PUTAENDO, Chile (AP) — Alfredo Estay stands amid a dwindling herd of cattle, near a dying calf and a malnourished cow unable to stand on its feet due to Chile’s worst drought in more than half a century.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Foodborne illnesses sicken more than 48 million people in the United States each year, with 128,000 requiring hospitalization and 3,000 dying, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Avocados are famous for having a frustratingly short period of consumption. They’re hard as rocks for a while and as soon as you try to eat one, they’ve turned to brown mush.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Today’s farms are constantly innovating, relying on cutting-edge technology and bioengineering to control pests.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Research and education drive the U.S. economy and its agricultural sector. The ability to turn discoveries and innovations into practical applications has been the hallmark of Extension and public outreach in every state and U.S. territory.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program released the annual Indiana Farm Fatality Summary with Historical Overview. The program reported 34 work-related, on-farm deaths in the state in 2018.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A rapidly growing global population in the midst of a changing climate had led to serious sustainability issues and choices surrounding water, food and energy.
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A jury on Sept. 23 convicted an eastern Iowa hog farmer of using a corn rake to kill his wife, agreeing with prosecutors who argued he was enraged that she was having an affair.
In the last week, we received 4.2 inches of rain. I’ve heard of pockets of up to 7 inches around Monmouth. We also had hail Friday night. It was a little bigger than dime size, but I heard of areas that had golf ball to tennis ball size hail.
I’ve been receiving phone calls and messages from readers across the United States from an article that was submitted to Farm & Ranch Living by one of our lady huskers, Lois Hoffman. If you get a chance, read it. She did a great job.
The homestretch of 2019 is here. Well, not exactly. Still a lot of harvest to go. We got started with harvest this week. We started shelling corn and were able to get nice start, then switched gears and got everyone switched over to beans and now are running hard on beans. Unfortunately, the…
Another hot and productive week in southwestern Indiana. The fields of corn are rapidly disappearing, and the beans are not far behind. While corn moisture is down to 18%, bean moisture is running 12.5% to 14%. Bean yields are way above average, which is great news. We had a few glitches thi…
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — As Illinois continues to face an agricultural education teacher shortage, one group is tackling the issue through a grant program for beginning ag teachers.
HARVARD, Ill. — Women who own farmland are invited to a free Learning Circle co-hosted by The Land Conservancy of McHenry County and the McHenry-Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District.
MORTON, Ill. — For do-it-yourself homeowners who like to design their own interior space, Morton Buildings is reintroducing its clear-span construction ranch home with a new look.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Sept. 26 that producers currently participating in federal crop insurance who had in 2019 a payable prevented planting indemnity related to flooding, excess moisture or causes other than drought will automatically receive a “top-up” payment.
More rain — so much that I have lost track of how much fell and when, without checking the calendar we have hanging in the foyer of the kitchen. I do know the fish and frogs swimming in the fields shouldn’t be worried about it drying up anytime soon. They along with the egrets, sandhill cran…
As I look out across the fields behind the house, I’m reminded of the message that was given at Schrock Farms’ Blessings of the Harvest this past Friday from Galatians 6:9: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” After a la…
Some weeks you think you have a plan and everything figured out. Last week started out great. Finished a project up north, then started getting equipment moved out. Took off on Tuesday to the Ohio Farm Science Review. I always enjoy that show as it’s a little smaller, not near as crowded and…
Harvest continued Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Moisture is about 23%, test weights are over 60 pounds and bushels are higher than expected. Thursday and Friday, we came out of the field to haul to the elevator. We had contracts to fill before the end of September, and the elevator is due t…
ASSUMPTION, Ill. — GSI is expanding its grain material handling product offering with the new GSI Under-Bin Chain Conveyor that offers higher capacity bin unloading and improved durability, while also being gentler on grain than auger unloads.
