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Some Oklahoma crop producers might need to reassess their herbicide-application options given the current state of their fields, according to Oklahoma State University Extension recommendations. Read more

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Rainfall events over the last 30 days improved soil moisture levels for drought-stricken parts of the state but also left standing water and soggy, saturated soil conditions in others, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service reports. Read more

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Major League Baseball announced that the National Corn Growers Association has agreed to become an official partner of this summer’s MLB at Field of Dreams presented by GEICO event. The game will be played at a newly constructed ballpark adjacent to the Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville, Iowa, on Aug. 12 and will be broadcast nationally on FOX. Read more

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Boron is not part of a normal soil test; in fact, it’s not part of an expanded soil test. Logically then, most farmers have no idea how much boron is in their soil, or even that’s a nutrient of any concern. Read more

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Even in a year in which Russia, Australia and Canada all produced record wheat crops, United States wheat export levels to China were up by 2.7 million metric tons above last year’s totals. With continued tight supplies of corn and soybeans and strong demand from China forecast to continue, high prices of wheat as well as corn, sorghum and soybeans are expected to continue. Read more

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With entry for the National Corn Growers Association’s National Corn Yield Contest now open, farmers across the country are joining the friendly competition, giving it their best and hoping to top their personal best. NCYC entrants contribute to a pool of shared knowledge that helps all corn farmers in challenging years. So, plant a new seed of thought, shed some light and have some fun. Read more

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“I can’t remember a time when there were as many variables involved [with the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates] as today,” remarked Jim Sutter, CEO of the U.S. Soybean Export council, at the beginning of a webinar discussing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s newly released April WASDE figures. Read more

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In traditional corn rotations, overwintering with a cover crop is an attractive option for producers wanting to make strategic improvements to field conditions or take advantage of forage potential for livestock. Read more

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Palmer amaranth is a high-impact agronomic weed species that has cost the U.S. agriculture industry billions of dollars since its discovery outside of its native range in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. Over the last 20 years, it has moved farther north and now poses a major threat to corn, soybean and cotton growers across the south and Midwest regions. Read more

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The designation by the Army Corps of Engineers of a multi-port area in the Quad Cities/Peoria/Quincy area of Illinois and Iowa has been supported by city officials, the regional economic development organization and terminal owners. Read more

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According to a corporate statement April 1, Archer Daniels Midland announced, based on a number of factors, that it is confident in the increasing demand for ethanol to restart production at Vantage Corn Processors dry mills. Those plants are located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Columbus, Nebraska. Read more

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Producers surveyed across the United States intend to plant an estimated 91.1 million acres of corn in 2021, up less than 1% from last year, according to the Prospective Plantings report released March 31 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Read more

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Texas row crop producers might have the luxury of choosing between sorghum, corn and cotton as all three commodities are seeing high prices with the 2021 planting season underway, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Read more

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When buying crop insurance this season, corn and soybean farmers are likely to face "sticker shock" at how much premiums will rise, according to Jim Mintert, director of Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture. In the 2020 season, net returns to land equaled or exceeded returns from cash rents for the first time since 2013, Mintert said. This changes the risk picture and raises premiums. Read more

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Pete Brecht still recalls his excitement in the not-so-distant past when his cornfields bested 100 bushels per acre. At the time, the Iowa farmer said, it seemed unsurpassable. However, technology continues to transform the landscape of American farming, including for Brecht. Read more

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Commodity Classic, the largest farmer led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational experience, looked a little different as it was held in a virtual platform due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. The event celebrated its 25th anniversary this year and the digital format allowed the directors to offer over 50 educational sessions to attendees—more than any other year at Commodity Classic. Read more

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China’s demand for imported corn is about more than just the rebuilding of its swine herd from the devastation of African swine fever. It’s also about a strengthening Chinese currency (which makes United States corn and other ag exports cheaper), an increasing concern for soil health within China, and the fact that corn is part of an import regime that allows the state to build up internal stockpiles, according to Bryan Lohmar, China Director for the U.S. Grains Council. Read more

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Members of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association recently gathered at the Holthus Convention Center for their annual meeting. Following the annual meeting, NeCGA held a regular board meeting and elected officers. Read more

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The Kansas Corn Growers Association recently held its virtual annual meeting following the Kansas Corn Symposium. Members received legislative and organizational updates, reviewed and approved 2021 resolutions and held board elections for the central districts. Read more

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture reduced final corn yield estimates for 2020 by 3.8 bushels per acre and lowered its final corn estimates by about 100 million bushels to 14.16 billion bushels. These estimates have been steadily lowering since July, when USDA estimated totals for the year at 16.5 billion bushels, before the derecho winds of August and drying conditions lowered yields. Read more

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Experts knew 2020 was filled with many challenges for Texas and Oklahoma farmers, but the full picture is just now starting to become clear.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its Annual Crop Production report for the Southern Plains, Jan. 12. Data was collected during the December 2020 Agriculture Survey.

A bright spot for Texas farmers was the sorghum crop. Read more

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University of Missouri Extension field crop entomologist Kevin Rice says Missouri soybean and corn growers should be on the lookout for growing populations of yield-robbing insects in 2021. Read more

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South Dakota Corn recently announced its annual conference to be held Jan. 16, 2021, will take place on a virtual platform. The free educational event will begin at 9 a.m. Delaney Howell of the Ag Daily News podcast will kick off the day, followed by presentations by Don Day Jr. of DayWeather Inc. and David and Matthew Kruse of Commstock Investments. The final presentation will be a panel discussion on water issues. Read more

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Missouri corn growers should scout for an emerging crop disease, tar spot, in 2021, says University of Missouri Extension plant pathologist Kaitlyn Bissonnette. Read more

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In the Dec. 10 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, the U.S. Department of Agriculture upwardly revised price estimates for both corn and soybeans and lowered estimates for U.S. production and ending stocks. Read more

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Besides fueling vehicles, ethanol also plays an important role in the food preservation and beverage bottling industries with the carbon dioxide that is captured during the ethanol production process. When the COVID-19 pandemic closed ethanol plants across the Midwest, among the expected outcomes were a shortage of available CO2 for the food and beverage industry. Read more

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Notice is hereby given that the terms for three members of the Nebraska Corn Development, Utilization and Marketing Board, also known as the Nebraska Corn Board, will expire June 30, 2021, and Nebraska’s corn checkoff program is seeking candidates to petition for those districts. The open positions represent Districts 6, 7 and 8. Read more

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The Nebraska Corn Growers Association and the Nebraska Soybean Association announced that applications are now open for the 2021 Corn and Soy Ambassador Program, a yearlong program for college students who are interested in learning more about the industry and becoming better advocates for agriculture. Each year up to 10 students are selected to participate in the program. Read more

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The office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a report Oct. 23 highlighting the progress made to date in implementing the agricultural provisions in the U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement, which the two agencies said is “delivering historic results for American agriculture.” Read more

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