By Jonathan Adelstein
As a native South Dakotan who’s devoted much of my career to strengthening rural America, I’ve seen my share of farm equipment. So I’ve been delighted twice this year to observe John Deere’s latest machinery in action. ...More
Remember the TV prank show, Candid Camera? It was one of my favorite shows growing up. Now it has been revived and modernized to fit popular culture, which, today, is inundated with automated technology and digital devices. Even the hosts have changed to a younger, more technologically savvy generation . Mayim Bialik, who plays Sheldon’s geeky girlfriend on the Big Bang Theory, is the host, and Allen Funt has been replaced by son Peter as co-host.
It was raining a few weekends ago, so I happened to catch a few episodes while working inside....More
Over the weekend I was visiting our family’s long-time friends, Mary, Arlen, and Sheila Hall, who had driven in from Kansas for our annual fishing trip and Arts Meander. Mary mentioned that farmers in her area were bagging their harvested grain this year to avoid the long lines at the elevator....More
Usually it’s the iron that draws attention at the Farm Progress Show, the mother of all outdoor farm shows here in the U.S. And anyone in attendance this year couldn’t help but look closely at the new half-tracked, half-wheeled tractors by Case IH and New Holland, or John Deere’s first-ever four-track vehicle.
Plant health company Verdesian Life Sciences took the media behind the gates of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico this week to see where the technology for its plant health product Take Off was discovered. The technology increases the metabolism in plants to help them grow better. “From the 1920s to 1970s, farmers saw a nice increase in crop yields per acre with mechanization and hybrid seed,” says J.J. Grow, CEO of Verdesian. “But yields have slowed down drastically since then....More