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Things I am doing differently this crop year

Instead of using commercial fertilizer last fall I used a mix of compost and lime. I was assured by the person I bought it from that it was the cheapest source of nutrients that I could buy. I told the person who does my spraying to use the cheapest form of atrazine that he can find. Instead of using triple stack hybrids, I planted....More

Lynn Grooms

Lynn Grooms hails from the Badger State. An agricultural journalist and contributing editor to Farm Industry News, she frequently covers the biofuels industry.
 

Iowa grant request seeks infrastructure improvement, could also improve market for higher ethanol blends

"With infrastructure being one of the primary hurdles to the sale of higher ethanol blends, we anticipate that this legislation would be a very significant step towards allowing more retailers to make the decision to sell higher blends of ethanol,” says Dawn Carlson, Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa....More

David Hest

David Hest writes about precision agriculture, electronics and communications technologies and trends affecting production agriculture.

in Farm Industry News Blog May 09, 2011

Topcon announces HiPer AG mobile RTK base station

  Topcon Precision Agriculture has expanded its HiPer series of satellite receivers to include HiPer AG, a new portable base station for high-accuracy real-time kinematic (RTK) applications for the worldwide agriculture market. HiPer AG is a dual-frequency, GPS+GLONASS receiver that is designed for simple setup and operation....More

Kathy Huting

Kathy Huting joined the Farm Industry News staff in September 2011. Kathy manages farmindustrynews.com, Farm Industry News e-newsletters, and FIN social media. In addition, she writes news and feature articles for the publication and represents the franchise at industry events. 

Leaders in precision ag technology to gather at InfoAg

The upcoming precision ag event in St. Louis is sure to spark plenty of good tech conversations....More

Karen McMahon

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...

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 reached this week when $15,375/acre price was paid for a 173-acre farm. These higher prices follow the predictions offered by farm real estate experts in our December Buyer's Forecast....More

Mark Moore

Mark Moore is an agricultural writer/photographer based in southeast Wisconsin. Mark’s professional career includes work in seed, crop chemicals, row crops, machinery, fruits and vegetables, dairy, and livestock.

in Farm Industry News Blog Mar 14, 2012

Ban air fresheners, not biotech

It’s not often the topic of air fresheners comes up at an ag conference, so imagine my surprise when this flashed on a screen during a seminar at Crop World Global 2011: Every year, 2,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized with injuries due to air fresheners....More
in Farm Industry News Blog Oct 01, 2010

The Heat, Line 1

Here’s Jeff’s account of how he came to be the proud owner of one of only six Ranch Hands ever made, a machine that Jeff describes as “a hybrid between a pickup and a tractor…on steroids.”....More

Jeff Ryan

Jeff Ryan is Guy No. 2 in the operation of Two Guys Farming, Inc., near Cresco, IA.

Jeff farms during the day, but in the evening he e-mails his observations about life on the farm to his city-dwelling friends. He weaves these observations into entertaining stories that are sure...

in Farm Industry News Blog Apr 13, 2015

Little help from a friend

Team FIN farmer Jeff Ryan gets a little help around the farm from 4-year-old Hazel....More

Willie Vogt

For more than 30 years Willie Vogt has covered the "hardware and software" of agriculture from hard iron to biotech to crop protection. In this blog he'll deal with issues surrounding the challenges in agriculture from a number of perspectives. Challenge him, comment, and engage...

Your data, ownership and some concerns

Survey by a major manufacturer uncovers some knowledge gaps on data ownership, and understanding of the different types of data you collect. Knowing what's in the data agreement, and what it means for your operation, has more value as farmers embrace more information technologies....More

Jodie Wehrspann

Jodie has been a journalist for 15 years, specializing in machinery, technology and precision farming. Prior to Farm Industry News, she worked as a research analyst/editor for Rockwood Research, the former research arm of Farm Journal Media.

Jodie has won numerous...

What Big Data analytics means for buyers

You’ve heard a lot about how you, as a farmer, can use Big Data analytics to help make better business decisions in your operation. But what about you, as the consumer, the person who does the buying—whether it’s crop inputs for the field or cereal in the grocery store....More

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Accredited for 2 hours/CCA Soil & Water credits. The 2,000 member...

Keeping crop protection chemicals on the crop for which they are intended has been a...