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Weed seeds hitching a ride

When you take your four-wheel drive out for a spin this fall, you might be bringing home more than memories. Researchers at Montana State University have found that vehicles are routinely transporting invasive weed seeds. Seeds can stow away on tires, bumpers, wheel wells or the underside of a vehicle …

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Farm bill proposals analyzed

The farm bill discussions in Congress and in the agricultural community on the rise with many good (and not so good) ideas for farm policy are cropping up all over the place. “Amidst the Super Committee’s work to create a deficit reduction plan, many organizations have proposed alternatives to the …

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Crop production costs on the rise

Led by increases in fertilizer and seed, farmers can expect to spend as much as 20% more to produce corn and soybeans in 2012 than they did in 2011, according to Ohio State University Extension experts. “We’re expecting to see input costs increase somewhere between 5 and 20%, depending on …

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2011 county fair photos

The 2011 fair season wrapped up last week with the Fairfield County Fair. As always we got some  great photos through the season highlighting the excitement from fairs around the state.  As the last of the fair photos from this year roll in during the next few weeks, we will …

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Pork outlook back in black

Stronger hog prices and lower feed costs have put the pork outlook back into the black for the coming year, says a Purdue Extension agricultural economist. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Hogs and Pigs report, there has been little increase in the country’s breeding herd. With growing demand …

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Ohio prevented planting wheat deadlines

The problems of the late planting season have been compounded by the cool damp September and the resulting harvest delays will likely result in challenges getting wheat planted on a timely basis this fall. By Oct. 9, Ohio’s winter wheat was only 5% planted, 47 percentage points behind last year …

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Use care when making hybrid decisions this fall

Though growers can use harvest data to make decisions for next year’s seed corn, a Purdue Extension corn specialist says they should look at a variety of field conditions before deciding on hybrids. This year’s crop experienced water stress on both ends of the spectrum with flooding in the early …

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Congress approves free trade agreements

  Much of the agricultural sector praised the passage of the free trade agreements in the House and Senate. The White House transmitted the FTAs with Korea, Colombia and Panama to Congress last week.   Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, as well as Ohio House Reps. Austria, Chabot, Gibbs, Johnson, Jordan, …

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