Reaping the Rewards of Good Soil Investment

John Davis

“The wealth of Illinois is in her soil, and her strength lies in its intelligent development.” That quote was from one of the first presidents of the University of Illinois almost 200 years, but attendees of the recent Conservation Technology Information Center tour in Livingston County, Ill., heard it reiterated by Jean Payne, President of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Audio, Conservation, CTIC, Fertilizer

Precision Adds Profitability to Peanut Farming

Cindy Zimmerman

The theme of the 2013 Southern Peanut Growers Conference was “Making Sustainability Work” and one important aspect of sustainability is profitability. To that end, one of the greatest advancements in farming sustainability and profitability over the past decade or so has come from the use of precision technology. “One of the biggest things we can offer them is guidance,” said …

Ag Group, Ag Leader, sustainability

Social Media Analytics

Chuck Zimmerman

I was very surprised during yesterday’s Social Media session at the 2013 InfoAg Conference by how many session attendees are actively using social media for company use. I asked for a show of hands if they had a company Twitter account and almost everyone raised their hand, the same when I asked if they had a company Facebook page. That’s …

Ag Group, Audio, InfoAg, social media

Keeping Nitrogen in Fields Farmers’ Priority, Too

John Davis

Contrary to what seems to be reported many times, farmers don’t want to see their field nutrients washed on down the river to contribute to some “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico. “Farmers don’t want nitrogen to leave their fields. They want it in their corn crop,” explained Tim Smith during the recent Conservation Technology Information Center tour in …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Audio, Conservation, CTIC, environment, Nutrient Management

CTIC Tour: Filter Strips Valuable for Soil Health

John Davis

Healthy soils are products of good management practices. And topping the list of practices for Terry Bachtold (shown getting an appreciation present for all his hard work of hosting), one of the host farmers for last week’s Conservation Technology Information Center tour in Livingston County, Ill., is using filter strips. “I’m a big believer in filter strips,” he exclaimed. “Whether …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Audio, Conservation, CTIC, environment

Picking the Right Tool for Drainage Management

John Davis

On the recent Conservation Technology Information Center tour in Livingston County, Ill., we’ve talked a lot about nutrients draining into the local watershed and how to prevent that. Part of that formula includes controlling any water drainage from the land, and Phil Algreen with Agri Drain, a company that specializes in drainage management, talked to the crowd about some of …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Audio, Conservation, CTIC

Good Practices on Display on CTIC Tour

John Davis

The latest Conservation Technology Information Center tour in Livingston County, Ill., has been a good way for the farmers of that region to showcase what they are doing to be good stewards of the environment, while making sure they maintain a good bottom line. Pauley Bradley with John Deere and a member of the CTIC is shown welcoming everyone to …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Audio, Conservation, CTIC, environment, John Deere

Crowds on CTIC Tour Appreciated by Host Farmer

John Davis

Good crowds from around the area and many parts of the country turned out for last week’s Conservation Technology Information Center tour in Livingston County, Ill., and that was appreciated by the local farmers. “Today we had a lot of people here. When you go to all that work, and you put these plots in, and you try to figure …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Audio, Conservation, CTIC, environment

CTIC Shows Value of Cover Crops to Bottom Lines

John Davis

Getting the most out of what you’ve got is a goal that most producers have, and during last week’s Conservation Technology Information Center tour in Livingston County, Ill., the value of using cover crops to boost a bottom line was shown. Mike Plumer is a retired University of Illinois Extension educator in agriculture and natural resources and currently a consultant …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Audio, Conservation, CTIC

Communication Helps Cooperation in Conservation

John Davis

Cooperation is key for successful conservation practices in agriculture, and the key to that cooperation is good communication among all the players. That was the message attendees of the recent Conservation Technology Information Center tour in Livingston County, Ill., heard. “If you want to go back to a simple recipe for success, cooperation among many industries, many individuals and many …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Audio, Conservation, CTIC