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Creativity is at your elbow, always available. I try to remember that. If you are a parent who, like many people, considers himself “noncreative,” just think of creativity as a water faucet. Turn the stream on, and it can be a steady flow into your everyday life.

Cattle prices for cash and futures are suffering under the effects of the trade war with China similar other U.S. ag markets. Fortunately, cattle prices are not as depressed as Kansas City wheat that recently fell to a new 14-year low.

KANKAKEE, Ill. –State Forrester Chris Evans will conduct a morning discussion on tree selection and maintenance and then lead an afternoon walk identifying trees.

STERLING, Ill. – The free precision agriculture program Drones in Agriculture will be at 10 a.m. Sept. 30 at the Jordan Township Building in Sterling. Current and future uses of drones in agriculture will be discussed, and a field demonstration will include the Agras MG-1S RTK octocopter.

ELIZABETH, Ill. –Learn about growing garlic from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Jo Daviess County Extension office, 204 Vine St., Elizabeth.

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The program Apple a Day will be at 10 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Kankakee County Extension office, 1650 Commerce Drive, Bourbonnais.

ELIZABETH, Ill. – The Northwest Illinois Forestry Association will sponsor two chain-saw safety courses: beginners on Sept. 24, and advanced on Sept. 25, both from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Jim Breed farm, 3446 Long Hollow Road, near Elizabeth.

AROMA PARK, Ill. – Bring your little nature lover to Shannon Bayou, 3301 Waldron Road, Aroma Park, for a walk along the Storybook Trail.

DECATUR, Ill.  – Join the Macon County master naturalists for a family-friendly tour of Fairview Park to enjoy the festive autumn foliage and learn about the park’s wide variety of trees. Walk in the Park will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at 1455 W. Fairview Park Drive, Decatur.

A major concern is for evergreen material surviving the winter with very little soil moisture. Pine, spruce, fir, yew, juniper and arborvitae are already stressed from the summer extremes and are in real danger if they can’t pull moisture from the soil to replace what is normally lost due to winter weather.

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Fallow syndrome received its name from the dry plains states where fields routinely benefited from the additional moisture available after a year where ground was fallowed. Corn sometimes had symptoms of phosphorus deficiency when it was grown on the previously fallowed ground. It received its current name, “fallow syndrome.”

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Agri-View offers a schedule of events of special interest to our readers. Some events and activities might require advance registration. Email agriview@madison.com with calendar submissions.

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BURNETT, Wis. – As she talks about working for Dairy Girl Network, dairy farming or running a half marathon with friends, Andrea Brossard shows how much “sense of community” means to her. It’s a feeling that members of a group matter to one another.

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With delayed planting across the state, it is important to plan ahead for potential harvest challenges. Scout your fields for crop development to determine whether you might have potential problems with immature, frost-damaged grain, and wet grain.

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Although it is getting late in this growing season, it is worthwhile to take note of corn and soybean diseases that have developed in fields in Minnesota and the region. Several different diseases have been increasing in corn and soybean, and we continue to watch development of tar spot of corn in nearby states.

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Cover crop acreage is expected to increase in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency’s revision to the preventive-planting insurance provisions, according to North Dakota State University Extension livestock experts.

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COTATI, Calif. (PRNewswire) — A dramatic rise of hemp planted this year has been seen around the world and in particular the US, with 46 states having licensed farms since the US Farm Bill was passed in December of 2018. The potential for the US market alone is astronomical ($8.5 billion USD), but there isn't enough processing equipment installed to handle 90% of this year's harvest. The fear is that $7.5 billion dollars of hemp will be rotting in farmer's fields this fall.

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Proper sampling of forage is essential if we want to obtain an accurate indication of the nutrient composition, dry matter content, or value of any feedstuff. Correct sampling and analysis is even more important under conditions that might increase feedstuff variability, such as challenging growing conditions. Sampling procedures vary depending upon the type of forage and whether or not sampling occurs pre-harvest or after the forage has been stored.

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SANTA ROSA -- Elated Sonoma County Winegrowers announced a double-header achievement for the environment at a press conference on Thursday at their Santa Rosa headquarters. Not only have the more than 1,800 members reached 99% certified sustainable vineyards, but they will build on their sustainability leadership by becoming the first wine region to participate in California's pilot Climate First Certification program.