Around The Farm

The farming podcast that talks about all things ag. Industry experts share their first-hand knowledge about the seasonal topics that are on your mind - and have some fun along the way.

 

Episode 92: FieldView Changes in 2024 Part 2

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In this second part from Episode 89, Tom is back with Wyatt Jones, the Brand Manager for Climate FieldView, and Andy Folta, the US Product Marketing Manager. Wyatt continues his discussion with Tom about the recently introduced FieldView premium, highlighting its fresh features and benefits for farmers. Andy continues the conversation to discuss the imminent release of Drive 2.0 and the enhancements in data gathering that customers can anticipate with this updated technology. Tune in to learn more about the recent progressions from FieldView in the current year.


Episode 91: Cicada Season

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In this episode, Tom and Julie meet with Dr. Eric Blinka, an entomologist and Technology Development Representative at Bayer. Listen to hear more about the latest advancements in pest management and what we can expect from cicadas in 2024.


Episode 90: Addressing Carbon with ForGround

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In this episode, Julie meets with Andrew Starr, Brand Marketing Lead with ForGround by Bayer. Andrew gives an overview of the Bayer Carbon Program and the resources growers and companies can benefit from. They also meet with Ben Runge, Sustainable Systems Agronomist at ForGround, who discusses how growers can evaluate various sustainability and carbon programs available to them. Listen to hear more about how the Bayer Carbon Program helps growers and companies across the nation advance soil health and sequester carbon.


Episode 89: FieldView Changes in 2024 Part 1

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In this episode, Tom meets with Wyatt Jones, Climate FieldView Brand Manager, and Andy Folta, US Product Marketing Manager. Listen to hear about the newly launched FieldView tiers, the latest features, and offerings for the new the tiers. They also discuss the upcoming launch of Drive 2.0 and the improvements in data collection customers can expect. Stay tuned for part 2!


Episode 88: 2024 Spring Weather Report

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In this episode, Julie and Tom dig into 2024 weather patterns, looking back at the el niño that occurred in the last six months and the upcoming la niña. They meet with Zach Hansen, Climate Weather Science Team Manager, who discusses where to plant ahead of these future weather patterns and tools that can help you forecast. Brad Coleman, former President of the American Meteorological Society, also sits down with them to discuss what the different patterns look like for an el niño versus a la niña. Listen to hear more about how farmers should plan for these upcoming weather patterns.


Episode 87: 2024 Planting Checklist

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Join Zach Kayser and Julie Bonk as they go through the planter’s checklist, identifying the key items growers need to take action on for this planting season. They meet with Brad Veale, Channel Seed Pro, who speaks about the importance of making machinery more efficient. Fabián G. Fernández, Professor & Extension Nutrient Management Specialist, also speaks about how farmers should set up their farm trials to receive rich data. Listen to hear more about how farmers should approach the 2024 planting season.


Episode 86: Planning Innovation for Planting

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Tom Verseman and Julie Bonk discuss opportunities for exploring innovation ahead of the 2024 planting season. Tom recalls insights gleaned from Brad Veale, a Channel Seed Pro from Missouri. Jerry Seuntjens from Kingsley, Iowa shares advice about developing and approaching field trials. Listen to hear more about deciding and implementing tests in the field!


Episode 85: Preceon Groundbreakers' Harvest Results with Erica Strittmatter

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In this episode, Tom Verseman interviews Erica Strittmatter, Corn Traits Launch & Marketing Lead at Bayer Crop Science. Erica shares some insight on the Preceon smart corn system trials in 2023. Tune in for this special interview live from Tucson, AZ!


Episode 84: Clint’s Sign-off

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In this episode, Clint bids farewell. Watch for a selection of Clint's greatest clips. Join us as we relive some of the most captivating discussions from the show


Episode 83: Year-in-Review 2023 – Insights and Memorable Moments on Around the Farm

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Welcome to a special New Year's episode of Around the Farm! Join hosts Clint Chaffer and Tom Versemen on a journey through the best moments and insights from 2023. Test your knowledge alongside Clint and Tom in their pop quiz questions. Get up to speed with the latest groundbreaking developments in the ag industry that caught their attention, from cutting-edge technologies to sustainable farming practices. Buckle up and join us for an unforgettable Around the Farm! Get ready to learn, engage, and be inspired by the thriving world of agriculture. We'll see you there.


Episode 82: Succession Planning with Lance Woodbury

With Lance Woodbury, a Family Business Advisor for Pinion

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In this episode, Clint Chaffer interviews Lance Woodbury, a Family Business Advisor for Pinion. Have you planned for what will happen to farm leadership when the previous generation leaves or a sibling returns? If not, take a listen as to why you should and how to start those tough conversations with your family.


Episode 81: The Benefits of Traction Ag with Bailey Brown

With Bailey Brown, Sales and Success Account Manager at Traction Ag

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In this episode, Clint Chaffer sits down with Bailey Brown, a Sales and Success Account Manager at Traction Ag, a leading farm management software firm. They explore the solutions Traction Ag offers, focusing on streamlined accounting, payroll, and field management systems tailored for farmers. Tune in for insights into making farm management and administration more manageable.


