Apr 23, 2012
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Very early planting in Illinois

Most years I plan to begin planing YC between April 15 and 25 and be finished by May 10. This year I will have all of our corn planted by April 25, plus 1/4 of our 2012 crop YSB crop has been planted for a week. Western Illinois soils are dry & warm.  Some of the warmth is coming from tractor engine heat; every direction you look there are at  least two farmers doing fieldwork without worry of getting stuck in the mud.  Good eyesight is not needed to spot tractors working in fields this year....More
Apr 18, 2012
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Obama administration committed to renewable fuel infrastructure

“At the same time, we’re taking steps to help level the playing field,” Zichal said. “Not only has the administration supported repealing subsidies for oil and gas companies, the president announced that we’re taking new steps to crack down on manipulation in the oil markets to help protect consumers...."...More
Apr 16, 2012
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Getting the planter in the field

This week there was a lot of dust flying in NW Ohio. I would guess that 2% of the corn has been planted.  My family started planting on Friday. We have a 20-year-old planter with dry fertilizer boxes so we needed to get the planter in the field and make sure that everything moves like it is supposed to. I am hoping for rain this week so that I can run an errand to central Indiana to pick up a few hog slats for my confinement building. My largest tractor is also 20 years old and is in the shop now.  Hopefully everything can be fixed on it in one day....More

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