Tailgate Talk

Tailgate Talk

By Sara Brown and Wyatt Bechtel 


What A Day: Taking a Serious Tumble

“Greasy” ground on the bank won the battle with the brakes, sending this tractor and driver on a 20' drop that ended with them straddling a creek. 

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.


#FarmerNice Throws Down Facts About Agriculture

Farmers will like the new fact-filled agricultural video from Scott Siepker, or “Iowa Nice Guy,” who is known for his popular commentary videos about college football. 

“So I hear you think you know something about farmers. There’s a word for what you know, and farmers use it as fertilizer,” quips the Iowa Nice Guy in the video’s opening line.

Siepker shares facts about nutrition and the new science and technology farmers use, including GPS, precision agriculture and drones. Covering the gamut from corn to produce, he quips: “But go ahead take another selfie. Farmers were making apple products long before Steve Jobs.” 

To watch the Iowa Nice Guy’s video, visit www.AgWeb.com/farmer_nice.

Stat Rack

As farmers finalize their farm program and crop insurance decisions and attention turns to fiscal year 2016 budgets, here’s a look back at the federal crop insurance program:

290 million- Acres of farmland protected through the Federal Crop Insurance Program in 2013.

1.2 million- Policies issued in 2013.

$13 billion- Liability protected by crop insurance on growing crops in Illinois in 2013. The state had 
19 million acres insured, and more than $464 million was paid to farmers in indemnities for production and/or revenue losses.

$2.8 billion- Liability protection provided by private crop-hail insurance on growing crops in Indiana.

19- Private sector insurance companies that currently sell and service policies through the Federal Crop Insurance Program.

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