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  • Corn price trends show dominant cycle
    Thursday, July 02, 2015 5:00 PM
    Historically, grain prices show a series of peaks and valleys, and the good news is the cycles have shortened in recent years. Richard Brock, Brock Associates president, said that the long-term price cycle for grains peaked in 2011 and was extended by the 2012 drought, but has yet to bottom out. 
  • Rain deals wildcard in crop outlooks
    Thursday, July 02, 2015 3:00 PM
    From lackadaisical marketing decisions to future price scenarios, Richard Brock, president of Brock Associates, covered a myriad of issues when his company hosted its annual summer seminar tour. 
  • Vintages, scenery abound in southern Illinois
    Thursday, July 02, 2015 1:00 PM
    Those interested in doing some sightseeing in southern Illinois can drink in the views while sipping on a glass of wine at The Bluffs. The Jackson County winery provides an eagle-eye view of the surrounding countryside. That view occasionally includes an eagle or two. 
  • Traditional corn products popular at Moews
    Thursday, July 02, 2015 11:00 AM
    As corn traits for everything from rootworm resistance to herbicide tolerance have gained popularity with farmers, the demand for some traditional products has stayed steady. 
  • Moews Seed stays in family, on farm
    Thursday, July 02, 2015 9:00 AM
    When it comes to knowing what’s happening on the farm, Moews Seed may have a leg up on some competitors in the corn seed sales world. 
  • Tips on overcoming stubborn weeds
    Resistance to herbicides has been a management challenge as long as herbicides have been used for weed control. The introduction of crops with engineered resistance to glyphosate in 1996 prompted most growers to adopt a technology that was easy and efficient. 
  • Soybeans finally in
    With the corn taking off as it is, this is a critical time in our fertility program with the beginning of sidedressing of anhydrous ammonia. This is not a new practice for our farm. 
  • Progress spotty
    Out in the cornfields, things are all over the place. The first plantings of corn around here stayed in the ground for a good two to three weeks before it all came up. 
  • Scouting, sampling
    Pulling samples provided an opportunity to scout. Weed pressure is light, stands look even and populations are on target. 
  • Rain and replanting
    This past week has seen several light rain events keeping soil conditions on the wet side after the big rain event the previous week. It appears that there will be some corn acres that will need to be replanted and also soybeans acres after the big rain from the previous week. 



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