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ISSUE DATE: 10/07/2013

World's fastest soybean farmer

By Doug Rich

Like most soybean farmers, Brent Hajek, Ames, Okla., spends a lot of time going over his fields at 5 miles per hour planting or harvesting crops. But every once in a while he feels the need to put the hammer down.

Like he did the day he set a land speed record in a Ford F-250 crew cab 6.7L power stroke diesel pickup, not once but twice at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2011. First he set the B/DT class land speed record by going 169 mph in a truck using standard No. 2 diesel, then he came back and set the U/BD class record, going 182 mph in the same truck using soybean-based B20 biodiesel (13 mph faster on bio-diesel).

That diesel truck has been on tour with Ford, Monsanto, the United Soybean Board, and the National Biodiesel Board since it set the land speed record. Hajek said they estimated that 20 million people have seen that pickup truck. It was the first diesel truck to be invited to be the pace car at NASCAR race but was rejected because it did not have an air conditioner.

Setting the land speed record with that diesel truck was not Hajek’s first experience with alternative-fueled vehicles at the Bonneville Salt Flats. In 2008 he was part of a team that worked with Ford to build a Mustang to run on E-85 and run it at the Bonneville Salt Flats.


NEWS

$3.7M in assistance distributed to rural Oklahoma fire departments
Addressing water quality issues at Milford Lake
'Battleground to Breaking Ground' ag workshop for vets to be held Oct. 19
Builders, soldiers hustle to reconnect Colo. towns
Colorado Department of Agriculture seeks entries for ag photo contest
Farm Service Agency reminds producers of new acreage reporting deadlines
Funding announced to support small, socially disadvantaged producers
Kansas Congressional delegation responds to HHS OIG report on Critical Access Hospitals
K-State Master of Agribusiness offers tour of Brazilian and Argentine agribusinesses
Nebraska Broadband Initiative launches survey
Report: Exports critical to success of U.S. agriculture, economy
Rural youth learn about pitfalls, safety tips at safety day
Santo Domingo Pueblo tackles drought with help from NRCS
Shedding light in the forest: climate change's effects on timber
Stillwater taking lead in wildfire precaution
Top ag banking award goes to Wisconsin banker
Townhomes open for farm laborers in Dodge City
U.S. Forest Service announces final rule on restoration of soil and water resources
U.S. government shuts down, House votes to merge farm, nutrition bills
UNL scientist: Genetic modification a key tool for feeding growing population
USDA designates 16 Missouri counties as primary natural disaster areas
USDA grant to develop youth farm safety curriculum
USDA projects to improve farms, ranches and rural businesses
USDA solicits additional bids under the Feedstock Flexibility Program
Vilsack announces projects to improve ag energy efficiency, generation
Webinar offers tips to help children succeed in school

CROPS

Agroforestry integrates trees with other ag practices
Annual art contest offered to Kansas students incorporates agriculture
Annual conference highlights sorghum research
Arkansas grower breaks 100-bushel barrier
CASNR announces 2013 Distinguished Alumni
'Day @ the Farm' contest focuses on ag literacy
FAPC graduate students place in top 10 in national product development competition
Farmers, ranchers invited to apply for SARE grants
Food-processing expert appointed to FAPC's advisory board
Governor proclaims October as Farm to School Month
Harvesting lodged corn
'Intelligent' sprayer reduces pesticide use, off-target contamination
Iowa State announces Iowa Corn Promotion Board Endowed Chair in Genetics
Kansas Farm Bureau's Governor's Farm and Ranch Tour held
Kansas Soybean Commission re-elects officers
Kansas Soybean Commission requests proposals
Kansas wheat checkoff increases to 2 cents
KDA celebrates Kansas Farm to School month with a visit to Lawrence School Garden
K-State Extension offers events
Latest NRCS tech helps agriculture mitigate climate change
Minnesota soybean farmers turn to social media to feed families
MU student helps develop agriculture in Mozambique
New MU Extension guide available on ticks
Open house to commemorate 75th anniversary of Batesville Station
Potato webcast covers foliar fungicide applications
Purdue economists urge farm budget calculations, offer guide
Show Star Series promises fun for youth, savings for parents
Sorghum Checkoff hosts seed tour
Soy groups join Chinese leaders at Soy Global Trade Exchange
Specialty Crop Block Grants awarded
Study examines climate change effects on crop mix shift, transportation
U.S. organic industry praises U.S.-Japan partnership in organic trade
Upper Arkansas Basin to discuss priorities for Kansas Water Plan
USCP hosts seed tour in Texas Panhandle
USDA announces support for producers of advanced biofuel
Water diverted from river for flood mitigation, aquifer recharge
Website to serve as resource for consumers on benefits of genetically modified food
West Texas irrigators receive update on district projects
World's fastest soybean farmer

LIVESTOCK

Alliance agrees on core principles for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement
Are you a cattle manager or a cost manager?
Beef industry experts respond to MDA's trich regulation
Beef producers invited to Missouri conference Oct. 15
BQA training workshops draw large crowds
Coalition for sustainable egg supply group releases results
Creative Sausage Making workshop scheduled Oct. 11-12 at Texas A&M
Exercise will test preparedness for disease outbreak
Experts question the numbers in USDA quarterly hogs and pigs report
Farmer gives back to S.D. cattle industry
FTC proposes changes to wool products labeling rules
Herd owners learn value of quality beef at MU Thompson Farm
Kansas colleges win team titles
Lonesome Pine wins 3 events on way to KCRR title
Love of the land
Manage calves to reduce stress at weaning, improve performance
Ohio bulls win Longhorn championship
Preventing, treating calf scours
Rain or not, start planning this fall, experts say
Still at the top in beef quality
Stocker production opportunities increasing with feeder prices
Stocker sector must adjust to old and new challenges
Trich regulations now in effect
Wichita County gets new AgriLife Extension agent
Winners shoot minus 14 in tournament raising funds for KLA PAC

EDITOR

Farm lobby fatigue
Guns on the bar
Water: Let's not take it for granted

COLUMNS

All-time highs set in feeder cattle market
Company adds wireless farm networking
Parasite control can help cow-calf efficiency
The European Union challenge
Warping young minds
What people put in their front yards
Why wildlife groups embrace large farmers and crop insurance

MARKETS

Ada livestock auction report
Ada livestock auction report
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Colorado feeder cattle auction summary
Corn, soybeans close lower
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Hay trade slow
High Plains slaughter news report
Joplin regional livestock sales report
Lexington livestock market report
Most classes of hay selling steady
Newell sheep sales report
Pratt livestock feeder cattle sales report
Salina livestock sales report
Tulia livestock sales auction report
Tulsa livestock auction summary
Woodward livestock auction report

RANGE

Inoculating legume seeds key to successful forage stand
New GE contamination reported in Washington state alfalfa
Range management professor/specialist hired at Texas college
Spot spraying for sericea lespedeza

FAMILY

Douglas County Master Gardeners recognized
Harvest sweet potatoes before cold weather arrives
Hearty meals for chilly evenings
Home garden greenhouses
Hunters provide necessary deer management in Oklahoma
Learning to be more involved
Mari-mums add a splash of color
Meditation
Oklahoma Forestry encourages tree planting
Red Cross recommends increased iron intake before donating blood
'Soup Up Your Fall' class offered by Extension
'Stay Home and Grill Out' winner announced
Symmetrical Hartford 1 has look of grandeur
Tailgate parties require safe food handling
Trail ride set to benefit needy

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