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  • Entomologist pursues neonicotinoid research
    Friday, September 30, 2016 11:00 AM
    Purdue University entomologist Ian Kaplan and his team have received a $3.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture to fund their research into the environmental, ecological and socioeconomic effects of neonicotinoid pesticide use.
  • Purdue entomologist receives grants
    Friday, September 30, 2016 9:00 AM
    The National Science Foundation has awarded two grants totaling more than $3.6 million to help fund collections-based research in the Purdue Department of Entomology.
  • Growmark reports year-end finances
    Thursday, September 29, 2016 5:00 PM
    Growmark announced its estimated financial results for fiscal year 2016. CEO Jim Spradlin reported unaudited, estimated sales of $7.1 billion, down from $8.7 billion last year.
  • Growmark acquires propane terminal
    Thursday, September 29, 2016 3:00 PM
    Growmark acquired a propane terminal in Plattsburg, Mo., the company announced. It is connected to the ONEOK pipeline, has 270,000 gallons of storage and the capability to load out two trucks at once.
  • Growmark to build fertilizer facility
    Thursday, September 29, 2016 1:00 PM
    Growmark announced plans to build a new state-of-the-art fertilizer facility in Ayr, Ontario. It will be managed by FS Partners.
  • FFA officers busy advocating for ag
    The state officer team has been incredibly busy ever since we were elected. Some of the events we have attended seemed to have focused around one central theme: maximizing awareness.
  • Tropical weather spawns ongoing disease issues
    SPONSORED: When the weather turns tropical in Illinois, corn diseases that love heat and humidity take over.
  • Read this: There’s too many laws
    I love to read. I always have. When Mrs. Ash introduced me to Dick, Jane, Sally, Puff and Spot in first grade, my world expanded, and my passion for the written word was borne.
  • Leaf diseases show up late in Indiana corn crop
    SPONSORED: Leaf diseases in the Indiana corn crop took a while to show up, but the good news is that their late arrival should do little damage to the crop, said Kiersten Wise, associate professor of botany and plant pathology at Purdue University.
  • Soybean board freshens strategic plan
    The Illinois Soybean Association membership and checkoff programs kicked off a new fiscal year last month with an updated strategic direction for 2017-2020. With the first-ever USDA estimation of an average state soybean yield of 60 bushels per acre, ISA inches ever closer to our target of using 600 million bushels of Illinois soybeans by 2020.
  • Big news about Palmer amaranth
    It happened so fast in so many ways. Palmer amaranth has marched right into Illinois fields from the South, and its stubborn invasiveness is hard to beat. Killing off the weed wasn’t so much of an issue three or four years ago, but today it’s a doozy.
  • Mazes lead to corny good times
    It’s no secret that I love the agriculture industry, and I am passionate about advocating for agriculture and helping to preserve the future of the industry.
  • Be patient our you’ll be a patient
    I highly doubt that what I’m about to write will be read by the folks that it’s aimed at because they’re clueless about agriculture, but here goes. Harvest is in high gear, and motorists need to be alert and be patient — or you will be a patient.
  • Reaching noteworthy milestones
    No matter what the occasion is or what is being celebrated, whether it is graduating college or learning to ride a bicycle without training wheels, a milestone of any kind is something that deserves fanfare of some kind.
  • What will ag mergers mean to farmers?
    Several years ago while attending Beck’s first field day at its Central Illinois Practice Research Farm near Downs, I received a poster that broke down which company owns various seed products. There were many that I was aware of, but also some surprises.



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