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Corn earworm could be a concern in 2010

Moth trap reports indicate an early start to the corn earworm (CEW) infestation window across the Corn Belt this growing season. In early July, CEW had already been identified in the south, including Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. The trend could lead to significant corn earworm activity in the Midwest later …

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White mold could be a problem again in 2010

By Matt Reese Chances are looking all too good for another bout with white mold this year in Ohio soybeans. Anne Dorrance, Ohio State University Extension plant pathologist, said once the white mold producing material (Sclerotinia) is in a field, it will be there. “Sclerotinia white mold, also known as Sclerotinia stem …

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Corn Futures Climb on Wheat, Technical Buying

Dow Jones Newswires U.S. corn futures climbed on Wednesday on support from a surging wheat market and technical short covering, traders and analysts said. September corn ended up 5 3/4 cents to $3.79 3/4 a bushel, and December corn closed up 6 cents to $3.93 1/2. Despite the gains, the …

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USDA: Corn, Soybean Conditions Hover Around Average

by Jeff Caldwell Corn conditions dipped slightly, though the crop’s progress remained well ahead of the normal schedule in the last week, according to Monday’s USDA Crop Progress report. In general, 72% of the crop is in good to excellent condition, down just 1% from the previous week. Development’s still …

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Agricultural Easement Purchase Program Helps Expand Farming Business and Conservation

State farmland preservation funds are doing more than preserving land, according to a recent survey commissioned by the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Office of Farmland Preservation. Results revealed that Agricultural Easement Purchase Program funds are being used to help implement on-farm conservation measures and expand the farm business. “These funds …

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Commodity prices are cyclical, but unpredictable

What goes around comes around, even with commodity prices. Prices climb unusually high and then drop quickly about every 30 years, said Chris Hurt, a Purdue University agricultural economist. The price spikes often are brought on by wars and currency devaluation – unexpected events that are difficult to predict, he …

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