Industry News | 10-17-2022

5 Common Combine Problems — and Tips to Troubleshoot

Here are five common phone calls an equipment dealership receives during harvest — and five possible solutions to fix the problems before requesting a service call!
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Community Gardens Bring Agricultural Education to Missoula

Garden City Harvest has been a pillar for farming and agricultural education in Missoula since 1996. They started out with one community garden. Plans for a student farm eventually grew into the PEAS Farm, a student farm that partnered with the University of Montana. The flourishing nonprofit supports various neighborhood farms, community gardens and youth development programs. This includes a farm to school program that partners with local schools to build outdoor learning centers like the newly established garden at CM Russell School in Missoula.
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First-Generation Farmers Show it’s Not All in the Family

While many farmers today are the sons and daughters of farmers, there are still young people joining the career and lifestyle as first-generation farmers. Derek and Garret Stewart are central Illinois brothers who had a dream since childhood to farm. Having no family farm or land to work with, it seemed like a pretty tough dream to achieve. The brothers took the first step when they were given the opportunity to rent a farm from a family at church and buy some equipment from a farmer that was headed towards retirement. They started Stewart Family Farms in 2015 in Eureka in Woodford County, Illinois. “We feel blessed to have the opportunities we have and humbled by each one,” Derek said.
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Farmer Survey Shows No Pull Back in Fertilizer Rates, Corn Acres Despite High Prices

Despite sky rocketing fertilizer prices, a recent survey found that many farmers won’t reduce rates or plant less corn in 2023. Kevin McNew is the chief economist with Farmers Business Network. “We didn’t see a sizeable change. We saw some localized changes where farmers were pulling back, but much of that I attribute to drought impacts more so than the cost of fertilizer.  I think farmers, unfortunately, are getting comfortable with high fertilizer prices.”
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U.S. Dairy Exports Grow for Fifth Straight Month

International customers remain eager for U.S. dairy products even as macroeconomic concerns abound, setting a course for record highs for both export volume and value in 2022, according to a monthly market update from the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC).
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