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ISSUE DATE: 01/27/2014

Farmer designs one-of-a-kind planter

By Larry Dreiling

Twin-row planting has enjoyed success by some growers over the years but hasn't reached widespread acceptance. This is despite tests comparing twin-row to single 30-inch rows indicating twin rows can out-yield many single-row crops and produce comparable yields to ultra-narrow row and narrow systems.

A veteran producer in Alliance, Neb., has been watching his brother become successful with twin-row crop produc-tion in strip-till over the past few years, so last spring, Brian Jelinek decided it was time to follow brother Jim's lead, planting his sunflower, corn and dry edible bean crops in twin rows. He also grows millet, sugar beets and wheat over about 3,000 acres in Box Butte County, Neb.

"My brother started going into twin-row planting. He was successful with it. I liked the idea, just not the equipment, especially with planting dry beans," Brian Jelinek said.

"I've been exploring the idea of twin rows for three or four years. We strip-till for the erosion benefits. Our soils here in western Nebraska are very sandy and--with the winds--hard to control. Strip-till allows us to do some tillage while maintaining some erosion control. You still need tillage for sugar beets and the like because you need good seed contact with the soil."

What Jelinek used to accomplish his twin-row plantings was the use of a one-of-a-kind planter he designed last year.


NEWS

Agriculture Future of America honors founder
Assess whether windbreak is doing its job
Bitterly cold temperatures are a reality check for the Show-Me State
Buy firewood where you burn it
Economic incubators found on the prairie
Extension offers free Farmer's Tax Guide
Farm bill negotiations continue
Getting healthy in the new year
Kansas Farm Bureau releases educational and policy apps
Legislature hears judicial council report on corporate farming law
National Farmers Union, Kansas Farmers Union support COOL in farm bill
Phase II of the Enhanced Passive Surveillance project kicks off in Colorado
Regulatory and environmental concerns top list of agribusiness risks
Secretary of interior terminates controversial Blueways program
Take steps to prevent salt damage to home landscape
USDA designates 15 counties in Colorado as primary natural disaster areas
Websites offer free climate data

CROPS

Advanced Nutrient Management Course set for Feb. 3-4
Agricultural marketing advisory board launched
Arkansas Soybean Association announces seminar
Biofuel bugs
Canola College offered Feb. 13
Chambliss Inducted into Peanut Hall of Fame
Combustible grain dust prevention workshop for advanced mitigation methods
Dickinson County Farm Bureau dinner to feature Troy and Stacy Hadrick
Drought further recedes but winter wheat still challenged in some areas
Emergency measures help control blowing soil from wind erosion
Entomology professor: Kudzu bugs in Arkansas not 'if,' but 'when'
Evaluating cold injury to wheat in Kansas
Extension offers crop, livestock risk management sessions in Powell, Sheridan
Farm Fresh Directory celebrates 30th anniversary with cover art contest
Farm management course for women starts March 3
Farmer designs one-of-a-kind planter
Farming in drought added to annual organic farming conference topics
Farming workshop set for Feb. 13 in Holyoke
Future of family farming focus of Kansas Farmers Union convention
Governor's Forum on Colorado Agriculture planned
Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo set for April 9-11
Iowa Farm Bureau receives top honors at American Farm Bureau Convention
Kansas Association of Wheat Growers offers scholarship
Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom hosts Bookmark Art Contest
Kansas NRCS announces national EQIP initiatives for 2014
Kansas Soybean Contest winners near 100-bushel mark
K-State canola production schools scheduled for March
K-State canola production schools scheduled for March
K-State Research and Extension events planned
K-State Sorghum Production Schools planned for February
Land Application Training days offered
Medical imaging helps reveal lasting impacts of soil compaction
Mid America Farm Expo scheduled
MU hosts cover crop and soils program Feb. 12
National cover crop conference broadcast live to sites in Missouri
New Year's resolutions: Keep the wheat
News of record large corn crop offset by feed, ethanol usage
No-till on the Plains Winter Conference set Jan. 28-29
Private pesticide training scheduled for southwest Nebraska
Red River Crops Conference planned
Report summarizes Corn Belt farmer perspectives on climate, agriculture
Right seeding rate can boost corn yield
Safeguarding our soil
Soil tests beneficial for field, lawn or garden
Subzero cold, little snow threatens winter wheat
Thousands of cotton bales burn in West Texas gin fire
Understanding the future of agriculture may be found in our history, Mitchell tells KFU members
UNL program to focus on managing cropping challenges
USDA designates 20 counties in Oklahoma as primary natural disaster areas
Using precision and automation technology for weed control
UW agriculture college honors Extension farm manager
Water Vision discussion helps producers give input
Wheat Foods Council battles fad diets
Wheat growers welcome trade promotion authority legislation
'Women Managing the Farm Conference' planned for Feb. 13-14 in Manhattan
Year's first national water forecast predicts limited supply west of the Continental Divide

