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Technology editor Ben Potter brings you the latest in technology news, and how you can apply it to farming.


The One Week You Should Try Twitter

Aug 20, 2013

Twitter is a fickle animal. Many farmers have tried the social media website and liked it. After all, depending on who you "follow," you can get a steady stream of 140-character bites of ag market, news and weather information all day long. But many others have taken one look at Twitter and left it alone for good.

Who could blame them? Stumbling onto Twitter without a clear plan of attack is an exercise in chaos. Hashtags (literally putting # in front of a word or phrase) make the website a little more manageable. And once in a while, a group of people rally around a hashtag and create some really useful and interesting content for anyone who wants to follow along.

This week is one of those times.

As you may know, Farm Journal Media, led by the Pro Farmer team, is out conducting the 2013 Midwest Crop Tour. We have complete coverage on, of course, but up-to-the-minute conversations are also taking place on Twitter among Pro Farmer and other FJM staff, farmer participants and others. You can follow along at

Here’s a sampling of what you might expect to see:


And don’t forget to tune back into on Friday for the final results! 

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