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Historical perspective on the 2014 Farm Bill's Farm Program Choice

The 2014 Farm Bill provided farmers with the opportunity to elect the commodity program for their crops and farms. As discussed in detail in previous farmdoc dailyarticles, producers could elect a fixed-price program (Price Loss Coverage, PLC), a county-level revenue program (Agriculture Risk Coverage, County, ARC-CO) and an individual all commodity level revenue program (Agriculture Risk Coverage, Individual, ARC-IC).


Pest blights India's GM cotton crop, fueling debate over risks

Two Indian states are suffering the first major pest infestation since the country adopted genetically modified cotton in 2002, raising concerns over the vulnerability of the lab-grown seeds that yield nearly all of the cotton in the world's top producer.


Drought conditions worse; will affect soybean yield, wheat planting

In a normal year, September precipitation has minimal effect on soybean yield except for double cropped soybean after wheat and in some portions of the Missouri where delayed planting is part of a drought avoidance strategy. But, this year it is estimated that nearly one million acres of soybean were planted after July 1.


New invasive vegetable pest found in Michigan

A potentially serious threat to Michigan’s cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and other crucifers has been found in the state for the first time in five organic production fields in Sanilac County.


Competition brings real-world challenges to agriculture students

Crop advisers identify features such as disease, nutrient deficiencies, and plant injury quickly and accurately in order to maximize field production. Undergraduate students of agronomy, crops, and soils will demonstrate this skill during the Crops Competition Showcase at the Synergy in Science ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minn., on Nov. 16, 2015.


Marestail, hemlock focus of fall applications

With the grain harvest progressing on or ahead of schedule in most parts of Indiana, no-till producers should start thinking now about their fall herbicide applications, a Purdue Extension weed specialist says. The focus this year should be on managing marestail, dandelion and poison hemlock in corn and soybean fields, said Bill Johnson, professor of weed science.


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