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  • Arkansas takes No. 2 turkey producer spot
    Thursday, November 27, 2014 12:00 PM
    Arkansas has trotted into second place among turkey-producing states after North Carolina's gobbler population fell sharply as U.S. turkey numbers hit a 28-year low. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports Minnesota remained king of the roost in 2014 with an estimated 45 million birds. 
  • Syngenta Harvest Chasers report yields
    Thursday, November 27, 2014 11:00 AM
    Syngenta Harvest Chasers are traveling around the Midwest to report harvest results as the combines roll through the fields. “This is a way we can get stories out so other seed advisers can share stories with customers, versus here’s the seed guide and plot data,” explained Mike Shane, sales representative for Syngenta. 
  • USDA seeks comments on proposed animal disease reporting
    Thursday, November 27, 2014 10:00 AM
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Veterinary Services program is seeking feedback on plans to update how animal diseases are responded to and reported. 
  • Economic hurdles influence resistance management
    Thursday, November 27, 2014 9:00 AM
    Herbicide-resistant weeds are a “growing” problem and turning the corner toward control will require long-term strategies. 
  • Plant tissue samples reveal crop nutrient deficiencies
    Thursday, November 27, 2014 8:00 AM
    CSI specialists found some important evidence among the thousands of tissue samples collected this year. The samples were not gathered in Las Vegas, Miami or New York, but rather across 38 states. Nor was the evidence from a crime, but instead a natural occurrence. 
  •  Darren Frye
    It’s summer, and if you have a grain operation, you’re keeping a close eye on the weather forecast. At times, the weekly forecast seems to change almost every day. Wouldn’t it be frustrating if your production plans changed as often as the weather forecast does? 
  • Jared Finegan
    This has had to be the most comfortable summer weather we have had in my adult life. Hope everyone has enjoyed all the fun summer activities this year. This cool weather has not been the best for the crops, however. 
  • Ted Mottaz
    The growing season continues to amaze me and my fellow area farmers. Just as we were starting to get a little dry with yards showing some stress, we got about 2 inches of rain for the week. The corn potential is fairly well set. 
  • Grant Noland
    Should a large corn and soybean crop materialize, producers and commercial facilities will face challenges in harvest logistics. As a former elevator manager, a record — potentially wet — corn crop will keep you up at night. 
  • David Droste
    Beans will need to be watched closely for leaf disease since the rain and the foggy mornings that we have been having can cause disease to develop and justify fungicide applications. 
  • New coliseum dominates Indiana State Fair
    Every summer a different commodity is highlighted at the Indiana State Fair. There’s been “Year of the Corn,” “Year of the Dairy Cow” and many other themes, but this year is unlike anything we’ve seen. 
  • Spring: Farmers hard at work keeping world fed
    Finally, it’s here. Spring. Warmer weather. This past week, I spent mostly on the road, traveling to five different farms in northern and north-central Illinois. 
  • U.S grain quality top-notch for export
    The U.S. Grains Council recently released a report that serves as an important piece of the competitive global market in promoting our corn. 
  • Farmers should take time to take care of bodies, mind
    Farmers are some of the hardest working people out there. Constant lifting, pushing, fixing and running between fields, balanced with maintaining a family life, they often push their bodies to the limit. 
  • Farm stories need to be told
    I’ve been told that, for a long time, farmers and ag businesses were quiet when it came to telling their stories. Stories of hard work, integrity and progress. Things to be proud of. I’m glad that I’ve heard so many of these stories over the years — even before I worked in the agriculture industry. 

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