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User Picture Jaci Hickey
  • 360
  • Oklahoma

Nickel and Dimed

 
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We are so frustrated! Our windmill quit working a few months ago. A piece broke and we had to order a part. Now months later and the part is still not here, but our parts man said the price has almost doubled from last year. 

It is becoming harder and harder to ranch, own cattle…

User Picture Paul Carter
  • 2300
  • Polk County, Iowa

How much tillage is needed this fall? Is tillage needed this fall?

 
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At 10 p.m. this past Monday night while headed south in northern Iowa on the freeway I noticed a farmer doing what appeared to be chisel plow tillage after corn harvest in the dark by tractor light. I wondered about the purpose and the urgency on October 11 of this tillage opera…

User Picture Sean McMahon
  • 3455
  • Dallas County, Iowa

What's Your Experience with Relay Cropping? A New Way to Improve Profitability by Double Cropping in Cold Climates

 
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Check out these two articles on 'Relay Cropping,' an innovative new cropping system that allows for double cropping by harvesting a taller crop (typically a small grain like rye or barley) above the canopy of a shorter crop (typically soybeans.

Relay cropping helps Iowa farmer r…

User Picture Sean McMahon
  • 3455
  • Dallas County, Iowa

Fertilizer Management in a Drought - New Research Offers Insights for Saving Money and Improving Water Quality

 
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The Big Show | iHeartRadio

Click the link above to hear a special broadcast on The Big Show today regarding the importance of fertilizer management in a drought. Today's broadcast was sponsored by the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA) and  the 4R Plus initiative and feature…

User Picture Travis Martin
  • 390
  • Indiana

What are folks thinking about this continued fertilizer fiasco?

 
    • 6
    • votes

With China banning phosphate exports, continued COVID-19 supply chain issues, and more (Hurricane Ida shutdowns, etc.) curious to hear the community's take...

Growers: How are you being proactive to get ahead of these market dynamics for fertilizer?

Retailers: What conversations…

User Picture Jaci Hickey
  • 360
  • Oklahoma

Conservation Reserve Program

 
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    • votes

Last night as I checked the mail I noticed a letter from our local USDA office. Our home and land was purchased on a FSA Young Farmers Loan through the USDA office, so I pay attention to USDA mail. 

My dad had told me about the CRP loan, but I assumed we missed the enrollment. B…

User Picture Travis Martin
  • 390
  • Indiana

Carbon Solution Craze Continues...

 
    • 4
    • votes

At least eight companies have launched a carbon credit program in just the past two years...

Most recently? EarthOptics, a U.S. soil mapping startup aiming to reduce farmers’ carbon release, just raised $10.3M in a Series A round. Leaps by Bayer, Bayer’s investment arm, led the…

User Picture Jaci Hickey
  • 360
  • Oklahoma

Resources and the significance Oklahoma Wind

 
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    • votes

As I listen to the Oklahoma wind gust outside I think of its significance. 

Oklahoma is known for its windy days, and us Okies have gotten smart about how we use this free resource.

Four years ago my family moved into an abandoned ranch house. Wind pumps scattered the land and I…

User Picture Doug Edge
  • 200
  • Pendleton, Indiana

Participation in Carbon Markets

 
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    • votes

Farm Journal’s August 2021 Carbon Survey found that 3.32% of respondents were participating in an non-governmental carbon market, up from an Ag Barometer last spring where only 1% of farmers had entered into a contract. And 55% of survey respondents said that they plan on joinin…

User Picture Brian Dougherty
  • 430
  • Dubuque, IA

Preventing and Addressing Soil Compaction

 
    • 4
    • votes

Check out the latest Engineering Your Farm podcast for tips on dealing with soil compaction from Jodi DeJong-Hughes from University of Minnesota Extension. We discuss the role of tillage, tire inflation pressure, how to fix ruts, and using cover crops to improve soil resiliency …