $2,500 Spring Planting Giveaway. Remember, you can enter daily through April 30, 2012 for your chance to win! [ Official Rules ] Come back and visit us tomorrow to enter…

Ideas for crop residue management By: 01/26/2012 @ 11:40am

A new report from Pioneer Hi-Bred outlines farmers' management options for dealing with increased crop residue build-up in corn."In many high-yielding areas of the Corn Belt, residue buildup has become a…

Event will target weed herbicide resistance By: 01/23/2012 @ 9:58am

The National Resesarch Council and Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) are pooling resources to address the growing threat of weed herbicide resistance in a May 10 event at George Washington University in…

Worksaver's new bale spears By: 01/17/2012 @ 2:53pm

Incorporating the Euro/Global style quick attach brackets, the new ELB-330 and ELB-340 Front Loader Bale Spears from Worksaver, Inc. feature triple bolt-in forged spears.  These spears are spaced 26…

Polaris Announces Eimited Edition ATVs and Side-by-Sides By: 01/12/2012 @ 4:01pm

Polaris Industries today announced the company’s new limited edition ATV and Side-by-Side offerings. All units will be available in dealerships in February. ATVs2012 Sportsman XP® 850/550 EPS-Blue…

ATV injuries accelerate By: 01/12/2012 @ 2:51pm

What weighs up to 800 pounds, travels up to 75 mph, and doesn’t require a license?Could be your family’s new ATV. If your kids are asking to drive it or to ride along, consider a New Year’s safety…

Annie's Project expands estate, transitions help By: 01/12/2012 @ 2:42pm

It’s not easy to transition the farm business or to plan to transfer an estate equitably. Women are playing an increasing role in obtaining information and accessing resources.Annie’s…

A farm divided By: 01/12/2012 @ 2:25pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicPROBLEM SUBMITTED BY S.B. , VIA EMAILOur business was started by my maternal grandfather, and it passed on to my mother and father 20 years ago. My grandfather made…

$7.20 ceiling for 2012 corn, analyst By: 01/06/2012 @ 1:56pm

Entering 2012, the foundation of fundamentals we have seen since 2008 continues.   The planting and growing seasons will begin with very low ending stocks inventories of corn and beans. Expect a spring…

Fertilizer industry pleased with new USDA standard By: 12/15/2011 @ 1:47pm

A nutrient management program, called 4R nutrient stewardship has been adopted by USDA, according to The Fertilizer Institute (TFI). The 4R program--"the right nutrient source at the right rate, the right…

Case IH sprayer takes 2011 honor By: 12/15/2011 @ 9:45am

The Case IH Patriot 4430 sprayer has been selected as the 2011 CropLife® IRON Product of the Year. The award was recently announced at the Agricultural Retailers Association Conference and Exposition…

New Holland touts hydrogen-powered tractor By: 12/08/2011 @ 10:33am

New Holland Agriculture recently announced its sponsorship of a reception that is part of a United Nations climate change conference being held this week in Durban, South Africa. The company's…

BASF rolls out new risk management tools By: 11/29/2011 @ 3:03pm

Helping farmers manage risk -- something farmers say is of growing importance on their operations -- is the goal of a new initiative from agribusiness BASF, according to a company report.The company is…

SA weather is key for market action By: 11/23/2011 @ 10:57am

Monday's weekly export inspections report showed a soft, pre-holiday demand pace. Wheat inspected by the USDA for near-term shipment came in at 11.5 million bushels, down from 14.9 the week prior and…

Holiday profit-taking coming up By: 11/18/2011 @ 3:06pm

Thursday's weekly export sales report was typical of the last two weeks. Weak wheat and corn and strong sales for beans. Wheat export sales last week were 317 thousand metric tons, 5% under our 4-week…

DuPont reports strong North America harvest By: 11/17/2011 @ 3:40pm

DuPont announced strong seed product performance results for the 2011 North America harvest. Farmers planting seed from DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred experienced another year of consistent corn and soybean…

New products control risk By: 11/17/2011 @ 3:24pm

Grain marketing is no easy chore, especially when you try to sell a crop before it's even planted. Marketing strategies are virtually infinite, but the tools themselves are fairly straight-forward:…

Farmers eye interest rates By: 11/17/2011 @ 2:36pm

Farmers have enjoyed low interest costs since 2008 when the housing and financial collapse caused the Federal Reserve to slash rates to near zero.But farmers should not take cheap money for granted, as rates…

Crop production competition By: 11/17/2011 @ 2:18pm

Crop woes in the U.S. and the resulting tightness in commodity markets add up to opportunities for competing producers around the world. And though they don't make the headlines, countries from Argentina…

Be ready for anything By: 11/17/2011 @ 11:58am

In the three years since the 2008 global economic meltdown, veteran marketing adviser Bryan Doherty has seen a definite shift in farmers' questions about the markets.“I hear fewer questions like…

Using risk management tools By: 11/17/2011 @ 11:19am

The volatility in crop prices during the last few years has made it essential to have a marketing plan. But that same volatility can knock you off your game if margin calls lead you to abandon your…

Topcon, NORAC announce new spray system By: 11/14/2011 @ 11:39am

Topcon Precision Agriculture (TPA) announces its new X30 control console is now compatible with the NORAC UC5 spray height control system. The systems communicate via the X30 ISO virtual terminal which…

Prenuptial agreements By: 11/14/2011 @ 11:18am

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicL.K. from Iowa writes:Last week my dad’s lawyer threw me into a tailspin, and I’m still not recovered from it.I’m the youngest of three sons who all grew up on a…

Weather challenging harvest, wheat growth By: 11/14/2011 @ 8:42am

Farmers who are still continuing with their harvests may struggle with the weather later this month, forecasters say. Meantime, dry weather continues to challenge wheat establishment in the plains.  Good…

Dow AgroSciences produces 2,4-D choline By: 11/10/2011 @ 9:58am

Dow AgroSciences announced that the company has successfully produced 2,4-D choline in a commercial scale-up setting. This milestone is an indicator of the company’s manufacturing expertise to produce…

Syngenta’s CruiserMaxx treatment now available By: 11/09/2011 @ 11:34am

Syngenta announced Environmental Protection Agency registration of CruiserMaxx Advanced insecticide/fungicide seed treatment for use on soybeans. CruiserMaxx Advanced joins the CruiserMaxx Beans brand…

Leica Geosystems announces agreement with YTO By: 11/08/2011 @ 10:31am

Leica Geosystems today announced that the company has entered into a Research and Development (R&D) agreement with YTO, a leading agricultural machinery and construction machinery manufacturer in China.The…

'Potent' fall storm to benefit wheat, slow remaining harvest By: 11/07/2011 @ 10:52am

"A potent fall storm is taking shape across the central Plains, and should continue to intensify later today through Tuesday as it moves northeast cross the central and western Midwest," MDA EarthSat Weather…

Orthman announces expansion By: 11/07/2011 @ 9:43am

Orthman Manufacturing confirmed Monday plans to build a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Lexington, Nebraska. The Company has agreed to develop 28 acres to the northeast of the Lexington…

Hot new tool for your farm By: 11/04/2011 @ 11:35am

Research conducted by Successful Farming magazine this year shows that farmers are quickly adopting smartphone technology and, in fact, are making greater use of the devices than does the general…

Practical tips for smartphone users By: 11/02/2011 @ 9:58am

Manage your power. Smartphone batteries can drain fast. Put a USB vehicle power adapter in the glove box or in the cab in case you need to recharge a run-down cell phone or other USB device. To keep…

'Local farms and food bill' introduced in Congress By: 11/01/2011 @ 2:38pm

A "local farm and food bill" was introduced in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 that is designed to "help farmers and ranchers by addressing production, aggregation, processing, marketing, and…

Here's one resource bank for beginning farmers By: 10/28/2011 @ 12:44pm

Where can you find conversations about pasture-raised chicken and organic farming next to talks on soil and social media? Online.The Missouri Beginning Farmer Program’s Online Learning Community from…

DuPont and Plant Sensory Systems collaborate By: 10/26/2011 @ 8:41am

DuPont and Plant Sensory Systems have entered into a collaboration to evaluate proprietary genes for increasing nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) in corn. Under the agreement, DuPont business Pioneer…

New revenue possible from grass - Rangelands report By: 10/25/2011 @ 1:27pm

Ranchers soon may be able to secure alternative revenue sources from rangelands by preserving the ecoysystem, according to a new report in the scientific journal, Rangelands.The Millennium Ecosystem Report…

Winter cattle market faces pressure By: 10/24/2011 @ 10:01am

It's possible, say analysts, that 2011's banner year for cattle prices could end with a weak December. But in this strong overall cattle market, "weak" is a relative term. Analyst Troy Vetterkind…

Hemisphere GPS and CLAAS announce OEM partnership By: 10/20/2011 @ 3:10pm

Today, Hemisphere GPS and CLAAS Agrosystems announced a new OEM development agreement whereby Hemisphere GPS will develop next generation precision farming solutions for integration into CLAAS…

Demand vs. condition reports - Tim Hannagan By: 10/19/2011 @ 10:40am

The crop progress report came out late Monday. It put the condition of corn unchanged at 53% in G-E cond. Traders ignore the cond. Reports now, as harvest progresses, show the condition and quality. The…

Ending hunger with local solutions By: 10/14/2011 @ 8:18am

Innovative science and collaboration are at the cornerstone to addressing global food security, DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman told international leaders Thursday at the 2011 World Food Prize, according to…

AGCO to acquire GSI Holdings By: 10/06/2011 @ 9:34am

AGCO announced that it has agreed to acquire GSI Holdings Corp. (GSI) from affiliates of New York-based Centerbridge Partners, L.P. for $940 million. With annual revenue of over $700 million, GSI is…

John Deere opens new marketing HQ By: 10/03/2011 @ 12:39pm

Like the Western Soapberry tree that graces the entrance of the new John Deere Sales and Marketing Center, both have a long history in Kansas.Known as the nation’s largest Soapberry tree, this particular…

New ag contracts By: 10/03/2011 @ 10:12am

Based on solid industry acceptance of weekly grain options, the CME Group expands its suite of specialty agricultural contracts Monday with the launch of weekly options on cattle, soybean meal and…

USDA awards new grants to support young and beginning farmers By: 09/30/2011 @ 11:01am

USDA announced on Friday that it has awarded 36 grants totaling $18 million to groups that will "provide training and assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers to help them run successful and sustainable…

Native prairie provides more than just forage By: 09/30/2011 @ 8:58am

Walking through Tellus and Lori Waddell's prairie pastureland in mid-July is a colorful experience. Pink swamp milkweed, red prairie lily, and purple coneflowers blow in the wind as the Waddells'…

Farm-level revenue insurance choices By: 09/28/2011 @ 11:38am

When farm-level revenue crop insurance policies are used, most Illinois farmers now purchase 80 and 85 percent coverage levels. In 2011, 71 percent of the corn acres and 60 percent of the soybean acres…

CME Group adds ag contracts By: 09/26/2011 @ 3:32pm

Based on solid industry acceptance of weekly grain options, the CME Group expands its suite of specialty agricultural contracts Monday with the launch of weekly options on cattle, soybean meal and…

General public lacks ag awareness -- study By: 09/23/2011 @ 4:07pm

Results of 2 surveys released this week show the general public in the U.S. generally lacks access to information about agriculture, as well as "no interest or passion for how food is grown and raised in the…

Get more ag info on the go By: 09/22/2011 @ 1:47pm

Just as fall harvest gets rolling full speed in the Corn Belt, there's now a new and improved way to keep up with the latest ag news, weather, markets and technology.   The new Agriculture.com…

Fed Repeats: Low Interest Rates Into 2013 By: 09/21/2011 @ 3:51pm

At its regular policy meeting today, the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee re-affirmed its pledge to keep interest rates low through mid-2013. The committee first made that unprecedented statement at its…

Apply for Rescue Tube By: 09/19/2011 @ 3:03pm

Spring rains delayed planting in many areas of the Corn Belt, setting the stage for a perfect storm of grain-related fatalities.“With the late planting, grain may be stored at higher…

