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Vaught: Higher supplies are bound to impact prices

While prices have been stronger than expected, hog slaughter last week was the highest since February. That fact and seasonal trends will likely bring prices lower in the near future. FULL STORY »

Soil, crops benefit from manure

With harvest nearing, pork producers and grain farmers will soon prep for fall field nutrient applications. The Illinois Pork Producers Association reminds pork producers to pay attention to details, as they pump manure that will be applied on crop acres as a sustainable fertilizer option FULL STORY »

Iowa leaders issue critical statement on EPA’s WOTUS rule

Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Secretary Bill Northey, along with relevant state leaders, sent a letter and submitted comments to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Army for Civil Works Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy on the proposed "Waters of the United States" federal rule under the Clean Water Act (CWA). FULL STORY »

Accelerating harvesting depressed crop futures Sunday night

Talk of accelerated harvesting depressed crop markets Sunday night. Wire service sources cited forecasts for benign harvest weather for the grain and soy market losses posted in Sunday night trading. FULL STORY »

Diversify weed control efforts

The USDA recently announced measures to help farmers diversify weed control efforts. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Hog prices lower this week

Calculations by Lee Schulz at Iowa State University indicate the typical market hog sold in September earned a profit of $66.15 per head. FULL STORY »

Steers and lower corn prices boost cattle dressed weights

Despite recent and current positive cattle feeding margins, increases in feeder cattle prices are offsetting declines in corn prices, signaling continuation of positive margins. FULL STORY »

Most ag markets ended the week rather poorly

Traders cited harvest pressure for Friday’s crop market weakness. Corn futures acted surprisingly well Thursday night, but followed soybeans lower as Friday passed. FULL STORY »

Tis the season for...mold growth

Have you ever opened a bag of feed that smells a little musty or put your hand in the feed bunk in the middle of the winter and the ration is too hot to touch? FULL STORY »

Wet October hampers Missouri harvest

Missouri farmers are frustrated as a wetter-than-normal October is slowing down the harvest. The forecast calls for less rain but slower drying. FULL STORY »

2014 World Food Prize awarded

Wheat scientist Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram of India and Mexico is the recipient of this year’s World Food Prize, presented in Des Moines, Iowa today. FULL STORY »

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