Ken FerrieField Agronomist

Farm Journal field agronomist Ken Ferrie oversees the test plots in the Farm Journal Field Test program. Ken applies his extensive, cutting-edge knowledge and his systems approach to farming to the plots. In addition to working with Farm Journal, he operates an independent agronomic consulting business in central Illinois. A graduate of Illinois State University, Ken credits much of his knowledge of the systems approach to the late Dr. Everett Dennis, who took what Ken had learned in books and "brought it to life." A native of northeast Iowa, Ken has previous experience as a floater operator, crop scout, maintenance

Farm Journal field agronomist Ken Ferrie oversees the test plots in the Farm Journal Field Test program. Ken applies his extensive, cutting-edge knowledge and his systems approach to farming to the plots. In addition to working with Farm Journal, he operates an independent agronomic consulting business in central Illinois. A graduate of Illinois State University, Ken credits much of his knowledge of the systems approach to the late Dr. Everett Dennis, who took what Ken had learned in books and "brought it to life." A native of northeast Iowa, Ken has previous experience as a floater operator, crop scout, maintenance

Articles By Ken Ferrie

Dec 20, 2016

Slice and Dice Your Profit Picture

With low commodity prices, many farmers are worried about controlling costs for the upcoming year. First, it’s important to have an accurate look at your own costs. This includes land, seed, chemicals, equipment, insurance, labor, etc. Don’t forget to include your needed profit with your cost-of-production numbers.

Mar 08, 2014

Flex Your Knowledge

Eliminate all of the variables to drill down and truly learn what practices add up to more yield

Dec 08, 2012

From the Field: Agronomic Fundamentals

The more you know about agronomic fundamentals, the easier it is to achieve higher yields.

Dec 08, 2012

From the Field: Every Year Adds Up

One lesson I learn every year—what-ever the growing conditions—is to respect what a field tells you.

Mar 02, 2012

Ken Ferrie Gives His Wrap Up Perspective

The first thing Ken Ferrie might try to explain about his trip to Brazil is the overall size of operation and the volume of grain being produced and moved through the country. Going into his 5-day trip with Kip Cullers and Farm Journal’s Margy Fischer, Ferrie says he expected to
Feb 27, 2012

Ken Ferrie Says Necessity Breeds Brazilian Creativity

During the rainy season in Brazil, the main growing season, it will rain every day. Even with 2" of rain, harvesting may take a short break, but then it will be full force again. Ken Ferrie says some of the things he’s seen during his trip through the country impressed
Feb 22, 2012

Ken Ferrie’s first impressions of Brazil Agriculture

Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie shares his initial thoughts on his current trip through Brazil. Landing in Sao Paulo on Monday, the group has traveled northwest through three states. So far, they have seen sugar cane harvest, planting and a sugar cane mill ramping up for harvest; soybean harvest
Aug 27, 2008

From the Field: Moving On From 2008

Ken Ferrie answers questions about no-till farming and corn-on-corn nitrogen issues.