Seeking an outside successor By: 09/19/2011 @ 2:39pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicLast month, I discussed a question from S.Z. from Iowa (read last month's column) about succession when none of the heirs seemed ready to take over the grain…

Yamaha introduces new Grizzly 300 By: 09/14/2011 @ 2:33pm

Yamaha has announced the all-new Grizzly 300 2WD utility ATV combining best-in-class technology with a value price at $4,099.  This new light utility ATV has a smooth and powerful engine and is the…

Increased access to local produce By: 09/07/2011 @ 10:00am

Supporters of local foods should work within the current food distribution system to increase its availability instead of trying to start from scratch, says a new Ohio State University study.Too often…

Call for decreased milk production By: 09/01/2011 @ 9:35am

The Board of Directors of the National Dairy Producers Organization, Inc., today announced an urgent nationwide call for dairy producers to immediately decrease their milk production.Bob Krucker, who…

Ford increases soy content in foam By: 08/31/2011 @ 3:47pm

Ford and Lear Corporation are taking another leap forward in sustainable technology with the introduction of new head restraint foam that has 25 percent of the polyol replaced with soy.Seventy-five…

Cool cows By: 08/31/2011 @ 3:16pm

Misters and fans to cool dairy cattle in the Southwest aren't an option. They are a necessity in the summer when hot winds feel like heat from a blast furnace.“Studies are now being released to prove…

Dow AgroSciences announces Enlist By: 08/31/2011 @ 11:32am

Dow AgroSciences has unveiled the name of the herbicide component in its Enlist Weed Control System. The product will be known globally as Enlist Duo herbicide, and will be offered as a post emerge…

Claas and Trimble enter agreement By: 08/31/2011 @ 10:12am

Claas of America, Inc. and Trimble are collaborating to provide growers greater flexibility. This alliance will provide a customer-friendly interface for Trimble steering and yield mapping…

New Holland combines feature Tier 4A engines By: 08/31/2011 @ 9:41am

New Holland is further extending its line-up of equipment with Tier 4A engines with the addition of five new CR Series Twin Rotor combines and three new CX8000 Series Super Conventional combines equipped…

Counting kernels in corn country By: 08/26/2011 @ 2:59pm

Even though it may feel like summer just started, fall harvest is right around the corner in the Corn Belt. Combines are already running in the southeast. That puts the combines not far south…

Heat causes lower milk production -Rich Posson By: 08/16/2011 @ 7:08am

The August monthly milk production report, due for release Thursday, should offer a reduction of milk production. Following several years of a relentless trend toward higher production, we may finally see…

Yamaha’s durable drivetrain By: 08/15/2011 @ 3:22pm

Yamaha has long touted its ATV and Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles as being the toughest of their kind, and now a third party study conducted by ADP Lightspeed has proved that claim…

Beck's Hybrids acquires Pfister Hybrids By: 08/15/2011 @ 10:59am

Beck’s Hybrids is pleased to announce the purchase of the former Pfister Hybrids facility in El Paso, Ill. Lester Pfister founded the Pfister company 75 years ago and the facility has served as the…

Winter wheat plantings threatened -Tim Hannagan By: 08/12/2011 @ 2:33pm

The August monthly USDA crop production report came and went Thursday with no shocking surprises, but a few twists.  Corn yields were dropped to 153 bushels per acre from 158.7 last month due to the…

What's a family farm without a leader? By: 08/07/2011 @ 5:40pm

Problem submitted by S.Z., IowaI’ve built a large and successful grain operation, growing specialized crops under contract to large food companies.I have a son and daughter in the business and three…

White Planters unveils 8900 Series on tracks By: 08/05/2011 @ 12:05pm

Industry’s first row crop planter equipped with factory-installed rubber track transport system reduces soil compaction.White Planters has announced the all-new 8936-30 — the industry’s first…

Hesston introduces new self-propelled windrowers

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The all-new Hesston® by Massey Ferguson® WR9700 Series Self-Propelled Windrowers being introduced this fall deliver major breakthroughs in windrower equipment and technologies to the…

Massey Ferguson Unveils 9500 series axial combines By: 08/05/2011 @ 8:20am

Massey Ferguson has unveiled their ‘Next Generation’ of axial combines. Simply put, the all-new Massey Ferguson 9500 Series Combines are the most productive and efficient combines ever offered from…

Kinze introduces new grain carts By: 08/05/2011 @ 8:13am

Kinze Manufacturing, Inc. that time is valuable during harvest, and growers need to move grain in the most productive manner possible. With efficiency in mind, Kinze introduces a new line of grain carts…

Cummins to meet Tier 4 standards By: 08/04/2011 @ 8:53am

Cummins Inc. announced today that the mechanical B3.3 engine will move forward to meet Tier 4 Final emissions standards in 2013 with a particulate filter aftertreatment system developed specifically for…

Topcon acquires SGIS software By: 08/03/2011 @ 8:17am

Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) has purchased the SGIS agronomic desktop software business from AGCO Corp.SGIS is an existing product that has been serving the needs of agriculture retailers and…

Insure from the weather By: 08/02/2011 @ 3:38pm

If you're concerned about not getting enough rain on your wheat crop between, say, May 15 and June 15, there's a new product for you.WeatherBill, a world ag insurance company, has introduced a new…

OREGON PowerNow cordless chainsaw By: 08/01/2011 @ 1:13pm

Blount announces the launch of the new OREGON® PowerNowTM 40V MAX Cordless Chainsaw.For the first time, a battery-powered chainsaw delivers a combination of performance and features that makes it a…

Rancher lassos natural market By: 07/29/2011 @ 9:35am

Jon Taggart was a typical Texas rancher with 1,400 acres and a cow-calf operation until a decade ago. He raised stockers to 700 pounds and shipped them to a commercial feedlot for grain finishing. “We were…

Nutrient deficiencies concern growers By: 07/29/2011 @ 8:39am

Hot, dry weather conditions are bringing out the worst in many fields across the Midwest. Fabian Fernandez, University of Illinois Extension specialist in plant nutrition and soil fertility, said…

Koch to acquire assets of AGROTAIN By: 07/26/2011 @ 9:25am

AGROTAIN International announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its assets to Koch Agronomic Services, LLC, a subsidiary of Koch Fertilizer, LLC. The transaction is subject to…

Pioneer expands services with FIT Studio By: 07/14/2011 @ 11:54am

Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, unveils FIT Studio, an extension of Pioneer FIT Services. This new comprehensive mapping software provides Pioneer sales professionals another tool to help growers…

Pioneer antique tractors By: 07/13/2011 @ 2:08pm

The Antique Tractors series brings together the highlights of tractor history. In this mash-up you’ll find the pioneers in tractor manufacturing from around the world. Check it out, then share…

Early livestock commentary-Robin Fuller By: 06/29/2011 @ 8:37am

Asking prices remain $114.00 in the Panhandle. Kansas feedlots are asking $2.00-$3.00 over the August, with Nebraska lots pricing cattle $3.00 over. There still are no bids yet. We expect to see some bids…

Market eyes USDA acreage data-Tim Hannagan By: 06/24/2011 @ 11:13am

Thursday's weekly export sales report put wheat exports at 661,000 metric tons. Not a bad number, but we're sitting with 839 million bushels left over from last year's crop, as well as ample…

McCormick and Woods announce alliance By: 06/23/2011 @ 4:00pm

McCormick USA and Woods Equipment Company announced today that they have formed a strategic partnership to offer Woods attachments through McCormick USA’s nationwide dealer network.This alliance covers…

Art’s Way to purchase Steel Tank Company By: 06/23/2011 @ 8:46am

Art’s Way Manufacturing Co., Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of farm machinery in the United States and internationally, announces it has signed a formal Letter of Intent (LOI) to acquire…

John Deere announces 2012 7R Series By: 06/23/2011 @ 8:07am

With a focus on increased power, versatility, capacity and improved operator comfort, John Deere introduces the 7R Series Tractors for the 2011-2012 season.  These completely new row-crop tractor…

Funds take fat profits-Tim Hannagan By: 06/17/2011 @ 3:11pm

Reports give and reports take. Last week gave us the rally we called for into the big June 9 USDA monthly crop report.  December corn, on the week, rallied from a Monday, June 6 low of $6.64 to a report…

Caution: Wheat hay to livestock By: 06/13/2011 @ 1:35pm

MANHATTAN, Kan. – With wheat fields struggling amid drought conditions through parts of the High Plains, some producers may be considering cutting and baling their crops for hay. If so, a Kansas…

Ohio's Tornado Season Peaking Now By: 06/11/2011 @ 4:50pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's annual tornado season might have begun in April, but if history is any guide, June is the month to be on guard.According to information on the website of the Ohio Committee for…

Late Planting Could Cost Ohio Corn, Soybean Growers $980 Million -- or More By: 06/10/2011 @ 11:00pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio farmers stand to lose close to $1 billion in income from late planting of corn and soybeans this spring.Barry Ward, production business management leader with Ohio State University…

Scouting a must for 2011 soybean aphids By: 06/07/2011 @ 8:32am

Results of fall scouting of soybean aphid indicate that soybean growers may face some level of soybean aphid populations this summer.“We expect Ohio to continue its two-year cycle of very few if any…

Deere’s new 4940 self-propelled sprayer By: 06/03/2011 @ 12:47pm

Building on many of the popular features of its current 4930 Self-Propelled Sprayer, John Deere introduces the 4940 Sprayer as its most advanced applicator for the 2011-2012 season. These new John Deere…

Deere’s new sub-compact tractors By: 06/03/2011 @ 12:44pm

John Deere introduces the new 1 Series Sub-compact Utility tractors for the residential market. The 1023E and 1026R will provide homeowners with the power and performance to easily attach and remove…

Wheat matchmakers By: 06/02/2011 @ 10:05am

Munching a steamed bun – popular with consumers in Asia’s wheat market – conjures up great memories for grain elevator warehouseman Dan Brown.“It reminds me of the chicken and dumplings my…

Hard white wheat outlook improves By: 06/01/2011 @ 11:38am

Consumers like it. Millers like it. Foreign buyers would like more of it. But U.S. wheat growers have been reluctant to expand their hard white wheat acres.Many haven’t forgotten what happened the last…

Fungi's genetic sabotage in wheat discovered By: 06/01/2011 @ 11:05am

Using molecular techniques, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and collaborative scientists have shown how the subversion of a single gene in wheat by two fungal foes triggers a kind of cellular suicide in…

Views from the field By: 05/27/2011 @ 3:48pm

Today's mobile technology, namely smartphones, allow farmers to document a lot from the field. Here are a few photos from farmers around the country shot straight…

Heavy rainfall causes forage, pasture challenges By: 05/25/2011 @ 9:09am

It's probably best not to invoke the old saying "Make hay while the sun shines" to forage producers this year. The sun hasn't been shining very often, and they haven't had the ability to…

Managing Transitions By: 05/23/2011 @ 12:39pm

Kriss Lightner, 56, still feels a rush when he pulls the planter into the field. He knows when he's done all he can to lay the groundwork for a bin-busting harvest. He's in the driver's seat and…

He Said/She Said By: 05/23/2011 @ 12:34pm

Don Jonovic and Jolene Brown pull no punches on these planning predicaments.Q: Dad and I should have a formal written partnership, but he refuses. How do I convince him to change his mind?Jolene: It's a…

Is divorce the solution? By: 05/23/2011 @ 12:03pm

Problem submitted by T.M., OhioFarming with family is very hard, so it is important to get everything in writing.Many farmers think farming is their birthright. If they lose money, they rely on their spouse to…

Rally could meet its match-Tim Hannagan By: 05/20/2011 @ 1:09pm

Thursday's weekly export sales report gave us a break from looking at the endless weather updates. Wheat exports last week were 126,000 metric tons, down 61% from the week prior. With 839 million bushels…

Early livestock commentary By: 05/17/2011 @ 7:52am

Showlists are larger this week in all areas, though the increase in Texas is very small. Asking prices start the week at $114.00 to a few at $115.00 in the south. Cattle in Nebraska are priced at $4.00 over…

Farmers sue over levee breach By: 05/03/2011 @ 3:36pm

With a few small, bright orange explosions set against a backdrop of the black of night, the death warrant for thousands of acres of farm land in southeastern Missouri was signed Monday night.Just hours later…

