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.

June 3 Crop Progress: Majority of corn crop in good-excellent condition; half of soybean crop now emerged 1

Most of the overall corn crop has been planted, and emergence is on pace with the five-year average of 80%. In this first week of corn condition ratings, 76% of the overall crop is in good-excellent condition. Well ahead of the good-excellent condition rating of 63% at this time last year. The soybean crop is ahead of average planting pace for the second week in a row, and emergence rates are ahead of average, as well.

May 27 Crop Progress: Corn, soybean planting back on pace; corn, soybean emergence close to average 1

Farmers across the Corn Belt made strong progress in the fields in the past week, returning to normal corn planting pace and shifting ahead of the five-year average planting pace for soybeans. Warm weather helped corn and soybean crops emerge and push to near-average emergence pace.

5 Agriculture stories to read, May 27, 2014 1

This roundup of 5 agriculture stories you should read offers steps to decide if soybeans should be replanted, as well as some info on soybean injury from soil-applied herbicides, and corn-soybean price ratios. Also, see how one farmer makes aerial scouting affordable, and check out some jazz-loving cows.

May 18 Crop Progress: Corn crop one-third emerged; soybean emergence starting 1

The May 18 Crop Progress report from the USDA showed a slower planting pace over the past week, with corn planting progress dropping back behind the five-year average and soybeans lagging further behind. The good news is that both corn and soybeans are emerging in most states.

May 11 Crop Progress: Corn planting pace ahead of average, soybean planting nearing average pace 1

For the first time in a long time, corn planting pace has squeaked ahead of the five-year average pace, reaching nearly 60% planted as of May 11. Corn emergence picked up pace over the last week, too. Soybean planting pace is nearly average, making big progress in the last seven days.

5 Ag stories to read on May 9, 2014 2

Agriculture stories you should read today remind growers to check seedling stands and sprouting seeds for signs of disease. They also offer suggestions on soybean planting depth, and a look into research regarding benefits of GMO crops and research regarding climate change. Lastly, check out a new documentary, Farmland. You'll be glad you did.

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 3

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.

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