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  • 2 new type ethanol plants to open in Iowa
    A new era of ethanol fuel production will begin soon as Iowa refineries begin full operation using materials other than corn kernels. Iowa has two major cellulosic plants under construction that will use corn plant leaves, stalks and cobs to make ethanol. 
  • Local butcher shop takes meat from hoof to mouth
    The hand-lettered sign on the meat case at Country Village Meats says what it is — “BACON.” And like the sign right below the packages, the bacon has been cut and smoked just a few feet away from the meat case where it now resides. 
  • Burrus Hybrids’ strategy fits the way growers farm
    Burrus Hybrids gives local corn and soybean growers wide access to the best germplasm and industry leading traits. 
  • YIELD360 helps farmers capture yield potential
    Corn has the potential to yield 500 bushels per acre. Yet, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average corn yield falls short at 158. 
  • Network offers female farmers tips on soil health
    Using cover crops to improve soil health is a global topic. “Our mission today is to talk about soil health,” said Carol Schutte, program assistant for the Women, Food and Agriculture Network. 
  • Longevity is trademark for farming award winners
    Jim Burrus likes to see the birds. And there are a lot of them today. They swarm up when his truck pulls into the pasture, flock together and circle around before settling back down, mostly on the backs of the 100 or so cows and calves. 
  • Register for annual dairy meeting
    Registration is open for the 2014 Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council annual meeting. The meeting will be Nov. 13-14 at the Hilton Salt Lake City in Salt Lake City. 
  • Mycogen Seeds introduces new products in Illinois
    Mycogen Seeds is adding new grain corn hybrids and soybean varieties to the lineup to meet the needs of growers in Illinois for the 2015 growing season. 
  • ‘I’ states poised for yield records
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts corn and soybean yield records will be shattered this fall. Corn production is forecast at 14 billion bushels, up 1 percent from 2013. Yields are expected to average 167.4 bushels per acre, up 8.6 bushels from 2013. 
  • Market bear claws not quite as sharp
    The U.S. corn crop is big, but not as large as trade analysts anticipated, while soybeans met expectations. Heading into the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest crop production report, the average trade yield estimate was 170 bushels per acre. 
  • USDA ramps up corn, soybean stocks
    The world agricultural supply-demand balance sheets were adjusted to reflect larger U.S. corn, soybean and wheat crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture projected 2014-2015 corn supplies at a record 15.243 billion bushels. 
  • Palmer amaranth plays by its own rules
    Farmers going toe to toe against Palmer amaranth will lose. “This thing will outgrow us. We don’t have enough spray rigs in this state. We don’t have enough folks that can operate them,” University of Illinois weed specialist Aaron Hager said. 
  • Brazil’s soybean yield winners share insights
    Yield contestants from Brazil and Illinois compared notes at a gathering hosted by the Illinois Soybean Association. National Challenge of Maximum Soybean Yield was established to stimulate productivity and collect information to share with growers in Brazil. 
  • Plot program helps simplify complex decisions
    Many new corn hybrids, soybean varieties and ag input products hit the marketplace each year, adding to the complexity of farmers’ decision-making. Weeding through these complex management decisions can be difficult, time-consuming and frustrating. 
  • Deere to lay off 600
    Agricultural equipment maker Deere is announcing it will indefinitely lay off more than 600 employees at four of its factories in the Midwest as demand slumps. The affected sites are in the cities of East Moline and Moline in Illinois, as well as Ankeny, Iowa, and Coffeyville, Kan. 

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