With a value of $1.85 trillion, farm real estate accounted for 85 percent of the total value of U.S. farm assets in 2010. Because farmland represents the major asset for most U.S. farm businesses and is the largest single investment in a typical farmer's portfolio, changes in farm real estate values affect the financial well-being of agricultural producers....More
Plant breeders have spent a lot of time over the years working to put the best genetics into new corn hybrids. But farmers won’t get the full benefit of those advances if their planters aren’t giving them the proper seeding rates and planting depths....More
Rodgers Planting Co., Clarksdale, Miss., had equipment running to bring in its first ever peanut crop. Rain kept combines sidelined for a few days, but farm manager Clint Walton had combines rolling at the first opportunity. Rodgers Planting Co. will ship the peanut harvest to Birdsong Peanuts, Aberdeen, Miss.
Tractors are getting bigger these days to be able to handle larger power demands and bigger tractors mean the tires must be able to handle more weight. Titan Tire has introduced two Increased Flexion or IF tires in its Goodyear Farm Tire line that are aimed to meet this need....More
“I’ve been growing cotton most of my farming lifetime, and I could never have dreamed I’d ever see the kind of yields we got last year — it was unreal," says Bill Skinner, who farms with sons Will and Lee near Macon, Miss....More
Wood Farless and Franz and Karen Rowland are winners of the 2012 Innovation Nation contest sponsored by Syngenta and Farm Press. For their farmer-developed innovations, they win an expense-paid trip to Vero Beach, Fla....More
Tim Schmeekle farms about 1,000 acres of corn with one hired hand. That’s a tough proposition when you consider he has to irrigate every acre in his dry, western Nebraska climate. Fortunately, Schmeekle is employing a number of new technology tools to make every drop of irrigation water count....More
One of the earliest memories of many of today’s older generation of farmers is the Farmall B tractor. A few years ago, Case IH brought back the Farmall brand for its small utility tractors and is now expanding into a mid-size line. The company’s Tim Mills talked about the new product line in this interview at a trade show earlier this year....More
John Deere has recorded a number of milestones in its 175-year history, starting with the development of the first self-scouring plow. One of the most important occurred in 1918 with its purchase of the Waterloo, Iowa, Gas Engine Co. Deere’s David Everitt talked about the purchase and the implications for the introduction of its new FarmSight technology at a meeting of ag journalists and security analysts in Des Moines, Iowa....More
An estimated 70.2 million hectares of agricultural land worldwide have been sold or leased to foreign private and public investors since 2000, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute....More
Summer’s heat is merciless in the level land of the Delta. With the heart of summer still to come, Mississippi producers are hopeful of a fine harvest: Cotton, beans, corn, rice and peanuts. Photos taken in Coahoma and Quitman counties.