The Farm Journal Pulse, a text-message poll of farmers and ranchers, tracked the hot topics this year:
75% of 1,378 respondents on Oct. 3 said the benefits of oil and natural gas production in rural America outweigh the negatives.
25% of 1,447 respondents on Sept. 20 planned to buy their 2013 corn seed in November.
57% of 1,503 respondents on July 6 said they were very concerned about weed resistance; 11% reported it as their biggest agronomic concern.
58% of 1,374 respondents on May 17 revealed marketing as the biggest challenge for their farm operation.
47% of 1,022 respondents on April 19 said infrastructure resources should be focused on local and county roads.
To sign up for the next Farm Journal Pulse survey, text "Pulse" to 46786 or go to www.FarmJournalPulse.com.