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Jim Mintert
Farm Program Sign Up Will be Complicated Jim Mintert Signing up for the new  government farm program as part of the new Farm Bill is going to be complicated and could take up to 6 months to complete. Sign up will be a 2 step process that will likely stretch well into 2015. Most Indiana farmers have received a letter from the FSA outlining that process. Step one is to update your yield and base acreage, something Jim Mintert with Purdue says producers should do, “We strongly suggest Indiana farmers take the opportunity to update their yields because most are getting higher [...]
Wed, Sep 03, 2014
Hoosier Ag Today
Continued scattered rainfall this week prevented some farmers from working in the fields as fall harvest approaches, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. For the week ending August 31, 2014, average temperatures ranged from 71 to 82 degrees, and from 4 degrees to 11 degrees above normal. The lowest recorded temperature for the week was 55 degrees; the highest, 96 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 76.7 degrees, 4.4 degrees above normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0.00 to 3.69 inches, with a statewide average of 1.29 inches. By region, corn denting was 57% in South, 53% [...]
Tue, Sep 02, 2014
Hoosier Ag Today
Tue, Sep 02, 2014
Hoosier Ag Today
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Culp opens doors “Our event tonight is to promote agriculture. We want to open up our farm. We want to show you what we do and what happens on a modern farm.” And open up their farm they did. Kendall and Tammy Culp of Rensselaer in Jasper County hosted nearly 200 Thursday night who learned about crops and technology on a modern farm and then dined on Jasper County food. Culp told HAT the idea has been simmering for years but it materialized after a challenge earlier this year. “Actually at Commodity Classic in San Antonio one of the speakers challenged the participants [...]
Tue, Sep 02, 2014
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Ted Mckinney
ISDA Getting Serious About Locally Grown   Ted Mckinney The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is getting serious about locally grown specialty crops and exploring new ways of getting these products to consumers.  On Tuesday, the Indiana Grown Commission will hold its second meeting. This group of farmers, businessmen, and marketers was appointed by Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann to re-develop the Indiana Grown program. The branding program for Indiana produced food products was established over 2 years ago, but a lack of funding and resources kept the program from getting off the ground.  ISDA Director Ted McKinney said his agency is now making [...]
Tue, Sep 02, 2014
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Precision Made Personal   Brodbeck Seed had their UAV on hand for their annual field days in Wabash earlier this month. With the launch of their new program, Precision Made Personal, Derek Middlesworth of Brodbeck tells HAT the data truly belongs to the farmer.   “A specific permission has to be given to us for Brodbeck to view any of their data. It’s really once a guy loads their data into the system and allows us to see that, it’s a partnership where we’re able to make each other better. Allow their information coupled with our research to get the right product on the [...]
Tue, Sep 02, 2014
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Farm Server – Grower Feedback   In an age filled with options for precision agriculture, growers are getting the chance to provide feedback on Beck’s new product Farm Server. Craig Rogers with Beck’s tells HAT there’s no greater expert to comment on its usability.   “And you know, that’s the key thing for Farm Server. We’re building it for the farmer and we want to make sure that we’re building the right things for the farmer. So a lot of the feedback we’re getting, we’re acting on it. And if they say something is not as easy as it should be, we’re fixing those [...]
Sun, Aug 31, 2014
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Bob Keller
North central update At the conclusion of a Wednesday night meeting with their seed company, three north-central Indiana farmers checked in with HAT to report general optimism about the eventual corn and soybean yields they’ll see this year. Bob Keller farms just west of Kokomo in Howard County. “We lost some of the top end,” he said. “We were dry for awhile and now we’re getting rains, but our short season beans I think are done. I think the rain will help fill out some pods and put some test weight on our corn. I think our corn is pretty much done [...]
Fri, Aug 29, 2014
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Nearly 75 years ago, Indiana farmers selected Mt. Vernon, Indiana, as the site where they would build an oil refinery. Over the years, the 28,000 barrel-per-day CountryMark refinery has undergone a number of expansions and upgrades. On August 27, CountryMark hosted a grand opening on its Mt. Vernon campus for a new building and a new chapter in the company’s history books. “Today we are opening the doors to a building we envision will foster dialogue about American oil production, and inspire a new generation to explore career opportunities in the oil industry,” said CountryMark President and CEO Charlie Smith.   Named the [...]
Fri, Aug 29, 2014
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USDA Launches Dairy Insurance Program   The USDA is continuing to announce details of programs authorized in the new Farm Bill. On Thursday, it unveiled details of the new dairy insurance program. The Dairy Margin Protection Program was a compromise between the House and Senate. House Republicans wanted a more market-oriented dairy program, while Senate Democrats wanted an income protection program.  So the Farm Bill contains two dairy programs: one that deals with supply, and one that provides revenue insurance. The program announced by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack addresses the latter, “The voluntary program, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when [...]
Thu, Aug 28, 2014
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