A slow finish to harvest

Harvest is slowly winding down in Indiana as cold temperatures and snow showers proved to be a mixed blessing for farmers last week. According to the latest crop and weather report, 91 percent of corn and 96 percent of soybeans have been harvested.  Moisture content for corn averaged 18 percent and soybeans averaged 13 percent. In other… Read more »

Food banks to benefit from poultry donation

For the 67th consecutive year, representatives of the Indiana State Poultry Association donated Indiana poultry products to the state’s food bank network.  Over the next few weeks, the donation, 130,000 pounds – or 65 tons will be distributed to local food banks. In accepting the donation, Governor Mike Pence told attendees the importance of helping… Read more »

The market is sending a message

A record corn crop combined with the lowest commodity prices in recent years is sending a message to farmers.  Steve Nicholson, grain and oilseed analyst with Rabo Agrifinance tells Brownfield the market is telling farmers to store their crop – and that’s exactly what they’re doing.  “They market is going to pay them to store… Read more »

Soil health boosts yields

There aren’t many acres on Indiana farmer Mike Shuter’s farm that aren’t no-till.  As he talks to farmers around his area – he finds out his yields are pretty comparable.  “I think we even have some fields that yield better than some of the other operations where they’re doing a lot of tillage,” he says. … Read more »

Cover crops benefit soil health

Soil health is a vital component to sustainable farming. Indiana farmer Mike Shuter has been no-till farming for nearly 30 years. He says cover crops play a significant role in maintaining soil health on his farm.  “We’re trying to keep something green and growing on the field all year round,” he says.  “It helps build… Read more »

Are farmland values set to decline?

Crop prices are at the lowest levels they’ve been in recent years.  That, combined with expectations that interest rates are expected to increase in the coming years leads Purdue University ag economist Michael Langemeir to believe the decade-long increase in farmland values may soon be over. However, Langemeier, associate director of the Center for Commercial… Read more »

Armed to Farm: Meet Military Veterans Ag Liaison

The United States Department of Agriculture has a new position — Military Veterans Agricultural Liaison. Karis Gutter is Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services and is taking on the additional role of MVA liaison, “As a Marine who served for more than six years, I clearly understand a number of the unique… Read more »

Thanksgiving dinner up by 4 cents per person

The cost of Thanksgiving dinner is higher than last year, but just a little.  The annual American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) survey indicates that the meal will cost $49.41.  That’s 37 cents more than in 2013.  But Farm Bureau economist John Anderson points out that the cost is for a meal to serve ten people…. Read more »

Take advantage of educational sessions

There is a lot of information to digest about the new safety net programs available to farmers. Stu Ellis, farm bill educator with the University of Illinois says farmers should really take advantage of the educational programs being offered by Extension and the Farm Service Agency.  “When you look at making a farm bill choice… Read more »

Fuel Up to Play 60 endorsed by Indiana DOE

The Fuel Up to Play 60 program gets a big endorsement in Indiana.  Earlier this week the Indiana Department of Education named Fuel Up to Play 60 the top in-school health and wellness program in the state. Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz says the partnership between the Department of Education, Indiana Dairy and… Read more »