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  • New growers get look at urban farming
    It can be challenging to start a farm or garden. Beginning farmers express concerns ranging from cost and absence of marketing experience to fear of making mistakes and lack of knowledge. 
  • Online agronomy classes are growing
    There are more options for agriculture professionals who want to further their education. Purdue University launched the Agronomy e-Learning Academy in January and now is expanding its online course offerings. 
  • Ag issues highlighted
    Workforce development, infrastructure and overall tax and spend policy are important to every industry in Indiana, but they are especially important to agriculture, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said. 
  • Technology, research take center stage
    Farmer-focused research was on display during Beck’s Hybrids Becknology Days. The three-day event was one of four field shows the company hosted that drew more than 15,000 farmers. 
  • Got mud? Get tracks
    Jay Shininger, agriculture division manager with MacAllister Machinery Co., believes that tracked tractors are important every year. Tracks can reduce soil compaction, which improves water infiltration and drainage. 
  • Healthy soil benefits farms
    Mike Shuter always looks for ways to improve soil health on his farm in Madison County. That is why Shuter will work with the Soil Health Partnership. 
  • Registration OK’d for unique fungicide
    Triple plays are rare, but one did “occur” on the opening day of the Farm Progress Show this year. That’s when Syngenta announced the stamping of its new label, Trivapro, after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the registration of the Solatenol fungicide. 
  • Not just about bin-busting
    Corn farmers face challenges that go far beyond weeds, insects, diseases and too much or too little rain. “When it comes to growing corn, no one does it better than America’s family farmers,” National Corn Growers President Chip Bowling said at a Farm Progress Show press conference. 
  • Automated soil sampler connects with ‘cloud’
    Granted, soil sampling is a dirty job, but somebody has to do it, particularly with even greater emphasis on nutrient management and rising input costs. One option to clean up a dirty job is the Falcon automated soil sampler that was made available last year and now offers upgraded tech options. 
  • Weed ‘seed destructor’ tool tested at U of I
    Herbicide-resistant weeds have become the norm, requiring multiple approaches in combating the yield-robbers. University of Illinois researchers are taking weed control to the next level this harvest — aiming to keep those seeds from returning to the soil seedbank. 

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