Aug. 28, 2018
That thing is awesome,” exclaimed Andy Smidt as he walked over to the temporary shade tent on a smokin’ hot June day in Pella, Iowa...


May 1, 2018
“Do you want to fly with me and check out the crops?” That was the question I got more than 25 years ago from a fertilizer dealer in my county who also had his pilot’s license. I had never flow...


April 30, 2018
We’ve been really busy at our store this spring with customers who are chopping haylage, planting corn, and making baleage. We’ve sent out numerous pieces of new and used equipment...


April 30, 2018
Over the past decade, near-infrared reflectance spectrometers (NIRS) have gone from the lab to the field and can now fit into the palm of your hand...


March 27, 2018
Each spring we take a tour around the country to see what’s going on in the world of farm custom rate surveys. These custom rate guides are popular documents in those states that continue to do the survey legwork. During my county extension agent days, questions regarding how much to charge for various field operations were second only to questions concerning how much to charge for land rent.As is the case each year, several states have updated their information...


March 15, 2018
As spring approaches, tractors are rolling into both farm shops and fields. Most farmers are putting the finishing touches on their winter shop work to get every piece of equipment ready...


Feb. 15, 2018
The onset of winter gives most of us plenty of time to work in our shops, which sometimes are nicer than the house. Now is the time to go over our equipment from head to toe to make sure it is r...


Jan. 15, 2018
Now that the new year is underway, we can look back and see what happened in the previous year. One farm item that saw an uptick in value was farm equipment...


Nov. 27, 2017
Don’t look now, but harvest season is wrapping up and this year, like most in recent memory, has brought its fair share of unpredictability. As always, some areas fared better than others...


Nov. 27, 2017
Travis Erickson values his employees by implementing flexible schedules and split shifts. Ryan Shaw (left) is one of Erickson’s long-term employees...