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Start scouting for western bean cutworm

Purdue University entomologists predict western bean cutworm to peak in egg laying over the next couple of weeks. The insect is relatively new to Indiana and Ohio, said Christian Krupke. The pest originates in the Great Plains states, but has been increasing in the region since 2006. So far, 2010 …

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Time to park the pickup and walk the fields

By Bill Mullen Jr., Director of Agronomic Services for Seed Consultants Inc. Until we park the truck and walk our fields, we will never fully know the issues affecting crop development today. Walking fields of soybeans now will give us information on how the crop is actually handling the stress. …

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July Weather Outlook

By Jim Noel, CORN Newsletter Not much change from a few months ago. Above normal temperatures and near normal rainfall are forecast to continue for the rest of July. As discussed in May, the trends and guidance supports near normal rainfall for the growing season after pre-growing season indicated some …

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Weekly crop progress numbers

Nationally, wheat harvest is 63% complete, compared to 61% this time last year and five year average of 65%. Corn is 38% silking compared to 19% last week. Seventy-three percent of corn is in good to excellent condition, up 2% from last week. Forty percent of soybeans are blooming, compared …

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EPA still stalling on ethanol decision

By Matt Reese When it comes to making the decision about increasing the non-mandated ethanol blend limit from the current 10% to 15%, the U.S. EPA continues to fumble the ball. Ethanol supporters are thinking now may be the time for Congress to pick it up. “EPA promised in June, …

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