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 »

Weather continues to prolong harvest

Frequent rainfalls halted harvest progress for much of the state last week.  According to the latest Crop and Weather report 31 percent of both corn and soybeans have been harvested – slightly more than a week ago.  The average moisture content of harvested corn is 21 percent and 14 percent for soybeans. Ninety-four percent of… Read more »

Markets may not have seen the lows yet

As harvest moved into full swing, Purdue ag economist Chris Hurt says it looked as if there was additional pressure on commodity markets.  Until, he says, farmers around much of the Corn Belt saw a nearly two-week weather delay.  “And that really gave some incentives to put some weather risk or uncertainty into the price,”… Read more »

It’s Farm to School month

This is national Farm-to-School Month, an effort to get locally-grown foods into schools.  Wisconsin’s Alice in Dairyland, Zoey Brooks says it promotes healthy eating and teaches students about where their food comes from.  And it is not just fruits and vegetables: “It spans all five food groups including local beef, local dairy products, maple syrup… Read more »

Big corn crop adds to harvest delays

The record setting corn crop is putting additional pressure on farmers.  Purdue ag economist Chis Hurt says the logistics of actually harvesting this crop is becoming a challenge.  “Even just handing this crop,” he says. “For the grain industry to try and get their arms around and digest this very big crop is probably going… Read more »

Japanese Trade Team learns about Indiana ag

A Japanese Trade Team made a stop in Indiana on their way to Seattle for the 2014 Export Exchange.  This morning, the group met with Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and Indiana State Department of Agriculture director Ted McKinney. The Lt. Governor says these trade missions help to strengthen and nurture the relationships with some of… Read more »

Preparing for tighter margins in 2015

The projection for tighter margins in 2015, has farmers looking at ways to tighten their belts.  For Southwest Indiana farmer Randy Kron, every expense for 2015 will be examined closely.  “For ’15 we’re going to go through our budget and look at every penny and squeeze out anything that we can,” he says.  “I don’t… Read more »

Rain continues to slow harvest

Both corn and soybean harvest were slowed and in some cases shut down last week by frequent rainfall, but milder weather allowed harvest activities to resume towards the end of the week. According to the latest Indiana Crop and Weather report, just 25 percent of Indiana’s corn crop has been harvested and 26 percent of soybeans. … Read more »