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  • Free trade means more business for U.S. ag
    Many farmers are expecting record yields this year, but the blessing of a good harvest can also be a burden if you don’t have enough customers for your crops. With the lowest commodity prices on corn and soybeans in more than a decade, farmers need access to more markets if they’re going to keep afloat.
  • Consider 2016 diseases when planning for 2017
    SPONSORED: Where to start the conversation for selecting corn seed for the 2017 growing year? If you’ve had disease issues this year, that’s the place, said Jason Holman, DEKALB and Asgrow technical agronomist for northern Indiana.
  • You can conserve energy in your home
    Fall harvesting is well underway with one thing in mind, getting the crop in the bin. However, when time allows, you may want to take advantage of a warm fall day to seal cracks and crevices in your home.
  • Resistance tops soybean weed talk
    SPONSORED: There has been a lot of conversation about Palmer amaranth, which grows quickly and creates millions of seeds, making it difficult for farmers to control.
  • Pork industry outlook turns sour
    Hog prices have collapsed to levels far below breakeven. There is worry more hogs headed to market this fall than available packing capacity, and the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture inventory indicates there are more hogs than had been anticipated.
  • Gourd almighty: Early pumpkins need storage
    Pumpkins often mature much earlier than we would like. Although the season got off to a slow start, summer was extremely warm and may have brought the pumpkins on in a hurry.
  • Don’t forget state, local elections
    It’s not surprising, especially given the rhetoric we’ve seen this election season. According to Gallup, fewer U.S. adults rate themselves highly likely to vote for president than did so in September of each of the past four presidential election years.
  • Build bridges between generations
    On the patio at the bowling alley last Saturday night, I overheard parents of teenagers sharing concerns with one another about the communication gap they felt was getting deeper and wider between parents and teenagers.
  • Too early to sell 2017 soybean crop?
    Soybean prices during the last five months of the 2015-2016 marketing year averaged much higher than during the first seven months of the year. For example, the average daily bid price at central Illinois locations was $8.67 during the first seven months and $10.28 during the last five months of the year.
  • Interest rates remain historically low
    Interest rates are low. The 10-year Treasury bond rate, which forecasters use as a benchmark, averaged 1.6 percent in August. That’s the third lowest monthly rate in the past 20 years.

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