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  • Monday, April 27, 2015 8:00 AM
    While farming methods may be different in other parts of the world, most farmers are seeking the same things, Juan Ferreira believes. 
  • Monday, April 27, 2015 8:00 AM
    Agronomic consultants who partnered with a LaSalle County farmer to reach 100 bushels per acre provided their insight into achieving that tough-to-reach level in a panel discussion at the Illinois Soybean Summit.  
  • Monday, April 27, 2015 8:00 AM
    Wet conditions in late winter and early spring in the region may be creating some special weed problems.Though many farmers may be anxious to get their crops planted, they should be careful not to give short shrift to weed control, says Ryan Rector, Roundup technology development manager at Monsanto. 
  • Monday, April 27, 2015 8:00 AM
    The renewable fuels industry continues to have a far-reaching positive economic impact on the Midwest and nation. A study, conducted by ABF Economics and released by the Renewable Fuels Association, revealed the U.S. ethanol industry experienced a record-breaking year in 2014 when industry output was increased an estimated 7.4 percent to a high of 14.3 billion gallons. 
  • Monday, April 27, 2015 8:00 AM
    Once banned because it is a close cousin to marijuana, hemp is coming back in Colorado and now has its own convention, attracting international interest as a new crop for farmers struggling to find new crops to stay afloat. 
  • 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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