After sluggish harvests last year, Indiana farmers could produce record or near-record grain crops this year, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Friday (Aug. 12). The report forecasts Indiana corn production at 1.05 billion bushels, up from 822 million bushels last year. That would be the second highest production on record.
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Farmers should be on the lookout for roots and sediment clogging their tile drains this year, a Purdue University soil physics specialist advises. Reports of roots clogging tile drains increased dramatically in early 2016 and investigations are underway to determine why, said Eileen Kladivko, professor of agronomy at Purdue.
The Midwest Cover Crops Council has responded to increasing interest in cover crops across the region by hiring its first program manager, a Purdue Extension educator. Anna Morrow began her new role with the MCCC as a staff member in Purdue University's Department of Agronomy on July 1. She now works out of Extension's Shelby County office and will be on the university's West Lafayette campus as needed.
Indiana fruit and vegetable growers bringing irrigation systems into operation as production gets into full swing should have their water tested as part of good agricultural practices for produce food safety, Purdue Extension food safety educator Scott Monroe says.
Soybean farmers with plants that have emergence issues should consider that seedling blight diseases might be the cause, a Purdue Extension field crops pathologist says.
Agribusiness professionals, consultants and educators who work with farmers will learn new strategies for identifying and responding to a variety of crop problems at two workshops beginning in June at Purdue University's Pinney Purdue Agricultural Center near Wanatah.