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  • ISDA Director McKinney visits Purdue during Ag Week
    The fourth annual Purdue Ag Week was held to tell the story of agriculture to Purdue University students, staff and the community. This year’s theme, “mAGnify: A Closer Look at Agriculture,” was created to show the importance of community, technology and hunger related to agriculture. 
  • Prune fruit trees into shape
    Pruning is both an art form and a science. There are several different approaches growers can take to prune fruit trees. The No. 1 mistake growers make? Damaging vulnerable, young trees by excessive pruning — which affects growth later in the tree’s life. 
  • Women landowners learn management tips
    Well-managed woodlands are important to Indiana farms. Many farms in the Hoosier state have woodlots and with good management, they provide benefits to wildlife, native plants and trees, water quality, soil health and more. 
  • Publishing family's former farm now Rushville retreat
    The former family farm of a famous publishing family, with roots in Rushville, now provides activities for Schuyler County residents and visitors. “This was a new start for him,” Mary Jane Busby, a Rushville native and curator of the Schuyler County Jail Museum, said of James Mogg Scripps. 
  • Putting timber ground to good use
    For Schuyler County farmer Dennis Billingsley, the harvest he gathers through his Camden Hunting Club isn’t measured just in the number of deer that hunters get or the number of wild turkeys that they take. 
  • Meeting global sustainability challenge
    Using models that blend global economics, geography, ecology and environmental sciences is essential to understanding how changes in trade and natural systems in one part of the world affect those in another, a review concludes. 
  • New wheat can take the heat
    Two Kansas State University researchers are developing a type of wheat that will tolerate hotter temperatures as the grain is developing. The problem is kernels start to shrivel if temperatures are too high as the wheat grains begin to fill out. That happens in May and June in Kansas. 
  • Weed research explains herbicide resistance
    Kansas State University researchers say new research helps explain why an invasive weed is developing resistance to a well-known herbicide. The researchers found that the plant kochia has evolved to have multiple copies of a gene that targets the weed killer glyphosate, allowing it to survive treatment. 
  • Apple variety resists turning brown
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given its approval for two types of apples genetically modified to resist turning brown after they’re bruised or sliced. The development could boost sales of apples for snacks, salads and other uses. 
  • Indiana University gets lake study grant
    Indiana University scientists who’ve been tracking levels of the toxic airborne chemicals that enter the Great Lakes for two decades have won a $6 million federal grant to continue their work. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant will fund the project until 2019. 



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