Farm Journal: December 2017

Magazine Features


  • Machinery Pete: What Gets Folks Talking

    What Gets Folks Talking

  • American Countryside: Win One for the Gipper

    If you recognize the name George Gipp, you likely know about the famous line credited to the young man from Laurium, Mich., who died in 1920 at the age of 25.

  • John Phipps: Christmas of the Future

    I recently asked my grandson if he was excited about Christmas. Half-lidded, 13-year-old eyes flicked toward me. “Whatever,” he gushed. It brought back powerful memories of those golden years of trying not to show any emotion, especially positive ones, in order to simulate adulthood. Today that condition is the subject of much debate. Behaving like an adult doesn’t have many rules anymore. Or start as early, either.

  • Dan Anderson: High-Value, Low-Cost Tools

    High-Value, Low-Cost Tools

  • Chip Flory: It's Not Cliche If It Works

    Marketing clichés are as hum-drum as a drawn-out harvest season. But in nearly all clichés is a nugget of wisdom, and if the saying represents a concept—especially if it’s timely—it deserves our respect and consideration. With that in mind, let’s string a few base hits together and build a marketing plan for 2018/19 corn, soybeans and wheat.

  • John Dillard: The Touchy Subject of Pesticide Drift

    It’s been 20 years since the Roundup Ready soybean revolutionized crop production, providing farmers with a powerful tool to control yield-robbing weeds and usher in widespread adoption of conservation tillage methods. However, nature has caught up with the herbicide-resistant technology. Glyphosate-resistant weeds now pose a major challenge for producers, especially in the Southeast.

  • Peter Martin: Where Are the Alternative Lenders?

    Times might be challenging in the agricultural industry, but good things are taking place too. We all know increasing demand for food means farming is here for the long haul. Farmers and ranchers are looking to invest in technology, expand their operations and diversify. 

  • Editor's Notebook: Closing the Books on 2017

    For many grain producers, this year was the Grinch that Stole Christmas. Bogged down by low commodity prices and a frustrating production season, some farmers are more than ready to close the books on 2017 and move on to the New Year. If this describes where you’re at, I hope the following ideas and recommendations can help as you look ahead.