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  • Kyle Turner United States, GA, Plains

    Interests: Ag Policy, Precision Agriculture

    Kyle Shermock United States, Minnesota, Minneapolis

    Job Title: Director of Wheat Procurement
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Beef, Dairy, Cover Crops, Ag Policy, Precision Agriculture, Organic Row Crops, Irrigation, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Kyle Schultz

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    Dan Grotsky Israel, Central District, Mazor

    Business Title: Groundwork BioAg
    Job Title: VP Sales and Marketing
    About: Dan Grotsky is a serial entrepreneur, business development executive and angel investor. Dan is Cofounder and VP Sales and Marketing at Groundwork BioAg, a company that produces mycorrhizal inoculants for commercial agriculture. His international experience ranges from information technology and communications to cleantech and agtech.
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Vegetables, Rice, Sorghum, Cover Crops, Organic Row Crops, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Veronica Mohesky United States, MO, St Louis

    Job Title: Other Ag Professional, Agricultural Market Researcher
    Interests: Cotton, Peanuts, Beef, Dairy, Swine, Hemp, Orchard Crops, Organic Specialty Crops, Tree Nuts, Vegetables

    Becky Brazeal United States, TX, Paris

    Interests: Beef, Cover Crops, Ag Policy, Marketing

    Mikyas Teferi

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  • Kyle Turner United States, GA, Plains

    Interests: Ag Policy, Precision Agriculture

    Kyle Shermock United States, Minnesota, Minneapolis

    Job Title: Director of Wheat Procurement
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Beef, Dairy, Cover Crops, Ag Policy, Precision Agriculture, Organic Row Crops, Irrigation, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Kyle Schultz

    Interests:

    Dan Grotsky Israel, Central District, Mazor

    Business Title: Groundwork BioAg
    Job Title: VP Sales and Marketing
    About: Dan Grotsky is a serial entrepreneur, business development executive and angel investor. Dan is Cofounder and VP Sales and Marketing at Groundwork BioAg, a company that produces mycorrhizal inoculants for commercial agriculture. His international experience ranges from information technology and communications to cleantech and agtech.
    Interests: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Vegetables, Rice, Sorghum, Cover Crops, Organic Row Crops, Marketing, Agribusiness

    Veronica Mohesky United States, MO, St Louis

    Job Title: Other Ag Professional, Agricultural Market Researcher
    Interests: Cotton, Peanuts, Beef, Dairy, Swine, Hemp, Orchard Crops, Organic Specialty Crops, Tree Nuts, Vegetables

    Becky Brazeal United States, TX, Paris

    Interests: Beef, Cover Crops, Ag Policy, Marketing

    Mikyas Teferi

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  • How to Use the SmartMix Calculator to Create the Perfect Cover Crop Mix

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Sep 5, 2019  

    When it comes to creating a cover crop mix, the options are endless. You need to determine what kind of species you’ll use, how many you’ll use, and at what seeding rates. For anyone new to cover crop blends, these decisions can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are several free tools available today that can guide both new and experienced cover crop users through the process of developing their own mix... When you click on the “Add Species” button you’ll see cover crops separated into four categories: excellent, good, marginal and risky...

    Categories: Cover Crops

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    How Precision Technology can Tackle Cotton’s Irrigation and Pests’ Challenges in the 2020s

    By Vijayalaxmi Kinhal

    Updated Aug 7, 2020  

    The high-value returns from cotton as well as the higher costs of production should be ample incentives for adopting precision farming. The vagaries of climate change and its disruptions to the normal farm schedule only increases the value of this information technology for cotton. Climate Change is Altering Pest Attack PatternsIncreasing drought and extreme weather due to climate change are impacting cotton in unforeseen ways. The unpredictable changes in weather patterns aren’t just disturbing the environmental conditions needed for cotton crops. Experts noticed since 2019 that the feeding and reproductive patterns of pests have changed...

