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It was fun the last few months following the custom harvesters in High Plains Journal. It amazes me when I see and read about the new harvest equipment and think of the acres per day that are harvested. 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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Kansas corn farmers are invited to Kansas Corn’s “Born for the Field” Summer Listening Tour. Growers can connect with Kansas Corn at five listening tour dinners to be held in Goodland, Garden City, Marysville, Lawrence and Fredonia, or at two field days held in Moundridge and Gypsum. This is the sixth year of the popular listening tour dinners. Read more

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Wheat harvest is upon us and that leads us to be thinking about some forage opportunities after harvest is complete. There is plenty of growing season left this year and there are several forage possibilities. Read more

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates showed few changes in its June 14 corn and soybean estimates. It raised its corn export forecast by 75 million bushels to a total of 2.85 million bushels, with no change in projected feed usage. The WASDE raised projected ethanol usage by 75 million bushels and reduced projected carryover by 150 million bushels to 1.107 million bushels, equal to 7.4% of usage and lower than was forecast earlier in the year. Corn carryover projections have steadily shrunk since last June.

The projected 2021 corn yield projections remained unchanged at 179.5 bushels an acre, the USDA still expects corn production of just under 15 billion bushels (although other crop estimators disagree). Read more

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A coalition of renewable fuel and farm groups expressed “extreme disappointment” in the June 25 U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning a 2020 appellate court ruling that struck down three improper small refinery exemptions granted by previous Environmental Protection Agency administrators. Read more

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Four Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Soil and Crop Sciences plant breeding program development projects have been funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, NIFA. These programs are aimed at enhancing sorghum, corn, peanut and wheat cultivars for farmer use. Read more

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China gets most of the press on ag trade issues, but it’s easy to forget that the biggest destination for United States feed corn is Mexico, not China. Mexican yellow corn imports from the U.S. stood at $2.7 billion in 2019, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture-Foreign Agriculture Service data, making Mexico the U.S. feed industry’s largest export destination. Almost all of it was genetically modified corn. Read more

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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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