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The Wisconsin Farm Support Program for farmers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic will reopen for applications from Aug. 10-24. Producers are eligible to apply if they meet two criteria.

The majority of residual herbicides have begun to lose their effectiveness at this point in the growing season. In most annual crops, canopy closure is occurring and this, along with time of year, will reduce new weed germination. However, Palmer amaranth is one weed species that will continue to germinate throughout the growing season.

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PONTIAC, Ill. — Jason Webster, who farms with his family near here and is a commercial agronomist for Precision Planting, said last year was one of the most difficult seasons ever for doing farm research.

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Insurance providers approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently were authorized to extend deadlines for premium and administrative-fee payments and defer resulting interest accrual to help farmers, ranchers and insurance providers. The steps were taken as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Exceptional crop conditions in the Midwest have helped weigh on the markets for the upcoming harvest season. However, with the lack of moisture during July and forecasts not offering much relief, that could change soon.

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The recently formed Dairy Business Innovation Alliance will provide some much-needed support to dairy farmers and dairy processors. The federally-funded effort is coordinated by the Center for Dairy Research and the Wisconsin Cheesemakers Association. Their aim is to provide financial and technical support to Midwestern dairy farmers and dairy-related businesses. Dairy farmers and processors in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota can access technical support and grants through the program. The alliance’s main goals are listed.

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Farmer sentiment in July was virtually unchanged from a month earlier as the Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer increased just one point to a reading of 118. The small change in the barometer left it 30 percent less than its February 2020 peak and 23 percent less than its level a year ago.

Wheatgrass is packed with beneficial nutrients, which makes the crop a popular superfood. And now more farmers will have access to growing the beneficial crop.

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Some people have been finding surprises in their mailboxes across the U.S. Bags containing seeds have been sent to numerous residents, despite no order or expectation to receive them. Many news outlets suggest they appear to be coming from China.

Editor’s note: These are suggested improvements to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Agricultural Innovation Agenda” to better reflect the needs of the agricultural community.

Scarce availability of clean water threatens many communities around the world. And reliable access to clean water is essential for people and agriculture. In response Cargill has committed to developing and accelerating agriculture solutions to protect and enhance water resources. It has set new global water targets to achieve sustainable water management in its operations and priority watersheds by 2030.