Jan 23, 2020
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  • Prep Your Planter
    Take proactive steps now for smooth planting.
  • Software Solutions
    Increasing complexity on the farm requires more financial and management analysis
  • Make Fungicides Pay Off
    Plan now to protect hybrid yield potential and profits.
  • Nip Nematodes Now
    Take steps to keep this undercover pest from robbing yields.
  • The Rupps: Knowledge Gained
    U.S. Farm Report viewers have asked for more details on what Ultimate Farm Quest case study families have gained through the process. Here are the lessons Doug and Nancy have learned.
  • Price Trap
    A trap strategy could put more profits in your pockets
  • Late Rains Saves Early Season Corn
    After enduring uncooperative weather the past three years, Leon Knirk says his corn crop finally got a break this season. The Ultimate Farm Quest participant, based near Quincy, Mich., says yields averaged about 170 bushels per acre for the early season corn, and he anticipates better yields in his full season corn.
  • Soybean Crop Delivers Top Yields
    Ultimate Farm Quest participant, Leon Knirk, says his 2010 soybean crop averaged about 50 bu./acre this year. “These are as good of beans as I’ve had—don’t know that they’ve ever been better, certainly not in the last three or four years,” says Knirk, who farms near Quincy, Mich. “We had rains at the right times."
  • Eye in the Sky
    New mapping tool provides an effective field checkup
  • Ohio Harvest Update
    Kelsey Stamm and Doug Rupp, of the Ultimate Farm Quest, provide a harvest update.

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About the Project

The Ultimate Farm Quest is a one-of-a-kind project that matches two lucky farm families with a team of experts who will help them raise the bar for their respective operations and reach the next level of success with their management and production practices. More

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Leon and Jennifer Knirk farm approximately 2,000 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat in south-central Michigan, near Coldwater. More
Doug and Nancy Rupp farm 2,000 acres of corn and soybeans in northwest Ohio, near Stryker. More

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Knirk Harvest 


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