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September 21, 2018 | |

How Is Smart Farming Reshaping Agriculture?

There’s no doubt that demands on agriculture are increasing. With the world population continually growing, farmers are faced with the challenges of producing more food without clearing forests or polluting the land and water.

For existing farms to meet these demands, they have to produce more crops. 

And smart farming techniques that include things like GPS-guided drones, high-tech equipment, smart algorithms and genetic engineering are proving hugely beneficial.

 

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September 6, 2018 | |

Is There a Future in Industrial Hemp Farming?

The speculative answer is a resounding yes.

This movement toward industrial hemp farming was awakened back in 2014 when the Farm Bill included a provision that allowed states to initiate research programs on hemp cultivation. 

Of course, at that time, the federal ban on commercial cultivation was still intact. But the provision was taken as an indication that the federal government would ease up on these restrictions. 

This assumption birthed a wave of activity at the state level to legalize industrial hemp and to start promoting it as a viable crop. 

And that’s what’s happened.

 

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August 28, 2018 | |

6 Ways to Diversify Your Farm

 When we say “diversify your farm,” do you feel resistant?

“Farmers like to stick with things they are doing,” says John Rigdon, an 11th generation family farmer from Maryland. “I don’t know how many times I’ve heard farmers say, ‘that’s the way Daddy did it.’ Well, that was probably a really good idea at the time, but that was 50 years ago, and it may not be such a great idea now.”

After a particularly rough spell in the early 1980s, Rigdon decided he needed to find a way to make more money from his farm. So he attended an ADAPT (Ag Diversification Adds Profit Today) conference in Des Moines in 1986. Feeling energized and renewed, he decided to add pick-your-own pumpkins and fall ornamentals to his corn and cattle farm.

It was a wildly successful venture. Halloween is now a huge holiday and every year for over 30 years, Rigdon has reaped the fruits (and vegetables) of his labor.

 

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August 20, 2018 | |

SPECIAL 2018 Crop Tour FINAL Wrap up

IAG Crop Tour – Wrap up.                                                                                    

By Ben Fisher

First, additional links to more information, including the YouTube video addendum. This year’s footage is in 4k and we got some great views of corn and soybean fields. Some issues were only apparent from the sky, but the bulk of the videos show a well- developed, even crop.

 

YouTube site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhNjmHKRC_I&list=PLnBorAJnI_izfTKUC3uHUjwogizr2UL2T 

IAG Website: https://iag-group.com/ 

Crop Tour Blog: https://iag-group.com/blog/iag-2018-crop-tour-update 

 

2,000 miles
22 stops, 7 states visited
200 ear samples taken, 66 population measurements, 112k kernels counted 35 soybean plants pulled, 1,459 pods counted
1 John Deere hat acquired

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August 17, 2018 | | soybean sales market

US Soybean and Corn Sales Well Ahead of Last Year

 

US soybean and corn sales for the 18/19 crop year are nearly double last year’s pace, despite export blocking tariffs, thank you very much. Corn bookings are almost 8.9 million tonnes (MMT) versus 4.4 year ago. Soybeans sales are at 11.5 MMT versus 6.4 last year. (Graph below)

 

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