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Hoosier Ag Today by: Gary TruittLate Planted Crops Doing Well Planting is nearing completion across the state, and some replanting has even taken place. However, the effects of several weeks of cold and wet weather are impacting early crop development. Most growers would have liked to get their crop planted early in May, but 3 weeks of cold wet weather made that difficult. Rod King, agronomist with Brodbeck Seeds, says the weather effects continue to linger, “We had a lot of seeding blight impacting the crop in Northern Indiana. It was especially prevalent in fields with soils that held water the [...]
Mon, May 30, 2016
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Hoosier Ag Today by: Andy EubankDavidson on IndyCar fuel The historic 100th Indianapolis 500 is in the books and the winner Sunday was the fastest rookie HAT introduced you to last week. Alexander Rossi from California toasted with Indiana dairy farmers a week ago and then was handed the prized bottle of milk by milk lady Janet Dague after winning on fuel strategy, nearly running out of E85 but coasting in for the win. In recent years, ethanol has played a role in America's two premiere racing series, NASCAR and IndyCar. It's E85 that powered the Chevrolet and Honda engines flying around [...]
Mon, May 30, 2016
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Hoosier Ag Today by: Hoosier Ag TodayWith Memorial Day comes the official start of the summer boating season, and the ethanol industry is working hard to correct the misconceptions about using ethanol blended fuel in marine engines. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White talked with HAT about what boaters should know when they go to fill up at the dock this summer, “Using 10% ethanol fuel will not cause a problem in your boat engine.” Even older boat engines do not have a problem with using a 10% blend, and White says only a [...]
Mon, May 30, 2016
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Hoosier Ag Today by: Gary Truitt“Big Ag” is a term that has been turned into a pejorative by organic, environmental, and animal activists. With a broad bush, they paint anyone who sees food production differently as “big ag” and demonizes them as greedy, environmentally irresponsible, and cruel. The recent round of high profile mergers by large agricultural companies has caused some of these groups to have an apoplectic fit and has re-energized their calls for downsizing agriculture and food production. Even some farmers are asking if big ag is getting too big. Consolidation in agriculture is not new and is [...]
Mon, May 30, 2016
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Hoosier Ag Today by: Hoosier Ag TodayAgricultural exports in fiscal year 2016 are projected at $124.5 billion, which is $500 million below the February projection. It is also $15.2 billion below fiscal year 2015. USDA says grain and feed exports are forecast at $27.7 billion, up $500 million from the February forecast. The rise in grain and feed exports is primarily because of larger wheat and corn volumes, as well as higher unit values for corn and sorghum. Oilseed and its product exports are forecast at $26.1 billion, up $700 million in response to stronger soybean and soybean meal export [...]
Mon, May 30, 2016
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Hoosier Ag Today by: Andy EubankIndy rookies shoot for the milk For some Indiana dairy farmers, making the trek to IMS for the Fastest Rookie of the Year lunch is an annual affair, and some have been doing it for decades. Alexander Rossi, originally from Nevada City, California, was honored as the fastest Tuesday by American Dairy Association Indiana, but the trip to Indy is the first ever for the 25-year old former Formula 1 driver, now a series regular for IndyCar. “But my focus growing up and through my early career was always on Europe and Formula 1. I spent 7 [...]
Thu, May 26, 2016
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Hoosier Ag Today by: Hoosier Ag TodayA new study from the University of Florida finds that consumers are aware of genetically modified crops and food, but their knowledge level is limited and often does not match up with the facts. Brandon McFadden published the study showing that scientific fact often does not change consumer impressions on GMO foods. The study came about because consumer polls are often cited in the GMO debate, especially as it relates to labeling. Florida researchers used an online poll with over 1,000 respondents answering questions. The questions were on consumers' knowledge of genetically modified organisms [...]
Thu, May 26, 2016
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Hoosier Ag Today by: Gary TruittA central Indiana county has approved new restrictions on livestock farms limiting where those farms can be built. The ordinance approved this week by the Bartholomew County commissioners takes effect immediately for concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs. The (Columbus) Republic reports it calls for CAFOs to be built no closer than a quarter-mile from schools, health care facilities and churches, and 500 feet from residential lots in areas zoned for agriculture. New farms must also be at least a 500 feet from any water well. The setbacks are considered a compromise between livestock producers and [...]
Thu, May 26, 2016
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Hoosier Ag Today by: Gary TruittDuPont Pioneer is offering an incentive for growers to try the EncircaSM Yield Nitrogen Management Service this summer to enhance their in-season nitrogen monitoring and management. The offer is free for growers who have enabled JDLink™ Connect to their John Deere Operations Center account in their newer model John Deere agricultural equipment and have approved connectivity with EncircaSM services. “We believe growers who try this no-risk offer will see value of the data-driven insights from EncircaSM services and the John Deere Operations Center to make more informed decisions about critical crop inputs and equipment optimization,” said [...]
Thu, May 26, 2016
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Hoosier Ag Today by: Gary Truitt Warmer temperatures and drying fields mean more farmers are taking advantage of the mild weather to catch up on planting after delays earlier in the season kept many out of their fields. But those growers who still aren't able to get their soybean crops in before June may need to make slight adjustments to their management plans, says a field crops expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. After weather fluctuations during the growing season this year that have included freezing temperatures and snow flurries to sunny, 80-degree [...]
Thu, May 26, 2016
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Hoosier Ag Today by: Gary TruittThirty Years of CRP on Display in Ripley County Mulford farmThe Conservation Reserve Program is 30 years old this year and, on Wednesday, Federal and State conservation leaders came to Ripley County to see 30 years of CRP progress in action. Farm Services Administration Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs Brad Pfaff came out from Washington to Versailles to get a firsthand look at what the CRP programs has accomplished in SE Indiana. He, along with state FSA director Julia Wickard and State Conservationist Jane Hardisty, visited the Bob and Ellen Mulford farm, “It was a wonderful [...]
Wed, May 25, 2016
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INFB Find Your Voice
Hoosier Ag Today by: Andy EubankMay Membership Minute The largest general agriculture organization in Indiana is more than just corn and soybean farmers. In a Membership Minute Chelsea Poe, Membership Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Indiana Farm Bureau says membership is as diverse as the Hoosier state itself. “We really do work to support all different commodities in Indiana, whether that be vegetable production that could be in the southern part of the state and also some in the northern, members that grow tomatoes for Red Gold, so that's really neat. We've also got members down in the southern part of the [...]
Wed, May 25, 2016
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