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How Many Acres Of Corn Are Needed In 2015?

One of the functions of crop markets is to direct planting decisions of U.S. producers. That process begins with fall seeded crops, primarily winter wheat, and continues through the following spring. According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, the market’s assessment of the amount of acreage needed of various crops in any production cycle is complicated and continually changes. Read more

Grain Bin 101: Key Factors Encircling Grain Bin Selection

Most farmers have been through the process of purchasing a new grain bin, or have at least shopped around and scoped out prices. Each of those farmers has likely come to the realization that it’s not a small decision. Sifting through the sizes and types of bins, along with accessories and features, isn’t always cut and dry. Additionally, comparing bin to bin can be a tall order if you haven’t done your research or aren’t familiar with typical bin components or construction.

You want to be sure your final decision matches your farm’s needs and gives you the best return on investment. Here are a few key aspects to bear in mind as you go about selecting your storage system. Read more

Fertilizer 101: What is Sustainable Ag?

The world’s commitment to sustainable agriculture has deep roots. Nearly 30 years ago, the World Commission on Environment and Development issued recommendations, titled Our Common Future, to increase worldwide food production in an economically viable way, while retaining the environmental integrity of global food systems.

Sustainable ag is defined as the need to accommodate for the growing demands of global food production without compromising the earth’s finite resources on which agriculture depends. One very important trait of sustainable ag is that it encompasses a variety of social, economical and environmental factors at the same time.

Agriculture can be considered sustainable when it leads to growth in five categories: Read more

Spring Versus Fall Tillage - Which is Better for You

Questions about the timing of tillage and the difference between fall and spring tillage are being asked frequently. As the growing season comes to a conclusion and harvest is under way, this is a good time to start thinking about other fall operations such as tillage. Even though tillage may be needed in certain situations and field conditions, wellmanaged field and proper crop rotation generally may not call for tillage. Before we get into the differences between fall and spring tillage, we would like to stress a few facts that need to be considered in deciding whether or not to till.

There are two main considerations for making a tillage decision – soil conditions and management. Read more

Back When: 1940 Ford 9N

This 1940 Ford 9N was a life changer for its owners Randy and Linda Patsy of East Brady, Pennsylvania, so I wanted to share it with you.

After Randy Patsy’s first wife passed away five years ago, he met Linda who was a city girl. As their relationship grew and they started talking marriage, one stipulation that Randy had was that he would not leave the farm. He had grown up on the farm and lived there all of his life. Randy has since retired from his-long time job with the Commonwealth and currently enjoys growing and selling vegetables and sweet corn on his acreage. Read more

Farm Safety: UTV Safety Tips

Utility type vehicles are prominent pieces of equipment utilized in a variety of settings. The hauling features offered by UTVs have increased their popularity, availability, and use in work-related tasks in rural, suburban, and urban areas. Because of their hauling capabilities, they are helpful vehicles in residential and agricultural settings. UTVs are also referred to as “Side-by-Side” vehicles. Read more

Cover Story: Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers - Solid Business, Rapid Growth

www.agroliquid.comBy 1983 Douglas Cook had three failed fertilizer businesses under his belt, with a fourth just starting to take off. A seed salesman who grew up on a mid-Michigan dairy, Cook had an entrepreneur’s spirit and a dogged determination to make a difference in the future of Agriculture. His son-in-law, Troy Bancroft, joined him on his fourth and what would be his final foray into the liquid fertilizer industry—and a family business was born.

Today, Bancroft’s three sons—Nick, Albert, and Gerrit—also help run Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers (AgroLiquid); serving as Vice President of Operations and Organizational Planning, Marketing Department Manager, and Senior Site Operations Manager, respectively. And the job of running this family business is a big one. Read more

Feature Article: Ambraco - John Deere B-Wrap

Store round bales outdoors, through the winter, and  you’ll likely get hit with a hefty “fine.” According to research from Oklahoma State University, round bales can lose between 5 and 20 percent of their dry matter just by sitting outside through winter. Ouch! And those dry-matter losses increase even more if the bale sits outside for a full year or more. 
Losing 20 percent is like tossing every fifth bale you make into a manure pile.

Auctioneer's Corner: Joel's Tractors & Auction, LLC

Farm equipment and farmland auctions have been gaining popularity over the last decade for both buying and selling. Today we will introduce you to Joel’s Tractors & Auction, LLC located in Strawberry Point, Iowa. Owner Joel Everitt sticks to time honored values that continue to bring his sellers success in the auction ring.

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Business Profile: Setting Superior Standards

More durability. Stronger roofs. Better manufacturing. Employees with true passion and integrity. These are just a few of the qualities that form the foundation of Superior Manufacturing. They are evident from the top down, both in the bins and the people who make them. Our owner, Claire Rauser, set the tone from the get-go.

Rauser got his start in the industry in 1977, and by the time he founded Superior Manufacturing in 2008 he had seen more than his share of bin damage. He witnessed the wrath of Dakota winds and snow and decided to put a stop to it with a better bin. When he founded Superior, it marked the beginning of something above the standard. Something Superior.

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