• Josh Flint

    Planting corn in central Texas is a bit rocky

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on March 31, 2015

    Update: Coverage of the Beck's multi-hybrid planter - Beck's, Kinze multi-hybrid planter collaboration becomes reality Last Thursday morning, Beck's Hybrids Ashley Woodward Fischer called and said, "I know this is a little last minute..." Uh oh. "But, would you like to fly down to Texas on Monday and see the Kinze multi-hybrid planter in action?" Umm...yeah! So, on Monday morning at 7:30 a.m. EST, I found myself cruising through the atmosphere at 500 mph via…

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  • Lon Tonneson

    Secrets to high corn and soybean yields

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on March 15, 2015

    What’s the secret to growing 100 bushel soybeans and 300+ bushel corn in the Dakotas? High plant populations, lots of fertilizer and “no boat.” That’s what I gleaned from the recent Soy100 conference at South Dakota State University. Scott McKee, Alcester, S.D., talked about what he did to produce 103 bushels of soybeans per acre to win the 2014 South Dakota Soybean Yield Contest. Frank Kralicek, Yankton, S.D., answered questions about how he produced 318 bushel corn…

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  • Curt Arens

    Harvest Mistakes, Grain Loss and Hurt Pride

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on October 28, 2014

    Harvest time is upon us in full swing. Most of the soybeans in the state have been harvested, with a few lingering fields. Corn is on the minds of most farmers, as they hope for dry weather to dry the crop in the field as much as possible. With combines rolling, grain loss is always a concern. Of course, calibrating harvest operations to avoid grain loss is a little easier than it used to be when you had to set the machine, combine a few rows across the field, jump out to check how much grain…

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  • Mindy Ward

    FFA Chapter Donates Sweet Corn Patch

    Show-Me Life

     by Mindy Ward
     on September 25, 2014

    Members of the Troy FFA Chapter trudged out into the muddy field in boots and old tennis shoes to harvest a crop planted months earlier. The group did not intend to sell the sweet corn as a fundraiser, rather they were donating it to those less fortunate in their community. The group handpicked 12 rows of sweet corn just outside of Hawk Point. "We want to instill in our kids a little bit of a community service mindset," says Troy FFA advisor Rob Calvin. "Even though it may not…

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  • Rod Swoboda

    Fuel Of The Future: Project Liberty Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Opens

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on September 8, 2014

    Last week, Poet-DSM held a grand opening of its $275 million cellulosic ethanol facility in Emmetsburg, a facility that will eventually produce 25 million gallons of renewable fuel annually from corncobs, husks and stalks. The event drew an estimated 3,000 guests including King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. The plant is named Project Liberty as it promises to deliver a form of energy that will help…

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  • John Vogel

    Ever Seen Three-eared Corn?

    Nor' east Thinkin'

     by John Vogel
     on August 29, 2014

    It's kinda dumb. I still get excited when I go into a corn field and spot stands with a lot of plants feeding two ears of corn. It's just the farm kid in me. But this year, I've spotted plants with three full ears, either on one stalk or on plants with multiple stalks. So you know, I don't count sucker years. And it points to the awesome genetic potential of corn plants to go where no corn grower has gone before with a perfect or near-perfect growing season. And that's…

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  • Mindy Ward

    No Mamas Boys On This Ag Float Trip

    Show-Me Life

     by Mindy Ward
     on August 20, 2014

    The description of the MR340, a Missouri River race, went something like this on www.rivermiles.com "Imagine a race across the entire state of Missouri, just you and your boat thrown against 340 miles of wind, heat, bugs and rain. This ain’t no mama’s boy float trip." Well, it is a good thing the Missouri agriculture community has strong men willing to take the challenge because Shane Kinne and Gary Wheeler suited up for the 340 mile trek to bring awareness to the…

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  • Curt Arens

    Future Crop Production Leaders Are Being Trained Today

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on July 29, 2014

    I’ll admit that I learned a lot of things while walking soybean fields every summer as a kid, chopping cockleburs and velvetleaf and trudging along up and down row upon row upon row. I learned that the water jug at the end of the field was something I really looked forward to. I learned that you needed to keep your boots away from the corn knife when you were chopping weeds. I learned that sweat bees are a real pain. I also learned that if you walk through tall, tangled soybean fields in…

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  • Rod Swoboda

    Iowa Has Its First Gallon Of Cellulosic Ethanol

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on July 11, 2014

    The first ever gallons of commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol produced in Iowa flowed from Quad County Corn Processor's distillation unit on July 1. This marked the commissioning of the farmer-owned ethanol plant's Adding Cellulosic Ethanol or ACE project, a new "bolt-on" process that adds the capability to convert the kernel's corn fiber into cellulosic ethanol, in addition to traditional corn starch ethanol. "Through hard work and forward-thinking innovation…

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  • Lon Tonneson

    Grain Bins Danger Extends Beyond The Bin

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on June 19, 2014

    I had no idea that you could become entrapped in grain and die if you stayed OUTISDE the grain bin. But it happened to a North Dakota farmer this year. Charles Sperle, LaMoure, N.D., died outside the bin when he was covered by corn. According to a recent article in the North Dakota Farmers Union’s "Union Farmer" magazine, Sperle was working outside a 30,000 bushel bin, unloading corn with a grain vacuum though the bin door. The corn was wet and frozen. Something happened and…

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