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  • ISDA Director McKinney visits Purdue during Ag Week
    Thursday, April 23, 2015 5:00 PM
    The fourth annual Purdue Ag Week was held to tell the story of agriculture to Purdue University students, staff and the community. This year’s theme, “mAGnify: A Closer Look at Agriculture,” was created to show the importance of community, technology and hunger related to agriculture. 
  • Prune fruit trees into shape
    Thursday, April 23, 2015 3:00 PM
    Pruning is both an art form and a science. There are several different approaches growers can take to prune fruit trees. The No. 1 mistake growers make? Damaging vulnerable, young trees by excessive pruning — which affects growth later in the tree’s life. 
  • Women landowners learn management tips
    Thursday, April 23, 2015 1:00 PM
    Well-managed woodlands are important to Indiana farms. Many farms in the Hoosier state have woodlots and with good management, they provide benefits to wildlife, native plants and trees, water quality, soil health and more. 
  • Publishing family's former farm now Rushville retreat
    Thursday, April 23, 2015 11:00 AM
    The former family farm of a famous publishing family, with roots in Rushville, now provides activities for Schuyler County residents and visitors. “This was a new start for him,” Mary Jane Busby, a Rushville native and curator of the Schuyler County Jail Museum, said of James Mogg Scripps. 
  • Putting timber ground to good use
    Thursday, April 23, 2015 9:00 AM
    For Schuyler County farmer Dennis Billingsley, the harvest he gathers through his Camden Hunting Club isn’t measured just in the number of deer that hunters get or the number of wild turkeys that they take. 
  • Farmers need to limit nutrient loss now
    As farmers, we like to think of ourselves as good stewards of the land. We understand the importance of fertile soil and clean water and have undertaken voluntary efforts for decades to preserve and protect natural resources. 
  • Calling for common-sense regulations
    In the last column, I outlined part one of my five-part agenda to protect and grow Illinois’ farming sector — encouraging farmers to invest in themselves. This can only happen with part two of my plan: advancing common-sense regulations. 
  • Illinois soybean farmers busy building markets
    The Illinois Soybean Association has a more than 40-year history of investing the state’s checkoff in ways that help farmers increase soybean yield, quality and profitability and support freedom to farm choices. 
  • Help ensure corn emergence
    Successful corn emergence is a combination of three key factors — environment, genetics and seed quality. 
  • To maximize corn yield, mind planting depth
    Planting depth affects overall corn yields. Planting depth can easily be determined after seedling emergence. 
  • GMO debate muddies gardening urge
    Gardening season. Ordinarily, two words that instill joy and excitement and enthusiasm, the prospect of spending sunny weekend days and early weeknights planting and mulching and hoeing and encouraging seeds and seedlings to grow. 
  • Spring is here — enjoy it!
    The skies have cleared, the snow has melted and the calendar, now in April, is steadily marching onward. It’s a beautiful time to be alive and to watch as winter wanes. 
  • Stray electricity can affect livestock operations
    If dairy cows are not drinking water normally — just lapping the water instead of really drinking it — that may be a sign of a stray voltage problem. “Stray voltage is not magic. It’s just electricity following the laws of physics,” said Rick McClenning, with Agrivolt. 
  • Get crafty with Pysanky eggs
    I’m not the most artistically inclined person in the world, but when Catharine Green asked me if I wanted to decorate a Pysanky egg, I jumped at the opportunity. 
  • Day 3: Bringing it all home
    The Illinois Soybean Association tour of Delmarva came to a close Thursday afternoon, as the group of farmers winded up its farm visits and headed for the airport at Baltimore. 

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