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  • Position your farm for the future
    Farmers can’t predict the future, but they can plan for different scenarios. It’s important to plan ahead and be ready for changing economic situations. 
  • 10 ways to improve your operation
    As agriculture enters a period of income moderation, farmers may need to fine-tune their management practices. They learned keys to successfully managing their farms at Purdue University’s Top Farmer Conference. 
  • Wet hay may cause barn fire
    Hay that is baled and stored at a moisture level higher than recommended could heat up enough to start a barn fire, a Purdue Extension forage specialist warns. 
  • Jared Finegan
    If we could have controlled the weather for the Iroquois County Fair, we wouldn’t have made it as perfect as it was. I cannot remember a year where it didn’t rain at all, and I don’t think it has ever been as comfortably cool as it was this year. 
  • Ted Mottaz
    Week 12 of our growing season observations is basically more of the same. Corn and soybeans are still progressing very well. As I stated last week, I spent the past week in Washington, D.C., and I basically got this week’s update from one of my neighbors. 
  • Gene discovery could lead to better soybean varieties
    Researchers from Purdue University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have discovered a soybean gene whose mutation affects plant stem growth, a finding that could lead to the development of improved soybean cultivars for the northern U.S. 
  • Grant Noland
    For the first time in six weeks, I’m providing an update without measurable rainfall for our area. Even without rain, the cooler-than-average temperatures have allowed for adequate subsoil moisture to remain present beneath the canopy, and crop conditions are very good. 
  • Indiana soybean, corn groups sign letters of intent with Taiwan
    The Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Indiana Soybean Alliance signed letters of intent with Taiwanese representatives to purchase Indiana corn and soybeans. The letters were signed during the Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann’s recent trade mission to Asia. 
  • Asian trade mission promotes Indiana agriculture
    Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and a team of delegates are back home in Indiana after a two-week trade mission to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. 
  • Indiana Corn Growers Association seeks director candidates
    In today’s world, many of the decisions affecting how our farms are managed are being made at the Statehouse, in Congress and by regulatory agencies. This makes the role Indiana Corn Growers Association plays even more critical for the state’s corn farmers. 
  • Tour to feature organic vegetable production
    The organic vegetable production and fertility management practices at an Ohio farm will be showcased in a Purdue Extension tour of the operation near Cincinnati. The tour will be from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 5 at EcOhio Farm, 2210 S. Mason Montgomery Rd. in Mason. 
  • British agribusiness investing $90 million in Lafayette
    Gov. Mike Pence joined executives from Tate & Lyle, a global supplier of ingredients and solutions to the food and beverage industry, in London to announce the company’s plans to invest more than $90 million in its Lafayette, Ind., operations over the next three years. 
  • Baked goods manufacturer expanding in Boone County
    Maplehurst Bakeries LLC, a manufacturer and seller of frozen bakery products for in-store and food service bakeries, announced plans to expand its Indiana presence here, creating up to 219 new jobs by 2017. 
  • David Droste
    This past week saw cooler-than-normal temps, which were enjoyed by everyone. The corn crop especially benefited while most of it was finishing its pollination period. 
  • Animal disease traceability in final steps in Indiana
    Animal disease traceability has been approved by the Indiana Board of Animal Health. The changes on Indiana’s livestock identification and documentation stems from federal animal disease traceability that was implemented in 2013, said Dr. Bret Marsh, Indiana state veterinarian. 

 



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