• Harvest Weather Forecast: Drying Going to Be Slim With Rain Majority of the Week

    Way too doggone much rain in the forecast again as we move forward this week. We just can’t seem to string enough dry days together, especially considering we are not getting small amounts of rain out of all of these rain events. We are on track to end up with a top 5 wettest October […]
  • HAT Market Analysis for 10/22/21 with Bob Utterback, Utterback Marketing Services

    The wheat market led the way higher Friday, pulling corn as well, but soybeans traded mostly lower. Click to listen as analyst Bob Utterback describes the week and what lies ahead.
  • Overcoming 2021 Soybean Harvest Challenges: Shattering, Green Stems and Lodging

    By Michael Staton, Michigan State University Extension  Soybean producers are experiencing several harvest challenges this fall and many harvested fields have turned green due to volunteer soybeans (Photo 1). The most common problem is the high potential for shatter losses to occur due to the repeated wetting and drying cycles we’ve experienced across the state. These […]
  • Herbicide Shortage – How To Plan Termination Of Multispecies Cover Crop Mixtures For The 2022 Growing Season

    BY: BILL JOHNSON, MARCELO ZIMMER AND BRYAN YOUNG In last week’s article we discussed the herbicide shortage for the 2022 growing season and outlined a couple of scenarios where we can switch to alternative herbicides to accomplish the same weed control objectives.  In this article, I want to discuss some options for fields that have a mixture of cover […]
  • Over Halfway Home on Harvest for Boone County Farmer

    On the John Artman farm just north of Indianapolis in Boone County, harvest going into this week was about halfway completed. He says it has been a good harvest overall, but early July started to put a different spin on what looked like a garden spot for the crops. Artman’s Co-Alliance agronomy sales specialist Dave […]
  • Mother Nature Keeps Throwing Curveballs at Indiana Farmers

    Mother Nature keeps throwing us curveballs as we try to progress through harvest. This is the Seed Genetics Direct Harvest Weather Forecast with Chief Meteorologist Ryan Martin. Seed Genetics Direct is the Eastern Corn Belt’s fastest-growing independent seed company. Visit seedgeneticsdirect.com to get your Seed Guide with pricing! Martin says we should be rain-free for much […]
  • Vilsack Offers Support to Striking Deere Workers

    While traveling in Iowa this week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offered his support to striking John Deere workers. Visiting union members outside a Deere and Company plant in Iowa, the Secretary told picketers, “You work hard, and you deserve a fair price and a fair deal,” according to Reuters. The Deere employees, represented by the […]
  • Tight Ag Chemical Supply, High Prices Could Impact 2022 Growing Season

    Supply chain disruptions and material shortages are fueling speculation about a herbicide shortage for the 2022 agriculture growing season. Bill Johnson, Purdue professor of weed science and Purdue Extension weed specialist, is encouraging producers to plan to minimize the impact on corn and soybean production in the Midwest. Glyphosate (Roundup) and glufosinate (Liberty) are the […]
  • County Farm Bureaus Offering $10,000 Reward for Barn Fire Arrest

    Four county Farm Bureaus have created a $10,000 reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) involved in a string of barn fires across northern Indiana. Elkhart, Kosciusko, St. Joseph, and Marshall County Farm Bureaus each contributed to the fund. Together, these counties have experienced at least 12 barn fires […]
  • FCC Announces Broadband Funding Through Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

    The FCC this week announced that it is ready to authorize nearly $550 million in its third round of funding for new broadband deployments through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. Together with two prior funding wave announcements, the FCC has now announced over $1 billion in funding to winning bidders for new deployments. In this […]