Enjoy the top 10 blog posts picked by you, the reader.
Every year AgWeb compiles a top 10 list of the best read blog posts, and this year is no different. According to this list, it’s clear weather and soybeans were top of mind for farmers in 2016.
In mid-April, soybeans were driving higher and Kevin McNew of Grain Hedge discussed some of the subtle factors that might have had a big impact on the market. This was clearly a hit with readers as it was the No. 1 blog post on AgWeb in 2016.
AgYield offered a special report on federal insurance decisions back in February and even offered some profit/loss scenario charts to help expand on this topic. The crop insurance deadline will be upon farmers, so you might gain a few nuggets of wisdom from this as you prepare for 2017.
Coming in at No. 3 on our list is Ted Seifried’s blog, The Ted Spread. This blog clearly hit a nerve, given some of the commentary and it’s obvious why. The May USDA WASDE report shocked farmers and traders alike when they “found” an extra 225 million bushels of demand between old- and new-crop soybeans. Which begged the question: Where did this demand come from?
As farmers across the Midwest geared up to begin their fieldwork, weather was top of mind. Back in April, the southern farmers were waiting on rain, and Midwestern farmers were waiting on warm temperatures. It seemed weather was the determining factor for not just the farmers, but the traders, too.
Women have an important role in agriculture not only as a farm wives but as a farmers, landowners, teachers, advocates... The list could go on, but what is the big mistake most women are making these days? Katie Hancock with Brock Associates and co-manager on her own farm discusses the issues women face in a male-dominated sector and how to avoid common pitfalls.
Weather is often a theme in farming, for obvious reasons, and AgWeb blogs are no exception. Placing fifth in our best blogs list is none other than Bill Kirk of WeatherTrends360. He has an interesting way with words and a conviction like none other. Take a look at his summer 2016 predictions and see if the statistics hold water.
Once again, farmers have weather on the brain. El Nino and La Nina were talked about throughout 2016, and neither was easy to forecast. This year held several ups, downs and weather surprises. Here’s what Evelyn Browning-Garriss and James J. Garriss of Browning Media had to say about the exiting El Nino and the possibility of an impending La Nina.
Out of the world of weather and into the world of mythology. (Well, farm myths.) Given the vast disconnect between farmers and consumers, it certainly raises the question: Why do consumers think most farms are “corporate” farms? The further from farmland you get the commonplace this notion becomes. Granular’s Director of Marketing, Agustina Scerdote, believes there are three primary reasons family farms no longer fit the public’s common definition of “family business.”
Greg “Machinery Pete” Peterson is no stranger to this list. Coming in at No. 9 is an eye-catching blog filled with blasts from the past and surprisingly no tractors. Every farmer can appreciate a good farm truck, and this blog is filled with some dandies. Ranging from a 1960 Ford F100 to a 1997 Ford F350, these pickups caught Machinery Pete’s eye.
Rounding out the list is everyone’s favorite ag mechanic/writer, Dan Anderson. Farmers are no strangers to planter (or machinery in general) problems, and neither is Anderson. He shares some of the planter mishaps, issues and breakdowns he saw earlier in the spring.