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Becks Farm Server-web
When it comes to precision agriculture technologies, farmers not only want complete control of their data, they want a tool that’s secure, simple and mobile. Beck’s Hybrids is introducing FARMserver™, a secure, web-based solution developed with the farmer in mind. “Unlike many competitive solutions, FARMserver gives the farmer complete control of their data and information,” said Brent Minett, FARMserver field manager. “From the moment the customer logs into FARMserver, they hold the key to their account. If the customer wants to share their data for collaborative purposes or with a trusted advisor, they have the ability to make that decision.” Taking data mobile has [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014
Hoosier Ag Today
Beth Tharp
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Indiana Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Julia A. Wickard is pleased to announce that Indiana’s own, Beth Tharp, of Coatesville, Indiana, will be honored by the White House and USDA as a “Champion of Change” for being a leader and doing extraordinary things to build the bench for the next generation of farming and ranching.  Tharp along with 14 other individuals across the country are leading in their industries and communities, inspiring others who want to find careers and a life on the land, and providing food, fiber, fuel, and flora around the [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014
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Jared Hagert
HAT USB with Jared Hagert It isn’t every day that farmers in one state get excited about soybeans grown in another. But nationwide excitement continues to build around new high oleic soybean varieties. Farmers are already talking about how they could help to secure and expand U.S. soybean oil demand and also have the potential to increase long-term profitability for all U.S. soybean farmers. The soybean industry has set a goal for farmers to plant 18 million acres of high oleic soybeans by 2023. If the industry reaches that goal, each U.S. soybean farmer could gain 66 cents per bushel, or nearly [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014
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July 2014 soybeans
Cool, dry, windy weather saw a number of farmers hoping for a rainstorm, even as many attended county fairs, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. For the week ending July 27, 2014, average temperatures for the week ranged from 67 to 76 degrees, or 8 to 1 degrees below normal. The lowest recorded temperature for the week was 47 degrees; the highest, 94 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 70.8 degrees, 4.1 degrees below normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0.11 to 3.67 inches, with a statewide average of 0.84 inches. By region, corn doughing is 23% [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014
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Mary-Gumz
Mary Gums – Dupont Pioneer Update   Recent rains combined with cooler than normal temperatures for July is creating some interesting growing season discussion. But what is it doing to the crop itself? In this Dupont Pioneer Field Update, Northwest Indiana Agronomist Mary Gums tells HAT it’s not all bad.  “Obviously the positive effects are that we don’t have heat or drought stress on the majority of the crop right now and that really creates ideal conditions for pollination. As farmers go out and take a look at how pollination was in their fields, shuck back the husks on your ears and just [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014
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Bob Nielsen-Purdue
The next two months will determine whether the Indiana corn crop produces high yields as expected or is significantly damaged by any unforeseen, drastic changes in weather and diseases, Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen says. This growing season at first glance appears similar to 2009, when planting was delayed because of cold weather and the growing season was cool through this time in July, Nielsen notes in an article Thursday (July 24) his Corny News Network. The cool weather that year continued through much of the summer and into early fall, further delaying the crop’s maturing. “Coupled with poor conditions for [...]
Mon, Jul 28, 2014
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Tom Sleight on DDGS   Last fall China cutoff corn trade and since then trade has been challenging with DDGS. U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Tom Sleight says a new announcement has changed the situation in China yet again.  “It effectively changes this game remarkably by asking for a certificate from the point of origination on the shipment is clear of MIR 162.”  Sleight says the U.S. Grains Council is very surprised by this requirement.  “China is asking for something that cannot be done. This certificate they are asking for does not exist, cannot be produced from a U.S. government authority, they do not [...]
Mon, Jul 28, 2014
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Ethanol and NASCAR The message from ethanol proponents this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is plain and simple. Ethanol is good for the environment, economy, U.S. energy independence, and 15% ethanol blended gasoline is good for your car. Since 2011 Sunoco Green E15 has fueled every national NASCAR series car and truck, and team owner Richard Childress says it works great in his cars. “When we were asked to start testing the different ethanol blends we tested ethanol blends all the way up to E30 and we didn’t see a problem with it. Actually my opinion, and our opinion from our [...]
Sat, Jul 26, 2014
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July 2014 corn
Kalb July update Our Crop Watch Series made possible by Trupointe Cooperative – with a new location now open in Milford, IN. In southwest Indiana 2014 could be shaping up as the tale of two very different seasons, at least for some farmers. In Dubois County Kevin Kalb had a terribly rainy spring but finally the crops are catching up after 3 separate waves of planting. “Our early April planted corn is coming along pretty good,” he told HAT. “That looks like that’s going to be pretty decent corn. Our mid corn is just now tasseling so we’re definitely needing the rain, and [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
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Ellen Gillinsky – EPA   The EPA has been faced with the challenge of explaining their logic to the ag community where the Waters of the U.S. are concerned. That was no different at this week’s NACD Soil Health Forum in Indianapolis Ellen Gillinsky, Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of Water at EPA, says she wants to make one point especially clear.   “All agricultural exemptions that are in The Clean Water Act to begin with continue so therefore farmers are going to be able to do business just like they have been doing but even be more sure that they’re going [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
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