Karen McMahon has been editor of Farm Industry News since 2000. She joined the staff in 1998 as senior editor and previously worked on the company’s National Hog Farmer magazine.

Karen grew up on a crop and livestock farm outside of LeMars, IA, and earned her journalism degree from South Dakota State University. After college, she worked on the local newspaper as farm editor and later started writing for various livestock and crop magazines.

She has written extensively about trends and technology related to corn and soybean production, the equipment needed for row-crop farming, and livestock production.   

Posts by Karen McMahon

Champaign County, Illinois, farmland draws $15,375/acre

Farmland prices haven't softened in Champaign County, Illinois. It was thought that a new record for farmland prices in the county was....More

How farmers shop

  Okay, I know the truth about these farm shows. These shows, like the massive National Farm Machinery Show (NFMS), are really a farmer....More

See the future of farming at National Farm Machinery Show

If you want to know the next big equipment trends in farming, you will find them at the National Farm Machinery Show (NFMS) in Louisville, Ky....More

Winter show time is here

Farmers sitting through another winter waiting for spring can make the time more productive by heading to Louisville, Ky., for the National Farm....More

Land auction draws big and locally

2012 has been a remarkable year for farmland values. Even a record-setting drought hasn’t dampened the market. And as this year draws to a....More

Robotics in the driver’s seat

More than 10 years ago, we ran our first article about a robotic tractor designed by John Deere for orchard spraying. The drone-like model was....More

Land market plateaus

A year ago, land prices were rising to shocking levels. But this year, the stories of high-priced land sales have quieted some. A conversation with....More

Death and taxes: Estate and gift tax exemption to expire soon

If you don’t plan to die before Dec. 31, you’d better read this: The largest estate and gift tax exemption ever offered in history....More

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

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

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