Jim Ruen

Listen, then talk with consumers
These farmers view social media as a great way to listen and connect with consumers.
Remote sensing: Plan, review, act
A North Dakota farmer says now is the time to begin utilizing data collected over the acres you farm. He uses the data to get daily rain reports, satellite images, crop health alerts and variable rate seed and nitrogen prescriptions to better manage the farm.
Don't underestimate the need for extreme weed control 3
A University of Arkansas weed scientist says the only way to rid corn and soybean fields of herbicide-resistant weeds is to use cultivation and burning in the fields.
Herbicide and cover crop challenges
"We've found you can use most herbicides with fall seeded cereal rye with very few problems, but when you get into annual ryegrass, legumes or forage radishes, you start seeing more limitations." -- Bill Curran, weed scientist, Penn State University
Don’t let weed spray fails happen on your farm

Herbicide application accuracy and efficacy is easy. All you have to do is follow the rules of right tip, right pressure, right speed, right rate and right application conditions. Fail on any one rule and you may face a costly re-spray or even lose control for the season.

No soil is too wet or cold for no-till

West-central Wisconsin farmer Carl Oberholtzer has made no-till work. It's been a learning experience that has helped him maintain soil organic matter, with hopes of growing it as he incorporates cover crops.

Questions you need to ask when considering biologicals

New biological products for the soil have entered the market at an unprecedented rate. However, product claims are now running into input budget reality. How does a farmer justify these new products with low crop prices?

Off-patent Roundup soybean trait in demand 3

In 2015, Chad Hornsby planted about 300 acres to soybeans with the now off-patent Roundup Ready trait, known as RR1. "I can use the money I save on seed to help fight pigweed," says Hornsby, who could have saved seed and replanted it this spring, but didn't. "I'll buy new certified seed again this year."

Improve financial clarity on the farm

The decision to let land go or hold off on a needed purchase is never easy, but a clear view of the bottom line and everything that gets you there can help. Using risk-management, profitability and planning software tool GrainBridge, a Missouri farm has improved its overall business view.

Is IPM dead or different?

"I think we've gotten away from IPM," says Iowa farmer Blake Crawford. "For my customers, integrated traits in hybrids are the No. 1 option as they are easy to use and affordable versus scouting and using IPM, and give good control of most problem pests."

Realistic environmental groups understand value of working with farmers

As crop producers come under increasing pressure over water quality and other environmental issues, conservation and environmental organizations can be valuable partners.

Conventional corn increase

Conventional (non-GMO) seed planting is on the rise, even as grain price premiums fade away. Tight margins and profit-making opportunities are driving the trend. Scott Apple started his transition to conventional corn when commodity prices were still at an all-time high, and he didn't do it to capture premiums.

Can twin-row corn payoff? 2

Marty Derks is on a mission to maximize corn and soybean yields in a harsh climate. Twin-row planting combined with precise seed placement are enabling higher planting rates in corn and lower rates in soybeans.

Can seeding cover crops at sidedress work? 3

New equipment options and growers willing to experiment are opening the door to early season cover crop interseeding. Growers who try it are finding lower costs and in-season benefits.

New farm pond recycles drainage water

With the installation of an 18-acre pond in mid-December 2014, eastern Iowa grower Jim Sladek married the pattern drainage and irrigation. By April 1, the pond was full, ready and waiting for use by center pivots. Ninety-five percent of its water came from drain tile.

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