• John Vogel

    Tough Start for Grain Crops

    Nor' east Thinkin'

     by John Vogel
     on June 17, 2009

    After a five-day trip into the Midwest for a family reunion, I’m back at my computer with much to report. First and foremost, I’d have to say that Northeast farmers have been blessed with good weather this spring – and Midwest farmers haven’t. That’s bound to push up corn, soybean and wheat prices this summer.    Much of the corn that I saw from the mid-sections of Ohio to western Iowa was at least two weeks behind the garden spots of southeast Pennsylvania, the Hudson Valley and western New…

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    Greening of Ag is Just Beginning

    Nor' east Thinkin'

     by John Vogel
     on June 6, 2009

    ‘Remember when Dad’s advice was simple: “Just drive a straight line, son. It’ll make the corn rows straight and cultivating easier.”   Now days, steering on the contour is the train of thought and motion. Unless you’ve got autosteer, it helps to keep one eye on the e-arrow of your tractor GPS monitor, and the other eye on the flashing 12 digital columns of your planter monitor.   That’s not all that changing. We are just beginning to enter an era when farmers will be paid for capturing…

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