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  • Arkansas takes No. 2 turkey producer spot
    Arkansas has trotted into second place among turkey-producing states after North Carolina's gobbler population fell sharply as U.S. turkey numbers hit a 28-year low. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports Minnesota remained king of the roost in 2014 with an estimated 45 million birds. 
  • Syngenta Harvest Chasers report yields
    Syngenta Harvest Chasers are traveling around the Midwest to report harvest results as the combines roll through the fields. “This is a way we can get stories out so other seed advisers can share stories with customers, versus here’s the seed guide and plot data,” explained Mike Shane, sales representative for Syngenta. 
  • Where does your stuffing start?
    Where does your stuffing start? Where are the pecans produced? Where is the celery grown? Western Illinois University GIS and Data Services Librarian Linda Zellmer has the answers. 
  • USDA production estimates below trade expectations
    The corn bears’ momentum was subdued with a crop production report knuckleball on news that yields are projected below the trade guess. 
  • Illinois tops in corn, soybean yields
    The “I” states remain on track to break crop production records. The U.S. Department of Agriculture left Illinois’ average corn yield projection at a nation-leading 200 bushels per acre, up 22 from 2013. The previous record of 180 bushels per acre was set in 2004. 
  • Big corn crop gets wee bit smaller
    A corn production tweak moved ending stocks downward and average farm price projections up a dime in the latest supply and demand estimates. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reduced projected corn-ending stocks by 73 million bushels from last month’s estimate to 2.008 billion bushels. 
  • Farmland value varies in 2014
    When outlook for 2014 landed, farmland value appeared to have stopped increasing rapidly and was expected to either stay steady or drop, after increasing from 2006 to 2013. 
  • Regional grain transportation bottlenecks expected
    The slow-paced harvest has taken some of the pressure off storage and transportation logjams of moving record corn and soybean production, but concerns continue. 
  • Nitrogen prices sway farmers toward more soybeans
    High input costs and low market prices may move more corn acres over to soybeans in 2015. Chip Flory, Pro Farmer publisher/editor, said in a webinar hosted by Allendale Inc. that he’s heard a range of acreage expectations for next year, including 3 million to 3.5 million fewer planted corn acres. 
  • Coffee habit built into your DNA
    How much coffee do you drink every day? One cup in the morning? Or do you gulp it all day? Scientists have long known that your DNA influences how much java you consume. Now a huge study has identified some genes that may play a role. 

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