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  • World economic woes hit home; soft grain trade, cattle to follow

  • Undisputed precision ag: Ohio State logo in cornfield

  • View USDA’s June 30 planted acreage report with healthy skepticism

Markets Results

Weed killer Atrazine aids conservation tillage

Friday, December 30, 2011

GREENSBORO, N.C. — According to a new study by Paul D. Mitchell, ag economist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the herbicide atrazine benefits U.S. corn, sorghum and sugar cane farmers by up to $3.3 billion annually, thanks to increased yield, decreased cost and reduced soil erosion.

Rare swine breeds: Are heritage hogs the next niche market?

Friday, December 30, 2011

PITTSBORO, N.C. — In the world of local niche foods, raising heritage livestock is becoming just as popular as growing heirloom fruits and vegetables.

North Carolina 10% Campaign reports local food spending at $10 million

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. — In roughly 18 months, participants in the 10% Campaign have recorded more than $10 million in purchases of locally-produced foods.

Ohio potato production down 30% from 2010

Monday, December 26, 2011

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — Ohio’s fall potato production is forecast at 425 thousand cwt., down 30 percent from last year, according to the Ohio office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Case tractor high-seller at Mechanicsburg auction

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. — Auctioneers Nick Cummings and Kevin Wendt of Schrader Real Estate and Auction Co., held a farm equipment auction Dec. 9 in Mechanicsburg, Ohio.

Genetically modified varieties catch on in Brazil, to 78.5 million acres

Saturday, December 17, 2011

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Brazil’s area sown with transgenic varieties in the 2011/12 harvest will be 20.9 percent greater than in the last harvest, according to the second crop biotechnology adoption monitoring report for the 2011/12 season, released recently by Celeres.

USDA’s RMA streamlines Ohio acreage reporting dates for 2012

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) have established 15 common acreage reporting dates for producers participating in RMA and FSA programs.

Repeat drilling offender, EOG Resources, to pay $93,000 in Pa. settlement

Monday, December 12, 2011

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Houston drilling company has agreed to pay a $93,710 settlement in lieu of fines and civil damages to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission as a result of the company’s pollution of Clearfield County’s Little Laurel Run in late 2010.

Ag machinery growth predicted to taper off, export sales the strongest

Sunday, December 11, 2011

MILWAUKEE — Agricultural machinery manufacturers expect overall 2011 business to the U.S., Canada and worldwide to grow in the 6- to 7-percent range by year-end but then taper off 2012 through 2014, with exports sales anticipated to increase the most, according to the annual business “outlook” survey of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.

Comfy cows could produce more milk, have fewer health maladies

Thursday, December 8, 2011

LEXINGTON, Ky. — At the University of Kentucky Dairy Farm, milk cows are singing anything but the blues. The staff, students and faculty there have been putting a lot of effort into making them more comfortable with bigger stalls, rotating grooming brushes and, yes, even waterbeds.


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