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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 A…

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The Kansas wheat crop is in relatively good shape for this time of year, but there are still a couple months until harvest, and a lot can change over that time.

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Farming is full of processes. A process for planting. Another for harvest. A custom harvester does what works for him and is best for his customers.

Beau Froese of Froese Brothers Harvesting, Inman, Kansas, and his family have found a process that works for them, especially when it comes to harvesting forage sorghum.

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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.

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No-till on the Plains and Upfield, the parent company of Country Crock, have partnered to provide a cover crop cost-share program for farmers in eastern Kansas and western border counties of Missouri. The sustainability initiative will provide $10 per acre reimbursement to producers to plant…

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Iowa is home to more than 100 craft breweries and a growing number of home-brew aficionados. Commercial and homebrewers alike depend on one specialty crop in particular to produce their beverages: hops.

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For the week ending April 11, USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the following wheat crop conditions.

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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 …

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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.

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A decision rendered March 11 by the U.S. International Trade Commission to slap an additional duty on phosphate fertilizer imported from Morocco and Russia will raise fertilizer costs for United States farmers an estimated $1.5 billion, according to a former American Farm Bureau economist.

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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.

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U.S. cotton growers can enroll their 2021 cotton crop in the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, which aims to set a new standard in more sustainably grown cotton. Existing members will also need to re-enroll their operations in order to receive the year-over-year data from the Fieldprint calculator…

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It was in the early 1920s when John and Frances Horn of Carnegie, Oklahoma, received a gift from a relative in Arkansas. No one could have imagined that box contained the seeds of a future four-generation farm that would still be around 93 years later. The Horns opened the package to find si…

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Paying attention to the impact of changes in weather patterns and climate is another variable producers will have to follow, according to an observer who has seen what has happened in Europe.

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Alfalfa is a shining star, but because it is considered a cool weather crop growers need to be vigilant in tracking pests.

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Traditionally April is a quieter time for agricultural commodity trade as farmers are heading to the fields to begin planting. Normally by now trade has a decent handle on the United States grain supply, and with little fresh news to trade on during the month of April, prices historically, h…

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Two dicamba training sessions will be offered by Todd Baughman and can be accessed through a local Oklahoma Extension office. Growers need to contact their local Extension office before the event so organizers can make arrangements for a Zoom meeting.

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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.

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It should be the best of times for agricultural exporters. Prices for soybeans, corn and wheat are at record highs. Expert after expert has testified that the signs point to a continued increase in the burgeoning world demand for U.S. ag products. Markets have grown in many regions of the wo…

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Federal, state, and local response agencies worked together to recover a potentially dangerous anhydrous ammonia tank floating in the Missouri River near Claysville, Missouri, just west of Jefferson City, in a news release issued from the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7 office.

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Bunnies, baskets and egg hunts are Easter traditions—but nothing is more important than the time spent together over the holiday. As families this year either gather together for a much-needed celebration or observe the holiday at a distance, make Easter egg-stra special with recipes and act…

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How long can the era of high demand for soybeans (and corn) and corresponding high prices last? During a recent webinar, Jim Sutter, CEO of the United States Soybean Export Council, wondered aloud whether the soybean market and commodities markets in general are entering into a “demand supercycle” like the one a few years ago that fueled a worldwide boom in commodity prices.

As Sutter pointed out during another webinar on the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates released March 10, a couple of years ago at this time, farmers were looking at a carryout of a billion bushels of soybeans. Today it’s a tenth of that.

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Like many American farmers and ranchers, Clay Pope, Loyal, Oklahoma, has experienced more frequent and severe weather extremes in recent years. But with the support of voluntary, incentive-based government programs, the American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union member and sixth-…

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With a new administration in the White House, new leadership of the U.S. House and Senate ag committees, and a returning secretary of agriculture, the members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture had much to discuss at the recent 2021 Winter Policy Conference.

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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.

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President Joe Biden has proclaimed March 23 as National Ag Day. This year marks the fifth year that The White House has publicly recognized National Ag Day as a salute to the contributions of America’s farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses.

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Representatives of the Texas Wheat Producers Association recently held virtual meetings with members of Congress to address legislative priorities and concerns. The meetings were held in conjunction with the National Association of Wheat Growers Virtual Hill Day event.

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The Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board and the Nebraska Sorghum Producers Association announced plans for sorghum hybrid test plots across the state in 2021. NeSPA will once again sponsor a sorghum hybrid plot near Trenton, Nebraska. The plot will be administered and hosted by NGSB Chairman Mike Baker.

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Planting will be here before we know it. But even in the winter, management decisions can be made to reduce losses caused by some important diseases. The most damaging pathogen of soybean is soybean cyst nematode and winter is the time to make decisions to control it. If you have confirmed s…

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Longtime growers of grain sorghum realize it is imperative to get pre-emergence herbicide right. Because post-emergence herbicide options are limited, it is better to be certain fields start out clean and conditions are as good as they can be for successful pre-emergence weed control.

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In the coming weeks Blaise Wilde will continue to inspect his fields for damage from mid-February’s arctic assault on Texas, but for now the wheat grower from Wall is feeling optimistic.

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Butterflies, bees, and prairie chickens have a new place to call home in the Buena Vista Grasslands of Portage County, Wisconsin. The Buena Vista area in central Wisconsin is a former marsh once dominated by tamarack, black spruce and cattails that is now a mix of irrigated cropland and grasslands.

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University of Missouri Extension will offer a webinar series to help beginning home gardeners grow a vegetable garden. The Zoom course covers the basics from planning and seed starting to diseases and insects.