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 »

Harvest is picking back up in Ohio

Harvest started out in full speed for central Ohio farmer Allen Ett in September – but when the calendar turned to October that all changed.  “It kind of turned on us a little bit,” he says.  “We’ve been fighting rain like everyone else, I assume.  It’s been slow on the bean harvest – which is… Read more »

Pence joins Governors in opposition of WOTUS

Indiana Governor Mike Pence joined eleven other governors in voicing opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to redefine “Waters of the United States” in the Clean Water Act. In a statement released Thursday, the Governor said, “Congress did not intend for the Clean Water Act to apply to every instance where a drop… Read more »

Training on dairy Margin Protection Program offered

Purdue Extension will offer a series of training sessions to help dairy producers understand the details of the Margin Protection Program as part of the new farm bill. The first four meetings will be presented by Chris Wolf, Michigan State University ag economics professor who was integral in developing the analytical tools for MPP; the… Read more »

Nominations sought for Beck’s Beyond the Fence awards

Nominations are being accepted for the Beck’s Beyond the Fence Awards.  The award program honors individuals for their outstanding service and contributions to Indiana agriculture.  For the fourth year, the awards are sponsored by Beck’s Hybrids of Atlanta, Ind. in conjunction with the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the Indiana Corn Growers Association. Scott Beck, vice-president… Read more »

Preparing your operation for PEDv

During the Purdue Extension PED conference, Extension educator Lindy Miller told attendees that proper planning for the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus can be the difference between an operation surviving a PEDv break or a break bankrupting a farm.  “You need to know it will likely affect your cash flow,” he says. “And know what that… Read more »

Managing inputs for 2015

The potential for tighter margins has farmers looking closer at their expenses for 2015.  Monticello, Ind. farmer Brian Scott says there are a few changes they may make next year to reduce input costs.  “We talked with our dealer about putting on dry fertilizer,” he says.  “Based on soil tests, he thinks we probably won’t… Read more »

Harvest resumes in parts of Indiana

After a week of weather delays, today was the first day back at harvest for Monticello, Ind. farmer Brian Scott. He says yields have been impressive so far this year.  “But we actually haven’t finished an entire corn field yet because of the weather,” he says.  “We’ve been bouncing around to different places.  The field… Read more »

Poe elected IN State Fair board president

The Indiana State Fair Board has elected Stan Poe as their new president. Poe is a Franklin, Ind. sheep producer and has served on the board since 2011 and has served the board as vice-president for the last three years.  He succeeds Steve Simmerman as board president. Other officers elected to the board:  Paul Graf,… Read more »

Ohio farmers waiting for soils to dry

Continued wet conditions around Ohio have farmers waiting for soils to dry before fieldwork can resume.  According to the latest Crop and Weather report, just 23 percent of the corn crop has been harvested, one percent more than the week prior.  Soybean harvest remains slow with just 36 percent harvested, a 7 point jump from the… Read more »