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  • Economists share 10 ways to cut costs on farm
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasted that 2015 national corn yields may be the second highest on record. Although yields may be high nationally, many farmers in the Eastern Corn Belt face dismal harvests due to flood damage. 
  • New corn disease found in Indiana
    Tar spot, a disease that is new to the United States, was identified in a field in the area of Cass and Carroll counties. The disease was identified by the Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Lab and confirmed by a national plant pathologist from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 
  • New growers get look at urban farming
    It can be challenging to start a farm or garden. Beginning farmers express concerns ranging from cost and absence of marketing experience to fear of making mistakes and lack of knowledge. 
  • Online agronomy classes are growing
    There are more options for agriculture professionals who want to further their education. Purdue University launched the Agronomy e-Learning Academy in January and now is expanding its online course offerings. 
  • Ag issues highlighted
    Workforce development, infrastructure and overall tax and spend policy are important to every industry in Indiana, but they are especially important to agriculture, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said. 
  • Technology, research take center stage
    Farmer-focused research was on display during Beck’s Hybrids Becknology Days. The three-day event was one of four field shows the company hosted that drew more than 15,000 farmers. 
  • Got mud? Get tracks
    Jay Shininger, agriculture division manager with MacAllister Machinery Co., believes that tracked tractors are important every year. Tracks can reduce soil compaction, which improves water infiltration and drainage. 
  • Healthy soil benefits farms
    Mike Shuter always looks for ways to improve soil health on his farm in Madison County. That is why Shuter will work with the Soil Health Partnership. 
  • Registration OK’d for unique fungicide
    Triple plays are rare, but one did “occur” on the opening day of the Farm Progress Show this year. That’s when Syngenta announced the stamping of its new label, Trivapro, after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the registration of the Solatenol fungicide. 
  • Not just about bin-busting
    Corn farmers face challenges that go far beyond weeds, insects, diseases and too much or too little rain. “When it comes to growing corn, no one does it better than America’s family farmers,” National Corn Growers President Chip Bowling said at a Farm Progress Show press conference. 

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