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Friday, February 24,2012

An ignorable drought... for now

by DTN
It’s been a warm winter everywhere, but the higherthan-usual temperatures have taken on different manifestations around the Corn Belt. In Illinois and Indiana, farmers have been fighting mud while trying to bring their winter corn commitments to market.

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Friday, February 24,2012

China's demand for U.S. DDGS unaffected by anti-dumping

by DTN
Almost exactly one year after launching the probe, in December of 2011, the Chinese government announced it would extend the probe until June 28 before making a final ruling. China’s Commerce Ministry called the case “special and complicated” and it warranted the extended months for the investigation.

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Monday, February 20,2012

Fertilizer condos cater to do-it-yourselfers

by DTN
Randy Main, Buffalo Center, IA, retailer is building a fertilizer condo. As the name implies, the condo is a facility where farmers can store their own UAN32 for a fee without having the expense and hassle of building and maintaining on-farm storage..

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Friday, February 17,2012

Tests confirm concerns about GPS interference

by DTN
Potential interference with GPS signals was too much to overcome to make the proposed LightSquared wireless network feasible in rural areas as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced last Tuesday it would not allow the project to move forward.

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Friday, February 17,2012

Butler frustrated over way politics derailed competition rule

by DTN
Yet, Butler also described his frustration with the way a proposed livestock marketing rule, or “GIPSA rule” was beaten into submission by what Butler called cowardly moves in Congress, and “vicious lies” attacking him personally in the battle over a farm-bill rule on livestock.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Excitement for herd expansion tempered by replacement cattle and land costs

by DTN
“There’s excitement in the air,” he said. “The price of bred females is going up. The market is really good on calf prices and yearling prices, and fed cattle prices, too.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Auctions raise rents on land values

by DTN
Nearly 300 people crammed into a motel meeting room to attend the first cash rent public auction in the Mason City, IA, area Saturday, Feb. 4. About 25 active bidders raised hands or nodded heads as two-year leases for more than 2,250 tillable corn/soybean acres in 14 tracts went up for grabs.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Ag keeps eye on environmental lawsuits

by DTN
A Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) lawsuit filed last January could lead to restrictions or the outright banning of many pesticides and other chemicals to protect endangered species. Ongoing settlement negotiations between CBD and agriculture groups could wrap up this spring, assuming a settlement can be reached.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Real estate prices on hold

by DTN
Corporate profits are up 15 percent over last year. “If I didn’t know better, I’d say we were in the middle of a big economic expansion,” said Dotzour. “But investors are not willing to pay for those profits and companies are not willing to hire because no one thinks Con-.

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Friday, January 27,2012

House ag chairman says ag groups need to come together

by DTN
“This is something I have been harping on privately to various groups and publicly,” Lucas said in a phone interview last Wednesday with DTN. “If we don’t come to some sort of a practical consensus, if we can’t march together, if we are fractured up, then we’re lost.

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