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Corn and soybeans in field
Despite advances in farm machinery and crop management practices, the maximum number of Indiana corn and soybean acres planted per week in 2015 is not much different than 20 years ago, according to a new article by Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen.
Trees in forest
Tree disease and insect outbreaks are a lot like fires and floods - they make the news headlines and can lead to some anxiety on the part of landowners. There are times when we should consider harvesting trees before they are destroyed by a pest and other times it is not necessary. Seek an expert before harvesting your trees.
Tree topping damage
If a bad haircut was fatal, you would be very choosy about your hairstyle. However, each year hundreds of homeowners have their trees pruned by topping; a horticultural "bad haircut" that shortens the life of the tree and leads to greater expense later.
Cattle grazing
The Southern Indiana Purdue Ag Center in Dubois will host the "Grazing 102" workshop June 9 and 10. Livestock producers will learn the essential concepts of managing a successful grazing operation. Topics on the first day are plant growth and development, fencing systems, soil fertility, forage identification and use, watering systems, forage economics, extending the grazing season and determining forage needs.
Purdue is co-sponsoring the annual Indiana Extension Homemakers Association's Home and Family Conference, promoting positive, healthy living by providing workshops, inspirational speakers and tours. The conference will be June 9-11 at the Sheraton Hotel at Keystone Crossing in Indianapolis and includes more than 20 sessions on health and wellness, family relationships, community and technology.
The quantity and quality of duck demanded in China has risen with disposable incomes, urban population growth, internal food safety scandals, and changing consumer tastes. It is in this rapidly evolving yet huge market that an opportunity emerges for the U.S. duck industry and the corn and soybean producers who would provide their feed.
YouTube
Purdue University weed scientists have developed two time-lapse videos capturing the rapid growth of Palmer amaranth and the effect of pre-emergent herbicides used to control the aggressive and destructive weed. The videos were compiled from footage shot last year at the Purdue weed science research site in Cass County.

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