Farmers Speak Up


Poll results shed light on production knowledge, practices

At the heart of every Farm Journal College event are informed, knowledgeable and experienced farmers who want to increase yields in an economical and sustainable manner. While farmers learn, Farm Journal has the opportunity to network and collect insight on the status of the current crop and the challenges farmers face on a daily basis. The feedback helps Farm Journal cater content and provide farmers with current and actionable information that can be put to use on their operations. 

Illinois Events Focus on Nutrient Management

In recent years, farmers have been vocal about nutrient management. The Farm Journal College summer events held in July in Heyworth, Ill., with Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie focused on how to dial in nutrient programs. This information comes at a critical time when states are implementing nutrient reduction strategies. To gauge how much farmers know about nutrient management, we conducted an informal poll via texting using an audience participation polling website. Attendees were able to instantly see others responses, which lead to further discussion. The 400 attendees at Zone Management College, one-day Corn College and two-day Corn College represented 22 states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin). Most attendees were farmers, but a few were industry reps, and not everyone took part in the polling.



Serious About Soybeans in Michigan

Farm Journal Soybean College held in early August in Coldwater, Mich., with Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer focused on ways to increase soybean yields, such as planting earlier, conserving seed using variable-rate populations and fighting weed resistance. To gauge where farmers are with current methods, we conducted an informal poll using an audience participation website. Attendees answered the following questions via text. The 170 Soybean College attendees represented 19 states (Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin). Most attendees were farmers, but a few were industry reps, and not everyone took part in the polling.




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