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Corn growers: Tips to decide if a fungicide application is warranted

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Now is the time of year when corn growers need to decide if a fungicide should be applied, and a Purdue University expert has a few guidelines to help in the decision-making process. “Deciding whether to apply a fungicide is not a straightforward question,” said Kiersten Wise, Purdue Extension field crops […] Read the full story

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Western bean cutworm season beginning in Indiana

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Crop producers should start scouting for signs of western bean cutworms this week, according to a Purdue University Extension specialist, after the first signs of the corn pest were recently found in northwestern Indiana. “Typically at the end of June we start catching our first moths, and that’s what’s happened this […] Read the full story

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Undesirable weather slows down hay production

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Spring weather has been less than favorable for harvesting hay, keeping many Indiana hay producers out of their fields, said Keith Johnson, Purdue Extension forage specialist. “There was a period in late May that was suitable for harvesting hay, but for whatever reason many producers did not get their hay cut,” […] Read the full story

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Reviving American chestnuts may mitigate climate change

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A Purdue University study shows that introducing a new hybrid of the American chestnut tree would not only bring back the all-but-extinct species, but also put a dent in the amount of carbon in the Earth’s atmosphere. Douglass Jacobs, an associate professor of forestry and natural resources, found that American chestnuts […] Read the full story

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Nitrogen losses no more than normal, despite wet spring

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Even though it’s been an unusually wet spring in Indiana, it was cold enough to limit the conversion of anhydrous ammonia to nitrate during the rainy periods, said a Purdue University expert. Nitrogen losses should be about average because of the cooler-than-normal temperatures across the state, said Jim Camberato, Purdue Extension […] Read the full story

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Purdue expert: Swine flu has no connection to today’s pigs

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — No pigs have been found with swine flu (H1N1) – only humans – but pork producers need to take precautionary measures to protect their herds from being infected with any flu virus, said a Purdue University veterinarian. “Flu viruses are named after the first animal they were found in,” said Sandy […] Read the full story

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 September 2018