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.

May 5 Crop Progress: Corn crop nearly 1/3 planted; soybean planting place slow 1

A fair amount of the overall corn crop was planted in the last week, going from 19% planted to 29% planted overall. The soybean crop didn’t make a lot of progress in the last seven days, topping off at a mere 5% planted overall, only 2 points ahead of last week’s pace.

5 Agriculture stories to read on May 2, 2014 3

Agriculture stories you should read today offer you a chance to comment to the EPA and learn more about corn rootworm resistance and sign up for succession planning workshops. They also remind growers that while planting, insecticide dust can impact bees, and that sometimes the rock that looks like a football on the surface is so large all you can do is bury it again.

5 Agriculture stories to read on April 29, 2014 2

Here are five agriculture stories you should check out today. From taking time to tune up equipment and refine weed and nitrogen management to yield gains from on-farm experiments, along with a fun farming parody on YouTube, these are articles you should read (or watch) while you're waiting to get in the field.

Corn planting in full swing; soybean planting started 1

The April 28 Crop Progress Report from USDA showed strong progress made in planting corn in the last week, with nearly 1/5 of the overall crop now in the ground. Soybean planting has also started in a handful of states.

5 Agriculture stories to read, April 25, 2014 1

Here are 5 ag stories you should read today, April 25. From late planting and concerns (or lack of), including compaction, to learning more about the PLC risk coverage in the Farm Bill, to NASA research about better soybeans, these are stories you should read.

New weed identification mobile app available 1

There's a new weed identification mobile app available for download. The Ag Weed ID app offers an image library, as well as control measures for about 75 of the most common weeds in a variety of crops, including corn and soybeans.

Commodity Classic 2014: Thanks from Vilsack, farm transition tips, corn and soybean outlook, common marketing mistakes, app updates 4

Commodity Classic in San Antonio this year was full of great events, learning sessions and new products at the trade show, not to mention warmth and sunshine! More than 7,300 farmers attended the annual convention and took in sessions about increasing yield, weed management, farm transition, marketing mistakes, using the cloud, getting more out of seed and cover crops, among others.

5 keys to effective succession planning 1

Kevin Spafford, eLegacy Connect, outlines keys to effective farm succession planning, as well as tips for a succession plan and other ideas to use at family meetings when planning a successful farm transition.

Agriculture Secretary thanks farmers, outlines farm bill programs 2

Whether for helping get a farm bill passed, or feeding the world, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack offered much appreciation to the farmers across the U.S. at Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas.

Farm bill ready for House, Senate votes

The conference committee has finally submitted its negotiated farm bill! Now, the challenge is to get the House and the Senate to pass the bill, as well. The House is expected to vote on Wednesday, and the Senate as early as next week. Read the details on the Commodity, Crop Insurance and Conservation titles.

Oct. 28 Crop Progress: Corn harvest makes big progress; soybean harvest at average pace 1

Farmers made big progress in the last week harvesting the 2013 corn crop, closing in on the average pace. The crop also gained in the good/excellent condition ratings. Soybean farmers made good progress in the field, too, reaching the average harvest pace for this time of year.

Oct. 21 Crop Progress: Corn crop less than half harvested, soybean harvest closing in on average pace 1

It’s been a few weeks since the last USDA Crop Progress report, but despite the lack of reports, corn and soybean harvest has progressed and farmers have been busy in the field. The overall corn crop is nearly 40% harvested and 60% of the corn is in good/excellent condition. Sixty-three percent of the soybean crop has been harvested, and 57% of the crop is in good/excellent condition.

Sept. 30 Crop Progress: Corn maturity, soybean leaf drop catching up to average 1

The corn and soybean crops still in the field made some great progress maturing in the last week. Corn maturity overall progressed 23 points from last week, and soybean leaf drop progressed by 20 points in the last seven days.

Crop Progress: Corn harvest behind average; soybean harvest starting 1

At this point, 40% of the overall corn crop has reached maturity and nearly half of the soybean leaves have dropped. Corn condition ratings increased by 2 points overall in the good/excellent ranking, and soybean condition stayed the same as last week in the good/excellent ranks.

Sept. 16 Crop Progress: Corn harvest starting in most states, soybeans continue leaf drop 1

The corn and soybean crops continue to progress after the recent heat wave. Nearly one-quarter of the overall corn crop has reached maturity and corn harvest has started in many states. Just over one-quarter of the overall soybean crop is dropping leaves.

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