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INDIANAPOLIS — Hundreds of goods from all corners of the state were for sale at the State Fair’s Indiana Grown Marketplace.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A Purdue University veterinarian was recently honored for her contributions in introducing grade-school children to veterinary medicine.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University will be home to a one-of-a-kind lab with the goal of increasing awareness and developing environments for food safety around the world.

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ATLANTA, Ill. — The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition heard details of new central Illinois initiatives that are developing local food infrastructure during a visit to the PrairiErth Food Hub facility.

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INDIANAPOLIS — The 17 greatest days of summer may be concluded for the year now that the 2019 Indiana State Fair is over, but the memories that were made and lives that were impacted are not going anywhere.

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Corn silking was at 96%. Corn dough was at 55%, compared to 93% last year and 88% for the five-year average. Corn dented was at 12%, compared to 60% last year and 43% for the five-year average. Corn condition was 4% very poor, 15% poor, 39% fair, 37% good, and 5% excellent. Soybeans blooming was at 89%.

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Above-average temperatures coupled with sporadic and, in some areas non-existent rainfall, caused farmers to continue to worry about adequate precipitation during grain fill. In those areas that received rainfall, crop conditions remained steady or slightly improved while areas receiving little to no rainfall saw conditions deteriorate. The 2019 Indiana corn and soybean crops were in much worse shape than they were during the same time in 2018.

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JERSEYVILLE, Ill. — When Liam Condon talks, people listen. The president of Bayer’s Crop Science Division has done a lot of talking – and a lot of listening – in the 14 months since the Bayer purchase of Monsanto became final and official in June 2018.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — If buildings could smile, this one was. During the two years it was closed during the Illinois State Fair, the Coliseum, far and away the main venue and the most visible one at the Springfield fairgrounds, always seemed a little embarrassed, a once-grand dame trying to cover her face during the very public times of the State Fair.

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PRINCETON, Ill. – Bureau County Home and Community Education will sponsor a Pie Contest Sept. 7 at the Homestead Festival. The contest will be in the food tent at Soldiers and Sailors Park, 14 Park Ave. E, Princeton. All pies are to be brought to the park by 9 a.m. The pies will be judged and all pies will be auctioned at noon. Four cash awards will be given.

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CHRISNEY, Ind. – The program "Making Effective Presentations – Communicating with Facts, Flair and Fun," will be presented from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT at the Spencer County Youth & Community Center, 1101 E. County Road 800 N, Chrisney. Learn how effective communication skills can help you be heard, change behaviors and make an impact.

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STERLING, Ill. — Composting is one option for managing animal mortalities. “Composting is not just putting stuff in a pile,” said Jay Solomon, University of Illinois Extension educator, energy and environmental stewardship.

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DU QUOIN, Ill. — One of the main headlines coming out the Du Quoin State Fair Aug. 23-Sept. 2 is the Grandstand lineup, including country artists Wynonna Judd on Aug. 25, and Restless Heart and Shenandoah on Aug. 27.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — According to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer, farmers were more optimistic about the agricultural economy in July than they’ve been in quite some time.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — On Sept. 5, Purdue University Extension will host its annual Crops Field Day at the Purdue Agronomy Center for Research and Education in West Lafayette.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Most everyone has a hobby, whether it be collecting baseball cards, reading or playing sports.

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INDIANAPOLIS — A young fairgoer takes a closer look at a Southdown ewe lamb during the sheep breeding stock show at the Indiana State Fair.

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Corn silking was at 93%. Corn dough was at 42%, compared to 89% last year and 76% for the five-year average. Corn condition was 5% very poor, 16% poor, 39% fair, 36% good, and 4% excellent. Soybeans blooming was at 80%, compared to 99% last year and 95% for the five-year average. Soybeans setting pods was at 49%,

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Corn and soybean development was impacted by the dry weather last week, and crop conditions declined slightly. Signs of moisture stress were visible across the state, especially in fields with coarse soils. Irrigation was running where available. Producers took advantage of the dry weather to bale hay, though regrowth in hay fields and pastures had slowed.

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RANTOUL, Ill. — It took 2,000 workers and 200 teams of horses just two months to complete construction of what was then-Chanute Field in 1917.

