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  • Commodity pressure rises
    Monday, October 05, 2015 5:00 PM
    Now that a clearer picture of the old crop marketing year has been painted, the trade turns its focus toward real yields and South American prospective plantings. 
  • Economists share 10 ways to cut costs on farm
    Monday, October 05, 2015 3:00 PM
    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. 
  • Meals in Fields deliver nutrition, safety message
    Monday, October 05, 2015 1:00 PM
    “Ag safety is not just a slogan; it’s a lifestyle” was the fitting theme for National Farm Safety and Health Week, and that message was literally delivered to the fields. 
  • New corn disease found in Indiana
    Monday, October 05, 2015 11:00 AM
    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. 
  • Low, slow — and wood-fired
    Monday, October 05, 2015 9:00 AM
    He’s been asked it enough times that he has his answer ready. “I like big butts,” said “Cowboy,” Chris Tornow, one half of the barbecuing and catering business known as Cowboy and Tony’s Butt Shack BBQ in Mendota. 
  • Talk a little less, listen more
    We do not all have to use the same color or horsepower of tractor. We don’t have to plant the same brand of seed or use the same crop inputs or apply the same amount of NPK and micronutrients to our soils. 
  • Illinois farmers benefit from Asgrow and DeKalb
    SPONSORED: An extremely wet summer and plant disease were among the challenges faced by Illinois farmers this season. 
  • U.S. rural areas need broadband
    You can’t tell the story of American agriculture without looking at how farmers and ranchers have pioneered the use of cutting-edge tools on their land. 
  • High yield potential even in challenging season
    SPONSORED: Extremely wet weather and plant disease were among the challenges faced by Indiana farmers this season. 
  • Work together to improve rural economies
    Over the last several months, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with multiple economic development groups in Illinois. There is a widespread recognition from them on the importance of collaboration between communities and counties and of working together to develop regional strategies. 
  • Meet alpacas up close
    “This one will bite you a little, but it won’t hurt,” a farmer said as I stood in a field with nothing separating me from a herd of alpacas and hesitantly held out the treat in my hand. And bite me she did. But, of course, he was right — it didn’t hurt. 
  • Visit offers reassuring look at pig farming
    I recently had the pleasure to go interview the Keller family at their hog farm in Jasper County. The farm is a breed-to-wean operation, and I talked to Bob, Jason, Anna and Art about what it takes to stay successful in the pig business for six decades and to bring two separate generations — Bob and Jason — back to the farm. 
  • Urban farming can offer more than local food
    I recently traveled to an urban farm in Indianapolis, where I expected to find a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. 
  • Hemp returns to Indiana
    This week I had the chance to do something that basically no one in Indiana has done since the 1940s — I got to explore a field of hemp. 
  • U of I staff challenges end Corn & Soybean Classic
    For the past 18 years, the University of Illinois Extension has hosted the Corn and Soybean Classic and various locations throughout the state the second and third week of January. 

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