• Josh Flint

    Is the iPhone 6 Plus too big?

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     by Josh Flint
     on March 20, 2015

    Last week, I upgraded to the iPhone 6 Plus. I jumped from the iPhone 5’s 4-inch screen to the phablet-sized 5.5-inch screen. Was the extra screen real estate worth the usability trade-off? I remember having this conversation with Willie Vogt, executive director of content, several months ago. He was leery of the extra girth that comes with the 6 Plus. And, he has a point. Since I purchased my iPhone 5 two years ago, Apple had introduced several new models. For a detailed comparison of…

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    360 Yield Center Unveils Three New Products

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     by Josh Flint
     on January 21, 2015

    Once again, Gregg Sauder has blown my mind. The man who challenged farmers to rethink planter efficiency is back on stage as part of a new venture – 360 Yield Center. Three new products were unveiled as part of the company’s winter conference in Washington, Ill. The products are at the heart of classic Sauder thinking. He has the ability to take a product that’s been on the market for some time and redesign it in a way that makes perfect sense. Several years ago, I watched…

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    iPad Is a Must-Have For This Southern Illinois Farmer

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     by Josh Flint
     on November 5, 2014

    Occasionally, a company rep will give me a call and ask that I check out a new app they’re offering. I’ll typically oblige and put it through its paces. But, as most of you know, I don’t farm. I can evaluate functionality, but nothing compares to using it in a real-world application. Last week, I got to see Nashville farmer RH Habbe do just that with Precision Planting’s FieldView app. Habbe’s Dekalb dealer, Brad Niedbalski, stopped by to check the yield results…

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    European Views on Crop Technology Are Mind-Boggling

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     by Josh Flint
     on September 25, 2014

    Last week, I had the pleasure of attending Bayer CropScience’s annual press conference in Dusseldorf, Germany. Upon arrival, one of Bayer’s U.S. press contacts noted I may be surprised at some of the European opinions on ag technology, especially as it relates to chemicals and GMOs. I was aware of the Europeans’ unscientific views on crop technology. But, seeing it firsthand was quite the experience. During a field tour, Bayer representatives showcased a new technology…

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    Is the iPhone 6 a Must-Have for Farmers?

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     by Josh Flint
     on September 11, 2014

    The iPhone 6 has arrived. Announced Tuesday, the biggest news is the larger screen size. The iPhone 6 will feature a 4.7-inch screen, which is quite a bit larger than the iPhone 5S’ 4-inch screen. Also, Apple is now in the phablet (a hybrid phone/tablet) game with the new iPhone 6 Plus – a 5.5-inch screen. Both models come with Apple’s new A8 chip. Like previous iterations, the new phones will feature Apple’s typical all-metal construction, which gives the phone a…

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    Have You Seen the Rowbot?

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     by Josh Flint
     on August 20, 2014

    I love seeing new technology. At this year’s Farm Progress Show, I’m sure I’ll get my fair share. As a cool little precursor, I saw a neat little proof-of-concept demonstration this week at the Conservation Technology Information Center’s Field Tour. It’s called the Rowbot. And, it autonomously moves between 30-inch corn rows. Rowbot’s Chris Reedy notes the system was initially developed to apply late-season UAN. The team quickly saw cover crop seeding as a…

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    Is RNAi the Next Big Thing in Weed Management?

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     by Josh Flint
     on July 8, 2014

    If herbicide resistant super weeds aren’t in your area yet, just give it time. Weed control has definitely become more costly in recent years. It seems most are trying to keep fields clean, while holding out for the next big thing. Weed scientists have long warned that the mode of action pipeline looks pretty dry, i.e. don’t expect a revolutionary herbicide that kills weeds in a completely new manner anytime soon. Instead, it seems several companies are taking a different tact…

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    Ag Drone Technology Has Hit the Big Time

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     by Josh Flint
     on June 2, 2014

    Agricultural drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, UAVs…whatever you want to call them…have officially hit the big time. Browsing Reddit last week, I happened upon a chart of the top tech inventions for 2014 thus far. Ag drones were at the top of the list. Reddit isn’t the only techie site that’s taken note. Here’s an article from the MIT Technology Review that discusses the future of ag drones. This technology has also been featured on The Today Show. As noted in…

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    Ag Drainage Inc's New Tile Installation Innovation

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     by Josh Flint
     on April 25, 2014

    I love this time of year. The smell of fresh-turned dirt is in the air as you drive down rural roads. As an ag editor, it’s also the time to get out and see new technology in action. Earlier this week, Ag Drainage Inc.’s Aaron Kassing called and said they have a new tiling machine that’s working just south of Effingham, near Farina. Do I want to see it? Heck yes I want to see it. Most who have installed tile drains in the last few years probably went with laterals at 30- or…

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    Here's the Big Reason Blender Pumps Haven't Caught On

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     by Josh Flint
     on February 25, 2014

    A week after the National Ethanol Conference wrapped up in Orlando, I keep coming back to two things. First, it was 80 degrees F down there! It was still in the 50s when I flew back to St. Louis. And, now it’s back to winter. I think most everyone will agree – spring can’t get here soon enough.  The second thing is this little fact. The average fuel station proprietor only makes a 3-cent-per-gallon profit on gas. That means on an average fuel transaction, the proprietor…

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