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US Seeks Coalition for UN Food Summit

OMAHA (DTN) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is in Florence, Italy, on a recruiting mission to create a “coalition for productivity growth” — a group of agricultural export countries to stress the role of science at the United Nations Food Systems Summit next week in New York. While farmers are ramping up harvest and football season, U.S. ag leaders in government and the private sector have been wringing their hands over the U.N.’s first Food Systems Summit on Sept. 23, looking to pivot other countries away from overarching positions on sustainability goals and how food is grown that could hurt …

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It Starts With Seed – 7

They are often called “The Big Four.” BASF, Bayer, Corteva and Syngenta now dominate the sales of agricultural seeds in the United States. Other firms, including at least 100 independent seed companies, also play a vital role in the industry. DTN/Progressive Farmer has been running a special series called It Starts With Seed to help farmers start thinking about their seed purchases and preparing for next year. In this, the seventh and last story of the series, we present the following Q&A profiles put faces to leadership within the megaplayers and sort through the brands they sell. ** BASF: GARTH …

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Corn Ratings Similar to Record Year

The U.S. 2021 crop season is well into the homestretch. Harvest is underway. Very warm to hot daytime conditions now tail off with the earlier onset of evening. Neighborhood conversation features the observation that it “smells like fall.” Anyone reading this understands that phrase. It’s been a season of wide variability in temperatures and rainfall. Even with that discrepancy, however, the U.S. corn crop seems to have come through the season very close — in general — to the year 2017, which is the record-high year for corn production and yield. A look at the NASS condition reports bears that …

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Weeds at Harvest

ROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — Those scraggly waterhemp plants or that patch of ragweed poking above your soybeans might not look like much right now, but your combine is the perfect machine to help them realize their potential. “Combines are just really, really good weed-seed spreaders,” warned Jared Goplen, an Extension crops educator at the University of Minnesota. “Weeds, and especially herbicide-resistant populations, are a lot easier to manage in small areas within a field or on a fence line as opposed to spread across a field. Anything you can do to prevent a few of those weed seeds spreading over …

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 219 | Farm Science Review Preview

Nick Zachrich, manager of the Farm Science Review joins Matt, Dusty and Kolt to preview the upcoming event as it makes its return to in-person programming. Dusty has a report from the Ohio Field Leader Roadshow, Dale was at the Hardin County Fair and catches up with Noah Ketcham, Junior Fair Board President, and Matt catches up with Jeff Cutler on poultry markets at the annual poultry banquet. All of that thanks to AgriGold!

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It Starts with Seed – 6

Don’t be so quick to discard the seed tag that comes with each seed bag or box. “A lot of people are ordering seed earlier and earlier because of sales incentives,” Michigan State University Extension entomologist Chris DiFonzo noted. “If you ordered seed in October, and it got shipped to you in April, that’s a long time to try to remember exactly what you ordered. I tell farmers to save at least one seed tag from one bag, throw it on the barn wall with a pin or a nail,” she said. “If you have any issues, there it is. …

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2021 DTN Digital Yield Tour – September

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (DTN) — Gro Intelligence’s national corn and soybean yield models barely budged in the month following the DTN Digital Yield Tour, with each dropping by only 0.1 bushel per acre. USDA’s estimates over the same timeframe increased and moved closer to Gro’s. As of Sept. 13, Gro Intelligence pegged the national average corn yield at 176.4 bushels per acre (bpa). USDA raised its estimate to 176.3 bpa, up 1.7 bpa from the previous month, in the Sept. 10 Crop Production report. On soybeans, Gro’s average yield was 51.4 bpa, while USDA’s climbed 0.6 bpa to 50.6 bpa. …

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Tax Debate Not Germane for House Aggies

OMAHA (DTN) — Members of the House Agriculture Committee rose early Monday to vote along party lines to advance nearly $66 billion in spending for research, rural development and forestry programs that will be rolled into the potential $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill. The vote, including a series of amendment roll-call votes that also fell along party lines, came after the committee held a virtual markup Friday on the reconciliation bill — dubbed the Build Back Better Act — that carried late into the evening. The committee approved sections of the bill including just under $66 billion in spending: $7.75 …

