The Editor's Desk

People first

I traveled to India with my dad in November. It was like Jack Whitehall’s “Travels with My Father” except with less sarcasm and humiliation. However, while my dad is not curmudgeonly like Jack’s dad, his palate is perhaps somewhat elder-Whitehallian: My dad would have been happy to spend two weeks in India just eating frozen...
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Feature

A probe of possibilities

Crop Intelligence Moisture Probe in field

Soil moisture makes yield, but how much do you know about your soil moisture levels? Metre-deep moisture probes combined with cellular communication are giving growers continuous updates on yield potential based on soil water, which can help with decisions on fertilizer top-dress, fungicide applications and marketing.

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Feature

What to do with acres that always lose money?

Every farm has acres that suck in resources and don’t give anything in return. These unprofitable acres are fairly easy to recognize – soils are degraded, crops are thin and weeds are prolific. The whole farm might benefit from taking these acres out of annual crop production—and here’s how to do it.

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Farmer Panel

Good ideas

Where do you get your ideas? How do you know an idea is good? How long does it take for you to put a good idea into practice? Our six farmers panelists answer these questions and share examples of recent new ideas they implemented.

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The Editor's Desk

Around corners

Futurist Bob Treadway encourages farmers to pay attention to people and politics and markets and technology so they can “see around the corner” for events or shifts that could dramatically change the business environment. The key, Treadway says, is to see what might be coming and have the business nimble and flexible to adapt. Export...
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