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  • GOP Senate candidates talk ag
    Monday, August 03, 2015 5:00 PM
    U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Howe, and Eric Holcomb, candidates for U.S. Senate, may both have conservative political views — but their views on pressing agricultural issues are unique. 
  • IFB’s Gebhards says members’ calls make difference
    Monday, August 03, 2015 3:00 PM
    Illinois Farm Bureau members’ dialing is making a difference. “I’ve had folks ask me, when I’ve been out in the counties, do we really need to do that? Does it really matter?” said Mark Gebhards, executive director of the governmental affairs and commodities division for the bureau. 
  • Dry, hot weather could impact corn crop
    Monday, August 03, 2015 1:00 PM
    Although excessive rain has been a problem this year, there is some good corn growing in Illinois. “The big story of the year is rainfall,” said Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois Extension crop production specialist. “We generally think wet Junes are bad for the corn crop, but that is not always true." 
  • Antibiotics, trade challenge pork industry
    Monday, August 03, 2015 11:00 AM
    If Chris Hodges, the CEO of the National Pork Board, had been talking to a roomful of teenagers, this would have been the “you’re old enough to make your own decisions” talk. 
  • National FFA Convention returns to Indy
    Monday, August 03, 2015 9:00 AM
    A bevy of blue and gold jackets will swarm Indianapolis when the National FFA Convention returns to the Hoosier state 2016 to 2024. The news that the convention would be returning to Indianapolis for nine years was announced July 15 at a press conference at the National FFA Organization headquarters. 
  • Tips on overcoming stubborn weeds
    Resistance to herbicides has been a management challenge as long as herbicides have been used for weed control. The introduction of crops with engineered resistance to glyphosate in 1996 prompted most growers to adopt a technology that was easy and efficient. 
  • Soybeans finally in
    With the corn taking off as it is, this is a critical time in our fertility program with the beginning of sidedressing of anhydrous ammonia. This is not a new practice for our farm. 
  • Progress spotty
    Out in the cornfields, things are all over the place. The first plantings of corn around here stayed in the ground for a good two to three weeks before it all came up. 
  • Scouting, sampling
    Pulling samples provided an opportunity to scout. Weed pressure is light, stands look even and populations are on target. 
  • Rain and replanting
    This past week has seen several light rain events keeping soil conditions on the wet side after the big rain event the previous week. It appears that there will be some corn acres that will need to be replanted and also soybeans acres after the big rain from the previous week. 
 



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