Chris BennettTechnology and Issues Editor

Writing from the level land of the Delta just outside of Clarksdale, Miss., Bennett has blogged for several years on agriculture, surrounded by cotton and plenty of cottonmouths.

Writing from the level land of the Delta just outside of Clarksdale, Miss., Bennett has blogged for several years on agriculture, surrounded by cotton and plenty of cottonmouths.

Articles By Chris Bennett

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Jul 08, 2020

What are Top Farmer Priorities When Buying Seed?

What considerations weigh heaviest for farmers when buying seed? Three growers offer perspective from Illinois, Indiana and Mississippi.

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Jul 07, 2020

A Skeptical Farmer’s Monster Message on Profitability

Adam Chappell’s farming operation is transformed, and the 41-year-old grower doesn’t mince words: It was all about the money.

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Jun 30, 2020

Quadruple Jeopardy? Farmer Wins After Bizarre Wetlands Regulation Saga

In a surreal chain of court battles, Kurt Wilke defeated NRCS four times in a wetlands dispute over the same piece of Illinois farmland. The merry-go-round affair raises legitimate questions over process and power.

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Jun 23, 2020

Seasoned Farmers Offer Top Advice for Young Growers

What advice should young farmers take into account? Three seasoned producers offer perspective from Illinois, Kansas and Minnesota.

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Jun 02, 2020

Shattered Taboo: Death of a Farm and Resurrection of a Farmer

In 2020, Lyle Benjamin’s farm died, but he refused to fling blame, bow to a taboo of silence, or gloss the pain, instead offering a voice seldom heard in agriculture.

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Jun 01, 2020

Farmer Ingenuity: DIY Irrigation App Hits Market

PumpTrakr is a practical answer for irrigation management, and is also the unusual story of a farmer’s business idea born in the field, launched into the startup market, and returned full-circle to the rows.

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Apr 27, 2020

Farmer Bootstraps Business, Takes Family Back to Roots

How to go back to the family farm and find a source of substantial secondary income? Brian Sieker bootstrapped a specialized ag business with $1,000, and flipped the script on a proverbial maxim: You can go home again.

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Apr 20, 2020

Farm Machinery Gets New Life from Father-Son Team

Wyatt and Jeff Potter are a father-son team restoring farm machinery as a means to make memories and learn lifetime skills. (Photo courtesy of Wyatt Potter)

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Apr 13, 2020

Farming Five Unites Conservation and Profit

Five farming operations in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Nebraska highlight irrigation adjustments that target dollar per drop in order to tap profit.