Rick Steffen could be thought of as a small farmer for all seasons. That’s because he grows a variety of crops, some unusual like his fruit orchards—inside a series of 55 greenhouses, some up to a half-acre in size, near Portland, Oregon. As a result, he has been able to extend the growing season, and […]
According to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s recent survey on big data, increasing numbers of farmers get benefits from using new agricultural technologies, yet they remain wary of risks involved with data collection. More than 3,300 farmers participated in the survey. The top three concerns about farm data included: liability, usage and privacy. 77.5% of […]
Superior Manufacturing announced it has enhanced its grain bin unloading system with a new design, which will increase the system’s efficiency and usability. It unloads at up to 6,000 bushels per hour and has a galvanized finish for durability. A 9-in., under grain auger sits inside an 11-in. U-Trough. And the auger pushes grain through […]
Unpredictable in their numbers and economic impact, insect pests continue to be a challenge to producers. And while the list of new products available may be small, it’s imperative to look at what’s inside the packaging. New formulations, advanced formulation technologies and broad-spectrum control bring a powerful punch when needed. Usage rates and tank-mixing options […]
This time last year, the Department of Agriculture was optimistic about farming’s prospects for 2012. What followed was one of the worst US droughts on record. The FT’s Christopher Booker talks to US commodities correspondent Gregory Meyer about how its effects are still being felt.
John Maxwell grows corn south of Nevada, IA, and has been working with DuPont since 2012 to study the sustainable harvest of corn stover as a cellulosic ethanol feedstock. In a webinar on cellulosic ethanol supply chains hosted by Biofuels Digest this week, Maxwell cited several agronomic benefits of removing corn stover: reducing tillage (and […]
Remy Drabkin grew where new winemakers were developing the nascent Oregon wine industry. She knew too she would one day become a young Oregon winemaker.
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