    Categories: Cotton, Irrigation, Precision Agriculture

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    Weed Control in Organic Soybean Farms

    By Vijayalaxmi Kinhal

    Updated Oct 24, 2020  

    Experts all agree that there is no silver bullet to control weeds in the organic cultivation of soybeans. Farmers need to use a combination of measures to keep weeds at bay in the short and long term. Soybean vs WeedsWeed control is the main problem in organic agriculture including in soybeans. It is more difficult to control weeds in soybeans because of their compact foliage, which takes longer than grain crops to produce an interlocking canopy that shades inter-row area. On the other hand, weeds have various natural traits that help them spread and establish...

    Categories: Crop Protection, Soybeans, Organic Row Crops

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    Root Exudates 101: What They Do and Why They Matter

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Mar 23, 2020  

    When you picture what’s happening below ground in your fields, you probably imagine a web of roots branching out to provide your crops support, nutrients and water. But root growth isn’t the only thing happening beneath the surface. Roots are also secreting chemical compounds, known as root exudates, which play an important role in both crop production and soil health. Released primarily from the root hairs and cells immediately behind the penetrating root tip, says an Agronomy for Sustainable Development article, root exudates attract and sustain a variety of microorganisms, like arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and nitrogen-cycling bacteria, in the rhizosphere, which is the zone of soil directly surrounding the roots... Some plants will produce more sticky root exudates made of polysaccharides, which are essentially sugar molecules bonded together...

    Categories: Cover Crops

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    Are Nitrogen Stabilizers Worth Using? 3 Factors to Consider

    By Laura Barrera

    Updated May 26, 2020  

    When it comes to fertility in crop production, nitrogen is one of the most critical nutrients involved. “Nitrogen plays an important part in many essential functions and compounds necessary for life,” says the University of Missouri Extension and can be found in various parts of plants. Unfortunately, nitrogen fertilizer is susceptible to leaving the soil before it can be used up by the plant. According to Cornell University Cooperative Extension, nitrogen loss can occur in three ways:Denitrification: Nitrate converts into gaseous forms of nitrogen which are lost to the atmosphere Volatilization: Ammonium (NH4) converts to ammonia (NH3) gas which is released to the atmosphere Leaching: Nitrate, which is negatively charged like soil particles and not well retained by the soil, is washed downward by excess soil water beyond the root zone of crops... The company tested three products — Instinct, Agrotain Plus, and Nutrisphere-N — on its central Illinois, central Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio sites...

    Categories: Corn, Wheat

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    Value Added Products - The future for farms of all sizes?

    By John Moody

    Published Apr 9, 2018  

    Many farmers have felt the pinch of falling food prices over the past year. Some sectors of the ag industry, especially dairy, are in a free fall, with our fellow farm friends hurting badly as low prices, consolidation, and other forces forcing many to sell off operations or even sell their farms. It is difficult days, but as I noted in my earlier article, things haven’t been good for US farmers in quite some time. Smart farmers who want to stay in farming are looking for ways to stay or become profitable... These laws vary by state and change regularly - for instance, my home state of Kentucky recently greatly expanded their cottage food law just a few weeks ago...

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    How Yield Champions Use Cover Crops for Growing Higher Bushels

    By Laura Barrera

    Published Jun 1, 2018  

    There are many factors that can influence corn yield. In fact, Fred Below, a plant physiologist at the University of Illinois, identified seven of them, which he dubbed the “Seven Wonders of the Corn Yield World. ”The seven wonders, ranked in order of most influence on yield, are:WeatherNitrogenHybridPrevious cropPlant populationTillageGrowth regulatorsWhile Below was referring to the cash crop rotation in the fourth wonder, some farmers are taking it one step further by seeding cover crops. The benefit of added crop diversity along with improvements to soil health is paying off, as some of these farmers are achieving the highest yields in the country... His water infiltration rates have also skyrocketed from ½-1 inch per hour to now 6-7 inches per hour...

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    Early Cover Crop Benefits: What Can You Expect in the First Year?

    By Laura Barrera

    Published May 17, 2018  

    In 1995, Pennsylvania farmer Steve Groff was speaking at an event when he asked the audience the question: Do cover crops pay off?His thinking at the time was that he had been no-tilling since 1982, and maybe if he no-tilled long enough, he wouldn’t need them. Ray Weil, a soil ecologist with the University of Maryland, happened to hear his question and approached Groff about doing a cover crop study on his farm. It turned into a 12-year project, from 1995 to 2007. It was in 1999, four years into it, Groff got the answer to his question... “If you have 3-foot deep topsoil in Illinois, you’re not going to see a dramatic difference in the soil as you would in maybe another soil that’s on a hillside, or rocky, or sandier,” he says...

