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Soybean exports top 1.3 million tons

  USDA reports wheat export sales for the week ending October 23 were larger than expected, while soybeans and soybean products were within the anticipated ranges and corn was below all estimates. Physical shipments of soybeans were above what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the 2014/15 marketing year, but corn and wheat fell… Read more »

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Dairy trending higher

Dairy markets quietly nudging higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange this week.  On Thursday the cash cheese barrels were steady but blocks increased 2 cents, butter gained 4 cents on 6 sales.  Seems the holiday buying is picking-up. Milk production in the Central U.S. is running ahead of year-ago levels and Dairy Market News says… Read more »


A colder pattern gets underway

Across the Corn Belt, near-normal temperatures are arriving in the wake of a cold front’s passage. Dry, breezy weather favors a limited return to fieldwork, although clouds and a few showers linger in the vicinity of the Great Lakes. On the Plains, Freeze Warnings were in effect early Wednesday across portions of Kansas and eastern… Read more »


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Fighting back against soybean seedling diseases

Farmers and agronomists across the Midwest are reporting more problems with soybean seedling diseases in the spring, especially phytophthora and pythium. Dr. Alison Robertson, Iowa State University plant pathologist, says some of that is due to the earlier planting and minimum tillage that is taking place.  She says “up-and-down” spring weather conditions are also a factor…. Read more »

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GMO labeling controversy

Commentary. Ask shoppers at a local farmers market whether or not they try to avoid GMOs, or better yet, ask them what a GMO is and you will quickly understand how little many consumers know about genetically modified organisms.  A video created when late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel sent a crew out to ask… Read more »

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Sticky Halloween candy a cavity culprit

Kids will be kids and they’re going to eat Halloween candy.  But from a dentist’s perspective, it’s the sticky candy kids eat that is more likely to lead to tooth decay. In this version of Healthy Living – a dentist says he does NOT believe in denying kids’ candy – but wants parents to be… Read more »

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ACE welcomes E15 endorsement from two motor clubs

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has received some welcome assistance in its ongoing battle with the AAA Motor Club over E15, the blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline. AAA has repeatedly called for the suspension of E15 sales, saying it is potentially harmful to automobile engines.  It contends consumer confusion over E15… Read more »

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Cover crop management

Now that most cover crops have been seeded, Jim Hoorman, Ohio State University Extension educator in Putnam County Ohio says farmers need to be thinking about how they are going to manage those cover crops next spring. Audio: Jim Hoorman, Extension educator, Putnam County Ohio


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Hearing examines work opportunities for SNAP recipients

The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing Wednesday to review implementation of state pilot projects under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  One of the reforms in the 2014 Farm Bill included new employment and training pilot projects.  To open the hearing, Committee Chairman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma said that although the unemployment rate has come… Read more »

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The heroic horsewoman

Patricia Kelly is a Hartford, CT resident who is using horses to motivate at-risk children in Hartford, Connecticut. Her nonprofit, Ebony Horsewomen, provides horseback riding lessons and teaches animal science to more than 300 young people a year.  Kelly was recently named one of CNN’s 2014 Top Ten CNN Heroes. Kelly will receive a $25,000 grant… Read more »


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