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  • Poultry producer ramps up biosecurity
    Tuesday, September 01, 2015 5:00 PM
    Phil Overdorf takes great pride in what he does as a poultry farmer. The Tipton native always knew he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a farmer, and today he can’t imagine doing anything else. 
  • Farmer turns to cover crops to improve soil
    Tuesday, September 01, 2015 3:00 PM
    For the first time in his farming career, Brian Niemann was unable to plant crops on all of the land he operates in Montgomery County. “I’ve never had this problem and my father has never had this problem, but this year I did not plant 160 acres,” Niemann said. 
  • Fisherman combines hobby with taxidermy
    Tuesday, September 01, 2015 1:00 PM
    Terry Page has been a fisherman almost his entire life. “My dad was a fisherman, and he built rods for a hobby,” said Page, who is a retired industrial arts teacher. Page caught his first fish when he was only 3 years old. 
  • Access to markets benefits farmers
    Tuesday, September 01, 2015 11:00 AM
    Access to markets, productive soils and byproduct feed availability are benefits enjoyed by Macon County farmers. “The No. 1 benefit for buying land in Macon County is our location to processors,” said Chase Brown, who farms near Warrensburg on the western edge of the county. 
  • Museum documents history of Macon County
    Tuesday, September 01, 2015 9:00 AM
    Visitors to the Macon County History Museum can tour the first courthouse in the county where Abraham Lincoln practiced law. “This courthouse was where Lincoln did at least five court cases and possibly seven,” said Nathan Pierce, museum director. 
  • Always put your best farm foot forward
    Chances are you have seen or heard someone being critical of production agriculture. Some consumer and environmental groups spend a lot of time finding fault with farmers, rather than getting to know us personally and learning the truth about how we raise crops and livestock. 
  • Tips on overcoming stubborn weeds
    Resistance to herbicides has been a management challenge as long as herbicides have been used for weed control. The introduction of crops with engineered resistance to glyphosate in 1996 prompted most growers to adopt a technology that was easy and efficient. 
  • Soybeans finally in
    With the corn taking off as it is, this is a critical time in our fertility program with the beginning of sidedressing of anhydrous ammonia. This is not a new practice for our farm. 
  • Progress spotty
    Out in the cornfields, things are all over the place. The first plantings of corn around here stayed in the ground for a good two to three weeks before it all came up. 
  • Scouting, sampling
    Pulling samples provided an opportunity to scout. Weed pressure is light, stands look even and populations are on target. 



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