They’re made to carry the weight

Tractors are heavier than they used to be. It stands to reason that the tires on the machinery would be made to carry more weight. Michelin supplies the market with just such a tire specifically for John Deere and Case heavy tractors. David Graden talks about the company’s AgriBib tire, which was getting attention at… Read more »

Grower says data will show sustainability

Neal Bredehoeft acknowledges that Big Data is as big of an issue as the term implies, but he thinks that what’s collected could show how some of today’s farming methods are contributing to sustainability. “Putting this data together and having the ability to go back and say ‘ok, we did do this on this particular… Read more »

South Dakotan fills in farm bill blanks at ‘Classic

Mitchell, South Dakota wheat grower Chet Edinger tells Brownfield Ag News that there are new programs in the newly passed farm bill about which he had questions. “The nice thing about the Commodity Classic is we had [U.S. Ag] Secretary Vilsack here and he talked about implementation of the programs and timeliness and getting the… Read more »

Wisconsin Corn Growers President enjoys policy

Weyauwega, Wisconsin farmer Brian Long enjoys getting back to Commodity Classic to renew acquaintances and to catch up on policy issues important to his state’s corn growers. “The bill’s been passed to improve the Mississippi River lock and dam system, but they were never funded,” Long told Brownfield during a break at Commodity Classic, “so… Read more »

Illinois soybean growers explore Cuba trade possibilities

Mike Marron, vice chairman of the Illinois Soybean Association tells Brownfield Ag News that the association is taking the lead in working with other groups to establish the Illinois-Cuba Working Group. At Commodity Classic, Marron talked about the working group having been authorized by the Illinois General Assembly. “It would be a very viable market… Read more »

CHS nutrient specialist sees spring urea shortfall

Urea is a hot commodity in terms of global supply, which will make the nutrient hard to come by this spring, said Ben Thompson, with the CHS Crop Nutrient Section in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. “Going into the spring, our numbers show that the supply will be down by about 600,000 tons,” he told Brownfield Ag… Read more »

Brand lead excited about Channel’s growth

Morgan Dugan converses easily about Channel Seeds, for which he is brand lead. “The growth I’m most excited about is the growth of our distribution network,” Dugan explained. “We continue to go out and find people who are dedicated to seed, dedicated to service, and we’re hiring them as Channel seeds men.” Dugan adds that… Read more »

Propane checkoff funds search for ag applications

For every gallon of oderized propane sold, a checkoff of .4 of one cent is collected to be used for research, safety and training programs. That’s according to Mark Leitman, who directs business development and marketing for the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC). The organization, by law, maintains a commitment to agriculture, said Leitman,… Read more »

RFS defense top issue for South Dakota corn growers

South Dakota Corn Growers Association President Keith Alverson enjoys coming back to Commodity Classic. “It’s always a good event,” he told Brownfield Ag News. “It’s a big celebration of agriculture,” he said, referring to the familiar faces seen during the event. “(The renewable fuel standard) has to be number one,” said Alverson, when asked what… Read more »

Corn Refiners president laments ‘ag on ag violence’

“It’s really sad,” said John Bode, president of the Corn Refiners Association, “we’ve got what I call ag on ag violence.” He’s referring to litigation between corn refiners and the sugar industry resulting from what Bode calls attacks from sugar on high fructose corn sweetener. “I wish we could just work this out today,” Bode… Read more »