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  1. Visitors can enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride to and from the parking lot to the Expo site. Photo by Mike Wettstein.

    Horse events highlighted at 2014 Ag Expo

    EAST LANSING, MI -- The 2014 Ag Expo, held on Michigan State University campus on July 22-24, will have a variety of offerings for the horse enthusiast. Visitors can tour the world acclaimed MSU Horse Teaching and Research Center, learn more about Michigan State University Extension horse programs and Ask an Expert their horse related questions at the MSU Extension horse programs booth.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  2. Doctoral student Jieqing Ping, at left, and agronomy professor Jianxin Ma examine soybeans in a greenhouse at Purdue University. (Purdue Agricultural Communication photo/Tom Campbell)

    Gene discovery could lead to better soy varieties in northern United States

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Researchers from Purdue University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have discovered a soybean gene whose mutation affects plant stem growth, a finding that could lead to the development of improved soybean cultivars for the northern United States.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  3. Free workshop on bioenergy cropping systems to be offered

    HICKORY CORNERS, MI -- This Aug. 29 program will focus on the agronomics of bioenergy and traditional cropping systems.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  4. Explore options for controlling volunteer potatoes in cornfields

    EAST LANSING, MI -- As reported in the Michigan State University Extension article on potential risk of survival of potato volunteers from last season's crops, it can now be confirmed that volunteer potatoes are emerging, especially in early-planted corn fields.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  5. Indiana crop update: Fieldwork, fairs, and fair weather

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- With minimal precipitation and cool clear weather for the majority of the week ending July 13, 2014, farmers found plenty of opportunity to engage in all manner of fieldwork according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Average temperatures ranged from 69 to 78 degrees, or 5 degrees below to 2 degrees above normal. The lowest recorded temperature for the week was 50 degrees; the highest, 92 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 72.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  6. Master Gardener classes scheduled to begin in September

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Interested in becoming a master gardener? The MSU Extension Master Gardener Program provides gardeners across the state with access to information generated at one of the nation's top plant science teaching and research universities and the chance to use this knowledge to improve their communities and enrich their lives.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  7. Michigan crop update: Flooding raises crop damage concerns

    EAST LANSING, MI -- There were 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending July 13, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. With large amounts of rain across the Lower Peninsula, there were concerns of crop damage due to flooding, especially with dry beans.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  8. Michigan dry bean producers approve referendum

    BAD AXE, MI -- Michigan dry bean producers have approved a referendum to continue the Michigan Bean Commission and its activities.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  9. MSU to host waste to resources field day on August 13

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Come and learn how Michigan State University is going green with new research and technology.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  10. Ag Calendar

    22-24: Michigan Ag Expo, Michigan's largest outdoor agricultural show, with more than 250 vendors, demonstrations, educational sessions, and ride-and-drive equipment available, something for everyone, free admission, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI,

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  11. Purdue agronomist: Wet hay may cause a barn fire

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Hay that is baled and stored at a moisture level higher than recommended could heat up enough to start a barn fire, a Purdue Extension forage specialist warns.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  12. Study: Cereal grains in pig diets may help determine best grains for human needs

    URBANA, IL -- Cereal grains are a staple of human diets all over the world. However, cereal grains do not all make the same contributions to the diet, said Hans Stein, a University of Illinois animal sciences professor.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  13. Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Show open to public

    ANN ARBOR, MI -- Visit the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds July 27-August 1 for the 2014 Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Show. This family-friendly, no-cost event showcases 4-H Youth Development and the interesting opportunities available to Washtenaw county youth. 4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills through club involvement and projects such as crafts, food preparation, collections, horses, archery, or livestock.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  14. Ohio crop update: Winter wheat harvest progresses quickly

    REYNOLDSBURG, OH -- The weather continued to be highly conducive to field work as the dry conditions allowed a significant amount of wheat harvesting to occur. According to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region, there were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending July 13.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  15. Weekly Price Outlook: How burdensome are corn supplies?

