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Feb 09, 2012

A mild Illinois winter; lower corn price forecast at Cattlemen’s convention

A pleasant fall allowed farmers to work their fields before the soil froze. Now the dark Illinois soil and the radiant energy of the sun keep....More
Jan 31, 2012

Biodiesel industry appeals to Senate Finance Committee for continuation of tax incentive

The recent expiration of the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax incentive poses a significant threat to the biodiesel industry's continued growth, said the....More
Jan 25, 2012

It’s not the heat; it’s the stupidity

Let's say, hypothetically, you get a blast of cold winter air and find that your newly installed cattle waterer is frozen. What do you do? Let's just....More
Jan 24, 2012

USDA accepts applications for blender pump installations

The program provided funding for more than 250 blender pumps last year. Last year, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said that USDA had plans to install 10,....More
Jan 20, 2012

No comparable replacement for 50-year-old herbicide, agronomist reports

"As the price of corn rises, the economic benefits of atrazine become even more pronounced."....More
Jan 19, 2012

Renewable Energy Group goes public

Shares of common stock of the Renewable Energy Group are being offered at $10 per share....More
Jan 13, 2012

Land O’Lakes Purina Feed to market distillers grains from isobutanol facility

The collaboration "presents another opportunity to add value to grain farmers and livestock producers alike.”....More
Jan 05, 2012

Is the machinery buying frenzy over?

Farm equipment manufacturers project slight slowdown in sales over next three years. Sales of agricultural equipment are expected to taper off in....More
Dec 28, 2011

December chores

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Dec 20, 2011

Plans for tillage

There are still some corn and soybeans here and there in northwest Ohio. In the last couple weeks there have been three or four days that the....More
Dec 16, 2011

New USDA grants add to growing flex fuel infrastructure

The grants will go a long way in helping to purchase and install flex-fuel pumps. The purchase and installation of such pumps can cost as much as $25....More
Dec 13, 2011

Some assistance with a Bunyan problem

Some days start out easy enough. They appear to be fairly stress-free and sometimes even wide-open. Then my phone rings and the whole picture changes....More
Dec 09, 2011

Agritechnica, large and small

It’s difficult to describe the absolute size of the world’s biggest farm show – Agritechnica. After a few days, however, my feet....More
Dec 08, 2011

RFA shoots back on ActionAid letter to Congress

The letter “grossly misrepresented and distorted the findings of recent studies."....More
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