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Russia Bans Grain Exports, Markets Soar

By Dow Jones Newswires The death toll from Russia’s forest and peat fires hit 50 Thursday, as government efforts failed to stop the blazes from spreading. Continued scorching temperatures have also extended the damage caused by Russia’s worst drought in a decade, as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called for a …

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NCGA disappointed, but hopeful on Senate energy legislation

National Corn Growers Association First Vice President Bart Schott released the following statement regarding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s announcement that the Senate will not consider energy legislation before the Senate adjourns this week for its August recess: “NCGA is disappointed that the Senate will not consider an energy package …

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Crop progress report

The National Agricultural Statistics Service released its crop progress report for the week ending on Aug. 1. Nationally corn is 7% dented (2% ahead of average), and 31% is in the dough stage, which is 7% ahead of average. Soybeans are 86% blooming, up 12% on the average and 53% …

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Wet weather causes problems with hay harvest

Rainfall and high humidity this summer have made it hard for farmers to harvest hay, said a Purdue Extension forage specialist. “Some farmers got their hay mowed, but then they lost yield and quality when it rained,” Keith Johnson said. “Others did not get it cut in timely fashion, so …

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Curious kernels in corn

By Peter Thomison, Ohio State University Extension In the July 23, 2010 issue of the Illinois Pest Management Bulletin, Dr. Emerson Nafziger describes an unusual phenomenon “in which corn kernels seem to start to develop after pollination but are empty of content.” Affected kernels appeared to contain only clear liquid …

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