Farm Journal: Mid February 2013

Magazine Features

  • Will Land Values Dry Out?
    Farmland values might finally begin to decline, after almost two decades of overall growth.
  • Give Your Soil a Physical Exam
    A complete physical exam can give you the piece of mind to keep doing what you’re doing, or it could uncover areas of concern. Soil is no different.
  • Roots of Soil Knowledge
    Ray Weil sees a brighter future for farmers with the emphasis on soil organic matter and building it with the use of cover crops.
  • Tough Timing
    Even though regulatory approval by the Environmental Protection Agency is still pending, Dow AgroSciences is moving forward with several launch activities for the Enlist weed control system.
  • Narrow and Numerous
    Improved corn genetics might favor high seeding rates and ultra-narrow rows, helping boost yields.
  • Beware of Rootless Corn
    This year, plan for prevention to reduce rootless corn syndrome, or floppy corn.
  • Wheat Journal
    Read about winter wheat production, the new farm fuel budget app, and DuPont's new wheat fungicide in Wheat Journal.
  • Gunning For Gluten
    Wheat farmers are generally prepared for any type of calamity like drought, flooding, weeds and insects but are they prepared to face the newest rising problem?
  • Biofuel Optimism
    While the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) launches many a debate, no one can deny that biofuels are here to stay.
  • Pivot Pushers
    Giving attention to the dirty work of irrigation tires can help farmers reduce compaction and provide long-lasting operation with minimal maintenance cost.
  • Rough Waters Still Ahead
    Even though the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed rock removal on the Mississippi River earlier than expected, water levels remain precarious.
  • Keep Up With the Times
    The Farm Journal Pulse, a text message survey of farmers and ranchers, is celebrating its first birthday.
  • Myths Debunked
    After years of criticizing modern agricultural practices, Mark Lynas has become one of the strongest advocates for U.S. farmers.
  • Healthy Roots Matter
    The seed treatment provided visible response in the first, second and third crown roots, with more root mass and root hairs.
  • In the “Lime” Light
    Correct acidity to create diverse microbial populations, which decompose residue and release soil nutrients.
  • The New Crop of Farmers

    There’s a new crop of farmers coming up through the ranks who are young, aggressive and driven.


  • A Mix of Old and New
    So far the market is following the short-crop, long-tail price pattern.
  • Finish the Fence
    Here are five components on planters that are often overlooked during annual maintenance.

Corn College

  • The Southern Perspective
    Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie traveled south for the third year of Corn College.

Test Plots

  • Close and Seal the Deal
    To answer questions about the options available for closing systems, Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie organized a multiyear test plot to look at the various planter closing wheel designs.


  • Books To Take Us Beyond Ourselves
    It feels like spring outside, but the days are still short and lend themselves to catching up on some reading.
  • Production Journal
    The Herbicide Resistance Action Committee recommends that farmers adopt these principles to get on top of potential resistance problems.
  • Machinery Journal
    Read about the redesigned Precision Disk single-disk air drills from Case IH, the Drago Series II Corn Head with Kernel Capture Technology, and much more.
  • Irrigation Journal
    Improved irrigation monitoring is anticipated for farmers.
  • Tailgate Talk
    Agriculture plays a role in all of our lives. In an interesting twist, investor and author Jim Rogers got his first taste of agriculture by selling magazines.
  • $100 Ideas
    You can join our $100 Ideas Club! Share your unpublished ideas and join our $100 Ideas Club.