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Feature Article: U.S. Custom Harvesters - Harvesting the Crops that Feed the World

Nothing is more gratifying to a grain farmer than when the crops have been harvested and the fruits of the labor are completed. In an ideal world, this final act would be so simple. However, the cost of equipment, the labor it takes to complete the harvest and the uncertainty of the weather also makes it a huge challenge for a lot of farmers.
Yet there is a viable option that will take care of all of these concerns: U. S. Custom Harvesters, Inc (USCHI).

Back When: 1950 IH Farmall M

When is an IH Farmall M not an IH Farmall M? When it belongs to Mark Bennett of Hamburg, Michigan! Michigan can get pretty cold in November and it can give a person a bit of cabin fever. In November of 2012 while looking for something to do indoors over the long winter, Mark spotted a 1950 IH Farmall on E-Bay, and he knew right away this would be his winter project. Mark is an antique tractor collector - restorer, but had an urge to do something different with his next restoration.
He may have purchased the M from his living room, but he had to drive 150 miles during a Michigan winter to bring it home.

Farm Life: International Year of Soils

This year the USDA is celebrating 2015 as the ‘International Year of Soils.’ According to the USDA, this year of soil awareness is aimed to increase global understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions. Read more

Cover Story: Meridian Manufacturing - First in Innovation, First in Industry

Meridian Manufacturing Inc. is all about solving industry issues with technology and a commitment to the highest quality. They help you move and store the commodities that drive your industry. They design products to make your job easier and safer, while saving you time and allowing you to capture valuable market opportunities. Innovation and quality are top of mind for Meridian, and it is with this in mind that they develop new and improve on existing products for your operation. Read more

Agriculture: Sustaining Future Generations

The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) will host National Agriculture Day on March 18, 2015. This will mark the 42nd anniversary of National Ag Day that is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. The theme for National Ag Day is "Agriculture: Sustaining Future Generations."

National Ag Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture. Read more

Back When: 1939 IH Farmall F14

In September of 1939, Louis Holtman purchased this 1939 IH Farmall F14 from the John Schnicke Implement in Meadow Grove, Nebraska. Louis used the F14 to farm property he rented near Meadow Grove until he purchased a farm near Mill Grove, Missouri, in January of 1947. Read more

Farm Life: The Story Of The Straw Hat

As the county ag literacy coordinator, I’ll often ask students to describe what a farmer looks like. Regardless of the grade, the class, or the school, the students describe a farmer always wearing the same three articles of clothing – boots, overalls, and a straw hat. Their description doesn’t stray far from what they’ve seen in many children’s books, and today that image persists as the classic, romantic picture of the American farmer.

However, there was and is a purpose to all those clothing items, particularly the straw hat. Read more

UF/IFAS Extension Working To Help Farmers, Ranchers Keep It All In The Family

For Marianna farmer and rancher Ken Barton, business and family is more than just a balancing act – it is his livelihood.

Barton is 10 years away from retirement, and concerned about how he will hand over the reins of the family business he established in 1979 to his son and son-in-law. Read more

Record Cattle Prices, More Feed Drive Herd Expansion

Photo Credit: Michelle Inman ChambersThe expansion of the nation's cattle herds for the first time since 2007 is largely the result of record-high cattle prices and the availability of more abundant feed, Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt says.

Hurt, analyzing a U.S. Department of Agriculture semiannual report that cattle numbers have increased by slightly more than 1 percent following seven years of decline, said there were multiple incentives for expansion in 2014. Read more

Wind Erosion In Iowa

Wind erosion occurs in Iowa even during winter. Its effect is especially noticeable when the snow is covered with black sediments from the erosive force of wind, even at subzero temperatures (Photo 1 and 2). Water erosion is also a major concern. Erosion caused by water far exceeds the amount of sediment loss by wind because of the high volume of precipitation, and its powerful erosive effects on removing sediments and associated organic matter and nutrients to water ways. However, wind erosion contributes to the significant loss of top soil, especially the loss of organic matter at the soil surface.


Photo 1. Wind erosion sediments; sediment-covered snow by a tilled field. Photo by Richard Schultz. Read more