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Grace Like a State Trooper

Wednesday May 24, 2017 “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38  This past weekend I was on my way to work when I got
Author: Whitney Flach
Posted: 05-24-2017

Raising hands for 4-H

Ohio is winning and I decided I want to try and keep it that way. As part of its “Raise Your Hand” campaign, National 4-H wants alumni to sign in at 4-H.org/alumni. The state with the most registered alumni by the end of June will bring home $20,000 to use towards 4-H programming. On May 23,
Author: Matt Reese
Posted: 05-24-2017

White House releases grim USDA budget numbers

The White House released its detailed proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018 that included deep cuts to agricultural and rural related agencies and programs, including a cut farm bill programs of nearly $230 billion and a 21% decrease in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “The American Farm Bureau Federation and its members are concerned about
Author: Matt Reese
Posted: 05-24-2017

Plant survival in flooded conditions

Due to large rain events this spring, many fields have been flooded. While both corn and soybeans can survive flooding/ponding for a period of time, several factors determine the length of time plants can survive. Young corn plants can usually survive two to four days in flooded conditions. Death of corn plants is more likely
Author: Matt Reese
Posted: 05-24-2017

After heavy rains, what is the status of starter nitrogen?

As farmers continue along with planting and replanting progress, many are wondering what the same heavy rains that kept them out of the fields and put them back in some fields for a second time may have done to their starter nitrogen situation. Trent Brisby, DuPont Pioneer Account Manager, talks about what he has found
Author: Ty Higgins
Posted: 05-24-2017

Senate confirms Branstad U.S. Ambassador to China

The U.S. Senate confirmed of Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to be the U.S. Ambassador to China, a move which many in agriculture appreciated. “As the six-term governor of a state with more than $10 billion in annual agricultural exports, Terry Branstad is an ideal person to help facilitate the U.S. beef industry’s return to the
Author: Matt Reese
Posted: 05-24-2017

Early season insect pests

With the slow growth, no growth, or no emergence of the corn and soybean crop through the first half of May, insects in many cases have been able to keep up with crop progress. I like to use a chart from the Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Field Guide as a starting point to know
Author: Matt Reese
Posted: 05-24-2017

Rookie Racers and Dairy Farmers Convene again at IMS

2017 Indy 500 Rookies honored The 43rd Fastest Rookie event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway went on as scheduled Tuesday, even in the absence of fastest rookie qualifier and two-time Formula 1 racing champion Fernando Alonso. He had obligations in New York City during national media day for the drivers. Three-time Indy 500 winner Johnny
Author: Andy Eubank
Posted: 05-24-2017

Options to Replanting Your Crop

Options to Replanting Your Crop Daniel Call Farmers from Indiana and Illinois are having to replant a significant portion of their crop, but there may be some alternatives.  With another week of delays, the replant decision becomes more critical. Daniel Call, with Seed Consultants, recommends using the Purdue guidelines for making a decision on replant,
Author: Gary Truitt
Posted: 05-24-2017

White House Budget Proposal Cuts Ag Spending $46 Billion

A media report says President Trump’s budget proposal contains $46.54 billion in cuts to government funding in the Ag sector, with those cuts spread out over ten years. The biggest proposed cut is $38 billion dollars from farm support programs. Those cuts include new limits on federal subsidies for crop insurance premiums and a cap
Author: Hoosier Ag Today
Posted: 05-24-2017