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Planting talks undercut corn futures on Monday

Planting talk seemed to undercut corn futures Monday. Surging equity markets, news of Chinese economic stimulus and the USDA Export Inspections result all appeared supportive of corn futures. However, prices declined rather significantly modestly Monday, which seemingly reflected a reaction to ideas that plantings surged in the southern Corn Belt last week. May corn futures closed down 1.75 cents at $3.78/bushel Monday, while December sagged 2.0 to $4.0125.

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Five key measures for productive soils

Soil test reports hold a key to farm profitability and environmental stewardship but interpreting the results can be confusing. Dr. Jim Friedericks, Laboratory Manager at AgSource Laboratories in Ellsworth, Iowa, offers five top measures to focus on when reading a soil test report.

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Wheat markets mixed in midday trading on Monday

Planting talk seems to be undercutting corn futures. Surging equity markets, news of Chinese economic stimulus and the USDA Export Inspections result all might be construed as supportive of corn futures. However, prices declined rather significantly this morning, which seemingly reflects a reaction to ideas that plantings surged in the southern Corn Belt last week. May corn futures sank 2.0 cents to $3.7775/bushel late Monday morning, while December sagged 2.25 to $4.01.

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Murphy: Proof of evolution

No, not Darwinism, but the deliberate shift of attack issues that activists use to bash animal agriculture: From health to safety to welfare, industry opponents are changing with the times.

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