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    Here's How to Keep Pests From Being an Unwelcome Surprise

    Oct 20, 2017 12:16 PM

    A pest boss—one member of a farm’s management team in charge of everything involving weeds, insects and diseases—earns his keep by preventing surprises. “That’s his job—to never be caught off guard,” says Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie. “A pest boss usually treats a problem while other farmers are still talking about it.”

    That’s a tall order, considering how many insects and diseases can attack crops. But good pest bosses approach it systematically, Ferrie explains. They know what pests are likely to occur and when to expect them. They know how they will control them, where they will obtain pesticides and who will apply them. They target their scouting and know when to treat. Good records of every field make the task easier in successive years.

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    Hard Lessons on the Farm can Have Positive Outcomes

    Oct 20, 2017 09:25 AM

    Most of us who grew up on the farm learned how to work from our parents’ example. I can tell you that as a kid I learned how to do certain jobs by watching and listening, and sometimes I didn’t do either very well.

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    Six Steps to Efficient Nutrient Use

    Oct 20, 2017 09:09 AM

    Preventing fertilizer from leaving your fields lowers production cost while increasing yield. Oh yes—it also protects water resources. Sure, you’ve heard the warnings before, but it can be overwhelming to put nutrient management practices into motion. Start with these six steps to address your environmental footprint.

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    Seed No. 1 in Continuous Soybeans

    Oct 19, 2017 11:40 AM

    Prepare for additional challenges when planting soybeans on soybeans

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    Farmers Move Away from Fall-Applied Anhydrous

    Oct 19, 2017 09:14 AM

    Farmers’ shift away from fall application of nitrogen for crops such as corn and sorghum is being reflected in changing retail practices, says Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie. “In my area of central Illinois, I know two fertilizer plants that have completely dropped anhydrous ammonia,” he says. “Their sales had shifted to spring application of nitrogen solution. While ammonia can be applied in the spring, farmers found it took up too much of their time when they needed to concentrate on planting, compared to nitrogen solution that can be applied as they plant or with herbicides.”

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    Know the Cost of Prepaying a Loan

    Oct 18, 2017 01:02 PM

    I know a producer who took out a 20-year loan for roughly $17 million a few years ago, when times were more prosperous. Like many farmers and ranchers today, he’s been forced to refinance with another lender to unlock the equity in the real-estate collateral that backed his original loan. By refinancing, he can access more money, which his farm operation needs today. But paying off his original loan early has come at an enormous cost: a “prepayment penalty” of nearly $5 million.

    You might not expect to pay off your loan before it matures—but this can, and does, happen. As debt restructuring increases among farmers and ranchers in this low-price environment, it’s important to be aware of prepayment penalties before you sign a loan contract.

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