Wednesday, October 1, 2014

 This Jan. 5, 2012, file photo shows firefighters working to extinguish a hay fire in Millersburg. Extension educator Jeff Burbrink said farmers must monitor their hay for rising temperatures and act before a fire occurs.

Crops are growing well enough to make hay, but getting it dried for storage hasn’t been easy. In fact, if wet hay is placed in a barn too soon, it could ignite.

Posted on Sept. 23, 2014 at 11:12 a.m.
 The brown marmorated stink bug is seen on an apple, a fruit that it likes to eat. (Purdue Agricultural Communication Photo/John Obermeyer)

A few simple tricks will keep your home pest free this season. 

Posted on Sept. 16, 2014 at 6:19 a.m.
 Jeff Burbrink

Here are tips that can help horse owners and hay producers avoid this danger.

Posted on Sept. 12, 2014 at 3:02 p.m.
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 The 2015 Elkhart County 4-H Fair logo and dates were announced Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.
Posted on Sept. 10, 2014 at 9:34 p.m.

In a brief ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 10, Elkhart County 4-H Fair officials announced details for next summer’s fair.

 Jeff Hall waits on a customer at John Hall's True Value Hardware in Goshen on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. The store has been awarded the 2014 Agri-Business Award of Excellence from the Purdue Extension Agricultural Society Committee.
Posted on Aug. 25, 2014 at 5:24 p.m.

“If you can’t find it at John Hall’s, it is probably not made,” said one person of the 2014 Agri-Business Award of Excellence winner.

 The Elkhart County Agricultural Society has announced the recipients of its 2014 awards. The award winners will be honored at an upcoming banquet at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Posted on Aug. 22, 2014 at 12:26 p.m.

This year’s Farm Family Award was given to Michael and Sue Martin of Wakarusa. Award winners will be honored at an upcoming banquet.

Posted on Aug. 22, 2014 at 11:13 a.m.

Farmers shouldn’t judge the quality of their crop from end rows, but rather take a walk in the field now before harvesting starts in a few weeks.

 This undated photo shows Nell Ward (right).
Posted on Aug. 20, 2014 at 7:52 a.m.

Nell Ward managed the fair’s baby animal barn for 40 years, but has been slowed by health concerns.

 Jeff Burbrink
Posted on Aug. 15, 2014 at 9:21 a.m.

Wondering what you should do about that wasp nest you found? Here’s some advice from agriculture columnist Jeff Burbrink. 

 Fair goers arrived early at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Tuesday, July 22, 2014 for the second Senior Day. Fair officials say they are working to fix wifi issues that plagued fair goers at the 2014 fair.
Posted on Aug. 14, 2014 at 3:41 p.m.

The Elkhart County 4-H Fair has struggled to offer fair goers a reliable wifi connection. A solution to the problem will be expensive, fair officials said. 

 Pastel by Pat Gluckin.
Posted on Aug. 14, 2014 at 8:08 a.m.

Pat Gluckin recently combined her love of horses and art creating a pastel based on an Elkhart Truth photograph.

 Jeff Burbrink
Posted on Aug. 8, 2014 at 11:55 a.m.

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