Liz Morrison

Articles by Liz Morrison
Bean Genes: Do Your Homework | Put the Right Soybean Variety in the Right Field

Father knows best. That’s why – when it comes to selecting soybean varieties – Dick Mahoney gets advice from his son. Dick, 57, farms in west-central Minnesota. His son John, 34, is an agronomist for Centrol Crop Consulting. Dick has been farming for 35 years and has plenty of experience choosing seeds. But the speed of genetic advances makes variety selection increasingly complex, he says. And rising seed costs put more on the line than ever before.

The retiring help the aspiring | Aspiring Corn and Soybean Farmers Use Match-Making Program to Get Started
John Lase is 29 years old. He has a degree in agriculture from the University of Nebraska and years of experience as a
PowerPoints | Save energy in grain drying and field operations.
Looking for ways to cut your energy bill this fall? Start with grain-drying systems, which are huge fuel guzzlers on
Tips for More Accurate Planting Tools and Practices
Aldean Luthi is planting corn on a cool May morning in west-central Minnesota. In the cab of his John Deere tractor,
Optimum Corn Plant Population Doesn't Change with Planting Date 1
Should you change your corn plant population depending on when you plant? The answer is no, according to recent
10 Tips for Setting Custom Rates 1
Setting custom rates isn't easy. There's a fine line between the value your customers find in your service and what you
Organic Opportunities
It could be a scene from the past: young people with hoes, weeding long rows of soy-beans by hand. That pretty much
Precise Variability
For Minnesota growers Kevin and Larry Lahr, strip-tillage is one more precision farming tool. The Lahrs' recent switch
Just Say No...Till!
Minnesota farmer Ron Prahl is what you might call an no-tiller. He planted soybeans into corn stalks a decade ago
Land Prices Pull Back
After climbing by double digits for the previous three years, U.S. farmland values fell 4% last year. It's the first
Gain From a Better Drain
It was the drought of 1988 that got John Wilken thinking about the wisdom of draining his liquid assets. Wilken, who
Ease Rent Risk
Flexible cash rent leases helped Iowa grower Curt Hansen ride out the farm crisis of the 1980s. Today, flexible leases
Skip a Trip
Growers who bale corn residue have a good reason to chop corn stalks. But everybody else could just as well skip that
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