• Willie Vogt

    High-yield Producers Offer Insight

    Farmer Iron

     by Willie Vogt
     on April 15, 2014

    You know the names, David Hula, Kip Cullers, Steve Albrecht, there's a list of names for top yield contest winners floating out there and you've seen coverage in our magazines and others about their farms. I've had the pleasure to meet many of these top-yielding producers in the past and I've learned a few things. As you're rolling with the planter in the next few weeks - and the Crop Progress Report this week shows planter are finally starting to move - there are some ideas…

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  • T.J. Burnham

    Tomorrow on Deck at Ag Robot, Unmanned Aircraft Conference

    Western Ag Vignettes

     by T.J. Burnham
     on April 9, 2014

    It hit me at lunch while attending the Precision Farming Expo in McMinnville, Ore., last week. A young producer from Canada was telling me about how he is building his own fixed wing and copter robot planes in his farm workshop. It struck me that the future is here, although in the U.S. farm drones still are not allowed to fly commercially due to Federal Aviation Administration regulatory balking, the concept has move from engineering blueprints to the back 40 in other parts of the…

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  • Lon Tonneson

    Last Price Update Before Planting

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on April 4, 2014

    If you’re like me, you went to a lot of meetings this winter and listened to someone talk about the outlook for corn, soybean and wheat prices. Well, it’s probably old news now and there’s no time to drive to another meeting to get an update before planting begins. But you can get an update from some experts – without leaving the farm or ranch. Join the Farm Futures® marketing team of Bryce Knorr and Bob Burgdorfer Monday April 7 at 7 p.m. Central Time for a…

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  • Curt Arens

    Women in Agriculture Hold the Future of Many Farms

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on April 1, 2014

    According to the 2007 U.S. Census of Agriculture, about half of the farmland in the country is owned or co-owned by women. While the 2012 Census of Agriculture showed a decrease in the number of women farmers, there is no doubt about the important role women play in the keeping and caring of the land. A series of workshops coming up in April, May and June are being sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs, designed specifically for women in agriculture. These sessions are geared for a wide…

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  • Paula Mohr

    USDA April Crop Report And Your Bottom Line

    Northstar Notes

     by Paula Mohr
     on April 1, 2014

    Join the Farm Progress Farm Futures® marketing team of Bryce Knorr and Bob Burgdorfer, Monday, April 7, for a crucial preview of spring grain markets before you head to the fields for planting. With USDA's long-awaited Prospective Plantings and quarterly Grain Stocks report out, key pieces of the price puzzle are falling into place. Knorr and Burgdorfer will compare USDA's tally with Farm Futures® own survey data, along with a preview of the April 9 USDA world supply and demand…

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  • Lon Tonneson

    Behind The Scenes At Ag PhD

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on March 27, 2014

    I enjoyed watching Brian and Darren Hefty doing their Ag PhD radio show for XM Sirius Radio live at the recent Western Corn Belt Precision Ag Conference. I grew up across the road from the Heftys near Baltic, S.D. I didn’t know Brian or Darren, though. I am 15-20 years older than they are. They were kids when I worked for their Dad, Ron Hefty, one summer. Ron started Hefty Farm Supply in 1969. With the help of his all of his children, it grew into the major regional seed, chemical…

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  • Holly Spangler

    'People Don't Come To Me Because Everyone Is Happy'

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on March 25, 2014

    Ron Hanson said a lot of great things Friday at the Women in Agriculture conference, held in the Quad Cities. In short, his message boils down to this: parents need to make a plan and communicate the plan. A will is not enough. Among my favorite Ron Hanson quotes of the day: On wills and plans: "There is a difference between a will and a succession plan: a will says who gets what. A succession plan guarantees the farm will be there and everyone knows what happens next." On the…

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  • Holly Spangler

    Confessions of a Farm Wife: Vol. 6

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on March 24, 2014

    Confessions of a Farm Wife took a road trip last week! Emily Webel, DeAnna Thomas and I headed north to the Quad Cities for the Women in Agriculture conference, which was headlined by Dr. Ron Hanson of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Hanson is a farm family relationship specialist whose spent his career counseling farm families in crisis, and speaking to farm groups all over the country. He's spoken in Illinois at the Farm Progress Show and at the Illinois Farm Bureau Young…

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  • Rod Swoboda

    Congratulations On A Job Well Done

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on March 23, 2014

    To encourage professional improvement and recognize outstanding effort by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists, the Iowa Agricultural Extension Association has a communications awards program each year for its members. These awards are presented at the annual meeting of IAEA on the ISU campus at Ames. Winners and categories they excelled in for 2013 were recognized at the recent March 2014 IAEA meeting. They are: Darbee Wellman, is the ag and natural resources field…

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  • T.J. Burnham

    Tax Time a Moment to Celebrate, Scream

    Western Ag Vignettes

     by T.J. Burnham
     on March 20, 2014

    Taxes. April 15 can be another Halloween or a Christmas, depending on whether you are paying through the nose or getting a healthy refund. I haven't had a "refund" for so long I had to Google the meaning of the word. I mean, the government lives off of me, demanding I build new bridges, fight new wars and save more species. But it is still relative, the way taxes are viewed. I mean, since moving to Washington I have been able to avoid state income taxes like those I paid in…

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