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 11, 2015 Crop Progress: Corn and soybean planting well ahead of average pace 2

Farmers across the U.S. were busy in the field this past week, jumping 20 points on the planting progress scale for corn, hitting a total of 75% planted overall. Those planting soybeans made huge progress, too, with nearly one-third of the overall crop in the ground by May 10.

5 Agriculture stories to read, May 8, 2015 1

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get some tips for managing late-planted corn and learn about a bollworm that could make its way to the U.S. Get ag secretary Vilsack's take on the latest G-20 commitment to food security and download a mobile app for identifying weeds. Finally, read commentary from a farmer who's sick of the bashing and finger-pointing.

Factors driving land values: Commodity prices, input costs, margins, interest rates

Sterling Liddell, vice president, food and agribusiness research, Rabo AgriFinance, talks about what's driving land values. There are four important factors: commodity prices, input costs, margins and interest rates.

5 Agriculture stories to read, May 1, 2015 1

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, see the value in pre-emergence herbicide control of Palmer Amaranth, and learn the value of nitrogen available in spring-applied manure. Read a letter to congress asking for a science-based food labeling standard and get a list of mobile apps to help you on the farm this spring. Finally, enjoy streaming the movie Farmland on Netflix!

5 Agriculture stories to read, April 24, 2015

The 5 ag stories to read this week reminds growers to check for corn seedling diseases, particularly on fields that were planted early. Read some questions and answers about anhydrous ammonia practices, and find out what the USDA is doing to help farmers deal with climate change. There are also tips to help you save money in the current low-price environment. Finally, learn about a new soybean-based invention: Soy Sniffs.

5 Agriculture stories to read, April 17, 2015

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get tips for controlling marestail this spring, as well as for reducing compaction with lower tire pressures. Read insight from ag economists about corn price projections for the next marketing year, and from agronomy experts about increasing soybean yields. Finally, enjoy a book for kids about being on the farm.

Trade opportunities with Southeast Asia

This is becoming the trans-pacific year, says Sterling Liddell, vice president, food and agribusiness research, Rabo Agrifinance. "It offers a lot of opportunity to sell into those markets. This area is very important for the future of exports."

DIY in-field management zones

The management zone creation tool, a step-by-step process, allows users to create zones from data including yield, soil type and crop health imagery. The zones can be modified, the rates chosen and test blocks can be added to further test plant populations or applications. All of this is done by the farmer, with a simple online tool at Then farmers just upload that prescription to their monitor in their equipment.

5 Agriculture stories to read, April 10, 2015 1

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get tips for applying nitrogen to sandy soils. Learn about the honeybee die off, as well as China's impact on agriculture. Grab some tips for improving your corn and soybean yields this year, and test your ag knowledge with some fun trivia!

5 Agriculture stories to read, April 3, 2015

In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get some tips for prepping your planter this spring, and check out a Bt trait table to get all the Bt info you need. Read a proposed payment limit rule and dig deeper into nitrogen application data. Finally, enjoy 10 reminders that you grew up on a farm.

Mobile apps to use on the farm this spring

This spring, let your smart phone help you as you head to the field. Download these apps to calculate seeding rates and fertilizer applications, as well as input calculators. Track growing degree days and field operations, and get fertilizer rates. Most of the apps are free, and most are available for iPhone and Android-based phones.

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.

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