• Josh Flint

    The Farm Progress Show Begins

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on August 29, 2011

    Tomorrow the Farm Progress Show kicks off full bore. What started as an expanse of land with a checker board of paved streets has transformed into a city of tents, tractors and combines. It’s also the beginning of a grueling three days of newsgathering for me and nine other editors. Between press events and scheduled interviews, I’ll be gathering info and photos of new products at the show. If you get a chance, please come by and see me in the Hospitality Tent. I’ll be…

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    Think You've Seen Weed Pressure? Think Again.

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on August 22, 2011

    There are some things in life you have to see for yourself to really appreciate them. Unfortunately, Arkansas’ invasion of Palmer Amaranth, commonly called pigweed, is just such a situation. As part of Dow AgroScience’s Crop Technology Media Summit, we flew to Batesville, Ark. to witness the pigweed problem. At a farm near Newport, Ark., farmer Malcolm Haigwood explained the situation. In 2005, the first pigweed problem was identified in eastern Arkansas, near the Tennessee…

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    Are Pre-Pay Fertilizer Contracts Pushing Farmers Toward Poor Agronomic Practices?

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on August 15, 2011

    Last week, I conducted one of the most enlightening interviews of my career. I spoke with a fertilizer analyst. He was extremely candid about the current state of crop inputs. In short, yes, they are following crop prices, not gas prices. Our conversation eventually got on the topic of pre-paying for fertilizer. Rather than “securing supply”, he sees the practice as little more than a clever sales tactic and a way for retailers to offload risk on the farmer. I’m sure a…

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