The Furrow

A John Deere Publication

Issue: Summer 2021

Rural Living

Pucker Up!

Rhubarb goes straight to the tart.

Agriculture, Sustainability

Maui Makeover

Hawaiian paradise is focused on real world challenge of food production.

Rural Living, Specialty/Niche

Portrait of a Modern Homesteader

Living a long-held dream and scratching a living from the land.

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A photo of a rose

RURAL LIVING, SPECIALTY/NICHE

Of Roses & Rosarians

Growing roses isn’t a hobby, it's a passion.

Greg surrounded by vegetables

AGRICULTURE, SPECIALTY/NICHE

Big Bonus From Little Greens

Microgreens provide a nutritional punch and can be fun to grow.

firefly photo

RURAL LIVING, EDUCATION

Flash Guide

Understanding the magic of fireflies.

Kids sitting at laptop computer

AGRICULTURE, EDUCATION

An Open Book

Farm kids answer what city kids really want to know about the farm.

Men in front of grain tank

AGRICULTURE, FARM OPERATION

Keeping Command Of Each Kernel

Managing grain quality during drying and storage.

Man standing with robot in field

AGRICULTURE, AG TECH

Robots In The Rows

Technology is poised to reduce horticulture’s reliance on human resources.

AGRICULTURE, EDUCATION

Food Fraud!

What’s wrong with this picture of spaghetti and meatballs in tomato sauce with a dash of parmesan cheese? Maybe nothing, but if any of its ingredients aren’t what you paid for, you’re a victim of food fraud!

“The label said beef but is it pork or horse?” asks John Spink, Director of Michigan State University’s Food Fraud Initiative in East Lansing, Michigan. “Is the pasta sauce made from the right grade tomato paste?”

Food fraud occurs whenever food products, ingredients and packaging is intentionally adulterated to increase profits. It’s an umbrella term that includes altering, substituting or tampering with ingredients, counterfeiting or mislabeling and product theft. It’s a problem for consumers, supermarkets, food services and farmers. It’s one of the drivers behind the push for more transparency and traceability from seed to plate.

Mother and son in field

AGRICULTURE, FARM OPERATION

Keep It Clean

Failing to follow the rules can be costly.

Woman standing with pigs

AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK/POULTRY

A Touch Of Iceland

Selma Bjarnadottir lives her dream in western Washington.

Jocelyn and Andre with pig

AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK/POULTRY

Pasture Pork

Raising pork under the open skies captures niche consumer market.

bob miller photo

AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK/POULTRY

Genuine

Little herd, lots of heart.

Oyster cages floating

AGRICULTURE, SPECIALTY/NICHE

Aquatic Allies

Oyster farmers help tackle Chesapeake nitrogen.

bee hive with varroa mite

SPECIALTY/NICHE, EDUCATION

Chilling Out

Using controlled atmosphere to fight the battle with varroa.

peas falling from tank

AGRICULTURE, SPECIALTY/NICHE

From Forage To Food

Breeding efforts move winter pea from cover to commodity.

Stock cropping system photo from above

AGRICULTURE, FARM OPERATION

Nose-till

Innovative system allows corn, cover crops, and livestock to share the field simultaneously.

olive oil pouring
The Furrow Summer 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.

Meet The Furrow Team