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A report by the Government Accountability Office released dated November but released in December claims that under the Donald Trump administration, tariff relief payments by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to corn farmers were unbalanced and in excess of calculated damage from tariffs. Read more

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Kansas Corn STEM has announced the dates of its popular 2022 Seed to STEM workshops for middle school and high school science teachers and is now accepting applications. Seed to STEM Track 1.0 and Track 2.0 will both be available at the June 13 to 14 workshop in Salina and the June 16 to 17 workshop in Topeka. These free workshops are for 6th through 12th grade Kansas science teachers. Read more

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As the year wound down, corn growers have a lot of balls to keep track of in the air—or maybe knives. Nathanael Thompson, associate professor of agriculture economics at Purdue University, had three pieces of advice for corn growers: Read more

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Global and domestic demand for wheat slowed slightly as both supplies and prices increased, according to the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates of the U.S. Department of Agriculture released Dec. 9.

The outlook for 2021-22 United States wheat in December was for slightly lower supplies, unchanged domestic use, reduced exports, and higher ending stocks. Supplies are lowered on decreased imports with a weaker-than-expected pace for hard red spring wheat. Read more

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Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group will present a virtual cover crop field day on Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. CST. The event will feature live conversation with Alison Robertson, professor and extension field pathologist in agronomy at Iowa State University, and Mark Licht, assistant professor and extension cropping systems specialist in agronomy at Iowa State University. Read more

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The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer slipped 5 points in November to a reading of 116 as producers continue to be pessimistic about both the current and future outlook of the agricultural economy. The Index of Current Conditions declined 7 points in November to a reading of 128, and the Index of Future Expectations fell 4 points to 110. Read more

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Wet weather has delayed the corn harvest for Craig Huxtable, but past experience has taught him to be prepared for any fall harvest scenario. Read more

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Want to improve your understanding of crop marketing at your own pace with an online course? The Online Crop Marketing Course is a non-credit professional certificate course offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and registration is now open. Read more

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Finding ways to save money is top of mind for farmers. Facing high input costs and expected supply chain delays for months to come, every purchase decision has become that much more important this year. Farmers should be looking for ways to get more value from every purchase they make on the farm—keeping in mind that value goes far beyond price. CommoditAg by Farmers Edge works directly with local retailers and suppliers to provide farmers with more options and added value on their purchases. Read more

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Fall rain and snow are good for wheat and next year’s crops, but they do have drawbacks. One challenge is its impact on cornstalk feed quality. Read more

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Having cornstalks to graze is a great resource for livestock producers. For dry cows, it is a relatively inexpensive feed that can typically meet or come very close to meeting nutritional needs. Grazing can also help get rid of corn remaining in the field and help reduce volunteer corn the following year. Read more

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As we head into the last two months of 2021, and look forward into 2022, there continue to be many unanswered questions for the grain markets. Read more

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Tar spot, caused by Phyllachora maydis, was confirmed in several eastern Nebraska counties during recent weeks. Tar spot initially developed in western Iowa in September 2019, but was seemingly inactive since then when conditions were dry. However, with the development of rain showers in the region, colleagues from Iowa State University were able to confirm active tar spot in all of the westernmost counties of Iowa along the Missouri River during recent weeks. Read more

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The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee is pleased to announce that four directors have been elected to serve in leadership positions including president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Read more

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The overall revised corn yield numbers in the most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture were up from September, although not as much as soybean yields. Read more

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Supply chain disruptions and material shortages are fueling speculation about a herbicide shortage for the 2022 agriculture growing season. Bill Johnson, Purdue professor of weed science and Purdue Extension weed specialist, is encouraging producers to plan to minimize the impact on corn and soybean production in the Midwest. Read more

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Corn and soybean growers in the northern Plains have experienced atypical conditions but despite those challenges yields have been holding up, according to Nebraska DEKALB Asgrow Technical Agronomist Josh Erwin. Read more

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A Mexican health regulator has, for the first time, denied permits for the importation of corn genetically modified to resist glyphosate. Read more

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As the soybean and corn harvests approach full swing, the resiliency of the inland waterway system is being tested by the damage of Hurricanes Ida and Nicholas. Ken Eriksen, senior vice president-agribusiness at IHS Markit, said his sources tell him the impacts to barge movements of Hurricanes Ida and Nicholas have been “far worse than Katrina,” but have also boosted barge rates. Read more

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A recent report through the Transforming Drainage project shows that drainage water recycling systems can improve corn yields and the environment, says University of Missouri Extension agronomist Kelly Nelson. Read more

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Reuters reported Sept. 10 that the Argentine government has agreed to a contract with Belgian-based dredging firm Jan de Nul to dredge the silted-over Parana River, a major grain artery. The Parana is at its lowest level in 77 years, due to a drought in Brazil where it originates. Read more

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Reader Don Metzler enjoys following along on the wheat harvest trail for High Plains Journal's All Aboard Wheat Harvest every summer. He shared this story of harvest on a ranch at De Beque, Colorado, on the western slope near Grand Junction. Read more

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Looking ahead to the United States Department of Agriculture’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report for September, many traders will be eager to see if there will be any adjustments made to yield after the dramatic decline in yield that was forecast in the August report.

The September report will be watched by the world. After all, now there are six major agricultural commodities with tight ending stocks—corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, canola and cotton. On Sept. 10, initially traders will watch the yield numbers released by the USDA. Are they higher or lower than trade expectations, and by how much? Next traders will focus on total supply, and changes to demand, and how that equates to ending stocks. Read more

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Continuing severe drought in the Dakotas and Minnesota reduced soybean quality and production in those states, lowering estimates of both quality and production in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. Read more

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Out-of-control weeds are the latest challenge to hit Texas producers among the negative effects related to untimely rains since late spring, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Read more

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Golden Harvest, Downers Grove, Illinois, is offering corn farmers access to the Seeding Rate Selector, a digital tool that helps farmers estimate the most economical seeding rate for individual hybrids and yield environments. The Seeding Rate Selector is another example of Golden Harvest’s commitment to delivering data-driven solutions to farmers. Read more

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