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Weekly Corn Belt Update – September 19th, 2014

WEEKLY CORN BELT CROP REPORT Host:  Jay Calhoun of Colgan Commodities “Snapshot Tour” The Snapshot Tour is hosted by Jay Calhoun of Colgan Commodities. This is a daily update on crop and weather conditions across locations in the Corn Belt.  Listen to the audio report in full by visiting www.colgancommodities.com and clicking on the audio [...]

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NCGA gets Conservation Innovation Grant

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the National Corn Growers Association was among the recipients of the Conservation Innovation Grants. The National Corn Growers Association CIG award will be utilized to support the Soil Health Partnership. The Soil Health Partnership represents a cooperative effort among several organizations working together with farmers to demonstrate and communicate the [...]

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Increasing corn yields requires improving nutrient balance

Ensuring that corn absorbs the right balance of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium is crucial to increasing global yields, a Purdue and Kansas State University study finds. A review of data from more than 150 studies from the U.S. and other regions showed that high yields were linked to production systems in which corn plants took [...]

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Crop insurance sales closing date for fall crops in Ohio

The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds Ohio producers of wheat and winter barley that they have until sales closing on Sept. 30 to purchase crop insurance or make a change to their existing policy. Crop insurance protects against yield and revenue losses. Producers have a number of coverage choices, including yield coverage, revenue protection [...]

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Long awaited ENLIST system deregulated by USDA

The National Corn Growers Association applauds the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s approval of Dow AgroSciences 2,4-D and glyphosate-resistant corn, a part of the ENLIST system. This approval, which will still require U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval of the accompanying pesticide before the system comes to market, represents the first time in which USDA approved a [...]

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Silver lining to the 2014 harvest

Agronomists have a strong tendency to only discuss the doom and gloom events happening in corn fields. Very seldom do we discuss the positive and exciting events, but now is the time to start. The highlight in corn fields this year is high kernel counts. Why are high kernel counts exciting? Farmers are always working [...]

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What are the laws about drones on the farm?

While the appeal of using unmanned aerial systems by farmers and growers to aid in farm operations is growing in popularity, before launching a drone over crops to gauge field conditions, farmers need to be aware that doing so could result in a hefty fine from the Federal Aviation Administration. While the technology is available [...]

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Carl Zulauf talks about the farm bill with Matt Roberts and Barry Ward at the Farm Science Review.

Farm Bill decision hot topic at Farm Science Review

As growers consider their options under the new provisions of the 2014 farm bill, economists and policy experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences were discussing what the changes mean for farmers at the Farm Science Review today. The panel discussion, “Farm Program Choices for the 2014 Farm Bill,” was [...]

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The new grain handling facilities at the Farm Science Review will improve the timeliness of harvest and offer marketing advantages.

New grain storage setup at this year’s Farm Science Review

As always, the field demonstrations will certainly be a popular attraction at the Farm Science Review but this year, the demos will quite literally be overshadowed by an impressive new grain storage setup towering over the crop fields. The construction project kicked off May 19 at the storage site, located in the middle of the [...]

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Coalition forming to end embargo with Cuba

Prominent members of the U.S. food and agriculture community, including the American Soybean Association, agreed to officially form a national coalition to address liberalizing trade between the United States and Cuba. The members of the coalition believe that it is time to end the embargo and allow open trade and investment to happen. Under current sanctions, [...]

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