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Land O’Lakes reports increase in first quarter net earnings

Friday, May 8, 2009

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. — Land O’Lakes, Inc. officials reported first-quarter 2009 net earnings of $82.7 million, up 35 percent from the first quarter of 2008 ($61.3 million). Net sales Net sales for the quarter were $2.9 billion, down from $3.3 billion for the same quarter one year ago. For the quarter, the company reported Total […]

New species of Pythium found in Ohio

Friday, May 8, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — A new species of Pythium, a water mold that attacks soybeans and corn in saturated soils, has been identified in Ohio. Anne Dorrance, an Ohio State University plant pathologist with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, said Pythium delawarii was labeled as a new species when its characteristics didn’t match any […]

The Andersons, Inc. acquire fertilizer division

Friday, May 8, 2009

MAUMEE, Ohio — The Andersons, Inc. announced it has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire the fertilizer division of Hartung Brothers, Inc. as an addition to its plant nutrient group. Scheduled to close The transaction is scheduled to close July 31. The fertilizer division, based in Madison, Wis., was founded in 1979 as a […]

Late-planted corn faces different insects

Friday, May 8, 2009

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Cool temperatures coupled with periods of rain have kept much of Kentucky’s corn out of the ground. As producers hustle to compensate for lost planting time, they should be aware that late-planted corn could present a different insect scenario this year. The good news is the state’s late-planted corn is not likely […]

Polo horses likely died from selenium overdose

Friday, May 8, 2009

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State Veterinarian Thomas J. Holt reported an overdose of selenium was the probable cause of death of the 21 polo horses that collapsed prior to a competition in Wellington April 19. Increased levels In a memorandum to Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson’s office, Holt stated the animals […]

Agriculture census data available

Friday, May 8, 2009

WASHINGTON — Information from the 2007 Census of Agriculture is available at the congressional district level in online profiles published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Provides snapshot “The new congressional district profiles provide a snapshot of agriculture at a local level,” said NASS Deputy Administrator Carol House. “This information will […]

Emerald Ash Borer found in Mifflin County, Pa.

Friday, May 8, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Emerald ash borer beetles, an invasive species that destroy ash trees, were identified in Granville, Mifflin County, according to Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff. The beetle was first detected in Pennsylvania in the summer of 2007 in Butler County and was found again the following summer in Mercer County. Quarantine expanded To help […]

Pork producers still feeling market impact

Friday, May 8, 2009

H1N1 flu outbreak diminishes pork markets because of unfounded fear around the world.

Purdue ag columns offered as podcasts

Thursday, May 7, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Two news and informational columns written by Purdue University Agriculture specialists are now available as podcasts. Two podcasts Podcasts of “On Six Legs” by entomologist Tom Turpin and “Capital Comments” by agricultural economist Larry DeBoer can be downloaded at “On Six Legs” takes an entertaining look at the insect world, […]

Auction Roundup — Collectibles in demand despite economy

Thursday, May 7, 2009

- Garner Auctioneers LLC of Carrollton, Ohio, held a firearms and ammunition auction at the Garner Auction Center April 23 with 187 bidders in-house and 200 registered online to buy the 141 firearms offered. This collection had many very desirable firearms including several new in-the-box, including the top-selling item, a Parker A1 special by Winchester […]


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