Tips from All Around the Farm By: 04/29/2011 @ 12:58pm

The award-winning All Around the Farm program brings together the latest, greatest ideas for the farm -- from the shop to the field -- that help save time, money and labor. Check out a few of…

Falling numbers gum up wheat quality By: 04/28/2011 @ 11:02am

Wheat kernels that look perfectly fine can ambush end users with bread that won’t slice, pancake mix that is gummy, or cookies that just don’t taste right. “End users like grain that comes out…

Keeping weeds down in a wet year By: 04/28/2011 @ 9:54am

Add weed control to the list of elements of growing your 2011 crop that is being complicated as cool, wet weather continues to delay planting in the bulk of the Corn Belt.If you're too far delayed in your…

New Holland's new track loaders By: 04/20/2011 @ 10:49am

New Holland has introduced three compact track loaders in the new 200 Series. The new machines feature best-in-class forward dump height and reach – boosting operator profits…

Tim Hannagan: Up Monday By: 04/15/2011 @ 3:45pm

Wheat remains very cautious about this weather that lies ahead. Kansas and Colorado could see decent rain over the weekend and again early next week, with Oklahoma and Texas getting at least a small…

Generating success! By: 04/15/2011 @ 9:17am

Farmers are fond of hats. If you ask, you'll find that each one is reserved for specific occasions. They're rarely interchangeable. But when it comes to managing a family business, two hats compete…

Retiring 'in a few years' By: 04/15/2011 @ 9:05am

Problem Submitted By H.W., OhioMy father is planning on retiring, as he puts it, "in a couple of years."Here is his plan: He's worked out his estate to transfer a big chunk of the operating LLC's…

Topcon tracks GLONASS K1 signals By: 04/14/2011 @ 3:18pm

Within an hour of the first signal emanating from the new GLONASS K1 satellite on April 7, Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) engineers were tracking the satellite’s L1 and L2 signals.  TPS…

Corn herbicide offers options By: 04/14/2011 @ 1:31pm

Farmers across the Corn Belt plant diverse corn hybrids in multiple soil types at various times, but the one thing that remains consistent on nearly every farm is unpredictable weather. Over the last…

Fieldwork pace picking up By: 04/07/2011 @ 10:47am

George Kakasuleff's had a busy last couple of weeks. His area of Hamilton County, Indiana, has already been a busy place. Weather conditions have been mostly cooperative…

John Deere launches “unlock” website By: 04/05/2011 @ 9:11am

As part of its launch of new large agricultural equipment for 2011, John Deere has created an innovative, interactive new website – johndeere.com/unlock – to give growers an early preview of the new…

Fuel costs & field operations By: 04/04/2011 @ 2:19pm

You can't know where you're going unless you know where you stand right now. Just like that, you can't start on saving fuel costs if you don't know how much you're spending now.If…

Beck’s Hybrids and MyRainReport.com announce partnership By: 03/31/2011 @ 10:54am

Beck’s Hybrids and MyRainReport.com powered by RainWave® are pleased to announce a partnership enabling Beck’s Hybrids to be the exclusive provider of MyRainReport.com services in…

Time to pick the 'Greatest Tractor of All-time' By: 03/29/2011 @ 3:27pm

What's the greatest tractor of all-time? Successful Farming magazine Machinery Director and host of the Successful Farming Machinery Show Dave Mowitz has selected a group of 32 tractors…

Weeds to watch in 2011 By: 03/24/2011 @ 2:50pm

Two years ago, corn harvest was a bear. And now, with the 2011 crop right around the corner, that nightmarish 2009 harvest season isn't going away yet.That's because a problem that the '09…

Keeping geese By: 03/24/2011 @ 9:53am

So you want to keep a few geese, but don't know where to start? Let's start with some little known facts: (1). geese are easy to raise; (2) they grow rapidly; (3) geese do not require much…

KUHN Group acquires KRAUSE Corporation By: 03/24/2011 @ 8:57am

KUHN Group, a leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hay and forage, livestock feeding and bedding, tillage, planting and seeding, manure and fertilizer spreading, landscape…

Herbicide mode-of-action 'drought' ahead? By: 03/23/2011 @ 4:00pm

No new herbicide active ingredients are currently available for the 2011 growing season, and University of Illinois Extension weed specialist Aaron Hager says in a university report that he expects this…

Sundown on winterkill By: 03/21/2011 @ 10:27am

Winter barley has a lot of advantages, but winter hardiness isn’t among them.“The best winter barley is only as good as a middling winter wheat,” says Pat Hayes, a barley breeder at Oregon State…

Rich Posson: Milk and grain By: 03/18/2011 @ 9:54am

Production remains a strong fundamental, for the milk market. There is aggressive productivity, while demand catches up to supply with an improving US economy.  My research suggests since 1968, on …

How to make more grass equal more beef By: 03/16/2011 @ 2:03pm

As you move your pastures toward a system of management intensive grazing, you're going to grow more forage—maybe even twice as much. That begs the question: How do you manage your herd to best utilize…

Working cattle By: 03/16/2011 @ 1:55pm

In as little as 30 minutes, Breanne Ilse and two livestock technicians weigh and vaccinate 60 steers thanks to an upgraded facility that combines high-tech equipment and some basic cow sense. And the whole…

Which farm is home? By: 03/15/2011 @ 10:37am

Problem Submitted By L.J., Wisconsin:My fiancé and I have a problem I don't think you've ever addressed. We have to choose which farm we'll work on after we get married next year.Mike and I met…

Celebrate National Ag Day By: 03/15/2011 @ 9:48am

Successful Farming is a sponsor of National Ag Day this year on Tuesday, March 15.  Ag Day is about understanding how food, fiber and renewable resource products are produced, and to…

Tim Hannagan: New grain year By: 03/11/2011 @ 4:50pm

Thursday's USDA monthly crop report came out as expected, a real yawner, yet a few surprises based on pre-report estimates by the brokerage houses.  This report was all about the amount of grain…

Pork, Be Inspired By: 03/10/2011 @ 9:52am

With a new focus on reaching creative, flavor-seeking home cooks who already prepare, eat and love pork, the National Pork Board today announced a new branding position celebrating…

Food prices up 4% in 2011 -- FAPRI By: 03/09/2011 @ 1:40pm

Food prices could increase by more than 4% in 2011 as the farm sector recovers from a sharp downturn in the recession, University of Missouri economists reported to Congress earlier this week, according to a…

Pioneer releases RR alfalfa varieties By: 03/07/2011 @ 10:46am

Now that the federal government has signed off on Roundup Ready alfalfa, one company is offering a set of new alfalfa varieties with the trait that company officials say can make the crop thrive under a wider…

What's driving cattle prices? By: 03/04/2011 @ 1:49pm

Tight supplies and strong demand propelled fed cattle values into another record-breaking week Feb. 28-March 4, but cattle feeders’ profits are not as lofty as some might expect, Kansas State University…

The latest from the Classic By: 03/04/2011 @ 10:54am

Grain marketing chat, new tools and technology, the latest farm policy and ways to connect farmers with their consumers are among the highlights of this week's 2011 Commodity Classic held in…

Pork industry 'walking a tightrope' By: 03/03/2011 @ 9:29am

With the pork industry walking a tightrope between high hog prices and high feed prices, consumers begin seeing the consequences -- record high prices for pork. “Producers will be receiving record-high…

Pork industry 'walking a tightrope' By: 03/03/2011 @ 9:28am

With the pork industry walking a tightrope between high hog prices and high feed prices, consumers begin seeing the consequences -- record high prices for pork. “Producers will be receiving record-high…

All in one pass? By: 03/03/2011 @ 9:17am

Have you seen diesel prices lately? Ouch. With prices around the $4/gallon range, now's a good time to think about ways to get everything applied in your fields in one pass. "Every pass across the field…

Big rents & high land By: 03/02/2011 @ 11:30am

  If Yogi Berra followed the land rental market instead of baseball, he might be saying, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Think back to February 2007. Grain prices were…

Big rents & high land By: 02/25/2011 @ 3:09pm

  If Yogi Berra followed the land rental market instead of baseball, he might be saying, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Think back to February 2007. Grain prices were…

Getting Family to Listen By: 02/18/2011 @ 11:35am

Problem Submitted By J.P., WisconsinWhen I walked out of my family meeting last week, I seriously considered never going back. I've calmed down since, but I'm still asking myself if it's worth…

Plains HRW wheat greening up early By: 02/17/2011 @ 3:36pm

As a wheat farmer, Jay Cook says it's good to see sprouts emerging from his fields near Garden City, Kansas. He would have preferred, however, to see them shortly after he planted his wheat last October…

Hiring farm employees? Check this list By: 02/16/2011 @ 2:12pm

Looking to hire some help on your farm this year? Whether you're hiring a full-time farm manager or somebody to haul manure for you a few hours a month, don't make light of the hiring process. A good…

'Social support' for women landowners By: 02/16/2011 @ 10:03am

Half of all the farmland in Iowa is owned by women. And there's a group to help support those women and their specific needs as farm stakeholders.Women, Land and Legacy (WLL) is a project that, according…

Brazilian Crop Tech By: 02/11/2011 @ 8:36am

Agriculture.com begins the first leg of its annual Crop Tech Tour this week, as Marketing Editor Mike McGinnis visits Brazil to view farmers' progress with corn and soybean harvest there…

Scoping out Brazil's crops By: 02/10/2011 @ 10:40am

Agriculture.com begins the first leg of its annual Crop Tech Tour this week, as Marketing Editor Mike McGinnis visits Brazil to view farmers' progress with corn and soybean harvest there…

iPhone 4 protection with Otterbox By: 02/10/2011 @ 10:25am

The agriculture industry is making the shift from clipboards to handheld technology -- mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads are more popularly used in feedlots, crop fields and meat plants to…

Coalition addresses grain safety By: 02/07/2011 @ 2:14pm

In a three-week period in the summer of 2010, seven people died in grain bin engulfments in the Midwest. This tragic loss of life led to the formation of the Grain Handling Safety Coalition (GHSC), a…

You say subsidy delivers food security By: 02/07/2011 @ 12:50pm

Subsidies should be retained to protect national and regional food supply. This is the view from more than half the farmers across the globe who gave views on the best purpose of agricultural subsidy…

The Maschoffs buy Nebraska farm By: 02/04/2011 @ 11:47am

One of the nation's Pork Powerhouses is getting more powerful.The Maschoffs LLC announced Friday its agreement to buy "substantially all" of NPP, LLC, a transation including around 50,000 sows. The…

The Maschoffs buy Nebraska farm By: 02/04/2011 @ 11:46am

One of the nation's Pork Powerhouses is getting more powerful.The Maschoffs LLC announced Friday its agreement to buy "substantially all" of NPP, LLC, a transation including around 50,000 sows. The…

Capreno corn herbicide now available By: 02/04/2011 @ 8:50am

Corn growers across the Corn Belt now have access to new Capreno® postemergence corn herbicide from Bayer CropScience.The corn herbicide, which was available in select geographies in 2010, controls more…

Storm disruptions for livestock market By: 01/31/2011 @ 9:55am

Cattle traded in moderate volumes last week at mostly $1.00 lower than the previous week, though some cattle sold as much as $2.00 lower. Live trade ranged $104.00 to mostly $105.00 in the south. In the north…

Tim Hannagan: Civil unrest By: 01/28/2011 @ 3:10pm

Thursday's weekly export sales report started the day with mixed demand signals.  Corn exports were 414 t.m.t., off 54% from the week prior, 31% under our four-week average and well under a year ago…

New foliar product available for corn, soybeans By: 01/28/2011 @ 1:59pm

Ratchet, a new foliar product for corn and soybeans, has just been introduced for the 2011 growing season by EMD Crop BioScience. According to EMD, Ratchet enhances photosynthesis and plant growth.It contains…

Successful Farming, February 2011 By: 01/28/2011 @ 9:28am

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

300 bushel corn? By: 01/26/2011 @ 2:43pm

In 1992, Ohio's corn crop achieved a record yield of 143 bushels per acre. Since then, genetic improvements have led to even higher yields, with the state's 2010 crop averaging a very…

