• Josh Flint

    Time to Take Tech Stewardship Seriously

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on July 29, 2013

    Last week, I saw Monsanto’s Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybean crop technology in action at a field day in Collinsville. As a refresher, these are the soybeans with glyphosate and dicamba tolerance built in. And, yes, the release has been delayed by USDA ordering an Environmental Impact Statement. According to Monsanto reps, 2015 is looking to be the earliest this crop technology will hit the mainstream. A couple days later, I was in Brownstown at a University of Illinois field day…

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  • Josh Flint

    What's the Payback on Precision Ag Technology?

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on July 16, 2013

    Certain technologies catch on because they make life a whole lot easier. Terry Griffin, with Cresco Ag, points out that auto-steer and GPS guidance fell into that category when they were first introduced. When you’ve gone through a spring like this one, it’s nice to have a few minutes to yourself between the end rows. But, does all this precision ag stuff actually pay the bills? According to Kenton, Ohio farmer Brian Watkins, yeah it does. Watkins (and Griffin) spoke…

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    Newsflash: We'll Need GMOs To Feed the World

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on July 10, 2013

    During the Cultivating Master Farmers’ commencement ceremony, Bob Thompson, University of Illinois professor emeritus, saddled a group of Illinois’ brightest farmers with some sobering information. By 2050, he wagers the world population will top 9.6 billion people. That’s a 36% increase. Thompson notes sub-Saharan Africa will add 1.2 billion people in that time – a 132% increase. Whoa! As he filtered through stats on population growth, land allocation and…

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