Tailgate Talk - Late Spring 2019

April 18, 2019 04:20 PM
Tailgate Talk - Late Spring 2019

What A Day: Delay In Seed Delivery

It’s safe to assume planting came to a halt when this seed delivery didn’t arrive to the field as scheduled.

If you’ve had one of those days—or captured someone else’s—we’d love to share it with our readers. Email images to whataday@farmjournal.com or hashtag #FJWhatADay on Twitter and Instagram.

Stat Rack

The 2017 Census of Agriculture revealed several interesting production stats:

Average estimated market value of machinery per farm, up $17,657 from 2012

$2.4 billion
Total expense for machinery rental on 138,370 operations, which is up almost $1 billion and 29,171 operations since 1997

Farms purchased cover crop seed for a total of $257 million

15.39 million
Acres planted to cover crops, which is a 5.1-million-acre jump since 2012 (excludes CRP)

Farms with renewable energy producing systems, including solar panels, wind turbines, methane digesters and geothermal systems

55.6 million
Acres were drained with tile, up 7 million from 2012

One of America’s Most Iconic Gyms

In 1966, the Knightstown, Ind., high school gym was doomed to be replaced with a parking lot. Peg Mahill found out, though, and saved the gym—and convinced a movie producer to take a look at it for a basketball movie called Hoosiers. And that’s what turned this gym into a shrine. The movie was released in 1987, but it’s far from forgotten. In 2018, the gym hosted 106 games. Two high school teams from Mississippi and 406 fans, for example, traveled 1,000 miles round trip to play in the gym. You can be a part of the Hickory Huskers, a team that existed only in a movie but remains in the hearts of many, by visiting the facility for free. 

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