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Cover crops applied in late August off to good start

A southern Minnesota farmer in his sixth year using cover crops is seeing good growth this fall. Lake Wilson corn and soybean grower Bryan Biegler says he used a high-clearance sprayer to broadcast cereal rye the last half of August. “A few days after I had it seeded we got about .8″ of rain on …

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Wet weather problematic for soybean harvest

The return of wet weather to parts of the Upper Midwest could create late season problems for soybean farmers. University of Minnesota Extension soybean agronomist Seth Naeve says many bean acres have yet to reach full maturity. “Some of the (soybeans) that were still a little green, if it warms up we could potentially have …

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Asia exports strong, except for China

The USDA forecasts strong fiscal 2019 U.S. agriculture exports to all Asian countries except China.  The agency projects China’s imports of U.S. agriculture products to be down $7 billion from the 2018 forecast, but all the rest of Asia is projected to import $3.8 billion more. Chinese demand for U.S. soybeans is expected to be …

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Demand uncertainties pressure deferred hog futures

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, cattle futures closed mostly lower in a narrow range on light trade activity.  There has been some position squaring ahead of the Cattle on Feed report.  Feeder cattle were also pressured by higher corn prices.  October live cattle closed $.65 lower at $112.45 and December live cattle closed $.07 lower at …

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NC state vet says 99% of livestock healthy and well

North Carolina’s state veterinarian says the loss of livestock from Hurricane Florence is minimal, “Ninety-nine percent of the animals in our state of North Carolina under production are healthy and well.” Dr. Doug Meckes says more losses are expected but officials will be on the ground as soon as today, where possible, to prepare for …

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Killing of jogger highlights dangerous reality for women

Georgetown Running Club(WASHINGTON) — The viral hashtags #MilesforMollie and #dcrunners4wendy are reflecting an all-too-scary reality for women today. Runners in the Washington, D.C., area started #dcrunners4wendy after Wendy Martinez, 35 and newly-engaged, was stabbed to death Tuesday while jogging around 8 p.m. in a busy, well-lit area of the nation’s capital. Mollie Tibbetts, the inspiration …

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August red meat production notches new record

U.S. red meat production during August was a new all-time high for the month 4.766 billion pounds. That’s up 3% on the year, with a 1% increase in beef production to 2.430 billion pounds and a 5% jump in pork at 2.316 billion as higher slaughter levels canceled out steady to lighter average weights. The …

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Website update increases waiver, RIN trade transparency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) website Thursday to increase transparency surrounding the program, according to a news release from the agency. “For the first time, EPA is providing new information to the public on small refinery exemptions and RIN trading,” said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Increasing transparency …

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Corn silage harvest races on

An agronomist says recent hot, dry weather is speeding up the pace of corn silage harvest in the Eastern Corn Belt. “When we have this type of weather, the corn tends to dry faster than we can get it in the bunk.” Charles Scovill with Golden Harvest Seeds tells Brownfield challenging growing conditions have made …

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Voluntary organic checkoff would be less restrictive

The head of the Organic Trade Association says a private, industry-led organic checkoff will allow more flexibility within a program. CEO Laura Batcha tells Brownfield a mandatory organic checkoff was estimated to collect between $35 and $40 million dollars annually.  Startup donations for a voluntary program are currently being collected from industry which Batcha says …

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NFU opposes reorganization of ERS and NIFA

The National Farmers Union is against the USDA’s proposed reorganization and relocation of the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). In a letter to Sonny Perdue, NFU President Roger Johnson expressed concern that moving out of Washington D.C. would affect the functions of the two divisions. He said …

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Four killed, including shooter, at Maryland Rite Aid facility

iStock/Thinkstock(ABERDEEN, Maryland) — Three people were killed and another three were injured after a woman opened fire at a Rite Aid distribution center in northeast Maryland on Thursday morning. The 26-year-old female suspect, who was a temporary employee at the center, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler …

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Amazon unveils 70 new devices and features in surprise announcement

Amazon(NEW YORK) — Amazon is unveiling 70 new devices and features, the largest ever dropped in one day, the company said. Dave Limp, senior vice president of Amazon Devices introduced the products in a surprise announcement at its headquarters at The Seattle Spheres, according to the company’s live blog. The first device to be unveiled …

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Dozens injured on Indian flight after plane loses cabin pressure

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Dozens of passengers on a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Jaipur were injured after their plane lost cabin pressure on Thursday. People onboard Jet Airways flight 9W 697 posted photos and videos of the incident on Twitter, in which the passengers can be seen wearing oxygen masks. The flight made an emergency …

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Remains of two US soldiers identified from boxes turned over by North Korea

Luis Martinez/ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the remains of two U.S. Army soldiers missing in the Korean War nearly seven decades ago have been identified from the 55 boxes turned over by North Korea this summer. The president tweeted out their names, noting they were “identified as a result of my …

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Corn exports continue hot streak

The USDA reports corn and soybean export sales for the week ending September 13th were above most pre-report estimates, while soybean products and wheat were generally within analysts’ expectations. Physical shipments of corn for 2018/19 delivery are ahead of the 2017/18 pace. Wheat came out at 468,400 tons (17.2 million bushels), up 21% from the …

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Harvest moves north in Eastern Corn Belt

An agronomist says Indiana and Ohio are faring much better than Michigan when it comes to crop conditions in the Eastern Corn Belt. “Unfortunately in Michigan, we had areas that saw just a couple of tenths of rain over a six-week period that has affected pollination and what I’m most concerned about right now is …

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Negotiations continue between the U.S. and Canada

Top U.S. and Canadian negotiators are meeting again today as they try to resolve NAFTA trade differences. Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland described yesterday’s meetings with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer as “constructive”, but offered no other details. Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday Canadian negotiators would continue to defend the country’s …

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Rosholt man survives head-on crash with semi

A Roberts County man survived a head-on crash with a semi in a construction zone on Interstate 29 this week.  South Dakota Department of Public Safety spokesman Tony Mangan says the crash occurred around 4 pm Tuesday a half-mile north of Sisseton. Photo credit: KWAT Watertown  Eighty year-old Charles Fiala of Rosholt was driving north …

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