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SAVANNA, Ill. — It’s difficult to know where to start in describing Havencrest Castle. The logical place is the entryway of the mansion that perches atop a hill in Savanna. That’s where the tours start on weekends in October and May.

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HILLSBORO, Ill. – The Oak Pests and Diseases Workshop will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Montgomery County Extension office, #1 Industrial Park Drive, Hillsboro. University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Andrew Holsinger will discuss common oak species, current pests, and diseases.

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BEDFORD, Ind. – The 4-H Junior Leaders Safe Night Trick or Treat will be from 6 to 8 p.m. EDT Oct. 29 at the Lawrence County 4-H Fairgrounds. 11261 E. US Hwy 50, Bedford. The event is sponsored by the Lawrence County Fair Board.

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GLADSTONE, Mo. — Gene editing provides the potential to solve challenges the society is facing in human health, food production and agriculture.

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MADISON, Wis. — Thousands of visitors from the United States and nearly 100 countries from around the world traveled to the World Dairy Expo during the first week of October.

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Beef Cattle Association is busy preparing for the 33rd annual Hoosier Beef Congress Dec. 6-8.

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MACOMB, Ill. — Win Phippen knows he has to get it right the very first time. “In working with new crops, you get one shot with producers,” said Phippen, professor of plant breeding and genetics at the Western Illinois Agriculture School of Agriculture.

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GREENCASTLE, Ind. — Greencastle has been invigorated by a new mural on the silos of S&W Feed Center, located at the intersection of Veterans Highway and Rt. 231.

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Natural Resources Conservation Service has made $50 million available to private landowners to help establish public access to land for hunting, fishing and other wildlife-dependent recreation.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University’s Ag Economy Barometer fell three points from August to September, indicating a slight dip in producer optimism.

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INDIANAPOLIS — As fall takes over Indiana, leaves are beginning to change color, pumpkin patches are open and Hoosier farmers are beginning to prepare for harvest season.

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Another hot and dry week pushed crops towards maturity as harvest picked up, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. The unusually dry week with only spotty rainfall was ideal for fieldwork but kept soil moisture levels well below both the previous year and the five-year average. The average temperature for the week was 69 degrees, 10.2 degrees above normal for the state. The amount of rainfall varied from none to 0.87 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 0.34 inches. There were six days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Oct. 6.

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There were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Oct. 6. Statewide, the average temperature was 66.8 degrees, 7.4 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 0.88 inches, 0.13 inches below normal.Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 8% very short, 15% short, 57% adequate, and 20% surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 9% very short, 15% short, 63% adequate, and 13% surplus.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — A trio of tools that fit into managing nutrient loss were featured at the recent Midwest Ag Industries Exposition.

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MADISON, Wis. —Increasing trade with other countries is important to U.S. farmers. “Trade is the No. 1 issue I hear in the country,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “Labor is the No. 2 issue, and regulation is No. 3.”

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WASHINGTON — Analysis of the end-of-marketing-year grain stocks revealed lowered soybean yield averages in Illinois, Indiana and nationally for 2018.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. winter wheat production for 2019 reached 1.3 billion bushels on an average yield of 53.6 bushels per acre, according to the small grains annual summary released Sept. 30.

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METROPOLIS, Ill. – Pumpkin Extravaganza will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Community Teaching Kitchen, Metropolis Early Learning Center, 416 E Ninth St., Metropolis, Ill. The free event will include tips on growing pumpkins, pumpkin recipe demonstrations, and pumpkin crafts and activities.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Indiana CBD Update will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds, Esther Singer Building, 5117 S. Ironwood Road, South Bend. Register for this free program by visiting bit.ly/StJoeCBDUpdate or call 574-235–9604.

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SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — Leaders from corn grower organizations in 23 states sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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INDIANAPOLIS — The torrential rainfalls and flooding from earlier this year still are having effects on the agriculture industry as several cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis have been detected in the state.

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FRANKLIN, Ind. — Although it wasn’t a typical classroom setting, Jenna Kelsay, a sophomore at Whiteland Community High School, went outside of the chalkboard walls to teach dozens of fourth-grade students in Johnson County about dairy cattle and the agriculture industry in general.

