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052711_corn_silageThe USDA crop progress report released May 23, 2011 shows 79 percent of the corn acres planted in the top 18 states versus 92 percent in 2010, well behind the 2006-2010 average of 87 percent.

With wet fields and delays in planting, only 45 percent of the corn has emerged versus 69 percent in 2010.

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The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has revised its popular standard for agricultural machinery management data.

The revised standard, ASAE D497.7, Agricultural Machinery Management Data, simplifies fuel consumption equations. This standard is used in conjunction with ASAE EP496.3, Agricultural Machinery Management; to report typical tractor values for tractor performance, implement power requirements, repair and maintenance costs, depreciation, fuel and oil use, reliability for field operation, probable working days, and timeliness coefficients as measure by experiment, modeling or survey.

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Don E. Hale, 62, passed away on Thursday, May 28. Hale was a farmer in Blackfoot, Idaho, and a lifetime advocate of agricultural and water issues. In 1995, he served as the founding president of the Idaho Hay and Forage Association and welcomed all growers, no matter the size of their operation, into the membership.

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