Hick Chick Chat: Unilever, ADM, and Sustainability

Leah GuffeyAudio, Conservation, environment, Farm Progress Show, Government, Soybeans

Last month at the 2014 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa I attended the ADM press conference regarding their involvement with Unilever’s movement to become more sustainable by the year 2020. The common theme was working together to showcase and highlight agriculture and tell the story of the farmer who works the ground to make the best product. ADM sources … Read More

Hick Chick Chat talks Budweiser Clydesdales

Leah GuffeyAudio, Hick Chick Chat, livestock

I’ve always been infatuated with draft horses and honestly, do they get any better than the Budweiser Clydesdales? Several years ago when I worked for a local radio station they were at our state fair and I was lucky enough to be able to hold the reins of one during morning exercise. I was in awe. They are beautiful creatures … Read More

Conservation Grants Announced

Leah GuffeyAudio, Conservation, Government, USDA

At a farm in Moline, Illinois Monday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) to 47 organizations in 36 states, funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Among the grant recipients, the National Corn Growers Association will receive almost $1 million to promote soil management practices aimed at improving productivity, profitability … Read More

Hick Chick Chat with Bill Northey

Leah GuffeyAudio, Farm Progress Show, Government, Hick Chick Chat

During the 2014 Farm Progress Show I got to Hick Chick chat with Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey. We talked about the importance of having the Farm Progress Show in Iowa, how the corn and soybean crops look this year, his hope of being elected to another four year term as agriculture secretary for the state, and what he learned … Read More

MyJohnDeere Operations Center

Leah GuffeyAudio, Data, John Deere

During the recent product launch, Johh Deere introduced the new MyJohnDeere Operations Center with intuitive, easy-to-use tools for customers to manage their machinery and develop agronomic insights. The center allows producers to upload data securely using backup tools or right from the field using JDLink™, and the platform is open, allowing seamless sharing to trusted advisors. Innovative tools such as … Read More


Leah Guffeyagronomy, Audio, Growmark

A changing of the guard at GROWMARK, Inc. is happening this month and both incoming and retiring CEOs took the stage at the cooperative’s annual meeting in Chicago last week. GROWMARKJeff Solberg is retiring from GROWMARK after 38 years in a variety of leadership positions, including Senior Vice President, Finance, Vice President, Finance, and Treasurer. He was named CEO in … Read More

John Deere Seed Star Mobile at FPS

Leah GuffeyAudio, Farm Progress Show, John Deere, Machinery, Planting, seed, technology

In conjunction with the launch of the ExactEmerge™ planters and MaxEmerge™ 5 row units this year, John Deere introduced SeedStar Mobile to help producers better visualize, document, and access their planting data in real time. The new John Deere SeedStar Mobile solution uses an iPad to provide critical planting information producers need to better monitor and document their planter performance … Read More

Plant Faster with John Deere ExactEmerge

Leah GuffeyAudio, Equipment, Farm Progress Show, John Deere, Machinery, Planting

John Deere is breaking the planting speed and accuracy barriers of traditional row-crop planting with the introduction of a new seed delivery system. With the launch of their ExactEmerge row unit for the most accurate planting at speeds up to 10 mph and the new industry-leading MaxEmerge 5 row units for planting at traditional speeds, customers can now plant with … Read More

John Deere New Anhydrous Applicator

Leah GuffeyAudio, Equipment, Farm Progress Show, John Deere

The recent increase in continuous corn acres requires rugged nutrient application equipment that keeps pace with today’s intensive crop production. The tough new John Deere 2410C Anhydrous Applicator gives customers in the anhydrous ammonia applicator business exactly what they need. John Deere engineers designed the 2410C Applicator from a field-proven frame design to meet the specific needs of operators, including … Read More

Hick Chick Chat One Week to Farm Progress Show

Leah GuffeyAudio, Events, Farm Progress Show

It’s starting next week. The Farm Progress Show will be back in Boone, Iowa August 26-28. ZimmComm has a full staff that will be on the grounds bringing you all the coverage from the 2014 Show. I spoke with Matt Jungmann a few weeks ago, but thought we’d remind you that in case you were considering checking out the 2014 … Read More