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RSS By: Meghan Pedersen, Pro Farmer

From time to time we receive interesting pictures from Members that tell the story of their lives, ranging from crop conditions to everyday happenings. We'd like to share those pictures with you: E-mail Meghan Pedersen to have your photo or video considered for this blog, including your location and a short caption.


Putting a Face on Ag

Aug 30, 2012

On Aug. 20, the Corn Farmers Coalition began posting ads in Washington D.C. metro stations that feature real farm families with fact-based messages about modern corn production. The goal of the campaign is to educate lawmakers and those tied to them about modern agriculture, the value of ag and the changes the industry has undergone. More specifically, the Coalition explains the that American family farmers "are achieving this remarkable productivity with fewer resources and while making great progress in protecting the environment."

With the ads, the coalition hopes to help decision makers at the nation's capital put a face on family farmers with images that are easy to consume and understand. The following are some of the ads used as part of the campaign.


CFC2012 RoederFamily10 NJDaily

CFC2012 Lonier90 RollCall Mech

CFC2012 Lamoreux20 Hill Mech

CFC2012 Hardin44 CQToday Mech 2

CFC2012 Cantrell95 Politico

From Farm Tragedy to Farm Safety Legacy

Aug 13, 2012

With harvest quickly approaching in the Corn Belt, it's a good time to think about farm safety. It seems fitting to dedicate a post to a Marilyn Adams, a woman who has dedicated a quarter of a century to educating farm children and families about farm safety and health so they do not have to experience the tragedy she saw first-hand when her son died in a farming accident. Her story follows.

Keith    Adams Photo

Keith Algreen, Marilyn's son. 

In 1986, Marilyn's 11-year-old son, Keith, suffocated in a gravity flow wagon of shelled corn while helping with harvest on the family's Iowa farm. Marilyn channeled her grief by founding a nonprofit organization a year later, Farm Safety 4 Just Kids (FS4JK), whose mission is to "promote a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries and fatalities to children and youth."

The organization has grown from a one-woman campaign to an organization with more than 135 chapters and 3,000 members that serves both the U.S. and Canada.

FS4JK  Conversing

Marilyn with chapter members and staff at the 2011 Chapter Training Conference held in Des Moines.

Marilyn received recognition for her efforts in 2008 when she was named America's Greatest Hometown Hero and grand prize award winner in the Volvo for Life Award. This award included a $100,000 donation to FS4JK and a new Volvo every three years for life.

2008Volvo AwardWinner   MarilynAdams VolvoXC90  Willis

Volvo names Marilyn America's Greatest Hometown Hero. Marilyn in her Volvo XC90, presented by Willis Auto Campus in Des Moines.

Marilyn retired from FS4JK in June this year which also marks the charity's 25th anniversary. She will remain on the board of directors and will continue to speak at related engagements.


Marilyn's retirement party, accepting an award from past Board Chairman Burt Kross.

Marilyn has also written a book titled Rhythm of the Seasons: A Journey Beyond Loss.

Rhythm of the Seasons A Journey Beyond Loss

Is Your Corn Tasseling?

Jul 06, 2012

USDA's most recent progress report shows that 25% of corn is already silking and more will join this week. In light of drought conditions plaguing the majority of the Corn Belt and Mid-South and the heat wave wilting crops in these regions with only limited rain chances ahead, this is especially worrisome. This also increases concerns that all the projected double-crop beans will be planted, let alone turn out well.

Social media has allowed farmers to provide visuals of just how bad (or good) their crops are faring. I once again took advantage of this with my query as to whether your crops were tasseling, and I am ever thankful to those who responded. (Keep 'em coming. Tag me via Twitter (@MeghanPedersen) or shoot me an e-mail.)

Not surprisingly, many of the photos below reflect the toll heat and dryness has had on the crop. But others have fared surprisingly well. This confirms the varied conditions you reported to Chip Flory via his Twitter-based survey regarding crop conditions. He asked you to rate your corn and soybean crops using the following scale: 1=worst-ever yield potential; 5=five-year average; 10=best-ever yield.

The 90 participants who responded for corn averaged a 4.6, while the 81 who responded for soybeans averaged a 5.1. Visit Chip's Twitter page and scroll down to his Tuesday (July 3) morning posts for a state-by-state breakdown.


Renville Co., Minnesota (07/06/12)

Renville MN Beans

"Some of the best soybeans in the county."

 Renville MN Corn

"April-planted corn. Most corn is not this far along!!!"


