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The Ag Highlight Reel: Knee-High by the 4th of July

Welcome to The Ag Highlight Reel. Here you’ll find a recap of recent lighthearted or unusual news. These aren’t the headlines, but the funny, inspiring, or touching stories from across the agriculture industry.

Last week, FarmHers from many states across the country traveled to the Midwest for a three-day conference of networking, learning, and inspiration.

This week Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is hitting the road again, setting out on his fifth Back to Our Roots Tour since taking office in April 2017. His plans include several visits with people living and working in The Last Frontier.

A new Thunderstruck parody video created by the Peterson Farm Brothers has more than 300,000 views. Since their first viral video six years ago, their clever and educational videos have been seen more than 50 million times.

Keep reading to learn the history of the old saying, knee-high by the 4th of July.

Take a look at the spike in Google Search traffic after news of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s resignation broke on Thursday afternoon.

Last Week: I Am FarmHer

More than 160 women in agriculture from around the country gathered in Kansas City, Missouri, for the second I Am FarmHer conference. Over the course of three days the ladies heard from 19 other women with expertise ranging from branding and policy to time management and health. More highlights from the event were captured and shared on social media by attendees using the #IAmFarmHer hashtag.


This Week: Perdue Begins 5th Back to Our Roots Tour

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue celebrated Independence Day by kicking off his fifth Back to Our Roots Tour. He held a roundtable discussion and toured the Port of Vancouver on Wednesday and is scheduled to make a number of stops in Alaska on Thursday with Senator Lisa Murkowski. For photos and commentary of his trip follow Perdue on Twitter.


Facebook: Tractorstuck

If you’re a fan of the Peterson Farm Bros Facebook page, you may have seen the announcement that they’ve released a new parody video. Check out the clever song below. Be sure to watch until the end for an introduction to the two newest members of the Peterson family.


Twitter: Knee High By the 4th of July

The old saying goes corn should be knee-high by the 4th of July.

Mike Zwingman of Nebraksa works as an agronomist for Verdesian Life Sciences. “Historically in the 1950s and ’60s, corn planting didn’t start until mid to later May in Nebraska,” he explains. “Back then, knee-high was a fairly good benchmark.”

Although the saying is still around, Zwingman says that thanks to drastic changes in genetics, management, and growing conditions over the last 30 to 40 years, corn should be further along. “It seems like tasseling near to, or shortly after the 4th seems to be the norm, but even later planted corn outpaces the knee-high theory anymore,” he continues.

This week corn farmers across the country took to social media to show off the height of their crops.


Trending: Pruitt out at EPA

When President Trump announced EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s resignation via Twitter Thursday afternoon, Google search traffic began to spike. Here is a snapshot of how people in the U.S. were searching for “Scott Pruitt”, “EPA”, and “Andrew Wheeler” between June 28 and July 5.

The Google Trends tool explains, “Numbers represent search interest relative to the highest point on the chart for the given region and time. A value of 100 is the peak popularity for the term. A value of 50 means that the term is half as popular. A score of 0 means there was not enough data for this term.”

Successful Farming covered the news in more detail in these two articles:

Deregulator Pruitt Resigns at EPA, Undermined RFS

Pruitt Out At EPA


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