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ISSUE DATE: 04/18/2011

Mapping it out

By Jennifer Carrico

All farmers want to maximize productivity, and with modern technology available many are able to have the best production on their farms.

Humboldt County, Iowa, farmer Mike Coleman continues to use new technology and information to help make his farm produce more each year. A key to the management of his farm has been the addition of using field maps to determine where improvements can be made.

Coleman has been using technology for many years on his operation, but within the past three years he has been using field maps in all aspects of planning his crop each year.

"We have been using yield monitors for about eight years. That information alone gives us some very important information and helps with decision making," he said.

Joe Olson, Coleman's certified crop advisor at Humboldt Ag Service, helps him make management decisions throughout the year.

"We start with a field planner that shows different soil types and then map out where to plant which hybrids. We usually try to limit each field to two hybrids, sometimes planting several acres of one, then the other and sometimes alternating every other row," said Olson.


NEWS

AFBF intervenes in pesticide lawsuit
Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year named
Ag supplies 14 percent of state tax collections
ATA pleased with U.S.-Mexico trucking agreement
Cat Auction Services to hold auction April 20
Conservation efforts working in the Chesapeake Bay
Estate Tax Bill introduced
Fuel costs go beyond sticker shock for farmers, ranchers
Health pros identify top 10 culprits in foodborne illnesses
Higher food, commodity prices prompting focus on ag policy, research
Kansas gets grant to feed poor children
Main Street Guymon to host grant writing workshop
Market Access Programs glossary
Members of Congress call for EPA to back off dust
Nebraska Ag Leadership Council elects new officers
ODAFF investigators arrest serial arson suspect
Oklahoma educators, students 'talk trash'
Rural Services Pilot Project offers energy auditing, rebates
Senate ag subcommittee assignments named
Senators push to open Japanese markets to Colo. beef
State of Disaster Emergency declared
U.S. House subcommittee learns about Market Access Program's role in trade
USDA unveils products with BioPreferred label
USGC: Japan earthquake may affect grain trade

CROPS

Ag events to be held
Alternatives eyed for methyl bromide
Arkansas Soybean Association names Yield Challenge winners
Be considerate, cautious with herbicides
Check equipment, systems before planting season
Cotton industry awaits NASS prospective plantings report
Cover crop cost-share dollars available
Growers participate in wheat market producer update
Kansas Soybean adds communications director
K-State to sponsor canola field tours in May
Manage burcucumber in corn with combination of herbicide applications
Mapping it out
Minimize variability in corn stands
NCC concerned that budget proposal weakens ag
NSA leaders meet with sunflower importers in Spain
OGIC members meet with Napa Valley vineyards, vintners
Researchers collect 'signals intelligence' on insect pests
Researchers develop biotech tool for better disease resistance in crops
Second quarter preview
Shift up, throttle back to save on fuel consumption
Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference is May 11
Sorghum checkoff referendum passes
Soybean board has director seats open
Soybean checkoff website offers new resources, tools
Sunflower: Great price equals great opportunity
Telling the story of farming and food
Temik termination leaves cotton growers scrambling
Texas cotton acreage to lead the nation
Tractor Safety Operator's Course is May 7
US cotton stocks at record low; Rice stocks at high levels
Wheat scab alert system, risk assessment tool available
Wheat stem sawfly population increases

LIVESTOCK

Beef checkoff funding relief in Japan
Beef Checkoff Program issues social responsibility report
BQA program offers cattle transporter training, certification
Cattle stolen near Cimarron
Companies settle beef recall lawsuit
Growth-promoting implants affect food supply
ICA holds bull sale in Bloomfield
Jersey youth encouraged to apply for scholarships
K-State to host Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day
Livestock owner gets jail time, fines
Many factors make anticipating cattle markets difficult
NMSU hosts annual New Mexico Indian Livestock Days
OSU names Outstanding Animal Science Senior
Pork exports increase
PQA Plus Advisor Training offered May 4
Stockgrowers pleased with brand board appointment
Students learn and earn at Beef Scholarship Extravaganza
USDA proposes new requirement for meat, poultry products
UW Extension to host AI school
Workers file wage lawsuit against Creekstone Farms

EDITOR

Crop insurance is an important tool to honest farmers
So much for the slush fund
Why Vietnam?

COLUMNS

Appreciation for the minor things
Ethanol treatment improves fuels
Just a scoop full
Ken Root asks again: The last farm bill?
Leachman holding onto the glory days
ULTRA Linear System

MARKETS

Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Corn continues to move higher
Demand strong for quality hay
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Drought worsens across state
Exciting weather
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Growers start corn planting
Hay prices, sales remain steady
High Plains slaughter news
Irrigation of wheat very active in High Plains
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Limited corn planting underway
Newell sheep sales report
Ogallala livestock auction report
OKC West livestock market report
Pastures start to green up
Plenty of time for fieldwork
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Presho livestock auction report
Salina livestock auction report
South-central district driest
Spring just beginning across the state
Spring slowly creeping in
Springfield livestock auction report
St. Onge livestock auction report
State continues to be hot, dry
Superior video auction report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Woodward livestock auction report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Beef pricing remains strong, but drought dings forage
Grant initiative will improve pine forest management
Researchers work to save the prairie chicken
Spots still available in Nebraska Ranch Practicum

FAMILY

Community gardening workshops announced
Early spring ideal time to feed flowers
Find more healthful convenience foods
Fireblight study looks at chemical, biological and biorational controls
Great Backyard Bird Count provides 'gold mine' of data
Helpful hints from readers
Hop into Spring with your closest friends
Hypoxylon canker is harmful to oaks
Meditation for 4-18-11
Olde Bovine
Pantry secrets for Easter dinner
Skunk found infected with rabies
Springfield 4-H team wins FIRST Rookie Award
The Star is a brilliant starter home
'Tis the season for lamb
UNL entomology faculty, students win awards

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