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Crop insurance deadline approaching

Brian D. Frieden, Director of the Springfield Regional Office, Risk Management Agency, reminds producers that the sales closing date for 2011 crop insurance is March 15, 2011, for spring-planted crops. The sales closing date is significant because it is the deadline for taking out insurance, making a change to the …

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Mixed news for corn and soybean exports

The USDA’s weekly Export Sales report and weekly reports of export inspections provide timely information about export demand for U.S. agricultural commodities. The U.S. Census Bureau, however, is the official source of export estimates. The monthly Census Bureau reports are not as timely as USDA reports, but provide an opportunity …

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NCGA pleased with full deregulation of corn amylase

The National Corn Growers Association is pleased with the decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to fully deregulate corn amylase (Event 3272) for all markets. APHIS had not found a plant pest risk associated with this event and reported a positive Environmental Assessment. …

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Crop insurance considerations for 2011

By Matt Reese Volatility is expected in the prices for corn, soybeans and their inputs. The weather is always an unknown. The risks, at the current high price levels, are tremendous. With these things in mind, farmers need to make some important decisions in the weeks leading up to the …

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Marestail lessons from 2010

By Mark Loux, Ohio State University Extension herbicide specialist We conducted several studies this year that expanded our knowledge on management of marestail (horseweed).  Some of the findings reinforced what we already knew and validated our current recommendations, but we did learn some new things.  It seems as though we …

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Corn consumption and tightening supplies

Corn consumption may be progressing too rapidly based on available supplies. Soybean consumption appears to have slowed enough so that further rationing was not required, according to a University of Illinois economist. “Since that assessment, the cash price of corn in central Illinois has increased by 22 cents and soybean …

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New requirements aim to improve Bt corn refuge compliance

In an effort to improve Bt corn refuge compliance, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  mandated new requirements as part of the Bt corn re-registration process this past fall. The Bt corn registrants are incorporating these new requirements (outlined below) into their Compliance Assurance Programs for the 2011 growing season: …

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NASCAR season powered by ethanol is almost here

As the 2011 NASCAR season launches with a new, greener fuel, the nation’s corn growers are joining forces with NASCAR to promote the use of corn-based American ethanol. As an Official Partner of NASCAR, The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) will leverage its relationship to spread the message to NASCAR …

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