Are Today’s Farmers ‘Better’ Than Ever?

Overheard at a farm show: First semi-retired farmer: “These big yields they’re getting today are just incredible. Is it because the farmers are smarter than we were or because they have better tools?” Second semi-retired farmer: “I’d have been a whole lot smarter — and had a lot better yields — if I’d had all…
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To Me, Every Day Is National Ag Day

I’ve never been interested in celebrating — and usually ignore altogether — the plethora of days, weeks and months designated to honor a particular product, occupation or economic sector. To me, and this is simply my opinion, they’re artificial and have become so commonplace that they lack meaning. That includes National Ag Day, March 21.…
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Ag Loses One Of Its Good Guys

Jim Stordahl (standing to the right in the photo above) was easy to like and respect. I visited with the veteran northwest Minnesota dairy farmer and extension agent a number of times by email and on the phone — and always received good, useful advice and suggestions — before deciding, “Hey, he’d make a really…
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My 2 Cents On Roundup

I’ve written and turned in a story, which will be the March 13 Agweek cover, on the new dicamba formulation for use in soybeans. Weeds are building up resistance to Roundup, the herbicide from Monsanto that contains glyphosate, so soybean farmers are happy that dicamba gives them another tool. Upper Midwest farmers have used a…
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Two Best Pieces Of Advice Aggies Will Ever Get

In my job, I come across a lot of good advice for agriculturalists on everything from marketing to skin protection. Last week, two veteran extension economists presented some excellent, back-to-the-basics suggestions on surviving in tough economic times. Read my story here. One of the suggestions — the second-best piece of advice that aggies will ever…
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