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Friday, June 15,2012

Farmers, Corps at odds over sediment dumping in Missouri River

by DTN
The hearing in Jefferson City, MO, was in response to protests by farmers and state officials who say that the Corps’ plan to dump nearly a million cubic yards of dredged soil from its habitat restoration projects into the Missouri River is wasteful and displays a double standard in regulation of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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Friday, June 1,2012

Recent accidental deaths focus on need for more farm safety

by DTN
Nebraska’s Emily Guerra, age 2, died when she fell off a spooked horse while her father was helping to brand calves. Austin Reuter, a 7-year-old from Iowa, died after an ATV rolled over him during evening chores, and Travis Flory, a 3-year-old in Wisconsin, was killed when he was accidentally run over by a skid steer his brother was driving.

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Friday, May 18,2012

KCBT revises proposed trading hours to 5 p.m. to 2 p.m.

by DTN
CME Group has withdrawn its proposal to expand electronic grain trading hours to 22 hours per day, according to a Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) spokesman. The Kansas City Board of Trade (KCBT) also pulled its parallel proposal and submitted a new one, in which electronic trade would open at 5 p.

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Friday, May 18,2012

Study says ethanol decreased wholesale gas prices by $1.09 per gallon in 2011

by DTN
The production of ethanol in the U.S. reduced wholesale gasoline prices by an average of $1.09 per gallon in 2011. The research, authored by Professors Dermot Hayes and Xiadong Du, is an update of a 2009 report from CARD based on the impact ethanol has on gasoline prices.

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Friday, May 4,2012

Planting almost done

by DTN
“This was, reportedly, 10 percentage points above pre-report expectations,” said DTN Analyst John Sanow. “The most impressive showing to note is Illinois and Indiana at 79 percent and 70 percent, respectively, as compared to the five-year average of 29 percent and 20 percent.

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Friday, April 27,2012

Big 5 corn costs ramp up

by DTN
It’s no shock that input costs for corn production have staged four years of sizable price increases. But unlike past seasons, higher overheads will be exposing producers to more serious marketing risks in 2012, cautions financial adviser Sam Bachman with AgriSolutions.

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Friday, April 20,2012

Higher diesel to slice into 2012 ag profits

by DTN
Gas guzzlers beware: Higher diesel prices could take some of the fun out of farming in 2012. Assuming an Illinois corn grower averaged $2.83/gallon for diesel in 2011, each $1/ gallon increase in 2012 will shave this year’s profit margins as much as 4.5 percent, according to Sam Bachman, a financial consultant with AgriSolutions, Brighton, IL.

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Friday, April 13,2012

Popular insecticides tied to bee health

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In a response to the studies, insecticide manufacturer Bayer CropScience said the studies used higher than normal levels of neonicotinoid insecticides, and results contradicted results found in previous studies using “fieldlevel” amounts of the insecticides.

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Friday, April 13,2012

NRDC raises concerns about potential health effects of herbicide

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied a petition last Monday seeking cancellation of all registrations for the popular herbicide ingredient 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, or 2,4-D, used on millions of U.S. farm acres to control broadleaf weeds.

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Friday, April 6,2012

Does $500 cash rent pay?

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It was definitely easier for an above-average corn grower to shoulder extreme rent in 2011 than 2012, according to financial adviser Sam Bachman with AgriSolutions, a Brighton, IL, financial consulting firm.

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