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The Monticello Farmer's Market is off and running, and I would just like to remind everyone that, aside from the normal markets on Saturday mornings at 1210 N 6th St; beginning on May 29th the market will also be held on Tuesday evenings from 4 to 7 P.M. at Constitution Plaza next to the courthouse in downtown Monticello.
With the agricultural season getting into full swing, this means that pesticides will be being applied throughout the county. With that in mind, I would like to remind applicators, specialty crop producers, and beekeepers to stay in communication with one another, as the best way to avoid conflict is to talk to each other prior to applications being made. One great tool that helps with this process is the website DriftWatch, which can be accessed at: https://in.driftwatch.org/ The DriftWatch web
For many years, agronomic inputs were determined based on how much or how little they would influence grain yield. However, a combination of research and a revisiting of crop budgets have farmers reassessing inputs based not on how much they can boost yield, rather, how profitable they can be. A perfect example of this is nitrogen (N) fertilizer, which comprises one of the more significant variable production costs for corn. As margins grow tighter, and environmental concerns increase, the appli
Last week, I wrote about hosting a potential Master Gardener program here in White County to gauge the interest level of such a program in the community. It is important to note that a Master Gardener class can benefit all experience levels of gardeners.
Running a farm operation is a constant numbers game, with farmers continuously evaluating the costs of replacing equipment, fertilizer, feed and labor against market prices. Another significant cost comes in the form of monthly energy bills for electricity, gas, diesel and natural gas, which can climb to thousands of dollars, depending upon the size of the farm.

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