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  • A New Era of Farm Employees: Farm Technicians vs. Farm Hands?

    By Gregory Heilers

    Published Jun 4, 2018  

    At the same time, hundreds of farm technician job listings across the US, and the rise of precision agriculture and software, clearly evidence the need for technologically-savvy farm technicians in the 21st century agricultural industry... Technology may even be the antidote to a number of ills plaguing modern agriculture, which have led to a drastic decrease in the number of farms across the United States. Satellite technology provides a broader view of agricultureTo assess the current state of affairs across the globe, I solicited the expert advice from one of the preeminent farmers in the United States, Joel Salatin, co-owner of Polyface Farm, and John Fargher, co-founder and COO of Australia-based cutting-edge farm management software, AgriWebb. Ecological Farming: the Science Behind Farming Isn’t ChangingIn Joel’s mind, while an individual farmer’s understanding of agriculture may change, the science behind soil health and fertility hasn’t and won’t... ” He also cited Wes Jackson’s Altars of Unhewn Stone: Science and the Earth, which highlights traditional farming methods as solutions to contemporary agricultural problems...

    The Tax Consequences of Farm Property Destruction, Vandalism, or Theft

    By Tyler Davis

    Updated Aug 7  

    One of the most interesting stories regarding vandalism is a Florida farm-owner we know woke up in the middle of the night in the ’80s to the cartel landing a plane full of cocaine on his property without permission. In doing so, the plane ran over his fence & caused a ton of damage to the property. When something like this happens, farmers are surprised to know of the potential tax consequences or benefits of this event... The insurance company then assesses the damage and the value of the property damaged or stolen and issues compensation to the farm owner. The first step in analyzing the taxation of insurance proceeds in a theft, vandalism, or destruction event, taxpayers must understand whether the property was business property or personal-use property...

    Categories: Ag Issues in Washington, Agribusiness

    The Benefits of Farm Flight Stand Counts

    By Sam Baker

    Published Feb 21  

    Agriculture is one of the most competitive markets in the world, and in competitive markets every decision matters. Every season, farmers are faced with choices that can make or break their harvest, and oftentimes there is not much data available to help in the decision making process. Farm Flight’s goal is to help farmers mitigate risk when making these crucial decisions with the use of machine learning and drone technology... One of the many services that Farm Flight can offer to farmers are stand counts. With a proven 98% or higher accuracy rate, farmers no longer need to guess what the end result of their crop will be...

    Categories: Organic, Precision Ag, Specialty

    Become more profitable by understanding and controlling transaction costs

    By John Moody

    Published Apr 24, 2018  

    Thousands and thousands of transactions... But how much attention do you pay to the impact those transaction costs have on your operation?Transaction Costs - A stone age industry For quite a while, businesses found themselves at the mercy of credit card companies and whatever charges they imposed to use their services... But credit cards were the only one that avoided the dangers of having and handling large amounts of cash, or the fraud and other issues associated with checks... 5-3% of the total value of each transaction... For many businesses, that is a pretty major outlay, the equivalent to a tidy profit or a much needed part-time employee...

    Crisis at storage: Storage pests and diseases of corn & how to minimize them

    By SHARATH CHANDRAN U.S

    Updated Aug 9  

    Every year the corn industry faces millions of dollars’ worth of losses primarily due to faulty logistics and poor storage facilities... Storage pests of cornQuality deterioration due to pest infestation is the most common form of post-harvest losses in the corn industry. Of the many relevant insect pests, two groups are normally associated with major economic impact: grain weevils and grain moths. Weevils (both adults and larvae) are voracious feeders of the grains, causing extensive damage and spoiling of the corn kernels. The insects have fast breeding cycles and rapid multiplication rates within the storage units and this can lead to the destruction of all unprotected grains in a matter of months...

