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
Apr 29, 2019

As Wet Weather Benches Planters, Farmers Eyeball Shorter Maturity Crops

USDA’s Crop Progress report last week put farmers in the Midwest and Mid-South in double-digit deficits in certain crops compared to the 5-year average.

Anhydrous_Assessment
Apr 26, 2019

Alternatives to Pre-Plant Anhydrous Application

As the calendar days tick away, many farmers are moving at lightning speed to apply fertilizer, kill weeds and get seeds in the ground—but can you cut out one of those steps?

Planting with starter fertilizer
Apr 26, 2019

Late Planting: Don’t Hit the Panic Button Yet

Nerves are at a high as farmers near the close of the optimal planting window—May 20, on average. With more rain in the forecast you might be wondering just how long it will take to catch up, or if you can.

Apr 26, 2019

Get Crops Off to the Best Start-Despite Late Planting

Do all you can to ensure the crop gets the best start possible—even if field conditions mean you’re planting later than you’d hoped.

Planting Corn
Apr 22, 2019

Planters Finally Roll for #Plant19

While it already seems like an arduous planting season, little seed has actually hit the ground. However, good weather has finally hit the Midwest and planters are rolling. Farmers took to Twitter to share how planting is going so far.

Apr 20, 2019

Stop Corn Yield Loss From The Start

As corn pokes through the soil it’s susceptible to a wide variety of attacks. From insects to disease, attacking organisms see young corn as easy prey—and an attack could be detrimental to yield.

River Barge 03
Apr 18, 2019

ClipperData to Release Daily Reports

Since 2012, ClipperData has been tracking movement in the energy market and recently added ag commodity tracking to its repertoire. The company uses port agents and satellites to track trade flows around the world.

Ag Census Planter
Apr 18, 2019

What’s Your State’s 5 Most Profitable Commodities?

The recent Census of Agriculture revealed many interesting trends in terms of farmer demographics. Once you dive deeper into the data it’s possible to unveil other interesting statistics.

Apr 18, 2019

From Dirt to Shirt—Cotton’s Field to Fork Story

The family has been no-till for 20 years and used cover crops for 18 years. The Lassiters grow cotton, peanuts, wheat, rye, non-GMO soybeans and corn. They utilize a complex rotation to improve their soil and keep it productive for generations to come.