• Lon Tonneson

    Check Out New Farm Building Foundations

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on April 14, 2014

     If you’re looking at putting up a building this year, check out Morton Buildings’ new concrete post foundation system. It consists of precast concrete columns that go in the ground instead of wood posts. A threaded screw in the concrete post allows construction crews to easily and precisely level the posts for a flush, even and clean-looking framing point. Laminated wood posts are fastened securely to the top of the concrete posts with a rugged internal connection plate that…

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  • Josh Flint

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

    Prairie Gleanings

     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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  • Tyler Harris

    UAV Potential For Ranchers

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on February 19, 2014

    Flying a UAV across a room is one way to get peoples' attentions. It sure got my attention at the 2014 Global Ag Symposium in Concordia a few weeks ago, when natural resource engineer for University of Missouri Extension in Boone County, Kent Shannon piloted a PJI Phantom across the stage of the Concordia Community Center. Farmers love looking at the newest equipment and technology, and UAVs, or unmanned aerial vehicles, are definitely one of the key topics heard in the precision ag sector…

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  • Josh Flint

    Precision Planting Shows Off the Future of Planting

    Prairie Gleanings

     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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  • P.J. Griekspoor

    All Is Well After a Big Computer Scare

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 13, 2014

    The clever scammers are out and about. Here’s one that had me in a panic Monday afternoon and I offer my story by way of warning to all of you who just might fall for this clever scam. I picked up my office phone to call Unified Messaging and check my voicemail. The automated voice told me that my passcode “does not agree with our records.” I thought I had mistyped the code. So I tried again. Same message. Huh? So I quickly looked up a phone number for help by typing…

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  • Josh Flint

    A Tablet Buyer's Guide for Farmers

    Prairie Gleanings

     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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  • Curt Arens

    Honored to Talk With Water-drive Irrigation Experts

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on November 5, 2013

    If you’ve had enough time out of the combine cab recently to read the cover story of the November issue of Nebraska Farmer, you know that I had a fun assignment in August. I was honored to be able to visit with Don Fling, an Ainsworth farmer who has a direct connection to the earliest days of pivot irrigation in Nebraska. If you’ve read anything I’ve written over the years, you may have picked up the fact that I love history, especially Nebraska history of all kinds. I…

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  • Josh Flint

    The Hottest Thing in Ag Tech Right Now

    Prairie Gleanings

     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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  • Tyler Harris

    Irrigation Through The Years

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on September 20, 2013

    After two farm shows within a week of one another, I'm finally starting to get caught up on everything from the Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days. Being in central Nebraska, Husker gives a closer look at the irrigation side, including everything from central pivots to subsurface drip irrigation, which has found a place in the Midwest in recent years due to its efficiency in water use – it's common knowledge by now that the water level of the Ogallala Aquifer, which…

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  • Holly Spangler

    All the Weather, All the Time

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on September 19, 2013

    Among the folks I got to meet up with at the Farm Progress Show included a long-delayed meeting with Jeff Hamlin, of the Climate Corporation. I've known Jeff for some time, having covered Climate Corp's weather insurance for the past couple years, and Jeff and I had been trying to get together this summer so he could introduce me to their remote weather monitoring system. It was, in a word, cool. And worth the time and the wait. But that's eight words. Some history…

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