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INDIANAPOLIS — Four family-owned farms in Jasper County were awarded the Hoosier Homestead Award for farms that have been in the family and are still actively farmed for 100 years or more. The…

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BOSWELL — On Thursday Aug. 1, competitors met at the Benton County Fairgrounds to compete in both the Agriculture Tractor Operators Competition and the Lawn and Garden Tractor Contests in the …

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DEMOTTE/WHEATFIELD — People new to the area probably wonder why a line starts forming in the CVS parking lot around 9:30 every morning, seemingly for no reason, or why cars start pulling up to…

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Apple orchards are open, school has begun, pre-harvest meetings seem to be happening daily and we have started custom chopping corn silage. It’s September. When did that happen? It sure feels like another year is flying by.

We had nine-tenths to an inch of rain last week. Corn and beans still look good. The 103-day corn around the outside of our silage field was 30%, so we’ll probably open the field up on Monday and see what the 112-day corn is testing. Pods on beans are filling nicely with the rains we’ve had. Still could use some more hot dry weather to move things along.

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Tuesday felt like Monday, and Friday felt like Saturday. Did your Labor Day leave you questioning what day of the week it was? Looking back at this past week, or even further, I was recalling what took place. Well, we really cannot account for too many field activities or crop progress. It’s been somewhat cooler than normal lately, and very little, if any, precipitation has been measurable. I forced myself to take Labor Day off and do some fishing at PotatoCreekState Park. I must have found a popular fishing spot for farmers. I saw a hat on the ground next to me for several hours, so upon leaving I flipped it over and it was a Beck’s hat. I had my Pioneer hat on, but it didn’t matter what hat a person wore because the fish were just not biting.

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Sometimes we all get a little to comfortable in our daily lives. Funny how things come along and can force us out of there in a good way.

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Monday, Sept. 9, 2019: Harvest 2019 begins. The stalk is dry, the ears are hanging down and the decision is made. Today, we begin a harvest that will be a total crapshoot. How bad did the non-ending spring rains and cold temperatures affect this year’s crop? Time will tell. We have only 64 acres of “dry” corn that was planted on April 7. Best guesses are 20% to 24% moisture. Mark says we need to get it out, so we can get all the augurs set and test the dryer before the majority of the corn is ready to harvest. I’m old-school. I say, let it dry in the field. What’s the hurry? We will have a 10- to 14-day break before the next planted corn will be ready to go. Mark always wins this argument.

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The super weed Palmer amaranth has been found in a seventh North Dakota county in a year's span and in south central North Dakota for a second time this summer.

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SANTA ROSA -- Elated Sonoma County Winegrowers announced a double-header achievement for the environment at a press conference on Thursday at their Santa Rosa headquarters. Not only have the more than 1,800 members reached 99% certified sustainable vineyards, but they will build on their sustainability leadership by becoming the first wine region to participate in California's pilot Climate First Certification program.