The Furrow

A John Deere Publication

Issue: February 2021

Cover Story

Insect Inventory

Declining numbers are bad news for agriculture.

Ag Tech

Digging into Data

Refining knowledge to farm successfully in a margin era.

Agriculture

Russian Roots

Friendship and tree genetics bloom across a huge divide.

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Flood image covering trees

Agriculture, Education

Anatomy of a Flood

Watershed approach seeks solutions at the source.

Man holding skull with antlers

Specialty/Niche

Shed Heads

The hunt is always on for this antler aficionado.

farm photos with landscaping

Agriculture

Demo Plots & Walking Paths

Minnesota’s Landscape Arboretum expands into ag education.

crop in rows photo

Agriculture

Borrowing Or Stealing

A new look at how weeds eat profits.

durum wheat photo

Agriculture

Change Of Seasons

Winter wheat growers look within the family for alternative crops that fit.

woman doing procedure on cow photo

Agriculture

Hands-on Training

Internships help urban ag students gain practical farm experience.

EDUCATION

Bee Vectoring

Precision agriculture conjures up visions of satellites, computers, sensors, and other wonders of the electronic age. But a new fungicide application technology rolling out across the America’s main berry growing regions uses a slight variation of one of the world’s oldest agricultural practices, beekeeping. It’s possibly the most precise application technology yet.

“The process is called bee vectoring,” says Dr. Sue Willis Chan, manager of the University of Guelph’s 2020 Bee Vectoring Project. “Bees pick up small particles that contain biocontrol agents as they leave their hive and disseminate them to flowering crops. It works for strawberries, raspberries, apples, coffee, cucumbers, and potentially sunflowers and some canola too. Essentially, it can be used with any flowering crop that uses bees for pollination.”

binyard photo with trucks and multiple bins

Agriculture

Building a Binyard

Rethink on-farm storage with an eye to the future.

destroyed corn in field from derecho

Agriculture

Down But Not Out

How Midwest growers are dealing with aftereffects from the derecho.

Perry pears photo

Specialty/Niche

Pear Pair

Couple presses for new opportunities in pear country.

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The Furrow February 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