It sure is hot out there, but the news going around the Ag industry is even hotter. Get your fill of the latest Hot Topics in Ag below!
1. Six Leading New Technologies Farmers Are Using
In 1798, economist Thomas Malthus predicted that the world would exceed its food supply by the late 20th century. While he was right to identify the challenges of feeding a growing population with a finite amount of land, in the last half a century agricultural production has tripled. So, how did this happen?
The answer: innovations in farming technology. Smallholder farmers in particular have seen a rise in productivity over the last decade. So what are the innovations making the difference? We asked our community and crowdsourced the answers. Continue Reading…
2. Corn Crop Promising But Half Way To Go Yet
Indiana’s corn is showing potential to produce a bumper crop for the second consecutive year, but much of it could “suffer quickly” if growing conditions turn unfavorable, Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen says.
He is cautiously optimistic as the crop enters the second half of the growing season toward harvest. Continue Reading…
3. Young Iowa Farmer Launches “Instagram for Agriculture”
When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. But what do you make when life punches a hole in your eye?
When an on-farm accident put fifth generation farmer Nathan Legler on the sidelines three years ago, he built a website for farmers.
“I was putting new 2-inch points on our disk ripper chisels and was having to remove them by hammering out a rolling pin,” he recalls. “The last one wouldn’t come out with a hammer, so I had to grab the air punch, and when I went to use it I didn’t have it pressed against the pin close enough, and a piece of the air punch broke off and flew up through my eye.” Continue Reading…