    Categories: Corn

    Argentina rebounds thanks to partnering with Mexico, the newest and possibly wealthiest Associate Member of MERCOSUR

    By Robert Morgan

    Published Jun 18, 2018  

    Moreover, Argentina's Economic imbalances could result in much lower rates of economic growth later in the forecast period. By the 1920’s Argentina was one of the world's wealthiest countries. Argentina has one of the worlds largest Agricultural industries and exports are a key element of the economy. Of the Major four provinces of MERCOSUR which contribute around 30% to the Argentina’s GDP and comprise of 61. 8% of the country’s population...

    Profit per? Ways to think about, measure, and factors that impact fruit and vegetable profits

    By John Moody

    Published May 9, 2018  

    Profit... There are a number of ways to look at profit and a number of factors to consider when choosing among competing options. We are going to take a look at a few different ways we approach the profit question on our farm, along with how scale of enterprise and other factors can impact the profitability of different crops, in both good and bad ways. Profit per what? The first question about profit. How do you measure it (we will talk another time about how can you increase it!) One metric of profit is per square foot...

    Andrew Johanns United States, IL, Chicago

    Business Title: Franklin Energy
    Job Title: Energy Advisor I
    About: I support the ComEd Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program offering free energy assessments and incentives to offset the cost of installing energy efficient equipment. Please contact me if you are located in the ComEd service territory and would like more information.
    Interests: Agribusiness, Specialty/Vegetable, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Hogs, Poultry, Specialty, Ag Issues in Washington, Irrigation

    Cara Randolph United States, CO, Cortez

    Business Title: FarmAndRancher.com
    Job Title: CEO
    About: CEO of FarmAndRancher.com. Farmer, Rancher, High Altitude Black Angus in SW Colorado, Organic Farmer, Wife of Ag/Livestock, Auctioneer
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Rice, Canola, Grain Sorghum, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Poultry, Hogs, Specialty, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Organic, Irrigation, Timber Production, Marketing, Agribusiness, Hemp, Goats, Social

  • Andrew Johanns United States, IL, Chicago

    Business Title: Franklin Energy
    Job Title: Energy Advisor I
    About: I support the ComEd Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program offering free energy assessments and incentives to offset the cost of installing energy efficient equipment. Please contact me if you are located in the ComEd service territory and would like more information.
    Interests: Agribusiness, Specialty/Vegetable, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Hogs, Poultry, Specialty, Ag Issues in Washington, Irrigation

    Cara Randolph United States, CO, Cortez

    Business Title: FarmAndRancher.com
    Job Title: CEO
    About: CEO of FarmAndRancher.com. Farmer, Rancher, High Altitude Black Angus in SW Colorado, Organic Farmer, Wife of Ag/Livestock, Auctioneer
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Rice, Canola, Grain Sorghum, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Poultry, Hogs, Specialty, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Organic, Irrigation, Timber Production, Marketing, Agribusiness, Hemp, Goats, Social

    Jay Brandt United States, OH, Carroll

    About: Farm 1000 acres corn, beans, cereal rye with my father 100% no-till. Co-owner of Walnut Creek Seeds (cover crop and organic corn and beans) with my wife and father.
    Interests: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Beef Cattle, Poultry, Hogs, Cover Crops, Precision Ag, Organic, Marketing, Agribusiness, Cereal Rye

    Paul Butenhoff United States, MN, Moorhead

    Business Title: Pifer's Land Managment
    Interests: Ag Issues in Washington, Agribusiness, Cover Crops, Marketing, Precision Ag, Canola, Corn, Soybeans, Specialty/Vegetable, Wheat, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Hogs, Poultry

    Andrei Matcovschi Republic Of Moldova, Municipiul Chisinau, ChiAŸinaƒu

    Interests: Ag Issues in Washington, Agribusiness, Cover Crops, Irrigation, Marketing, Organic, Precision Ag, Timber Production, Canola, Cotton

    Arumand Kumar India, National Capital Territory of Delhi, Delhi

    Interests: Corn, Soybeans, Dairy, Poultry, Hogs, Specialty, Organic, Agribusiness

