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    This ear of corn is in an Indiana cornfield that is near harvest in early October. (Purdue Agricultural Communication photo/Keith Robinson)

    Purdue expert: Prepare now for post-harvest drying

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- The nearly ideal weather that has been credited with helping produce an expected record corn crop in Indiana also is yielding concerns that some of the grain will be harvested wetter than normal and require more artificial drying for storage.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    FSA announces key dates for new Farm Bill safety net programs

    WASHINGTON -- USDA announced key dates for farm owners and producers to keep in mind regarding the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Feral swine study pairs MSU, U of M researchers to assess statewide impact

    EAST LANSING, MI -- A new study will pair Michigan State University (MSU) researchers with researchers from the University of Michigan-Flint to learn more about one of the state's most potentially destructive invasive species: feral swine.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    MSU Dept. of Animal Science seeks nominations for Dairy Farmer of the Year

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Nominations for the 2015 Michigan State University (MSU) Dairy Farmer of the Year Award are currently being accepted by the MSU Department of Animal Science.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Bane-Welker to host tailgate festivities at Colts home games

    CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN -- Bane-Welker Equipment would like to invite you to stop by their booth and say hello at Sunday's Colts vs. Ravens game. And then again at all the home games!

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    ICM, IPM update set for Dec. 16

    EAST LANSING, MI -- The Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Team and Eaton County MSU Extension will host the 2014 Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education (4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824). Participants will receive MSU Extension's 2015 recommendations for potential pest problems, soil and fertilizer practices and weed control.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    USDA unveils key new programs to help farmers manage risk

    WASHINGTON -- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Michigan 4-H dairy judging team takes top honors at World Dairy Expo

    EAST LANSING, MI -- The Michigan 4-H dairy judging team won top honors at the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the World Dairy Expo Sept. 29 in Madison, Wisconsin. The team finished as the No. 1 team overall, ahead of 26 teams from across the country, as well as the top team in reasons. Several members also ranked in the top 10 individually.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    MSU and Macomb Community College host Trends in Ag workshop

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Michigan State University (MSU) and Macomb Community College are working together to present the Trends in Agriculture workshop Friday, Nov. 7 at the Macomb Community College Center Campus, University Center.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    MSU researchers earn $7.7 million in specialty crop grants from USDA

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Three Michigan State University AgBioResearch scientists have netted more than $7.7 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry through research and education.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Ohio crop update: Rain slows harvest

    REYNOLDSBURG, OH -- Heavy rains that occurred later in the week have slowed harvesting activities in the state. According to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region, there were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending October 5.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Michigan crop update: Soggy fields halt harvest

    LANSING, MI -- There were 3.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending October 5, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. After recent warm and sunny conditions, last week was characterized by cold and wet weather, resulting in soggy fields, which prevented harvest in most parts of the state. Fog and dew also inhibited drydown of crops. Dry beans and hay harvest were wrapping up. Pastures remain in mostly good condition.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Indiana crop update: Showers delay harvest

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Cool, dry weather in the first part of the week encouraged harvest in most of the state, but rains starting Thursday and lasting into the weekend brought most combines to a halt, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. For the week ending October 5th, average temperatures for the week ranged from 55 to 67 degrees, and from 4 degrees below to 6 degrees above normal. The lowest recorded temperature for the week was 32 degrees; the highest, 89 degrees.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Ohio farmers serve on 2015 NCGA Action Teams, Corn Board

    DELAWARE, OH -- Ohio is well represented as a new slate of farmers was recently announced to serve their industry as members of the National Corn Growers Association's action teams and committees in the next fiscal year, which began October 1, actively shaping the future of their industry by guiding programs and carrying out the policies and priorities of the National Corn Growers Association.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Farm Bureau presidents, including Michigan's, visited with EPA officials recently to express concerns about a proposed rule that would dramatically expand the agency's regulatory authority.

    Michigan farmers to EPA: 'Ditch the rule!'

    LANSING, MI -- Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) President Wayne H. Wood was among a contingent of state Farm Bureau leaders who converged on Washington, D.C. recently to submit thousands of individual comments opposing what is seen as egregious power grab by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Caution, patience key to harvest safety

    LANSING, MI -- With leaves changing and grain ripening, Michigan's rural roadways are soon to see their annual uptick of slow-moving farm traffic, creating potentially hazardous traffic snarls where motorists least expect them. No matter how slow and bulky it is, farm equipment has as much right to the roadway as passenger vehicles, so it's time for motorists to take caution and exercise patience and restraint.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    TJ Classic Minister Venus-ET Melissa Hart

    Melissa Hart

    MADISON, WI -- In front of international visitors from all over the globe, the best of the best paraded through the ring for the Supreme Champion Selection at World Dairy Expo on October 4 in Madison, WI.

    • Oct. 14, 2014