• Josh Flint

    Do Fungicides Cause Physiological Responses?

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on February 23, 2009

    Last week, I spent a couple of hours at the University of Illinois, discussing fungicide research.   While I was there, a researcher brought up BASF's recent supplemental label for Headline. According to the supplemental label, Headline may improve the corn plant's stalk strength and harvestability. In addition, it may induce tolerance to stalk diseases, better hail tolerance, and more uniform seed size.   According to U of I's fungicide research, a fungicide may cause the plant to…

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    Is It Spring Yet?

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on February 15, 2009

    I'm a man who likes all four seasons.   I just don't understand folks who move to Florida, California or Texas so they can enjoy warm, sunny weather all day every day. Don't they feel a little melancholy when they breeze through December and January without one snowflake?   According to my wife, when it's summer, I'll often say I can't wait for winter. Here lately, she claims I've been eagerly anticipating summer. She says I just want what I can't have. I think I'm just looking forward to…

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    Where Meat Comes From, It's Not Science Fiction

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on February 8, 2009

    I've always been a science fiction fan. Growing up, I remember a 1987 movie called "Masters of the Universe." It starred Dolph Lundgren (the Russian in "Rocky IV") as He-Man. The movie was chock full of poor acting and so-so special effects.   However, I still remember one particular scene with crystal clarity. See, the premise is, He-Man is an other-worldly strong man, with a really large sword and penchant for doing good. As the plot unravels, He-Man and his friends wind up on planet…

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    Meeting the 2009 Masters

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on February 2, 2009

    On March 4, Prairie Farmer will induct the 2009 Master Farmer class during the annual banquet. The winners will be revealed in the March issue.   I hope you enjoy reading the Master Farmer articles, because they're my favorite to write and photograph. I mean, who wouldn't want to spend a half day with the best Illinois has to offer?   Not only do I get to take photos of a tremendous operation, I also get to pick their brains in the process. Believe me, these conversations have led to some…

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