Successful Farming October 2021

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1 min.
tools, tools, tools

Farmers love tools. We know that from every farm visit we make, and our research shows it, as well. Our Top Shops® coverage is among the highest viewed content on our website,, all winter. We decided to amp up coverage in 2021 by creating our Successful Farming® Tools of the Year program, and this issue contains the inaugural selections. Dave Mowitz, executive editor for machinery & technology, jumped all-in on this program (as he always does). Mowitz writes the “Cool Tools” articles you read in this magazine throughout the year, and he has been covering maintenance and repair topics for decades. He is the right person for the task. Over the past few months, Mowitz culled through hundreds of product launches, press releases, and websites to find the most innovative tools of…

1 min.
dig into tillage

ACCORDING TO THE 2017 CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE: • No-till was used on 37% of U.S. acres for which a tillage system was reported, up from 35% in 2012.• Reduced-till (excluding no-till) was used on 35% of U.S. acres for which a tillage system was reported, up 8 percentage points from the 2012 census.• Intensive tillage was used on 28% of U.S. acres for which a tillage system was reported, down from 38% in 2012. CONSERVATION TILLAGE PRACTICES MUST LEAVE AT LEAST 30% OF PLANT RESIDUE ON THE FIELD. COMPARED WITH CONVENTIONAL PRACTICES, INIMUM TILLAGE SYSTEMS CAN: decrease tillage passes by 40% or morereduce soil erosion by up to 90%save up to 3.5 gallons per acre on fuel Sources: USDA Economic Research Service, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cropwatch, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, 2017 USDA Census…

4 min.
julie borlaug

Julie Borlaug is fulfilling her famous grandfather’s wish. He is Norman E. Borlaug, winner of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in global agriculture and founder of the World Food Prize, an international award given to individuals who increase the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world. Newly appointed to the Council of Advisors at the World Food Prize Foundation, she is continuing the Borlaug legacy of food security and innovation in agriculture. “My grandfather always wanted the family to be involved in the World Food Prize, and it is one of the greatest honors I’ve ever had,” Borlaug says. “I am passionate about agriculture, about the prize, and helping it grow and change over time.” One of her goals at the foundation is to help broaden the World Food…

1 min.
they said it

“… book it early.”For the best selection, make an early seed order, p. 58.“Don’t pull a 4-inch core at one location and a 6-inch core at another.”Use a consistent depth for soil samples, p. 62.“The biggest challenge the industry has is communicating the good things it has done and continues to do.”Beef cattle make more protein with less, p. 42.“That’s huge money for what is considered a chore tractor.”Farmers are in bidding battles at auctions, p. 28.“We really believe that looking at a suite of practices is the way to go.”Soil management nets almost immediate benefits, p. 15.…

5 min.

Fueled by a continuing economic resurgence worldwide, U.S. farm exports will be even larger in the year ahead than the record $173.5 billion of the past year, led by larger sales of soybeans, cotton, and horticultural products, forecasts USDA. China is key and is expected to account for $1 of every $5 in exports. The USDA estimated exports at $177.5 billion in fiscal 2022, which began October 1, up 2% from 2021, when sales to foreign buyers leaped upward by an astonishing 24% as the world rebounded from the coronavirus recession. The old record for exports was $156.8 billion in 2014. “Exports remain a vital engine spurring growth in the U.S. economy,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Despite the uncertainties posed by the delta variant of COVID-19, “employment statistics and consumer confidence have…

5 min.
soil health pays

Protecting and building up your farm’s soil pays, and it can pay handsomely. That may not be the common perception. Many think that conservation practices work financially only with cost sharing from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. However, a study of 100 farms in top corn- and soybean-producing states revealed positive benefits from building soil health. Highlights of the study, conducted by researchers from the nonprofit Soil Health Institute (SHI) with support from Cargill, show that net income improved an average of $51.60 an acre for corn and $44.89 per acre for soybeans (in 2019 dollars). The study, released at SHI’s annual meeting in August, excludes any subsidies such as conservation cost-share payments. The farms studied are large commercial operations in nine states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and…