    Gagandeep Singh India, State of Punjab, Patiala

    Interests: Organic

    Nandkishor Dhekane India, Maharashtra, Pune

    Business Title: Mysoft Corporation Ltd
    Job Title: Mobila App Development
    About: Mobile App Developer
    Interests: Beef Cattle, Dairy, Specialty, Organic, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Neil Bernhoft United States, North Dakota, Grand Forks

    Interests: Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Canola, Precision Ag, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Paviter Singh Randhawa India, State of Punjab, Morinda

    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Wheat, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Organic, Agribusiness

  • Agriculture, AgriTech And FoodTech

    Public
    Connected Business enterprises, SMEs, Social Enterprises, Nonprofit Organizations and Start-ups to Funding, Grants and Business opportunities in Agriculture, Livestock, Agrifood, AgriTech and FoodTech
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Specialty/Vegetable, Rice, Canola, Grain Sorghum, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Poultry, Hogs, Precision Ag, Organic, Irrigation, Agribusiness

    Hunting And Fishing

    Public
    Post the pictures of your hunting and fishing success!
    Interest:

    American Association Of Urban Farmers

    Public
    The American Association of Urban Farmers is an organization of individuals, companies, research institutions and universities focusing on advancing Indoor Urban Farming.
    Interest: Organic, Marketing

    Farm Finance and Management

    Public
    Here’s a group to discuss all of the finance and management decisions that need to be made when operating a farm.
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Specialty/Vegetable, Rice, Canola, Grain Sorghum, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Poultry, Hogs, Specialty, Cover Crops, Ag Issues in Washington, Precision Ag, Irrigation, Timber Production, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Fertility And Soils

    Public
    A group dedicated to providing information on crop fertility and soil qualities.
    Interest: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Cover Crops

    Farm And Rancher

    Public
    Engaging Farmers and Ranchers
    Interest: Beef Cattle, Organic, Marketing, Agribusiness

    LandHub

    Public
    Sell Your Land, Land Your Dream! LandHub.com is a portal connecting land buyers and sellers.
    Interest: Timber Production, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Small-scale farming and Homesteading

    Public
    This group is for people who are small-scale farming or homesteading to connect with each other and share information and experiences. CSA's, organic gardening, animal husbandry, etc.
    Interest: Specialty/Vegetable, Beef Cattle, Dairy, Poultry, Hogs, Specialty, Organic, Irrigation

    Animal Nutrition and Feed Study

    Public
    Hello everyone. I am conducting a study on animal nutrition and feed habits by farmers in North America. I am looking to network and connect with livestock farmers for the study.
    Interest: Beef Cattle, Dairy, Poultry, Hogs, Specialty

  • A New Era of Farm Employees: Farm Technicians vs. Farm Hands?

    By Gregory Heilers

    Published Jun 4, 2018  

    At the same time, hundreds of farm technician job listings across the US, and the rise of precision agriculture and software, clearly evidence the need for technologically-savvy farm technicians in the 21st century agricultural industry... Technology may even be the antidote to a number of ills plaguing modern agriculture, which have led to a drastic decrease in the number of farms across the United States. Satellite technology provides a broader view of agricultureTo assess the current state of affairs across the globe, I solicited the expert advice from one of the preeminent farmers in the United States, Joel Salatin, co-owner of Polyface Farm, and John Fargher, co-founder and COO of Australia-based cutting-edge farm management software, AgriWebb. Ecological Farming: the Science Behind Farming Isn’t ChangingIn Joel’s mind, while an individual farmer’s understanding of agriculture may change, the science behind soil health and fertility hasn’t and won’t... ” He also cited Wes Jackson’s Altars of Unhewn Stone: Science and the Earth, which highlights traditional farming methods as solutions to contemporary agricultural problems...

    The Tax Consequences of Farm Property Destruction, Vandalism, or Theft

    By Tyler Davis

    Updated Aug 7  

    One of the most interesting stories regarding vandalism is a Florida farm-owner we know woke up in the middle of the night in the ’80s to the cartel landing a plane full of cocaine on his property without permission. In doing so, the plane ran over his fence & caused a ton of damage to the property. When something like this happens, farmers are surprised to know of the potential tax consequences or benefits of this event... The insurance company then assesses the damage and the value of the property damaged or stolen and issues compensation to the farm owner. The first step in analyzing the taxation of insurance proceeds in a theft, vandalism, or destruction event, taxpayers must understand whether the property was business property or personal-use property...

