• Josh Flint

    An Ode to Old Cars

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on September 26, 2013

    There are two types of older cars. You’ve got your “seasoned” car that keeps running despite a few extra squeaks and rattles. Then, you have your bucket of bolts that necessitates you keep a tool handy for a quick daily tweak. Unfortunately, my 2006 Nissan Sentra, with 144,000 miles, slid into the second category last week. It’s not quite as bad as some I’ve seen, i.e. I’m not driving around with a pair of vise grips in lieu of a steering…

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    The Hottest Thing in Ag Tech Right Now

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     by Josh Flint
     on September 23, 2013

    They're popping up at farm shows and field days across the Corn Belt. Farmers have been seen gathering around product demonstrations murming excitedly. Occasionally, I'll run into someone who will say, "Hey, did you see it? Man, that thing was really cool." Shoot, even the Today Show had a segment on them a few weeks back. Drones have certainly captured the imagination of farmers and techies alike. Is it the idea flying something without actually being in danger of…

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    Are Biopesticides the Future of Crop Protection?

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     by Josh Flint
     on September 10, 2013

    If I were a betting man (and, I’m not, by the way), I’d wager ag biologicals will explode in the crop protection market in the coming years. What are ag biologicals, or biopesticides? Well, many of you are probably already using them. The VOTiVO portion of Bayer’s Poncho/VOTiVO seed treatment is a biopesticide. More specifically, VOTiVO is a beneficial bacteria that acts as a nematicide. In a broader sense, Bayer’s Dennis Warkentin explains biopesticides…

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