Episode 80: Combyne Ag's Marketing Management with Alain Goubau

With Combyne Ag CEO, Alain Goubau

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In this episode, Clint Chaffer interviews Combyne Ag CEO, Alain Goubau. Alain discusses his family farm in Canada and deep dives into how the Combyne Ag system works.


Episode 79: Channel Seed’s Brand Evolution with Shad Schenk

With guest Shad Schenk, Channel Seed Professional and Dealer

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In this episode, hosted by Channel Seed's Tom Verseman, we interview Shad Schenk, Channel Seed Professional, and Dealer, about the changes coming to Channel Seed and subsequent evolution of products and benefits for growers.


Episode 78: Introducing The Preceon™ Smart Corn System with Dr. Denise Bouvrette

With guest Dr. Bouvrette, North American Smart Corn System Strategy and Launch Lead at Bayer Crop Science

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In this episode, Clint Chaffer interviews Dr. Denise Bouvrette about The Preceon™ Smart Corn System launch. Dr. Bouvrette shares insights into the development of the technology and benefits growers have experienced in trials. Listen to hear more about this groundbreaking innovation in corn short stature hybrids.


Episode 77: Water Utilization with Mark Reiman, Gothenburg Learning Center

With Mark Reiman, manager at the Bayer Water Utilization Learning Center in Gothenburg, Nebraska

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In this episode, Clint Chaffer interviews Mark Reiman. Mark is a manager at the Bayer Water Utilization Learning Center in Gothenburg, Nebraska. Mark shares insight on how the Water Learning Center takes input from farmers and university partners to ensure trials meet industry needs. Listen to hear more about current water utilization techniques at the center.


Episode 76: Dr. Andrew Penney of A Penney For Your Thoughts on Planting 2023

With Dr. Andrew Penney, a "Plant Doctor" and Technical Agronomist for Bayer Crop Science

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In this episode of Around the Farm, host Clint Chaffer converses with Dr. Andrew Penney, a "Plant Doctor" and Technical Agronomist for Bayer Crop Science. Dr. Penney is not just an expert in the field, but also the host of the ag podcast, 'A Penney For Your Thoughts.' Dr. Penney shares insights from his career in agronomy, shares how his podcast came to life, reveals his dream guests and standout episodes. He also sheds light on the current planting season, analyzing trends and factors influencing farmers' decisions this year.


Episode 75: Ag Tech Flashback with Ben Schroeder

With Ben Schroeder, a Climate Enablement Manager for Climate FieldView

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We've come a long way since storing field data on floppy disks. In this episode of Around the Farm, we're diving into the history of agricultural technology with Ben Schroeder, a Climate Enablement Manager for Climate FieldView.


Episode 74: The Science Behind TriVolt with Cody Evans

With Guest Cody Evans, a crop science expert

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In this exciting episode of Around the Farm, host Clint Chaffer sits down with Cody Evans, a crop science expert. Cody shares his insights and experiences working with TriVolt, a game-changing herbicide in the world of agriculture. Don't miss this informative episode as we dive into the world of TriVolt and explore how it's revolutionizing crop management.


Episode 73: From Channel Grain to the Glass with Chris Fornstrom

With Guest Tom Verseman, a Channel Seedsman, basketball coach, and bourbon producer from Pine Bluffs, WY.

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Tom Verseman sits down with Chris Fornstrom, a Channel Seedsman, basketball coach, and bourbon producer from Pine Bluffs, WY. Chris studied at the University of Wyoming and is involved with the management of Pine Bluffs Distilling. Tom and Chris dive into the challenges of being a Channel Seedsman and the values of the Channel brand. Chris shares his experiences creating custom whiskey for his customers, made exclusively from Channel grain.


Episode 72: Planting Forecast 2023 with Zach Hansen

With Guest Zach Hansen, the lead of the Weather Science Team at Climate FieldView

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Join us for another exciting episode of Around the Farm, where host Clint Chaffer interviews Zach Hansen, the lead of the Weather Science Team at Climate FieldView. With a strong background in tropical thunderstorms, Zach shares his insights on the recent back-to-back La Niña years, weather conditions during the past winter, and the planting forecast for the upcoming season.


Episode 71: How to Automate Acreage Reporting MyAgData

With Guests Don Bierman and Michelle Tressel from MyAgData

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MyAgData makes acreage reporting easy. In this episode of Around the Farm, Don Bierman and Michelle Tressel discuss the advantages of linking MyAgData and Climate FieldView.. There are many challenges when it comes to acreage reporting but with the right technology, you can learn how to streamline the process and reap the benefits.


Episode 70: The Best Moments Of 2022

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You can't move forward without knowing where you came from, so we're kicking off 2023 with a look back at some of the best bits on Around The Farm in 2022. We've rounded up memorable moments–whether they’re good information or just plain good times–and put them together in a special episode for you while Clint also teases the upcoming season.


Episode 69: What's It Like To Farm Around A Professional Baseball Field?

