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Indiana farmland values still rising says Ag Economist

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A Purdue agricultural economist expects Indiana farmland values to keep rising this year, continuing a trend that has seen them increase by 270 percent since 1985. Farmland increased in value by 12 percent last year. In June 2010, the average price for an acre of land in Indiana was $4,419. With […] Read the full story

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Cold, wet weather prohibits early soil-applied herbicides

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — While recent rainy conditions have prevented farmers from using soil-applied herbicides, one Purdue Extension specialist reminds corn growers that many products can be applied postemergence. “Almost all chloroacetamide/atrazine premix products can be applied to emerged corn,” said weed scientist Bill Johnson.   But he also said growers need to take precautions […] Read the full story

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New online tool helps Indiana farmers select cover crops

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -– A new online tool to help farmers decide which cover crops will benefit their row crop rotation is now available in Indiana. Purdue University and the Midwest Cover Crops Council teamed up to release the MCCC Cover Crop Decision Tool, which uses consolidated cover crop information by state or province to […] Read the full story

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New regulations affect farm fuel storage

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Agricultural producers storing more than 1,320 gallons of fuel or other petroleum products on their farms soon will need a written plan for preventing and handling spills, a Purdue University specialist said. The plans are covered in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulation amendments that take effect Nov. 10, said Fred Whitford, […] Read the full story

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Growing wine grapes, making wine workshops to be offered in April

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -– The Purdue Wine Grape Team will host two Extension workshops in April for those interested in commercial winegrowing and winemaking. The first workshop, on April 15, will focus on vineyard establishment and will help farmers and entrepreneurs who are planning to expand their businesses. The workshop will be at Oliver Winery’s […] Read the full story

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In-field reference allows producers to identify crop problems

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –- Purdue Extension’s 2011 Corn and Soybean Field Guide, a pocket-sized reference guide that allows farmers to quickly analyze troubled areas in their fields, is now available. The guide, updated annually, is filled with photographs and information to help diagnose and manage problems such as weeds, diseases and insects, said Corey Gerber, […] Read the full story

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