Susan Winsor

Before joining Corn and Soybean Digest, Susan was an agricultural magazine editor for Miller Publishing, a newspaper reporter for Gannett newspapers and Manager, Marketing Publications for Cenex/Land O’Lakes Ag Services. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Journalism.

Articles by Susan Winsor
Less time for planting

It’s official now: some major Corn Belt states’ corn and soybean planting weather windows have officially shrunk. Purdue Professor Ben Gramig found that Illinois and Iowa have on average 11-12% fewer hours per week to plant, when comparing 1980-1994 to 1995-2010.

Conservation practices save money, increase sustainability 

To be sustainable, Rulon Enterprises is a low-cost producer, increases soil organic matter with never-till and other conservation measures, pattern tiles to speed drainage and is a high-price seller.

Conservation offers sustainable, competitive advantage in farming 

Rulon Enterprises capitalizes on advanced, environmentally beneficial practices to build soil health and sustainable profits. His family’s emphasis on soil health and disciplined, financial management and marketing makes them extremely competitive in today’s lean environment.

How to profit with $4 corn and $11 soybeans 1

Count on half the revenue this year and next compared to 2011-12, advises a leading farm management expert. Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois Extension farm management economist, lays out a variety of $4-4.50 corn price and $11-11.10 soybean price scenarios to guide your decisions.

New nitrogen reduction trading program 1

Similar in concept to previous Delta Institute carbon-offset trading that rewarded landowners for sequestering carbon in plants and trees, the new Delta Nitrogen Credit Program will pay qualified Corn Belt corn farmers who reduce their documented N rates. These credits will be purchased by The Climate Trust.

How to view nitrogen prices given tighter profits 1

The good news is that your nitrogen (N) prices will decline; the bad news is that corn prices will likely fall further.

Nitrogen outlook, spring 2014 2

Remember the childhood game of limbo, where you bend over backwards to fit beneath an ever-lower pole? That’s what nitrogen prices are doing to chase falling corn and natural-gas prices.

2013 corn harvest

CSD Managing Editor Susan Winsor found farmers harvesting corn in Washington and Dakota counties in Minnesota late last week. Farmers made great harvest progress in the last week, closing in on average harvest pace. Looks like this was a beautiful evening to be harvesting corn!

Farmland is now a commodity, too
A new farmland financial index could bring liquidity to the farmland market, say the developers of the PeakSoil Iowa Cropland Value Index. Corn and soybean growers might use a related futures contract, if it materializes, to hedge their risk.
What Caused this Pattern? 3
What caused this fairly common pattern on this Iowa corn and soybean field?
Corn, soybean farmer boosts manager role to grow and sustain business 17
Delegating field operations and accounting activities to dedicated employees frees up Reid Weiland's time to think strategically about how to grow and sustain his Garner, Iowa, corn and soybean farm.
Signs of Spring Flooding Remain in Corn, Soybean Fields 5
These aerial photos show the results of a record-wet spring in East-Central Iowa near Waterloo as of July 2. Aerial photos provided courtesy of Bob Recker, Cedar Valley Innovation, Waterloo, IA.
Nitrogen Testing Tool May Improve Corn Profits 25

You can now assess your corn’s nitrogen (N) needs every 24 hours. The Adapt-N online computer model, from Cornell University, simulates the complex processes in a corn field: local precipitation and temperatures, soil type, soil organic matter and slope, previous crops, inputs, tillage, planting date, population, hybrids, rotation, type and date of starter and yield potential. Using high-resolution weather information (3x3-mile grids), the web model tailors site-specific N recommendations to your farm in almost real time.

Tillage Increases Soil Erosion: See for Yourself

A gentle overnight rain turned into a science experiment for Darin Williams, Waverly, Kan., when he collected these samples of drainage water from nearby ditch waterways. The samples come from a ¾-mile radius of each other and have the same soil types.

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