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Highway funding issue A stop-gap highway bill may be on the road to congressional approval this week as lawmakers try to avert depletion next month of the Highway trust Fund. The Highway Trust Fund is about to run dry. More fuel-efficient vehicles and fewer miles driven have rendered the gas tax a poor way to fund roads and bridges. But lawmakers can’t yet agree on a permanent solution. The House last week easily passed an 11-billion dollar stop-gap through next May – and American Farm Bureau’s Pat Wolff says the Senate will consider three bills this week, the House bill, one similar [...]
Tue, Jul 22, 2014
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Joe Donnelly
Senator Joe Donnelly on WOTUS   Farmer frustration is mounting with the EPA as they look to gain clarity on the current proposed rule for the Waters of the U.S. That topic was on the table for discussion at this week’s NACD Soil Health Forum in Indianapolis where Senator Joe Donnelly told HAT that the EPA should understand that farmers are the best stewards of the land. “The real front line are our farmers and there’s nobody who wants to do a better job because our families live there, our children are running around on the farm. And so nobody has more of [...]
Tue, Jul 22, 2014
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Warmer weather is forecasted for this week with highs to be above average throughout the Corn Belt which is conducive to corn pollination. The heavy rain seen in the northern corn belt has left many concerned about nitrogen leaching. Some farmers reapplied nutrients if they were able to get in the field. As a result of leaching, corn has been reported stunted in some areas. The USDA estimated corn conditions were 76% in “Good” or “Excellent” condition, unchanged from the previous week, but a 13% increase from last year. 19% was considered “Fair,” unchanged from last week, while only 5% was [...]
Mon, Jul 21, 2014
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In contrast to recent weeks, cool and dry weather gave farmers ample opportunity to conduct fieldwork according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. For the week ending July 20, 2014, average temperatures ranged from 64 to 71 degrees, or 11 to 5 degrees below normal. The lowest recorded temperature for the week was 45 degrees; the highest, 93 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 68.2 degrees, 7.3 degrees below normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0.04 to 3.96 inches, with a statewide average of 1.05 inches. Corn silking by region is 69% in North, 67% in Central, and [...]
Mon, Jul 21, 2014
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Jack Maloney
Master Farmers on conservation As Indiana conservation is center stage in Indianapolis this week during the national Soil Health Forum, two new Master Farmers from Brownsburg just outside of Indy, Jack Maloney and Mike Starkey, are busy with conservation efforts on their farms. It started with the switch to no-till in the mid 80′s for Maloney. “Everybody said instead of using more ground why don’t you use what you have, so we tried to open up the lower profiles and get more nutrients and use the ground underneath our feet to a better use.” He told HAT more Indiana farmers are actively pursuing [...]
Mon, Jul 21, 2014
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ISADelegationwithDonnelly
Members of Indiana Soybean Alliance’s Policy Committee visited Washington, D.C. earlier this month to meet with Indiana’s Congressional delegation about issues important to Indiana soybean farmers. “Sending farmers to Washington, D.C. is valuable because it gives our elected officials a chance to hear the grassroots concerns for policies that impact soybean farmers,” said Levi Huffman, chair of ISA policy committee and a farmer from Lafayette, Ind. “Farmers should engage with their legislators and explain how national issues impact Indiana farms, and this is the motivation for the ISA policy committee trip to Washington, D.C.” Joining Huffman on the visits were Indiana farmers [...]
Sun, Jul 20, 2014
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Chris Hurt – Hog Market Outlook   The latest USDA reports could be to thank for that brighter profit outlook says Purdue Extension Ag Economic, Dr. Chris Hurt. The Hogs and Pigs report released at the end of June indicated that breeding herd expansion had not yet started and that PEDv pig loss continued to be high last spring. Hurt says the second round of good news for pork producers came with the Grain Stocks and Acreage Report.   “We’ve seen profitability in the hog business since really last fall when corn prices finally came down. Of course, lower feed prices makes it more [...]
Sun, Jul 20, 2014
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Speakers at soil health forum The national Soil Health Forum and Conservation Tour coming to Indiana starts Monday with two days of tours, speakers and panelists speaking on agriculture and conservation. Monday morning there will be addresses by Senator Joe Donnelly and Indiana State Department of Ag director Ted McKinney. “Senator Donnelly has been a very strong support of conservation of local soil and water conservation districts,” Jennifer Boyle Warner, executive director for the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts told HAT. “He was a very strong supporter of the farm bill that just recently passed, and he has been [...]
Fri, Jul 18, 2014
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Buis Tom
Tom Buis – Ethanol Update   Corn ethanol has been under much scrutiny in Washington, D.C. over the past year; and the United States Environmental Protection Agency has yet to issue rules related to exactly how much of the-fuel can be used this calendar year in the nation’s gasoline supply. Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, a pro-ethanol Washington, D.C. based firm says that’s a better sign than you might think for corn ethanol.   “We see the delay as positive because then they ahd to stop and read all the comments and hopefully absorb the comments from us and others in the industry that pointed out how they’re going backwards and not [...]
Fri, Jul 18, 2014
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Bob Nielsen-FPS13
Indiana’s corn is showing potential to produce a bumper crop for the second consecutive year, but much of it could “suffer quickly” if growing conditions turn unfavorable, Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen says.  He is cautiously optimistic as the crop enters the second half of the growing season toward harvest. “Yes, the corn crop in Indiana looks good at this point in time. Yes, the prospects for good yields this year are promising,” he wrote Tuesday (July 15) in his online Chat ‘n Chew Café. Likening the growing season to baseball, he added: “But the crop has only ’rounded second base’ on its [...]
Fri, Jul 18, 2014
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