LIVESTOCK

2 deaths confirmed in Omaha plant explosion
2014 Leopold Conservation Award applications available
AHA announces spring 2014 Gold TPR Breeders, spring EPDs
American Lamb board expands national consumer PR efforts with educational 'Curriculamb' campaign
Avoid residues in cull sows by using antibiotics responsibly
Back to basics and market outlook dominate Western Farm Show's livestock emphasis
Beef Improvement Federation annual meeting scheduled
Beefmaster Breeders United hires Cummins to staff
BQA program improves cattle handling
Cattlemen's seminars offered
Celebrate Kansas Beef Day during School Lunch Week
Checkoff partnerships help increase soybean-meal demand through U.S. meat exports
Colorado Cattlemen commend Gov. Hickenlooper
Crouch wins 2014 Missouri Beef Queen title
Dozen young people to compete for Iowa Pork Youth Team
Economist: Beef cattle prices poised to continue record run
Genomics test strategies explored
Judd Ranch bulls sweep National Western Stock Show's Gelbvieh/Balancer Pen Show
Junior Show Gelbvieh champions parade at NWSS
Kansas Junior Sheep Producer Day planned for March 29 at K-State
Kansas Junior Sheep Producer Day planned for March 29 at K-State
Keeping marketing consistent
MCA, MCF auction raises $24,000 for junior cattlemen
Missouri CattleWomen's Association elects president
Montana Stockgrowers Foundation sponsors trip to Young Cattlemen's Conference
New Young Stockmen's Academy class announced
NMED hearing officer: Deny permit to horse plant
No shortcuts in the beef business
No snow days for Arkansas' cattle ranchers
Record-breaking trade show on tap for 2014 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville
Reward offered in case of possible arson
Show-Me-Select beef meeting set for Jan. 30 at St. Joseph, Mo.
Social pressure a rising force driving future of pork industry
State beef councils use federation initiative fund to expand checkoff efforts
Swine Profitability Conference planned for Feb. 4
Take steps to reduce employee turnover
Use body condition scoring to determine health of goats, sheep

EDITOR

Continued ag success depends on change
Opportunity does abound if the mind allows for it
Rural America needs farmers and farm program reform
Soon-to-be Ambassador Baucus

COLUMNS

Cooperative introduces 2 starter fertilizers
Horse cents versus common sense
Lawmakers approve package with USDA increases, policy riders
Mail order returns
New highs set in fat cattle market

MARKETS

Aberdeen livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock sales summary
Apache livetock auction report
Colorado livestock auction summary
Dodge City cattle sales report
Ericson livestock sales report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain market close
Hay trade remains slow in some areas
Hay trade, movement slow
High Plains slaughter news report
Joplin livestock auction report
Lexington livestock auction report
McAlester livestock market report
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock sales report
OKC West livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. livestock sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Salina livestock auction report
Soybeans plummet
Tulsa livestock sales report
West Plains regional cattle sales report

RANGE

A little planning goes far with prescribed burning
Even during cold winter weather, cattle may reject hay
Land managers choose diverse solutions to downy brome problem

FAMILY

4-H youth share ATV safety knowledge
Clematis striking inside and out
Eat your veggies
Ethylene glycol can be fatal to your pets
Get geared up for theGreat Backyard Bird Count!
Gluten-free diets not for everyone
Kansas NRCS seeks applications for Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative
Lawrence County 4-H Livestock Judging team wins beef division in national contest
Lawrence County 4-H Livestock Judging team wins beef division in national contest
Meditation
Mole management presents a challenge for homeowners
Rainwater harvesting program set for Feb. 13 in Amarillo
Seminar looks at invasive species and heirloom vegetables
Time to order windbreak trees, Colorado officials say
What's that bird? A new app names the birds you see

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