Crops

OSA applauds new weight limits for containers bound for export

The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) applauds the recent approval by Ohio’s Joint Committee on Rule Review (JCARR) of new weight limits for trucks hauling grain and other products in shipping containers bound for international markets.  The weight limit permits will be issued by the Ohio Department of Transportation and will allow a truck plus its [...]

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Corn Growers Call Ethanol Decision a Good Start, but Incomplete

National Corn Growers Association recognized the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision allowing higher blends of ethanol in vehicles from the 2007 model year and newer as a tentative first step that needs to be followed immediately with more action. “We’re disappointed in the very limited scope of this approval, but pleased the EPA has finally [...]

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Harvest update from Between the Rows

Here in Ohio you have been very busy with harvest and wheat planting. Corn harvest jumped 11% during the week to 47% complete. Corn mature is 95% and average is 83%. Soybeans are now 60% harvested that is up 17% from last week and well ahead of the average 40%.  Soybeans mature are said to be 89%, up from 80% last week. Winter [...]

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ASA pushes legislative priorities in unfinished business for Congress

The 111th Congress adjourned on September 30, for the pre-election recess. It will return to Washington on November 15, to begin a “lame duck” session, break for Thanksgiving, and is expected to return after Thanksgiving for another three weeks to complete “unfinished business.” The American Soybean Association (ASA) urges voters to contact Members of Congress [...]

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Markets get whipsawed

December 2010 corn futures traded to a high of $5.235 on September 27 and closed at $5.05 on Sept. 29. On Oct. 4, the surprisingly large USDA Sept. 1 corn stocks estimate released on Sept. 30 sent that contract to a low of $4.56, said University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good. Similarly, the November [...]

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Big drop in USDA’s corn crop estimate surprises industry

After Friday’s USDA report the crop farmers will be harvesting today are much more valuable. Compared to last Monday, the corn is up over a dollar and the beans are up $1.25. The big drop in both the corn yield and production estimates in October’s National Agricultural Statistics crop report caught the industry by surprise, according to John Anderson, [...]

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Markets soar after lower production report from USDA

The markets are soaring limit up in response to the USDA crop production report. Though the U.S. soybean production forecast is at a record-high level, according to the Crop Production report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the yield is down 1% from the September estimate. Soybean yield is [...]

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NRCS extends sign-up period for conservation stewardship program applications

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Dave White announced the ranking period cut-off date for producer applications in NRCS’ Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) has been extended to January 7, 2011. “We’re extending the deadline for applications to CSP to provide agricultural producers more time to complete their applications,” White said. “This will help farmers, ranchers [...]

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Beware of planting wheat after corn

Ohio growers following wheat planting after corn harvest should be mindful of the potential for head scab development in their crop. Pierce Paul, an Ohio State University Extension plant pathologist, said that recurring disease problems — ear rot and stalk rot in corn in 2009 and head scab in wheat in 2010 — may pave [...]

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Wheat recognized during National School Lunch Week

A campaign designed to educate students about the importance of nutritious school lunches also highlights the role of wheat and whole grains. National School Lunch Week is October 11-15. The tribute raises awareness about how healthy food options for elementary and secondary students at lunchtime improve their academic potential and wellbeing. Wheat is a staple [...]

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