    Categories: Ag Issues in Washington, Agribusiness

    The Benefits of Farm Flight Stand Counts

    By Sam Baker

    Published Feb 21  

    Agriculture is one of the most competitive markets in the world, and in competitive markets every decision matters. Every season, farmers are faced with choices that can make or break their harvest, and oftentimes there is not much data available to help in the decision making process. Farm Flight’s goal is to help farmers mitigate risk when making these crucial decisions with the use of machine learning and drone technology... One of the many services that Farm Flight can offer to farmers are stand counts. With a proven 98% or higher accuracy rate, farmers no longer need to guess what the end result of their crop will be...

    Categories: Organic, Precision Ag, Specialty

    Become more profitable by understanding and controlling transaction costs

    By John Moody

    Published Apr 24, 2018  

    Thousands and thousands of transactions... But how much attention do you pay to the impact those transaction costs have on your operation?Transaction Costs - A stone age industry For quite a while, businesses found themselves at the mercy of credit card companies and whatever charges they imposed to use their services... But credit cards were the only one that avoided the dangers of having and handling large amounts of cash, or the fraud and other issues associated with checks... 5-3% of the total value of each transaction... For many businesses, that is a pretty major outlay, the equivalent to a tidy profit or a much needed part-time employee...

    Crisis at storage: Storage pests and diseases of corn & how to minimize them

    By SHARATH CHANDRAN U.S

    Updated Aug 9  

    Every year the corn industry faces millions of dollars’ worth of losses primarily due to faulty logistics and poor storage facilities... Storage pests of cornQuality deterioration due to pest infestation is the most common form of post-harvest losses in the corn industry. Of the many relevant insect pests, two groups are normally associated with major economic impact: grain weevils and grain moths. Weevils (both adults and larvae) are voracious feeders of the grains, causing extensive damage and spoiling of the corn kernels. The insects have fast breeding cycles and rapid multiplication rates within the storage units and this can lead to the destruction of all unprotected grains in a matter of months...

    Categories: Corn

    Argentina rebounds thanks to partnering with Mexico, the newest and possibly wealthiest Associate Member of MERCOSUR

    By Robert Morgan

    Published Jun 18, 2018  

    Moreover, Argentina's Economic imbalances could result in much lower rates of economic growth later in the forecast period. By the 1920’s Argentina was one of the world's wealthiest countries. Argentina has one of the worlds largest Agricultural industries and exports are a key element of the economy. Of the Major four provinces of MERCOSUR which contribute around 30% to the Argentina’s GDP and comprise of 61. 8% of the country’s population...

    Profit per? Ways to think about, measure, and factors that impact fruit and vegetable profits

    By John Moody

    Published May 9, 2018  

    Profit... There are a number of ways to look at profit and a number of factors to consider when choosing among competing options. We are going to take a look at a few different ways we approach the profit question on our farm, along with how scale of enterprise and other factors can impact the profitability of different crops, in both good and bad ways. Profit per what? The first question about profit. How do you measure it (we will talk another time about how can you increase it!) One metric of profit is per square foot...

