Successful Farming May 2021

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Meredith Operations Corporation
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2 min.
can passing down a farm get easier?

That’s the question that Carroll and Kathy Hoksbergen of Pella, Iowa, are left asking after a two-year odyssey to find a farmer to take over their 225-acre operation. The Hoksbergens were the fourth-generation owner/operators but decided in late 2018 that their time in agriculture was nearing an end. “Over the years, we cared for it and built it up to a nice operation,” they wrote me in a recent letter. “But as the reality of age and other circumstances started creeping up on us, we began to rent our land to various neighbors while continuing to operate our 2,500-hundred-head hog operation along with off-farm jobs. We managed several years this way, but renting out our land came with its ups and downs.” “It took dogged determination, valuable fleeting time, hard work, a…

3 min.
scott shearer

While Scott Shearer may not have been raised on a farm, his life has been full of role models and experiences that influenced his path toward a career in agriculture. His initial love for the industry came from summer vacations spent on his uncle’s Iowa farm. During high school, an Ohio farmer’s passion would further foster Shearer’s interest. “I worked at Fulton Farms, a large, irrigated fruit and vegetable farm run by Bill and Tom Fulton,” says Shearer, professor and chair of food, agricultural, and biological engineering at Ohio State University (OSU). “An ag engineer by training, Tom was always modifying equipment to meet the unique needs of the operation. It was his enthusiasm for field machinery and background in engineering that convinced me to pursue a career in ag.” Robert Holmes,…

1 min.
soil health

Get in on the hottest topic in agriculture by checking out these stories and more: Want to grow another crop? Try carbon. The subtle science behind soil aggregates Four threats to soil productivity Land O’Lakes subsidiary Truterra launches TruCarbon program. CIBO, Peoples Company partner for carbon credits on farmland. Create drought-resilient soil. To read more about soil health, click here. STAY CONNECTED: Successful Farming @SuccessfulFarm successful_farming successfulfarm Photography: Chet_W, Getty Images…

1 min.
major tech companies in ag

MICROSOFT Microsoft developed Azure FarmBeats, a cloud-based platform that allows users to create farm maps, scout fields using aerial imagery, assess both a vegetation and water index in fields, get soil moisture maps, and more. AMAZON Amazon Web Services is a cloud computing platform that hosts many ag solutions like: • Farmobile, an independent data company whose technology collects second-by-second agronomic and machine data points across mixed fleets• Wefarm, a free, peer-to-peer knowledge-sharing service that enables smallholder farmers in Africa to exchange information via SMS text• Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems, a solution to monitor and adapt to environmental conditions in offshore salmon sea-farming ALPHABET Alphabet, the parent company to Google, introduced Mineral in 2019. This ag project combines robotics, sensing, and software tools to interpret data from the field. Mineral will help breeders evaluate plant varieties for…

1 min.
they said it

“There will be a low chance of tropical rainfall reaching the Corn Belt outside of far eastern sections of the region.”Lack of tropical rainfall will exacerbate dry conditions forecast for this summer, p. 18.“We [the machinery auction industry] haven’t seen conditions like these since, well, maybe the go-go years of the 1970s … before the machinery market went off a cliff.”Inventory for used hay equipment is tight, and prices given for good used equipment are off the charts, p. 19.“The need for our services has snowballed, and it hasn’t calmed down yet.”Agronomists are in demand for guidance in cutting-edge technologies and innovative crop production methods, p. 24.“WE SIMPLY CANNOT SOLVE A HERBICIDE-GENERATED PROBLEM WITH ANOTHER HERBICIDE.”Waterhemp and Palmer amaranth have evolved resistance to seven and eight herbicide sites of action,…

4 min.
austin carlson

Growing up on a row crop and cattle farm near Garretson, South Dakota, Austin Carlson fell in love with agriculture, working alongside his family. “I’m a people person, so I really enjoy the family, as well as the community aspect of farming,” he says. “Some of my favorite memories are during harvest and calving because we all help out.” Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agriculture systems technology, with a minor in agriculture business, at South Dakota State University, Carlson’s initial career path led him toward machinery – and away from where he truly wanted to be. “What I was doing was too far removed from working directly with people in ag,” he says. In 2018, an opportunity with the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition would allow him to stay connected to his family’s…