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    Former MSU Extension agent presents weekly IPM report

    Weather -- There was 1.25 inches of rain early this week in Ida. At the MAWN weather station near Petersburg, we have accumulated 363 "heat units" (GDD base 50) since March 1, almost exactly at the six year average.

    • May 27, 2015
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    Huron County announces 4-H Ambassador program

    BAD AXE, MI -- In order to adhere to the guideline of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Huron County Royalty Program has been revised to the Huron County 4-H Ambassador Court Program.

    • May 27, 2015
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    Ag Department lowers milk forecast for 7th consecutive time

    The Agriculture Department lowered its 2015 milk production forecast for the seventh time in a row in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report issued Tuesday and offered its first look into 2016.

    • May 27, 2015
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    Study uses farm data to aid in slowing evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds

    URBANA, IL -- The widespread evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds is costing farmers, especially through decreases in productivity and profitability. Although researchers and industry personnel have made recommendations to slow this evolution, an understanding of the patterns and causes of the resistance has been limited.

    • May 27, 2015
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    Filing deadline nears for conservation certification

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- A Purdue University horticulture professor urges specialty crop producers who applied for enhanced crop insurance this year to make sure they file a conservation compliance form with the U.S. Department of Agriculture by June 1.

    • May 27, 2015
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    Significant victory seen in a new tax court case

    A new Tax Court case involved several million dollars of losses from 2004-2009 in an Arabian horse farm owned by Henry and Christie Metz. [Metz v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2015-54.]

    • May 27, 2015
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    Biosecurity efforts are important for Michigan poultry, bird owners

    EAST LANSING, MI -- The H5N2 strain of avian influenza has been confirmed in several cases across the United States. Minnesota, Arkansas, Missouri, and South Dakota are among the states with confirmed cases in commercial flocks with new confirmations coming regularly.

    • May 27, 2015
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    Asparagus: An early spring treat

    GOSHEN, IN -- There are many local foods that are extra special as they are part of the first spring foods. There is no set order, but I think dandelion greens are first, then rhubarb followed by asparagus. We have already enjoyed rhubarb pies, crisp and sauce with friends. Remember that rhubarb is one of those foods that is easy to freeze.

    • May 27, 2015
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    Tyner: Summer gas prices likely to stay well below those of last year

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Motorists can expect gasoline prices this summer to remain considerably lower than what they were last year even though they have been edging up in recent weeks, Purdue University energy economist Wally Tyner says.

    • May 27, 2015
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    Purdue releases new version of global economic database

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- The Center for Global Trade Analysis based at Purdue University released the latest version of its GTAP Data Base of worldwide economic transactions Tuesday (May19).

    • May 27, 2015
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    Ohio crop update: Planting continues, crops rapidly emerge

    REYNOLDSBURG, OH -- Moderate rainfall limited planting for many but above normal temperatures helped advance crops in the ground in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office.

    • May 27, 2015
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    Indiana crop update: Scattered rain leads to planting delays

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Scattered storms throughout the week ending May 17 narrowed planting opportunities for corn and soybeans, but the warm weather was excellent for crop growth, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region.

    • May 27, 2015
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    Honeybees on top 10 list of most amazing insects

    If I were asked to create a "Top Ten" list of truly amazing things that insects do, I would have to include the swarming behavior of honey bees on that list. To be sure, as a beekeeper I must admit that I am a bit biased in my attitude toward honeybees. A person who studies honey bee biology or learns firsthand by owning a colony or two of the little creatures cannot help but view these insects with admiration.

    • May 27, 2015
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    Michigan crop update: Rain helps crops, delays planting

    LANSING, MI -- There were 3.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending May 17, according to the Great Lakes Regional office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Most areas of the State received at least a half inch of rain this week, while some stations in the Central Lower Peninsula reported receiving more than two inches.

    • May 27, 2015
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    Purdue experts develop app to treat emerald ash borer

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- With the emerald ash borer now in season again, a Purdue Extension mobile app can assist homeowners and community leaders in identifying and treating infested trees.

    • May 27, 2015
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    Branch County grower Brian AcMoody (right) explains tomato planting to Congressman Justin Amash.

    Farmers turn the soil and unearth important issues

    LANSING, MI -- Because their schedules aren't quite full enough with spring planting under way, Michigan farmers are lurching headlong into their annual cultivation of legislative issues. Across the state, crop, fruit, vegetable and livestock producers are throwing open the farm gates and welcoming state and federal lawmakers, both to school them in modern agricultural practices and to bend their ears on key issues facing the industry.

    • May 27, 2015
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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