Jen Koukol

Digital Editor

Jen grew up in south-central Minnesota and graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a degree in mass communications. She served as a communications specialist for the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, and was a book editor before joining the Corn & Soybean Digest staff.

5 Agriculture stories to read, Aug. 28, 2015

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, check out some pros and cons to alternative grain storage and read research showing that yield forecast models are accurate. See the variations in farm program payments across high-production states and get tips for calibrating your yield monitor this fall. Finally, enjoy a cool website that features games for the classroom that center on agriculture and farming.

John Deere rolls out new, upgraded products for 2016

John Deere gathered the ag media and showcased their new and improved products for 2016. From high-horsepower tractors and self-propelled sprayers to nutrient applicators, folding corn heads and precision ag, the company has a wide range of new tools available for farmers in 2016.

5 Agriculture stories to read, Aug. 21, 2015

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, watch a webinar covering the benefits, and the possibilities, of cover crops and get information about treating post-pollination corn aphids. See the latest USDA report about computer and internet usage on the farm and learn how to track payback on variable rate application. Finally, learn about a WWE wrestler who also farms.

5 Agriculture stories to read, Aug. 14, 2015

The 5 ag stories this week reminds growers to check harvest wheat fields for weeds and shows the value of aerial imagery. Get some insight on the recent gas price increases and some ideas on where to cut costs to stay out of the red in 2016. Finally, enjoy the first Peterson Farm Bros. parody, "I'm farming and I grow it."

5 Agriculture stories to read, Aug. 7, 2015

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get tips for treating soybean aphids this summer and learn about a new possibility for managing resistant weeds that comes from "down under." See the land value declines (and increases in some cases) across the U.S. in the latest USDA report and learn from northern farmers who strip-till. Finally, check out how ethanol was promoted at the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally.

5 Agriculture stories to read, July 31, 2015 1

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, Extension experts advise scouting for stink bugs and for Southern corn rust. Learn about options for crop insurance payments on prevented plant acres and options for rescue nitrogen applications. Finally, enjoy a gallery of old farm equipment laying around in the back 40.

5 Agriculture stories to read, July 24, 2015

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get tips on managing giant ragweed during the late growing season and learn about new research that could lead to less dependence on nitrogen application. Take a poll on fungicide use this year and see how drought conditions have changed since planting season. Finally, enjoy a tribute to farm dogs in the latest parody from Farmer Derek.

5 Agriculture stories to read, July 17, 2015

The 5 agriculture stories to read this week gives insight into corn borer population and offers new research about soybean genetics. Growers are also reminded that there's still time to comment on the EPA proposed rule to the RFS. Learn about cover crop practices and read a story from the Washington Post about the value of corn.

5 Agriculture stories to read, July 10, 2015

The 5 ag stories this week remind growers to check grain bins when the weather is wet, warm and humid, and to scout for white grubs in corn fields. Learn about China's soil moisture depletion, and the cause. See the decline in land values, and finally, enjoy a graphic showing just what it takes to be a farmer.

5 Agriculture stories to read, July 3, 2015

The 5 ag stories to read this week reminds corn growers to scout for diseases. Get corn yield forecasts, as well as a price outlook after the stocks reports from USDA. Let your smartphone help you farm this summer with mobile apps, and finally, enjoy a fireworks show from a drone perspective.

5 Agriculture stories to read, June 26, 2015

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, Extension experts offer insight into nitrogen needs, particularly in fields with wet soils. Get tips for reducing spray drift and read about volumetric versus fractional levels in the RFS. Check fields for ragweed and control any growing plants, and finally, enjoy some fun turkey facts for Turkey Lovers month!

Growing season apps

Here are mobile apps to help you this growing season. From scouting weeds, insects, soybean aphids and more to calculating growing degree days, identifying weeds and getting help with integrated pest management, identifying nutrient deficiencies and calculating tank mixes, these apps offer easily accessible help while you're out in the field this summer.

USDA Crop Progress, June 22, 2015

Wet weather across the Corn Belt is hampering crop conditions. Corn condition declined slightly in the past week. Soybean condition declined, too, and planting progress isn't moving very fast.

5 Agriculture stories to read, June 19, 2015

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, experts remind you to be on the lookout for soybean aphids, and offer the best options for sidedressing nitrogen this summer. Read and watch testimony from the latest GMO labeling hearing, and check out a calendar for when to scout different corn pests. Finally, enjoy a list of ways you know you grew up in the country.

USDA Crop Progress, June 15, 2015

Nearly all of the planted corn has emerged, and conditions are still holding steady. Soybean planting is moving along, but has fallen behind average pace, along with emergence rates. Crop condition fell just slightly in the last week.

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