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.

Acreage report and planting impact on corn, soybean prices

We need to take the acreage report with some caution, says Sterling Liddell, vice president, food and agribusiness research, Rabo AgriFinance. In the USDA acreage report released March 31, corn acres weren't a bullish surprise, and soybeans were, he says, but the report is a baseline going forward.

5 Agriculture stories to read, March 27, 2015 1

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, read about applying nitrogen to soybeans and find a different way to evaluate your profits. Learn about the impact of Chinese corn imports, as well as marketing strategies in a high-risk environment. And last, you can now buy the Farmland movie on DVD.

Tips for increasing corn, soybean yield 1

Despite low prices, farmers still need to make a profit when growing corn and soybeans. Increasing yield is key to that profit. From no-till tips to fertilizer choices, healthy soil to on-farm experiments, there are some of our best stories offering tips and insight to increasing corn and soybean yields this growing season.

Tips and information for making farm program choices

There are just days left before farmers have to finalize their farm program choices in the 2014 Farm Bill. For those who still need some explanations, help, tips or further information, we've put together a collection of stories for reference. From farm program basics to cash flow planning and market prices, here is the information you need to help finalize your farm program decision.

5 Agriculture stories to read, March 20, 2015

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, learn about research to close the corn yield gap, as well as research to help farmers manage runoff and water use. Read 10 ag trends to watch for in 2015, and hear about more effective herbicide applications. Finally, enjoy a segment about the farmer wave.

Farmlogs Advantage: Digital tools for precision ag

Farmlogs has some new features for growers, and they're calling it Farmlogs Advantage. CEO and co-founder Jesse Vollmar talked to us about the new features the Advantage product offers, including in-season crop health monitoring, activity recording and access to years of data maps. Farmlogs Advantage offers growers a chance to use their precision ag to a higher level, says Vollmar.

5 Agriculture stories to read, March 13, 2015

The 5 ag stories to read this week brings you the latest on proposed regulations for drones. Learn about the value of lost organic matter due to erosion, and meet farmers who are using websites to get more business. Read about canceling land rent contracts, and a positive article from The New York Times featuring a no-till farmer.

Considerations for crop insurance coverage

The dealine for 2015 crop insurance elections is just days away. As you finalize your choices, consider the following: what coverage is best for your farm, and look at all available options, particularly new ones from the 2014 Farm Bill.

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The 5 ag stories to read this week offer tips for prepping your planter this spring. Learn about a new test for SCN, and what Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack had to say to farmers at Commodity Classic. Get help with on-farm trials, and find out what regular words on the farm mean to non-farmers.

Effective herbicide applications to manage weed resistance

What's an effective herbicide alternative to combat weed resistance? That's a question Bryan Young, associate professor of weed science, Purdue University, gets asked often. Being effective has to do with making sure that the herbicide alternative you're using can control the weed species, he says.

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In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get some considerations for seed treatments when trying to cut costs this spring. If you plant cover crops, be aware of residual herbicides, and there's still time to sign up for the Conservation Stewardship Program. Read 5 tillage myths, and watch a video thanking farmers, that also helps FFA.

Vilsack addresses Commodity Classic crowd

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack spoke to farmers this week at Commodity Classic. He thanked them for their hard work, extended the deadline for base acre and yield changes, asked for their help in passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade promotion and addressed GMOs.

Will corn, soybean prices get back to post-harvest levels this spring? 1

CSD Xpert and University of Minnesota professor Ed Usset says there's a 70% chance producers will see the post harvest price levels of November soybeans and December corn come this spring. "I would challenge producers to make sure you're ready to get something done," said Usset at Commodity Classic after his early riser session on the first day.

5 Agriculture stories to read, Feb. 20, 2015

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get tips for monitoring stored corn and soybeans. Read the latest Farms and Land in Farms report from USDA, showing a decline in farms and farm acres. Take a look at options for crop insurance this year, and read about healthy soil improving yield. Finally, read a farmers point of view on what farmers know when it comes to growing food.

5 Agriculture stories to read, Feb. 13, 2015

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get tips for preventing and managing soybean diseases this year. Watch videos from University of Illinois about profitability in agriculture and keep an eye out for a USDA survey. Read how one farmer's success with strip-till has led to more agronomic benefits, and check out a Facebook page dedicated to the love of farming.

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