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FRANKLIN, Ind. — In an effort to reach the youth in their community and teach them about the agriculture industry, farmers and ag representatives in Johnson County have worked together for several years to hold Fourth Grade Agriculture Days.

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DECATUR, Ill. — The commercial release of the industry’s first triple-stack soybean trait is expected for 2020.

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There were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Sept. 29. Statewide, the average temperature was 68.3 degrees, 6.9 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 2.23 inches, 1.48 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 8% very short, 14% short, 55% adequate, and 23% surplus.

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Harvest of some early-planted corn and soybean fields got underway last week where weather allowed. Seed corn and silage harvest continued to progress, as did tomato harvest. Hay growth had slowed with the dry weather, but some harvest progress was made. Cover crops were being planted on harvested and prevent plant ground.

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WASHINGTON — For the National Pork Producers Council, the ongoing trade war with China means lost opportunities — and lost dollars.

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TOWANDA, Ill. — Trade troubles and production uncertainty makes for tough marketing strategies. “Where we’re sitting at right now, it’s really coming down to supply, or any kind of trade deal. I’ve been getting commodity markets wrong for over 20 years and I have never had a year where the uncertainty is just stacked at all levels, at the macro level, the supply level, the demand level,” Todd Hubbs, University of Illinois agricultural economist, said with a chuckle at the recent First Mid Ag Services field day.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Taiwanese leaders agreed to purchase millions of metric tons of U.S.-grown corn and soybeans. Leaders from Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council participated in a signing ceremony at the Senate chambers of the Indiana Statehouse.

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DEKALB, Ill. — The IDEAg Northern Illinois Farm Show is canceled for 2020. This show typically has been held during the first week of January for the past 37 years.

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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – There is no need to be in the dark about growing mushrooms. The program “Grow Your Own Mushrooms” will be from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 15 at the Kankakee County Extension office, 1650 Commerce Drive, Bourbonnais. Cost is $10. Register by Oct. 10 by calling 815-933-8337.

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Applications are open for the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring Program. The program pairs experienced organic farmers with those new to organic production.

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CLEMSON — More than half of South Carolina is in a moderate to severe drought and another 26 percent is abnormally dry, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, and Clemson University researchers and Cooperative Extension Service agents say it is affecting crop yields.

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GOWER, Missouri — Jim and Jeff Gibson worked hard this week to bring in the fall corn harvest in rural southern Buchanan County. It’s a chore they’ve become quite familiar with over the years.

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Columbus, Wis. — A Madison, Wisconsin, man was arrested after he and three other men allegedly tried to steal industrial hemp from a farm in Columbia County, Wisconsin.

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BRUSSELS, Wis. – Dan Vandertie says he likes building cow families. That has included “excellent” members of his herd’s families, such as Doorco Buckeye Hailey. Now 12 years old, “Hailey” was classified in 2019 as Excellent-94-4E by Holstein Association USA. She’s a daughter of Doorco Machoman Heather, which was classified by the Holstein association in 2004 as Excellent-91-2E. She also was a Gold Medal Dam. “Heather” is a daughter of Doorco Rubens August, which was classified in 2000 as an Excellent-92-4E. She was a Gold Medal Dam and Dam of Merit.

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Editor’s note: This is the first article in a series featuring three finalists who have been selected for the 2019 Wisconsin Leopold Conservation Award. The award is presented to farmers who uphold standards of conservation and sustainable farming, honoring the work of Aldo Leopold, renowned conservationist. The award will be presented to the winner at the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting Dec. 8 in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The three finalists are Bill Ciolkosz of Thorp, Jeff Lake of Boyceville, and John and Dorothy Priske of Fall River. The first article features Ciolkosz.

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PULLMAN, Wash.- Through the rolling hills of the Palouse, in a field of stubble, just 3 miles north of Pullman lies a piece of art waiting to welcome alumni home for next week's homecoming Coug game.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representatives of the National Pork Producers Council, the National Milk Producers Federation, the National Corn Growers Association and Iowa State University called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Oct. 1 to move as quickly as possible to establish a foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccine bank.