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, 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.

5 Agriculture stories to read, June 12, 2015 1

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, read about what's causing striping on corn leaves and get some tips for applying soil residual herbicides to emerged corn. Share your cover crop challenges and get our best crop scouting tips and ideas. Finally, enjoy some fun dairy facts for National Dairy Month.

USDA Crop Progress, June 8, 2015

Corn planting is about done, and most of the corn crop has emerged while the crop condition holds steady for a third week. Soybean planting is nearing completion, but is falling just slightly behind average. The soybean crop is quickly emerging, and crop condition looks mostly good.

5 Agriculture stories to read, June 5, 2015

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get some considerations for replanting corn and get insight into taking control of weed resistance management. Learn some facts about the impact of trade on farms and ranches, and read some tips for sidedressing nitrogen. Finally, consider becoming a voice for agriculture by being a young leader.

USDA Crop Progress, June 1, 2015: Corn condition remains steady, soybean crop nearly half emerged

The Crop Progress report released by the USDA on June 1 showed that the corn crop is nearly completely planted, and almost 85% emerged. The crop's condition remained steady from the previous week. Soybean planting is still slightly ahead of average, along with the emergence rate.

5 Agriculture stories to read, May 29, 2015

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get some considerations for planting soybeans late. Learn about the part geography plays in weed diversity and glyphosate resistance, and mark you calendars for an opportunity to enroll new acres in CRP. Also, read about some successful women farmers and the roles they play on the farm. Finally, enjoy the latest parody from the Peterson Farm Brothers, Takin' Care of Livestock.

GMO resources

Farmers are increasingly scrutinized and being frowned upon by consumers for their use of GMO seed. It's sometimes hard to respond to those negative comments. Here are some resources, from Facebook pages and websites to informational stories we have written, to share with people who may not understand the science and technology behind GMOs, not to mention the benefits!

USDA Crop Progress: Corn planting nearly finished; soybean planting over half complete 1

Farmers across the U.S. are nearly finished planting corn, and almost three-quarters of what's been planted has emerged. Soybean planting is more than half complete, and almost a third of the overall crop has emerged.

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