Knowledge Center Blog

Welcome to the Farm Credit Knowledge Center Blog!  This blog is a combination of posts from industry experts, Knowledge Center staff and guest contributors covering all aspects of agriculture and life in the country.  We want you to participate in this blog, sharing your thoughts and comments about the topics posted here.

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Farming Methods - Crop Rotation

I love this time of year, especially when we have been fortunate to have the amount of rain that we have received so far this spring (my husband has more mixed feelings about the rain – it has made making hay very difficult, but the pastures and crop ground is looking pretty good).  I love all of the green – the green pastures providing plenty of feed for livestock (translation – no more winter feeding!!), the trees with their full canopies, the flowers in full bloom, and the life I see all around – especially in the newly planted crop fields.  Do you live near or drive by some of those fields on a regular basis?  Have you noticed the little green shoots starting to come up?  Do they look different than last years?  Wondering why?
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Farming Methods - Cover Crops

I know it is not technically spring yet, although you would have a hard time proving that with the weather we had in Virginia this past weekend.  This is the time of year though when you can just see spring trying to break through.  In many places, as you drive past fields that have been brown and covered with crop residue for most of the winter, there is now green peeking through.  While the warmer than normal temperatures do have some impact on this, for many of those fields that green would be showing about now anyway, thanks to cover crops.
 
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Agriculture and...Technology?

I have to admit, some days I love technology; it can make so many things much easier (ordering gifts, shopping, buying groceries, keeping in contact with friends and loved ones, the list goes on and on), but, there are also days when I loathe it (usually when I just want a few minutes to myself, have just updated my phone and now I don’t know where anything is, or to have a conversation with my husband that doesn’t involve him getting interrupted by Facebook or a text message every 2 minutes).  Am I the only one?
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What's In My Food?

As consumers, we are becoming more and more aware of what is in our food, which has prompted more and more "research" and "reports" on what our food contains.  Which is great, or is it?  The information available can be overwhelming at times, and depending on who is giving the report, the presentation of the facts can vary, making things sound better or worse than they actually are. 
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Farming Methods - What is No-Till?

There are so many different types of farming methods out there - which is wonderful for farmers, but can be a bit confusing for both farmers and consumers.  Throughout the year we will be sharing information on some of the different types of methods...starting with this post from The Farmer's Life about No-Till. 
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