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  • A once-banished crop could soon sprout legally again in select Minnesota farm fields: hemp plants that lead to oils, lotions, seeds, rope fibers and other industrial uses.  
  • Ag land market continues gradual decline
    While current land values have generally trended lower this past year in comparison to the sharp increases of recent years, results of farm and ranch income at year’s end could shift land market dynamics, reported Farmers National Co. 
  • Indiana farmers commit to trade with China
    The Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Indiana Soybean Alliance recently signed Memorandums of Understanding with the China Chamber of Commerce of Import and Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-Products. 
  • Wet weather holds up second-crop soybeans
    David Droste was able to attend the Southern Illinois University Belleville research station field day. But there was somewhere else he wanted to be. “I’ve got some double-crop soybeans and a few acres of full-season soybeans left to plant,” he said. 
  • Take a bite of Indiana Grown food
    Sixteen billion dollars: the amount per year that Hoosiers spend on food. More than 90 percent: the amount of food that is sourced from outside of Indiana. 
  • Potentially big corn crop looms
    Keep your head down. But get that grain sold. That was the advice offered recently by Steve Johnson, farm and ag business management specialist from Iowa State University, to a group of “garden spot” farmers. 
  • El Niño summer may spring harvest surprise
    Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s — 2009? Putting a twist on the lyrics to the end-of-the-century song 1999 by Prince, Iowa State’s Steve Johnson took a group of farmers back a few years at a market outlook presentation sponsored by the Lee and Ogle County farm bureaus at Barnacopia in rural Polo. 
  • Prices projected upward
    Following several consecutive months of downward season average farm price projections, tighter stocks and increased demand are nudging prices upward. 
  • Corn, soybean conditions decline
    Winter wheat yield estimates in Indiana were reduced while Illinois was unchanged by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Corn and soybean production estimates will be included in this report beginning next month. 
  • Trade expects lower crop production numbers
    There were no surprises in the July 10 agricultural supply and demand balance sheet, giving the report a bearish look. Brian Hoops of Midwest Market Solutions weighed in on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s crop production and world supply and demand estimates in a teleconference. 



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