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  • Position your farm for the future
    Friday, July 25, 2014 1:00 PM
    Farmers can’t predict the future, but they can plan for different scenarios. It’s important to plan ahead and be ready for changing economic situations. 
  • 10 ways to improve your operation
    Friday, July 25, 2014 12:00 PM
    As agriculture enters a period of income moderation, farmers may need to fine-tune their management practices. They learned keys to successfully managing their farms at Purdue University’s Top Farmer Conference. 
  • Wet hay may cause barn fire
    Friday, July 25, 2014 11:00 AM
    Hay that is baled and stored at a moisture level higher than recommended could heat up enough to start a barn fire, a Purdue Extension forage specialist warns. 
  • Forage-based dairy diet can be profitable with right management
    Friday, July 25, 2014 10:00 AM
    Grazing dairy cattle can be profitable, as long as the producer has the “right stuff” — including attitude. That’s the message of David Jones, who discussed the pluses and minuses of a forage-based dairy at the Illinois Forage Expo here. Adapting a grazing-heavy system requires commitment. 
  • Many options available in quest for year-round grazing
    Friday, July 25, 2014 9:00 AM
    Since grazing is the most economical means of feeding livestock, it makes sense to keep cows on pasture as long as possible. That may be common sense, but producers interested in taking advantage of their fields are faced with a multitude of issues along with opportunities. 
  • 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. 
  • Big data is raising big questions for farmers
    If it’s new, it’s better, right? Right? Everything new and advanced is automatically better than whatever came before it. I’d add a resounding “No!” We used to have a joke in the daily newspaper newsroom. 


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