Successful Farming February 2021

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2 min.
top stories of 2o2o

Looking back can be fun and insightful. Who can resist a bit of nostalgia and reflection? Looking back on a year like 2020 can also remind us how, despite uncertainty, we still need information to keep growing and improving. Our entire editorial team rose to the occasion when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, creating hundreds of stories highlighting the impact on farming and ranching. Our digital team, led by Executive Editor Betsy Freese, along with editors Natalina Sents, Emma Henning, and Mike McGinnis, truly excelled during a very stressful 2020. Traffic to the website has never been higher. This team is relentless in bringing you the news, weather, markets, and production agriculture information to keep you successful. COVID-19 was a popular topic, with stories such as “6 possible impacts of COVID-19 on farming”…

1 min.
market analysis

One thing is for sure – 2021 will be a hot year for ag markets. Since August, the biggest consumer of commodities, China, has stepped up, buying copious amounts of soybeans and grains from the United States, says analyst Bryan Doherty. It looks like, due to worldwide weather issues and growing demand, the trend of low commodity prices may be coming to an end. Don’t be out of the loop for market news. Go to to find the latest commodity prices as well as markets analysis for corn, soybeans, wheat, hogs, and cattle. This section contains marketing strategies from a number of market analysts, including Al Kluis, Bryan Doherty, and Louise Gartner. STAY CONNECTED: Successful Farming @SuccessfulFarm successful_farming successfulfarm…

4 min.
jahmy hindman

Two generations away from depending on agriculture as a livelihood, Jahmy Hindman grew up on an Iowa hobby farm where he raised Angus cattle to fund his college education. “My summers were spent growing hay and mending fence for my cattle operation,” he recalls. “We never had new equipment, so I was also fixing equipment frequently – a welder in one hand and a wrench in the other, so to speak.” Receiving a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University, Hindman went on to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. His doctorate focused on artificial intelligence, a field of study that wasn’t well understood at the time. Fast-forward to today, and little in our world is untouched by artificial intelligence, including agriculture. Yet, when…

1 min.
a story of soil

THERE ARE 12 SOIL TEXTURAL CLASSES IDENTIFIABLE BY SPECIFIC PERCENTAGES OF CLAY, SILT, AND SAND. 5 major factors influence soil formation: climate, organisms, relief (shape of land and the direction it faces), parent material, and time. IT TAKES AT LEAST 100 YEARS TO FORM 1" OF TOPSOIL. Drummer, the Illinois state soil, is found on more than 1.32 million acres in the state. Illinois has more than 559 other types of soil. Harney, Kansas’ state soil, is found on about 4 million acres in the west-central area of the state. Holdrege, Nebraska’s state soil, is found on 1.8 million acres, most commonly in the south-central region. Tama, Iowa’s state soil, is found on 825,000 acres across 26 of the state’s 99 counties. ABOUT 95% OF THE WORLD’S SOILS HAVE BEEN MOVED OR TRANSPORTED TO THEIR PRESENT LOCATION.…

4 min.
david borrowman

The love of pigs runs deep in David Borrowman, and when he saw a chance for hands-on pork production in 2015, he took it. SF: What is the history of your farm? DB: I grew up on a hog farm in Illinois, and my parents still farm there, but there wasn’t room for me to stay. At that time, I didn’t have a big desire to anyway. So I was a wildlife biologist for the USDA. My wife got an opportunity to move to Prague in the Czech Republic, so I resigned my position and we lived in Prague for three years. When we returned, we bought some land close to where her dad farms near Kansas City. I didn’t want to go back to working for the government. We decided to…

1 min.
they said it

“Have faith.”Reduced tillage and crop diversity improve soil structure in just a few years, p. 42.“Tractors or combines can be in use for 20 to 30 years or longer, yet the technology on those machines changes at a much faster pace.”Applying something new to an existing fleet will improve the adoption of technology, p. 6.“We broke the big hammer when we broke Roundup.”An increasing number of small hammers are needed in a move toward more integrated systems, p. 48.“You could split your election, choosing ARC for soybeans and PLC for corn base acres.”Regardless of choice, the election deadline is March 15, p. 14.“These units average $2,200 to $2,400 in my area.”Used shipping container makes a top-quality hay feeding station, p. 79.“USDA HAS BEEN CALLED ‘THE LAST PLANTATION.’”County-level agencies denied loans,…