Tim Hanngan: Funds buy and sell By: 01/21/2011 @ 8:05pm

Friday brought us our weekly export sales report, showing 1.054 million metric tons of wheat was sold last week. This was the highest weekly sales since last August, when the Russian wheat crop failure…

Pioneer rolls out drought tolerance for 2011 By: 01/21/2011 @ 9:44am

If you plant Pioneer corn hybrids, you're going to have a lot bigger choice for what you put in the ground this spring. Officials at Pioneer Hi-Bred announced Friday the release of 108 new hybrids and…

Tim Hannagan: China buys eyed By: 01/19/2011 @ 2:53pm

We started the week, Tuesday, with our Monday weekly export inspection report, delayed one day.  Wheat inspected for near term export came in at 21.6 million bushels, down from 25.5 the week prior and…

Drainage systems key to land improvement By: 01/19/2011 @ 10:34am

With soaring land prices, subsurface drainage might be a good option for farmers who want to raise yields while also decreasing the effects of sediment and nutrients on nearby streams and lakes.A…

World Ag Expo introduces show app By: 01/19/2011 @ 9:22am

For the first time in 44 years, World Ag Expo is going mobile. Available for both the iPhone and all phones with the Android Market, World Ag Expo's Application gives its users access to everything…

Raven introduces Slingshot platform By: 01/17/2011 @ 11:32am

Raven Industries recently introduced the Slingshot API at the 2010 Ag Retailers Association Annual Conference and Expo.  Building upon the Slingshot suite of wireless products and services…

Tim Hannagan: A demand pause seen By: 01/14/2011 @ 2:48pm

Now that the big crop report, by the USDA, is out of the way and 2010 crop production behind us, we can get our  attention to what really drives the market and that’s demand.  The next crop…

A matter of trust By: 01/13/2011 @ 3:58pm

Problem Submitted By F.K., Wisconsin My parents, older brother, and I worked the family farm for many years. For almost as many years, I stewed, simmered, and did a slow boil about how much say was given to my…

Successful Farming, January 2011 By: 01/13/2011 @ 9:10am

From invention patents to engine repair, sprayers to CPR, enjoy these informative stories from the January 2011 issue of Successful Farming magazine.Across The Editor's Desk: What farmers wantHe said, he…

Farmland demand not slowing down By: 01/11/2011 @ 2:42pm

Much of the U.S. economy has been slow to recover from the recession. That hasn't been true of farmland markets, which have continued to climb, a group of Purdue University agricultural economists…

Chemical - not water - application is cause of pollution By: 01/11/2011 @ 1:36pm

By Don ComisEnvironmental crop and herbicide-use history are more critical to herbicide efficacy and environmental safety than the timing and amount of irrigation water used, according to…

With wheat, better safe than sorry By: 01/11/2011 @ 12:59pm

By Ed HaagIn the summer of 2002, Kim Kidwell, Washington State University (WSU) wheat breeder, was feeling confident about Zak, the newly released variety from her spring wheat breeding program. She…

Down on wheat drought By: 01/11/2011 @ 11:07am

By Ed HaagAny farmer can tell you that dry and wet periods run in cycles. Despite periodic droughts, as in the 1930s, the last 100 years have been mainly damp.In many areas of the Corn Belt, a soaking…

A teachable moment By: 01/11/2011 @ 10:52am

By Jim KneiszelAs the lights come back up, a gathering of about 20 area school administrators and school board members quietly contemplate a 10-minute promotional video outlining the massive…

John Deere announces new automated crop reporting By: 01/10/2011 @ 10:16am

John Deere is improving how producers report field data for crop insurance purposes. Their new Automated Crop Reporting process provides a simpler, more accurate way to track field data for a…

Tim Hannagan: Market jockeying By: 01/07/2011 @ 4:43pm

The Thursday USDA weekly export sales report was disappointing across-the-board.  Wheat exports were 644 t.m.t. up 9% from  the week prior, but 22% under our four-week average. No key world…

Kill cooling breakdowns By: 01/07/2011 @ 1:39pm

By Tharran GainesLike the engines they maintain, the cooling systems on today’s farm machinery have changed dramatically over the past few years. Even though modern larger diesel engines – often…

Multimeter magic By: 01/07/2011 @ 1:18pm

By Ron Van ZeeA multimeter, or VOM (volt, ohm, milliampere) meter, is like a Swiss army knife – no farmer should be without one. As essential as a Vise-Grip, a VOM can tell you why your tractor…

Mission accomplished with multi-tools By: 01/07/2011 @ 1:14pm

By Michael D. FawWhen it’s time to tackle most farm chores, you often need tools to aid the process. And if it’s anything mechanical, like turning bolts on a combine, you often discover you need…

Protecting plugs By: 01/07/2011 @ 1:04pm

Moisture is the enemy when it comes to good electrical connections for cords operating trailer or wagon lights and brakes. Head off deterioration by adding a simple storage cap that readily fits on any…

Pioneer delivers corn advantages in water-limited environments By: 01/06/2011 @ 11:17am

DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred launched a new generation of corn hybrids developed and tested to help deliver a yield advantage in water-limited environments, allowing growers to minimize risk and…

Monsanto announces nine project advancements By: 01/06/2011 @ 10:54am

Several projects across platforms and crops designed to improve farmers’ on-farm productivity and profitability advanced phases today as part of Monsanto’s annual pipeline update.The company…

Avian influenza in poultry By: 01/06/2011 @ 10:34am

Avian influenza is a viral disease affecting the respiratory, digestive and/or nervous system of many species of birds. Avian influenza virus infection can occur in most, if not all, species of birds…

The avian immune system By: 01/06/2011 @ 10:29am

The avian immune system is divided into non-specific and specific immune mechanisms.Non-specific immune mechanisms include the innate or inherent ways in which the chicken resists disease. This…

Water for poultry By: 01/06/2011 @ 10:26am

Most of the standards that we are attempting to apply to animal drinking water are taken from those set for humans, and even they have a rather short history. The Public Health Service Act of 1962 was…

Feeding soybeans to poultry By: 01/06/2011 @ 10:22am

There are many types of beans including soybeans that are used as ingredients in bird diets. In general, all beans and peas are good protein and energy sources for birds. The primary problem with their…

Medicated chicken feeds By: 01/06/2011 @ 10:20am

Poultry feeds are available with several types of medications for preventing or treating diseases. Coccidiostats and/or antibiotics are the two most common medications added to feeds.Coccidiosis is hard…

Feeding schedules for chickens By: 01/06/2011 @ 10:12am

Poultry feeds are referred to as "complete" feeds, because they are designed to contain all the protein, energy, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients necessary for proper growth, egg production, and…

Tim Hannagan: Wet funds By: 01/04/2011 @ 3:09pm

We started the new year with our first weekly demand report, our weekly export inspections. This report is one we need to follow very closely, as it's a gauge of near-term demand for sales to be shipped…

Hog prices expected to soar in 2011 By: 01/03/2011 @ 2:53pm

Hog and pork prices are expected to launch to record highs in 2011 due to a combination of high demand, high feed costs, and a smaller herd.  “Foreign buyers are expected to elevate pork exports by 10…

Weather is wildcard, analyst says By: 12/30/2010 @ 3:40pm

Grains close early Friday at 12:00 central time for the New Years Holiday weekend.  USDA Weekly Export Sales Report showed wheat exports were 431,000 metric tons, down 27% from the week prior with no…

What's ahead for 2011? By: 12/29/2010 @ 1:36pm

It's that time of year: When we like to look back on the last year, what's happened and what we've accomplished. The year 2010 will go down for many farmers as one of extreme weather and extreme…

Pioneer adds regional seed distributors By: 12/28/2010 @ 2:43pm

DuPont announced today it has acquired Seed Consultants, Inc., Washington C.H., Ohio, and Terral Seed, Lake Providence, Louisiana, as part of its Pioneer Hi-Bred PROaccessSM business strategy, according to a…

Bryan Doherty: Beef, pork exports By: 12/23/2010 @ 1:26pm

As the world looks for more food supply, the U.S. is in line to be a provider. This is evident in pork and beef exports. While the actual supply numbers for beef have yet to exceed the pre-mad cow era that…

Shoot away: Views from the farm By: 12/23/2010 @ 11:24am

As interactive technology tools and social networks like Facebook, Twitter and even Agriculture.com's community pages grow in size and sophistication, more traditional type of information…

Costs squeezing dairy farmers By: 12/21/2010 @ 3:43pm

Dairy producers face a cost-price squeeze for the first half of 2011, University of Missouri dairy economists say in a university report.Milk prices are expected to average only $15.75 per hundredweight, down…

Costs squeezing dairy farmers By: 12/21/2010 @ 3:42pm

Dairy producers face a cost-price squeeze for the first half of 2011, University of Missouri dairy economists say in a university report.Milk prices are expected to average only $15.75 per hundredweight, down…

Are you a coach or a critic? By: 12/17/2010 @ 7:59am

Jolene Brown has spent years helping farm families work through serious business and relationship challenges.Too often, she says, families base business decisions on emotions, personalities, dreams, and…

Performance-based pay for a farm manager By: 12/16/2010 @ 8:48pm

Problem Submitted By L.E., South Dakota My husband, Tim, 48, manages a large farm here that he owns with his father. They have put estate and compensation plans in place, which are working just as they…

Double-digit land value gains By: 12/15/2010 @ 3:58pm

Farm land values rebounded big-time in Iowa in 2010. But now, as they again start to return to the record-high levels seen in the late 1970s and early 1980s, that doesn't mean the collapse in that market…

4 ways to squelch herbicide-tolerant weeds By: 12/15/2010 @ 11:41am

By John PocockCorn and soybean growers who don’t currently use an integrated weed-management program are most likely in a pickle when it comes to potential herbicide-resistant weed problems – and…

Herbicide rotation sparks performance By: 12/15/2010 @ 11:29am

By John PocockJosh Smith, Auburn, Illinois, planted some LibertyLink soybeans for the second consecutive year in 2010. It was also the first year he planted all his soybean acres…

New laws affect year-end tax planning By: 12/15/2010 @ 11:12am

By Gary MaydewThe Small Business Jobs Act signed by President Obama in September has three important implications for farmers’ year-end tax planning.1. Faster equipment write-offs.Before passage…

Stem borer takes a bite By: 12/15/2010 @ 10:27am

By Larry Reichenberger Farmers know they can’t count on a crop until it’s in the bin. But there’s nothing more frustrating than losing a part of it just before the combine gets to…

Variable aerials By: 12/15/2010 @ 9:56am

By John DietzApproximately 30 aircraft employed by 16 companies both in the U.S. and Canada are enabling growers to fine-tune in-season crop treatments.The common factor is a specialized…

DIY zone maps By: 12/15/2010 @ 8:54am

By John DietzGrowers and ranchers who want to do their own zone maps now have the option of using a pair of public access websites to augment their precision farming technology.Available…

Educate, then prosecute By: 12/14/2010 @ 11:20am

By Cindy SnyderWheat growers who are thinking about selling some wheat for seed had better think again.That’s the message a coalition of seed companies and land-grant universities hope growers hear…

Where drip irrigation fits in By: 12/14/2010 @ 10:52am

By Chester Peterson Jr.There are three main types of irrigation in the country: gravity, center pivot, and subsurface drip irrigation (SDI). Roger Brining has experience with all three on his…

Bryan Doherty: Tale of two trends By: 12/10/2010 @ 2:19pm

In January 2010, the USDA surprised the marketplace by increasing yield per acre. Consequently, prices (which had been trending upward for three months) rapidly descended and closed limit lower. That was the…

EXPERT TIP: Weed resistance tactics By: 12/07/2010 @ 10:13am

Herbicide-resistant weeds are popping up more and more in fields around the country. But, that doesn't mean all hope is lost for avoiding those weeds in the future, says Corn High…

Funds to follow USDA report -- Tim Hannagan By: 12/07/2010 @ 7:58am

We're starting the week with a report, our weekly export inspection and ending the week with the report Friday our November 10 USDA monthly crop report at 7:30 AM central time. We also have our usual…