With guest Aaron Rahe, one of the Rahe brothers

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In this episode, Clint talks with Aaron Rahe, one of the Rahe brothers that takes care of the farmland that surrounds the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa. We'll hear about the challenges of farming with a professional sports game being held in the middle of your crop, brotherly farming competitions, and how FieldView has been a crucial tool in their operation.


Episode 68: What's All The Fuss About Regenerative Ag and Carbon Credits?

With guests Colin Rogers and Tyler Williams, sustainable systems agronomists with ForGround by Bayer

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In this episode, Clint talks with Colin Rogers and Tyler Williams who are sustainable systems agronomists with ForGround by Bayer, a new program that supports farmers in adopting regenerative agriculture practices that are right for their operations. This episode we'll hear about the potential benefits of things like no-till/strip till and cover crops--which help improve long-run soil health and potentially open new revenue opportunities for farmers--and get some quick tips on how to start making small & easy changes toward sustainable farming.


Episode 67: Farm Progress Show 2022 Part 2

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When we last left off with Clint at Farm Progress Show 2022, he had just devoured his way to a Prime Rib Sandwich champion title. Now, we get the conclusion of his FieldView-powered scavenger hunt on the showgrounds complete with more great Ag Tech and Ag Industry personalities. Stick around for the end when National Events Director of Farm Progress Show, Matt Jungmann joins for a one-on-one chat with Clint!


Episode 66: Living The Farmer’s Life with Brian Scott

With guest Brian Scott, Ag influencer and Purdue alum

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In this episode, Clint talks with Ag influencer and Purdue alum Brian Scott. His YouTube channel “The Farmer’s Life” has nearly 10k subscribers. With a Soil and Crop Management Degree, Brian currently grows corn, soybeans, popcorn, and wheat. Tune in as Clint and Brian chat about farm life, being a farmer influencer on social media, and all other things Ag!


Episode 65: Farm Progress Show 2022 Part 1

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Did you miss Farm Progress 2022? Or just want to relive the fun? On this episode, Clint's sent on a FieldView-powered scavenger hunt around the showgrounds courtesy of National Events Director of Farm Progress Show, Matt Jungmann. Watch him check out the latest cutting edge Ag Tech, meet the faces around the Ag Industry, and get himself into a ribeye sandwich eating contest!


Episode 64: Our Friend at Farmers National Company

With guest Colin Hogrefe, Farm Manager | Farmers National Company

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On this episode, Clint's talking with Colin Hogrefe, a Farm Manager with Farmers National Company -- the nation's largest farm & management company that covers all sorts of business lines for farmers ranging across Farm Management, Real Estate, Oil & Gas, Forestry, Hunting and Leasing Permits.


Episode 63: September 2022 Grain Marketing Update

With guest Matt Bennett, co-founder of AgMarket.net

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Guest host Tom Verseman fills in for Clint Chaffer in this grain marketing update. Tom speaks with Matt Bennett, a grain marketing consultant and a co-founder of AgMarket.net, about recent market changes, volatility, risk management tools and more. Listen in to peer into the near future of grain marketing.


Episode 62: The 411 on the Farm Progress Show 2022

With guest Matt Jungmann, National Events Manager, Farm Progress

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The Farm Progress Show showrunner (and Clint’s neighbor), Matt Jungmann, talks about Farm Progress – THE industry trade show for the producers of our food, fiber, and fuel. The two chat about what to expect from the show (with a few exclusive sneak peeks), the new permanent sites, and how the community comes together to put on Farm Progress on August 30 - September 1!


Episode 61: Entrepreneurship with the Heart of the Midwest

With guest Erin Holbert, Heart of the Midwest and @ernholbert on Instagram

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Agronomist and Indiana farmer Erin Holbert doesn’t just run equipment on her family farm, she also runs the Heart of the Midwest boutique and social media. Clint talks to Erin about working with family, self-teaching technology, and raising raccoons. Listen along to hear more about Erin’s entrepreneurship.


Episode 60: Cattle, Corn, and Digital Agriculture with a 4th Generation Farmer

With guest Jacquelyne Leffler, Leffler Farms and Leffler Prime Performance

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Clint meets with a Jacquelyne of all trades, a Kansas farmer who raises cattle and grows wheat, corn, and soybeans. Jacquelyne discusses the challenges and benefits of introducing digital solutions as a fourth generation farmer and the tumultuous 2022 planting season. Tune in to get the scoop from the star of A Farmer’s Journey Season 2.


Episode 59: Let’s Talk Cotton

With guests Fran Deville & Brandon Cavins, Climate Activation Managers

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What sort of optimizations are successful cotton farmers making? Where can you focus efforts in reducing costs? Climate Activation Managers Fran Deville and Brandon Cavins join Clint to share their insights on the cotton industry, price changes, and impacts on demand and planting.


Episode 58: Nitrogen and Irrigation Management

With guest Holly Thrasher, Technical Agronomist, Dekalb Asgrow

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The right inputs at the right time can change everything. Holly Thrasher joins Clint to dig into best practices for managing nitrogen inputs. When should you hold back? When should you invest more? Holly shares her advice on making in-season decisions.


