Sandeen named chancellor at Wisconsin

Dr. Cathy Sandeen has been named the next chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and U.W. Extension.  Sandeen has been vice president for Education Attainment and Innovation at the American Council on Education in Washington D.C. since 2012.  Prior to that she served as dean of Continuing Education for UCLA Extension from 2006 to… Read more »

Concerns with crop quality

As harvest delays continue, should farmers be worried about the quality of the grain that is still in the field? Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen says in certain conditions crop quality should be okay.  “As long as the ears are not on or near the ground – than within reason the grain quality is… Read more »

ISDA names Local Foods Program Manager

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture has named David King as the Local Foods Program Manager. ISDA Director Ted McKinney says King’s extensive experience in the marketing and management industries is invaluable to the department and will aide in catapulting ISDA programs to the next level. In his role, he will lead the Local foods… Read more »

Wet weather continues to delay harvest

Another round of cool, wet weathers has again delayed harvest for many farmers around the Corn Belt.  Purdue extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen says the corn that hasn’t been harvested has been taking a beating.  “A lot of these fields have very weak stalks,” he says.  “It doesn’t take much for them to break over… Read more »

Slow harvest isn’t surprising

Soybean harvest wrapped up last week for Greentown, Ind. farmer Dennis Maple.  He says he wasn’t surprised at how slow harvest has gone – because the weather has been an issue throughout the growing season.  “In regards to soybeans, we weren’t too blessed in May after we planted,” he says.  “We had some ponding issues… Read more »

Big jumps in harvest progress

Dry weather much of last week allowed for significant harvest progress in Indiana.  According to the latest Crop and Weather report, 44 percent of Indiana’s corn has been harvested.  That’s a 13% bump from a week prior.  Crop conditions are still holding steady as 78 percent is rated good to excellent.  Soybean harvest also advanced… Read more »

2015 – The Year of the Farmer

For the past several years, the Indiana State Fair has celebrated different commodities that are vital to the state’s agriculture industry.  From corn, pigs, and soybeans to tomatoes, trees and dairy – the state fair has been an opportunity to educate the consumer about the food they eat.  In 2015, the Indiana State Fair, in… Read more »

An opportunity to build relationships

A delegation of Taiwanese grain buyers have been in Indiana getting a first-hand look at agriculture.  Over the weekend they visited Indiana Corn Marketing Council President Dennis Maple’s farm in Greentown.  He says these visits benefit Indiana agriculture.  “It’s really important for them to see how good the crop is and how big the crop… Read more »

Food trends for 2015

  Sterling Rice Group, a Colorado-based consulting company for the food industry has released their Top 10 Trends “that will inspire the food industry in 2015”.  SRG says the list depicts a deeper exploration of global cuisines but also reinforces local connections and promotes sustainability. Number-one on the list is Regional Grains; local farmers growing… Read more »

Taiwanese trade team visits Indiana

Representatives of the Taiwan grain industry are in Indiana this week to see Indiana agriculture first hand.  Willis Cheng, a member of the trade team, tells Brownfield Taiwan imports nearly 100 percent of their corn and soybeans and says the visit allows the delegation to better understand their supplier.  “Indiana is a very important agriculture… Read more »