Watch the 3 Bs in 2012 farm bill By: 12/06/2010 @ 3:58pm

The impact of a yearlong discussion in Washington about the 2012 farm bill are now up in the air following the November elections, according to Purdue University agricultural economist Roman Keeney.When the…

Iron sales remain a bright spot By: 12/06/2010 @ 3:47pm

The farm equipment and machinery sector continues to be a bright spot in a murky economy, and recent data shows 2010 will end up outpacing production and sales numbers for 2009.A recent global get-together of…

EXPERT TIP: Corn-on-corn outlook By: 12/06/2010 @ 2:43pm

Though input costs are higher for continuous corn, striking the right balance of crop inputs can be the difference between a profit and loss. The good news heading into 2011 is that…

UPDATE: South America crop report By: 12/04/2010 @ 11:16am

CURITIBA, Brazil (Agriculture.com)--With the country's three most important corn and soybean provinces receiving just 64% or less of normal rainfall in 2010, crop and market-watchers have started to get…

UPDATE: South America crop report By: 12/03/2010 @ 8:48pm

By  Robson Mafioletti Eng. Agronomist MSc. Applied Economics  ARGENTINA With the country's three most important corn and soybean provinces receiving just 64% or less of normal rainfall in…

Bryan Doherty: Permanent volatility By: 12/03/2010 @ 4:49pm

The last 5 years have seen dramatic shifts in commodity price volatility. It's highly likely that this shift in volatility is here to stay for the foreseeable future. As we take a step back and look…

Grains in recovery mode, analyst says By: 12/03/2010 @ 9:26am

Grains have recovered a good share of their losses since the Nov. 9 USDA  report, when grains retreated sharply from recent highs.  Since then we  have recovered between 50-60% of the losses…

Grains start December with a bang By: 12/01/2010 @ 3:11pm

Corn and soybeans kicked off December on a higher note, with each pit driven by different factors, according to Dow Jones Newswires reports.See the latest From the Floor with MarketeyeCorn rallies on wheat…

EXPERT TIP: Corn inoculants & seed treatments By: 11/30/2010 @ 2:15pm

Ed Winkle sees things from both sides of the field's edge as a farmer and crop adviser with HyMark Consulting LLC in Martinsville, Ohio. For the 2010 corn crop in his area -- both on his own…

VIDEO: The right iron for a good corn crop By: 11/29/2010 @ 2:06pm

In recent years, Pat Duncanson usually ends up with more planter capacity than his farm needs. But, in years when time is tight, or when the Mapleton, Minnesota, farmer has decided to bump up corn acres, that…

Christmas picks for farmers By: 11/26/2010 @ 2:40pm

So, what do you want under your Christmas tree this year? Whether it's a new tool for the shop or just a few things to keep you comfortable in the field or shop, check out this year's picks…

Tim Hannagan: Macro markets By: 11/26/2010 @ 12:01pm

This week's USDA Export Sales Report Friday showed neutral figures, highlighting Asia's steady demand interest. Wheat exports were 745,000 metric tons down 21% from the previous week but 1% over…

Tim Hannagan: Markets eye China, South America weather By: 11/24/2010 @ 12:28pm

It's been a typical pre-holiday week with just one twist in the market. We saw continuation of long liquidation in the market. This has been a trend, as index funds continue to reduce the size of their…

Tracking, juggling market factors By: 11/19/2010 @ 2:22pm

Ag marketing is at a turning point: You're being asked to follow so many more factors than you did years ago to keep track of married markets. Is it practical for you to know all the…

3 categories of traders By: 11/18/2010 @ 2:28pm

In the past, two schools of thought on trading ruled: fundamental trading and technical trading (or reports vs. patterns/pictures). Today, both of these schools are also greatly affected by a third…

Christmas picks for farmers By: 11/17/2010 @ 10:37am

So, what do you want under your Christmas tree this year? Whether it's a new tool for the shop or just a few things to keep you comfortable in the field or shop, check out this year's picks…

Low-lin soybeans netting premiums By: 11/09/2010 @ 12:48pm

Market opportunities and processor-paid incentives are available to farmers who grow and segregate low linolenic soybeans from Pioneer Hi-Bred, for the 2011 season, according to a company…

Preparing A Marketing Plan By: 11/09/2010 @ 12:02pm

Bill Havertape, cofounder of Midwest Strategic Investments, Inc., and well-known grain marketing commentator based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, says a majority of today's producers are production experts but…

Battle of the Brothers By: 11/09/2010 @ 11:05am

B.L., Ohio I've been home on the farm for over 10 years (after finishing college and working for a large company). A weeklong ag management program motivated me to introduce some key management ideas that…

Post Nov. 9 report, grain markets follow funds, analyst says By: 11/05/2010 @ 8:49am

By Tim HannaganPFGBest.com Grain AnalystThursday saw gold, silver, crude oil, stock indices all moved sharply higher while the dollar was lower. This is what I call an Inflation Storm. It has index and…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock commentary By: 11/05/2010 @ 8:38am

The cattle market is expected to be quiet today, with trade finished for the week despite the fact that volumes were no better than moderate.  Asking prices range $99.00 to $100.00 for the cattle…

Deere’s new two-speed skid steers By: 11/04/2010 @ 9:30am

In response to customers’ needs for faster travel speed across jobsites, John Deere is introducing a two-speed option to its mid-frame 318D and 320D skid steer loader models.The new option, which will be…

Rural residents happier, poll shows By: 11/03/2010 @ 2:27pm

The success of this year's Cornhusker football team isn't the only reason  rural residents of Nebraska have to be happy this year. Less uncertainty about the economy has more residents of that…

Ag leadership shifts; 'more of same?' farmers ask By: 11/03/2010 @ 11:02am

The Senate Agriculture Committee's going to be looking for a new leader.Senator Blanche Lincoln, an Arkansas Democrat, was defeated by Republican challenger John Boozman Tuesday, just one of many races…

Landoll Corporation acquires Brillion Farm Equipment By: 11/03/2010 @ 9:48am

Landoll Corporation announced that it has acquired the Brillion Farm Equipment division from Accuride Corporation. As part of the agreement penned on November 2nd, Accuride will transfer the full…

Soybean aphids remain threat for growers By: 11/03/2010 @ 9:38am

While 2010 was not a significant year for aphid infestation, that doesn't mean growers can or should ignore this yield-robbing pest in 2011, say experts from Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont…

Beetles offer effective weed control By: 11/02/2010 @ 2:56pm

With the help of the weed-eating flea beetle, researchers significantly reduced infestations of a non-native plant, leafy spurge, on Montana rangeland. The good news is that this biological method of…

BASF, Monsanto zeroing in on new weed control system By: 11/02/2010 @ 9:57am

BASF and Monsanto Company on Tuesday announced significant progress toward launching next-generation dicamba-based weed control systems for soybeans and cotton that could be available globally for farmers this…

Tim Hannagan: November grain factors build By: 10/29/2010 @ 8:05am

Thursday's weekly export sales report showed wheat exports, last week, at 604,000 metric tons, up 5% from the week prior. But, that was well under the 1.0 million metric tons, or more, needed to push…

Case IH launches new shopping website By: 10/26/2010 @ 2:08pm

‘Tis the season to begin planning for the holidays and this year it will be even easier to complete your shopping with a new merchandise Website from Case IH -- www.ShopCaseIH.com.  Whether you…

Winter of extremes forecast for U.S. By: 10/21/2010 @ 11:13am

The Pacific Northwest should brace for a colder and wetter than average winter, while most of the South and Southeast will be warmer and drier than average through February 2011, according to…

Bayer CropScience showcases new innovations at CAPCA By: 10/20/2010 @ 9:37am

Bayer CropScience featured three new innovative solutions at this year’s CAPCA Conference held October 17 -19 in Anaheim, California. The featured innovations are Movento insecticide, Luna fungicide…

Monsanto announces new weed management "platform" By: 10/19/2010 @ 3:41pm

Monsanto announced a new "platform on weed management," which the company says will help control weeds "in the absence or presence of glyphosate-resistance."   In a statement at the opening…

Kubota, Vermeer announce alliance By: 10/15/2010 @ 9:22am

Kubota Tractor Corporation and Vermeer Corporation have announced a marketing alliance for the sale of performance-matched, allied-approved, Vermeer forage equipment. The combination Kubota and Vermeer…

Tax Pitfalls Of Employing Spouses By: 10/14/2010 @ 1:32pm

Hiring spouses and other relatives on the farm or ranch can be a good business decision and good tax planning. The IRS and the courts scrutinize employ ment of relatives, however, much more closely than that…

Passing the farm to the fourth generation By: 10/14/2010 @ 1:16pm

Problem Submitted By R.F., IndianaIt's hard for me to believe that our farm is moving to a fourth generation of ownership. Seems like my generation just got the farm last Tuesday.My five cousins and I…

Those Daughters-In-Law By: 10/14/2010 @ 11:27am

We can't choose in-laws, but we can choose to communicate with them up front.Time after time, conversations start like this: "Our family members got along just fine till the boys got married." Or, "How do…

Tim Hannagan: Buying or selling ahead of Nov. report? By: 10/13/2010 @ 11:42am

If South American rains come in the next 30 days, a pullback in prices could occur on all three grains. But, failure of rains to come and talk of 10% or more declines on acres planted, we could put two…

Tim Hannagan: The last bullish report By: 10/09/2010 @ 12:13pm

Thursday brought us a update on the demand side of grains with our weekly export sales report. It tells us how much of each grain was sold last week and becomes a gauge of near term demand. When harvest…

Bee colony collapse associated with viral, fungal infection By: 10/08/2010 @ 1:26pm

The sudden death of bee colonies since late 2006 across North America has stumped scientists. But today, researchers may have a greater understanding of the mysterious colony collapse disorder, said a…

What ailed corn in 2010? By: 10/07/2010 @ 3:08pm

Illinois corn yielded less than expected in most areas in 2010, and corn following corn was particularly hard hit. Because current crop acreages are skewed toward corn, at least 20 percent of the 2010 corn…

Got green soybeans? You're not alone By: 10/07/2010 @ 1:12pm

The 2010 soybean harvest looks promising for Illinois growers with early yield reports indicating the best harvest many growers have ever seen. However, green soybean plants and stems may reduce harvest speed…

Farmers finally have time for fall tillage By: 10/07/2010 @ 9:53am

Corn Belt farmers are finally getting a chance to address compacted soils this fall.“With the removal of water by the crop and normally dry weather in the fall, soils at harvest are typically dry enough to…

Got green soybeans? You're not alone By: 10/07/2010 @ 9:46am

The 2010 soybean harvest looks promising for Illinois growers with early yield reports indicating the best harvest many growers have ever seen. However, green soybean plants and stems may reduce harvest speed…

USDA writing checks for direct, CRP payments this month By: 10/05/2010 @ 6:31pm

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week announced during this month, USDA will distribute approximately $1.6 billion in annual Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) rental payments and $3.8 billion in final…

Rains arrive, Brazil weather concerns remain By: 09/29/2010 @ 9:09am

CURITIBA, Brazil--Southern Brazil welcomed up to 6.00" of much needed rain over the weekend, as they allowed farmers to resume plantings in the states of Parana and Rio Grande do Sul, two major grain growers…

'Interesting' corn year: Dragging yields continue By: 09/28/2010 @ 2:28pm

See how some of this summer's challenging growing conditions are being reflected in corn yields this fall in the Corn Belt and Great Plains.Corn harvest exposes a lot of issuesCropsey, Illinois, farmer…

Tim Hannagan: Were you ready? By: 09/24/2010 @ 4:36pm

Thursday's weekly export sales report showed a gauge of demand. It put corn sales at 561 t.m.t. off 4% from the week prior as Asian markets are sitting back and watching the fast harvest pace and…

'Big opportunities' brewing in the grain trade By: 09/24/2010 @ 3:52pm

With the grain futures markets trading at nearly 2-year highs -- $11.00-plus soybeans and $5.00-plus corn -- it's the right time for farmers to take some profits, analysts say.A lot of fundamentals are…

