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ISSUE DATE: 09/14/2009

Western Corn Belt rides to the rescue

By Doug Rich

Halfway through the corn growing season it looked like the western Corn Belt would be riding to the rescue, for the traditional corn growing states where excessive spring moisture, delayed planting, and cool temperatures combined to reduce yield expectations for those states.

In contrast, the western Corn Belt has enjoyed exceptional growing conditions. The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) August 12 report forecasted higher yields than last year for the central Great Plains and western Corn Belt, thanks to mild temperatures and adequate soil moisture.

The rescue will not be as dramatic as first thought, but the western Corn Belt will still make a substantial contribution to what could be the second largest corn yield on record. Based on August 1 conditions, NASS projected the national average corn yield to be 159.5 bushels per acre, up 5.6 bushels from 2007.

Kansas and Nebraska in particular are having stellar corn seasons. Kansas is projected to harvest 514.8 million bushels of corn, just short of the record set in 2007, and Nebraska is projected to bring in 1.52 billion bushels of corn, breaking last year's record of 1.47 billion bushels.


NEWS

“Hypoxia zone” in Gulf of Mexico significantly smaller than scientists predicted
2009 IFB cookout champion crowned at Iowa State Fair
AFBF: Crop report bearish for corn, neutral for soybeans
AFIA applauds CFTC action to regulate commodity position limits
AgrAbility to host agricultural rehabilitation workshop
Big Bow's new big bin
CHS Foundation awards $5¸000 grant to OALE Program
Conversion facilities can participate in Biomass Crop Assistance Program
Enrollment opens for K-State's 2009-2010 MAST Program
FAPC-OSU food scientist speaks at seminar and tours meat plants in Chile
Farm loan program a lender of first opportunity
Farmer turns to the sun to run Indiana operation
Food concerns meat of UW consumer issues conference
Food scientists, plant managers particpate in first advanced Asian noodle technology short course
Gift from long-time faculty member to benefit ISU Curtiss Hall
He’s back-Former AgriLife Extension agent returns to Dallam, Hartley counties
ICBA: Community banks safe and sound, outperform industry in many key areas
Kansas lawmakers slam cap-and-trade
K-State goes live with sustainability website
Lincoln next chairman for Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Mapping and modeling U.S. food production
McCook Farm and Ranch Expo returns Nov. 18 and 19
Moran receives first-ever KansasBio Legislative Leadership Award
New analysis finds that 1 in 6 Iowans employed by ag
OSU Alumni Association honors White as a Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient
Rural dialogues project adds additional town
Rural tourism class graduates
Scholarship fund honors pioneering AgriLife Extension director Bertha Garza
Survey shows reaction of Chinese consumers to H1N1
Sweepstakes topics for 2010 Finney County Fair photo contests announced
TDA announces results of initial broadband survey, seeks input
Texas AgriLife Research showcases bioenergy program at media day
Texas farming, ranching families encouraged to apply for historic recognition
Tonsager urges farmers, business owners to apply for value-added producer grants
U.S. Indian farmers claims unsettled after decade
UNL keys on "Crops for the Future" at Husker Harvest Days
Upcoming KSU ag events
USDA implements farm storage facility loan program
WFEC, OACD expand state's first carbon sequestration pilot program
WTO arbitration panel ruling fails to recognize changes to GSM program

CROPS

‘Bad news’ for fire ants– Phorid flies feeling at home in North Texas
2009 Nebraska Ag Classic, "AgVantages in Partnerships" set for December
Conservation Stewardship Program unveiled by USDA
Crop production numbers released for Iowa
Dave Engle named holder of OSU's Thomas E. Berry Endowed Chair
Drawing Straws- Forums discuss water issues in Oklahoma
Farm Bureau, conservation district announce partnership
Federal conservation agency begins statewide CSP sign-up
Feed with excessive aflatoxin levels dangerous to livestock
Fertilizer industry endows OSU professorship to explore link between fertilizer, food nutrition
Hoskins to retire as Missouri conservation director
HPWD board approves 2009 ad valorem tax rate
Kansas Corn Commission partners in effort to expand ethanol fueling infrastructure
Kansas responds to Arbitrator's decision on Nebraska's overuse of Republican River water
Kansas Wheat brings interactive exhibit to State Fair
MRCC applauds 1st nationwide sign-up for CSP
MU Greenley Center shows drainage systems for improving crop yields, water quality
NAWG Board approves new climate change resolution
Nebraska’s ’09 dry bean harvest likely to drag on for weeks; late beans will race first frost
NMSU’s Chile Pepper Institute, Biad Chili team up for super-flavored chile
NRCS Texas announces sign-up for the new CSP
On-Farm Research Webcasts help growers make science-based management decisions
Precision Ag Expo Sept. 17 at Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm
Prospective wine-grape grower workshop set Oct. 12 in Stephenville
Rains help break heat wave in deep South Texas
Researchers develop new glue from corn
Second Lower South Platte Watershed meeting set for Sept. 16
See no weevil: researcher tracks rice bugs to help farmers, consumers
Soil structure important to water retention
Sorghum field day at Lawrence will feature demonstration plot, water use research
Soybean rust in 15 counties, found north of I-40
State oilseed producers sought to serve on new commission
Study: Weed management strategies may ease transition to organic farming
TCPB’s Gibson named Man of the Year
Terrace maintenance field day Aug. 27
Texas wheat production numbers released
Upcoming K-State agricultural events
USDA will not issue final 2008 wheat, barley, oat CCPs
Web resource aims to improve on-farm research for crop management decisions
Western Corn Belt rides to the rescue
Wheat producers need to study before buying wheat seed

