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  • With a global population expected to reach 9 billion people by 2050, improved management of key essential nutrients such as phosphorus will be necessary to boost crop yields and stay one step ahead of steeply rising food demand.
  • The 10 producers who registered the most Angus beef cattle in the state of Illinois recorded a total of 1,949 Angus with the American Angus Association during fiscal year 2016, which ended Sept. 30, reported Allen Moczygemba, association chief executive officer.
  • Zoetis, Angus Genetics Inc. and Certified Angus Beef announced updates to GeneMax Advantage. These include upgraded marker effects, up-to-date economic assumptions, an expanded reference population for comparing animals and now individual trait reporting.
  • National FFA names top chapters
    The National Chapter program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others in their communities.
  • Cummins engines power new combine
    Tribine Industries LLC released the first fundamentally new harvester architecture since the 1940s earlier this year and selected Cummins engines to power the harvester.
  • T670 walker combines boast several new features
    For model year 2017, John Deere T670 model walker combines will have significant enhancements to boost productivity, threshing capacity and straw quality for baling while making service and maintenance easier.
  • Medical students get look at ag’s perils
    On livestock farms, there’s a new threat to safety. “A recent hazard we’ve had to deal with is this,” said Doug Scheider, holding the new threat in his hand.
  • Monsanto expert talks cover crops
    Cover crops — plants grown in the off season after corn, soybean or wheat is harvested — have numerous benefits to the soil and ecosystem.
  • Father-son team welds together business
    A father-son team has extended their teamwork from 600 acres of grain fields and into the machine shop with Darr Scrapers.
  • Weather impacts dairy feed options
    Dairymen are dealing with several forage challenges this year. “We had spring rains and also summer droughts on the West Coast, in New York and parts of Canada,” reported dairy specialist Mike Hutjens.
  • EU cheese proposal could cost billions for U.S. dairies
    Allowing the European Union to impose policies on common cheese names could cost the U.S. dairy industry billions of dollars.
  • Nutrient watershed manager applying science in field
    As a youngster growing up in rural Maryland, Caroline Wade could see a cornfield outside her classroom window.
  • Monsanto exec to speak to women’s conference
    Elzandi Oosthuizen, vice president of global strategy at Monsanto, will empower young women at the 2017 Women Changing the Face of Agriculture Conference on March 10 at the University of Illinois.
  • Grazing offers another way to terminate cover crops
    There are several ways to terminate a cover crop, including the addition of livestock to graze the forage, said Fabian Menalled, professor and extension specialist in cropland weeds at Montana State University.
  • IDOA receives specialty crop grant funds
    The Illinois Department of Agriculture will receive more than $520,000 through the latest federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

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