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Modified sweet corn planter available to local growers
New piece of equipment provided by Extension Service, Janes Fertilizer, and Adair County Farm Bureau to help growers supply fresh corn to meet growing local demand
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By Nick Roy
Adair County Agent for Agriculture & Natural Resources
In Adair County, fresh sweet corn is a crowd favorite at the Farmers Market.
However, supply has not been able to meet demand in recent years.
Current growers have cited the cost of necessary equipment as being their biggest challenge to increasing production The Adair County Cooperative Extension Service partnered with the Adair County Farm Bureau Federation and Janes Fertilizer, a local agribusiness to purchase a modified John Deere corn planter for use by local sweet corn growers.
In addition to planting sweet corn, the planter will also be used for research/demonstration plots by the Adair County Cooperative Extension Service and as an educational tool for local FFA programs.
Growers who would like to use the planter may contact the Adair County Cooperative Extension Service at 270-384-2317. A training course must be completed by the individual before the before the planter can be used.
This story was posted on 2016-04-14 12:22:30
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