Episode 57: Getting Involved With The FFA

With guest Mindy McDermott, Learning and Development Specialist, Climate FieldView

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How are global markets reacting to ongoing conditions? What does that mean for your bottom line? In this episode, we get the inside scoop from grain marketing expert Stephen Nicholson. Tune in to hear his take on market trends.


Episode 56: Spring 2022 Grain Marketing Update

With Guest Stephen Nicholson, EVP Global Sector Strategist-Grains and Oilseeds, Rabo AgriFinance

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How are global markets reacting to ongoing conditions? What does that mean for your bottom line? In this episode, we get the inside scoop from grain marketing expert Stephen Nicholson. Tune in to hear his take on market trends.


Episode 55: Wheat Agronomy 101

With Guests Dr. Cody Creech and Dr. Amanda Easterly, University of Nebraska

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Did you know that wheat is competitive with weeds? Have you heard about wheat hybrids? In this episode, Dr. Cody Creech and Dr. Amanda Easterly from the University of Nebraska shed some light on wheat agronomy. Tune in to hear about their trials and the advantages of exploring wheat in your field.


Episode 54: Planting 2022 Checklist

Guest Krista Russell, Customer Experience Advisor of Climate FieldView

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Planting season is around the corner and it’s time to make sure your equipment is ready to roll. In this episode, we’re joined by Krista Russell from the Customer Experience team at Climate FieldView. Listen for Krista’s tips and tricks for ensuring a seamless planting season.


Episode 53: Planting Prep with Jerry

Jerry Seuntjens of Kingsley, Iowa

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In this episode, we’re looking ahead to planting ‘22 with Jerry Seuntjens from Kingsley, Iowa. You’ll hear about planning ahead and future-proofing farming operations, as well as the digital tools that tie it all together.


Episode 52: Digging Into Soil Health

Dr. Dianna Bagnall of the Soil Healthy Institute

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Soil health is everything from cover crops to no-till to measuring microbial health. Is there an accessible way to approach soil health without rolling out farm-wide changes? We spoke with Dr. Dianna Bagnall of the Soil Health Institute about the nickels and dimes of incremental change.


Episode 51: A La Niña & El Niño Crash Course

Weather Expert Brad Coleman

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The forecasts predict another La Niña year. What does that mean for the weather this winter and spring across the country? Weather expert Brad Coleman explains the implications and fundamentals of a La Niña or El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO).


Episode 50: Our Best Guest Advice from 2021

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We’re closing the book on 2021. Before the final chapter ends, we want to share the best advice our guests have passed along this year. We’ve rounded up all of those pearls of wisdom into a single episode. Tune in to hear what they had to tell us, and hear Clint’s final thoughts on the year.


Episode 49: How Precision Data Makes Your Insurance Claims Easier

With guest Dan Meyer, Farmer and Claims Adjuster for Farmers Mutual Hail

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When yield or commodity prices fall short, insurance enters the picture. Using precision data from your fields can take the insurance claims filing process from days to hours. In this episode, Dan Meyer of Farmers Mutual Hail briefs Clint on using precision data for insurance claims as well as the sorts of claims he’s anticipating from Harvest 2021.


Episode 48: Thanksgiving Traditions on the Farm

With guest Tanner Dunn, Illinois Farmer and Product Manager of Machine Compatibility at Climate

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It’s turkey time again! Clint Chaffer and Tanner Dunn share the Thanksgiving festivities at their family celebrations. What’s the best side? Do side-by-side rides fight off the tryptophan? And is anyone bringing a turducken? From our FieldView families to yours, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving season.


Episode 47: Shedding Light on Farm Mental Health

With guest and Mental Wellness Advocate Alecia Stuann

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No one farms alone. In this episode, mental wellness advocate Alecia Stuann and Clint have a conversation about mental health in the farming community. What do you do when you see someone having a rough time? Listen along for advice on supporting your neighbors.


Episode 46: When Things Go Wrong at Harvest

With guest Tanner Dunn, Illinois Farmer and Product Manager of Machine Compatibility at Climate LLC

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In this episode, we’re sharing our stories of when things didn't go as we planned during the harvest season. You might relate to a few of the mis-adventures on Dunn Farms and Chaffer Farms when the hustle and bustle of harvesting leads to a few funny mishaps.


Episode 45: Farm Progress Tour 2021, Part 2

With guests Matt Jungmann, National Events Director, Farm Progress; Nick Longbucco, Coordinator, S.T.A.R.; Kathleen McKittrick, Dekalb Brand Manager, Bayer Crop Science; Chris Allen, Owner, Allen’s Grub Truck

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Did you miss Farm Progress 2021? Or want to relive the fun? Guest host Angella Sharpe has all the highlights of this year’s show. Watch along to see diving dogs, the Asgrow/Dekalb experience, Illinois' best rib-eye sandwich, and test your knowledge at Farm Trivia Showdown game.


