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Indiana planting is nearing the finish line

After battling wet weather this planting season, the forecast is expected to turn hot and dry this week. According to the latest crop progress and conditions report from the USDA, ​97 percent of corn has been planted, a ​3 percent jump on the week... Read More.

Indiana Grain Indemnity Program supports the state’s farmers

An ag lawyer says a ruling earlier this year reinforces the benefit of the Indiana Grain Indemnity Program for the state’s farmers.   Brianna Schroeder, from Janzen Schroeder Ag Law says the fund is supported by voluntary farmer payments.  “The grain indemnity program reimburses losses incurred by farmers... Read More.

Tar spot found in Indiana

Tar spot has been confirmed in Indiana and an extension pathologist says this is the earliest it’s ever been confirmed. Darcy Telenko (Tell-ink-o) with Purdue University says it was found in plots in northern Indiana. “Yes, we found it. It doesn’t mean it’s time to... Read More.

Indiana establishes small meat processors loan program

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director says a new program will increase the state’s meat processing capacity. Don Lamb says small facilities have struggled to keep up with demand since the pandemic and additional infrastructure investments will reduce current backlogs. “The idea is that... Read More.

Indiana Farm Bureau continues work on water quantity issues

The president of Indiana Farm Bureau says there are concerns a proposed high-tech corridor in Boone County could create water quantity issues for the state’s farmers. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation has proposed a pipeline project that would send up to 100 million gallons... Read More.

Indiana celebrates National Ag Day

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has declared March 19th Ag Day in the state. State Department of Agriculture Director Don Lamb tells Brownfield Indiana is home to more than 94,000 farmers. “When you put agriculture and natural resources together, it touches every Hoosier’s life and it’s... Read More.

Indiana winter wheat rating up on month

Indiana had an unseasonably warm February. The USDA says statewide temperatures were more than eight degrees warmer than average, even with some wide swings, while precipitation was lower than usual, pulling soil moisture levels down with spring planting not that far off. Despite those warm,... Read More.

Growing demand for Indiana soybeans in Indonesia

The Indiana Soybean Alliance is working with buyers in Indonesia to direct-export Indiana-grown soybeans by container.  The 10-person delegation, led by ISA, has been meeting with potential soybean buyers in the country. Ed Ebert, senior director of market development with ISA, says there is... Read More.

Indiana ag census mirrors national trends

The 2022 Census of Agriculture shows the number of farms in Indiana is declining while farm size is increasing. State statistician Nathanial Warenski tells Brownfield, “The mix of commodities has not changed a whole lot.” “The number of farms has decreased more than a... Read More.

Cover Crop Premium Discount Program open for enrollment in Indiana

Southern Indiana farmers can receive a discount on their crop insurance premiums for planting cover crops and protecting water quality. Trevor Laureys with the Indiana State Department of Agriculture tells Brownfield the Cover Crop Premium Discount Program provides a $5 per acre crop insurance... Read More.