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Having weeds in wheat is nothing new for farmers in Oklahoma and Kansas. Misha Manuchehri, Oklahoma State University Extension weed specialist, told attendees at Farmer U and Trade Show, in Mulvane, Kansas, this past summer that weed control is often difficult to achieve.

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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.

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The big news in the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates release Oct. 12 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture was the upward revision to yield estimates for soybeans. Total yields did much better than expected in earlier estimates—including in drought-stricken areas.

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Ryan Quarrels, president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, led a panel on rural broadband at the group’s recent annual meeting, and he said expanding broadband has been a tier one priority for a number of years.

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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.

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The speakers on a webinar hosted by the Beef Checkoff in partnership with Climate Week NYC 2021, said yes, beef can really be part of a sustainable food system.

The event gave industry experts a platform to talk about how beef can be part of a sustainable food system. Speakers included Jessica Gilreath, Ph.D., postdoctoral research associate at Texas A&M University; Jen Johnson Livsey, cattle producer at Flying Diamond Ranch in Kit Carson, Colorado; Lamar Moore, celebrity chef and winner of Food Network's Vegas Chef Prizefight and Nicole Rodriguez, RD, NASM-CPT in New York served as moderator.

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As wheat farmers planted winter wheat, they looked back on a year hit by drought. This summer’s drought in the Dakotas and Minnesota eased enough to let corn and soybeans rebound to better-than-expected yields in those areas, but the moisture came too late for the wheat crop. Some Minnesota …

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In a news release Oct. 14, John Deere officials have said the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America has called a strike against Deere & Company affecting more than 10,000 workers at 14 facilities across the United States.

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Cody and Allison Langlois launched Hickory Hollow Pumpkin Patch in 2021, but the farm property has a long history. Cody is the sixth generation on the couple’s farm southwest of Spearville, Kansas, and their two children are the seventh generation.

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There is more to irrigating a crop than simply turning on the center pivot. The good news is more information is available than a generation ago to help growers stretch their resources.

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As dry conditions continue to reduce the flow of the Missouri River, the Corps of Engineers in September published the Draft Annual Operating Plan for the river for the 2021-22 season.

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The United States Drought Monitor defines drought as “a moisture deficit bad enough to have social, environmental or economic effects.” Agricultural producers know very well how devastating the effects of drought can be. Recognizing when drought is emerging—or ending—requires knowing what no…

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With water, you either have it or you don’t. Roughly half of the United States is in some form of drought designation. The Colorado River is at its lowest level in years. Other river flows have been compromised because of ongoing drought conditions.

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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 Hurrican…

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High Plains Journal has good news for cotton growers as HPJ’s Cotton U event is set to return to an in-person format in Amarillo, Texas, held in conjunction with the Amarillo Farm Show at the Amarillo Civic Center on Dec. 2. Through this educational event, cotton growers will be able to netw…

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The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture annual meeting was held Sept. 20 to 22 in Louisville, Kentucky. In one session, President Ryan Quarrels led a panel with Les Fugate, vice president and director of state and local public affairs at Brown-Forman Company, and Chaunce…

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Regardless of the economic times innovation always spurs interest of farmers and ranchers. In High Plains Journal’s coverage area there are many opportunities, in just about any rural community, to see ideas being tested.

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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.

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After a months-long drama, Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. signed a $27.2 billion cash-and-stock deal to buy the Kansas City Southern railroad on Sept. 15 after Canadian National Railway Company conceded it could not save its own proposed $29.6-billion deal for the United States railway.

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Soybeans are one of the most versatile agricultural products ever. The many food uses of soy products are well known. Because soybeans are high-protein, and soy protein includes all nine essential amino acids, it’s an important part of vegetarian and vegan diets, as well as being one of the best animal feeds.

Soybeans or soybean oil make up part of more than 1,000 products, and the directors of the United Soybean Board are always looking at unique, innovative ways to use and promote soybeans. Their research efforts, funded by the Soy Checkoff, have helped develop dozens of innovative products.

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Out here on the wide-open prairie at Towner, Colorado, drought-suffering farmer Chris Stum has carved out a unique market. Stum and his family were tired of fighting the lack of rainfall and the dried-up wheat crop year after year. But one thing that seemed to always produce—no matter how little moisture fell from the sky—was proso millet

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The seemingly endless water regulation wars took another turn in the last week of August when a federal judge in Arizona vacated the Donald Trump administration’s Navigable Wagers Protection Rule, which itself had replaced the Barack Obama administration’s widely unpopular “waters of the U.S…

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Handling grazing rangelands can be complicated, especially with the wide variety of rangeland types and plant populations. David Kraft, rangeland management specialist at Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition, spoke recently about this topic at High Plains Journal’s Cattle U & Trade Show, July …

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Livestock producers have to weigh many decisions that make the difference between a profit and loss, and experts say they need to explore opportunities to add value.

A livestock auction is a market outlet where cattle producers can reap the rewards from their work. Recently four experts served on a panel during High Plains Journal’s Cattle U and Trade Show in Dodge City, Kansas. Their goal is to get top dollar for sellers.

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From June 2020 through June 2021, Minnesota and Kansas had the second and third highest number, respectively, of farm bankruptcies in the United States, according to a recent report by the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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A farmer learning from other producers is what makes the farmer panel the most popular session at an educational event. Farmer U was no different. Held Aug. 17 and 18, in Mulvane, Kansas, Farmer U was sponsored by High Plains Journal.

Included on the farmer panel were Ki Gamble, fourth generation Greensburg, Kansas, farmer who grows corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa, milo, and sunflowers on dry and irrigated acres; Matt Splitter, a fifth generation farmer from central Kansas who raises corn, sorghum, soybeans and wheat on dryland and irrigated land; and Travis Schnaithman, a fifth generation farmer from north central Oklahoma who strives for an intensive management approach on his wheat, soybeans, sorghum and corn acres.

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In late summer 2019 I was sitting at a kitchen table interviewing the man I would marry two years later. I wrote about him then with the byline Newlin and I’m writing about him now with the recently acquired surname Vilhauer. Marriage is always a significant commitment, but to enter into hol…

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Joe Brummer, Colorado State University associate professor and Extension forage specialist, said those who grow alfalfa need to get it right the first time when putting alfalfa in the ground. Brummer spoke at Farmer U in Mulvane, Kansas, Aug. 18.

Establishing a strong stand of a perennial forage like alfalfa is a little bit different than a crop like corn or wheat and some annual crops as they have a bigger seed.

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Soy growers were buoyant as they met in St. Louis to promote themselves and make deals at the “Gateway to U.S. Soy” event. The annual meeting of the U. S. Soybean Export Council was a joint event co-sponsored by the Soya and Specialty Grains Association.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Aug. 26 announced its intent to designate Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as a “protection zone,” a World Organization for Animal Health designation that allows the United States to maintain its current animal health status should there be a dete…

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All grain movements to and from the New Orleans area have halted since the Coast Guard shut down the entire Lower Mississippi River in anticipation of Hurricane Ida, which made landfall Aug. 30, traveling up the west bank of the Mississippi River. The eye of the storm passed over Reserve, Lo…

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During Farmer U & Trade Show, which took place Aug. 18 and 19 in Mulvane, Kansas, High Plains Journal presented two Farmer U awards to recognize individuals who are striving to improve the agriculture industry through farming techniques, community involvement and other means.

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Bending to a judge’s order, the Environmental Protection Agency banned all use of the insecticide chlorpyrifos on food crops. In a brief statement accompanying a prepublication version of the final rule, EPA simply said, “In August 2021, EPA released a final rule revoking all ‘tolerances’ fo…