• Josh Flint

    The Farm Progress Show Site Is Ready to Dazzle Visitors

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     by Josh Flint
     on August 27, 2009

    Last year, I was amazed when I saw the Boone, Iowa Farm Progress Show for the first time. I showed up the day before the show started. Exhibitors, show staff and volunteers were scurrying every which way, putting the final touches on things.   This year, I've seen the site transform before my eyes. On June 1, the seed plots went in. Little else was on the grounds, except for the grain bins and a few permanent buildings.   Later that month, tent crews began driving stakes, assembling…

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  • Josh Flint

    The Refuge Management Game Is Evolving

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     by Josh Flint
     on August 19, 2009

    Regardless of how you're currently managing refuge on your farm, I'm willing to bet you'll be using an entirely different system within the next couple years.   Two big seed companies, Monsanto and Pioneer Hi-Bred, are working to change the game. Recently, Monsanto received approval for SmartStax' reduced refuge from 20% to 5%. In 2010, SmartStax will be available for approximately 3 to 4 million acres.   The science behind the refuge reduction deals with multiple modes of action…

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    Unique Promotion Definitely Got My Attention

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     by Josh Flint
     on August 6, 2009

    As a member of the ag media, I receive quite a few promotional items from various equipment manufacturers, seed companies, etc. From pens to flash drives, a lot of thought goes into these promotional materials.   This week, at the Ag Media Summit in Fort Worth, Texas, Ag Leader Technology grabbed my attention in a big way. Before I launch into this story, let me give you a little background. Two weeks ago, I fell during my daily jog and broke my fibula, in the ankle area. Thus, I'm…

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