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071112_blisterbeetleA Texas AgriLife Extension Service entomologist at Fort Stockton warns alfalfa producers and those buying the forage to be on the lookout for blister beetles.

“Recently, I’ve been seeing a fairly large outbreak of blister beetles in Reeves County,” said Mark Muegge. “The extent of this outbreak is unknown, but alfalfa producers need to keep an eye on it.

"The outbreak could lead to statewide implications since alfalfa from west Texas is shipped all over.”

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071112_knapweedweevilOver the last four years, entomologists from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture have been releasing an army of tiny weevils.

The weevils are being enlisted to fight back the advance of an invasive weed that displaces desirable forage in pastures, reduces native plant diversity and increases surface water runoff and stream sediment.

Spotted knapweed originated in Eastern Europe, said Tim Kring, professor of entomology.

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Mississippi forage and livestock producers battled the unusual 104° F weather to attend the 2012 North Mississippi Grazing School in Verona, Mississippi, on June 29.  

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070912_radishCover Crop Solutions, LLC, has announced that its flagship cover crop, Tillage Radish – officially known as Variety CCS-779 – has been awarded U.S. Plant Variety Protection #201200292.

Tillage Radish is now under the U.S. Plant Variety Protection pending statute and unauthorized propagation is strictly prohibited.

This distinction indicates that Tillage Radish is a unique variety.

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070912_ribboncuttingAGCO celebrated the grand opening of Intivity Center and the 75,000-square-foot expansion of its Jackson, Minnesota, manufacturing center June 7.

The investment brings production of Challenger and Massey Ferguson high-horsepower wheeled row crop tractors to North America – a decision that was announced in early 2011.

The manufacturing center expansion will contribute more than $17 million dollars and 200 jobs to the local economy, bringing the total number of professional, support and skilled manufacturing positions at the facility to 1,050.

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