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.

5Ag stories: Risk management, cover crops, conventional corn

In the 5 Ag stories to read this week, get some insight into crop insurance and risk management for 2016. Learn about the value of cover crops and see the latest crop values summary from USDA. Read about an increase in conventional corn use and enjoy some "You might be a farmer if…" jokes.

5 Ag stories: Disease management, stored grain, 2016 profit

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, brush up on Anthracnose management and get tips for keeping your stored grain in good condition as temps fluctuate. Read the latest profit projections and some considerations when choosing crop insurance. Finally, enjoy a list of things that irritate farmers.

5 Ag stories to read: Transportation calculator, farm income and land values down, planting intentions

In the 5 agriculture stories to read this week, use an online calculator to help determine profitable delivery options and read the latest on farm incomes and land values. Keep an eye out for the USDA planting intention survey and use your phone to scout crops. Finally, enjoy a cow heart for Valentine's Day!

5 Ag stories: Corn production challenges, conservation programs, variable rate improvements

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, learn about corn production challenges, and Northern corn leaf blight control. Sign up for the Conservation Stewardship Program and read about improving management zones and variable rate. Finally, enjoy some farm-related ads from the 1950s.

5 Ag stories: SCN resistance, online climate tool, risk management, Palmer amaranth

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, read about the benefits of SCN-resistant varieties and access a new online crop/climate tool to help preplanting decisions. Learn some strategies for risk management and Palmer amaranth management. Finally, follow us on Twitter.

5 Ag stories: Soybean disease resistance, crop insurance, Commodity Classic 1

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, see how disease-resistant soybean varieties yielded and check out 2016 at crop insurance premiums vs. 2015. Get some info on the upcoming Commodity Classic, and learn how controlled traffic can benefit your soil. Finally, enjoy a clip of TV show host Steve Harvey talking about growing up on a farm.

5 Ag stories: Crop budgets, tax guide, nematode research

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, download crop budget spreadsheets and a 2015 tax guide. Learn about nematode research and the impact of late weed control. Finally, enjoy some RC tractors in action.

Weed control guide, inputs outlook and neonicotinoid research

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, check out a new weed control guide and an outlook on input costs. Read new research on the effectiveness of neonicotinoid seed treatments and tips for cutting costs in 2016. Finally, enjoy the carrot harvest!

Soybean disease ID, cash flow reductions and farm transitions

In the 5 agriculture stories to read this week, check out a new batch of videos helping ID and manage soybean diseases and get tips for reducing cash flow in the coming year. Read about farm transition concerns and wishes for higher prices in the new year. Finally, the CSD staff wishes you happy holidays.

Finance tips, price outlook, fertilizer efficiency and more

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, read some resolutions to help farm finances in 2016, as well as a price outlook for the coming year. Learn about a change in farm program payments and how data can help make your fertilizer more efficient. Finally, enjoy a list of reasons Santa is similar to farmers.

Land values, income projections and drainage water management

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get a land value outlook and projections into net incomes for 2015. Read about winter drainage water management and take our latest poll about input cuts. Finally, enjoy a holiday serenade from Farmer Derek.

Managing glyphosate resistance, cover crop termination, saving nitrogen costs and more

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, read some research about managing glyphosate resistance with pre and post herbicide applications and about terminating cereal rye cover crops right before soybean planting. See how big data can add value to agriculture and learn how no-till can save on nitrogen costs. Finally, enjoy a farm-themed Christmas light display.

5 Agriculture stories to read, Nov. 27, 2015

In the 5 agriculture stories to read, access a new risk-management website for farmers and see estimates for 2015 ARC-CO payments. Read about hired worker and wage increases for 2015 and learn about cloud-based farm-management software that helps save time and improve budget planning. Finally, enjoy the latest pro-ag parody from the Peterson Farm Bros.

5 Agriculture stories to read, Nov. 20, 2015

In the 5 agriculture stories to read this week, read about the pros and cons to different tillage methods and get some insight into data management. Learn about the possibilities to use corn stover as a cellulosic ethanol source and find out how to access hybrid yield results from farmers across the country. Finally, check out a new Facebook page and Go Fund Me campaign, Farm Toys for Tots.

5 Agriculture stories to read, Nov. 13, 2015

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, learn about new pesticide rules and get info on the 2016 Commodity Classic. See some global benchmarks for corn production and hear from a farmer who went from plowing to no-tilling, and shares the benefits. Finally enjoy a little education on watersheds from the Environmentally Friendly Robot.

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