LE SILLON

A John Deere Publication

Issue: Fall 2022

Agriculture, Sustainability

Corn, Cows…and Trout

Commercial agriculture and conservation team up to boost Iowa brook trout.

Agriculture, Specialty/Niche

From Shop to Shore

Food trail links farms and food along Oregon’s coast.

Rural Living

She Sheds

Backyard getaways serve various purposes for homesteaders.

Closeup of coffee beans on branches

AGRICULTURE, SPECIALTY/NICHE

A Local Cup

California-grown coffee pushes "drink local" to a new level.

woman dancing with nets

SPECIALTY/NICHE

Art & the Apple

This orchard comes alive with fine art and fine apples.

a woman outside at sunset looking at a tablet

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a man with his duck

AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK/POULTRY

For the Love of Duck

Duck producer finds success in high value markets.

container of cheese curds on wooden table outside

AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK/POULTRY

Chasing the Dream

Couple finds their dream far from home.

man walking through field of crops

AGRICULTURE, SPECIALTY/NICHE

Extending the Season

Farm chases profits by maximizing their resources.

RURAL LIVING

Interest Blooming in the Magnolia

The magnolia tree has been growing around the world for millions of years. Scientists believe they are one of the first ever flowering plants. This also makes them older than most of the pollinators we think of today, namely bees. This explains why the tree’s flowers are shaped so uniquely and have a tough, waxy texture—they are pollinated by beetles instead of small, flying insects. How the male and female parts of the flowers are sized and spaced help the unsophisticated, flightless insects do their job, and thick texture helps the plant withstand damage from the beetles.

Growing naturally in Asia, North America, Central America, the West Indies and South America, magnolia trees have also withstood major potentially eradicating forces like shifts in the globe’s climate and formations.

man tending to cover crop plants indoors

AGRICULTURE, SUSTAINABILITY

Customized Covers

Cover crops are being fine-tuned to meet specific goals.

collage of images of girl, father, pigs, ewe and newborn sheep, and syrup

AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK/POULTRY

Room to Roam

Trees, livestock, and more make rural life fun for this Maine crew.

cattle crossing sign in front of farmhouses

AGRICULTURE, FARM OPERATION

Year-Round Farming Near the 45th

Diversity helps bridge seasonal market gaps.

two people riding electric bicycles down a tree-lined-street

RURAL LIVING

Easy Riding

E-bikes make cycling an option for everyone.

forest cafe in Equador

AGRICULTURE, SPECIALTY/NICHE

Steeping a Second Career

Automotive engineer turned specialty coffee grower.

piles of fertilizer on green background

AGRICULTURE, SUSTAINABILTY

Nutrient Newcomers

Researchers need help finding a fit for sulfur and chloride fertilizers.

RURAL LIVING

Pedal Power

The High Trestle Trail is a shining star in Iowa’s trail system, and on any given Sunday, you may find Erich Kretzinger and his wife, Kari, enjoying a short jaunt between the towns of Woodward and Madrid. Like dozens of other cyclists, they will cross the iconic 13-story High Trestle Trail Bridge that crosses the Des Moines River valley—one of the largest trail bridges in the world. But the Kretzingers have one distinction that sets them apart from their fellow two-wheeled travelers. They are each riding a John Deere.

Going green. A John Deere bicycle? Yes, there was a brief time that the company known for its two-cylinder Johnny Poppers offered machines that were powered by pedals. From 1973 to 1975, bicycles shared the showroom with ag equipment as the company expanded its recreational product line, which included products such as snowmobiles.

closeup of halved avocados

AGRICULTURE, FARM OPERATION

Using All the Avocados

Father and daughter make most of the growing avocado market.

man standing in field of canola crops

AGRICULTURE, EDUCATION

Seeking Golden Opportunities

Winter canola gives transitioning family farm a boost.

orchard sprayer between rows of trees in an orchard

AG TECH

Tech@Work

Joint Venture: A Win for High-Value Crop Growers

John Deere tractor with US Capitol Building in background at sunset

AGRICULTURE

John Deere Showcases Agricultural Innovation in America's Front Yard

background image of bees on honeycomb
The Furrow Fall 2022

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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