Want to achieve award-winning corn yields? You might find a successful strategy by looking over the equipment and input lists used by winners of the 2012 National Corn Yield Contest. Farm Industry News interviewed six of these growers to uncover tips on inputs and equipment that helped these champs reap their bin-busting yields.
The proliferation of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices has made them popular and essential communications tools for today’s farmers and ranchers. As a result, John Deere is introducing mounting brackets and attachments to make it easier to have hands-free access and improved viewing of their mobile devices while operating equipment....More
Cloud-based computing in precision agriculture took a huge leap forward in 2012 and is likely to make another big gain in 2013.
In the past 12 months, options for using “the cloud” to provide wireless connectivity to tractor and combine displays grew dramatically, to the point it is now possible to eliminate the frustration of shuffling thumb drives to keep precision ag data up to date....More
Farmers requiring sub-inch accuracy for tiling and other precision farming operations have a new GPS option from Ag Leader Technology: the GPS 2500B RTK Base Station.
Bill Cran, Ag Leader GPS product specialist, said, “The GPS 2500B is a dual-frequency 900 MHz RTK Base Station for use with the field-proven GPS 2500 smart antenna.” ...More
Over the past year, the market for ag-specific smartphone and tablet computer applications has gone mainstream. Now many of the big names in agriculture are offering apps to improve crop and machinery management.
Here’s a look at some of the new offerings for Android and iOS (Apple) smartphones and tablet computers....More
The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) announced that Chris Chinn (Mo.), Will Gilmer (Ala.), Katie Pratt (Ill.), and Bo Stone (N.C.), have been selected as the winners of its Faces of Farming & Ranching program, a nationwide search launched in summer 2012 to help put real faces on the American agriculture industry. More than 100 applications were submitted from passionate, dedicated farmers and ranchers across the country....More
Monticello, Minn., is becoming known as “Swan City” due to its large Trumpeter Swan populations during the winter months. More than 2,000 Trumpeter Swans enjoy a winter vacation along the banks of the Mississippi River within the city limits each winter. The location of the nuclear generating plant upstream allows for the water to remain unfrozen for the swans during the winter months. The dense swan population is largely attributed to the late Shiela Lawrence of Monticello, who began feeding the swans daily 25 years ago.
Economic uncertainty had some non-operating farmland owners rushing to sell, which was evident in the last three months of the year, according to Farmers National Company, the largest farmland and ranchland real estate company in the country.
Overall for 2012, Farmers National reports that sales activity was up 40% over 2011.
"We anticipated another record year in 2012, but what we've seen has exceeded our expectations," said Derrick Volchoff, ALC, vice president of real estate operations at Farmers National....More
The USDA collects a large amount of information directly from farmers and ranchers across the United States. Farmers and ranchers own the majority of the land dedicated to the production of agricultural products, yet a significant portion of our nation's farmland is rented or leased from non-operating landlords. In 2010, the USDA collected detailed information on land tenure, ownership patterns, and rental agreements through supplemental questions in the Agricultural Resource Management Survey....More
A new rugged rain sensor is being used to automatically close vents and windows. Hydreon Corporation of Minnesota has introduced the RG-11 Optical Rain Gauge. With the RG-11, applications such as greenhouses, agriculture, and louver vents are provided simple and effective ventilation. The ventilation is also closed properly in the event of a downpour. In some cases these systems can replace far more costly and less efficient air conditioning systems....More
Video source: Kinze
This fall, Kinze released its new Autonomous Harvest System, and farmers in the Monmouth, Ill. area tested the system out on their cornfields. The system requires no operator for the tractor that follows the combine with a grain cart....More
Cropland rental rates continue to vary widely throughout Minnesota (and other Midwestern states). Landowners and tenants alike are challenged when trying to calculate a fair and equitable land rent value. The North Central Farm Management Extension Committee has recently developed a series of land rent publications and forms that will aid landowners and tenants with determining a land rent value....More
New Year's resolutions aren't just for those who are overweight, sedentary or struggling to break a bad habit. Farmers can resolve to avoid poor management practices or implement better production techniques in 2013.
Purdue University crop, livestock and agricultural economics specialists shared their top three farmer resolutions for the year ahead. Those resolutions, and specialist comments about them, are:
Chris Hurt, extension agricultural economist...More
Farm Industry News delivered agriculture news to readers around the world daily on its website in 2012. Of all content published on farmindustrynews.com, photo galleries have proven to be the most popular content by far. Here is a look at the year's top 10 photo galleries from Farm Industry News.
Thinking of a Minnesota winter often evokes images of baren, cold landscapes and sub-zero temperatures, but nature photographer Jim Radford captures the season in a different light. These images from across Minnesota show the serenity and beauty the state boasts during its coldest season. Enjoy an alternative look at the Minnesota landscape as you celebrate this holiday season with family and friends.
Russell and Beau Estes won the honor of providing the annual Christmas tree in August through the National Christmas Tree Association Grand Championship contest. This holiday season, the two accompanied the 18.5-ft. Fraser fir tree grown on their Jefferson, N.C., farm to the White House and helped present the award-winning tree to Mrs. Obama. The tree is displayed in the White House Blue Room during the holiday season....More
This holiday season, we at Farm Industry News want to thank our readers for being active members of the agriculture community by engaging in our coverage in print, online and through Facebook and Twitter this year. From our coverage of the newest farm equipment and high tech products that hit the market, to our in-depth look at the 2012 drought and much more, we hope Farm Industry News has been a valuable resource for you this year and beyond....More
The deadline is approaching on Saturday, Dec. 15 for the Faces of Farming and Ranching national spokesperson contest sponsored by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA). View the candidates and cast your vote here. The nine finalists were selected by a panel of judges, and one will be chosen as a national spokesperson for agriculture based on votes. USFRA put out a call earlier this summer for outstanding farmers and ranchers who are focused on continuosly improving their farm and ranch operations....More