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  • Uncover key to dwarf plants
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016 5:00 PM
    Dwarfed plants add color and a diversity of architectures to landscapes and gardens, and a Purdue University undergraduate class discovered a key mechanism that leads to their small stature.
  • Small-tractor sales slip, but still lead market
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016 3:00 PM
    While U.S. retail sales of farm tractors under 40 HP in July declined 6.3 percent, the year-to-date total was up 9.8 percent compared to last year, according to the latest monthly data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, a trade organization for off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers.
  • Researcher sets standards for dog breeders
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016 1:00 PM
    Candace Croney, director of Purdue University’s Center for Animal Welfare Science, was motivated to lead research that resulted in new, higher standards for the treatment of commercially bred dogs not just because she is a scientist.
  • Calculator can boost dairy profits
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016 11:00 AM
    Dairymen have a new tool for making management decisions for their herd. The Somatic Cell Count Calculator was developed by the Dairy Focus Team at the University of Illinois.
  • Build a better calf
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016 9:00 AM
    The calf program has a long-term impact on the future productivity of a dairy herd. “We need to establish priorities for the calf enterprise to optimize our returns and focus on things that will return the most money,” said Bob James, retired professor in the Department of Dairy Sciences at Virginia Tech.
  • 4 questions to build your landlord plan
    On the farm, being intentional about building strong relationships and regular communication with landlords can be tough. But having a plan for the way your farm will approach landlord relationships can really set you and your operation apart. You can make your farm the “go-to” operation.
  • Weather affects disease pressure in cornfields
    SPONSORED: In DEKALB and Asgrow technical agronomist Lance Tarochione’s neck of the woods, a white-knuckle level of drought in June has yielded some unexpected benefits.
  • Compassion needed now
    As I was leaving the state’s fairgrounds the hot and dusty final Sunday afternoon of the event’s 10-day run last year, I noticed a truck with a livestock trailer pulled off to the side of the road near the exit.
  • Corn plants susceptible to disease pathogens
    SPONSORED: As the corn crop moves from reproduction to making grain, Kirby Bacon has his eyes on harvest — and some potential disease issues that could impact harvest.
  • TPP will aid Illinois farmers
    With both major political parties’ conventions behind us, it’s clear the presidential campaign ahead of us will be contentious and divisive, with the candidates agreeing on little.
  • Pumpkin adds flavor to fall
    As summer comes to an end, a proverbial tear wells up in my eye as I say goodbye to county and state fair season until next year.
  • Suddenly it’s all things pumpkin
    Pumpkins are popping up in the farmers markets across the state now, helping to carve out that seasonal mania for all things pumpkin. Growers are breaking out their fall arrangements, sharing recipes and promoting visits to their roadside stands, patches and fall farm attractions.
  • Hats off to fairground foundation effort
    There have been articles and blogs written by yours truly about the pathetic infrastructure conditions at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, including one I wrote two weeks ago after heavy rains hit.
  • Yes, a second state fair
    “What do you mean there’s another state fair? Isn’t Springfield the state capital?” Yes, the Illinois State Fair in Springfield is our state’s official state fair. But there’s a second one.
  • Olympic medals and hog farming
    Over the past few weeks, my attention has been geared toward the great Indiana State Fair and all the activities that that took place during the fair. However, during the course of the state fair, the 2016 Rio Olympics also was taking place, which is another one of my interests.



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