New data management tools released By: 09/23/2010 @ 3:48pm

Farm Works Information Management, a division of Trimble, announced this week 3 new products for farmers, according to a company report.Farm Works Mobile streamlines data management in the field by bundling…

Farmers taking action on glyphosate resistance, poll shows By: 09/23/2010 @ 3:42pm

Nearly 60% of farmers who responded to a recent poll say they are changing their weed management plans to deal with growing glyphosate resistance. The poll, conducted by BASF Crop Protection, shows a similar…

Feds approve Pfizer pandemic swine vaccine By: 09/23/2010 @ 10:17am

Pfizer Animal Health has gained full licensure from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for FluSure Pandemic, according to a company report.The vaccine helps pork producers protect their herds from the…

Iowa farm land value up 8.5% in last year, survey shows By: 09/23/2010 @ 10:14am

The Iowa Farm and Land Chapter #2 REALTORS Land Institute is pleased to announce the results of our September 2010 Land Trends and Values Survey.  Our REALTORS® Land Institute Chapter is an arm of the…

Kevin McNew: Bean basis continues to slide By: 09/17/2010 @ 2:23pm

Nearby corn futures continued to push higher this week, as the critical $5 mark was within striking distance. Market watchers continue to expect the corn crop to be smaller as yield reports from…

Weather 'feeding the bulls' By: 09/17/2010 @ 2:15pm

Fall harvest is ahead of schedule in much of the nation's midsection, but with widespread rain expected in parts of the Corn Belt over the weekend and into next week, market-watchers have weather on the…

All Around the Farm nets national media award By: 09/15/2010 @ 4:14pm

A partnership between Firestone, Successful Farming magazine and Agriculture.com has netted a top national award from the Media Industry News (MIN).The All Around the Farm program -- a regular feature…

Atrazine safe, study shows By: 09/15/2010 @ 2:39pm

Researchers with Syngenta Crop Protection presented study results to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) panel Wednesday that prove the herbicide atrazine is safe, company officials say.Syngenta…

Wheat shortage abroad means opportunity for U.S. farmers By: 09/10/2010 @ 2:40pm

Russia's ban of wheat exports is giving U.S. farmers the opportunity to produce more of the crop to meet demands around the world, a Purdue University agricultural economist says.  Chris Hurt…

McCormick’s T-MAX utility tractors By: 09/08/2010 @ 8:57am

McCormick USA has introduced a new line of utility tractors designed to meet the needs of material handling and general farming operations. The T-MAX Series features three models, including the T 90…

Bryan Doherty: Early harvest feedback By: 09/06/2010 @ 5:40pm

The warm and dry August weather has helped push the corn crop ahead of schedule. Consequently, farmers are in the field harvesting sooner than usual. This is especially true in southern parts of the Midwest…

Rich Nelson: A tightening of supplies By: 09/06/2010 @ 5:36pm

The trade did not see the Russian agriculture ministry correct Prime Minister Putin’s comments from Thursday. A larger portion of the trade will now believe Russia may actually ban exports of grain through…

When to harvest? By: 09/06/2010 @ 2:19pm

"So how do you decide when to begin harvesting corn?" asks a farmer in Crop Talk. "Does it make sense to shell it at 25% on September 1 or wait till October 1 when we are more often than not beginning…

Tim Hannagan: Three interesting days By: 09/03/2010 @ 9:46am

We're at a very interesting point of the year in grains. Harvest is beginning so were equally hearing as much bullish yield news as bearish.  The Bears talk of the miracle of biogenetic seeds while…

World Food Prize Foundation honors Annan in Ghana By: 09/02/2010 @ 1:08pm

The World Food Prize Foundation presented its Norman E. Borlaug Medallion to Kofi Annan today, during the first-ever African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in his home country of Ghana. The Medallion…

Tim Hannagan: USDA seen raising export projections By: 09/01/2010 @ 9:20am

We started the week's reports with our weekly export inspection report. This report is important because it's a gauge of demand. We have two reports each week that the government informs us…

Syngenta rolls out new corn hybrids By: 08/31/2010 @ 3:57pm

Syngenta Seeds, Inc. has introduced 140 new corn hybrids, including 41 featuring the Agrisure Viptera 3111 trait stack, company officials say.These new hybrids will be sold by Garst, Golden Harvest and NK…

Bayer, Monsanto reach seed treatment deal By: 08/31/2010 @ 3:54pm

Bayer CropScience LP and Monsanto Company have entered into an exclusive agreement on the use of Poncho/VOTiVO seed treatment, company officials say.Bayer data shows that the 500 rate of Poncho delivers…

Bayer CropScience and Monsanto cooperate in Poncho use By: 08/31/2010 @ 9:49am

Bayer CropScience and Monsanto have announced an exclusive agreement on the use of Poncho/VOTiVO seed treatment, according to a release from the companies.   Under the agreement, Monsanto will…

Wanted: High-quality new-crop corn By: 08/27/2010 @ 2:51pm

With a shortage of high quality corn, U.S. grain buyers have pulled out all of the stops to attract freshly harvested crops. For months, the industry has been focused on the issue of blending last…

Bryan Doherty: A repeat of 2008? By: 08/27/2010 @ 10:14am

The way the grain markets have rallied since the end of June, it appears that the environment changed from the previous 12 months of trade activity. Just to review, corn, soybeans and wheat markets were under…

CRP general sign-up ends August 27, 2010 By: 08/27/2010 @ 9:40am

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that a general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will begin on August 2, 2010 and continue through August 27, 2010. During the sign-up…

Jerry Nelson: The Fuller Brush Man and Other Farm Visitors By: 08/24/2010 @ 3:23pm

Judging by the numbers of visitors, our farm was a pretty important place when I was a kid.Foremost among the callers was the milkman, who picked up our milk every other day. He would hoist a 10-gallon can of…

Tim Hannagan: A profit-taking pullback in the grain market By: 08/24/2010 @ 2:29pm

We started Monday with our weekly export inspection report at 10 am central time showing 21.4 million bushels of wheat was inspected by the USDA, unchanged from the week prior, up from a year ago of 17.8 and 4…

Tim Hannagan: Seasonals are winning By: 08/20/2010 @ 2:35pm

Thursday’s weekly export sales report came out as big on the demand side as expected. Wheat sales were 1.412 million metric tons, a new marketing year high since June 1st, the beginning of wheat’s…

Brent Olson: Pickles By: 08/19/2010 @ 8:18am

My pickles sealed.Okay, I don’t know exactly what that means, but it’s apparently a good thing.I’m new to the pickle biz.  I’ve always been a fan of consuming them, but pickle production always…

First Russia, then Ukraine, now Australia? By: 08/18/2010 @ 7:07am

DJ Western Australian Wheat Crop Could Fall By One Third -IndustryDJ - Wed Aug 18, 2:24AM CDTCANBERRA (Dow Jones)--Wheat production in Western Australia, which typically accounts for around 40% of…

Tim Hannagan: A push to buy By: 08/17/2010 @ 2:16pm

As demand will be the driving force for futures prices after the U.S. crop is in and known and the final eastern European winter wheat plantings are finished, it's important to look at this week's…

Sharon Johnson: Season vs. historical cotton market By: 08/17/2010 @ 11:46am

The 1275 pt rally in the past 3 ½ weeks by December 2010 contract and how high it is on a flat price basis this summer have prompted comparisons with this year versus 1995 and 2003. Although there are…

Sharon Johnson: Season vs. historical cotton market By: 08/17/2010 @ 11:31am

The 1275 pt rally in the past 3 ½ weeks by December 2010 contract and how high it is on a flat price basis this summer have prompted comparisons with this year versus 1995 and 2003. Although there are…

Bryan Doherty: Carryout is the key By: 08/13/2010 @ 3:28pm

The much anticipated August USDA Supply and Demand report had little fanfare. However, the report did confirm that this year's crops appear to be large, with the corn yield increased to 165 bushels per…

Sharon Johnson: USDA cotton data is bullish By: 08/13/2010 @ 3:22pm

By Sharon JohnsonCotton AnalystFirst Capitol GroupSince the USDA issued their August revised balance sheets, futures have rallied almost another 500 pts for a 3-week total of 1,275 pts with the December…

Tim Hannagan: Fewer crops, higher markets By: 08/13/2010 @ 3:14pm

Thursday’s storm of reports began with weekly exports sales report, telling us how much of each grain was sold for future shipment, corn exports were 1.200 m.m.t. old and new crop sales. The new crop year…

Massey Ferguson 100+ hp. tractors to feature AGCO SISU POWER engines By: 08/12/2010 @ 1:01am

Reid Hamre, Manager, Brand Marketing With this announcement, eight models are being transitioned from the Perkins diesel engine to the six-cylinder 66 CTA AGCO SISU POWER diesel engine, including the…

Tim Hannagan: USDA August Crops Report is next By: 08/11/2010 @ 4:53pm

By Tim HannaganPFGBEst.com Senior AnalystWe started Monday with our weekly export inspection report showing corn inspected for near term export at 41.9 million bushels (mb), up from 33.9 the week prior and…

Nita By: 08/11/2010 @ 3:27pm

She was very small.  If I had to guess I’d say in her life she never reached 100 pounds, and about 80 of those were heart.You know, we all owe God a life, and when you’ve lived as long as I have, you…

Midwest crop tour agrees with USDA yield estimate By: 08/11/2010 @ 9:14am

After covering about 2,800 miles through the key Corn Belt states of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio (July 28-August 5) on my annual corn and soybean crop tour, it is difficult to argue with the USDA’s and…

Ohio farmers watching developing Russian wheat disaster By: 08/09/2010 @ 11:39am

By Natalie Lehner , Communications Director, Ohio Wheat Growers Association Wheat farmers throughout Ohio could be planting more wheat this fall, as the demand and price per bushel has…

Markets could have one more 'leg up' By: 08/06/2010 @ 2:35pm

This week's USDA Weekly Export Sales Report shows the effects of world grain production problems. Wheat exports last week were 854,000 metric tons, up 61% from the four-week average and new crop…

Brent Olson: Living wage By: 08/05/2010 @ 11:00pm

Did you see the thing in the news about the city council members in California that got paid $100,000.00 a year for part time work?What’s up with that?  I’m a county commissioner, I make about a…

Corn, soybean production costs holding steady By: 08/04/2010 @ 11:00pm

Iowa State University (ISU) ag economists don’t expect production costs for corn and soybeans to change much for 2011. Although they won’t release their final assessment of production costs until December…

Soy prices to push up Brazil 2011 acreage By: 08/02/2010 @ 11:00pm

By Jose RocherGazeta do Povo Newspaper EditorCURITIBA, Brazil (Agriculture.com)--Four weeks before the beginning of the summer planting season, estimates ofBrazilian acres are starting to pop up and point in…

Jerry Nelson: A Civil War Play By: 08/01/2010 @ 11:00pm

It’s a mystery as to how I got into this mess.A while back I agreed to be part of Pipestone Civil War Days, taking place during the second weekend in August. All I really recall about the recruitment process…

More head scab-resistant wheat varieties now available By: 08/01/2010 @ 11:00pm

As wheat growers prepare to plant their crop this fall, they are encouraged to choose varieties that are resistant to head scab. Pierce Paul, an Ohio State University Extension plant pathologist…

Why Should You Go Green? By: 07/29/2010 @ 11:00pm

a {text-decoration:none} “Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the…

Soybean aphid tolerance coming in 2011 By: 07/29/2010 @ 11:00pm

Monsanto Company will introduce new Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybean varieties with aphid tolerance in 2011, company officials said Friday.          …

Alan Kluis: Major lows due in corn, soybeans this fall By: 07/27/2010 @ 11:00pm

I began learning about charting and price cycles in 1974 when I first started trading in the commodity markets.I have to admit that as a college graduate with a degree in ag economics I was skeptical about the…

Alan Kluis: Major lows due in corn, soybeans this fall By: 07/27/2010 @ 11:00pm

I began learning about charting and price cycles in 1974 when I first started trading in the commodity markets.I have to admit that as a college graduate with a degree in ag economics I was skeptical about the…

