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Jun 06, 2012

Handwriting on the wall

My husband Jordan and I are the fifth generation to live on the family farm. His great, great grandfather settled the homestead a century ago. Over....More
Jun 04, 2012

The trouble with too much rain

With over six inches of rain in the past month in many parts of the Upper Midwest, farmers are enduring one of the wettest springs in years....More
Jun 04, 2012

Crops off to good start while dry weather persists

It is much easier to have a good finish when one gets off to a good start.  The 2012 corn crop is certainly off to a great start. Our....More
May 31, 2012

Armed Services Committee vote, a negative impact on rural America, Vilsack says

“I hope that people will understand the negative impact this [the recent Senate Armed Services Committee vote] has on rural America,” said Ag....More
May 29, 2012

Monsanto to purchase Precision Planting for $250 million

The ag version of a rags to riches story just occurred last week when Monsanto announced that it will purchase Precision Planting, Inc., for $250....More
May 29, 2012

One tough ride

A little over a week ago, Team FIN tractor- and truck-tester Daryl Bridenbaugh got hurt while doing something he loved: driving his John Deere 4020....More
May 25, 2012

Energy security: fuel for thought this Memorial Day

DoD officials expect that investments in the alternative fuels industry “will get us to a place where alternative fuels are sustainable, scalable and....More
May 16, 2012

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers disputes ethanol study findings

“If ethanol and other biofuels are such superior products, producers should join petroleum refiners in calling for an end to the Renewable Fuel....More
May 15, 2012

How ethanol has reduced gas prices

Ethanol reduced the average American household’s spending on gasoline by more than $1,200 in 2011, the RFA estimates....More
May 15, 2012

Iowa’s 2012 average cash rent jumps to $252 an acre

The average cash rent for corn and soybean cropland in Iowa is $252/acre for 2012, according to the latest Iowa State University (ISU) survey of cash....More
May 14, 2012

An unconventional Honey-Do list

This year we found a new place to put our new crop of honeybees. The honeybees were fine with the location. Apparently, one tree in the area did not....More
May 10, 2012

Biofuels having multibillion-dollar impact on global economy

“A growing biofuels industry in developing nations who import the bulk of their energy needs will bring wealth, jobs and prosperity while reducing....More
Apr 30, 2012

End of corn planting on a northwest Ohio farm

We finished planting corn on April 24. Everything was working so smoothly that I wish I would have had more corn acres to plant. I had a....More
Apr 26, 2012

“Champions of Change” discuss renewable energy future with President Obama today

The 25x'25 Alliance asks President Obama “to allow U.S. agriculture to help the auto industry meet new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE)....More
Apr 23, 2012

Very early planting in Illinois

Most years I plan to begin planing YC between April 15 and 25 and be finished by May 10. This year I will have all of our corn planted by April 25....More
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