• Josh Flint

    Don't Wait To Tune Up the Dryer

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on May 22, 2009

    With so many folks out planting, I probably should have saved this blog for later. However, I don't think this reminder can wait.   As soon as you park the tractor, check your dryer! Last week, I spent the morning with Gary Woodruff, GSI product information manager. From top to bottom, Woodruff painstakingly showed me every belt, gas connection, auger and electrical box that needs to be checked.   Woodruff also ran down a list of common problems that occur when the dryer is first fired up…

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    A Week Without Rain?

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on May 18, 2009

    Finally, today's weather forecast did not include a chance for rain for the entire week.   Barring a change in fortune, that means Central Illinois farmers will finally be in the field. This is great news for me as well. I finally have a reason to get out of the office.   As you start fieldwork, University of Illinois' crop science professor Fabian Fernandez recommends prioritizing it according to 1. herbicide application 2. planting 3. N application.   While the rain is sure to cause…

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    When It Rains It Pours

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on May 8, 2009

    Just when pork producers expected things to turn around, someone decided our newest health scare should include the word "swine."   How bad is it? According to Purdue University Extension economist Chris Hurt, Western Cornbelt hog prices fell 16% between April 24 and May 4. Eastern Cornbelt prices fell 13% during the same time period. When I spoke to him earlier this week, he said this means producers are taking about a $20 per head loss.   According to Hurt, if H1N1 is short lived and the…

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    Lessons Learned From a Year Ago

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on May 3, 2009

    According to the Illinois Dept. of Ag's most recent crop progress report (released May 5), we have 5% of our corn in the ground. Needless to say, we're way behind, even compared to last year. This week in 2008, we had 25% of our corn planted. While that's causing a lot of headaches across the Land of Lincoln, some folks are employing lessons they learned last spring.   I spoke to a Central Illinois farmer last week who said the weather broke briefly a couple weeks ago. He was able to get…

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