Joe Mauch farms sugar beets, corn, and soybeans with his brother about 50 miles south of Fargo, ND.
Wayne, Wade, and Danny of Parker Brother’s Farms are farming 7,000 acres of corn, cotton, and soybeans in Missouri. The twin brothers, Wayne and Wade, are still active after 80 years a piece on the farm, while Wayne’s son Danny heads up seed, fertilizer, and record keeping.
Tom raises corn and soybeans in Scott County, IA. He has been developing and using yield maps for the last 15 years.
Ringger Farms, headed by Jamin Ringger, is a 1,100 acre corn, soybean, and hog operation in central Illinois.
Farmers Business Network is made up of America's best farmers, and the best farmers in FBN, go to Farmer2Farmer: American Entrepreneurs! We are excited to welcome our members to Omaha for a conference that has been described as "where the future of agriculture finds it's voice."
Great farmers are constant learners, innovators, and experts in their craft. The best farmers learn from other great farmers and shared insights about cutting edge technologies and business practices. Being an analytics company, we dove into our data set to quantify exactly how much better the farmers who came to Farmer2Farmer last year did in 2015 (2016 yield updates rolling in daily).
Will attending Farmer2Farmer ensure top yields in 2017? Of course not, but it will put you in the company of some of the best farmers in America so you can maximize your chances of a stellar season.
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So just how did Farmer2Farmer 2015 attendees do last year?
Iowa farmer Ben Pederson turned a misstep into a business opportunity, and ignited a passion for bringing his farm and the whole industry into the digital age.
60 miles outside of Chicago, farmer Jamie Walter is turning commodity corn into award-winning libations using a little technology and a whole lot of good ol’ farmer know-how.
Farmers across the US pay radically different prices for the exact same seeds. What impacts do "zone pricing" and discounting have on the prices you pay for seed?
We analyzed over 2,200 unique seed pricing data points to help you better understand the reality of seed costs that farmers face. We found that certain hybrids could vary as much as 111% in price and even over 60% within states. We're working to give you the best Price-to-Yield Performance information possible so you can make the right decisions. Stay tuned for upcoming Seed Price Transparency products from FBN and expanded research!
There are a lot of factors to consider when selecting seeds. We surveyed hundreds of farmers, and found that 30% of farmers think price or return on investment are the most important factors when deciding which seeds to buy and plant. The single top consideration was yield, and disease resistance, stalk quality, genetic traits, and availability were other important factors.
Last week was one of those rare weeks where ag industry news wasn't just ag industry news. After months of dancing around the deal, the Monsanto Company accepted Bayer AG's takeover offer. If approved, the merger would leave one less player in an already highly consolidated seed and chemical industry and create a global behemoth. Farmers have already seen input costs rise outrageously over the past decade and less competition means farmers are almost certainly going to feel the pinch.
Ever wonder what it would be like to intern at FBNSM? We asked our most recent class of interns who they found the experience. Here's what they said.
You’ve probably already gotten calls about early discounts this year. Some of these offers are direct (“10% off if you order by August 31st”) while the value of others are less clear (discounted financing rather than a discount on the seed itself). Having a strategy for evaluating these offers will give you confidence in only accepting an offer that makes sense for your operation.
Genetic traits and technologies are often one of the biggest value-added expenses to your seeds order. But do you really need them? Which ones do you need? How much should they cost? Evaluating your genetic traits starts with understanding how they work.
Insect Resistance Traits
Insect resistant traits allow you to reduce or eliminate the amount of insecticide needed to control european corn borer, corn rootworm, and the whole Lepidopteran family. Most companies have several different traits that control one or both of these insects, and many packages include two or even three unique traits for the control of the same insect. These traits tend to be the most costly.
As the Republican convention, and Sec. Vilsack's vice presidential hopes, came to an end last week, weather and market volatility continued to worry farmers across the country. Though farmers reported good crop health, hot and dry conditions forecasted through August might still shorten supplies and raise prices come harvest.