Karen McMahon


Karen McMahon has been a well-respected and award-winning agricultural journalist for more than three decades. In 2000, she served as president of the American Agricultural Editors' Association (AAEA), a group of more than 400 professional farm writers. She also is active in the Agricultural Media Summit (AMS) and served as chairman in 2001 and chair of the sponsorship committee for several years. She has attained the top Master Writer Award level from AAEA and won various writing awards from the Am. Society of Business Publication Editors and Minnesota Monthly Publications Association.

Karen joined Farm Industry News as senior editor in 1998 and was named editor two years later. Prior to that, she was managing editor for five years of another Penton publication, National Hog Farmer. She grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm near LeMars, IA, and earned her degree in journalism from South Dakota State University. Since then, Karen has worked in agricultural communications.

Her experience on magazines and organizations includes work on Hog Farm Management, the National Pork Producers Council, and Hogs Today/Farm Journal.

Karen may be reached at 9520851-4680

John Deere launches new hay and forage equipment for 2013
John Deere has released a robust line-up of new equipment for 2013 in the hay and forage market.
Trimble offers handheld GreenSeeker crop sensor
A new handheld version of the GreenSeeker crop sensor is now available from Trimble for $495. The handheld device is equipped with the same optical sensor used in the GreenSeeker system that mounts on a tractor. A farmer may use the handheld GreenSeeker to measure the vigor of a crop.
Iowa corn growers weigh in on USDA crop report, ethanol question

Corn grower leaders in Iowa found no major surprises in USDA’s Aug. 10th estimates for the 2012 corn and soybean crops.

“I’m not real surprised by the numbers,” reported Kevin Ross, Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) president. “We are still over a 10 billion bu. crop, which is above some early 2000 crop numbers. There is definitely still a lot of corn.”

U.S. corn crop drops to 10.8 billion bu., soybean crop at 2.7 billion bu.

USDA’s 2012 Aug. 10 crop estimates contained few surprises. The agency estimated the corn crop at 10.8 billion bu., the lowest since 2006 and down 2 billion bu. from the July estimate. Average corn production is 123.4 bu./acre, which is down 23 bu./acre from the July estimate. Harvested acres are expected at 87.4 million.

The lower corn crop estimates do not mean a greatly reduced harvest, though. U.S. corn growers will still produce the eighth-largest corn crop on record, and they are doing this during one of the worst droughts in history.

Corn rootworm damage from drought and resistance
A drought does not eliminate the threat of corn rootworm. This summer, corn rootworm (CRW) larval feeding was seen around the Corn Belt including some very dry areas. Beyond its ability to thrive in drought, the CRW continued to mount an attack on popular Bt hybrids expressing Cry3Bb1 toxins.
Raven Industries expands ag precision product line
Raven Industries’ announced expansion and updates to its line of agricultural precision products during a recent Innovation Summit held at the company's training and research facility near Baltic, SD.
Dawn Equipment planting sensor adjusts on-the-go for soil hardness
A new Dawn Equipment planting sensor called the Foresight Ground Hardness Sensor provides constant, real-time measurement of soil hardness. It allows the planter to maintain perfectly consistent depth control for seed through all types of soil.
U.S. farmers plant highest corn acreage since 1937
Corn growers planted a near record corn acreage this year of 96.4 million acres, up 6% from last year, according to USDA. Planted soybean acres estimated at 76.1 million acres is up 1% from last.
New Vibrance fungicide seed treatment available from Syngenta
Syngenta received approval for a new fungicide designed specifically as a seed treatment for soybeans, cereals and canola. Called Vibrance, the new product's active ingredient is Sedaxane, which offers a new mode of action.
New A325 GNSS smart antenna available from Hemisphere GPS
A new smart antenna called the A325 is now available from Hemisphere GPS. This new, affordable antenna incorporates professional-level centimeter and sub-meter positioning accuracy.
Photo gallery: New AGCO Intivity Center and factory facilities

AGCO opened its doors today to its new visitors Intivity Center, where Farm Industry News editor Karen McMahon attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and participated in a first-time tour of both the center and AGCO's expanded manufacturing facilities. The Intivity Center showcases the history of AGCO and the evolution of its machinery. Five different high-horsepower tractor series will be built in the new manufacturing facilities: the Massey Ferguson 8600, Challenger MT600D, Challenger MT800C, Challenger MT900C and a new model to be introduced this year, the Challenger MT700D.

Apply fungicide early to protect corn yield and stalk health

While a fairly new practice, some growers are applying fungicide on corn early to address early disease issues. The early application may be more important this year after the mild winter and spring that may promote heavy disease pressure early.  

Strong interest in latest USDA sign-up for CRP enrollment
The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) remains popular. USDA received nearly 48,000 offers on more than 4.5 million acres of land for enrollment in the CRP. USDA will accept 3.9 million acres of the 4.5 million offered, according to an announcement made today by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.
FMC's new insecticide Triple Crown offers three-way protection
A new insecticide with protection against aphids, stinkbugs and other pests is available from FMC Corporation. The new Triple Crown insecticide offers three-way protection against insects in soybeans, corn and cotton.
Should you replant? Try out Pioneer's online calculator
Deciding when to replant a crop that’s been adversely affected by weather, pests or other problems is tough. Now an online calculator will help growers make that decision. A replant calculator is available from Pioneer Hi-Bred on Mobile Pioneer.com.

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