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Influential Corporations / Monsanto's Controversial Dicamba
« Last post by Ed on November 14, 2017, 08:34:42 PM »
Food for Thought

How Monsanto And Scofflaw Farmers Hurt Soybeans In Arkansas
August 1, 2016  7:00 AM ET
Dan Charles
From the article:
When Tom Barber, a scientist at the University of Arkansas who studies weeds, drives the country roads of eastern Arkansas this summer, his trained eye can spot the damage: soybean leaves contorted into cup-like shapes.
He's seeing it in field after field. Similar damage is turning up in Tennessee and in the "boot-heel" region of Missouri. Tens of thousands of acres are affected.
This is no natural phenomenon of weather or disease. It's almost certainly the result of a crime. The disfigured leaves are evidence that a neighboring farmer sprayed a herbicide called dicamba, probably in violation of the law.
Dicamba has been around for decades, and it is notorious for a couple of things: It vaporizes quickly and blows with the wind. And it's especially toxic to soybeans, even at ridiculously low concentrations
Damage from drifting pesticides isn't unfamiliar to farmers. But the reason for this year's plague of dicamba damage is unprecedented. "I've never seen anything like this before," says Bob Scott, a weed specialist from the University of Arkansas. "This is a unique situation that Monsanto created.

These soybean leaves show evidence of damage from dicamba. It could cut the the harvest by 10 to 30 percent. (Courtesy of the University of Arkansas)

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Big & Little Ag / Weeds
« Last post by Ed on August 25, 2017, 12:11:08 AM »
Canadian thistle plant.
Tough Enemy: The past couple of years have
een favorable for Canada thistle in crops and pastures.
Crops and Forage:
Tackle toughest pasture weeds in the fall
Chris Parker | Aug 10, 2017

Forage Corner: Fall is the best time of year to attack Canada thistle in pastures, along roadsides and wherever else you find thistle patches.
Influential Corporations / Agricen Inc.
« Last post by Ed on August 24, 2017, 11:44:19 PM »
New Development:  Agricen Webinars. Timely and Informative:


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Big & Little Ag / Re: Environmental, Ecological, Disease Threats
« Last post by Ed on August 24, 2017, 11:36:20 PM »
Ohio: Cover Crop Considerations Following Wheat in Grain Rotations
By Alexander Lindsey and Mark Sulc, Ohio State University Extension Specialists; and Harold Watters, CPAg/CCA
August 8, 2017

Considerations for planting cover crops after wheat in grain crop rotations are common at this point in the season. With any cover crop, it is advisable to select a species with a given target in mind (surface erosion prevention, nutrient scavenging, N fixation, soil coverage, etc.).

Agriculture Business / Re: Publications
« Last post by Ed on August 10, 2017, 05:59:28 PM »

How Low Will the Corn Yield Go?

August 10, 2017 By Ken Anderson
Filed Under: Managing For Profit

Commodities analyst Arlan Suderman with INTL FCStone says the corn yield estimate in today’s (August 10) crop production report from USDA could be higher than what the trade is expecting.  He explains why in today’s Managing for Profit report. 


(Ed's Note: Brownfield Ag News provides comprehensive
and current information on the agricultural business.)
Big & Little Ag / Environmental, Ecological, Disease Threats
« Last post by Ed on August 10, 2017, 12:28:10 PM »
CBS4 (Denver) News Report on endangered state of honeybees.
July 25, 2017


CBS4 found being a bee isn’t easy, and the people who make a living off them have a lot to worry about.
Some beekeepers in Boulder County saw more than half their hives, or even more, die off over the winter. Beekeeper Tim Brod said he averages 25 percent loss every winter.
“Just to give you a little perspective, if you’re losing 30 to 40 percent of your livestock, if this were cattle, chicken or pigs year after year, the National Guard would be here going ‘This is a huge crisis,'” he said.

Information and Resources / Forums -- online and public
« Last post by Ed on August 10, 2017, 12:21:14 PM »
(1) Rural Living Forum

(2) Supporting Communities — Rural Residents Forum

(3) City-Data -- Always a good source for candid perspectives
Rural Development / U. S. Economic Development Administration
« Last post by Ed on July 20, 2017, 12:16:05 PM »
The E.D.A.
The U. S. Economic Development Administration

(A bureau within the U. S. Dept. of Commerce)


“The Made in Baltimore program is helping to bring a 'farmer’s market mentality' (such as 'farm to table') through educating our consumers,” said Jeremiah Jones, co-owner of SewLab USA, a Baltimore based soft goods manufacturing company that participated in the Made in Baltimore program.  “With the Made in Baltimore seal, we as consumers can make a well informed decision to buy locally made products that help create jobs and pave the way to local sustainable manufacturing.”
(Article: City to launch ‘Made in Baltimore’ city Certification
Baltimore Sun, February 10, 2017)

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Big & Little Ag / The Neversink Farm
« Last post by Ed on July 20, 2017, 11:51:35 AM »
(Ed's Note: Very informative web information from a farm and farmer
willing to share information across the internet with people who are

The Farm
Neversink Organic Farm is Certified by NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC.

We are a small organic farm that does not till or use tractors. We farm by hand with a passion for high quality produce which we feel cannot be achieved by farming on large acreage or by using tractors.

We have the greatest admiration for chefs and it is for us and for them that we grow this way. We are the extremely rare alternative to large scale tractor farming.
Assessing Locations / Progressive Farmer's "top ten counties"
« Last post by Ed on July 13, 2017, 01:50:16 PM »
More about:
Best places to live in Rural America

Progressive Farmer  magazine crunches the numbers and picks the nation's top rural counties on price, pollution, education, recreation and more.

Article By Steve Hargreaves, staff writer
February 2, 2006

NEW YORK ( - New York State, home to the nation's most populous city, also has the best rural county to live in, according to the latest issue of the lifestyle magazine the Progressive Farmer.
Deep, clear glacial lakes, grapes grown on some of the richest farmland in the country and a smoothly-functioning local government are some of the attributes that landed Ontario County, located 45 minutes from Rochester, at the top of the 2006 survey, the magazine's second.

Read more….

Photo: Joe Line, The Progressive Farmer

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