Farm Journal: Mid-November 2013

Magazine Features

  • Farmyard is Not Part of a CAFO
    On Oct. 23, a federal judge ruled that a West Virginia poultry farmer was not required to obtain a Clean Water Act permit solely on the basis of storm water runoff from the farmyard that included dust, feather and litter particles released from the poultry barn ventilation fans.
  • Biotech Front and Center
    In a move that validates how vital genetically modified (GM) crops are to feeding our world, the 2013 World Food Prize was recently awarded to three trailblazers who have played prominent roles in developing the technology.
  • Kudzu Bug Crackdown
    Since first appearing in the soybean fields of several Georgia counties, kudzu bugs have spread to more than 12 states and can limit yields by munching on plant stems.
  • An Even Keel
    Poor distribution of manure on your field can result in uneven crop growth.
  • Website Addresses Patent Expiration
    As farmers begin thinking about purchasing soybean seed for 2014, they can use a new website resource.
  • Baled to Ship
    A booming overseas market for alfalfa is a key driver not only for baler manufacturers but also hay exporters.
  • Serious About Seafood
    Mark and Jeff Nelson have reeled in and landed an unlikely new opportunity on their grain and hog operation in Webster City, Iowa: fish farming.
  • The Read on Seed
    What a difference a year can make. Seed company representatives say they are seeing good seed corn quality and supply coming in from the field this harvest.
  • The Drive to Succession
    There’s no better time than now to pick up where you stalled out on your succession planning journey.
  • Iron's Winter Coat
    How often do you consider the value of a solid coat of paint on your machinery?
  • Farm Help
    Farmers are self-employed by nature, yet many rely on a team on a daily basis.
  • Homegrown Energy
    As the next decade unfolds, which new energy sources will become scalable and viable, and which ones will become historical footnotes?
  • Ag Versus Big Oil
    The vibrant ethanol industry has survived four major political attacks by the oil industry and other groups in recent history, but this year’s broadside is the fiercest attack to date.
  • 'Horse' on the Loose
    Marestail kicked up its weedy heels in many Midwest farmers’ soybean fields this past summer.
  • Precision Field Drainage
    In a field where slope is undetectable to the naked eye, a topographic map shows where to place surface drainage ditches so they will channel water off the field.
  • Steps to Healthier Soil
    Would you describe your soil as fairly weatherproof, able to handle harsh conditions and poised to bounce back quickly? That’s how Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie described healthy soil.
  • A Strong Player
    This year’s wheat harvest is in the books. Here are five questions to ponder as we look ahead to the 2014 season.

Web Extra


  • Legal Ease: EPA and Your Privacy
    John Perry Barlow, privacy advocate and famed lyricist for the Grateful Dead, nailed it when he said, “Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping Tom to install your window blinds.”
  • In The Shop: Quest for Perfect Welds
    Farmers weld under some of the worst circumstances—painted or rusty metal, often outdoors and always in a hurry.
  • Machinery Pete: Tractors Tear Up Records
    On Dec. 7, 2007, a 1995 Case IH 7220 with 1,830 hours started a trend that’s still hot today.
  • Outlook: What Could Be Next?
    It has been a long way down from the August 2012 corn and soybean highs.
  • Leave a Legacy: I Couldn't Have Said It Better
    I’ve answered questions, responded to requests, proposed solutions and read a lot of great stories. It’s those stories that intrigue me most.
  • John's World: What I’ve Learned So Far
    I have reached the very early autumn of my life, and in keeping with the dignity that has been my trademark attribute, have begun to assemble profound words of wisdom to ensure my place in the hearts and minds of those around me.

Corn Navigator

  • Beat Seedling Disease
    Once inoculum invades a field, blight is always a threat, but management minimizes losses.


  • Editor's Notebook: We Must Be at a Tipping Point
    Alexander Graham Bell patented the phone in 1876 and a year later—the same year Farm Journal was born in Philadelphia—the first switchboard was installed in Boston.
  • More Power in Side-by-Side and ATV Design
    For their 2014 lineup, Polaris Industries strategically repositioned the engine on their machines for a quieter ride, improved serviceability and added larger stators for more power.
  • Lean Harvesters Move Up a Class
    In light of wet harvest conditions this fall, the three-model S8 Super Series of combines from Gleaner seeks to limit compaction concerns with a comparatively light combine pass.
  • TechnologyJournal
    AGCO announced a global strategy called Fuse Technologies, which intends to provide farmers with seamless integration and connectivity across their machinery.
  • A Homemade Harvest
    When Mary Kochendorfer wheels her pickup into the Farm Journal Test Plots on a crisp fall day, you can bet the combines are going to stop running in short order, and for good reason.
  • Cheat in Wheat
    Farmers who want to treat fields of continuous wheat with a cheat herbicide have a big decision to make.
  • Tillage Lineup Extends Reach
    Expanding its strip-tillage lineup into large-frame drawn configurations, Orthman Manufacturing Inc. introduces the 1tRIPr XD series of machines.
  • Monsanto Eyes Bump of 50 Bushels Per Acre
    Farmers are accustomed to making incremental yield gains from year to year.
  • New Bean Herbicide
    FMC Agricultural Solutions has received Environmental Protection Agency registration for Authority Maxx herbicide.
  • New Products
    Check out these cool new products.
  • Protect Nitrogen in Corn
    Weather and field conditions can present challenges for farmers who are attempting to apply nitrogen in the spring.
  • $100 Ideas
    Share your unpublished ideas and join our $100 Ideas Club.