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Following Harvest Time to Scout Those Fields… October is Soybean Cyst Nematode Action Month

Soybean cyst nematode is one of agriculture’s most destructive pests, capable of causing significant yield loss, costing soybean farmers more than $1.5 billion every year. One of the worst things about SYN is that they do their damage before most growers even know they have an infestation. Early detection is the best tool to manage …

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“Crowdfarming” Platform Steward Offers Opportunities for Farmers and Investors

Regenerative agriculture continues to draw venture capital money with “crowdfarming” platform Steward the latest startup to benefit from the increased attention. The startup’s technology helps small and medium-sized farms raise money for sustainability improvements by letting regular people invest in them directly. Steward just raised $8.8 million in Series A funding co-led by Neglected Climate …

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Data-Driven Management Comes to the Livestock Barn

A consistent complaint across the livestock industry is the inability to proactively manage two of their most valuable assets: their people and their animals. The lack of visibility to even basic barn conditions such as temperature, humidity, water consumption, manure pit levels, feed availability and even worker presence create ambiguity, uncertainty and ultimately requires the …

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National Farmers Day

Farmers Day is celebrated every year on October 12! The profession of farming began around 12,000 years ago with the domestication of livestock as hunter/gatherers settled down and started to plant their own food.  Agriculture is one of the world’s oldest and vital professions. Farmers have remained one of the highest contributors to economic growth …

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Giant Tractor and Farm Auction Coming Up… Worth the Road Trip! 

John & Linda O’Connell’s John Deere tractors will be joining the 2021 Mecum Auction Gone Farmin’ Fall Premier lineup! The auction will take place a month from now November 11-13 at the Bend XPO in East Moline, IL.This might be one worth the road trip… The tractors coming up for auction will include a 1972 …

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Oats All Time Highs! Cotton Trading at Highest Price in Almost a Decade

As you can see in the charts below, Oats are at all time highs! The increased demand for oats the paast few years coupled with the current production hiccup in the U.S. and Canada might leave millers short the amount of supply needed to meet demand. Last week, the USDA showed total oat production estimated …

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How a Small Group of Farmers from North Dakota Made it Big in Breakfast

Who knew what started as one man just trying to feed his family would turn into one of America’s greatest breakfast phenomenons of the early 20th century. I suspect there are readers who could share stories from their younger days sitting around the breakfast table while enjoying some of that “farina porridge,” or what is …

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Fall Is Here… When Can You Expect Your First Snow?

With Fall officially underway the weather will be turning increasingly colder across the nation, leaving many wondering when we could experience our first snow? How early it snows obviously depends on your specific location and elevation as well as weather patterns from year-to-year. For some, the earliest snow could actually happen in September, while others …

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