Sonja BegemannSeeds and Crop Production Editor

Sonja Begemann joined Farm Journal Media in the spring of 2015. As the seeds and production editor she provides information about anything that makes crops grow, namely seeds, pesticides and other agronomic information. As a third generation agriculturalist she is passionate about providing valuable information to farmers to help them boost their bottom line. When she’s not getting her boots dirty in fields, she enjoys long distance running and spending time with family and friends.

Sonja Begemann joined Farm Journal Media in the spring of 2015. As the seeds and production editor she provides information about anything that makes crops grow, namely seeds, pesticides and other agronomic information. As a third generation agriculturalist she is passionate about providing valuable information to farmers to help them boost their bottom line. When she’s not getting her boots dirty in fields, she enjoys long distance running and spending time with family and friends.

Articles By Sonja Begemann

Target-Meat-Counter-3-19-2020
Apr 03, 2020

Feeding America Short $1.4 Billion from COVID-19 Pandemic

The nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization will be short $1.4 billion in resources over the next six months. COVID-19 related issues have led to a 30% increase to the baseline six-month operating costs.

Planting with starter fertilizer
Apr 02, 2020

Ferrie: Beat The Carbon Penalty While Using Less Nitrogen

Can you cut your total nitrogen (N) rate if you put some on with the planter? The short answer—maybe but be careful.

SoybeanMorning
Mar 31, 2020

Select Counties Approve HPPD Inhibitor for LibertyLink GT27 Soybeans

BASF’s LibertyLink GT27 soybeans finally have a herbicide partner approved. Alite 27 herbicide received EPA registration and can be used in select counties.

USDA Report
Mar 31, 2020

USDA Report: 'Write these Numbers with a Pencil, Not a Pen"

In Tuesday’s Prospective Planting report from USDA, corn and soybean acres are both expected to jump from 2019 levels. Last year’s prevent plant undoubtedly had an impact on states that will be up in planted acres.

Ivers Shop
Mar 30, 2020

How to Optimize Your Farm Shop

Whether you’re building new, adding on or making do, maximize workflow.

FloodedFields 002
Mar 27, 2020

USDA Loosens Certain Crop Insurance Criteria

The USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) is providing remote assistance and additional flexibilities for farmers and ranchers. The agency says this is in response to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the nation.

wet-muddy-field-missouri
Mar 27, 2020

Tough Lessons From 2019 Farmers Can Use Now

The 2020 spring planting season is starting soggy, which is less than encouraging for farmers, but with 2019 close in the rear-view and means farmers know how to quickly adapt.

Planting Corn
Mar 25, 2020

Farming the Countryside: Talking Technology

If you’re looking for ways to better use technology on your farm, or you’re wanting to know what can bring ROI, precision technology could be the ticket.

Sunset over corn field
Mar 24, 2020

Better Plant Screening Could Lead to Faster Innovation

New research from the University of Illinois has found a way to take thousands of potential genetic lines and pair it down to only the most beneficial.