    Ten Ways to Increase Your Farm's Profits This Year

    By AgFuse Exclusive Content

    Updated Dec 30, 2019  

    Part 1: Know Your True Cost of Production Why Your TCOP Matters How to Calculate Your TCOP Part 2: Take the Emotions Out of Your Marketing Plan Why You Need a Plan How to Create a Marketing Matrix How to Determine Your Marketable Inventory How to Use a Marketing Matrix Why You Need an Accountability Partner Part 3: Replace Dead Assets What Are Dead Assets? What Are Productive Assets? Part 4: Manage Your Cash Flow Conversion Cycle What a Cash Flow Conversion Cycle Is How to Speed Up Incoming Flows How to Postpone Outgoing Flows How to Minimize Paying Interest Part 5: Start Using Cover Crops ... And Get Paid To Do It Why Cover Crops Make Sense How to Obtain Funding Part 6: Take Your Own Soil Samples Why You Should Get Your Own Sampler Who Else You Can Get Consultations From How This Approach Helps You Save Part 7: Bid Out Inputs Why You Should Be In Contact With Multiple Dealers What the Ground Rules Are For Getting Multiple Bids Part 8: Manage Your Fields By Zone How to Create Productivity Zones How to Use Productivity Zones How the Management System Affects Profits Part 9: Focus on Efficiency Over Growth Why Efficiency Matters More Than Size How to Increase Revenue How to Reduce Costs How Increased Efficiency Can Lead to Scaling Part 10: Know Your Optimal Scale ... And Accompanying Crop Rotations What Is Equipment Efficiency? What Scale-Related Questions Do You Need to Ask Yourself? When Does It Make Sense to Add Equipment? Part 1: Know Your True Cost of Production Want to make more money farming this year? Step one is to know your true cost of production (TCOP). Why Your TCOP Matters By knowing your TCOP, you can set price targets that allow you to lock in profitable prices. You may not know what the markets are going to do in any given growing season, but knowing your TCOP can make sales decisions easier and more profitable...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Marketing, Cover Crops

    One of North Carolina's many CAFOs.

    Nuisance Lawsuits are Taking a Bite Out of Big Pork

    By Maria Dampman

    Published Aug 17, 2018  

    Thomas Benton was being sued for “erecting a hogstye so near the house of the plaintiff that the air thereof was corrupted... ” The courts sided with Aldred, saying the odor was “depriving him of his dignity” and therefore, a violation of his rights... Anyone that has ever stepped foot on a farm knows that farms often have noisy machinery, animals produce large quantities of manure, and can produce large clouds of dust when working the land... The most recent of these verdicts was delivered earlier this month when six neighbors of a North Carolina hog farm were awarded $473... With 23 more lawsuits and 488 more plaintiffs to go, more and more large-scale farmers and CAFO operators are increasingly worrying if it is just a matter of time when they will have their day in court, too...

    Categories: Hogs

    Learn about wildfire safety and fire prevention tips

    By Nationwide Farm Insurance

    Published Jun 3, 2019  

    The combination of increased risk and high-value assets makes fire protection at farms and ranches a high priority... Basic fire prevention preparation To minimize the risk of possible fire hazards in your operations and residence:Remove or isolate highly flammable and combustible materials and accelerantsTrain and conduct fire drills for employees and family membersDevelop a plan to evacuate livestock, or maintain an area where livestock can be moved, such as a plowed or heavily-grazed field or pasture with water and shadeWork with your fire department to make sure an adequate water supply is available and that obstructions are removed from aisles, walkways, driveways and doorsProvide a list of stored hazardous materials to your fire department, and update regularlyStress the importance of everyday maintenance and housekeepingPost signs and enforce “no smoking” bans in barns and around machinery and combustible and flammable materialsInstall, inspect and maintain appropriate smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and sprinklers in residences and farm buildings, on combines and tractors, and around mechanized equipmentFarm building and Resources When building or remodeling, meet the most-recently-approved requirements of your state and local building, electrical and fire codes... Consider sprinkler systems and carbon monoxide detectors where appropriateLocate new buildings a safe distance from other structures to prevent the rapid spread of fireRegularly cut vegetation between barns or other farm buildings that are 50 feet or less from one another, and maintain a cleared area of 30 feet from those buildingsUse approved fire doors on farm buildingsMachinery and tractors To minimize the risk of fire occurring on or near farm machinery:Make sure exhaust systems (including manifolds, mufflers and turbochargers) are free of leaks and in good working order... Follow maintenance schedules and regularly clean off chaff, dust and other combustible materials... Welding curtains should be used to minimize the spread of sparks...

