Sonja BegemannSeeds and Crop Production Editor

Sonja Begemann joined Farm Journal Media in the spring of 2015. As the seeds and production editor she provides information about anything that makes crops grow, namely seeds, pesticides and other agronomic information. As a third generation agriculturalist she is passionate about providing valuable information to farmers to help them boost their bottom line. When she’s not getting her boots dirty in fields, she enjoys long distance running and spending time with family and friends.
Sonja Begemann joined Farm Journal Media in the spring of 2015. As the seeds and production editor she provides information about anything that makes crops grow, namely seeds, pesticides and other agronomic information. As a third generation agriculturalist she is passionate about providing valuable information to farmers to help them boost their bottom line. When she’s not getting her boots dirty in fields, she enjoys long distance running and spending time with family and friends.

Articles By Sonja Begemann

Young corn plants 07
May 17, 2019

Markets Now: Switch to Shorter-Season Corn, Not Soybeans

With poor weather keeping farmers out of fields for so long, they’re facing difficult decisions. And with prevent plant dates for corn sneaking ever closer, some farmers are eyeing soybeans.
U.S., China
May 10, 2019

After Tariff Spike, Trump Considers Buying U.S. Grain, More MFPs

The president said this move came after China reneged on a previous agreement, but farmers wonder what this means for their livelihoods.
Planting Corn
May 09, 2019

Extended Rains Could Washout Hopes for High Yields, Incomes

Farmers across much of the Midwest are facing planting delays—in some cases severe.
Dog
May 07, 2019

Man’s Best Friend Keeps Farmers Company During #Plant19

While many farmers await planting, their best friends are loyally at their sides. Dogs are a staple for many farm families.
Hurricane-Harvey_NASA
May 07, 2019

The Weather Company Forecasts Three Major Hurricanes in 2019

The Weather Company (TWC), owned by IBM, is forecasting 14 named tropical storms this year. Seven will become hurricanes and the company sees potential for three major hurricanes.
Young corn plants
May 03, 2019

Late Planting: Can You Plant Lower Corn Populations?

As planting dates for many producers are pushed into May, the soil is warming and you might wonder if that gives you flexibility in corn planting populations.
2019 Flood-Missouri
May 02, 2019

Planting Delays Knock Items Off ‘Honey Do’ Lists

While planting delays are seldom desirable, many farmers are making the most of this time. From spending more quality time with family, to catching up on shop projects, these farmers don’t have idle hands.
Waterhemp
May 02, 2019

Pigweed Leaves No Room for Error

As you peer into corn and soybean fields across the Corn Belt and Mid-South you’re hopefully seeing crop seedlings poke through soil. However, delayed planting could mean weeds, rather than crops, are poking through.
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May 01, 2019

FJ Pulse: 42% of Farmers Can Plant Their Fields in Under 10 Days

If, and it’s a big if, weather cooperates farmers can plant corn and soybeans at breakneck speeds, according to a recent Farm Journal Pulse poll.