Ag Entrepreneur: A jump-start into farming By: 07/27/2010 @ 11:00pm

Helping out on his parents' farm near Ramer, Tennessee, was a role Randy Stanfield fell into instinctively. He liked working long days and willingly climbed into the tractor seat in early mornings.Now, at…

Your 10-point plan for a hassle-free harvest By: 07/27/2010 @ 11:00pm

Time spent this month sizing up your harvest armada for replacement, repairs, expansion, or streamlining can boost your capacity to bring in the crop before winter sets in. Here are 10 plans you can employ in…

Rich Posson: For dairy, production and price don't correlate By: 07/27/2010 @ 11:00pm

By Rich PossonAg Financial Strategies Inc. Milk production peaked relative to a calendar seasonal-trend and at a record level during the month of May. Monthly per cow production has also turned lower…

Beef Insider: Is there finally a light at the end of the tunnel? By: 07/27/2010 @ 11:00pm

Cattle producers have seen their share of ups and downs over the past few years. As the economy begins to recover, how long will it take for those who were able to weather the storm to reap the benefits? Or…

Beef Insider: Corralling calves By: 07/27/2010 @ 11:00pm

A mother's instinct to protect her young is a powerful thing. And that instinct can turn dangerous if you're trying to separate a calf from its mother. "When spring calving season is in full swing, I…

Brent Olson: Sleeping well By: 07/26/2010 @ 11:00pm

Our granddaughter spent two nights at our house last week -- without her parents.  It was a big deal for all concerned.  Her mother called roughly every half hour to make sure that things were going…

Soybean management decisions depend on growth stage By: 07/26/2010 @ 11:00pm

Heavy spring and summer rainfall in Indiana made for a sporadic soybean planting season. The crop ranges in development from just planted to flowering and podding, and it is important for farmers to be able to…

Soybean management decisions depend on growth stage By: 07/26/2010 @ 11:00pm

Heavy spring and summer rainfall in Indiana made for a sporadic soybean planting season. The crop ranges in development from just planted to flowering and podding, and it is important for farmers to be able to…

Western Bean Cutworm Egg Masses, Larvae Found in Ohio By: 07/25/2010 @ 11:00pm

For the first time since the trapping of Western bean cutworm moths in corn began in 2006, Ohio State University research entomologists have identified egg masses and larvae. The find reveals that populations…

Research seeks to improve diesel fuel quality sensors By: 07/25/2010 @ 11:00pm

By LeAnn M. Ormsby, Communications Specialist, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, University of IllinoisSensors currently used to monitor the quality of diesel fuel and biodiesel…

USDA announces CRP general sign-up By: 07/25/2010 @ 11:00pm

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday announced that a general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will begin on August 2, 2010 and continue through August 27, 2010. During the sign-up…

Jerry Nelson: Full of Oats By: 07/25/2010 @ 11:00pm

It’s good to see all the oats that are being raised this year.Our food system would be radically changed if oats were to suddenly disappear from the planet. There would be a very sharp transformation in the…

The challenges of family farm transitions By: 07/22/2010 @ 11:00pm

Keynote speaker Ron Hanson addressed 50 New Century Farmers from 22 states at Pioneer Hi-Bred headquarters in Johnston, Iowa on Thursday. But his target audience also included family members doing the…

Bryan Doherty: A 'fence' option strategy By: 07/22/2010 @ 11:00pm

An option strategy you can utilize to establish a price floor is to buy a put option. A put provides you the right (not the obligation) to sell at a certain level called a strike price. The dollars paid…

Tim Hannagan: Mixed grain market news By: 07/22/2010 @ 11:00pm

By Tim HannaganPFGBest.com Market AnalystThursday’s weekly export sales report came out putting wheat exports last week at 382 t.m.t. up 24%  from the  previous week. This suggests that some…

Farmers warned about new stink bug in soybeans By: 07/21/2010 @ 11:00pm

Illinois soybean growers were warned Thursday about "suspicious-looking stink bugs" showing up in fields in the state.  The pest resembles the red-shouldered stink bug and was seen south of…

Rain to remain in northern Corn Belt By: 07/21/2010 @ 11:00pm

Weather Market Commentary Thursday, July 22, 2010 Thoughts presented in this report yesterday that the heaviest near-term rains in the Midwest would be shifting further north than where they…

Wheat Review: Higher close on fund buying, drought By: 07/21/2010 @ 11:00pm

DJ US Wheat Review: Ends Higher On Fund Buying, Black Sea DroughtTom Polansek - DJ - Thu Jul 22, 2:26PM CDTCHICAGO (Dow Jones)--U.S. wheat futures trimmed gains Thursday after climbing to multi-month highs on…

Midwest weather outlook keeps rain in it By: 07/20/2010 @ 11:00pm

Rain will continue to fall in much of the Midwest through the end of the week, with some areas calling for thunderstorms.DJ Global Ag Weather Watch - Jul 21 DJ - 25 mins ago Midwest corn, soybean and…

Basis tanks on rising barge costs By: 07/20/2010 @ 11:00pm

Kevin McNew, Cash Grain Bids, Inc.Both corn and soybean basis levels were lower this week as rising barge rates and rising futures prices kept cash basis on the defensive. Over the last week, barge…

Brent Olson: Why do it? By: 07/19/2010 @ 11:00pm

I’m almost done painting the house.  I would have been finished by now, except for the fact that we had to reconcile two different painting techniques.  My wife believes in scraping off all the…

Waterhemp herbicide resistance continues to mount By: 07/18/2010 @ 11:00pm

The list of herbicide resistance in waterhemp populations is growing. University of Illinois weed scientists announced this week they've confirmed this broadleaf weed species' resistance to…

Ag Leader Announces Fall Release of SMS Mobile PC By: 07/18/2010 @ 11:00pm

Ag Leader Technology, Inc., has announced the fall release of SMS Mobile PC -- a new way to utilize SMS Mobile software. The software product enables the support of SMS Mobile for portable PC devices…

Ethanol group favors shifting tax credit to new ways to reach consumers By: 07/15/2010 @ 11:00pm

The clock is ticking for a 45 cent-a-gallon ethanol tax credit that expires at the end of this year. The best chance to get it renewed before the November election may be in an energy bill leaders of the U.S…

Traps indicate early corn earworm moth flights By: 07/14/2010 @ 11:00pm

Moth trap reports indicate an early start to the corn earworm infestation window across the Corn Belt this growing season, according to a report from Syngenta.Syngenta agronomists have already identified corn…

Ag Entrepreneur: His Future is on the Farm By: 07/13/2010 @ 11:00pm

In a time when many aspiring farmers find it difficult to get into agriculture, 25-year-old Jason Frerichs uses imagination and determination to carve himself a niche.It first came in the form of buying 30…

Ag Entrepreneur: You can go home again By: 07/13/2010 @ 11:00pm

Matt Danner, Carroll, Iowa, had what some considered a posh career -- a degree in ag systems technology and agronomy from Iowa State University and a job with John Deere that sent him around the world. But he…

Ag Entrepreneur: Enterprising ranchers By: 07/13/2010 @ 11:00pm

Ryan and Nikki Taylor gave up climbing the corporate ladder to raise 3 children and ranch full time near Towner, North Dakota."The simple pleasures we find on the ranch in our daily activities far outweigh the…

Ag Entrepreneur: From tees to bees By: 07/13/2010 @ 11:00pm

Isaac Barnes (left), his sister, Becky (middle) and his wife, Jayne (right), along with other family members, run diverse businesses.Where there's a will, there's a way. The Barnes family of…

Ag Entrepreneur: A bent for business By: 07/13/2010 @ 11:00pm

Ben's Bovine Beauties is an order-buying cattle business started by Ben Alsum, Randolph, Wisconsin.Ben Alsum was just 10 years old when his enterprising nature surfaced. His parents, Scott and Lona…

Ag Entrepreneur: The right mix By: 07/13/2010 @ 11:00pm

Molly Shick-Manns haas built a thriving crop consulting business while farming with her father on the family's farm.Molly Shick-Manns never listed crop consultant as a career goal. She wasn't even on…

Tim Hannagan: All eyes on a 'heat dome' forecast By: 07/12/2010 @ 11:00pm

By Tim HannaganPFGBest.com Senior Analyst07/13/2010 12:05pmFollowing a week's vacation, I’m glad to be back with so much excitement building in the grain markets. But, I put you on cruise control last…

Bryan Doherty: The bearish tide has changed By: 07/12/2010 @ 11:00pm

By Bryan DohertyStewart-Peterson Inc. Market Analyst07/09/2010Last week's Stocks and Acreage Reports had major surprises for the corn market. Stocks were reduced to 300 million bushels and acreage down…

Agritechnica and AG CONNECT Expo announce coordinated dates By: 07/12/2010 @ 11:00pm

The two global agriculture trade exhibitions - Agritechnica in Europe and AG CONNECT Expo in North America - have coordinated the timing of their show dates for 2011 and 2013 for the convenience of exhibitors…

Campaigning for ethanol By: 07/12/2010 @ 11:00pm

Retired General Wesley Clark ran for president in Iowa in 2004 as a Democrat. Thursday he was back in the state campaigning for support for ethanol in Congress, along with Iowa's Agriculture Secretary…

Automatic equipment control By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Laurie Potter Successful Farming magazine Deputy Machinery Editor After a very wet spring in 2008, it wasn't unusual for Donnie Merkey to work late into the night to get his 1,000 acres of…

Regular maintenance key to keeping electric fence performing well By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

The idea of an electric fence is wonderful.  String a wire, plug in the juice and walk off.  Too bad it's not that easy.  But, even when they are frustrating, electric fences are…

Irrigation system maintenance: Timely care can cut down-time later By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Bill Kranz            University of Nebraska Wear and tear on irrigation pumps and motors can contribute to a gradual decline in water…

Tips for choosing the right irrigation pipe By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

To choose the most appropriate irrigation pipe for your operation, consider the composition and amount of effluent of the water first. Chloride, sulfate and pH level are the three most influential…

Getting started with SDI By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) has a lot of advantages over other irrigation systems: It's low pressure, so is easier on pumps and requires less energy to keep the water flowing, and many…

Choosing the right irrigation flow meter By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Measuring irrigation flow helps irrigators better manage and schedule irrigation. Measuring flow also is a tool for estimating irrigation water use. Here are 2 flow meter options, according to the…

Size matters! Uniform cotton bales for U.S. mill customers goal of new program By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Uniform cotton bales benefit the U.S. industry by maximizing mill processing efficiency, as well as creating efficiencies for everyone storing, handling, and transporting bales of cotton, according…

New York state law speeds process for protecting farmland from development By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

American Farmland Trust (AFT) is applauding state legislation that was signed into law on May 25 that will cut red tape for farmers participating in New York’s Farmland Protection Program.  The…

Costs have stayed the same for many Accounting software products By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Dan Looker Successful Farming magazine Business Editor Phyllis Parks still meets with farmers who use paper ledgers and simple computer spreadsheets to track expenses. Parks is a CPA and certified…

Babysitting grain By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Denny Eilers Successful Farming magazine Contributing Editor To create the longest possible shelf life for their grain, Grigsby Farms has turned to a completely automated system as "an insurance policy…

Wireless water By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Dave Mowitz Successful Farming magazine Machinery Director One of the 20th century's top labor-saving inventions -- the center pivot sprinkler -- is being paired up with what could be one of…

Get smart By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Jeff Caldwell Agriculture Online Multimedia Editor The farm office is changing. Gone are the big oak desk and file cabinets. Now, you can do the same work from the seat of your pickup, tractor, or…

Buyers' Guide: The mobile office By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Laurie Potter Successful Farming magazine Deputy Machinery Editor   Shopping tips Mobile phones -- including one of the latest innovations, the smartphone -- have transformed the way we…

Chain Saw 101 By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Chain saws used to be heavy, clunky machines, but over the years they've been transformed into units that start easier, are lighter, vibrate less, and have standard safety features mandated by OSHA…

Bosch capitalizes on Lithium Ion for its cordless power tool line By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Bosch Power Tools has launched two new Lithium Ion cordless power tool lines - 10.8- and 36-volts, which are powered by Litheon. The 36-volt tools include a one-inch Bulldog rotary hammer in early 2006…

