• Josh Flint

    Here's the Big Reason Blender Pumps Haven't Caught On

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     by Josh Flint
     on February 25, 2014

    A week after the National Ethanol Conference wrapped up in Orlando, I keep coming back to two things. First, it was 80 degrees F down there! It was still in the 50s when I flew back to St. Louis. And, now it’s back to winter. I think most everyone will agree – spring can’t get here soon enough.  The second thing is this little fact. The average fuel station proprietor only makes a 3-cent-per-gallon profit on gas. That means on an average fuel transaction, the proprietor…

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    Precision Planting Shows Off the Future of Planting

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     by Josh Flint
     on January 24, 2014

    If Precision Planting is a different company since being purchased by Monsanto, I sure can’t tell. They’re just as innovative as ever. Whenever founder Gregg Sauder speaks, he stresses perfect seed placement, every time. Numerous times I’ve heard him tell the audience that speed isn’t everything. Turns out, Sauder’s engineering team was working behind the scenes to achieve a different goal – planting at 10 miles per hour! The last piece of the puzzle to…

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    A Tablet Buyer's Guide for Farmers

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     by Josh Flint
     on December 11, 2013

    We’re getting down to the nitty gritty – only 14 shopping days before Christmas Day. Holly Spangler put together a nice list of gift ideas for a farmer. I’d like to add to that list by giving you a farm buyer’s guide for tablets. In case you haven’t noticed, tablets are one of the fastest growing segment of technology right now. They bridge the gap between the smartphone and full-on pc (laptop or desktop) perfectly. There are three main operating…

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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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    Time to Take Tech Stewardship Seriously

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     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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    What's the Payback on Precision Ag Technology?

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     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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    5 Apps To Help You Make It Through the Summer

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     by Josh Flint
     on June 14, 2013

    It's summer. Between planting, scouting and spraying, you probably have oodles of little league games, a week or two of summer vacation and perhaps a few dance recital weekends. Are you effectively using your smartphone to manage your busy schedule? If you're anything like my family, I'd say no. Here's a list of apps I can't do without. Also, I've included some tips on how to get the most out of them. CalenMob: Back when I used an Android phone, I started…

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    Just 10 Years Ago, You Could Get Your Email on a Cell Phone

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     by Josh Flint
     on April 3, 2013

    This spring, chances are you’ll be spending a lot of time in the tractor. I’d wager I’m with most young farmers when I ask, “What in the world did you do before tablets and smartphones?” In all seriousness, this slideshow from Wired has boggled my mind. The article looks at “The 12 Cell Phones That Changed Our World Forever.” The first BlackBerry doesn’t show up until 2003. At this point, savvy Wall Street types were able to be linked…

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    I Joined the Apple Bandwagon

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     by Josh Flint
     on March 15, 2013

    After months of debating back and forth, I plunked down $300 for a 32 GB iPhone 5. I just completed my two year contract with Sprint. Throughout much of Illinois, their data coverage is quite slow. Voice coverage is spotty, especially in rural areas. Switching carriers is a necessity, considering how much I'm on rural roads. I signed with Verizon, due in large part to their unmatched 4G LTE coverage across most of Illinois. Now, why am I jumping the Android ship and swimming over…

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