Too early to apply fall nitrogen?

Cooler temperatures are set to move into Indiana this week.  That combined with an uptick in harvest pace may have farmers anxious put down fall applied nitrogen. Purdue agronomist Jim Camberato says that it is too early and nitrogen application needs to wait.  “We recommend fall anhydrous only be applied north of I-70, so north… Read more »

Summit Seed Coatings heads to Indiana

Salem, Indiana will be the first home for Summit Seed Coatings in the Midwest.  Founded in 2002, the Idaho based company produces seed coatings for major seed distributors, which sell their seeds to agriculture dealers and government dealers, as well as at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Walmart, and other garden retail stores.  Summit Seed Coatings currently… Read more »

Harvest data is critical to decisions for next year

For southwest Indiana farmer Joe Steinkamp harvest is a great time to think about the decisions he needs to make for the next growing season.  “I’m thinking about which hybrids are performing well on which soil types,” he says.  “And then monitoring which fertility plans are doing well all while I’m tracking the varieties on… Read more »

Registration open for Hoosier Beef Congress

Registration is now open for Hoosier Beef Congress, the largest single state cattle show in the nation.  Entries must be postmarked for the All-Star and Breed Sale by October 15th and November 1st for the Junior Show. The online auction will take place again this year for the first 30 spots in stalling line to… Read more »

Harvest underway in southwest Indiana

For Southwest Indiana farmer Joe Steinkamp – this could be the best corn crop he’s ever harvested.  “It looks like we’re going to have record average yields on our farm this year,” he says.  “Last year we had the highest average yield we’d ever had, but we had some farms that had really high yields… Read more »

Unapproved GM wheat found in Montana

Another strain of unapproved genetically modified wheat has been found.  This time, in Montana.  According to Reuters, the announcement of a second incident comes after USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service completed its investigation into a separate discovery found in Oregon in May 2013.  APHIS was unable to determine how the GM wheat appeared…. Read more »

Feeding innovation in conservation

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services is investing nearly $16 million to help develop and accelerate innovative ideas in conservation.  Jane Hardisty, Indiana state conservationist says over two million dollars will be utilized for projects that impact Indiana. One of those, is a partnership with Purdue University.  “They’re going to be looking really close at doing… Read more »

Markets rank at the top farmer’s concerns

Weather and markets are two of the biggest concerns for farmers and they are the two things over which they have the least control.  Ashville, Ohio farmer Allen Ett says heading into this year’s harvest this year – those concerns are heightened.  “Myself, I think right now, we might be at the low on corn,”… Read more »

Reminders for a safe harvest

As farmers move into the busy harvest season, rural roadways will soon be filled with large equipment. Purdue Extension safety specialist Bill Field says farmers and motorists have to figure out a way to safely share the road.  “When we start comingling, people are going to have to give each other a break and slow… Read more »

Heading into harvest at full-speed

Harvest is in full swing for Ashville, Ohio farmer Allen Ett. When I talked to Allen this morning, he was in-line at the elevator delivering wheat.  He says the recent weather has allowed them to go full-speed ahead into harvest for the past two weeks.  “We got started when moisture was about 25 percent,” he… Read more »