Meyerway Angus of Rushville, owns a bull listed in the 2012 Fall Sire Evaluation Report published by the American Angus Association¨ in Saint Joseph, Mo. Issued in both the spring and fall, the new report features the latest performance information available on 6,067 sires, and is currently accessible at www.angussiresearch.com.
"This report provides both Angus breeders and commercial cattle producers using Angus genetics with accurate, predictable selection tools for improving their herd," says Sally Northcutt, genetic research director. Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) are generated from the performance database of the American Angus Association, which includes information submitted by nearly 9,000 Angus breeders this past year through the Association's Beef Improvement Records (BIR) program.
The Fall 2012 evaluation includes a full suite of EPDs for production, maternal, and carcass traits. Available decision-making tools also include $Values, the bio-economic indexes designed to assist commercial producers in simplifying the genetic selection process.
The semi-annual analysis for the Sire Evaluation Report utilizes over 21 million measures used to generate nearly 62 million EPDs for the Angus breed.
The American Angus Association with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo., provides programs and services for nearly 30,000 members nationwide and thousands of commercial producers who use Angus genetics. Go to www.angus.org for more information.
FSA announces restart of America’s largest conservation program
Julia A. Wickard, State Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Indiana announced FSA is currently conducting Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signups for both general and continuous CRP. The General Signup began yesterday, May 20, 2013, and continues through June 14. Sign-up for continuous CRP began on May 13 and will continue through Sept. 30, 2013.
USDA announces farm payments scheduled to resume
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced recently that farm payments, which had been temporarily suspended due to sequestration, are scheduled to resume, May 8. This includes payments for the 2011 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE), the Noninsured Crop Assistance Program (NAP) and the Milk Income Loss Contract Program (MILC).
Wet winter, spring make nitrogen carryover unlikely
WEST LAFAYETTE - Extra nitrogen left in the soil after drought reduced corn yields last year has likely been lost with excess soil moisture in the winter and spring, a Purdue Extension agronomist says.
Farming in the Classroom
Marlene Fudge and Barbara Powers recently visited Mays Elementary to teach the students about cattle.
Drought behind them, farmers now deal with too much water
Last year, farmers didn’t have nearly enough rain for their wilted, drought-ravaged crops. So far this year, they have too much of it - so much that they can’t get into their fields to work them for planting.
Alfalfa weevil starts to emerge; growers need to scout fields
Indiana has had enough warm, spring days for alfalfa growers to start seeing alfalfa weevil emerging in their fields. So producers should be scouting for the pest now instead of waiting to see obvious damage before doing anything about it, a Purdue Extension entomologist says.
Public invited to poultry workshop May 11
Many involved in the 4-H poultry program are very excited to see what this fair season brings. In 2009, there were only 15 birds (all chickens) shown at the fair and shown out of homemade cages, Rubbermaid tubs and crates. In 2010, Jason Branson took on the role of poultry superintendent. He knew there would be some growth as the years progressed, but even that first year in this position, entries grew to 109 birds.
Flowers for sale
Rush County 4-H Jr. Leaders have beautiful geraniums available for $1.50 per plant while supplies last. Colors are red, white, pink, fuchsia, and salmon. They can be picked up from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 2, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3 in the Livestock Pavilion at the Rush County Fairgrounds.
Garden crops: Seed versus transplant
Some vegetables are best started from seed directly in the garden, while others are best planted as young plants (transplants). Fast-growing, cool season crops such as lettuce, radish and spinach are really best suited to direct seeding into the garden.
Homemakers celebrating 100 years
In counties throughout the state, homemaker clubs come in all shapes, sizes and interest areas to fit the particular needs of what today’s homemakers are looking for. County by county, local clubs are joining in the 100 year celebration.
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