Daviess Co., Kentucky

 Daviess KY

"Planted double-crop beans June 2; received 6/10" rain on July 2. Needs more to keep them all from dying."


Washington Co., Mississippi

Washington MS

"This has been an unusully good growing season here, with mild temps during pollination."


Carroll Co., Indiana

 Carroll IN Img1

"Chest high. Tasseled and had an ear. I don't know if it'll fill it."

 Carroll IN Img2

"Shedding before emerging all the way."

 Carroll IN Img3

"Thin. Not full like usual."


Crawford Co., Illinois

 Crawford IL

"Corn did not pollinate. Walked through 120 acres near this field and... nothing... in the whole field."


Kane Co., Illinois

 Kane IL

"Here's some local hail damage from yesterday. Worst I've had personally, very minor acres thankfully."


Franklin Co., Iowa

 Franklin IA

"Corn is beginning to tassel, despite the hot weather and no rain in over a week."


Palmyra Township, MI

 Palmyra MI

"Then you have one of these guys trying to compensate..."

Rain, Rain Come Our Way!

May 31, 2012

Much-needed rain rolled across the Midwest May 30-31, and some of the northern Corn Belt received rains May 25-26. But while such rains will sustain the corn crop for now, much more is needed to recharge soils and get top- and sub-soil moisture levels back to normal. See this week's  Drought Monitor and Palmer Drought Index for a better idea of what areas are especially dry.

Because photos are much more interesting than text, I asked Pro Farmer Twitter followers (#pfnews) to send me shots of their rain gauges on May 31, and several responded (some with a sense of humor). Check out shots from the Corn Belt and Texas below, and by all means keep the pictures coming! You can tag me to your photos in your tweets (@MeghanPedersen) or e-mail them to me at

Marvell AR Turner 05 31 12

Marvell, AK: "1.3 inches since yesterday."

AmarilloTX Herrington 05 31 12

Amarillo, TX: "Here is my rain gauge!"

AtlanticIA Macha 05 31 12

Atlantic, IA

Washington IA Wells 05 31 12

Washington, IA

 Central Illinois Graff 05 31 12

Middletown, IL


How Far Along Are Your Crops? You Responded...

May 22, 2012

Warm, dry conditions across the Corn Belt the latter half of last week helped planting to near to complete for corn and to near the halfway point for soybeans; both crops remain well ahead of the normal planting pace. Warm temps have also encouraged a rapid development — 56% of the corn crop had emerged as of May 13 according to USDA's Crop Progress Report. I expect next Monday's report to tell much the same story as conditions were warm and dry this week, too.

With this in mind, I thought it would be interesting to put together photos documenting the pace of crop development around the country. With a lot of help from my Twitter followers, I was able to compile some photos illustrating the variances in crop development from Canada to Louisiana.

I'd love to add to this post. E-mail me your snapshots or tag me in a tweet (@MeghanPedersen) with the date it was taken and the field's location (county and state). Feel free to send comments as some of the gentlemen below did. Enjoy!

Shreveport LA 05 22

05/22/12— Caddo Parish, LA: "Doublecrop are emerging and looking solid despite the dry weather. Hope those roots can find some moisture."

Arkansas 05 19 Edited

05/19/12— Arkansas: "Dry in Arkansas... we are watering soybeans up!!"

HamiltonCounty IN 05 19 edited

05/19/12— Hamilton County, IN: "Beans planted first."

PalmyraTwp MI 05 18 12 edited

05/18/12— Palmyra Township, MI: "Seeing more 20-inch rows each year."

 Chandlerville IL 05 16 Edited

05/16/12— Near Chandlerville, IL

 KaneCounty IL 05 16 12 Edited

05/16/12— Kane County, IL (35 miles from downtown Chicago): "Most of my career I was tickled to start planting beans by May 15. Half my crop is up and growing… bumper crop????"

 Ontario 05 14 edited

05/16/12— Central Ontario, Canada: "All corn planted between April 19 and May 2 is finally emerging today. Feels good!

 Tennessee 05 16

05/16/12— Grinder's Switch Winery Garden, Centerville, TN

 Shreveport LA 05 14 12 Edited

05/14/12— Caddo "Parish," LA: "It may be dry but most of the corn is kicking ass."

 Shreveport LA 05 14 12Beans Edited

05/14/12— Caddo "Parish," LA: "Soybeans grew a lot last week. Fourth year of no-till in this field. This was one of the worst fields, but it's looking productive now."


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