    Categories: Cover Crops

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    1-Methylcyclopropene(1-MCP) Apples Fresh-Keeping Agent

    By Darren Chan

    Published Nov 23, 2020  

    1-MCP is a product widely used in apples around the world to improve eating quality and storability. Ripening of the fruit is initiated by ethylene, and in some cases this is also true. To a certain extent, the ripening process's speed is regulated by its concentration in the fruit. Fruits generally soften, and apples soften more rapidly when the ethylene content is high, but ethylene is also volatile in the fruit needed to stimulate the formation of flavor-producing substances... Flowers: a) Cut flowers: roses, lilies, carnations, orchids, hibiscus, tulips, pansy, bellflowers, alstroemeria, snapdragons, treasure trees, bellflowers, delphinium, dianthus, gypsophila, Violet, phalaenopsis, blue sky hydrangea, rose, etc...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Crop Protection, Sustainable Agriculture

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    Recent College Grad? Why Now Is The Perfect Time To Pursue A Career In Farming

    By Cortney Farmer

    Published Apr 17, 2018  

    The U. S. agricultural industry finds itself at a precarious professional crossroads. Recent decades have resulted in a steady and significant decline in the number of working farmers in our country, for a variety of reasons... As long as bio-engineers and growers can use skyscrapers and other city features to cultivate plants and animal life, modern-day farmers can opt to perfect their professional trade in regions that best suit their personal preferences and tastes...

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  • Posted By Cortney Farmer
    Apr 17, 2018  

    https://agfuse.com/article/recent-college-grad-why-now-is-the-perfect-time-to-pursue-a-career-in-farming
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    Posted By Farmers Under Forty
    May 18, 2018  

    https://agfuse.com/article/so-good-they-can-039-t-ignore-you-how-to-get-attention-as-a-young-farmer
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    Posted By The Crossover
    Mar 29, 2018  

    https://agfuse.com/article/the-critical-state-of-agriculture-1
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    Posted By Gregory Heilers
    Jun 10, 2018  

    This is a great point, Mark. I totally agree that trade skills are "endangered." The stereotypical "farm laborer" certainly possesses some of these skills, and I appreciate your point that outsourcing those is very costly.

    On the farm I have most recent experience working on, my dad's lucky to have a wonderful jack of all trades. This man has his own shop a dozen miles from the farm, where he can repair almost any malfunctioning machinery, and he just charges the $20/hr he does for any other work on farm. That same work done in town would cost significantly more, plus you'd need to add time and fuel costs for loading, hauling, and unloading the equipment - both ways.

    I think Joel Salatin was also, in part, speaking to your point when he mentioned that he'd “take the guy who can move 5,000 chickens in 60 minutes with nothing more than a hand dolly over the technocrat.” The quote taken out of context doesn't perfectly align, but I believe the sentiment is similar.

    I appreciate your thoughts, and the fact that you are bringing a wealth of expertise to an industry that certainly will benefit from it!

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    Posted By John Moody
    Apr 14, 2018  

    https://agfuse.com/article/health-insurance---options-for-one-of-america-039-s-most-dangerous-occupations
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    Posted By Cover Crops
    May 18, 2018  

    https://agfuse.com/article/early-cover-crop-benefits-what-can-you-expect-in-the-first-year-
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    Posted By Monica Pape
    Feb 8, 2018  

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    Posted By Farmers Under Forty
    Sep 20, 2018  

    https://www.no-tillfarmer.com/articles/8175-podcast-its-all-about-carbon-building-a-thriving-soil-biological-community
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    Posted By John Moody
    Jul 12, 2018  

    https://agfuse.com/article/a-tale-of-two-dairies---part-two
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    Posted By Rodney Michael
    May 30, 2018  

    Benefits of living large in a tiny home.  From new Agfuse member Kevin May's LandHub.com blog:  https://www.landhub.com/blog/living-the-life-of-luxury-with-tiny-house-living/
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