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  • Farm Aid to be in North Carolina
    Willie Nelson and the annual Farm Aid concert and food festival are coming to North Carolina. The concert is scheduled for Sept. 13 in the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh. 
  • Bio-agricultural products can boost yields
    Biological products are one way that farmers can nurture crops. Enzymes are used in many industries, from detergents to wine and beer making. In agriculture, enzymes can be used to boost soil health. 
  • Free app helps farmers track field conditions
    A smartphone app is available to help farmers access weather information for specific fields. The app comes in two forms, Climate Basic and Climate Pro. The Basic app is a free service that tracks precipitation, hail and other data for specific fields. 
  • Late-season herbicide applications may be ineffective
    For farmers seeing weeds in their fields this late in the growing season, hand-rouging and pulling them by hand may be the best way to remove them, more so than using a herbicide, a Purdue Extension weed scientist said. 
  • Cool weather’s effect on crop could differ from 2009
    The next two months will determine whether the Indiana corn crop produces high yields as expected or is significantly damaged by any unforeseen, drastic changes in weather and diseases, Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen said. 
  • 4-Her shares love for horses
    When Sam Evens rides on her horse, Sonee, her worry and stress melts away. It’s just her and her horse, and nothing can stop her. 
  • Cattle entries open for World Dairy Expo
    World Dairy Expo’s 2014 dairy cattle entries are open. Exhibitors can choose to enter through the expo online entry system or by mail. Initial entry deadline is Aug. 31. 
  • Tippecanoe County Fair brings community together
    The Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair is a tradition that dates back 84 years. Although the fairgrounds are in the heart of bustling Lafayette, it feels like a small-town affair. 
  • Position your farm for the future
    Farmers can’t predict the future, but they can plan for different scenarios. It’s important to plan ahead and be ready for changing economic situations. 
  • 10 ways to improve your operation
    As agriculture enters a period of income moderation, farmers may need to fine-tune their management practices. They learned keys to successfully managing their farms at Purdue University’s Top Farmer Conference. 
  • Wet hay may cause barn fire
    Hay that is baled and stored at a moisture level higher than recommended could heat up enough to start a barn fire, a Purdue Extension forage specialist warns. 
  • Jared Finegan
    If we could have controlled the weather for the Iroquois County Fair, we wouldn’t have made it as perfect as it was. I cannot remember a year where it didn’t rain at all, and I don’t think it has ever been as comfortably cool as it was this year. 
  • Ted Mottaz
    Week 12 of our growing season observations is basically more of the same. Corn and soybeans are still progressing very well. As I stated last week, I spent the past week in Washington, D.C., and I basically got this week’s update from one of my neighbors. 
  • Gene discovery could lead to better soybean varieties
    Researchers from Purdue University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have discovered a soybean gene whose mutation affects plant stem growth, a finding that could lead to the development of improved soybean cultivars for the northern U.S. 
  • Grant Noland
    For the first time in six weeks, I’m providing an update without measurable rainfall for our area. Even without rain, the cooler-than-average temperatures have allowed for adequate subsoil moisture to remain present beneath the canopy, and crop conditions are very good. 

 



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