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Commentary: A farmer’s view of the Clean Water Act

All people everywhere have a responsibility to take care of the environment. This is especially true of farmers. That’s why it disturbs me some that I, and most other farmers, must oppose the EPA’s recent changes to the Clean Water Act, sometimes referred to as WOTUS. That stands for Waters of the United States.


U.S. retail gasoline prices increase one cent

The U.S. retail gas prices saw a slight average increase of one cent this week to hit $2.25. The largest increase was in the Midwest, where retail gas prices jumped three cents to hit $2.33. The Gulf Coast saw a one-cent increase and the lowest retail gasoline prices in the country at $2.04.

West Coast prices fell the most with a seven cent drop to $2.56. The Rocky Mountain region was close behind with a six-cent decrease to $2.48. The highest retail gas prices in the country are in the West Coast region. 


New disease of corn identified in Illinois

Symptomatic corn leaf samples from Champaign County in Illinois have been confirmed positive for the bacterium Burkholderia andropogonis (Pseudomonas adropogonis (Smith) Stapp.), the causal agent of Bacterial Stripe disease.


Per acre net cash return to U.S. corn and soybeans since 1975: Part I

Yields become the talk at harvest, but net return determines who farms in 20 years. This article therefore examines the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Economic Research Service (ERS) data set on cost and return to production of U.S. corn and soybeans.


Morning Farm Report: Cattle prices up

Live cattle prices increased three dollars on Tuesday to hit $125.13, bringing the 27-day average price to $135.54. Feeder cattle prices jumped from $178.13 on Monday to $182.53 on Tuesday. The $4.40 increase brought the 27-day average price to $193.01.

Lean hog prices increased 60 cents to $73.60, bringing the 27-day average to $70.40.

Corn jumped four cents to $3.98. Wheat did better, increasing 10 cents to $5.26.


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