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, Oct. 17, 2014

The 5 ag stories featured this week offer management tips for wet soybeans, as well as advice for fall herbicide treatments. Read about possible corn acreage in 2015, and check out one farmer's strategy for keeping his farm ahead during lower-price years. For the weather obsessed (like me), see what NOAA is predicting for weather conditions across the U.S. this winter.

5 Agriculture stories to read, Oct. 10, 2014

The "5 Ag stories to read" this week offers tips to manage late-maturing corn, from harvesting to drying to storing. There's also insight into the impact of nitrogen prices on planting decisions. Read about a milestone for biotech crops: harvesting 4 billion acres! Get tips for managing data on your farm to help you work smarter, and check out a new use for soy.

Oct. 6 Crop Progress: Corn, soybean harvest behind average pace 2

Corn maturity and soybean leaf drop this fall are close to average rates. Corn harvest and soybean harvest, however, are significantly behind the average. Despite that, crop conditions continue to hold steady for both corn and soybeans.

5 Agriculture stories to read, Oct. 3, 2014 2

Five agriculture stories this week offer tips for manure management and sulfur application. Read about propane supplies this fall, and get insight and tips for financial success on the farm during lean times. Also, watch the farm documentary Farmland on Hulu.

5 Agriculture stories to read, Sept. 26, 2014 3

The 5 Ag stories to read this week talk about the possibility of skipping Bt-traited corn in 2015 to help save costs, and offer examples of low returns for 2015. There is also help for making decisions regarding the new risk programs in the 2014 farm bill. Read what farmers learned in 2014, and remember to practice safety this harvest season as National Farm Safety and Health Week comes to a close.

5 Agriculture stories to read, Sept. 19, 2014 2

The 5 ag stories to read this week include tips on storing grain this fall, as well as a reminder that a solid nutrient balance is important to corn yield, and not just nitrogen. Read about a new soil mapping technology from Purdue, and understand that when benchmarking your farm, it's important to use relevant benchmarks. For a little enjoyment, read about how you know you grew up on a farm when… .

Sept. 15 Crop Progress: Corn harvest starts and soybeans dropping leaves; conditions remain stable 1

The latest USDA Crop Progress Report shows corn harvest starting in several states. The overall corn crop is just over 25% mature, which is behind average. Crop conditions remain over 70% good/excellent, and well ahead of last year's conditions. The soybean crop has been dropping leaves on almost a quarter of the overall crop. Conditions held on to more than 70% good/excellent.

5 Agriculture stories to read, Sept. 12, 2014 2

These 5 ag stories to read talk about the impact of recent low temperatures on soybean yield, and remind growers to scout corn fields for stalk and ear rots before harvest. There is also big picture information about the choices farmers will soon make regarding the 2014 Farm Bill. Read advice on using tillage to control resistant weeds, and for the hunters, check out the 2014 pheasant hunting forecast.

5 Agriculture stories to read, Sept. 5, 2014 2

Five agriculture stories to read this week reminds growers to renew applications for land enrolled in the Conservation Stewardship Program. There is also research about late-planted corn and frost risk, as well as some tips and challenges for seeding cover crops. Watch a video about predicting on-farm costs, and take in a parody called “On the Farm.”

5 Agriculture stories to read, Aug. 29, 2014

Five ag stories to read this week reminds growers to scout soybean fields for diseases, including sudden death syndrome and brown stem rot. Watch a video update on crop conditions in August across the Midwest, and read about yields and their impact on crop returns for 2014. Also watch a video with practical tips for using UAVs on your farm. And as harvest creeps up on us, check out one of our favorite photo galleries: A day in the life of corn harvest.

Aug. 25 Crop Progress: Corn dent behind average development; soybean pod set nearing completion

The Crop Progress report released on Monday by the USDA showed the corn crop falling behind average development in the dent stage. Corn condition improved slightly over last week. The soybean crop is nearly done setting pods, but overall condition dropped slightly in the last seven days.

5 Agriculture stories to read, Aug. 22, 2014 3

This week's 5 Ag stories to read includes advice on scouting for Southern rust in corn, as well as an outlook on farmland prices. Also read an opinion about GMO and organic working together to feed a growing population. There are also tips and methods for seeding cover crops, and for a little fun, enjoy a gallery featuring a throwback to seed bags.

Old seed bags

The Minnesota State Fair is the largest state fair in the U.S. And with that honor comes an incredible display of displays; the amount of things to see and take in is endless. One of the neat things I came across this year was a huge collection of old corn seed bags. So many different brands, names, colors. Which ones were used on your farm?

5 Agriculture stories to read, Aug. 15, 2014 3

This installment of 5 Ag stories to read offers best management practices for insecticide applications to help maintain water quality. There are also some crop insurance numbers, and an interactive map showing ag production for all states. Also hear what one family is doing for on-farm conservation. For a little fun, catch a fun "Frozen" parody from the infamous Farmer Derek.

5 Agriculture stories to read, Aug. 8, 2014

This installment of 5 Ag stories to read reminds growers to scout corn and soybean fields for stink bugs, and also talks about the impact cooler weather has on corn yield. Read about Russia's recent ban on food imports from Europe and the U.S., and how that's impacting markets. There's also a progress update on the implementation of new farm programs in the 2014 Farm Bill. Finally, enjoy a little trombone serenade by one his cattle!

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