We received 1.7 inches of rain at my house in the last week. We started chopping silage Monday. We opened the silage field by harvesting eight rows around the outside and one pass down the middle. There were spots in the field that had standing water in the spring that only yielded 50 to 60 …
The farmhouse framing project is coming along. We finished the sheathing of first-story walls and built the interior walls. We set floor joists and subflooring for the second story and plan to have all the walls up by Monday afternoon. And then we will start on the garage. The trusses are or…
These weeks seem to be flying past faster than they ever have. As they say, life is rough getting old. We had a productive week going in multiple different directions. We were able to wrap up our project in Muncie. That job was not complicated. Just takes longer because of the commute to the…
Well, Mark won and we did indeed start on Monday. Moisture ranged from 24% to 20%, but the big surprise was the test weight at 62 pounds. We had a few hiccups, but those are all ironed out going forward. Now we are ready for the next Monday, where we will begin in earnest with the majority o…
BEIJING (AP) — China will lift punitive tariffs imposed on U.S. soybeans and pork in a trade war with Washington, a state news agency said Sept. 13, adding to conciliatory gestures by the two sides ahead of negotiations.
DECATUR, Ill. — The Illinois Cuba Working Group welcomed Rodney Gonzalez, the commercial attaché for the Cuban Embassy in Washington, to the Farm Progress Show.
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Illinois Soybean Association Board of Directors recently approved its fiscal year 2020 budget. This includes checkoff-funded projects targeted at increasing farmer profitability and building customer demand across domestic and international food, feed and fuel markets.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced the launch of the updated Regional Conservation Partnership Program.
LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — Experts are raising concerns that sewage sludge used as fertilizer around the United States could contaminate crops with potentially harmful chemicals.
DETROIT (AP) — State regulators say 91,000 bushels of soybeans must be destroyed, three years after just a small portion was grown on land that had sediment from a Kalamazoo River Superfund site in western Michigan.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Trump administration is revoking an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana has experienced a surge in wind farm construction during the past decade that’s given the state the nation’s 12th-highest number of wind turbines.
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The National Hemp Association showcased the versatility of hemp during the recent Farm Progress Show in central Illinois.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Anheuser-Busch to stop using packaging that implies MillerCoors’ light beers contain corn syrup.
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) — Rains that inundated Wisconsin this spring after a wet fall and winter forced farmers to plant their crops historically late, and that has led to uneven growth stages.
Apple orchards are open, school has begun, pre-harvest meetings seem to be happening daily and we have started custom chopping corn silage. It’s September. When did that happen? It sure feels like another year is flying by.
We had nine-tenths to an inch of rain last week. Corn and beans still look good. The 103-day corn around the outside of our silage field was 30%, so we’ll probably open the field up on Monday and see what the 112-day corn is testing. Pods on beans are filling nicely with the rains we’ve had.…
Tuesday felt like Monday, and Friday felt like Saturday. Did your Labor Day leave you questioning what day of the week it was? Looking back at this past week, or even further, I was recalling what took place. Well, we really cannot account for too many field activities or crop progress. It’s…
Monday, Sept. 9, 2019: Harvest 2019 begins. The stalk is dry, the ears are hanging down and the decision is made. Today, we begin a harvest that will be a total crapshoot. How bad did the non-ending spring rains and cold temperatures affect this year’s crop? Time will tell. We have only 64 a…
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Young farmers hoping to make a living in Wisconsin as well as those nearing retirement who want to hand off their operations to the next generation would benefit from a package of bills unveiled Sept. 3 designed to help stem the tide of farm bankruptcies in the state.
ALPHA, Ill. (AP) — A western Illinois post office has been named in honor of a 26-year-old soldier who died while serving in Afghanistan.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Ah, the joys of living out in the country: the quiet, the space and the peacefulness. Then there’s the internet connection, which can go from bad to worse quickly in many rural areas.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Joseph Balagtas, associate professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University, has been selected to serve as a senior economist, with a focus on agricultural and food policy, to the Council of Economic Advisers in Washington, D.C.
LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A corn maze near Lafayette that is designed to commemorate Purdue University’s “150 Years of Giant Leaps” has won USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards for best corn maze.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — According to attendees and organizers alike, this year’s Purdue Small Farm Education Field Day, which consisted of lectures and on-farm demonstrations, provided excellent guidance for small-scale growers.