Think Different Bringing you ideas on how to Think Different about the way you farm. en Invest in data decisions <div class="node-body blog-body">Plan to join the Corn and Soybean Digest Staff along with the staff of Farm Futures for the inaugural "The Ag Data Conference" at the end of November. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Input Costs Farm Operations Variable Rate Application Think Different Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:30:00 +0000 108441 at Green Autumn fields <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>How many of your corn and soybean fields are green with cover crops after harvest? Like the cover photo, or this nice North Dakota corn field with interseeded cover crops?</p> <p>How many of your fields have been ripped and blanket fertilized?</p> <p>While it&rsquo;s true the latter practice, along with its predecessor the moldboard plow, helped turn the U.S. into the breadbasket of the world. But such productivity took a toll &ndash; poor soils that are hooked on chemicals. Hence the need for soil rehab.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Soil Health soil health Think Different Tue, 04 Oct 2016 19:19:00 +0000 107311 at NCGA yield contest outdated? <div class="node-body blog-body">Corn and Soybean Digest Editor Kurt Lawton questions whether farmers should be honored for efficiency over yields. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn National Corn Growers Association Think Different Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:11:00 +0000 106291 at Data conference, new staffer at Corn and Soybean Digest <div class="node-body blog-body">Editor Kurt Lawton talks about how farmers are working together to sold the issue of nitrate loss and the ag data conference coming up this fall. Plus, some changes in staffing at Corn and Soybean Digest.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Technology Technology Think Different Fri, 15 Jul 2016 19:41:00 +0000 105241 at I can't plant milkWEEDS <div class="node-body blog-body">Now, I get it that supporting the beautiful Monarch butterfly is important. But when this video crossed my email and I actually clicked on the play arrow, I cringed -- because it actually shows the planting of milkweed, then watering and nurturing the "plants?"</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Think Different Think Different Wed, 08 Jun 2016 00:07:00 +0000 104611 at <p>Planting these &quot;weeds&quot; from&nbsp;my farm youth back on the farm&nbsp;is a concept hard to grasp. But kudos to farmers who make it work.</p> Save the whales…I mean nutrients <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I haven’t lost my marbles and started cruising the high seas on a Greenpeace ship. However, I did accept an invitation to meet with an environmental group during Commodity Classic.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Fertilizer Think Different Think Different Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:13:00 +0000 104051 at Advice from farmers <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Farmers from Iowa, Indiana and Ohio have written offer their advice and opinions on tillage, sustainability and soil health. Some agree with being progressive, and others are questioning it. What are your thoughts on being sustainable?</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Corn Soil Health Soybeans Think Different Sustainable Agriculture Tillage Think Different Wed, 23 Mar 2016 14:18:00 +0000 103551 at Too progressive? <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I enjoy good debates with farmers because often, everyone gains something in the process. But conversations become difficult for me when science is ignored in favor of personal beliefs.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Soil Health Management Think Different Tillage Think Different Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:16:00 +0000 103031 at Will sustainability work? <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>There are farmers who clearly see the value of sustainability for their business, for the environment and for meeting consumer demand. They choose to certify their best management practices that precisely place fertilizer, capture carbon, minimize nutrient and soil loss, and rebuild soil health. </p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Sustainability Sustainable Agriculture Think Different Mon, 25 Jan 2016 19:02:00 +0000 102761 at Looking forward: Fertilizer strategy, climate extremes, water management <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I like to take time every December to reflect on the past year, as well as weigh changes for the coming year and beyond. I know there are big profit challenges ahead — while facing greater weather extremes.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fertilizer Think Different Think Different Mon, 21 Dec 2015 22:04:00 +0000 102351 at