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Big & Little Ag / Re: Environmental, Ecological, Disease Threats
« Last post by Ed on August 24, 2017, 11:36:20 PM »
Ohio: Cover Crop Considerations Following Wheat in Grain Rotations
By Alexander Lindsey and Mark Sulc, Ohio State University Extension Specialists; and Harold Watters, CPAg/CCA
August 8, 2017

Considerations for planting cover crops after wheat in grain crop rotations are common at this point in the season. With any cover crop, it is advisable to select a species with a given target in mind (surface erosion prevention, nutrient scavenging, N fixation, soil coverage, etc.).

Agriculture Business / Re: Publications
« Last post by Ed on August 10, 2017, 05:59:28 PM »

How Low Will the Corn Yield Go?

August 10, 2017 By Ken Anderson
Filed Under: Managing For Profit

Commodities analyst Arlan Suderman with INTL FCStone says the corn yield estimate in today’s (August 10) crop production report from USDA could be higher than what the trade is expecting.  He explains why in today’s Managing for Profit report. 


(Ed's Note: Brownfield Ag News provides comprehensive
and current information on the agricultural business.)
Big & Little Ag / Environmental, Ecological, Disease Threats
« Last post by Ed on August 10, 2017, 12:28:10 PM »
CBS4 (Denver) News Report on endangered state of honeybees.
July 25, 2017


CBS4 found being a bee isn’t easy, and the people who make a living off them have a lot to worry about.
Some beekeepers in Boulder County saw more than half their hives, or even more, die off over the winter. Beekeeper Tim Brod said he averages 25 percent loss every winter.
“Just to give you a little perspective, if you’re losing 30 to 40 percent of your livestock, if this were cattle, chicken or pigs year after year, the National Guard would be here going ‘This is a huge crisis,'” he said.

Information and Resources / Forums -- online and public
« Last post by Ed on August 10, 2017, 12:21:14 PM »
(1) Rural Living Forum

(2) Supporting Communities — Rural Residents Forum

(3) City-Data -- Always a good source for candid perspectives
Big & Little Ag / The Neversink Farm
« Last post by Ed on July 20, 2017, 11:51:35 AM »
(Ed's Note: Very informative web information from a farm and farmer
willing to share information across the internet with people who are

The Farm
Neversink Organic Farm is Certified by NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC.

We are a small organic farm that does not till or use tractors. We farm by hand with a passion for high quality produce which we feel cannot be achieved by farming on large acreage or by using tractors.

We have the greatest admiration for chefs and it is for us and for them that we grow this way. We are the extremely rare alternative to large scale tractor farming.
Assessing Locations / Progressive Farmer's "top ten counties"
« Last post by Ed on July 13, 2017, 01:50:16 PM »
More about:
Best places to live in Rural America

Progressive Farmer  magazine crunches the numbers and picks the nation's top rural counties on price, pollution, education, recreation and more.

Article By Steve Hargreaves, staff writer
February 2, 2006

NEW YORK ( - New York State, home to the nation's most populous city, also has the best rural county to live in, according to the latest issue of the lifestyle magazine the Progressive Farmer.
Deep, clear glacial lakes, grapes grown on some of the richest farmland in the country and a smoothly-functioning local government are some of the attributes that landed Ontario County, located 45 minutes from Rochester, at the top of the 2006 survey, the magazine's second.

Read more….

Photo: Joe Line, The Progressive Farmer

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Assessing Locations / Location, location -- scouting reports
« Last post by Ed on July 13, 2017, 01:10:21 PM »
Best Places to Live
Rural Living Today (online magazine)
Living in the country ~ Best rural places to live.

Dreaming of a different way of life? Many people seek solitude or just more of a back-to-the-basics type of lifestyle.  Whether you plan to relocate from a large city or suburbs, you will find country life very different. Learn about living in the country and best rural places to live.
List of winners of “Ten Best Counties to Live”

Photo: Rural Living Today

Organic and Local / The Local Movement --- Farm to School
« Last post by Ed on July 12, 2017, 11:29:23 PM »
The National Farm to School Network

From the web site:

The National Farm to School Network is an information, advocacy and networking hub for communities working to bring local food sourcing and food and agriculture education into school systems and early care and education environments.
Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education settings.

Photo: Farm to School Network


Regional & Specialty / Amazon producing wine?
« Last post by Ed on July 07, 2017, 06:47:07 PM »
Amazon producing wine?

Actually, Amazon now says it’s not developing its own wines
A new wine label called Next appeared on in late June

by Jason Del Rey June 6th, 2017

Update: Last night, I asked Amazon to clarify the relationship between itself and an Oregon winemaker after I saw a blog post on with the headline “Amazon's First Wine, Called NEXT, Makes Its Debut.”

The Amazon spokesperson pointed me to a press release, which stated that the new wine brand was “the first wine ever developed from conception to release with Amazon Wine.” But 11 hours after publication, Amazon now says that the winery’s press release was incorrect (it has now been updated) and that Amazon had no hand in the development of the wine; is simply a retail sales channel for the new wine brand at launch.
Agriculture Business / Re: Publications
« Last post by Ed on July 07, 2017, 06:40:58 PM »
Corn and Soybean Digest

Midwest agronomists talk late June crop progress

Winfield United agronomists in eight states
offer detailed look at corn and soybean issues
as of June 23, 2017.

A lot of talk about corn variability across the Midwest, due to wet weather, standing water, replanting and now potential dry soils. Sidedressing is still going strong in some areas. Scouting has led to decisions about weeds, insects and diseases. Read on for advice from agronomists in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. They discuss everything from corn variable that will impact yield, sidedressing, scouting, dry soils, fungicide applications, resistant weeds, tissue sampling and more.

Corn, soybean crop conditions still lag behind last year
July 5 report shows some improvement
but growth stages are slightly behind.

by Kristy Foster Jul 06, 2017


(Crop Moisture Index, Corn and Soybean Digest July 2017)
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