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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency State Executive Director William J Graff has announced that Alexander, Pulaski and Union counties are accepting applications for the Emergency Conservation Program to address damages from 2019 spring flooding.

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OMAHA, Neb. — Farmers across the U.S. and Canada can access advanced technology for marketing their grain more effectively and improving profitability when STRATUM, a new, first-of-its-kind digital platform, is introduced by GrainBridge in the first quarter of 2020.

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Tractor Supply Company continues its mission to support youth in their local communities by launching its Fall Paper Clover campaign, a biannual fundraiser in partnership with National 4-H Council to provide scholarships for 4-H members.

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Tar spot has made annual appearances in Illinois since its initial detection in 2015. Last season, conditions that favored disease development and spread allowed the tar spot fungus, Phyllachora maydis, to develop to a significant degree well before the crop had matured, and many saw significant losses.

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With the extreme weather in the Corn Belt this spring, there has been a lot of concern that crops weren’t going to have enough time before the killing frost hit. Typically the first frost occurs from the end of September through the first half of October in much of the Corn Belt. Sometimes that frost can be toward the middle of September, which had a lot of growers nervous. Fortunately the unseasonably hot September mitigated most of the frost concerns I’ve heard from growers even in Wisconsin. That’s not to say it doesn’t exist.