Cow-calf producers, stockers and feedyards implement Beef Quality Assurance practices on their operations to produce the highest quality cattle and provide consumers with the best possible eating experience.

Indiana’s pork and poultry associations donated ham and turkey this fall, showing the generosity of the state’s farmers. Alongside Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Indiana Pork donated nearly 400 large hams to Gleaners Food Bank, which were immediately distributed in its mobile pantry.

Vandalism freed thousands of mink at a rural northwest Ohio farm, leaving an estimated 10,000 of the small carnivorous mammals unaccounted for, the local sheriff said. So many minks were killed crossing a nearby road that a plow was brought in to help clear the carcasses away.

The Heart of America Grazing Conference will take place Feb. 20-21 at the Ferdinand Community Center in Ferdinand. Hosted by the Indiana Forage Council, with input from Purdue Extension, the annual event will feature forage and grazing experts from across the nation.

Time flies when you are having fun and it was fun to see the crops disappear rapidly in great harvest weather. The plant breeders should be acknowledged for their hybrids developed over the last few years that can turn out yields like we have in this very dry year.

I’m delighted to report that our aerial seeding of wheat into standing soybeans is a success. Even though it’s been extremely dry, some rainfall evidently found its way to the wheat seeds lying beneath mulch provided by the fallen soybean leaves and every seed germinated.