Episode 44: Harvest Weather Outlook 2021

With weather expert, Brad Coleman

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What does the rest of autumn have in store for us? Weather expert Brad Colman shares what to expect for the weeks ahead as we push further into harvest season. Plus, we’ll learn more about the upcoming La Niña.


Episode 43: What’s New in Digital Ag at Farm Progress

With guests Tom Eickhoff, senior director of science implementation, Climate LLC; Josh Monken, R&D communications manager, Climate LLC; and Bryce Baker, integrated marketing manager, Precision Planting

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The Farm Progress Show is back! In this episode, Around the Farm heads to Decatur, IL to get an update on what’s being developed in precision and digital farming. Guest host Angella Sharpe takes you on an exclusive tour of the Climate FieldView experience, and connects with Precision Planting to learn about their latest technology.


Episode 42: Getting Harvest Prepped with FieldView

With guest Greg Deim, FieldView Cab App Senior Product Manager, Climate LLC

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At harvest time, there’s no shortage of things on your to-do list. In this episode, we’re helping you check off the digital farming prep. Greg Deim joins the show to share quick tips to make sure your harvest data collection is seamless and accurate.


Episode 41: Women in Agribusiness Roundtable

With guests Kate Danner, Farmer, Longley Farms; Tara Schrock, director of sales, Trelleborg; and Anita Chaffer, Farmer, Chaffer Farms

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Women have always played a vital role in agriculture, and that continues to expand each year. Join us for a conversation with a group representing various agriculture careers and decades of experience. Plus, hear their advice for women considering a future in ag.


Episode 40: Crop Scouting: Troubleshooting Growing Challenges

With guest Shawn Kand, Crop Consultant, Backroads Consulting

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Grab your tape measure and buckle into your side-by-side, scouting season is here. Shawn Kand, a Crop Consultant in Kentucky, shares tips from his 21 years in the field. Follow along for advice on how to tackle growing challenges this year.


Episode 39: A Clear View on Stand Counts and Replanting

With guest Chad Weeks, Sales Specialist, Sentera

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Doing accurate stand counts and making replant decisions can be tough. Join us as we chat about new drone and sensor technology that improves accuracy and saves time -- plus makes it all a little more fun.


Episode 38: The Best (and Worst) of Eating in the Cab

With guest Tanner Dunn, Illinois Farmer and Climate Activation Manager

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It’s planting season, and that means three square meals a day in the cab. What’s your favorite cab meal? What didn’t work so well? Join us as we debate cab cuisine and the best snack options while on the move.


Episode 37: When Things Don’t Go as Planned at Planting

With guest Tanner Dunn, Illinois Farmer and Climate Activation Manager

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In this episode, we’re sharing real-life stories of when things don’t go as planned during the planting season. You may be able to relate to a few of the adventures on Dunn Farms and Chaffer Farms when the hustle and bustle of planting leads to a few funny mishaps.


Episode 36: Late Spring Weather Outlook

With guest Brad Colman, Director of Weather Strategy, Climate LLC

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What does the rest of spring have in store for us? Weather expert Brad Colman shares what to expect for the weeks ahead as we push further into planting season. Plus, we’ll learn what’s really going on when you hear about El Nino and La Nina.


Episode 35: Better Understanding Your ROI

With guests Chad Groenhagen, Farmer, Circle G Farms & Feedlots and Jeff Nazuka, Business Analyst, Ag-Analytics

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How much time are you spending in spreadsheets trying to understand costs and revenues? In this episode, we’re chatting about tools to help you more easily understand your ROI for each field and management practice to help grow your bottom line.


Episode 34: March Grain Marketing Update

With guest Stephen Nicholson, Grain & Oilseed Analyst, Rabo AgriFinance

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How should you be approaching your marketing plans in the current conditions? In this episode, we get the inside scoop from grain marketing expert Stephen Nicholson. Tune in to hear his perspective on the short and long run trends that could impact your bottom line.


Episode 33: Prepping for Planting 2021

With guests Jeff Samuelson, Iowa Farmer, and Phil Petersen, Seed Department Manager at Cedar County Cooperative

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In this episode, we’re looking ahead to planting ‘21 with two guests based in Cedar County, Iowa. You’ll hear about variable rate seeding strategies and digital tools that are making it easier to maximize the return of every seed.


Episode 32: The Best Farming Advice From Our Guests

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Over the past year, we’ve asked our guests to share the best pieces of advice about farming they’ve received. Now we’ve rounded up all of those pearls of wisdom into a single episode. Tune in to hear what they had to tell us, plus a special announcement from our host Rick.


Episode 31: A Special 2020 Season Finale (Part 2)

With guest Clint Chaffer, Illinois Farmer and Asgrow Brand Manager, Bayer Crop Science

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2020 is drawing to a close, but we have one more special episode to take you into the holidays. On Part 2 of our season finale, we sit down again with former Around the Farm host Clint Chaffer to chat about the unexpected year, plus have some fun as Clint and Rick look back at their adventures in podcasting.


