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Crop Watch Updates are brought to you by Trupointe Cooperative and Winfield Solutions – with a new location now open in Milford, Indiana.   The forecast indicates an ideal weekend ahead for harvest. Fall rains have created some issues in areas of the state, including northeast Indiana. Columbia City grower Sarah Tagtmeyer tells HAT corn moisture is part of that discussion. “It varies quite a bit. I hear a lot of complaints from people saying their corn is a little bit too wet yet and they’re not happy with the speed that it’s drying down so probably anywhere from 20 to 28 moisture [...]
Fri, Oct 24, 2014
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The Environmental Protection Agency Thursday requested public comment on the agency’s proposal to remove 72 chemicals from the Approved Pesticide Inert Ingredient List. Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Jim Jones, stated “This is the first major step in our strategy to reduce risks from pesticides containing potentially hazardous inert ingredients.” The action is in response to petitions by the Center for Environmental Health, Beyond Pesticides, Physicians for Social Responsibility and others. These groups asked the agency to issue a rule requiring disclosure of 371 inert ingredients found in pesticide products.Many of the 72 inert [...]
Thu, Oct 23, 2014
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 Plenish Providing Good Profit Opportunity in SE Indiana   As the harvest resumes this week, soybean farmers in Southeast Indiana will be watching their yield monitors closely. Early results indicate yields are exceptional. Jason Urwin with DuPont Pioneer says the new T series soybean varieties are performing quite well, “We are getting good performance out of 35T97 and 33T72.” Both were new additions to the Pioneer line up this year.   Urwin told HAT that the new Plenish soybean varieties from Pioneer have also done well this year, “We had a field in Rush County that yielded an average of 72 bpa over 154 [...]
Thu, Oct 23, 2014
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From now until Dec. 31, Indiana Farm Bureau will match contributions made to the Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation by individuals and family farms. “We have all witnessed the growing involvement of the judicial branch of government in decisions affecting agriculture,” said IFB President Don Villwock. “The foundation is unique in that it works in an area that is not served by any other group or organization in agriculture.”   The match is dollar-for-dollar, so if a farm donates $100 to IALF, IFB will contribute $100. The organization has set aside $15,000 for matching funds. Indiana Farm Bureau established the foundation in 2005 to promote [...]
Thu, Oct 23, 2014
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How Many Corn Acres Will We Need in 2015   While farmers are harvesting the 2014 crop, economists are looking ahead to how many acres will need to be planted in 2015.   The calculations are complicated and continually evolving, but possible to do. One way to approach the question of how many corn acres are needed in 2015 is to determine the combination of production, consumption, and year-ending stocks that would result in a 2015-16 marketing year average farm price closer to the cost of production. That’s estimated to be in the low $4.00 range (assuming trend yields) in much of the [...]
Thu, Oct 23, 2014
Hoosier Ag Today
USDA launched a new website to serve as a portal for climate information. The website launch was announced Wednesday via a department blog. USDA targeted the site towards farmers, ranchers, forest landowners and others to find “useful, practical information to help cope with the challenges and stressors caused by a changing climate.” The website includes resources related to drought, fire risk, pest and diseases, climate variability and heat stress, among other topics. The website also links users to the network of USDA conservation programs and resources that provide producers with technical and financial assistance to manage risks. Each region of [...]
Thu, Oct 23, 2014
Hoosier Ag Today
 Nominations for the Beck’s Beyond the Fence Awards are currently being accepted. The awards program honors individuals for their outstanding service and contributions to Indiana agriculture. For the fourth year, the awards are sponsored by Beck’s of Atlanta, Ind., in conjunction with the Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) and the Indiana Corn Growers Association (ICGA). The deadline to submit nominations is December 19, 2014. “Over the years, sharing agriculture’s story has become increasingly important,” said Scott Beck, vice president of Beck’s. “Without the support of Hoosiers who are invested in the success of agriculture, Indiana would not be where it is today. We’re [...]
Thu, Oct 23, 2014
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Xanthion™ In-furrow fungicide from BASF has recently received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration for use on corn. Xanthion In-furrow fungicide will provide corn growers with an additional tool to protect their seed investment and maximize yield potential in the 2015 season. “Xanthion In-furrow fungicide is a new tool to help growers start their season off strong,” says Justin Clark, Technical Market Specialist, BASF. “Different than other early season crop management treatments, Xanthion In-furrow fungicide provides extended residual control by forming a protective sheath around the roots. This can lead to healthier plants later in the season.” Field research trials show Xanthion [...]
Wed, Oct 22, 2014
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repeal COOL This week the World Trade Organization ruled against Country of Origin Labeling for the third time. The organization’s compliance panel says USDA’s COOL is less favorable to meat imports from Canada and Mexico and more favorable to U.S. domestically produced meats. Colin Woodall, National Cattlemens Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs, says it means retaliatory tariffs from Canada and Mexico are one step closer to reality. Those are two of this country’s top 5 meat export markets. “And so we expect that we in the cattle industry will have some significant economic harm when that retaliation takes place, but [...]
Wed, Oct 22, 2014
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Indiana aquaculture – and soybeans – are in the spotlight this October as National Seafood Month is underway.Indiana Soybean Alliance is partnering with other Indiana organizations and celebrities, including former Pacers player Detlef Schrempf, to assist the Seafood Nutrition Partnership in rolling out new messaging to promote the consumption of seafood. Indianapolis was one of the two pilot cities selected by the Seafood Nutrition Partnership to begin the national campaign. ISA – the soybean checkoff – has been involved in supporting aquaculture as a market for soybeans for many years, including projects looking at the use of soy-based fish feeds in [...]
Tue, Oct 21, 2014
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