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$100 Idea

Do you have a really great idea that has made life easier on your farm? 

Share your unpublished ideas and join our $100 Ideas Club. Upon publication, you’ll receive a hat and check. The Double Your Money winner receives $200. Other farmers featured receive $100 each.

Submit your own $100 Idea.

 

What A Day!

Have you ever had one of those days? These farmers sure have!

If you've had one of those days—or caught someone else's on film—we'd love to share it with our readers. Link to the gallery and submit your own What a Day! online.

To submit by by mail:

What a Day!, Farm Journal

P.O. Box 958

Mexico, MO 65265

Irrigation

  • Water Hog Is a Drainage Beast


    08/08/2016 05:00 AM

    The evil twin of drought is drainage and both can cripple a crop in short time. When a river rises or a culvert backs up, water can sit on farmland for weeks and prevent planting and harvest, or simply kill crops mid-season. Time to saddle a Water Hog beast and pump directly through a levee.

     

  • Irrigation District Accused of Cheating Oregon Farmers
    07/05/2016 07:10 PM

    Some northeast Oregon farmers have filed a federal complaint alleging they were cheated out of water.

  • No Easy Fix to Looming Water Crisis
    06/27/2016 05:00 AM

    When southwest Kansas farmer Kent Dunn looks to the horizon, he sees golden fields of wheat, now being harvested. He also sees what might lie in store for his grandchildren, who will be fifth-generation farmers, as the Ogallala Aquifer groundwaters disappear.

  • Take the Guesswork Out of Irrigation
    06/25/2016 02:04 AM

    Sensor technology helps farmers make water choices that save money and boost yield

  • Irrigation Timing Doesn't Have to Be Guesswork
    06/24/2016 12:00 PM

    Guesswork and irrigation are long-time farming partners, but it can be a happy-in-hell marriage. When to turn on the spigot? How much water to deliver? Every farm soaks and dries in isolation because one field’s irrigation recipe is another’s death sentence.

  • Could Subsurface Drip-Irrigated Rice Work?
    06/15/2016 03:32 PM

    Drip irrigation is common enough in some orchard and vegetable crops, but research is underway to study another crop’s response to drip irrigation – rice, a row crop that typically sits partially submerged in several inches of water for part of the growing season.

  • Irrigation Recipe for Smarter Fields, Bigger Yields
    05/26/2016 02:00 PM

    Guesswork and irrigation are long-time farming partners, but it’s a happy-in-hell marriage for many producers. When to turn on the spigot? How much water to deliver? AgSmarts, a company at the vanguard of precision agriculture, is relieving the irrigation timing burden through a one-stop, catch-all sensor network.

  • Irrigation Season Starts in Umatilla Basin
    04/11/2016 10:30 AM

    Ray Kopacz shouted over the rumbling of the cement truck one recent morning as workers patched up a break in the Stanfield Branch Furnish Ditch that cost farmers a full day's worth of irrigation water.

  • Where Will Fire Ant March End?
    04/05/2016 09:00 AM

    Invasive fire ants, six-legged devils barely an eighth of an inch long, are a scourge to farming and livestock production. Keep the granule bait close, and the Benadryl closer.


Precision Ag

  • Drone Being Tested in North Dakota for Use During Disasters


    08/23/2016 02:15 PM

    A 20-foot-long drone that was brought to North Dakota to test precision agriculture methods is now part of a trial run to see if can help crews restore power to areas hit by natural disasters.

  • Monsanto's Climate Corp. Unit to Build Farm-Sensor Network
    08/17/2016 08:07 AM

    Climate Corp., the technology unit of seed giant Monsanto Co., plans to create what it says will be the first network of in-field sensors to relay data on crop conditions back to farmers.

  • FBN Lands $20 Million Investment, Expands Procurement Services
    08/09/2016 12:43 PM

    Farmers Business Network is continuing to grow its reach. The California-based farm data and agronomy company announced on Tuesday that it had raised an additional $20 million in funding from Acre Venture Partners, a venture capital fund started by Campbell Soup. 

  • Precision Agriculture Careers Get Four-Year Boost
    08/05/2016 02:00 PM

    The first four-year precision agriculture degree program in the United States is set to kick off at South Dakota State University in September 2016.

  • How to Deal With Data Before, During and After Harvest
    07/28/2016 08:30 AM

    Farmers have heard time and again. Your on-farm data – especially yield data collected at harvest – is valuable. That’s why it’s critical to take proper steps to ensure this data is collected correctly.

  • Farmers Talk Tech Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs
    07/20/2016 12:00 PM

    Illinois farmer Steve Pitstick joined Iowa farmer Jayson Willimack and Illinois farmer Dustin Spears on a farmer panel during the 2016 Farm Journal Technology and Data field day, held July 19 in Heyworth, Ill.

  • 6 Tips to Make Data Work Harder and Smarter
    07/19/2016 02:47 PM

    “If you don’t measure, you won’t know where to start.” That was Brad Beutke’s advice for farmers attending the 2016 Farm Journal Technology field day.

  • How to Advance Technology on Your Farm
    07/19/2016 02:00 PM

    What’s the first move in determining if a new technology is worth investing in for your farming operation? Farm Journal field agronomist Ken Ferrie suggests dusting off your calculator.

  • Farmers Lobbying for Right to Fix Own Tractors
    07/10/2016 07:00 PM

    Gone are the days when farmers could be their own mechanics. Just taking a peek under the metaphorical hood of the computers that run the big tractor could put Minchow in violation of the federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act.




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