Preparing for Winter: Farming

Posted by toddschwartzAg, Farming, Harvest, Uncategorized

Depending on if you are a crop farmer, livestock farmer, or both, you will need to prepare for the winter months ahead. Typically, the average temperature in Iowa during the winter is 14 degrees F. There are items you can add to your to-do list now to make your winter stress-free.  Review Your Insurance If you have crops or livestock, …

Using the Buddy System When Working With Grain Bins

Posted by michaeljohnsonAg, Farming, Safety

Any number of situations can arise on a farm that cause farmers to enter a grain bin. Maybe some grain has clumped up or just isn’t flowing properly, or maybe you need to check the grain quality or clean the bin.  Regardless of the reasons, safety should always be a top priority when entering a grain bin. According to a …

Harvest Safety Tips

Posted by michaeljohnsonAg, Farming, Harvest

Fall is known for beautiful foliage, comfortable weather, and harvest time. This is a busy time for farmers, and it is critical to take measures to avoid accidents. Below is a compiled list of tips to ensure your family gets through harvest safely.  Be Organized Creating a list of what needs to happen in order to maintain equipment can save …

Most Common Ag Loans

Posted by michaeljohnsonAg

As a farmer you have a lot of job titles and duties you might perform each day to keep your business running successfully. A crucial part to your business is having the proper loans, so your money can be utilized as efficiently as possible. Learn about the 5 most common Ag loans you might use for your farm. Farm (Seasonal) …

Aerial Imaging: Benefits Of Mapping Your Fields

Posted by Adam LackoreAg

I can understand the hard work and time that goes into being a farmer. That is why it is so important to be as efficient as possible, while at the same time providing high-quality yields. Technology has greatly improved in the past few years and along with it has come precision agriculture aerial imaging technology.  Benefits of Mapping your Fields …

Bidding Tips for Farm Auctions

Posted by loribertramAg

Spring is here and that means farm auctions should be in full swing. I realize that might not be the case this year with everything happening with COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean now isn’t a good time to learn how to become a better bidder or even learn what to do if you have never gone to an auction. Here …

Technology Changing How We Farm

Posted by toddschwartzAg

The way we farm has changed drastically since we first started over 10,000 years ago thanks to technology. Advancements in technology have allowed farmers to produce more products efficiently and at a better quality for consumers. Let’s go through some of the technology that is even changing how we farm today: Farm Automation Sometimes called “smart farming”; this is the …

4 Reasons to Teach Kids about Agriculture

Posted by Adam LackoreAg

Teaching your child about farming is about so much more than livestock and corn. The agriculture industry provided 22 million jobs in 2018 or 11% of employment and in 2017 had a 5.4% share of the gross domestic product (GDP), according to the United States Department of Agriculture. If that isn’t a large enough motivator to understanding what farmers do …

Best Farming Podcasts You Should Listen To

Posted by Adam LackoreAg

You might already spend hours listening to music when you are working the fields and tending to cattle, but what about podcasts? We live in the technology age which means there is some pretty great content to listen to while working that might even teach you a thing or two. Here are some of the best farming podcasts if you …

Legacy Farms: Succession Planning

Posted by michaeljohnsonAg

If you grew up on a family farm, then you might be coming into the next phase: taking over the farm or becoming a partner in the business. There is a huge amount of pride in being a part of a family legacy and helping continuously build it, but there are a lot of difficulties in navigating the fields of …