Successful Farming Podcast

From the Editors of Successful Farming Magazine, hear from experts and leaders in the ag industry. Email

Soil health - the journey from dirt to soil

Gabe Brown struggled with Mother Nature. After 10 years of wet springs, dry summers, hail storms, and bills to pay, Brown decided there had to be a better way. This is the story of his family's journey to soil health, and the book he wrote to help others.

Soil Health - Soil health with zero tillage

Back in the 1970's, no-till farming was about as rare as a day with no wind on the prairies of North Dakota and Manitoba, Canada. But farmers in these two nations came together to jointly work for a common goal.

Soil Health - On the front lines

Doug Peterson is a NRCS Regional Soil Health Specialist. He is passionate about helping farmers solve resource concerns with their soils. Whether weeds, insects or erosion, Peterson encourages implementing the right soil health principles for every farmer's situation.

Preventing rock-hard soil compaction

Breaking up tough soil compaction in the field is not for the faint-of-heart. It's much easier to prevent it. Some things you have no control over such as soil type and when the rain falls. Successful Farming's Jodi Henke talks with University of Minnesota's Jodi DeJong-Hughes about ways to keep your field soil workable rather than as hard as pavement.

Buying a combine - new or used?

The purchase of a combine is not a transaction to be made lightly. Should you buy new? Used? Lease it? How are combine values holding up? Successful Farming's Jodi Henke talks with Jeff Gray from Claas about that decision. And on a side note - Gray says it's a REALLY good idea to clean out the machine after harvest is done.

Training your farm team with precision tools

An operation that is efficient and profitable makes sure everyone on the team is on the same page. This includes knowing how to work with precision ag technology. Successful Farming's Jodi Henke talks with Brian Kelley of Ag Technologies, LLC in Georgia on how to train your workers and keep them up to date on the farm's use of technology.

How to start incorporating precision ag on your farm

Precision ag technology can seem like a whole new can of worms to someone who hasn't used it before, or used it very little. Successful Farming's Jodi Henke talks with three men from Oregon - The Goschie farm in the Willamette Valley has been in the family for more than a century and is very different from the typical row crop operation. And, a precision ag dealer helped incorporate technology on this diverse operation.

Measuring the effectiveness of precision farming

Precision ag technology is a toolkit for farmers to help them improve efficiency and boost the bottom line. Successful Farming's Jodi Henke talks with Jesse Chisholm from Trimble on how to know if the tools you're using are an effective management decision for complex farming challenges.