Your Farm


  • Millions of seeds are kept at minus 18 degrees C in a freezer the size of a basketball court at the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Genetic Resources Preservation in Fort Collins, Colorado. (Joel Reichenberger)

    A Bank-Like Vault for Plant Materials

    National system safeguards crop genetic diversity.

  • A Benson Hill plant scientist analyzes high-throughput soybean cell culture imagery. (Courtesy of Benson Hill)

    Technological Advancements Deliver Improved Crops to Farmers

    New technologies speed delivery of crop improvement.

  • Yield trial plots such as those being planted by AgReliant Genetics, near Ivesdale, Illinois, are used to screen for hybrids that can meet production challenges specific to environment. (Pamela Smith)

    Seed Companies React When Crop Threats Loom

    Michael Chandler vividly remembers flying into Chicago O'Hare airport the first week of September 2018 and looking down to see a corn crop that had literally died on the stalk.

  • The table shows Gro Intelligence's yield model results during the DTN Yield Tour, which ran August 7-11, 2023. (Gro Intelligence)

    2023 Digital Yield Tour Results

    Timely rains help yield estimates rebound, but soybeans may come up short to meet expected demand.

  • University of Missouri soybean breeder Andrew Scaboo rides atop a research plot planter. Individual experimental soybean varieties are planted one by one into blocks where they will grow and be evaluated for desired traits. (Jason Jenkins)

    Publicly Funded Plant Breeding Provides Invaluable Research

    Publicly funded plant-breeding efforts still provide invaluable research to advance and improve crop genetics.

  • Ben Kuhn (left) with Dyna-Gro Seed agronomist Jerry Lubbehusen regularly checks fields to assess any potential problems. (Provided by Nutrien Ag Solutions Dyna-Gro Seed)

    Seed Company Relationship Is Critical to Success

    Longtime seed dealer switches to Dyna-Gro Seed to meet farm goals.

  • Dry Auger (Illustration by Ray E. Watkins Jr.)

    Handy Devices

    Easy-to-build ideas make your work easier. Readers send in helpful solutions to farm and ranch problems.