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  1. Ag Calendar

    20: Get Checking Workshop, 1-5 p.m., topics include introduction to program, choosing an account right for you, managing your account, keys to successful money management and credit, all free and open to the public, pre-registration by phone or mail preferred, upon completion participants receive a certificate allowing them to open an account at a participating bank or credit union, Allen County Extension office, 4001 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne, IN, 260-481-6826 or hadleyv@purdue.edu.

    • May 20, 2015
  2. U of I research: Wetlands continue to reduce nitrates

    URBANA, IL -- Wetlands created 20 years ago between tile-drained agricultural fields and the Embarras River were recently revisited for a new two-year University of Illinois research project. Results show an overall 62 percent nitrate removal rate and little emission of nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas.

    • May 20, 2015
  3. CDFA calls milk pricing hearing to discuss proposed amendments

    Just as California debates the merits of joining the Federal Milk Marketing order program, comes word that the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), on its own motion, is calling a milk pricing hearing June 3 to consider proposed amendments to the Class 4b pricing formula.

    • May 20, 2015
  4. A decade-long effort by University of Arizona and University of Illinois scientists yielded a new soybean with significantly reduced levels of three key proteins responsible for both its allergenic and anti-nutritional effects.

    Scientists create new low-allergen soybean

    URBANA, IL -- In the United States, nearly 15 million people and 1 in 13 children suffer from food allergy. In Arizona alone, every classroom contains at least two children with a food allergy. Soybean is one of the eight foods whose labeling is regulated by the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALPA). Soybean is a major ingredient in many infant formulas, processed foods, and livestock feed.

    • May 20, 2015
  5. Is it warm enough to plant corn?

    The first 48 hours corn seed are in the soil is critical. If soil temperature is below 50 degrees Fahrenheit during this time, it can lead to chilling injury and ultimately reduced yield. Temperatures at this stage are critical because this is the time water rushes in the seed to rehydrate the cells. This process is called imbibition. If the water is cold, below 50 F, it can damage the cells and abort growth of the radicle (root) and coleoptile (shoot).

    • May 20, 2015
  6. Conference to focus on performance management

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Agribusiness professionals will improve their understanding of performance management to make their operations more productive by attending the National Conference for Agribusiness Nov. 10-11 at Purdue University.

    • May 20, 2015
  7. GreenStone publishes 2015 first quarter stockholder report

    EAST LANSING, MI -- GreenStone Farm Credit Services released its quarterly stockholder report, showing earnings of $36.7 million for the first quarter of 2015. Owned and managed loan volume totaled $6.9 billion at March 31, 2015.

    • May 20, 2015
  8. Michigan wineries now have their own industry benchmarking program

    EAST LANSING, MI -- GreenStone Farm Credit Services is pleased to announce a partnership with North Coast Ag Advisors and Farm Credit East to launch the Michigan Winery & Vineyard Benchmark Program for Michigan winery and vineyard owners and managers. GreenStone is the sponsoring underwriter of the program. Farm Credit East provides the technology tools for data analysis.

    • May 20, 2015
  9. Food & fuel: A model for bioenergy double-cropping farm systems

    URBANA, IL -- Much attention has been given to dedicated, perennial bioenergy crops to meet the revised Renewable Fuel Standard mandating production of 36 billion gallons of biofuel by the year 2022. Even so, concern remains over the impending need to convert as much as 30 million acres of U.S. crop land, which would include food crops, to land for perennial energy crops in order to meet that demand.

    • May 20, 2015
  10. Ohio 4-H members receive $4,000 in scholarships

    LIBERTY CENTER, OH -- Last month the Henry County 4-H Endowment held their spring dinner. They recognized eight 4-H members with scholarships and awarded almost $4,000. Two of those receiving awards are seniors at LCHS.

    • May 20, 2015
  11. National report details expected job openings in ag, related fields

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Nearly 58,000 jobs will open annually across the United States in occupations involving food, agriculture, renewable natural resources and environment over the next five years, according to an employment outlook led by Purdue University.

    • May 20, 2015
  12. Michigan crop update: Sugarbeet planting almost complete

    LANSING, MI -- There were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending May 10, according to the Great Lakes Regional office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Growers continued to plant crops at a steady pace early in the week before rain in the later part of the week kept them out of the fields. All reported crops are now ahead of the five-year average planted.

    • May 20, 2015
  13. Indiana crop update: Warm temperatures promote growth

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Temperatures increased, pushing farmers into overdrive for spring planting during the week ending May 10, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Spotty rains and warm temperatures were conducive to seed germination and plant growth.

    • May 20, 2015
  14. Ohio crop update: Ideal weather brings another rally

    REYNOLDSBURG, OH -- Ideal weather conditions allowed farmers to spend a lot of time in the field in Ohio last week, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region.

    • May 20, 2015
  15. GreenStone employees help plant trees in Detroit

    EAST LANSING, MI -- For the second year in a row, GreenStone Farm Credit Services demonstrated its commitment to non-traditional, urban agriculture through a partnership with Hantz Farms in Detroit. The second annual Hantz Farms community service day was held on May 9. GreenStone volunteers traveled to the city to help plant 5,000 mixed-hardwood trees, continuing the transformation from vacant lots into beautiful woodlands for the enjoyment of Detroit area residents.

    • May 20, 2015
  16. Bird flu is in the news again. Are humans at risk?

    Expert: Humans not at risk for bird flu

    EAST LANSING, MI -- The avian influenza A virus, also referred to as avian flu or bird flu, is in the news again. This virus, which occurs naturally among wild aquatic birds throughout the world, can infect domestic poultry as well as other birds and animals. The virus can be deadly for domestic poultry and, if infected, whole flocks can be wiped out. This raises a question for consumers: "If avian influenza can infect domestic poultry, can it be transmitted to humans?"

    • May 20, 2015
  17. International ag safety group to meet in June

    NORMAL, IL -- The largest annual gathering of professionals dedicated to agricultural safety and health will take place June 21-24, when the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) holds its conference in Normal, IL.

    • May 20, 2015
  18. Weekly Price Outlook: Corn, ethanol & distillers grain progress review

    The focus in the corn market has mostly turned to 2015 production prospects and implications for the magnitude of stocks at the end of the 2015-16 marketing year. According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, the pace of old-crop consumption will determine the magnitude of carryover stocks into the new marketing year. In addition, the magnitude of consumption of corn, ethanol, and distillers grains shed some light on the strength of demand heading into that new year.

    • May 20, 2015
  19. Auction Calendar

    ONLINE ONLY. Antique Pedal Tractors. For Info: Sheridan Realty & Auction 517-676-9800 (04/29, 05/13)

    • May 20, 2015