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Time to Diversify?
With a $4-something outlook for corn prices for the near future, now might be just the time to consider diversifying your operation and making alternative investments.
Agent of Change
The saying, “You’re only as strong as your weakest link,” rings true with zone management.
This year is definitely one that’s going to require a plan that drives your marketing moves. In addition to structure, flexibility is key to capture a run up in prices along the way.
Machinery Journal is introducing tough new tractors, how combines add capacity, and the two models joining Kubota Tractor Corporation’s.
Despite record prices, the cattle industry continues to struggle with the drought’s long coattails.
Two Hybrids, One Row
While Kinze Manufacturing, doesn’t have a timeline for bringing its electric multihybrid concept planter to market, positive feedback from testing in the coming year could accelerate its development.
Wild Blue Yonder
No one knows exactly what the future will bring.
If you think waterhemp is bad, you don’t want to meet its close cousin, Palmer amaranth.
A Complex Partnership
Soil health and efficient nitrogen use go hand in hand, but the relationship is complicated.
Anyone who has dealt with installing three-phase electrical power from a main line to remote areas such as irrigation well sites has suffered sticker shock.
The days might be shorter in the winter, but that doesn’t mean farmers spend less time tending to their operational duties.
10 Farmland Value Drivers
Soil type, drainage and location all play into the dollar value of your farmland.
The Drive to Innovate
Figuring out what it will take to feed the world by 2050 preoccupies national security analysts on a daily basis.
First, university entomologists confirmed that Western corn rootworm (WCR) was able to break through the efficacy of the Bt toxin Cry3Bb1.
Find Your Footprint
Sustainability is still an elusive industry watchword.
A farmer-owned cooperative and global energy, grains and foods business, announces two new liquid starter fertilizers for 2014.
Help for Pollinators
Research trial results show that a new Bayer CropScience fluency agent helps reduce dust during the planting of treated seed and, in the process, reduces the potential of negative exposure for honeybees and other pollinators, according to company officials.
Syngenta Seed Care is launching an updated online training module to educate various audiences about corn nematodes and how to protect corn plants from these invisible but costly pests.
Prepare for Landing
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an aircraft tire! As a farmer, you might think high-flying rubber is more suited for a runway than a corn field.
Lights and Locks
Farmers have had copper wire stripped off irrigation pivots or a trailer load of gates mysteriously disappear in the middle of the night.
Low corn prices might cause some farmers to eliminate any potential plans they have for using a foliar fungicide in 2014.
Land Values Downshift
A strong start to 2013 ended in single-digit annual gain. How long the shift will last is anybody’s guess.
What Your Seed Needs
A new way to deliver fertilizer could pay big dividends.
More About the AgH2O and the Generator Set Technology
Find more information on AgH2O and the generator set technology using natural-gas-powered engines.
Tips on Keeping Your Farm Secure and Safe
Use these resources to protect your farm from thieves and vandals.
Seed Nutrient Insights
Hear Dr. Cakmak’s seed nutrient insights with Al Pell and read additional coverage from the Exceed the Seed symposium.
Machinery Pete: Combines on the Move
I’ve come to expect that auction prices for used machinery will go up at the end of each year based on a trend that’s more than a decade strong.
Outlook: Bring Your “A” Game
From the Renewable Fuels Standard to risk management, it's time to get serious about developing a marketing strategy for this year.
John’s World: Stop Me If I’ve Told You
It now has become part of my writing process to pull out the archived copies of this column to make sure I haven’t been down this path before.
In The Shop: Electrifying Shop Ideas`
Are you remodeling an existing farm shop or making plans to build a new one?
Leave a Legacy: More Females Take Charge
Female farmers might never be the majority, but they will be formative players in the future of agriculture.
Wetlands: Trust but Verify
A landowner wants to clear some timber or a meadow for crop production or pasture.
Tech in the Field
For 23 years, the Farm Journal Test Plots’ mission has been to provide third-party, independent research straight from the field. Here’s a roundup of the tools used for the first time in test plots this past year.
Big Four Yield Threats
If corn growers compiled a list of their greatest corn disease threats, gray leaf spot, northern corn leaf blight, southern corn leaf blight and Goss’s bacterial wilt would be right at the top.
Share your unpublished ideas and join our $100 Ideas Club.
FBI Busts Chinese Seed Heists
A cascade of arrests in mid-December by the FBI shined a light on a labyrinth of activity by Chinese nationals conspiring to steal trade secrets for China-based seed companies.
Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie has spent his career championing the importance of corn never having a bad day.
Just as this magazine went to press, we welcomed Andrew McCrea and his daily nationally syndicated radio program, “American Countryside,” to our Farm Journal Media family.
AutoCopter Flies Into Ag
Farmers and crop consultants have a new unmanned aerial vehicle option.
Yara Aquires Sensor Company
Yara has acquired German water sensor company ZIM Plant Technology GmbH.
Land O’Lakes Inc. Acquires Geosys
In December, Land O’Lakes Inc. acquired Geosys, a global technology firm that provides satellite imaging and insights to agribusinesses.
AgGateway Awards Ag IT Innovation
AgGateway announces Adisseo is the winner of the group’s 2013 Information Technology (IT) Innovation Award for its web-based platform, Precise Nutrition Evaluation (PNE).
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