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War on Weeds Can Take Toll on Beneficial Bacteria in the Soil, According to Researchers

As farmers battle in their above-ground war on weeds, they may inadvertently create underground casualties – unintentionally attacking the beneficial bacteria that help crops guard against enemy fungus, according to Cornell University research. Specifically, Cornell researchers found negative consequences of the weed-killing herbicide glyphosate on Pseudomonas, a soil-friendly bacteria. “Beneficial Pseudomonas in the soil can help crops thrive. They can produce plant-stimulating hormones to promote plant growth and antifungals to defeat problematic fungi – such as Pythium and Fusarium – found in agricultural soil, but previous studies reported that the abundance of beneficial bacteria decreased when the herbicide glyphosate...

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‘Agvocating’ Through Social Media: How the FSA Enabled this Farmer With His Message

Ryan Kuster’s YouTube channel, “How Farms Work,” currently has over 110,000 subscribers. The purpose of the channel is to educate viewers about life on their Midwest farm.   Ryan Kuster uploaded his first video to his YouTube channel, “How Farms Work,” in June of 2008. The video, about chopping hay, raked in over 20,000 views. “It wasn’t supposed to be anything serious. At the time, there weren’t many videos about farming on YouTube,” said Ryan. The videos on the YouTube channel take place on his family’s beef and crop operation, Kuster Farms, in Grant County’s Potosi, Wisconsin. “How Farms Work” currently...

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Ready To Roll Once Again: Let’s Remember the Most Important Thing About Harvest

There’s a coolness in the air, and leaves are starting to turn. The onset of fall weather means harvest season is upon us. During this time, farmers have much work to do in a short time. That sense of urgency can lead to accidents and damage that might otherwise have been prevented. Alltech wants you to accomplish your tasks efficiently, and they would like to ensure you do so safely. Therefore, they’ve compiled some recommended safety guidelines that should be useful reminders during your busy season. Equipment and operator safety  Harvest inevitably means long hours spent behind the wheel...

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Pheasant Hunters, It’s Here! 2017 Hunting Forecast, State-by-State

Pheasants Forever has released its 2017 Pheasant Hunting Forecast, the most comprehensive upland hunting planner in the nation. While record snowfalls and a severe drought in 2017 contributed to significant bird population decreases in parts of the Midwest, expanses of the West and Great Plains show exciting signs for the season ahead. Future pheasant hunting prospects will rely heavily on the quantity and quality of grassland habitat available, stressing the importance of the 2018 Farm Bill and the resolve of upland hunters to advocate and contribute to the work of habitat conservation. Pheasant hunting prospects for 2017 are a...

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UTV Straight Blade Plow Introduced by SnowEx®

Adding to its line of snow and ice control solutions, SnowEx® introduces a new Straight Blade Plow for UTVs. The plow measures 6-feet wide and can angle to 5-feet, 4-inches wide for narrower applications. Compact but strong, the UTV straight blade contains four vertical ribs that provide additional reinforcement and stabilizing support. The blade is constructed of high-strength, low alloy steel components that are stronger and lighter than traditional steel. The plow features a full-trip moldboard to protect the equipment when encountering obstacles. A high-strength base angle and A-frame further contribute to reliability. The UTV straight blade also has...

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