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  • Consequences put ‘teeth’ in farm bill deadlines
    Friday, October 24, 2014 5:00 PM
    Uncle Sam wants you — to remember to sign up for farm bill programs. To make sure farmers get in to their local Farm Service Agency office to complete the necessary paperwork to sign up for 2014 farm bill commodity programs, lawmakers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture added some consequences. 
  • Expect long lines at grain elevator
    Friday, October 24, 2014 3:00 PM
    Farmers across the state have faced varied conditions that either allow or prohibit harvest. “Compared to the average of the last four years, the start of harvest is maybe running a little behind,” said Bob Nielsen, Extension corn specialist at Purdue University. 
  • What about October weather?
    Friday, October 24, 2014 1:00 PM
    After an unusually cool and wet summer, Indiana might well see a return to more normal conditions as autumn sets in. 
  • Monsanto expands insect pest initiative
    Friday, October 24, 2014 11:00 AM
    Monsanto has expanded its foray into the battle against insect pests. The St. Louis-based agricultural company, which two years ago launched a research excursion targeting corn rootworm, recently began a new venture in which it will fund public research into a wide assortment of yield-robbing insects. 
  • Emerald ash borer spreads across Illinois
    Friday, October 24, 2014 9:00 AM
    As foresters have long warned, the emerald ash borer is spreading quickly across Illinois, even into the southern portion of the state. 
  •  Darren Frye
    It’s summer, and if you have a grain operation, you’re keeping a close eye on the weather forecast. At times, the weekly forecast seems to change almost every day. Wouldn’t it be frustrating if your production plans changed as often as the weather forecast does? 
  • Jared Finegan
    This has had to be the most comfortable summer weather we have had in my adult life. Hope everyone has enjoyed all the fun summer activities this year. This cool weather has not been the best for the crops, however. 
  • Ted Mottaz
    The growing season continues to amaze me and my fellow area farmers. Just as we were starting to get a little dry with yards showing some stress, we got about 2 inches of rain for the week. The corn potential is fairly well set. 
  • Grant Noland
    Should a large corn and soybean crop materialize, producers and commercial facilities will face challenges in harvest logistics. As a former elevator manager, a record — potentially wet — corn crop will keep you up at night. 
  • David Droste
    Beans will need to be watched closely for leaf disease since the rain and the foggy mornings that we have been having can cause disease to develop and justify fungicide applications. 
  • New coliseum dominates Indiana State Fair
    Every summer a different commodity is highlighted at the Indiana State Fair. There’s been “Year of the Corn,” “Year of the Dairy Cow” and many other themes, but this year is unlike anything we’ve seen. 
  • Spring: Farmers hard at work keeping world fed
    Finally, it’s here. Spring. Warmer weather. This past week, I spent mostly on the road, traveling to five different farms in northern and north-central Illinois. 
  • U.S grain quality top-notch for export
    The U.S. Grains Council recently released a report that serves as an important piece of the competitive global market in promoting our corn. 
  • Farmers should take time to take care of bodies, mind
    Farmers are some of the hardest working people out there. Constant lifting, pushing, fixing and running between fields, balanced with maintaining a family life, they often push their bodies to the limit. 
  • Farm stories need to be told
    I’ve been told that, for a long time, farmers and ag businesses were quiet when it came to telling their stories. Stories of hard work, integrity and progress. Things to be proud of. I’m glad that I’ve heard so many of these stories over the years — even before I worked in the agriculture industry. 

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