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
New Equipment Sharing Math | How to Get the Numbers to Pencil Out When Your Son Comes Home to Farm

Instead of farming more land to solve this challenge, Ron Miller, Towanda, IL, shared equipment with an old friend. When his son Ben returned from college, they had plenty of labor, but Miller had lost two-thirds of his ground to estate sales. “I was doing some trucking on the side, but farming is what I really wanted to do more of,” Miller says.

Soil Savior | The son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett Tracks a Different Measure of Wealth: Soil Organic Matter That’s Already Half Gone 1

“I’m into big iron and I love operating large, high-tech equipment,” admits Howard G. Buffett, farmer, conservationist and philanthropist. “But big iron can be a barrier to conservation tillage. Still, you can get that big-iron fix with today’s technology, farming more sustainably.”

Will Grain Shipping Be All Wet?

Farmers are used to breaking records, but watching helplessly as a raging river tops new levels is one to forget. What can growers expect of flooding’s impact on marketing their crop later this year? What is the best and worst news of present floods on river shipping and transportation?

Water Quality, Drop by Drop | Water-Quality Improvements Work Best From the Soil Up

Rick Juchems hopes that growers can be in the driver’s seat on water quality improvements rather than government. That’s not been the case during the six years he’s tracked the Chesapeake Bay’s nutrient-management problem. As past president of the Iowa Soil and Water Conservation district commissioners, he hears about it at national conservation meetings as evidence that “a lot that needs to be done.”

Boom Benefits | Georeferenced Boom-Section Shutoff Options Can Save You Up To 12%.

Automatic boom-section control can save you up to 12% on over-application, according to recent University of Kentucky research. The study identified up to $2,745 in glyphosate savings across 3,000 acres of production from automatic boom section control technology.

The Ambassadors of Ag | Corn and Soybean Growers Personalize Agriculture for Urban Consumers


When Kristen Eggerling’s ancestors homesteaded Bluestem Valley Farms in 1873, who would have thought that their descendents would spend increasing amounts of time off the farm explaining the obvious to a demographic segment that didn’t exist?

Fast-forward 138 years to a Japanese grocery counter where consumers can see photos and information on the producers of the food they buy.

That kind of direct link from retail to farm fascinated Eggerling, a Nebraska corn-, soybean- and cattle-producer when she visited Japan last summer.

How To Make Residue Your Friend | How to implement a systems approach in a no-till system 1


Your soil is a factory fueled by residue. A no-till system uses residue to your advantage, says Paul Jasa, Extension engineer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a 29-year continuous no-till veteran.

“Once you get the no-till biological system going, it digests crop residue and feeds your crop,” he says.

Important mechanisms in a no-till system are the nearly invisible mycorrhiza fungi, bacteria and all the other soil biological life surrounding plant roots that help convert residue into nutrients.

Bank On It | Two-Stage Drainage Ditches Reduce Erosion, Nutrient Runoff and Maintenance 1

Kevin Willibey’s ditch copied Mother Nature; her floodplains, that is.

His drainage ditch used to flood over its banks after big rains, loosen its soil, and the banks would collapse into the ditch. The northeastern Indiana grower, along with engineers and the Nature Conservancy, has tested a new ditch design with more gradual sloping sides that mimic a natural floodplain (see related gallery).

Farmers Up To Challenge of Feeding 9.1 Billion People, Following Borlaug’s Footsteps

A group of 18 farmers from every hemisphere compared notes on the challenges of feeding a growing world population Tuesday. They comprised the Global Farmer-to-Farmer Roundtable, held in conjunction with the Norman E. Borlaug World Food Prize in Des Moines, IA. The annual event challenges great minds to feed 9.1 billion people by 2050.

Passing the torch | Retiring Farmers Stay Out of Decision Making So Younger Generation Can Learn
“My succession plan is to slide out of management and back onto the tractor.” That’s Steve Mills’ goal before he
Btus From Biomass – What’s Next? | Next-generation fuels face big hurdles 1
The second generation of U.S. biofuels will not use much corn. It will depend instead on biomass such as wood waste,
Corn and Soybean Farmers Stepping Up Conservation Practices
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