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A John Deere Publication

Issue: December 2021

Rural Living

Christmas Then and Now

Holiday traditions aren’t quite as timeless as we think.

Agriculture, Sustainability

Weed Eaters

Wild plants move from the crosshairs to the plate.

Agriculture, Sustainability

Paddle it Forward

Mississippi River expedition highlights an opportunity to pay it forward for conservation.

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mom with two children holding a chicken

EDUCATION, LIVESTOCK/POULTRY

For the Bird Farmers

Shaking up the production model where big poultry was born.

Algae microfilm machine

SPECIALTY/NICHE

Candyland

Seely family keeps generations-old farm minty fresh.

a woman outside at sunset looking at a tablet

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woman picking flowers

SPECIALTY/NICHE

Blossoms are Booming

Flower farming sprouts new love for the land.

Man standing holding a drone

AGRICULTURE, FARM OPERATION

Working the Grind

Narrowing in on one high-volume product makes local beef work.

man with remote controlled drone

AGRICULTURE, AG TECH

Propellered Protectors

New aerial recon and precision application tech could protect crops soon.

RURAL LIVING

Work from Anywhere

Drinking coffee on the front porch while birds are singing in the forest. It’s the start of another new day at the office for Andrew Douglas. Technology has let him and his wife Anne, pack up their careers, and like millions of other Canadians and Americans, leave their corporate cubicles behind them. They’re free to live and work from wherever they want to.

Yet they fondly recall this devastating moment. It was a life juncture. One where they chose to take a sharp left into the unknown instead of trucking down the same old rutted farm path.

There’s nothing new about teleworking from home; millions of workers have done it for years. But the pandemic gave it a huge boost. Companies sent their employees home to work remotely at the start of the pandemic and nearly two years later most aren’t back. StatsCanada reported that 4% of Canadians worked most of their hours from home in 2016 but 32% were at home at the start of 2021.

The freedom to work from anywhere has caused workers to do some serious soul searching. After all, since there is no advantage to living close to the office, where would you choose to live?

woman holding a melon

AGRICULTURE, SPECIALTY/NICHE

Farmers' Market Fever

Pandemic fuels local food sales.

photo of rows of crops

AGRICULTURE, EDUCATION

Sunshine Strategies

Crop configurations that capture more sunlight.

photo of frozen farm couple

AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK/POULTRY

Upcycling Heritage Cattle Breed

Farm from scratch? Time to shake things up.

picture of a map of usa

EDUCATION, SPECIALTY/NICHE

Monitoring the Migration

Weather radar and citizen scientists monitor bird migration.

man in field

AGRICULTURE, AG TECH

Tech@Work - AutoPath

AutoPath™ saves the day.

man putting up a sign

AGRICULTURE, FARM OPERATION

High Growing Hemp

Taming the wild west of industrial hemp with vertical farming.

Algae microfilm machine

SUSTAINABILITY, EDUCATION

The Algae Effect

A ‘green’ solution to cleaning wastewater.

field of crops

SUSTAINABILITY, EDUCATION

Microbe Mondays

Innovation drives conservation in Taylor County, Iowa.

Algae microfilm machine

AGRICULTURE, SUSTAINABILITY

Telling the Sustainability Story with Data

Sustainability in farming can simply mean to further our stewardship of people and planet.

crops in rows
The Furrow December 2021

About The Furrow

The Furrow was first established by John Deere Company in 1895 as “A Journal for the American Farmer.” The goal of the magazine remains the same - to tell stories that people enjoy reading and provide them with knowledge that they can apply in their operations.

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