This Week in Ag #60
04.09.2024 Fred Nichols

This Week in Ag #60

“They’re on 30s, we’re on 36s.” The cultural practice of row width is often as defining to a farm as the color of tractors they drive. Row width speaks to how far apart you plant your rows. This can vary greatly depending...

This Week in Ag #59
04.02.2024 Fred Nichols

This Week in Ag #59

“It won’t grow in the bag.” Grandpa never minced words. And that’s how he responded (in frustration) to my dad and uncle whenever they pondered dropping the planter. His philosophy was simple: the moment you can plant, you plant. There’s only...

This Week in Ag #58
03.26.2024 Fred Nichols

This Week in Ag #58

Yesterday was the 110th birthday of the greatest agriculturalist of all time, Norman Borlaug. The Cresco, Iowa, native’s ground-breaking work to prevent hunger is said to have “saved more lives than any other person who ever lived.” That would be more...

The Privilege of Leading the Biostimulant Council
03.20.2024 Lyndon Smith

The Privilege of Leading the Biostimulant Council

It is with immense pleasure and a sense of great responsibility that I address you as the newly appointed Chairman of the Biostimulant Council under The Fertilizer Institute (TFI). I am filled with gratitude for the decades-long association we have...

This Week in Ag #57
03.19.2024 Fred Nichols

This Week in Ag #57

“What are you planting this year?” That may not sound like a trick question, considering it’s already mid-March. But ask any farmer south of the Mason-Dixon line that question and you’ll likely see their shoulders shrug. You see, unlike in the...

This Week in Ag #56
03.12.2024 Fred Nichols

This Week in Ag #56

We’re all a wee bit Irish come Sunday, even if your family tree has no roots in the Emerald Isle. And no holiday is more linked to a particular plant than St. Patrick’s Day is to the shamrock (which is actually a...

This Week in Ag #55
03.05.2024 Fred Nichols

This Week in Ag #55

While farmer sentiment may be down, their appetite for new information is not. Initial estimates had last week’s Commodity Classic drawing record crowds, with projections of 11,000 attending the event in Houston.

This Week in Ag #54
02.27.2024 Fred Nichols

This Week in Ag #54

Farmers love to kick tires, share stories, and due to their curious nature, are always looking to pick up tips for their trade. It’s no wonder the agricultural industry is rife with trade shows. Perhaps the most influential show is...

This Week in Ag #53
02.20.2024 Fred Nichols

This Week in Ag #53

“They’re not making any more of it” has long been a popular response among farmers justifying a land purchase (or in the case of retirees or heirs, for holding on to it). But now it seems, they’re making less of...

This Week in Ag #52
02.13.2024 Fred Nichols

This Week in Ag #52

What are farmers doing during these cold winter days? If they farm in the Midwest, they may be laying tile. I realize this may be a foreign concept to my friends in the west, but in many areas of the Corn...

This Week in Ag #51
02.06.2024 Fred Nichols

This Week in Ag #51

Back in the mid-1980s, this then-high school student attended a farmer meeting with dad. One of the speakers was a commodities advisor. He playfully asked the attendees what their target price was for their crops. He further inquired, “How many...

This Week in Ag #50
01.30.2024 Fred Nichols

This Week in Ag #50

When explaining the carbon offset market, many of you have heard me give the example of companies and individuals purchasing carbon credits to “offset” their carbon footprints. By nature of what they do, some businesses such as airlines have no choice,...