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Protect Pollinators Forever Stamps Introduced by USPS

The U.S. Postal Service will pay tribute tomorrow to the beauty and importance of pollinators with stamps depicting two of our continent’s most iconic, the monarch butterfly and the western honeybee, each shown industriously pollinating a variety of plants native to North America. The Protect Pollinators Forever stamps will be dedicated at noon tomorrow at the American Philatelic Society National Summer Convention StampShow in Richmond, VA.  Share the news on social media using the hashtags #ProtectPollinators and #PollinatorStamps. “Bees, butterflies and other pollinators sustain our ecosystem and are a vital natural resource,” said U.S. Postal Service Judicial Officer Gary Shapiro, who will dedicate the stamps.  “They...

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Rural Broadband: Possibility or Pipe Dream? [GUEST POST]

Last week I testified before a US House Ag subcommittee about farmers’ ag data privacy, transparency, and ownership concerns. Although not on the agenda, Congressional representatives repeatedly asked questions about how to bring rural broadband to US farmers. Considering the number of times this subject came up during the hearing, I thought it was worth a deeper look. The FCC estimates that 39% of rural Americans lack access to high speed internet (34 million people). We’ve heard politicians claim for years that we need access to rural broadband, but President Trump recently reinvigorated this debate by coupling rural broadband with his desire for an infrastructure package. But...

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What to Consider When Setting Up an On-Farm Field Trial

Higher yields, greater efficiency, reduced environmental impact! This may sound like a used-car dealership sales pitch, but it could represent the objectives that make an operation sustainable. “Increasingly, farmers are generating on-farm research data which encompasses a wide-range of practical topics. However, setting up those experiments so that the data is statistically valid is not necessarily common knowledge,” said Sara Berg, SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist. Berg is among a research team made up of extension staff from Kansas State University, University of Minnesota and University of Nebraska Lincoln who are reviewing techniques and developing best management practices for...

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Use Yield Estimates to Help Guide Harvest Decisions

Estimating corn and soybean yields can help you plan equipment, labor and storage needs before your combine heads to the field this fall. Although some might consider it counting your chickens before they’re hatched, yield estimating can be a valuable planning and harvest preparedness tool. Best of all, it’s relatively easy, requiring only a little of your time and a few simple calculations. Knowing your crops’ yield potential can help you anticipate equipment and labor needs, manage grain storage and plan livestock feed supplies and marketing. The same yield-estimating calculations can help you do a quick check of your combine’s yield...

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Irrigation: How Technology is Making an Impact

Rarely is the term, “micromanagement” met with positive connotation. No employee wants to be micromanaged. Most supervisors don’t want to be micromanagers. Even outside of the business world, micromanagement of the home and family generally aren’t met with warm reception. Yet, in the world of agriculture and, particularly, irrigation, micromanagement can take on a whole new meaning. And a good one, too.   Agriculture technology is enabling farmers to be more in control of what’s happening in their fields and with their equipment. Variable rate seeding allows precise efforts based on soil variability. Newer sprayers feature individual nozzle control...

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