SMART Farmer Nancy Kavazanjian

Cindy Zimmerman Leave a Comment

This is episode number six of the USFRA SMART Farmer podcast and this one is with Nancy Kavazanjian, who served as the second chairperson of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. Nancy farms with her husband Charlie Hammer in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin on land that has been in his family for 150 years. She grew up on Long Island, made …

Audio, Corn, Podcasting, SMART Farmer, Soybean, USFRA

#Plant17 Progress Underway

Cindy Zimmerman Leave a Comment

#Plant17 is officially underway now with the latest crop progress report issued yesterday from USDA. Corn planting at three percent nationwide as of April 9 is a point behind last year at this time but exactly on target with five-year average. Texas, where National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) president Wesley Spurlock farms, is well ahead of both last year and …

Corn, NCGA, USDA

More Beans and Cotton, Less Corn and Wheat

Cindy Zimmerman

The first estimate for crop plantings this year by USDA is calling for less corn and wheat but more soybeans and cotton. The 2017 Prospective Plantings report based on farmer surveys estimates that corn planted area for all purposes in 2017 will be 90 million acres, down 4 percent or 4.0 million acres from last year. Soybeans planted area for …

Audio, Corn, Cotton, MGEX, Soybean, USDA, Wheat

Crappie Fishing and Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

We went fishing for this edition of the ZimmCast and caught it on Grenada Lake, Mississippi at the Mississippi State Championship, one stop on the 2017 Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail. The Renewable Fuels Association is a title sponsor of the tournament, along with Bass Pro Shops, and it has the support of Missouri Corn Growers and American Ethanol …

Audio, Corn, Ethanol, RFA, ZimmCast

Farm Faster With FMC 3RIVE 3D

Chuck Zimmerman

Rick Ekins, FMC, and I have talked about their 3RIVE 3D platform several times since it was introduced and Commodity Classic provided another opportunity. It’s a great time to talk about it too as planting season gets underway. So if you farmers want to farm faster FMC has this option for you. I think their quick facts sum it up …

Agribusiness, Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, FMC, Planting, Video

Busy Week for Ag on the Hill

Cindy Zimmerman

National Ag Week was a busy one for agriculture on Capitol Hill. National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) First Vice President Kevin Skunes of North Dakota spent the week visiting Congressional offices on behalf of both the corn growers and the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE). “Ethanol is our number one priority,” said Skunes. “We need to have this outlet for …

ACE, Audio, Corn, Ethanol, NCGA

Second Biggest @ComClassic Ever!

Cindy Zimmerman

Despite some challenging economic times in farm country this year, thousands headed to San Antonio earlier this month to “Farmer Up!” and attend the 2017 Commodity Classic. The final total for attendance was 9,303 – second only to last year’s Classic in New Orleans. That total included over 4100 growers and 920 first time attendees. “Commodity Classic continued in its …

Commodity Classic, Corn, NCGA

Scholarship Recipients Honored at #Classic17

Kelly Marshall

The National Corn Growers Association and BASF have given five undergraduate or graduate students studying agriculture the William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship. These passionate and motivated students were presented with their $1,000 scholarships at a ceremony during the recent 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas. “Our industry needs a well-educated and dedicated group of future leaders …

Ag Group, BASF, Commodity Classic, Corn, Education, NCGA

3Rive 3D Keeps up with Faster Planters

Cindy Zimmerman

Keeping up with high speed planters like John Deere’s ExactEmerge can be a challenge for in-furrow applications of products like FMC’s Capture insecticide, but 3RIVE 3D application technology makes it happen. Bill Voorhees of central Illinois has used 3Rive 3D system on his operation for three years. “We’re planting at eight miles an hour and we were surprised to see …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, FMC, Video