Sep 18, 2012
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New App Calculates N Rates 14

I'm an app junkie. If there's an app to help do a job, entertain me or educate me, I'll download it (as long as it's free, although I've actually paid for a few apps, too). It's amazing what's out there to use on your smart phone, so it's time to take advantage of those tools and let your phone use its brain a bit!...More
Sep 18, 2012
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Surprise from the Federal Reserve

The announcement last week by the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of quantitative easing part three (QE3) came as a surprise to me and many others. I was attending a bank advisory board meeting made up of management and leading agricultural industry players, and when the announcement was made, groans were heard throughout the room....More
Sep 18, 2012
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Sept. 12 USDA Crop Report 1

The USDA Crop Report released on Sept. 12 made a slight decrease in the expected U.S. corn and soybean production for 2012, as compared to the August USDA estimates, reflecting the severity of the 2012 drought in many areas of the U.S. USDA is now estimating the total 2012 corn production at 10.7 billion bushels, which slightly below the 10.8 billion bushel estimate in August....More
Sep 18, 2012
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Farm Bill Being Put Off

The farm bill is being deferred to the post-election congressional session, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) told Reuters News Service on Monday. "It really remains unclear what will happen to the farm bill," he says, with options from a new five-year bill to an extension of current law for anywhere from three months to a year....More

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