Episode 31: A Special 2020 Season Finale (Part 1)

With guest Clint Chaffer, Illinois Farmer and Asgrow Brand Manager, Bayer Crop Science

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Welcome to Part 1 of a special two-part season finale of Around the Farm. For the first time in the show’s history, we’re going literally around the farm! Former host Clint Chaffer returns to give you an inside look at his family’s northern Illinois operation. Plus, you’ll hear about harvest results and what strategies won out at Chaffer Farms this year.


Episode 30: How Farmers Can Link Profitability and Sustainability

With guests Jason Lay, Illinois Corn and Soy Farmer and Jeff Seale, Director of Climate Policy & Strategy, Bayer Crop Science

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Earn an additional $10 per acre? Sounds good to us! In this episode, we’re learning about a new carbon capture pilot program from Bayer Crop Science that helps improve farmers’ bottom lines and their long-term soil health. Tune in to find out if this is an opportunity for your operation.


Episode 29: Evaluating Your Grain Marketing Plans

With guest Stephen Nicholson, Senior Analyst - Grains & Oilseeds, Rabo AgriFinance

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In a turbulent year with plenty of uncertainty ahead, how should growers be approaching their marketing plans? Stephen Nicholson, a grain and oilseed market expert, joins this episode of Around the Farm to offer his perspective on the market and share key things you should be thinking about now.


Episode 28: Fall Season Outlook with Weatherman John

With guest John Mioduszewski, Environmental Data Scientist, Bayer Crop Science

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Autumn is finally here and the harvest season is upon us across the Midwest. On this episode, we’re joined by our resident weather expert, Weatherman John, to get the latest fall forecast to help you prepare for harvesting your fields. Plus, hear how the derecho that impacted parts of the Midwest in August reached its historic proportions.


Episode 27: What’s Ahead for Climate FieldView

With guests Brett Begemann, Chief Operating Officer, Bayer Crop Science and Brian Lutz, Chief Science Officer, Climate LLC

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This episode is an Around the Farm first - we live streamed it on Sept. 17, 2020 to give you a chance to hear more about the latest FieldView R&D advancements, which we shared as part of the Bayer exhibit at the 2020 virtual Farm Progress Show.


Episode 26: Tips to Prep for Harvest with FieldView

With guest Greg Deim, FieldView Cab App Product Manager, Climate LLC

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At harvest, accurately collecting yield data joins a large list of things farmers need to be thinking about. So to help simplify your field data collection, Greg Deim offers quick tips on getting the FieldView Cab app connected and running seamlessly. Plus, you’ll hear more about the latest 10.0 version of the Cab app.


Episode 25: Scouting from a New Vantage Point

With guests Greg Rose, VP of Business Development and Strategy, Intelinair, and Conner Schmidt, Regional Sales Manager, Intelinair

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Seeing something before it’s visible to the human eye. It seems like science fiction, but it’s happening today across the countryside. In this episode, we’re discussing using aerial tools to improve crop monitoring and scouting. We’re joined by two guests from Intelinair, a leader in field imagery and analysis, to learn how digital services are helping farmers identify issues and opportunities from emergence to harvest.


Episode 24: Crop Scouting Strategies: Boots on the Ground to New Tech Tools

With guest Charlie Beeler, Climate Research Farm Lead, Fort Dodge, IA

Right now, farmers, dealers and crop scouts are working hard to monitor field conditions. In this episode, we’ll explore top strategies to help your scouting efforts. Plus, you’ll hear how digital farming tools are being ground-truthed across the Midwest.


Episode 23: Strategies to Defend Your Yield from Threats

With guests Eric Riley, North America Selective Herbicides Technical Manager, Bayer; Mercedes Diaz, North America Broadacre Fungicide Technical Manager, Bayer; and Ross Recker, US Soy Agronomic Systems Manager, Bayer

It’s growing season, and that means defending your yield against threats. In this episode, three crop protection experts from Bayer Crop Science share the insights you need to help you make decisions when it comes to chemistry and protecting your crops.


Episode 22: Summer Forecast: What You Can Expect for Growing Season

With guest John Mioduszewski, Environmental Data Scientist, Bayer Crop Science

What are the effects of the late spring cold snap, above average soil moisture, and El Niño? Get the latest growing season forecast to help you prepare for summer. “Weatherman John” shares what the weather data is pointing toward for the weeks and months ahead, along with possible impacts on Midwest farmers.


Episode 21: Staying Connected When You Can’t Meet In Person

With guests Lindsey Friel, precision ag specialist, Nutrien, and Aly White, field sales representative, Bayer Crop Science

Coronavirus has changed the way many farmers work with their dealers and advisors. In this episode, our guests share how they’re navigating social distancing to work with their farmer customers and how digital tools are filling the gap. Tune in to get the full story on how you can keep your team connected this season.


Episode 20: How to Make Seed Scripting and Test Plots Easier

With guest Jerry Seuntjens, Iowa Farmer

What farmer would want to have to stay up late writing scripts before planting, or repeatedly jump out of the cab to place marker flags for test plots? In this episode, Iowa corn and soybean farmer Jerry Seuntjens tells us how he has used digital tools to improve scripting and more easily execute test plots. He also shares his perspective about the need to improve rural broadband access.


