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DANVILLE, Ind. — Purdue Extension and the Indiana Land Resources Council has announced the development of a new document series designed to assist local governments on current and emerging land-use issues.

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WANATAH, Ind. — Crop Diagnostic Training will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT Sept. 4 at the Pinney Purdue Agricultural Center, 11402 S. County Line Road, Wanatah.

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A timely rain was falling when I left the farm last night. Crops were showing their need for a good drink the past week. This was a widespread area that needed the rain. I was traveling into Chicago early last week and up to Hillsboro, Wisconsin, as well as into the suburbs of Chicago over t…

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We are still dry but did manage to catch some rain in the last week or so. As I’m writing this we had fields get anywhere from .5 to 1.5 inches. Our corn is starting to fire; more and some fields have upper leaves and shucks turning brown. We pulled some ears out of some fields and they look…

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Where has the summer gone? Tomorrow we start digging the foundation of a basement for a large farmhouse which we will be framing in the coming weeks. Seems like fall is right around the corner. Hopefully, we will have a long fall and a mild winter. Last week we finished a very large wrap-aro…

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Seems like this merry-go-round we’re on isn’t slowing down anytime soon. As soon as we get one thing dealt with, we’re on to the next. It’s been a couple busy weeks of spraying fungicide on corn, spraying beans, respraying beans, and getting tile and dirt work done. Sorry about missing last …

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It was fairly quiet on the farm the past seven days. Shop work continued but we took it slow and easy. I traveled to Shipshewana, Indiana, with some friends to do the Amish/flea market experience. We had a blast. We stayed one night at the Farmstead Inn and one night at the Blue Gate Inn. Bo…

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WANATAH, Ind. — Pinney Purdue Agricultural Center, 11402 S. County Line Road, Wanatah, will host its annual Field Day Aug. 21.

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We finally received some rain Tuesday morning. It wasn’t much, but it was welcomed. We had 0.3” at my house and the fields near me and 0.5” on our fields farther south of me. Our corn still looks really good, but if we don’t get anymore rain we may have small kernels on our corn.

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Well, we have gone full circle from excessive rainfall and extensive flooding in parts of northern Indiana this spring to a dust bowl with extremely dry field conditions. My agronomist walked fields earlier this week and confirmed that the soybeans look good and I should stay out of them. So…

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This week we kept busy preparing our preventive planting fields for a cover crop and working in the shop getting the combine and other machinery that will be needed for harvest ready to go. Our sweet corn is finally ready - and it is delicious. Mark’s brother and sister-in-law got a supply i…

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — In response to recent flooding impacting many parts of the nation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced that $217.5 million is available to dedicate to funding conservation easements on certain lands damaged by flooding and o…

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It’s hard to believe it’s basically August while I’m typing this. This summer has sure flown by. I guess time flies when you are so busy you don’t pay attention to the calendar, except to notice that you missed a couple deadlines in a row and then got lost in the craziness once again. I want…

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Over a month of dry weather now. Hard to believe I’m saying that after the spring we had. We missed the rain Sunday night and Monday morning. It was pushed southeast of us. Our corn still looks good, but could really use a couple inches of rain right now.

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The view from a hot air balloon is probably breathtaking. It was definitely a surprise to me as I pulled out of the barn with the skid loader to see a large balloon about 30 feet off the ground hovering over the cow pasture next to me as the cows were spooked and running. Had the tractor and…

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You ever get done at the end of the day and realize you have been so busy you don’t even remember what all you did? Well, a lot of times that is how I feel writing these at the end of the week. We have been busier than I can even explain. Our employees have really been knocking it out of the…

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Things are back to normal in our little corner of the world. This week, the guys spent a good deal of time spraying fungicide and Roundup. It was very pleasant weather at the beginning of the week, but by week’s end, it was sweltering. Crops look good with the 3.4 inches of rain that pelted …

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CARBONDALE, Ill. — Suicide rates in the United States have been increasing over the last 20 years, with the disparity between rural and urban areas widening over time. Youth face some of the toughest challenges, with nearly twice as many rural adolescents committing suicide as their urban peers.

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CHICAGO — The Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program recently hosted more than 20 attendees to its Chicago office for industry leaders to address emerging and alternative protein markets.

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ALEXANDRIA, Ind. (AP) — At 79 years old, Art McManus says he’s still able to hop on the tractor and maintain the 160 acres of cherry trees at his orchard in Traverse City, Michigan.

