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  • Dec 3, 2013
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    2013 Custom rate adjustments 1

    An increased number of farm operators are now providing some type of custom work to other farmers during the growing season. Many times, the farmers involved in custom work arrangements wonder what a fair custom rate is for the various faming practices that were performed....More
  • Sep 23, 2013
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    Corn+Soybean Digest

    Facebook group talks strip-till, agronomics

    Loran Steinlage, farmer at West union, Iowa, is a part of a closed Facebook group where 100 or so farmers talk strip-till and agronomics. The group formed in January on the social network, and memebers share pictures and ideas, learning from other farmers across the country....More
  • Jun 4, 2013
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    Prevented Planting Becomes the Focus of Farmers 19

    It’s hard to believe that a mere two to three months ago we were still talking about continued drought in much of the Upper Midwest. Now, in some areas of southern Minnesota and northern Iowa wet field conditions and delayed crop planting has become so severe that producers are considering not planting a portion of their crops in 2013....More
  • Mar 13, 2013
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    Corn+Soybean Digest

    Modern American Agriculture Statistics: Farmers Producing More Grain, More Efficiently on Less Land 3

    As the world population grows, American farmers will have to produce more food in the next 50 years than in the past 10,000 years combined. All of the growth in production will have to be done with less land, energy and water consumption while conserving and sustaining natural resources....More
  • Feb 19, 2013
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    Seed Worries? 1

    A new source of yield worries in 2013: Seed availability and quality. Seed company representatives say the 2012 seed crops turned out better than expected during the growing season and overall supplies should be adequate. However, some agronomists say there could be shortages of some high-demand corn varieties. In addition, the germination standard in some lots could be in the 80% range and flat seed may be in shorter supply while rounds are more plentiful....More
  • Feb 14, 2013
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    Corn+Soybean Digest

    USDA Reports Say Climate Change Will Affect Agriculture 7

    Two USDA reports say U.S. agriculture and forest management will have to adapt to climate change and that some of those efforts are already underway. "It’s well documented that the climate is changing, that we are seeing changes in temperature and in changes in precipitation patterns, and that those changes are having implications for forests and for agriculture," says William Hohenstein, director of climate change program, USDA. "What these reports actually look at in more detail are the changes that we expect in changes in terms of extreme events. Changes in the probability of droughts, and floods and how that also will have implications for our resources."...More
  • Jan 29, 2013
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    5 Lessons Learned from the 2012 Drought

    The 2012 crop year and the major drought that affected much of the United States is now behind us; however, many areas of the western Corn Belt, including much of southern and western Minnesota continue to face drought concerns for the coming 2013 crop year. Anytime we have a major disaster, such as the 2012 drought, it is always good to review what happened or didn’t happen, and to use those findings to strategize for the future. Following are some key observations relative to the 2012 drought that can help farm operators and the agriculture industry plan for the coming years....More
  • Jan 25, 2013
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    Corn+Soybean Digest

    2013 Conservation Legacy Awards: Midwest Region: Gail Fuller 2

    Gail Fuller is a farmer by occupation; he also is equal parts philosopher and futurist. This Emporia, Kan., farmer quotes an ancient philosopher: “To be a successful farmer, one must first know the nature of the soil,” he says, quoting Xenophon of Athens, a Greek author who wrote those words nearly 2,500 years ago. From Fuller’s point of view, “knowing the soil” has slipped pretty far down the priority list in today’s agriculture. But it is job one at Fuller Farms....More
  • Nov 27, 2012
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    Custom Rates, Machinery Cost and Bin Checks 1

    An increased number of farm operators are now providing some type of custom work to other farmers during the growing season. Many times, the farmers involved in custom work arrangements wonder what a fair custom rate is for the various faming practices that were performed....More
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