Episode 19: Planting Forecast: What Does Mother Nature Have in Store for Us?

With guest John Mioduszewski, Environmental Modeling Scientist, Bayer Crop Science

Coming out of a rain-soaked 2019 planting season, what do the skies have in store for us this year? Weather expert John Mioduszewski joins the show to tell us what to expect for planting in the weeks and months ahead, and he shares his top tools for keeping tabs on the weather.


Episode 18: Precision Planting and FieldView: Paving the Way for Planting

With guests Emil Bandy, Product Support Software Lead, Precision Planting; Bryce Baker, Marketing Communications Manager, Precision Planting; and Greg Deim, FieldView Cab App Product Manager, Climate LLC

Onsite at Precision Planting, Rick gives you an inside look at the latest precision ag innovations. You’ll also hear how the Precision Planting and FieldViewTM teams are working more closely together than ever to help set you up for success during planting season.


Episode 17: Where Will Digitization Take Farming?

With guest Mark Young, Chief Technology Officer, Head of Product, Climate LLC

It seems like data is top of mind throughout every industry these days. Mark Young, CTO and head of product at Climate LLC, grew up on a farm, so he understands the potential of ag data from both a tech and real-farm perspective. Farming data collection is expanding faster each year, and more data opens the door to better, faster insights. Listen in as Mark “takes the governor off” to share his thoughts on where digitization is taking us. Plus, hear what he says is the one thing you should be doing even if digital tools are not yet in your toolbox.


Episode 16: Gaining Control of Farm Management

With guests Pat Christie, Founder at Conservis and Chris Olson, General Manager at Rabo AgriFinance

You didn’t get into farming to spend all day looking at spreadsheets. Guests Pat Christie, Founder at Conservis and Chris Olson, General Manager at Rabo AgriFinance, discuss how farm management software helps you gain control over multiple aspects of your operation. They explain how digital tools make organizing and analyzing farm management data faster, easier and more effective and help you home in on your cost of production, sharpen your approach to grain marketing and streamline preparation for effective discussions with your lender.


Episode 15: The New Way to Optimize Grain Marketing

With guest Brennan Turner, CEO of FarmLead

Grain marketing is one of the more challenging aspects of farming. Brennan Turner explains how a digital grain marketplace makes it easier to make a deal on your terms. You’ll hear how Brennan combined experience from his family farm, his career in professional hockey and his time on Wall Street to develop a new grain trading technology. Find out how digital trading tools can make it easier to manage your current grain buying relationships as well as find new ones, and learn Brennan’s three rules for building a solid grain marketing plan.


Episode 14: The Problem with Benchmarking for Seed Selection

With guest Sam Eathington - Chief Science Officer, Climate LLC

Do you use benchmarking to help inform seed decisions? Sam Eathington explains why when it comes to accurately evaluating seed performance and selection, benchmarking falls short. The broad approach of benchmarking misses a host of variables - from weather to interdependent agronomic factors to human bias. Sam provides advice on when to use benchmarking vs. when to run your own experiments, and he shares the experiments he and his brothers have conducted on their own family farm.

Read more about Sam’s insights on benchmarking in his article that appeared on precisionag.com.


Episode 13: Maximizing Yield in a Lengthy Harvest

With guests Brent Sharff, a farmer from Maynard, Iowa and Chris Souder, Midwest regional agronomy lead at Bayer Crop Science

For many farmers, this harvest season is going to be a long one. Brent Sharff, a farmer from Maynard, Iowa and Chris Souder, Midwest regional agronomy lead at Bayer Crop Science, discuss handling a harvest that could go all the way into December, sharing their tips on how to get as much grain into the bin as possible. You’ll want to hear about Brent’s experiences with his June-planted corn and Chris’ advice on evaluating crop performance in order to select seed in such an unusual year.


Episode 12: Harvest Planning in a Challenging Year

With guest Greg Kneubuhler, President and CEO, G&K Concepts Independent Crop Consulting

In a season in which the new normal is abnormal, Greg draws on his expertise as as agronomy consultant to walk through what farmers should be mindful of as they navigate the uncharted territory of this harvest as well as the preparation for the 2020 season. From machine calibration to account for excessive moisture to figuring out fertility, Greg’s insights will help you prepare your path.


Episode 11: How Digital Ag is Increasing Transparency and Reducing Ambiguity

With guests Sam Eathington - Chief Science Officer, Climate LLC and Mark Young - Chief Technology Officer, Head of Product, Climate LLC

It’s an understatement to say that this year hasn’t been an easy one. When conditions are so far from typical, it can be hard to know if you’re making the best decisions. Sam Eathington and Mark Young, both pioneers of digital farming innovation, talk about how digital tools are increasing the transparency of the performance of seed and other inputs. They explain how this type of year widens the FieldViewTM data set, ultimately resulting in more effective tools and analytics, and they look down the road at the science advancements and product features farmers can expect.


