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  • Forage-based dairy diet can be profitable with right management
    Grazing dairy cattle can be profitable, as long as the producer has the “right stuff” — including attitude. That’s the message of David Jones, who discussed the pluses and minuses of a forage-based dairy at the Illinois Forage Expo here. Adapting a grazing-heavy system requires commitment. 
  • Many options available in quest for year-round grazing
    Since grazing is the most economical means of feeding livestock, it makes sense to keep cows on pasture as long as possible. That may be common sense, but producers interested in taking advantage of their fields are faced with a multitude of issues along with opportunities. 
  • Dairy enthusiast writes books on state’s creameries
    Milk bottles fill the basement shelves at John Cleland’s home in Indianapolis. The bottles ranging in sizes, shapes and designs represent countless dairies across Indiana, as well as out of state. 
  • Stewardship covers gloves to garbage disposal
    Applying farm chemicals, from fungicides to herbicides to pesticides, doesn’t require formal attire. But there is one ensemble that Bob Magee would prefer not to see. 
  • Researchers seek ways to boost soybean yields
    Researchers continue to search for ways to unlock the secret to higher soybean yields. “We’re trying various things, but we haven’t found the right key for that lock,” said Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois Extension crop production specialist and professor. 
  • Soybean fungus can be found in any field
    Septoria brown spot is a disease that can be easily found in soybean fields. “I can go out to any of your soybean fields and find this disease,” said Carl Bradley, University of Illinois Extension plant pathology specialist and associate professor. 
  • Longtime 4-H leader keeps Fireflies soaring
    Mary Vaughan was just a few years removed from being a 4-H member herself when she got an offer she couldn’t refuse. 
  • Illinois Soybean Association marks 50th year
    The Illinois Soybean Association has been celebrating the organization’s 50th anniversary during the last year and will officially commemorate the milestone July 31 with an evening reception in Champaign. 
  • Pilot program prioritizes infrastructure needs
    A commodity group is doing its part to help solve the state’s crumbling road and bridge infrastructure troubles. The Illinois Soybean Association has spearheaded an effort that hinges on engaging stakeholders to find real-world solutions. 
  • Wyffels brings economic, global outlook expertise to conference
    Has Wyffels Hybrids had its best year yet? Bill Wyffels Jr., company president and son of the seed corn company’s founders, said the past year has been successful, but with the next generation of Wyffels arriving, he hopes the best is yet to come. 
  • Ag exports support thousands of Indiana jobs
    Agriculture continues to be essential to the Hoosier state, and trade in foreign markets has only enhanced that significance, shows a study of the economic impact of Indiana’s agricultural exports by the Indiana Business Research Center. 
  • Awareness key in stopping resistant weed spread
    Got weed? Burn it. Burn it all. Even though the weed being referenced does include “hemp” in its name, it’s not even close to be a recreational weed or a weed of choice for Midwest farmers. 
  • Farmers flock to new aerial ag show
    The dreaded task of crop scouting can become much easier with new technology that offers farmers a bird’s-eye view of their fields. 
  • MAGIE showcases latest ag input hardware
    “Advance Your Technology IQ” is the theme for 33 rd annual Midwest Ag Industries Exposition on Aug. 20-21 at the McLean County Fairgrounds. 
  • IBA members reactivate state checkoff
    Illinois Beef Association members approved a strategic plan for the group that focuses on three areas. “The IBA board of directors has worked on developing this plan since the beginning of the year,” explained Reid Blossom, IBA executive vice president. 

 



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