Estimating Corn Yields

I really think this video does a great job explaining the math behind estimating corn yields before harvesting. Math teachers are always looking for real-world examples. I would encourage them to watch this video too. Too many times, we take these numbers for granted as consumers. Growers consciously are looking at these numbers in order

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Tour of Missouri Crops

Check out this video of crop fields in the state of Missouri. It gives a very good perspective of what you might see if you traveled across the state and were to look at various fields. Quite a variety of stages being ovserved here. The big theme, “Too much moisture” Lots of areas where crops

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Avian Influenza

Check out this news story and see how this issue is affecting our food production. The virus has killed more than 38.9 million birds. Questions still exist about how the virus is being spread. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said the poultry industry

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Ingredients Testing

Have you looked at analyzing the quality of your ingredients? At Midwest Laboratories, we are receiving higher volumes of phone calls regarding this topic. People are looking closer at the quality of ingredients they are receiving. Some of the items analyzed are protein content, fat content, water content, bacteria content, salt content, other heavy metals

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Farmers Racing Against Time

The race is on to get into the field and begin planting. Check out this news report that looks at the corn planting situation in 2015. It is time to get into the field before the fields get too wet. Typically, corn is planted first in late April followed by soybeans which are planted the

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We need Farmers to Feed the World

Take a second and check out this article, “The only thing that will feed the world is farmers” John Hart, Southeast Farm Press – December 17, 2104 “There is no single technology that will feed the world. The only thing that will feed the world is farmers,” Savage said at a forum on agricultural biotechnology

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Feed Testing

Feed testing – This article, “The importance of feed testing” by Janna Kincheloe, November 17, 2014” is one of the best articles I have read on the topic of feed testing. This article looks at three key components: 1) Proper Sampling – The article explains how to collect a consistent feed sample 2) Quality Analysis – This

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Behind the Scenes at McDonalds

Behind the scenes at McDonalds. McDonalds is opening its operations for people to see the true story of what the food product looks like. McDonalds is starting down a new journey. Our Food – Your Questions The beef is just like the beef you get at the grocery store. With the emergence of social media,

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