• John Vogel

    Corn Belt Crop Update: Northeast Corn Development Leads Midwest

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     by John Vogel
     on June 21, 2013

    Last week, I reported on Corn Belt crop progress as seen during my travels across Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa. In brief, I've never seen so much erosion damage or so widespread ponding in soils typically tiled and well-drained in the Corn Belt. On this week's return trip, a lot more corn was just beginning to poke up through the dirt, and most planter were finishing up soybeans. Even so, I've never seen a Corn Belt corn crop so delayed in development. That's…

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    Imagine If Only 60% Of Your Corn Crop Was Emerged

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     by John Vogel
     on June 13, 2013

    You've no doubt heard about all the rains and crop planting delays that Midwest farmers have been struggling with. And I've seen a lot of the damage during the last couple days of driving I-70 across Ohio and Indiana, I-74 across Illinois and across Iowa. USDA was right in cutting back projected corn and soybean yields. Wet spots and standing water damage increased gradually as we drove westward from western Ohio. I've never seen so much erosion damage or so widespread…

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    Some Dairy Farmers Self-impose Raw Milk Dilemma

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     by John Vogel
     on June 7, 2013

    June is dairy month – one of agriculture's most celebrated public celebrations. It's right up there with Mom, baseball and apple pie. It's when politicians have no fear of being seen with milk "moostaches". It's when baseball players sport them while pitching "Milk. It's good for you!" None the less, there's a dark side to milk's public exposure, one I've been wrestling with for years – and one certain to draw harsh criticism for…

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