Apr 8, 2011
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RFA applauds USDA for stating that ethanol industry produces fuel AND feed

Until today, USDA reported only the gross usage of corn for ethanol, implying that the ethanol process uses the entire bushel of corn. “This has led to inflated claims that the ethanol industry is using nearly 40% of the 2010/11 corn supply,” reported the RFA, adding that when the production of animal feed co-products is taken into account, only 23% of the 2010/11 U.S. corn supply and 3% of the global grain supply is truly being used for fuel production....More
Apr 4, 2011
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A virtual rain gauge for your farm

  This spring, you’ll be able to check overnight rainfall amounts across your farm via email, thanks to a patent-pending technology that uses Doppler radar and proprietary algorithms to estimate rainfall amounts at any location. The daily rainfall reports will be available through Beck’s Hybrids in conjunction with MyRainReport.com across much of the Midwest. In other areas, the service is available directly from MyRainReport.com....More
Apr 4, 2011
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Customized planter setup

  If you’re looking for ways to improve seed planting this spring, Steve Nokleby might be a source for inspiration. Nokleby, a farmer and Precision Planting representative from Montevideo, MN, bought a new planter last fall and equipped it with add-ons designed to ensure the right seed placement.  ...More
Apr 1, 2011
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Back on the horse again

  When you get tossed off a horse, the best thing to do is to get back in the saddle again. That's how the theory goes, anyway. Could be just an Internet rumor. It probably showed up in an e-mail from one of my aunts with a subject line that began with "Fw: Fw: Fw:"   Of course, there could be some truth to it....More
Mar 29, 2011
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New seed tube sensor monitors planter spacing

A new planter add-on that’s getting a lot of buzz this year is Precision Planting’s WaveVision seed sensor. It is a replacement seed tube and seed sensor designed to ensure that seeds are evenly spaced without doubles or skips, which would otherwise lead to yield loss....More

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