    Corn prices have been declining for almost two years following the peak price generated by the very small U.S. crop in 2012. The recent sharp decline in prices has been associated with increasing prospects for a very large U.S. corn harvest again in 2014 following the record harvest of 2013. According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, a second consecutive large crop would lead to a further buildup in stocks of corn by the end of the 2014-15 marketing year.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  16. Auction Calendar

    CLINTON CO. IN. 118 +/- acres, 2 tracts, quality farmland. Contact Jim Clark 765-659-4841 or Sam Clark 317-442-0251

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  17.  Photo by Hayleigh Geurink

    Moo-Ville Creamery hosts 2014 Dairy Fun Day

    NASHVILLE, MI -- The 2014 Dairy Fun Day was held on July 9 at Moo-Ville Creamery in Nashville, MI.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  18. MSU athletes will be at the Great Dairy Adventure for photo opportunities and to highlight the nutritional advantage of three servings of dairy a day. Melissa Hart

    Get geared up for fun at the Michigan Dairy Expo!

    EAST LANSING, MI -- All things dairy will descend on East Lansing for the Michigan Dairy Expo, July 21-25, 2014 at the Michigan State University Livestock Pavilion. Breed shows, youth contests, jumping Jills, dairy adventures, sale-abrating and MSU athletes will all be a part of the week showcasing the industry that is Michigan’s leading agricultural sector responsible for contributing $14.7 billion to the state’s economy.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  19. Michigan Livestock Expo going strong in year six

    LANSING, MI -- With a share of $20,000 in stockmanship awards on the line, and a chance to earn a coveted sale spot, the sixth annual Michigan Livestock Expo (MLE) is poised to break its own record—again.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  20. Weekly Price Outlook: USDA reports help brighten pork outlook

    According to Purdue University Extension economist Chris Hurt, pork producers might want to say thank you for the recent USDA reports that have sharply brightened their profit outlook. The June 27 Hogs and Pigs report indicated that breeding herd expansion had not yet started and that baby pig death losses from the PED virus continued to be high last spring.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  21. Auction Calendar

    10 AM- MARSHALL, MI. Machinery, trucks, trailers, antiques, collectibles, household. Spaul-Ding Real Estate & Auctions 269-763-9494 (07/02)

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  22. Ag Calendar

    19: Hillsdale Lions Club 56th Annual Bill Jackson Open Speed Show, 4 p.m., entry fees $5 per age division & open classes, $10 for 3D classes, $2 per PeeWee class, expo barrels - $3 per run (pay at gate) - runs between 3-4 p.m., no refunds, judge's decision final, ages determined as of Dec.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  23. Late blight confirmed in potatoes in northern Indiana

    LANSING, MI -- Late blight was confirmed in a potato crop south of the Michigan-Indiana border near Howe, Indiana, on July 6, 2014. Genotyping is currently underway. The source of the inoculum has not yet been found. The previous genotype found in southern Michigan during 2013 was US-23 and our initial lab experiments indicate that this is an aggressive isolate.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  24. U of I crop scientists offers tips for using N in late spring U of I crop scientists offers tips for using N in late spring

    URBANA, IL -- According to a University of Illinois crop scientist, the Illinois corn crop is off to a good start in many fields and in most areas just starting its rapid growth phase (V5 to V8 stage).

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  25. Love for bacon grows, and pork remains main love interest: NPD

    CHICAGO -- U.S. foodservice consumers are smitten by bacon and to show their love they ate some 1.1 billion servings of the "candy of meats" in the year ending April 2014, an increase in servings of 6 percent compared to a year ago, reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  26. Michigan bean growers resoundingly renew checkoff

    LANSING, MI -- Michigan's bean farmers have resoundingly approved renewing the checkoff assessment that funds the Michigan Bean Commission (MBC).

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  27. Climate change provides good growing conditions for charcoal rot in soybeans

    URBANA, IL -- With over 100 diseases that can attack soybean crops, why would charcoal rot rise to the top of the most wanted list? University of Illinois scientists cite the earth's changing climate as one reason that more research is needed on the fungus that causes charcoal rot.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  28. Ohio crop update: Winter wheat harvest progressing

    REYNOLDSBURG, OH -- Warm temperatures and little precipitation helped alleviate excessive moisture and allowed farmers to make progress harvesting wheat and baling hay. According to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region, there were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending July 6.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  29. Michigan crop update: Thunderstorms cause crop damage

    LANSING, MI -- There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending July 6, according to the Great Lakes Regional office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Last week's severe thunderstorm winds caused some damage to crops, especially corn plants in the southwest region of the state.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  30. Hunting gives Indiana's deer-damaged state park forests a chance to recover

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Regulated deer hunts in Indiana state parks have helped restore the health of forests suffering from decades of damage caused by overabundant populations of white-tailed deer, a Purdue study shows.

    • Jul. 16, 2014