Jason Zimmer’s heart sank every time he looked at the field. The west-central Minnesota farmer had rolled a quarter-section of soybeans the day after planting, in May 2010. The soil was a bit tacky, and the big roller caused the moist ground to crust, hindering emergence.
“Rolling hurt my stand bad,” he says. Stands dropped 30% on the slopes and hills – a big price to pay for harvest ease....More
Here's round two of old farming equipment Digital Editor came across at her grandparents' farm recently. From another Allis tractor to an old Gleaner Six hopper to a McCormick grain drill, there's no shortage of vintage equipment at the Johnson farm in south-central Minnesota. Do you have some old equipment in the back 40? Email us your photos and we'll post them here! Send them to email@example.com.
One young farmer tailors his family’s farm equipment to keep up with precision agriculture.
When J.D. Riffel finishes his Kansas State University master’s degree in agronomy next year, he plans to head back to the family farm near Stockton, KS, where he’s already testing precision-ag technology with a custom-made, variable-rate fertilizer applicator....More
This Thanksgiving Digital Editor Jen Bennett spent some time at her uncle and grandparents' farm. Walking through the back acres, looking at all the old equipment her grandpa used back in the day got her thinking: They sure don't make things like they used to. Older equipment is fun to look at, and something farmers, non-farmers and people of most ages can enjoy. Check out some of the old things on the Johnson farm, along with photos submitted by readers. Do you have old equipment around your farm site? Send us your photos! Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll post them to the gallery here!
Manure and cover crops are a natural combination, but livestock farmers are often too busy in the fall with harvesting and manure application to worry about putting in a cover crop. Now, a new seeding technique makes it more practical for Midwest growers to reap the benefits of cover crops without an extra field pass. Slurry seeding combines liquid manure injection, low-disturbance tillage and cover-crop planting – all in one efficient operation....More
It is very likely that you will not be using your sprayer again until next spring. If you want to avoid potential problems and save yourself from frustration and major headaches, you will be wise to give your sprayer a little bit of TLC this fall. Yes this is still a busy time of the year for some of you, but don't delay winterizing your sprayer any more than necessary....More
There is just something about a wagon full of grain that seems to be inviting to jump into and wallow about in it. The feel of the grain flowing like water through one's fingers and wrapping around one's feet is almost comforting. However those feelings of delight can quickly turn into feelings of fright. What many forget or do not realize is that flowing, moving grain can shallow a person in seconds, especially when the grain is been drain from below such as in a grain bin or grain wagon....More
TractorLife.com, a website that helps farmers maintain and extend the operating lives of their tractors, will host a free 60-minute webinar to address new depreciation rules and how they will affect farmers’ operations....More
Combine fires cause serious injuries and millions in property losses each year – this harvest is no exception says Daniel Humburg, professor of Ag & Biosystems Engineering Department at South Dakota State University....More
John Deere recently rolled out the red, or should I say green, carpet for what it’s touting as its largest product launch in the company’s 174-year history. New tractors, combines with bigger corn heads and platforms, self-propelled sprayers, wireless technology and a whole lot of hay equipment were unveiled....More
Farmers are eager to harvest soybeans and corn but the fields are very soggy in much of Ohio. The danger of causing soil compaction is therefore high. Let’s look at ways to increase the resilience of the soil to compaction, to avoid compaction, and ways to alleviate compaction....More
Corn & Soybean Digest Editor Greg Lamp attended John Deere's product launch recently. He got a sneek peak at all the new tractors, combines and implements that will be new for growers to use in 2012....More
Corn & Soybean Digest Managing Editor Susan Winsor spoke with Randall Reeder, Ohio State University Extension ag engineer, about creating controlled traffic in fields. From equipment needs to grain carts, as well as the positives in wet years, Reeder explains what you need to implement a controlled traffic system in your fields....More
Corn harvest has begun and every field will be different this fall. Some fields will be highly productive, and others will barely pay the harvesting costs. Some fields will have good stalk strength and other fields have already gone down, with heavy lodging from wind, fragile stalks, rootworm or some other reason....More
As conservation tillage gains popularity, growers will need equipment to manage the residue. Here is a roundup of residue managers and tillage tools to help corn and soybean farmers in the field....More
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....More
GPS-based yield data has proven to be an extremely valuable management tool on many farms. However, improperly calibrated yield monitors can essentially generate difficult to interpret or useless data....More
Ron Miller, Towanda, IL, has reduced his fuel and equipment expense while upgrading equipment. When estate sales reduced the size of his operation, he moved to sharing
A Deere 4720 sprayer and Deere 9770 across 3,500 acres with a partner. By also switching to strip-till corn and no-till beans, he went from three tractors to one newer model, and from 8 gal./acre to 2.5 gal./acre....More
University of Minnesota (U of M) Extension is proud to partner with NDSU Extension to offer a Tires, Traction and Compaction Field Day on Sept. 1, 2011 south of Fergus Falls, MN. Registration for the day starts at 9 a.m. and discussion and demonstrations will continue until 2:30. The event will be held rain or shine....More
These days, most farmers have sizeable grain bin systems that jut out of the landscape like the Grand Tetons. In fact, some bin setups rival – often surpass – what you’d find at a local country elevator. Many of these Cadillac systems have been built with every intention of expanding further....More
Safety is paramount to any activity on the farm, and particularly when working in and around grain bins. CSD Editor Greg Lamp talked with Mark Dingeldein with Brock Grain Systems about grain bin safety, avoiding entrapment and some key points to remember when working with your grain bins this summer and fall, and any other time....More
Producers have been pushed to accomplish as much planting possible in the little time given as calendar dates roll by in a late spring start. The goal has been to get the seed in the ground when fields are ready for equipment and between rain events. It has been common across the state in previous years for producers to ground roll fields within hours of planting soybeans....More
Here are pictures from the 2011 planting season in Minnesota. Corn & Soybean Digest Editor Greg Lamp headed to Morton, MN, to the Sullivan family farm and to Grove City, MN, where Frans and Jason Rosenquist farm. Check out the cultivating, rolling and planting from these two farms.