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DIXON, Ill. – The Illinois State 4-H Dog Show will be Aug. 24 at the Granny Rose K-9 Enrichment Center, 613 River Lane, Dixon. The show site will open at 7 a.m. with check-in for obedience classes at 8 a.m. Check-in for showmanship and rally obedience classes will begin at 1 p.m.

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CLOVERDALE, Ind. – The Hoosier Hardwood Festival & Expo will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT Aug. 23-25 at the C Bar C Expo Center, 253 Stardust Road, Cloverdale. The event will include a forestry trade show, lumberjack competition, woodworking demonstrations and amateur axe-throwing competitions.

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RANTOUL, Ill. — The tractor pulls at the Half Century of Progress bring the horsepower, but also something else — a sense of family and community.

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RANTOUL, Ill. — Oat threshing demonstrations will be one of the highlights of the Keck-Gonnerman display during the Half Century of Progress show.

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Agriculture is constantly inundated with new technologies, and sorting through this array of products — what fits, what doesn’t — can be both challenging and perplexing.

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RANTOUL, Ill. — The Rantoul National Aviation Center, the village-owned airport that has hosted the Half Century of Progress biennially since 2005, was the site of a historic air base that served the nation during war and peace.

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DIETERICH, Ill. — When crop production expanded into the prairie virgin soils of western United States and Canada early in the 20th century, a horse-drawn plow wasn’t going to get the job done.

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LEXINGTON, Ill. — Controlling weeds, particularly the growing number that are herbicide resistant, gets more challenging every year.

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LEXINGTON, Ill. — Two newly-released corn and soybean technologies were featured at the recent Mycogen Enlist Field Day at the Illinois State University Farm.

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BROOKLYN, Ind. — Christopher’s #12 Diner is a cozy, country café in the heart of Brooklyn in Morgan County in central Indiana, where the pace is laid back and the food is made to order.

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INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski was honored with the Indiana Corn & Soybean Friend of Farmers Award at the Ag Policy Summit July 30.

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So far in the Pro Farmer’s crop tour (where they’ve gone thorugh Indiana, Nebraska and Illinois), yields are being pegged all over the place. Indiana is being put around a 161 bushels per acre mark, while Nebraska is showing around 173 bushels per acre.

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Steve Hyde of CHS Hedging said choppy trade is “likely to continue” with trade looking at crop results and weather.

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The lean hog market is technically oversold, holding a larger than normal discount to the cash market, The Hightower Report said.

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The upcoming days will feature a pair of livestock reports, as we will get the Cold Storage report on Thursday. Allendale is projecting 633.631 mln pounds of pork for the end of July, an 11 mln pound increase. Beef is estimated at 397.410 mln pounds, which would be 18% below last year’s mark, but a 3 mln increase from last month.

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“Lower prices may be needed to spur demand,” John Payne of Daniel’s Trading said. “The world has an abundance of exportable wheat and the competition between the EU/Ukraine and Russia is likely to keep prices low for the foreseeable future.”

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Packers “appear poised to make up for the lost production” with strong profit margins, in the wake of the closed packing house, The Hightower Report said. “This opens the door for a more normal trade and a more normal relationship between cash and futures.”

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Support for grains is being found in the ongoing Crop Tour, adding to concerns about the crop not being as good as the USDA is projecting. However, “traders are cautions, as higher trade overnight does not necessarily translate to day session gains,” Allendale said.

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A number of factors pushed wheat markets lower — plentiful world supplies, slow demand and technical selling, Heesch said.

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In weighted average negotiated prices for barrows and gilts, USDA reported:

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Hog markets were a little higher Tuesday despite trends in pork product prices. Markets are still trying to recover from recent losses.

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Soybeans were up Tuesday as traders are not sure about the size of this year’s crop.

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“Corn prices were on the defensive from beneficial moisture moving across the U.S. Midwest and spillover weakness in the wheat market,” Heesch, with CHS Hedging, said. “The corn market does not seem to be bothered by this week’s crop tour findings, despite yields estimated below last year and the three-year average in the Eastern Corn Belt’s key states.”