Tailgate Talk

Tailgate Talk

By Sara Brown and Katie Humphreys


What A Day: Explosive Feed Supply

Did you know you shouldn’t line a concrete silo? This custom farmer had just powered down the tractor and silage blower after filling his neighbor’s silo when he heard a hoop snap. No one was injured as the staves caved like dominoes—flattening two tractors, a wagon and the blower. 

If you’ve had one of those days—or captured someone else’s—we’d love to share it with our readers. Email high-resolution images to whataday@farmjournal.com or mail prints to What A Day!, Farm Journal, P.O. Box 958, Mexico, MO 65265. Photos for publication will be selected on a first-come basis.

Meet Farm Journal Team Member: Sonja Gjerde


Sonja Gjerde’s first interaction with seed was detasseling corn during the summer. While attending the University of Missouri, she also interned with a crop protection company. After earning a bachelor’s degree in science and agricultural journalism, her first job out of college was selling seed to Iowa farmers. Now, she will harness her first-hand experiences to cover seeds, crop protection and the many other aspects of crop production for Farm Journal. 

Sonja has hit the ground running and is planning content for the Farm Journal Seed Guide. Look for it in mailboxes on July 25.  

If you have story ideas you’d like to share with Sonja, drop her a note at sgjerde@farmjournal.com.

Stat Rack

Foreign trade hinges on the U.S. dollar index, valued at 98.40 on April 15, 2015.

164.72- The highest point in the U.S. dollar index, which occurred in February 1985

70.698- The lowest point in the U.S. dollar index, which occurred in March 2008

The U.S. dollar index is weighted against these select currencies:

57.6% Euro

13.6% Japanese yen

11.9% Pound sterling 

9.1% Canadian dollar 

4.2% Swedish krona 

3.6% Swiss franc


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