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USDA implements provisions from GIPSA

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA has published the Final Rule implementing the 2008 Farm Bill provisions under the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). “As I travel throughout the countryside, I often hear from farmers and ranchers about their concerns with the marketplace becoming more concentrated,” Secretary Vilsack …

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Genuity VT Double PRO receives approval

By Andy Michel and Ron Hammond, Ohio State University Extension entomologists   The EPA has just received approval for their Genuity VT Double PRO product to be planted with a refuge in the bag (RIB) strategy.  With the RIB, refuge plants are blended with the transgenic plants such that there …

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Significant tax changes coming in 2012

As 2011 draws to a close, so do opportunities for farmers to take advantage of certain provisions of the federal tax code, according to Ohio State University Extension educator David Marrison. “The ability for bonus depreciation is changing, so if you’re looking to make capital expenditures, this is the year …

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ECO Farming a topic at No-Till Conference

By Matt Reese Wind and rain do not cause soil erosion. Bad soil management does. No-till is the answer to many of the problems behind (and resulting from) erosion at work in fields today, according to the line up of expert speakers at the Ohio No-Till Conference held in Plain …

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Lessons from a Hay Bale

By Ty Higgins There are many differences between urban and rural communities, from the way we talk to the way we dress. The list of variations goes on and on. Among them all, the most glaring difference that I have noticed since I returned to my position as a Farm …

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Ohio No-Till Council recognizes conservation efforts

  Martin Shipitalo, a USDA-ARS soil researcher, on the right, received the Educator/Researcher Award from the Ohio No-Till Council. Roger Butts, left, representing Brookside Consultants of Ohio, accepted the Business Industry Award from the Ohio No-Till Council. Bret (middle) and Gene (right) Margraf were recognized as the Outstanding No-till Farmers …

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Anticipating 2012 prices

Crop prices during 2011 were influenced by a wide range of factors that resulted in extremely large trading ranges, said University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good. “The price patterns, however, were very different for corn, soybeans, and wheat. As the year ends, thoughts turn to likely price levels in …

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Japan expanding import capacity

The U.S. Grains Council 2011 Corn Mission to Japan, China and Vietnam toured the Kushiro Port in Hokkaido, Japan, and heard firsthand the plans to expand the port’s capacity to accommodate larger vessels.
Kushiro is the largest port facility in the heart of Japan’s major dairy producing area – Hokkaido, Japan.

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Some facts on test weight

By Dave Nanda, director of genetics and technology for Seed Consultants, Inc. Along with yield and moisture, growers most often discuss the test weight of the grain they are harvesting. Grain moisture is important because of cost of drying but why is test weight important? Here are some facts about …

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Between the Rows-Hybrids and Varieties

“We don’t want to use a lot of material from this year because it was not a normal year. We don’t put a lot of stock in anything that happened this year of the hybrids and varieties from this year. We don’t want to use a lot of information from …

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