During the 1992 presidential campaign, James Carville coined the phrase, "It's the economy, stupid." At the time, recession gripped the U.S. economy, and the adviser to Bill Clinton told the candidate to hammer away at the importance of the economy at every turn.
Fast-forward to 2022, and it's still about the economy, only this time, farmers face high inflation, along with myriad additional challenges that include rising interest rates, supply-chain issues, labor shortages, higher fuel costs and the Russia-Ukraine war. They've created the perfect storm as farmers try to make plans for the 2023 growing season.
Costlier crop inputs will likely be on tap as growers fill out their purchase orders for fertilizer, crop protection and, of course, seed. Companies have already started their sales pitches, meeting with farmer-customers about the latest hybrids and varieties, traits and prices.
Of all the crop inputs farmers purchase, most would agree seed is the most critical. The success of every growing season starts with the hybrids and varieties that fill the planter or drill. Achieving optimum yields on every acre is always the goal, even more so now with the economic headwinds affecting agriculture.
Seed Selection Decisions 2023 is a special edition intended to provide you with insights and information on not only new seed releases but also agronomic advice on production practices to boost performance across every field. It's seed sense to help drive success for your business.
When it comes to overall talent, DTN/Progressive Farmer has few rivals. Results from the recent Livestock Publications Council and Agricultural Communicators Network writing and photo contests show the depth of our editors' reporting skills and the diversity of the news and information they provide in the magazine and on https://DTNPF.com/… and other digital platforms.
The content team won a total of 40 awards, including 10 first-place awards, 14 seconds, nine thirds and six honorable mentions. Senior Editor Joel Reichenberger was named ACN Photographer of the Year for the second year in a row.
Congratulations to these 1st-place winners:
-- Crops Technology Editor Pamela Smith: Breaking News and Humorous Article
-- DTN Staff Reporter Emily Unglesbee: Issues
-- Crops Editor Matthew Wilde: On-Farm Production and Technical Feature
-- DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman and Contributing Editor Sarah Mock: Podcasts
-- DTN Livestock Analyst ShayLe Stewart: Blogs
-- Contributing Editor Becky Mills: Instructional Story
-- Senior Editor Joel Reichenberger: Pictorial and Single Photo/Graphic
In a separate competition, Reichenberger also won first place for his photography in the Nature/Landscape category from the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists.
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