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Steve Gauck
Southern Indiana Crops Ready for Harvest Steve Gauck The crop tour that went through Indiana last week did not swing through southern counties, but this area of the state is expecting good harvest results. There were times this year when Southern Indiana was too wet and times when it was too dry, but in the end the crops have done very well. According to Steve Gauck, agronomist with Beck’s, “Corn is pretty much made; the rains of the past few days have really finished it off well. Soybeans will need another rain, but there are a lot of pods and good branching; [...]
Wed, Aug 27, 2014
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Tuesday, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®) is launching a new campaign entitled I AM FARMLAND geared to help support the expanded distribution of FARMLAND, a new feature length documentary about the lives of young farmers and ranchers. Funds raised by the I AM FARMLAND effort will be used to bring the film to high school classrooms, college campuses, in addition to communities all across the country. USFRA invites others in agriculture to help spread the message that FARMLAND accurately depicts life as an American farmer and rancher. I AM FARMLAND is a group of friends of the film working to [...]
Wed, Aug 27, 2014
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At the 2014 Farm Progress Show, NCGA called for action to open markets with the potential of this year’s record corn crop in mind.  NCGA Vice President Chip Bowling said  “As thrilled as we are with a record crop, we know it has its challenges, but there are a few simple actions Washington can take that will keep the situation from becoming much worse.” Bowling called on the Environmental Protection Agency to stick to the Renewable Volume Obligations as set by Congress.  Failure to do so, Bowling said, would reduce the demand of corn for ethanol and have a significant [...]
Wed, Aug 27, 2014
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Dupont Pioneer – Lumivia   Dupont Pioneer will have a new insecticide seed treatment available for growers in 2015.  Corn Marketing Manager Ryan French says Lumivia is a new mode of action in an otherwise stagnant market.   “There hasn’t been any new modes of action for a number of years so we’re very excited to introduce this product. It’s complimentary to the Cruiser seed treatment so we will be releasing this as a new base seed treatment on our 2015 products.”   French says Lumivia is an upgrade in the efficacy of seed treatments against a lot of basic seed-attacking pests.   “It’s like white grubs, seed [...]
Wed, Aug 27, 2014
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The Climate Corporation has announced Climate Pro subscription advisory services for corn will be offered at an introductory price of three dollars an acre for 2015.  The company also is creating a higher value premium product that integrates additional services beyond what’s available in Climate Pro today. “We’re being aggressive in making this new technology service broadly available because we intend to be the operating system of choice for farmers, incorporating hardware, software and services in an integrated platform that helps them improve yields and use resources more efficiently,” said David Friedberg, CEO of The Climate Corporation. “This price point makes [...]
Wed, Aug 27, 2014
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Rod King – Brodbeck Seed   Into the final weeks of the growing season, eastern Indiana is a bit of a varied story. Brodbeck Seed Agronomist Rod King tells HAT one thing is universal though, the crop is running a little behind.   “You look at growing degree days and a lot of people track those. I looked those up for the field day here at Wabash and we’re somewhere around 2 to 300 behind normal. On par with 2009 which was a cool, late year. We had good crops that year and I expect the same this year. So I kind of estimate [...]
Tue, Aug 26, 2014
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Don Villwock
Indiana Farm Bureau Delegates Tackle Tough Issues Don Villwock Indiana Farm Bureau delegates from across the state met over the weekend for the organization’s annual policy meeting. Here positions were adopted on a wide variety of issues that impact famers and rural residents.  One issue that generated a good deal of debate was the issue of food labeling. President Don Villwock said farmers want to be transparent with consumers but, “If there are some things if we label and there is no health issue, it causes alarm by consumers making them think there is something wrong with their food. We want to [...]
Mon, Aug 25, 2014
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A new study suggests airborne transmission should be considered as a potential route for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus.  The study published last week by Veterinary Research looked at whether PEDV could become airborne. Results indicated presence of infectious PEDV in the air from experimentally infected pigs and genetic material of PEDV was detected up to 10 miles downwind from naturally infected farms, according to the Pig Site.  PEDV has spread rapidly after being diagnosed in the USA in April 2013.   This study comes just after a recent study suggested that PEDV could be carried by animal feed if the feed is [...]
Mon, Aug 25, 2014
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Heavy but scattered rain for the week provided relief to some farmers while others experienced flooding and crop damage in various regions of the State, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. For the week ending August 24, 2014, average temperatures ranged from 73 to 80 degrees, and from 2 degrees to 8 degrees above normal. The lowest recorded temperature for the week was 58 degrees; the highest, 95 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 76.4 degrees, 4.1 degrees above normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0.10 to 9.18 inches, with a statewide average of 2.37 inches. By [...]
Mon, Aug 25, 2014
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The USDA corn conditions were estimated 73% in “Good” or “Excellent” condition, a 1% increase from last week, but a 14% increase from last year. 20% was considered “Fair”, unchanged from last week, while only 7% was considered “Poor” or “Very Poor.” Of the Corn Belt states, Illinois had the most corn rated “Excellent” at 30%, followed by Iowa and Indiana with 24% and 22% respectively. Corn doughing was reported at 83%, a 13% increase from last week and 5% ahead of the five-year average. Corn dented was reported at 35%, a 13% increase from the previous week, but 8% [...]
Mon, Aug 25, 2014
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