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WASHINGTON — In response to recent flooding impacting many parts of the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced July 24 the availability of $217.5 million dedicated to funding conservation easements on certain lands damaged by floo…

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Another dry week in my area. It seems like we are missing all the rains. They either go north or south of us. At my house, we only received 0.3” the whole week. We did have one field farther south receive over an inch last week. Fungicide and insecticide were applied to all, but one of our c…

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Monday I finished delivering the last load of wheat. I sat in line for 90 minutes as I awaited my turn to unload. The moisture of wheat averaged 13.5% averaged 50 bushels per acre. Hope to get some manure hauled and a new seeding of alfalfa planted in wheat stubble. Wheat harvest and straw b…

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It has been hot. We didn’t get skipped on any of the heat last week. We were still able to stay productive, but drank a lot of water with extra sweating going on. Not a lot of anything real interesting going on. Just trying to get equipment cleaned up and checked to be ready for fall. We tri…

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I’m going to take you on a trip to Fargo, North Dakota, this week. This is where Mark and I, along with Keith Tapp from Sebree, Kentucky, and Doug and Nancy Winter from Burnt Prairie, Illinois, traveled to this past week. The guys had a United Soybean Board meeting there, so we set out late …

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We had a few fields get 0.4” and 0.5” of rain last week. Other than that, we’re still dry. Praying for some rain this week. The April planted corn is still looking good. All our corn is tasseling now. The beans need a good rain to get them growing again. They have kind of stalled.

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This past week, we juggled a large house roof tear-off, along with baling hay and straw. Normally, we don’t cram this much into one week, but the weather allowed us to accomplish so much and with the unknowns of how long I’ll be on jury duty, we felt the need to step up the workload. What st…

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Wheat harvest is a wrap for 2019. Feels good to be checking boxes off finally and getting most of the crops taken care of for the year. We finished post spraying soybeans this last week. So, the sprayer gets a short reprieve before going back over all the bean acres with fungicide. Wheat did…

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We have had a week with no rain, and the crops are starting to stress. We have been over-blessed with moisture up to this point, and the crops are used to the rains. Mark actually commented this week that we need a rain. Hurricane Barry may provide a little relief the first of the week. We s…

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FORREST, Ill. — A nitrogen management workshop will be from 5 to 8 p.m. July 23 at the Forrest Community Center. The workshop will focus on in-field practices that reduce nitrate loss without sacrificing farm profitability.

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God turned the faucet off. As I’m writing this, we haven’t had a measurable rain since June 22. Driving around my area, I noticed that the April-planted corn is still looking very good. The June-planted corn is starting to curl and look stressed. We have some 103-day corn that started tassel…

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There is no denying that summer is here. Between the crates of eggplant, tomatoes and peppers we’re bringing to market to the three changes of sweat-soaked clothes on the floor at the end of each day, any other farmers out there switch up their laundry detergent brand to double-extra super s…

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Despite the extremely high humidity and the heat index temperatures well into the 90s, I decided to venture up to the St. Joseph County Fair to visit with various families of 4-Hers and watch round robin competition among the top showmanship participants of each barn on Thursday. It’s hard t…

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Man, it’s been humid out this week. Felt like we were swimming through the air. This last week seemed like a short week, but yet a long one, too, with the county fair in full swing along with wheat harvest. There is never a shortage of events to be at. My second oldest niece started 4-H this…

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Another hot and humid week for us this week. We had 1 1/2 inches of rain on Wednesday evening. It came with a vengeance and left already wet fields wetter. We have been out of the field since the end of wheat harvest. The second-crop beans are still in the bag. Our family company are all hom…

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INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosier farmers, it’s time to huddle up! The Ag Policy Summit, presented by the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the Indiana Corn Growers Association will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 at the Indianapolis Colts Football Practice Facility, 7001 W. 56th St., Indianapolis.

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We found the heat! This week, the heat sure kicked on outside. There were temps in the 90s and heat index over 100 a couple days. Interesting it was that same type of weather the same week last year. I vividly recall how hot, humid and miserable it was last year at the Stephenson County Fair…

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It was a dry week for us last week. We only received one-tenth of an inch at my house. Some of our fields received a few more tenths. Our corn is still looking very good. I did hear that east of me near Galesburg there was some green snap on April planted corn Sunday night during the severe …

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Ten years into farming and I’ll never get used to the fluctuation of emotions that come along with it. One day I’m stressed or angry, the next day I’m grateful and ecstatic. One hour I’m exhausted and the next I’m bouncing around accomplishing everything on my to-do list.

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Monday through Wednesday, we heard tornado sirens around sunset as the humidity and heat would kick up a storm cell each night. The heat is finally here. I can’t believe the 4-H fair schedules are in full swing. It’s nearly impossible to have a mature soybean plant or cornstalk with ear and …

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Well, summer has begun, for sure. Seems like we went from April weather to August overnight. The heat has really helped the early corn and also brought along the wheat. As of writing this, we tested one field Saturday, but we are headed to get started running this week. With rain in the fore…

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My sincerest apologies to my loyal readers for not getting my article in last week. Preparations for nine houseguests and a plan for feeding 15 family members three times a day for a week had me totally in a whirl.

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We had another wet week receiving 2.5 to 3 inches of rain across all our fields. I’m hearing higher and lower rainfall amounts other places, so it seems we were right in the middle. Our corn looks really good right now — dark green, and some of it is already knee-high. Some of the corn we re…

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