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  • Regional grain transportation bottlenecks expected
    Monday, November 24, 2014 5:00 PM
    The slow-paced harvest has taken some of the pressure off storage and transportation logjams of moving record corn and soybean production, but concerns continue. 
  • Nitrogen prices sway farmers toward more soybeans
    Monday, November 24, 2014 3:00 PM
    High input costs and low market prices may move more corn acres over to soybeans in 2015. Chip Flory, Pro Farmer publisher/editor, said in a webinar hosted by Allendale Inc. that he’s heard a range of acreage expectations for next year, including 3 million to 3.5 million fewer planted corn acres. 
  • Ag advisers named to Rauner transition team
    Monday, November 24, 2014 1:00 PM
    Governor-elect Bruce Rauner announced the members of his transition committee and chief of staff. Two members of his “Agriculture Coalition” were named to that committee: Sarah Frey-Talley, president and CEO of Frey Farms, and Jim Schultz, founder of Open Prairie and managing director of Open Prairie Ventures I and II. 
  • Record year for dairy prices
    Monday, November 24, 2014 11:00 AM
    Dairy producers are enjoying a record year for milk prices. Unfortunately, milk prices have begun to decrease. “2014 is going to be a record year, prices have never been this high,” said Bob Cropp, professor emeritus and dairy marketing specialist at the University of Wisconsin — Madison. 
  • Calf growth increases with more frequent feeding
    Monday, November 24, 2014 9:00 AM
    Feeding dairy calves three times a day can improve their growth rate. “This research will show you five to 10 years from now the normal standard in our industry will be feeding our calves a minimum of three meals per day,” said Dr. Don Sockett, veterinary microbiologist at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. 
  •  Darren Frye
    It’s summer, and if you have a grain operation, you’re keeping a close eye on the weather forecast. At times, the weekly forecast seems to change almost every day. Wouldn’t it be frustrating if your production plans changed as often as the weather forecast does? 
  • Jared Finegan
    This has had to be the most comfortable summer weather we have had in my adult life. Hope everyone has enjoyed all the fun summer activities this year. This cool weather has not been the best for the crops, however. 
  • Ted Mottaz
    The growing season continues to amaze me and my fellow area farmers. Just as we were starting to get a little dry with yards showing some stress, we got about 2 inches of rain for the week. The corn potential is fairly well set. 
  • Grant Noland
    Should a large corn and soybean crop materialize, producers and commercial facilities will face challenges in harvest logistics. As a former elevator manager, a record — potentially wet — corn crop will keep you up at night. 
  • David Droste
    Beans will need to be watched closely for leaf disease since the rain and the foggy mornings that we have been having can cause disease to develop and justify fungicide applications. 
  • New coliseum dominates Indiana State Fair
    Every summer a different commodity is highlighted at the Indiana State Fair. There’s been “Year of the Corn,” “Year of the Dairy Cow” and many other themes, but this year is unlike anything we’ve seen. 
  • Spring: Farmers hard at work keeping world fed
    Finally, it’s here. Spring. Warmer weather. This past week, I spent mostly on the road, traveling to five different farms in northern and north-central Illinois. 
  • U.S grain quality top-notch for export
    The U.S. Grains Council recently released a report that serves as an important piece of the competitive global market in promoting our corn. 
  • Farmers should take time to take care of bodies, mind
    Farmers are some of the hardest working people out there. Constant lifting, pushing, fixing and running between fields, balanced with maintaining a family life, they often push their bodies to the limit. 
  • Farm stories need to be told
    I’ve been told that, for a long time, farmers and ag businesses were quiet when it came to telling their stories. Stories of hard work, integrity and progress. Things to be proud of. I’m glad that I’ve heard so many of these stories over the years — even before I worked in the agriculture industry. 

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