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051112_alfalfaIn checking spring growth of alfalfa fields this spring, it was noted that there were many established stands with extreme weed pressure.

Upon further examination, the alfalfa plant itself was observed to have black spots on the stems and lower leaves.

Alfalfa samples were taken to Michigan State University Diagnostic Services and were determined to be infected with spring black stem, a disease caused by a fungal pathogen, Phoma medicaginis var. medicaginis.

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051112_case_winnerKorey McHenry of Grand Island, Nebraska, is the new owner of a 2012 Case IH Scout utility vehicle.

McHenry was the winner of the 2011 Case IH Fall Farm Show promotion sponsored by Case IH and CNH Capital.

The Scout was displayed at the 2011 Farm Progress Show, Husker Harvest Days, Big Iron Farm Show, Ohio Farm Science Review, Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, Agri-Trade and Sunbelt Ag Expo.

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051112_idahoAgSource Laboratories now has feed and forage sample drop boxes throughout south and central Idaho. Locations can be found online or by calling (208) 324-7411.

The weekly Haywatch Report examines the performance of hay samples cut from selected fields.

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The Mississippi State University Forage Extension Program along with the Oktibbeha County Extension and the local County Cattlemen Association hosted the cool-season forage tour on April 30, 2012.

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A tiny Asian fly that feeds on pasture grasses showed up in Georgia two years ago, the first time the species was documented in the Western Hemisphere. It's now moved to Florida and possibly other Southern states.

In some north Florida counties, as much as 20 percent of the late-summer hay harvest has been damaged, said Tim Wilson, a University of Florida Extension agent in Bradford County.

Atherigona reversura calls Japan, Indonesia, India and even Hawaii home.

It was confirmed for the first time on the U.S. mainland in a bermudagrass pasture in Pierce County, Georgia, near Savannah in the fall of 2010, said Will Hudson, an entomologist with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, at the 5th annual Southeast Hay Convention.

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