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The Top 10 Stories From in 2017

Vermeer’s self-propelled baler, the Successful Farming 2017 Ultimate UTV Evaluation, and the story of a community coming together to harvest a farmer’s crop all made the top 10 list for 2017. Peruse through the list to make sure you’ve read all of our top stories from this year.

1. How Much $ Does It Take to Become a Farmer?

Posted on: June 27, 2017

Just figuring the basics, in order to make a living raising a family, start-up costs reach nearly $5.0 million. Are you surprised? Read the full article here.

2. ‘We Lost the Western Kansas Wheat Crop This Weekend’

Posted on: May 1, 2017

Snow and freezing weather struck a winter wheat crop that was developing faster than usual, thanks to a mild winter. As a result, the crop was more vulnerable to spring snowfalls and frost. Read the full article here.

3. A Small-Town Effort for a Fellow Farmer and Friend

Posted on: October 13, 2017

In six hours, 11 combines, 21 semis, and 14 auger wagons harvested 400 acres of corn outside of Brimfield, Illinois, for Randy Kingdon. Read the full article here.

4. Bob Morrison, University of Minnesota, and Two Others Killed in Czech Republic

Posted on: May 2, 2017

Bob Morrison, a professor in the Swine Group at the University of Minnesota, died in a traffic accident in the Czech Republic on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Read the full article here.

5. 2017 Cattle Outlook: Prices Haven’t Hit the Bottom

Posted on: May 30, 2017

There’s a wall of meat coming soon – beef, pork, and poultry. It probably means that cattle prices haven’t hit bottom for this cycle. Read the full article here.

6. Farm Hacks: Repair Make-Dos

Posted on: February 6, 2017

These tricks make quick work of repairs when you can’t find the right tool. Read the full article here.

7. 2017 Ultimate UTV Evaluation

Posted on: May 8, 2017

See the results from Successful Farming's third extensive UTV evaluation, which is designed to show how side-by-sides perform in ag applications. Read the full article here.

8. Vermeer Introduces First Self-Propelled Baler

Posted on: September 13, 2017

A few years ago, Vermeer assigned a special engineering group within the company a simple assignment: Develop new machines that don’t currently exist in the marketplace. The first fruits of its efforts were introduced at the 2017 Husker Harvest Days farm show in the form of the ZR5 self-propelled round baler prototype – the first of its kind in the hay and forage industry – equipped with technology that offers unprecedented ride quality and maneuverability. Read the full article here.

9. SF Special: When a Family-Owned Elevator Goes Belly Up

Posted on: May 19, 2017

When the Porter Elevator locked its doors, the relationship it had built as a trusted business partner was shattered. In this series, we examine what happened when the elevator went under. Read the full article here. 

10. Why Dicamba-Tolerant Soybean Technology Is in Trouble

Posted on: July 11, 2017

If EPA does not renew dicamba products for another conditional registration period or give it full Section 3 registration, there could be dicamba-tolerant seed products on the market with no dicamba herbicides to accompany it. Read the full article here.

The list is based on traffic numbers to each story during 2017.

Bonus: New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of the year, when we look back on what’s happened in the past year, what we’ve accomplished, and also take the time to look at the opportunities ahead. As you make plans for 2018, take a look at the Top 6 New Year’s Resolutions for Farmers in 2018.


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