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State Fair weather preview The Indiana State Fair, the Year of the Farmer, kicks off in one week and fairgoers, officials, and 4-H'ers and their animals could actually be spoiled by weather conditions when it opens Friday morning. HAT chief meteorologist Ryan Martin says it will be quite comfortable. “We're going to see cooler than normal temperatures come in over most of the state as we finish out next week and go on into the week following. Now I don't think we're looking at gloriously cool, well below normal temperatures for the entire fair, but as we move through the first 10-15 [...]
Fri, Jul 31, 2015
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The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture held a public hearing, Thursday, to examine the federal and state response to avian influenza. AI is recognized as one of the worst animal disease outbreaks the U.S. has ever experienced, and has infected more than 220 farms in 21 states. Subcommittee chairman Representative David Rouzer of North Carolina said the impact of the avian influenza outbreak has been devastating. He went on to say “it is essential that we learn from the outbreak this past spring and put in place the proper steps to minimize the impact of a possible [...]
Fri, Jul 31, 2015
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IFB Property Tax Update Indiana farmers continue to face issues with property taxes due to rapidly escalating farmland values. Katrina Hall, Director of State Government Regulations for Indiana Farm Bureau, says the current formula being used for the property tax is out of date and doesn't work for agriculture. “It uses a delay in data. And so it's been reflective of a few previous years when they had relatively high incomes and that has matched up with current farm incomes that have rapidly decreased due to farm prices. That doesn't take into account, either, the change in farm incomes that will occur [...]
Fri, Jul 31, 2015
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The National Corn Growers Association today expressed disappointment that Congress failed to pass a long-term highway funding bill before its August recess. Congress voted to extend the United States Highway Trust Fund's authorization through Oct. 29, the second such short-term extension this year. “Once again, Congress kicked the can down the road – and that road is in bad shape,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Newburg, Maryland. “Farmers rely on our nation's infrastructure system every day. We need safe, reliable roads and bridges to get our products to market quickly, safely and efficiently. Instead, our roads and [...]
Fri, Jul 31, 2015
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Southern Indiana crop update A trip across the southern edge Indiana this week revealed some very good corn and soybean fields where those fields are not in low lying areas. On the Larry and Doug Titzer farm just north of Evansville near the junction of Gibson, Warrick, and Vanderburgh counties, Larry told HAT a good, early start was a lifesaver this year. “Southern Indiana just in this area has been a lot better off than the area around us, except for the river bottom farmers. They took a big hit this year, but the higher ground, everybody is really pleased with the [...]
Thu, Jul 30, 2015
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Dow Agrosciences Introduces Resicore for 2016 Launch Dow Agrosciences recently announced the anticipated 2016 launch of their new corn herbicide called Resicore. Product Manager, Luke Peters, says Resicore was developed for high-anxiety weeds. “Waterhemp is definitely one of those weeds, giant ragweed; and we look at some of the things that are out there today and there are a lot of products that do really good on some of them and maybe not quite so good on others. So the goal is to try and find a product that covers that section and really takes care of the problem weeds.” Resicore will help [...]
Thu, Jul 30, 2015
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The University of Illinois is reporting symptoms of sudden death syndrome (SDS) in soybeans at a university research center. Last week, symptoms of SDS began to appear in April 15-planted soybeans at the University of Illinois's Northwestern Research Center in Warren County. U of I Extension educator Angie Peltier says weather during the 2015 growing season was favorable for the development of SDS. Symptoms began appearing approximately 3 weeks earlier than in 2014. Research has also shown that SDS may be more severe in fields that also have high populations of soybean cyst nematodes. The post Symptoms of Sudden Death Syndrome Begin [...]
Thu, Jul 30, 2015
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A new mobile app for estimating soybean yields is now available from Kansas State University. KSUSoyYieldCalc is a native Android application that helps with yield estimation of soybeans before harvest following the conventional approach of counting or estimating plant populations, pods per plant, seeds per pod, and seed size, said Ignacio Ciampitti, crop production specialist with K-State Research and Extension. The calculator needs only four inputs for predicting the final yield. 1. Plant population. This component can be estimated by counting the number of plants in a 21-inch row length for 30-inch row spacings (1/10,000th of an acre), and by [...]
Thu, Jul 30, 2015
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A New Market for Hoosier Pork Producers A new pork processing plant is under construction on Northern Indiana's doorstep, and it will provide a new market for Hoosier hogs. The Clemens Food Group broke ground last week for their new pork processing facility just across the Indiana border in Coldwater, Michigan. Plant manager Earnie Miely says the facility will be sourcing hogs from Indiana as well as Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan, “We are looking at a harvest of 10,000 a day or about 2.3 million hogs a year.” The Clemens Food Group is a sixth-generation, family-owned, integrated pork production operation including [...]
Wed, Jul 29, 2015
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COOL Repeal Could Slide Into September Repeal of mandatory country of origin meat labeling may have to wait until September, risking trade retaliation by Canada and Mexico after winning its fourth WTO case against U.S. COOL. National Cattlemen's legislative director Kent Bacus says it's unlikely congress will agree on a multi-year highway bill this week, making it unlikely a cool repeal amendment will happen. “I think there's a very strong likelihood that the Senate will take up the five-month extension that the House has already passed and vote on that for the highway bill. I don't know that they're going to address County [...]
Wed, Jul 29, 2015
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Based in Washington Court House, Ohio, Seed Consultants, Inc. (SCI) was started in 1990 by Chris Jeffries and Dan Fox. Today, Seed Consultants has grown to be the largest Ohio based seed company. Over the past 25 years, SCI has seen much growth and many positive changes. In 2000, the company built a state-of-the-art conditioning facility at its Washington Court House location with a cleaning capacity of one million units of soybeans and wheat. In 2001, SCI purchased the retail seed sales of Warner Seeds of Bradford, Ohio and entered into a long-term agreement with Warner Seeds for irrigated production of hybrid [...]
Wed, Jul 29, 2015
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Dairy groups are commending senators for their work in increasing market access to US dairy in Canada and Japan. The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) Monday thanked a bipartisan group of 22 senators for urging the Obama administration for the increase in market access as part of any final Pacific Rim trade agreement. In a letter led by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, the senators asked that the U.S. secure significant market access benefits across all dairy products, particularly into Japan and Canada, in [...]
Wed, Jul 29, 2015
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