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Successful Farming April 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

IN THIS ISSUE

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try, try again

Ever hear someone in your operation say something like, “We’ve done that before.” Another variation I sometimes hear is, “We did that a long time ago and it didn’t work.” My first question is, “Why didn’t it work?” In your operation, you continuously challenge the norm, always question how to do things better, how to make things easier. You’re driven to make things work faster or cheaper. The same is true for the QR codes we have launched inside the pages of Successful Farming magazine. You can see them below, those quirky little codes that look a bit like the UPC codes on groceries. We tried QR codes in 2013, but you needed a special app on your mobile phone to make them work. Honestly, it just didn’t work. Starting in this issue, we’re…

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successful farming

EDITORIAL Successful Farming Magazine, 1716 Locust Street/LS257, Des Moines, IA 50309-3023 | Email: adminsf@meredith.com EDITORIAL CONTENT DIRECTOR Dave Kurns ART & PRODUCTION CREATIVE DIRECTOR Matt Strelecki COPY & PRODUCTION MANAGER Janis Gandy MACHINERY EXECUTIVE EDITOR Dave Mowitz AG TECHNOLOGY EXECUTIVE EDITOR Laurie Bedord AGRONOMY & TECHNOLOGY EDITOR Megan Vollstedt CROPS EXECUTIVE EDITOR Gil Gullickson CROPS EDITOR Bill Spiegel BUSINESS, MARKETING, & RISK MANAGEMENT EXECUTIVE EDITOR Betsy Freese MARKETING EDITOR Mike McGinnis CONTENT EDITOR Paula Barbour MULTIMEDIA EDITOR Jodi Henke FAMILY & FARMSTEAD EDITOR Lisa Foust Prater VIDEO SENIOR PRODUCER & CUSTOM SOLUTIONS David Ekstrom DIGITAL DIGITAL CONTENT DIRECTOR Jessie Scott DIGITAL CONTENT EDITOR Natalina Sents EDITORIAL OFFICE COORDINATOR Debbie Evans CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Gene Johnston, Al Kluis, Dan Looker, Cheryl Tevis, John Walter EDITORIAL APPRENTICES Austin Anderson, Josh Cook, Amanda Karges PUBLISHING ADMINISTRATION / ADVERTISING SALES DIRECTOR OF REVENUE Courtney Yuskis NATIONAL ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Tyler Smith, Tom Hosack REGIONAL ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Brian Keane, Collin Coughlon DIGITAL OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Katie Eggers DIGITAL CAMPAIGN SPECIALIST Alyssa…

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hometown usa

Rural America is at a crossroads. The trends portend a shrinking population base and a changing demographic. To see what that means for specific towns, we asked Successful Farming magazine editors to return to their hometowns. What has changed since they left? Does their town still feel like home? Join us as we tour towns in Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota, and Maryland on the Successful Farming Hometown podcast. Listen at Agriculture.com/hometownpodcast. STAY CONNECTED: Successful Farming @SuccessfulFarm successful_farming successfulfarm…

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gleanings

$220 BILLION TOTAL AGRICULTURE production expenses. Feed is the highest portion. U.S. AGRICULTURE TRADE EXPORTS $143.4 BILLION IN 2018 | $141.5 BILLION IN 2019 (projected) U.S. AGRICULTURE TRADE EXPORTS $128 BILLION IN 2018 | $127 BILLION IN 2019 (projected) $45 BILLION AGRICULTURE PRODUCTION EXPORTED TO MEXICO IN 2017. THAT’S THE MOST TO ANY COUNTRY AND $20 BILLION MORE THAN TO CANADA, THE NO. 2 COUNTRY. Source: USDA- ERS, CoBank- “Forces That Will Shape the U.S. Rural Economy in 2019” Artwork: Lutique, Magone, Katsumi Murouchi, Getty Images,…

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bill buckner

Growing up on his family’s farm in Missouri had a tremendous impact on the direction of Bill Buckner’s life. “I knew that no matter what I did, I wanted to be connected to agriculture,” he says. As the president and chief executive officer of the Noble Research Institute for the past seven years, Buckner has been a part of a team that has made great strides to advance agriculture. “Our founder, Lloyd Noble, lived through the Dust Bowl and established our organization in 1945 as a way of safeguarding the soil and fostering land stewardship,” he says. “We need the next generation of philanthropists to follow his example and become passionate about solving the challenges that face agriculture.” Before his retirement at the end of 2018, Successful Farming magazine spoke with Buckner…

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holding steady

Across the Farm Belt, cropland values generally are holding steady in the fifth year of low commodity prices and are bolstering farm finances. Economist David Oppedahl of the Chicago Federal Reserve says stellar yields are a key reason in the Midwest. Near-record corn and soybean yields keep revenue flowing. Land values in the central Midwest, steady overall during 2018, were expected to remain strong into planting season this year, according to ag bankers surveyed by the Chicago Fed. The value of “good” farmland in the district rose by 1% in the closing months of 2018. The St. Louis Federal Reserve, whose district includes eastern Missouri, southern Illinois, and southern Indiana, says its survey of bankers found a 3.4% increase in value for “quality” farmland in the fourth quarter of 2018. Lenders…

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