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Five agri-stories you should read today (2-24-2014)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Today’s must-read stories include two stories about the impact of drought. If you like almonds or coffee, be ready for higher prices. Milk producers can expect higher prices this year. Scientists and policymakers are bringing GM crops to Africa.

Corn residue management makes dramatic impact on emergence

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Corn growers know the satisfaction of seeing newly emerged, uniform rows of green corn plants set against the backdrop of dark, rich soils.

Should you reduce fertilizer rates in response to lower prices?

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Changes in crop prices often generate questions about the economics of fertilization. Prices for many crops, particularly corn, have recently fallen considerably from the highs of the past few years.

Enhance yields with timing of nitrogen applications

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Growers are doing a better job of managing nitrogen fertilizer applications. In recent years, the amount of fertilizer used has remained relatively constant while average yields have steadily increased.

California leads U.S. milk production; Ohio dairy herd numbers drop

Saturday, February 22, 2014

California continues to lead the U.S. in number of milk cows and overall milk production, while Ohio lost 130 licensed dairy herds in 2013.

Five agri-stories you should read today (2-21-2014)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Today’s must-read stories feature agricultural growth for the United States and China. Honeybees may be spreading disease to bumblebees and one Kentucky couple is helping FFA members get official jackets.

Penn State creates Firth Family Trustee Scholarship

Friday, February 21, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A new scholarship created by an alumnus of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and his wife will benefit students in the college with demonstrated financial need, with first preference going to those from the northwestern Pennsylvania counties of Crawford, Erie, Mercer and Warren. With a $50,000 gift, Les and Elaine […]

Pa. adds 26 farms to preservation program

Friday, February 21, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board safeguarded 2,359 additional acres on 26 farms in 13 counties through the state’s nationally renowned farmland preservation program. Counties The board preserved farms in Berks, Butler, Chester, Crawford, Cumberland, Erie, Juniata, Lancaster, Lycoming, Northampton, Perry, Union and York counties. Since the program began in 1988, federal, state, […]

Farmers take care: Drifting herbicides can cause unintended consequences

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Farmers should take extra precautions so drifting herbicides do not create unintended consequences on neighboring fields and farms, according to agricultural researchers.

The emerald ash borer has met its match

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Woodpeckers find emerald ash borers a handy food source and may slow the spread of this noxious pest, even ultimately controlling it, suggest researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

What can tomatoes teach us about biodiversity? Quite a bit

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Scientists are using the genomes of wild tomatoes to study the processes that drive Earth’s biodiversity. Their goal is to learn how species cope with differences in climate and natural enemies, and what might happen in this time of environmental change.

Project battles slugfest in field crops

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Slugs are one of the most challenging pests faced by no-till field crop growers in the Northeast, but a new Penn State project is looking to contain these pests while benefiting the environment.

New sustainable ag farmers need access, farm management knowledg

Thursday, February 20, 2014

On-farm internships and land-link programs are two important models for increasing the number of farmers in the sustainable-agriculture movement, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Estes Auctions holds vintage radio auction

Thursday, February 20, 2014

BURBANK, Ohio — Estes Auctions radio sale offered a variety of radio items, and more than 100 bidders from 18 states, Canada, Europe and absentee came to bid on items Jan. 18. Sold Highlights included a Tresco one tube receiver that sold for $29,000 a Marconi magnetic detector that went for $15,500 and a Marconi […]

Five agri-stories you should read today 2-20-2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Here’s the agri-stories you should read today, February 20, 2014. Does the chicken industry pit farmer vs. farmer? California cutbacks could eliminate agriculture education. South Dakota’s governor has a pitch for California dairy farmers.

Legislation for West Virginia veterans ag program looks promising

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A bill introduced into the West Virginia Senate and a companion bill in the House is designed to give a helping hand to veterans who want to farm.

A roundup of FFA news for the week of Feb. 20, 2014:

Thursday, February 20, 2014

WEST SALEM, Ohio — Northwestern FFA members competed in the district 3 ag sales and job interview contests at Northwestern High School. The ag sales team of Zach Berry, Kaci Way, Ben Vaughan, and Rachelle Howman won the contest, and will compete in the state contest March 1 in Columbus. Berry placing second overall and […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Feb. 20, 2014:

Thursday, February 20, 2014

BURTON, Ohio —The Geauga Caprine Kids 4-H club invites any young person to come join us for our 2014 club year. Geauga Caprine Kids is currently the longest running Honors Club in Geauga County. The club does many projects including goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, pigs, and rabbits. The group has many miscellaneous projects including photography, […]

Columbiana County Fair board receives $300,000 for grandstand

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A local foundation’s $300,000 gift will name the new grandstand at Columbiana County Fair.

NRCS accepting easement applications for floodplains hit by Hurricane Sandy

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

HARRISBURG, PA. —The U.S. Department of Agriculture will accept applications for easements from landowners who want to enroll floodplains impacted by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Applications will be accepted until April 18. This is the second round of applications to be accepted. “Floodplain easements are a long-term solution to provide relief for landowners while preventing […]


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