Crop damage assessment vital this year

Mother Nature was tough on Indiana farmers this June.  Following his tour of Indiana farms yesterday, Governor Mike Pence says the damage to the crop is devastating. But, as of June 30th, afflicted counties hadn’t reached the 30 percent threshold for the state to pursue a disaster declaration.  “We believe that is likely to change as more information… Read more »

Crop insurance vital this year

Crop damage from flooding is widespread and varies throughout the Corn Belt.  Jason Alexander, vice president of crop insurance for Farm Credit Mid-America says it is important for farmers to be well educated on all their options.  “Once you get into this critical stage –  you’re past the late planting date but you’re still within… Read more »

Energy efficiencies save farmers money

Farmers making energy efficiency improvements can earn rebates with Consumers Energy. Duane Watson with Consumers Energy says incentive programs are available to several types of farms.  “These measures work with farmers in the areas of greenhouses, farmers that irrigate crops or orchards, our dairy farmers, livestock operations, and farmers that do grain drying with natural… Read more »

The barn doors are open

Selected farms across Michigan will open their doors for breakfast this summer.  Michigan’s Breakfast on the Farm events are in their ninth year with five host farms being featured in 2015. The Stakenas family has been farming in Free Soil, in Western Michigan, for more than 95 years.  Today, the family milks more than 500… Read more »

Governor surveys flood damaged farms

Governor Mike Pence traveled parts of Indiana yesterday to get a first-hand look at the flood damage. While touring northern Indiana – Governor Pence says he saw devastating crop damage from the recent record rainfall.   “Seeing is believing,” he says.  “Some of the estimates are now putting crop losses north of $700 million.   … Read more »

Illinois River highest since ’93

The Illinois River is challenging its banks in the western part of the state threatening to flood already wet fields.  The river is nearing levels that haven’t been seen since 1993, according to Blake Roderick, executive director of the Pike and Scott County Farm Bureaus.  People – Roderick calls them flood fighters – are adding… Read more »

Trade mission helps develop markets for Indiana ag

Agriculture is the focus of Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann’s trade mission to China.  She says delegates have spent much of the trip building relationships to help develop market access for the state’s agricultural industry.  “We know we want more of our feed going into their meat operations,” she says.  “Their hog operations are large over… Read more »

Indiana not part of Clean Water Act lawsuits

Indiana is not among the growing list of states that have filed lawsuits against the US EPA and Army Corps of Engineers on the new Clean Water Act rule. In a statement provided to Brownfield, Bryan Corbin with the Indiana Attorney General’s office says the state is not currently a party in the multi-state litigation, but is… Read more »

Crop potential continues to decline

Excessive rainfall continues to damage Indiana’s corn crop.   On June 8th – USDA rated 75 percent of Indiana’s corn crop good to excellent.  Just three weeks later – only 48 percent of the crop is rated good to excellent. Purdue ag economist Chris Hurt says the decline in crop conditions represents a loss of roughly… Read more »

Weather challenges likely to continue

Most of Indiana could do without rain for a few days.  But, assistant state climatologist Ken Scheeringa (scare-een-ga) says there are parts of the state that are saying it is too dry.  “That’s true for both the USDA Drought Monitor and the crop report,” he says.  “There are some areas – more so along the… Read more »