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Successful Farming

March 2019

Successful Farming magazine serves the diverse business, production, and family information needs of families who make farming and ranching their business. Get Successful Farming digital magazine subscription today and learn how to make money, save time, and grow your satisfaction in the farming business. True to its name, Successful Farming magazine is all about success. Every issue is packed with ideas readers can take right to the field, barn, shop, and office to increase their profit and to position their farming business for growth and success in the competitive and global industry of agriculture.

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Meredith Corporation
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13 Issues


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make farming fun again

Soil health has become such a popular topic in agriculture, you would think it was declared the “phrase of the year” by Merriam Webster’s Dictionary for 2018. OK, it’s a slight exaggeration.As I go around talking with industry professionals, farmers, and other experts, it’s a topic that keeps coming up. It’s a complex one, and the subject is broad enough to allow everyone to have his or her own definition.Gil GullicksonBill SpiegelThat was the reason our award-winning editorial team proposed a special issue on this topic. Could we pull it off, I asked? I got a resounding “Yes!” from Gil Gullickson, Executive Editor for Crops Technology, and Bill Spiegel, Crops Editor.The result is a 14-page section (starting on p. 32) that is packed with information on the challenges of improving…

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successful farming at agriculture.com

JOHNSTON, IOWA, TRANSFORMS FROM RURAL TO RESIDENTIALSuccessful Farming magazine looks at the survival of rural communities. Copy & Production Manager Janis Gandy shares three snapshots in time from her Johnston, Iowa, hometown. Read the article at Agriculture.com/Johnston.Get Ready for #Plant19Find preseason planter maintenance, adjustments to achieve even emergence, and more at Agriculture.com/planting.Whether you’re buying, trading, or selling farm equipment, knowing the value of your equipment is crucial. Now, get two appraisals free at http://Agriculture.com/whatsitworth.STAY CONNECTED:Successful Farming@SuccessfulFarmsuccessful_farmingsuccessfulfarmPhotography: City of Johnston, Alfribeiro, iStockphoto.com…

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jodi dejong-hughes

When Jodi DeJong-Hughes started working with farmers to reduce tillage, she wasn’t doing it to improve soil health. Back in 2002, no one was talking about soil health – at least under that name.“We knew less tillage resulted in soil with better structure and better water infiltration, but we never called it soil health. That didn’t happen until five to seven years ago when that phrase was coined,” she says.To help farmers whip their soils into shape, DeJong-Hughes takes into consideration a farmer’s existing tillage and crop-management practices and then recommends small improvements. For the 22 years she’s worked as a regional educator at the University of Minnesota Extension, that’s been her goal – practical solutions that are tailored to each farm and that make agronomic and business sense.SF: What…

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more of the same

Corn and soybeans are stuck in an annual cycle of big crops and low market prices for years to come, according to congressional economists in a dour forecast for the coming decade. Farmers will grow near-record corn crops to generate revenue while slowly working down a soybean stockpile reaching record size this summer. Agriculture can expect little help from the rest of the economy; the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) expects lackluster GDP growth in the years ahead.Farm income plunged in tandem with market prices when the commodity boom collapsed in 2014. Cash payments by the government hit a 12-year high in 2018 amid trade disputes. “Our producers had a pretty tough year in 2018, irrespective of the hurricane,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue during a recent visit to storm-struck North…

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what’s hot in ag jobs

The world is changing rapidly, and agriculture is changing just as fast. New technology means career paths are constantly churning. Meanwhile, ag suffers from a shortage of labor. Following is some advice if you are starting a career or if you want to switch into something that is trending up.While the ag jobs that increased in 2018 remained consistent with years past – mainly sales and production – there is an increased need for skilled trade workers such as millwrights, mechanics, electricians, and applicators, says Erika Osmundson, director of marketing and communications for AgCareers.com. There is also an uptake in data scientists, precision agriculturists, and technology roles.“There is a shortage of talent and a need for good people in most career types,” she says. Retirements in key jobs (those baby…

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speak up

(Illustration: Beadyeyes)In front of bright lights and a camera, wearing a floral blouse and blazer, Adrienne Ivey admits she’s probably not what most people picture when they think of a Canadian cattle rancher. Yet, that’s who she is. Her family has a corporate farm, and they care for their livestock using science just like many other producers. Sharing that story and building trust is something she’s passionate about.Ivey continues, “As many farmers know, it’s really easy for us to talk about agriculture, but it can be really difficult to connect with people outside of agriculture and get outside of our bubble.”That’s why she jumped at the opportunity to share her family’s way of life at a TEDx event held in Regina, Saskatchewan, last year.“A TEDx event is a local gathering…