    Categories: Agribusiness

  • Posted By Ron Boyd
    Feb 9, 2018  

    https://agfuse.com/article/lighten-up-and-increase-productivity

    Posted By Soybeans
    Jun 13, 2018  

    https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2018/think-your-sprayers-clean-think-again

    Posted By Thad Schutt
    Aug 18, 2017  

    Winter wheat trials on the Palouse are in and they did well with Compell, our pelletized compost created for a precision application at seeding.  
    With 80 lbs./acre through a no-till drill at seeding there was a 17.2% yield increase over the controls.  With 40 lbs./acre of Compell there was a 6.8% yield increase.  Even at the current low prices for hard red winter wheat this is an increase in net revenue of about $30/acre and $10/acre respectively.
    Compost brings a lot to the game of soil health.  Organic matter, microbiology, and carbon all help with water holding capacity, nutrient uptake, and soil structure.  Studies have shown that the improved soil health improves plant health, can reduce disease, and increase yields.  
    Typically we think of truck loads of compost applied by manure spreaders then incorporated into the soil.  We were challenged to find a way to place compost into a no-till planting system.  
    Our research showed that using our pellet in a precision application through the seed drill enabled us to use fractions of the typical amount.  By treating the seed zone the seedling makes quick contact with the material allowing the microbiology to colonize on the root as it expands through the soil.
    We didn't invent compost, but we made it more efficient.  Tradition meets Precision.

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    Posted By Cover Crops
    Dec 13, 2018  

    https://www.no-tillfarmer.com/articles/8157-surviving-pigweed-death-struggle-with-no-tilling-and-cover-crops

    Posted By Timber Production
    Sep 12, 2017  

    http://newsstand.clemson.edu/clemson-forest-herbicides-and-sprayer-calibration-workshop-for-woodland-owners-and-property-managers/

    Posted By Cotton News
    Jun 24  

    https://www.farmprogress.com/sprayer/year-get-most-out-your-boom-sprayer-tips

    Posted By Agriculture, AgriTech And FoodTech
    Jul 12, 2019  

    Development of a Recognition System for Spraying Areas from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Using a Machine Learning Approach

    Authors: Pengbo Gao, Yan Zhang, Linhuan Zhang, Ryozo Noguchi and Tofael Ahamed

    Journal Title: Sensors

    ISSN: 1424-8220 (Online)

    Publisher: MDPI AG

    Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-based spraying systems have recently become important for the precision application of pesticides, using machine learning approaches. Therefore, the objective of this research was to develop a machine learning system that has the advantages of high computational speed and good accuracy for recognizing spray and non-spray areas for UAV-based sprayers. A machine learning system was developed by using the mutual subspace method (MSM) for images collected from a UAV. Two target lands: agricultural croplands and orchard areas, were considered in building two classifiers for distinguishing spray and non-spray areas. The field experiments were conducted in target areas to train and test the system by using a commercial UAV (DJI Phantom 3 Pro) with an onboard 4K camera. The images were collected from low (5 m) and high (15 m) altitudes for croplands and orchards, respectively. The recognition system was divided into offline and online systems. In the offline recognition system, 74.4% accuracy was obtained for the classifiers in recognizing spray and non-spray areas for croplands. In the case of orchards, the average classifier recognition accuracy of spray and non-spray areas was 77%. On the other hand, the online recognition system performance had an average accuracy of 65.1% for croplands, and 75.1% for orchards. The computational time for the online recognition system was minimal, with an average of 0.0031 s for classifier recognition. The developed machine learning system had an average recognition accuracy of 70%, which can be implemented in an autonomous UAV spray system for recognizing spray and non-spray areas for real-time applications.

    Illustration Photo: Spraying drone (CC0 Creative Commons from Pixabay.com)

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    Posted By Technology
    Sep 27, 2018  

    https://www.agprofessional.com/article/drone-targets-weeds-precision

    Posted By Canola Growers
    Sep 14, 2018  

    http://www.farmweekly.com.au/news/agriculture/general/news/easy-access-to-control-weeds-in-canola/2757870.aspx

    Posted By Technology
    May 28, 2018  

    http://agnetwest.com/crop-protection-companies-robot-sprayers/