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Friday, December 28,2012

Missouri Basin lawmakers fight water releases

by DTN
The legislative delegations from North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Kansas sent a joint letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to refrain from declaring an emergency on the Mississippi River due to economic losses from reduced barge traffic.

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Friday, December 7,2012

Remember to plan for the second estate tax

by DTN
South Dakotan Bob Metz farms so close to the state line, his post office box is based in Minnesota. It’s a good thing he lives on the right side of the border, however. Metz and wife Karen want ownership of the farm his ancestors homesteaded more than 125 years ago to stay in family hands.

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Friday, November 16,2012

NDSU develops protein, energy feed calculator

by DTN
The calculator was developed for anyone working with livestock rations—including producers, nutritionists and extension agents—and was designed to be a tool that will assist them in evaluating feedstuffs that are available to them, according to...

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Friday, November 16,2012

Slow economy may temper fuel price hikes

by DTN
Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day ranks as the normal seasonal low for diesel fuel prices and the best fuel buying opportunity of the year, based on five-year averages. But before you dive into year-end purchases, consider 2012-13 has been anything but average.

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Friday, November 2,2012

Do lenders own your farm?

by DTN
Fewer grain farms are likely to be held hostage by their debt loads should today’s Golden Era end abruptly. Unlike the 1980s, America’s grain producers have bolstered an important equity ratio since 2007 that will help them withstand a return to thinner profits or higher interest rates, a recent study by AgriSolutions found.

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Friday, November 2,2012

Scientists question EPA’s plans for grasses for biofuels

by DTN
A major weakness in the U.S. policy for biofuels has been the failure to develop commercial processes to produce fuel from cellulosic feedstocks, given the assumption promoted by the last several administrations that huge quantities of fuel could be produced efficiently from feedstocks “that do not compete with food production.

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Friday, November 2,2012

Harvest wrapping up; winter wheat lags

by DTN
The nation’s row-crop harvest continued to run well ahead of normal this past week while emergence of the winter wheat crop was slightly behind normal, according to USDA’s weekly Crop Progress report. Release of the report was delayed until Wednesday due to Hurricane Sandy.

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Friday, October 19,2012

How to defer crop insurance checks

by DTN
Many producers will receive multiple payments on private crop insurance on top of record prices for the crops they did harvest. Any crop insurance deferral election must cover all proceeds received within the year of the disaster. It is not possible to defer a portion or to be selective among different payors.

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Friday, October 12,2012

Ag interest rate snapshot

by DTN
Interest rates presented by Farm Credit Services of Mid-America serving farmers in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee. Rates change daily, are subject to qualifying conditions and may carry pre-payment restrictions. For details, visit:.

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Friday, October 12,2012

Drought hangs on in Corn Belt

by DTN
Precipitation deficits for the first three-quarters of the year are huge. Iowa fell to a 9-inch statewide precipitation deficit for the first time Oct. 4. Data compiled by Iowa State Climatologist Harry Hillaker shows the four-month period covering June, July, August and September is the third-driest in 140 years of precipitation records.

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