Episode 10: Teaming Up: What’s Different About a Channel® Seedsman

With guest Tony Stierwalt, a farmer from Champaign County, Ill

A key part of a successful season is a farmer’s team. Clint talks to Farmer Tony Stierwalt from Champaign County, Ill. about what sets his Channel® seed team apart. Chris Kamienski, Channel technical agronomist, and Jason Watson, Channel Seedsman, describe Channel’s unique approach and how they provide customized insights all year long to Tony and other Channel customers.

Hear about the in-depth agronomic expertise, regular field evaluations and decision recommendations that make Chris and Jason MVPs for Tony’s operation.


Episode 9: FieldView Behind the Scenes: Setting Customers up for Success

With guest Stephanie Lynch and Juan Mayta, Climate FieldViewTM Customer Success Managers

What does it take to serve up excellent support to customers? Stephanie Lynch and Juan Mayta, customer success managers at Climate FieldView, give a look behind the scenes with their team.

They describe how diverse expertise and cross-team collaboration create a combination that sets their customers up for success. Learn their method for keeping wait times short - even during peak times like planting. And find out why the support team has the coolest wall in the Climate LLC office.


Episode 8: Leveraging Your Retailer Relationship

With guest Kayla Bennett, Climate FieldViewTM Sales and Seed Support Specialist at Ag View FS

If the many challenges of this difficult planting season have left you with decision fatigue, your retailer may be able to help. Kayla Bennett, Climate FieldView Sales and Seed Support Specialist at Ag View FS, talks about what customers in her area (Princeton, Ill.) are experiencing as well as how her team helps them navigate to their best harvest.

Regular scouting, expertise from crop specialists, satellite imagery assessment, and customized crop protection and fertilization recommendations are all in the arsenal.


Episode 7: A Look at How Far Farming Technology Has Come

With guest Doug Chaffer, Seaton Ill. farmer

In honor of Father’s Day, Clint talks with his dad Doug Chaffer, who farms in Seaton Ill.

Doug reminisces about how far ag technology has come in the 46 seasons he’s been farming. Find out how a rag served as Doug’s first planter monitor, how he evolved his technology over time, and why today he considers FieldViewTM the “pièce de résistance” of farming technology.


Episode 6: Using Drone Imagery to Make In-Season Decisions

With guest Kris Poulson, co-founder at Sentera

Coming out of the cold, wet Spring and the planting delays it brought, Kris Poulson, co-founder at Sentera, talks about how high-resolution drone imagery helps farmers assess field conditions.

From emergence and throughout the growing season, drone imagery helps complete the picture of field conditions. Hear from an expert on when to collect drone images, how to look at image data alongside other key data, and how to use imagery to make important decisions such as whether to replant and if your potential yield warrants investing in input applications.


Episode 5: Turning Moonshots into Real-Farm Innovations

With guest David Macmillan, CEO Deveron UAS

Live from the recent World Agri-Tech Summit in San Francisco, Clint talks with David Macmillan, CEO of Deveron UAS Corp. Deveron is a partner with Climate FieldViewTM and provides farmers with aerial imagery that’s valuable for things like evaluating stand and crop scouting.

David shares his perspective on what it takes to bring moonshots (or big, crazy ideas) to life and how Deveron approaches innovations that deliver real, individualized value to farmers.


Episode 4: Last-Minute Planting Logistics

With guest Scott Chizmar – Precision Farming Specialist

As farmers head into the fields for planting, there are always last-minute adjustments to be made, and that often includes their tractors and planters. Scott Chizmar talks about what he does to help make sure farm implements are running their best, what farmers should do with their planters after planting season, and also takes a look at prepping sprayers and other equipment post emergence for growing season and beyond.


Episode 3: Technology In The Field

With guest Rick Myroup – Climate Product Marketing Director

A self-confessed technology aficionado, Rick talks about how digital farming is changing the game for farmers when it comes to seed selection and variable rate prescriptions. He explains how farmers and their dealers can work together to write seed prescriptions in minutes instead of days or weeks. Rick also shares updates from the recent pre-commercial field trials of Seed Advisor from FieldView™ - a new technology to improve the effectiveness of seed placement.


Episode 2: Seeds Of Spring

With guest Tanner Dunn – Former Seed Dealer & Current Climate Customer Success Specialist

It’s almost time to put seeds in the ground, but have you ever thought about all that goes into getting seeds where they need to go? Tanner, a former seed dealer, discusses what happens as the seed makes its way to your planter – from storage and seed treatments to distribution. And don’t miss his tales of what happens when things don’t go as planned. He also shares his take on why gathering data at planting is key for the rest of the season.


Episode 1: Soil Sampling & Planning To Plant

With guest Bryan Boock – Farmer at Boock Farms and Soil Expert/Sampler

Coming out of a wet fall and harvest season, Bryan discusses what these conditions might mean as spring approaches. He talks tillage implications, seed selection adjustments and other timely planting topics. He also takes a look at how the wet weather affected his soil sampling customers (and his own business), and shares his perspective on soil conditions in his area and how farmers may need to adjust their input strategies.