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.

Crop Progress, June 27: Corn silking and soybeans blooming

Corn and soybeans planted across the Corn Belt are progressing just ahead of average pace, as corn begins the silking stage and soybeans start blooming. Conditions in the good/excellent category have held fairly steady over the past week.

5 Ag stories: Nitrogen loss, soybean stands and anhydrous vs. corn prices

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, learn about possible nitrogen loss and the impact on yield this year and get tips for evaluating your soybean stand. See the correlation between anhydrous, corn and natural gas prices and get a guide for herbicide application timing. Finally, enjoy some hay Minions!

Crop Progress, June 12: Corn and soybean crop conditions improve

Over the past week, nearly all of the corn crop has emerged, and crop condition improved slightly. Soybean planting is getting closer to completion and overall crop condition also improved over last week's ratings.

5 Ag stories: Stored grain, corn tissue testing and cover crops for weed control

In the 5 Ag stories to read this week, get tips for keeping stored corn and soybeans cool over the summer and read about tissue testing corn for phosphorus and potassium. Learn about using cover crops to control glyphosate-resistant weeds and about how much nitrogen is left in the field after recent extended rains. Finally, enjoy a book to help kids learn about planting and seed technology.

Crop Progress, June 5: Corn condition increases; soybean planting nears completion

As of June 5, nearly of the 2016 corn crop had been planted across the United States. And the majority of that planted crop is out of the ground already. Soybean planting and emergence pace is running ahead of average and making good progress.

5 Ag stories: Weed resources, ARC-CO payments, water quality testing

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get some resources for managing resistant weeds and get payment estimates for farmers who used the ARC-CO program for 2015. Learn about members of the public who help test water quality and see photos of nutrient-deficient corn and soybeans. Finally, enjoy some creative bale stacking!

5 Ag stories: Hail damaged crops, soybean nutrition, climate change

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get some insight into replant options for hail-damaged crops and keys to proper soybean nutrition. Find out how climate change will impact corn yields in the future and consider switching unplanted corn acres to soybeans this year. Finally, we pay tribute to the farmer soldiers this Memorial Day.

Crop Progress, May 23: Corn, soybean planting, emergence still on pace

Corn planting is nearing completion in many states, and emergence rates made big jumps over the past week. Farmers planting soybeans made a lot of progress out in the field, too. Soybean emergence rates are still just slightly ahead of average.

5 Ag stories: Corn replant, slug damage, estate planning

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get answers about corn replant and watch for slug damage. Check out a new edition of the Farm Estate and Business Planning book and get tips for nitrogen management in a wet spring. Finally, enjoy some signs that you were a farm kid.

Crop Progress: Three-quarters of corn crop in the ground; soybean planting making progress

According to the latest USDA Crop Progress report, farmers were able to make some significant strides in planting corn and soybeans over the past week to continue with ahead-of-average pace. And despite the cold weather, crops continue to make good emergence progress.

5 Ag stories: Soybean replanting, corn emergence and marketing gains

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, download an app to help with soybean replanting decisions and get insight into late corn emergence. See what impact marketing gains will have on your 2016 budget and scout for early-season corn pests. Finally, get help drying your soggy soil.

5 Ag stories: Seedling diseases, nitrogen guidelines, ag economy barometer

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, check for seedling diseases and get new nitrogen recommendations. Read the latest on the ag economy and tips keeping weed spray fails from happening on your farm. Finally, enjoy a tribute to Prince from a farmer.

5 Ag stories: Fall-applied nitrogen, rain and herbicides and income projections

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, find out if fall-applied nitrogen is still in your field and learn the impact of rainy weather and cold temps on herbicide efficacy. Read income projections and new research about soybean input ROI. Finally, enjoy a new parody song about farming.

5 Ag stories: Narrow-row soybeans, nozzle selection, crop returns

In the 5 Ag stories to read this week, get insight into narrow-row soybeans and tips for selecting the right nozzle. Read new crop return projections and take our poll on GMO labels. Finally, enjoy an Earth Day thank you!

5 Ag stories: Soybean planting, pesticide labels, price expectations

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get some considerations for soybean planting and a reminder about pesticide labels. Learn what university experts are predicting for corn and soybean prices and how one farmer is making no-till work in the north. Finally, enjoy some apps for your smartphone.

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