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Commodity Economies Face Pressures of Coronavirus

Commodity Economies Face Pressures of Coronavirus

When you add up the damage done by the coronavirus, it stretches beyond infecting U.S. residents. Now grain farmers are starting to feel the impact as the Chinese export market dries up under the pressures of Covid-19. In order to reduce feed costs, Chinese farmers...
Is Your Farm Ready for Planting Season?

Is Your Farm Ready for Planting Season?

Now that the snow is nearly gone, it’s time to start preparing to plant. While it sounds easy, every farmer reading this knows it’s not. There’s a lot that goes into planting season preparation, but one major issue often gets put to the side. If you want planting to...
Monitor Grain Remotely for Better Results and Profits

Monitor Grain Remotely for Better Results and Profits

Last year’s growing schedule wasn’t exactly normal. Many farmers had to delay planting due to the early floods and saw harvests pushed back almost into November. As a result, we ended up with wet grain going into storage. Typically, I leave the crop out in the field...
If You Ignore Grain Dust, It’s at Your Peril

If You Ignore Grain Dust, It’s at Your Peril

It’s easy to ignore grain dust when you’re storing crops. In fact, some farmers may not even think about it at any point. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not a problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control, inhaling too much grain dust causes grain fever, a...
Is It Ever Too Cold to Plant a Winter Crop?

Is It Ever Too Cold to Plant a Winter Crop?

Sometimes, the best thing you can do for a winter crop is to leave it alone. While it seems strange, some crops don’t just tolerate cold weather, they embrace it. As this report from Iowa State University shows, cold temperatures and especially frost are critical not...
Growing Winter Wheat for Greater Yields

Growing Winter Wheat for Greater Yields

The winter season doesn’t just bring cold weather. Now is the time to check up on that winter wheat you planted. Winter wheat may not seem like a normal crop to some, but in fact it can greatly benefit a farm. Studies show that growing winter wheat typically...