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It Starts With Seed – 5

Caleb Hamer has learned a lot about patience being in the seed-growing business. It was mid-June, and he needed to be spraying herbicides with his father, Ted, and business partner, Scott Beenken, that day near Traer, Iowa. But he had just received the seed to plant the last 97 acres of foundation soybean seed for Bayer Crop Science, and planting took priority. “You have to be patient and flexible to grow seed,” said Hamer as he steered the tractor and planter. Near Tipton, Indiana, Jordan Stafford was in the combine on July 5 harvesting 100 acres of soft winter wheat …

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Federal Court Denies E15 Rehearing

LINCOLN, Neb. (DTN) — A federal court on Thursday denied a petition for a rehearing of a court ruling that could end year-round sales of E15. Agriculture and biofuels groups had filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in August, asking for a rehearing of the case before all judges in the D.C. Circuit. The National Corn Growers Association, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association said in a joint statement they will continue to press the EPA for the return of year-round E15 sales. “Our petition for rehearing was an opportunity …

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It Starts with Seed – 4

The Handy Bt Trait table is a corn farmer’s best friend. The chart lists every commercially available Bt corn product, one by one, and untangles the traits within. Every year, it is used by farmers, scientists, industry and others to sort through the nine insecticidal corn traits on the market, cross-licensed in dozens of branded packages within various company trait platforms. It started 15 years ago as a humble Microsoft Word table taped near Chris DiFonzo’s desk phone. It was 2006, and the table had just five columns, one for each Bt trait found in corn hybrids at the time. …

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Trips Tickle Kids and Parents Alike

DECATUR, Ill. (DTN) — Ryan Heiniger turned a hunt for parts this summer into a road trip his 14-year-old son, Matthew, will never forget. The Burlington, Iowa, farmer had spotted some items on Craigslist that appeared to have promise in helping restore a vintage bucket elevator on the farm. Why not turn the journey to inspect the parts into an adventure? While COVID-19 has temporarily put the kibosh on many attractions, it didn’t stop the Heiniger father-son duo from filling their schedule. Fun and educational offerings that have a farm flavor abound in many areas of the country, and fall …

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Corn Boards to Spend $1.25M on CA E85

LINCOLN, Neb. (DTN) — State corn checkoffs in Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri announced they are investing $1.25 million to help expand E85 availability in the state of California. Under the low-carbon fuel standard in California, ethanol and E85 have accounted for the majority of fuels used to comply with the law. The Nebraska Corn Board announced in a news release on Wednesday plans to provide the funds to retailers across the state, to expand E85 infrastructure. Fuel will be supplied by Pearson Fuels, which is the largest E85 distributor in California, with nearly 250 retail stations located throughout the state. …

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Ag, Biofuels Oppose EPA on 2018 SREs

LINCOLN, Neb. (DTN) — Agriculture and biofuels groups on Tuesday asked a federal court to set deadlines for EPA to review 31 small-refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2018, and to vacate those exemptions while the review is ongoing. The 31 exemptions that had been granted by EPA earlier involve roughly 1.3 billion gallons of renewable fuel. The agricultural and biofuel groups with exemptions, if they stood, would lower the ethanol industry’s revenue by $109 million, and lower ethanol prices by another $439 million. Those 2018 decisions led to idling of ethanol plants and caused at least one …

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It Starts With Seed – 1

Only one corn-breeding line out of about 150 remained standing after a derecho slammed into Beck’s Superior Hybrids nursery, near Marshalltown, Iowa, last summer. Winds exceeding 100 mph are an extreme test in standability for any experimental corn line, but the fact the variety stood like a tree when thousands of actual trees were blown over during the violent windstorm punched its ticket to further development. The corn line could help create future hybrids that may withstand high winds without lodging. “We know that will be a strong line that will be bred heavily,” said Tom Koch, breeding manager for …

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