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  • Illinois farmers ready for harvest rush
    Corn and soybean harvest is in full swing across Illinois, with much progress expected in the coming week. Corn harvest was 24 percent complete, while soybean harvest was 6 percent complete.
  • Safety steps to reduce farm work injuries
    Avoiding farm work injuries that interfere with fall harvest can pay big financial dividends for crop producers. Lost time during fall harvest can cost a producer hundreds of dollars per day.
  • Tropical weather spawns ongoing disease issues
    SPONSORED: When the weather turns tropical in Illinois, corn diseases that love heat and humidity take over.
  • Expect changes in production forecasts
    Following the release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s September Crop Production report, market discussion immediately turned to the likely size of the final corn and soybean production estimates to be released in January. Those estimates will reflect possible changes in both yield and acreage estimates.
  • Harvest progressing slowly in Indiana
    Mild weather patterns allowed harvest to progress and farmers to begin planting cover crops. The warm temperatures and moderate rainfall also has kept most pastures lush.
  • Semen supplier tackles regulations to do business abroad
    When he gets an order for boar semen from an international buyer, Jon Fisher knows it’s a large order. The regulations and red tape associated with exporting the semen from his 65 to 70 boars have seen to that.
  • 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.
  • Growmark reports year-end finances
    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
    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.
  • Partnerships, education improving water quality
    Ag is under the microscope more than ever before with concerns over nutrient loss and its impact on water quality. A panel addressed those issues at a Verdesian Life Sciences-hosted event.
  • Growmark to build fertilizer facility
    Growmark announced plans to build a new state-of-the-art fertilizer facility in Ayr, Ontario. It will be managed by FS Partners.
  • Growmark honors award winners
    GROWMARK announced its yearly award winners during its annual meeting. Five supply member cooperatives were recognized by Growmark for business performance improvement.
  • Extension educator meeting needs of ag community
    As an Extension educator, Amanda Dickson has many different job responsibilities that cater to meeting the needs of the community.
  • Growmark sponsors essay contest
    The theme for the 2017 Growmark Essay Contest is: “What value do cooperatives provide to today’s farmers?” The contest is open to all high school FFA members in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.
  • 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.

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