Deere announces new line of power tools By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Success with using their name to market such products as boots has inspired John Deere to announce a line of power tools. And true to Deere form the tools are designed for rugged use and long life backed an…

Trucking study examines biodiesel efficiency By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

A new study underway examines the benefits of a 20% biodiesel blend (B20) in an over-the-road trucking company. First-year results of the study have shown that biodiesel performs similarly to diesel fuel…

Machinery Pete: Talking ATVs and jobs By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Greg "Machinery Pete" Peterson Machinerypete.com Interesting timing. Last Saturday (May 22nd) I stood at a large farm retirement auction in southeast Minnesota shooting video of a 2006 model Polaris…

Bobcat, Polaris partnering on new machinery technology By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Michelle Thilges Successful Farming magazine Content Specialist Bobcat Company and Polaris Industries announced a five-year strategic alliance that will complement the strengths of both companies…

Home Improvement, Part 1 By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Jerry NelsonSouth DakotaIt's been a busy time at our house in the area of home repair, with changes almost as big as those described in the first chapters of Genesis.Most of these changes are thanks to…

Researcher takes new approach with wheat leaf rust resistance By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Sometimes less is more. That's how Kansas State University (K-State) wheat breeder, Allan Fritz, is now approaching the problem of getting durable leaf rust resistance into new…

Making barbed wire fencing work By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Barbed wire fences are so popular because they are inexpensive, easy to install and maintain, and do a good job.  They combine a physical barrier to livestock with the psychological impact of…

Fencing tools, equipment have come a long way By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Setting posts and putting up wire are two of the most time and labor intensive activities in building a fence.  Each task has been addressed by farmers in their home shop and by…

Farm toys evolving with new technology By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

For most farmers, farm toys started with stick horses and maybe a cast model of Dad's tractor.  Now, the model business is big bucks with nearly any brand you wish available in miniature.  The…

Consider options when selecting on-farm grain dryer By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Farmers are increasingly building their own grain handling systems and by-passing local elevators.  Grain dryer systems are an integral part of farm grain storage, and there are many choices…

Poultry diets for small flocks By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

B.L. Damron and D.R. SloanUniversity of Florida IFAS Extension A report released by the University of Florida IFAS Extension provides feed formulations designed for flock owners who wish to home-mix…

Strategies for minimizing nutrient loss By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Mindy J. Spiehs, Regional Extension EducatorLivestock Manure Systems, University of Minnesota Extension Service The livestock industry has undergone substantial changes in the past few decades…

Alternative fuel systems By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Jess Campbell, Jim Wimberly, Gene Simpson, Jim Donald, and Max RungeNational Poultry Technology CenterKen MacklinEioEnergy Systems, LLC Our bout with $2.00/gallon propane early last year…

Poultry house energy retrofits for cost savings By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Jess Campbell, Gene Simpson and Jim DonaldAuburn University In recent years, poultry producers in the United States have faced rapidly rising propane costs, and the cost of fuel to heat poultry…

Raising poultry on pasture By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

A common way to raise pastured poultry involves putting 75 to 100 three- to four-week old meat chickens in movable pens during the growing season. These floorless 10′ by 12′ by 2′ pens are…

New tools help streamline a tough job By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Setting posts and putting up wire are two of the most time and labor intensive activities in building a fence.  Each task has been addressed by farmers in their home shop and by…

Scaling up your harvest operations with a grain cart By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Grain carts add greatly to harvest productivity by unloading combines on the go and quickly loading trucks.  The combine stays on the job and the truck stays out of the soft field.  Grain carts…

Diversity characterizes today’s grain handling tools By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Capacity, more than anything else, is what farmers look for in grain handling equipment.  They have to balance the need for speed with cost, power requirements, time needed for setup…

Size matters: Farm buildings growing in size, number of functions By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Farm buildings have historically been single purpose structures like a chicken house or complex facilities like a milking barn which might have animal and feed storage, feed and milk…

Portable grain vacs growing in popularity By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Portable pneumatic conveyors, commonly called grain vacs, are an increasingly popular machine on grain farms.  Powered by  a farm tractor or with their own engine, they are easy to move…

Build your own grain drying system By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Farmers are increasingly building their own grain handling systems and by-passing local elevators.   Grain dryer systems are an integral part of farm grain storage, and there are many…

Farm toys go to the web By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

For most farmers, farm toys started with stick horses and maybe a cast model of Dad's tractor.  Now, the model business is big bucks with nearly any brand you wish available in miniature.  The…

Good design, training key to front-end loader operation By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Sometimes called a bucket, a scoop or a lift, a front end loader on a tractor is one of the most popular items on the farm.  Almost as soon as tractors became affordable, farmers saw the benefit…

Tips for staying safe during planting time By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Kelli Basset University of Illinois Extension Every spring we hear about a neighbor who had a "close call" with another vehicle while traveling to the field with an implement. As fields and subdivisions…

Invest in a quality helmet to protect your eyes from ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Laurie Potter Successful Farming magazine Deputy Machinery Editor Whether you're a beginning welder or a seasoned veteran, there's no getting around the fact that welding requires a helmet and…

Grain bin entrapment happens in the blink of an eye By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Cheryl Tevis Successful Farming magazine Issues Editor When Pam Dowdy's husband left the house on the morning of August 12, he asked her to call the elevator. The Dexter, Missouri, farmer…

Five questions young farmers ask By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Gil Gullickson Successful Farming magazine Crops Technology Editor Expansion and volatility Ryan and Hope Pjesky, the Goltry, Oklahoma, farmers featured in the mid-March Farmers for the Future profile…

With new hay rakes, bigger is better By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Fuel costs aren't what they were a couple of years ago, but they still represent one of the biggest chunks of input costs for any field operation. That includes raking hay. Minimizing the number…

Know your load to stay safe on your forklift By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Forklifts can be invaluable tools in the farm shop when it comes to moving large quantities of material or other machinery. But, without the right safety precautions, these tools can lead to serious…

Keep your backhoe in top shape By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Keeping your eye on a few key parts of an excavator or backhoe prior to and during operation can mean the difference between finishing a job efficiently and losing out because of costly downtime…

Take proper precautions when working with bulldozer hydraulics By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

There's a lot of pressure coursing through those hydraulic hoses on your bulldozer. Treating this kind of machine's hydraulic system -- like all other machinery -- with anything less than the…

'Greaseless' bearings help extend lifespan of loader pins, parts By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

For years, bearings and pivot pins were the most common loader parts to replace over time to keep the implements working. Borrowing from the mining industry, some companies are now making bearings from…

Machinery Pete: Skid steer debate By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Greg Peterson Publisher, F.A.C.Ts Report Who makes the best skid steer? This question caught my eye in an interesting thread going this week in the Machinery Talk discussion group. So what do you…

Edible bean harvest has unique challenges By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Want to start raising edible beans in the Midwest? If you're a soybean farmer, you probably have the equipment and machinery you need to make it work. But, when it comes to harvesting the beans, there…

Fence laws and good neighbors By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Few aspects of property arouse more passion than fences, because fences touch on at least four important aspects of our land.  They define and defend property, include or exclude animals (and the…

Choosing a farm fence By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

The first step in building a farm fence is deciding what you want it to do.  In the West, it used to be that 3 barbed wires and a hedge post every rod (16.5 feet) was enough for cattle.  The…

Peanut farmers going 'green' By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

U.S. peanut farmers are adapting more environmentally-favorable crop production practices, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Resource Management Survey. According…

Forage peas could be a promising alternative to summer fallow By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Pea forage could be an economic alternative to summer fallow in no-till systems, say Montana State University researchers. Recent research conducted by Dave Wichman of the Montana Agricultural Experiment…

U.S. popcorn industry thriving, ag census shows By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

If recent USDA data are any indication, the U.S. popcorn production business is as healthy as it's ever been, according to Iowa State University Agricultural Marketing Resource Center specialist Ray…

Cotton progress, acreage surprising in Mississippi By: 07/08/2010 @ 11:00pm

While there's still a lot of time left until it's all baled and shipped, it's shaping up to be a bounce-back year for the U.S. cotton business so far. Cotton acres have fallen over the…

Prevent lint contamination By: 07/08/2010 @ 11:00pm

With global competition heating up, it’s in the U.S. cotton producers’ best interest to produce the highest quality product. To do so, the National Cotton Council (NCC) recommends a number of steps…

Oat pasture can replace forage in short supply By: 07/08/2010 @ 11:00pm

Drought conditions that stretched through the Plains for several years cut hay and forage supplies for livestock. A Kansas State University agronomist says spring oats, managed properly, can help ease…

Organic dairy ups pasture feeding requirements By: 07/08/2010 @ 11:00pm

Horizon Organic recently announced its that it will be incorporating into their standards of care the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) recommendation that requires organic dairy cows to get an…

Risky business: health hazards abound for farmers By: 07/08/2010 @ 11:00pm

An increased risk of respiratory disease and a farm fatality rate significantly higher than general industry are just two of the problems faced by farmers and farm workers today. These and other topics…

Mahinda introduces new compact tractor By: 07/08/2010 @ 11:00pm

Mahindra has added the 5035 four-wheel drive compact tractor to its 35 Series line up. The new tractor features a ML 130 loader, which is specifically designed for this model. The design of the skid…

Stop Rock saves forage harvesters By: 07/08/2010 @ 11:00pm

Stop Rock is a mechanism that keeps large rocks from entering and damaging machine feeding systems. The unit prevents damage to the machine using an electronically monitored spring-mass system and…

Cutting-edge cotton harvester rolls off assembly line By: 07/08/2010 @ 11:00pm

The Case IH Module Express 625, the first module building picker, will hit the fields in time for the 2007 cotton harvest. The machine allows producers to combine cotton harvesting and module building in…

How to choose a grain auger By: 07/08/2010 @ 11:00pm

When you've got two combines working in the field and a semi to unload, you need a grain auger that's efficient and easily maneuverable. According to Greg Giesbrecht, Westfield Industries…

Controlled feeding, bale rings reduce hay loss By: 07/08/2010 @ 11:00pm

With hay in short supply in many areas, reducing waste is critical. David Davis and Chris Zumbrunnen of the University of Missouri say controlled feeding can make hay go further, since losses in excess…

Shop building helps farmer kill two birds with one stone By: 07/08/2010 @ 11:00pm

Tom Guetterman had a problem. He needed a building to store grain during harvest and house his tractors and other equipment for the rest of the year. He sought to kill these two birds with one stone…

Farmers and wind energy By: 07/08/2010 @ 11:00pm

Farmers share in the general public's interest in producing energy from the wind.  A few farmers may want to "get off the grid,” that is, rely on their own wind turbine to generate farm…

Three free cattle and pasture apps for your PDA By: 07/08/2010 @ 11:00pm

The Iowa Beef Center (IBC) has released two new tools for beef producers who use Palm OS hand-held computing devices. Joining the Sale Barn Calculator they released last month, IBC's offerings now…

Strip-till vs. planter attachments By: 07/08/2010 @ 11:00pm

Many corn growers question their tillage and planting systems from time to time. Bishop Mumford, Griffin, Indiana, is one such grower. Mumford has no-tilled most of his corn for the past 15 years…

Yearning for a new shop By: 07/08/2010 @ 11:00pm

Years of working in cramped conditions in a drafty wooden shed had Brad and Terri Minor yearning for a new shop. "It was a fine building for its time," Brad recalls. "But our equipment outgrew…

In early trading, the CME Group markets trade mixed By: 07/08/2010 @ 11:00pm

CHICAGO, Illinois (Agriculture.com)--At the open, the CME Group markets react negatively to the USDA Supply/Demand report Friday.On Friday, USDA raised the U.S. wheat production vs. its June report. Also, U.S…

Top Shops: Shop on wheels By: 07/07/2010 @ 11:00pm

Dave Mowitz Successful Farming magazine Machinery DirectorThe Leonards couldn't find the service truck they wanted, so in true farmer fashion, they built the truck they needed.   The…

Previous Top Shops Winners By: 07/06/2010 @ 4:58pm

Shop office is essential When the time came that the Weiss brothers felt they could justify a new shop, the Bay City, Michigan, farm team spent time…

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