LIVESTOCK

31st Annual North American Championship Rodeo scheduled for Nov. 12 to 14 as part of NAILE
AFBF to Obama: Pork, dairy sectors need support
Ag industry defends itself over grisly chick video
Alpaca industry growing in central Kansas
Baxter Black kicks off World Championship Ranch Rodeo
Beef, forage featured at field day, Sept. 22, on MU Thompson Farm
Bovine TB creates hassles, few losses for ranchers
Cattle prices could move higher as a result of less supply
Ex-race horse makes recovery after suffering abuse
Fences keep out feral hog moochers at deer feeders; let deer pass
First-ever Pan-American Hereford Evaluation released
Give calves a clue
Give consumers what they want
Governor's Charity Steer Show raises $123,150
Grizzly kills 13 sheep on grazing allotment
Indian group uses modern tools to raise animals
Iowa Cattlemen- Vos Feedlot cleared of unjustified EPA charges
J.M. Michels Angus receives national recognition from American Angus Association
Kansas Alpaca Association to host Alpaca Day
Kansas Angus Field Day set for Oct. 3
Kellogg to take reins of Extension educational efforts to dairy industry
K-State Risk & Profit Conference: Ag economist sees more rough times for beef industry
Loveland natural beef company expands
New events added to 36th Annual NAILE beef cattle division; shows begin Nov. 14
New Mexico man pleads guilty in wolf death
North American International Livestock Exposition set for Nov. 7 to 20
Northwest area young men win national judging contest
Thompson Farm field day to highlight progress in cattle breeding, Sept. 22
University to close cattle programs
USDA announces additional weight category for Livestock Indemnity Program
Vilsack announces support for domestic nutrition programs, pork producers
Weaning with a plan
Wyoming man spends summer studying cattle disease

EDITOR

Let’s talk about the weather
Taking action against TIME
The lion passes

COLUMNS

AGCO adds five new RoGator models while Spra-Coupe goes for gold
COOL Fuel
Cornheads are easy on the ears
In other agribusiness news....
Leica Geosystems to expand connections
New bucks for biomass materials
OALE Program receives grant
Parents hold class
Pioneer opens soybean breeding station in Lawrence, Kan.
Point replacements available
SEPT 14 JERRY NINE

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction report
Clovis livestock auction report
Cool weather continues
Dalhart livestock auction report
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dunlap livestock sales
Georgia cattle auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
Harvest, planting major activities for farmers
Hay trade slow
High Plains slaughter news
Lexington livestock auction report
Little to no precipitation
Most hay classes remain steady
Newell sheep sales report
Ogallala livestock auction report
OKC West livestock auction
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock auction report
Presho livestock sales report
Rainfall below average for this time of year
Salina cattle sales report
Sioux Falls sheep sales report
South Central direct sheep
Springfield livestock auction report
St. Onge livestock auction report
Summer temperatures return to Oklahoma
Texhoma livestock auction report
West Plains livestock sales
Wheat closes day lower, soybeans higher
Wheat harvest wrapping up
Wheat planting underway
Woodward livestock auction report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Avoiding problems when converting pasture and hay fields to crops
Controlling sericea lespedeza
Cool season grass fertility continued...
Forage quality field day set for Sept. 15 in Miami
Funding available for Texas grassland owners
Grazing school provides experience, assistance with forage production systems
Rangeland restoration workshop slated in Sonora on Aug. 26

FAMILY

AgriLife Extension sets North Texas wildlife, fisheries management course Sept. 18
At farmers' markets, 'tis the season for tomatoes, sweet corn
August rain can induce disease
Bexar County 4-Hers receive more than $225,000 in scholarships
Carrots are the taken for granted vegetable
Chinese beetles might aid fight against salt cedar
Choose foods, lifestyle to prevent diabetes
Cimarron FFA receives national recognition
Coyle FFA members attend reporter's symposium
Demonstration contest winners announced
Fairview FFA teams qualify for national competition
Getting creative with snack time
Junior Livestock Sale brings in over $350,000 for 4H, FFA youth
Kansas 4-H State Fair results to be posted on web
Keeping kids in school is focus of new program
Law ideal for corner lot
Less can be more with repellents
Market Gardening School to help producers
Mountain pine beetle arrives on the plains
Order trees this fall
Overseeding in fall can repair, improve lawn
Recycling food scraps into gardens
Rodeo clown attends 50 years of Sikeston rodeos
Rodeo runs in the blood of Chelsea family
SEPT 14 MEDITATION
State 4-H officers elected at conference
Tarleton ACT members win national scholarship awards
Texas schools, AgriLife Extension walk the talk on obesity
Texhoma FFA participates in Five State Fair
The truth about compost
Think twice before relying on credit cards
Three Earth Kind Roses to consider
Tips for parents: Back-to-school sports call for caution

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