• Nariman Behravesh, Image by Jim Patrico

    Ag Summit Review

    The United States is in the middle of what is now 104 months of economic recovery, much longer than the average length of 60 months. And, without an obvious shock to the system, the U.S. economy could remain in growth mode for the next couple of years.

  • Strong job candidates don’t necessarily have to come with a farming background as long as transferable skills are present, Image by Greg Latza

    Beyond The Norm

    Have you ever hired someone only to be sadly disappointed in your pick within the first few weeks? Farmers often get trapped between two extremes when hiring: We rely on our gut to read people through casual conversation and never dig deeper, or we rely too heavily on...

  • CropLink

    It's never been more important to understand the combinations of corn traits being planted. The 2018 Handy Bt Trait Table is designed to help growers do a better job of rotating traits.

  • Monarchs are partial to common milkweed for egg laying. The leaves are food sources for the caterpillars, and the flowers become nectar sources for adult butterflies, Image by Pamela Smith


    Encouraging weeds to grow isn't something Andy Herring generally works to achieve. However, last year, the North Carolina farmer joined in a national effort to plant milkweed to support monarch butterflies along their migration path. That experience taught him the plant...

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    Ask The Vet

    Q: When we had a cow that was sick, my grandfather would say, "She lost her cud." He liked to see most of the cows laying down and chewing their cud. He seemed almost obsessed with this, but I have never known why cows chew their cud, and is it as important as he...

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    Family Business Matters

    Family members don't often talk about why they are estranged from one another. Perhaps they are ashamed to admit they can't get along with a relative, or maybe they feel they have failed at being a family. Some may not understand why their siblings or children or...

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    Ask The Mechanic

    Q: Do you think a fuel stabilizer works? I have a hard time starting my line trimmer after it goes unused all winter. I have heard that leaving fuel in a small engine carburetor all winter long is not good for any part of the fuel system.