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

Planting with starter fertilizer
Apr 27, 2020

Friendly Weather Leads to Spike in Planting Progress

USDA’s April 27 Crop Progress Report shows corn made huge jumps week-over-week and is pacing ahead of the five-year average. Soybeans made a smaller jump and are also well above the five-year average.

Boots in Field
Apr 27, 2020

Ken Ferrie: What to Watch in Planted Fields

Last week’s planting conditions were overwhelmingly good in many regions, but this past weekend’s cold snap and rain this week could bring new challenges.

Triple Threat
Apr 27, 2020

Manage 2020’s Triple Threat

Planting is the first step in the quest to mazimize yields. As seeds hit the ground, they’re under attack from various predators.

Rainbow
Apr 24, 2020

Does Weekend Weather Support Planting?

While parts of the country continue to struggle with drought conditions, farmers in corn- and soybean-growing states are hoping for a reprieve from rainfall.

TarSpot
Apr 24, 2020

Diseases to Track in 2020

Planting is just the first step in the battle for high yields. As soon as seeds hit the ground, they’re under attack from various predators – namely fungus and disease.

ATV
Apr 23, 2020

How to Use ATVs to Increase Scouting and Soil Sampling Efficiency

Use soil sampling and scouting to know what deficiencies could afflict plants, what weeds or diseases are present and what additional yield-limiting factors plague your fields.

River Barge 18
Apr 23, 2020

Japanese Company Acquires 35 Bunge Locations Along Mississippi River

Zen-Noh Grain Corporation (ZGC), of Japan, announced on Wednesday that it will buy 35 Bunge grain origination elevators along the Mississippi River. The purchase from Bunge North America is pending regulatory approval.

Planting
Apr 22, 2020

How to Lose More than $600 per Hour

Every hour that the planter doesn’t run on good planting days can cost you money and yield. It costs up to $627 per hour lost—and in the busy repair season downtime waiting for technicians could take days.

Young corn plants
Apr 20, 2020

Ken Ferrie: Some Concerns from Sampled Corn Seed Quality

The seed you buy is your first shot at high yields. Is your seed up to the challenge?