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Agronomy
Herbicides applied in the fall often can provide improved control of many winter annual weed species compared with similar applications made in the spring.
The Grain and Feed Association of Illinois is offering scholarships as well as job opportunities in the grain handling and feed industries.
Finished cattle have touched $170 for the first time ever, setting a new record high.
Stress on the plants influences the long-term survival of alfalfa stands.
The advantages and disadvantages of various options for increasing soybean harvest efficiency.
Even though tillage may be needed in certain situations and field conditions, a well-managed field and proper crop rotation may not call for tillage.
The new 2.1 million bushel grain storage facility at RVC's DeWitt location began receiving its first corn on October 18.
Sweet clover contains a high level of a chemical that can be converted to an anticoagulant.


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Energy News
The Grain and Feed Association of Illinois is offering scholarships as well as job opportunities in the grain handling and feed industries.
The new 2.1 million bushel grain storage facility at RVC's DeWitt location began receiving its first corn on October 18.
Plummeting gasoline prices are the result of lagging economic growth in many parts of the world, the end of the summer driving season, less expensive winter gasoline and well-functioning Midwest refineries.
Domestic ethanol production for 2014 totaled a record 14.15 billion gallon.
Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a set of regulatory definitions and provisions and a list of 49 low-risk biofuel plants from which growers can choose.
Corn prices are less than half of the price at this time in 2013.
Price of gas this summer should stay below $4 per gallon in the Midwest barring any distribution of supply.
The new Farm Bill increases funding for energy conservation practice implementation. MSU Extension programs target dairy farmers who want to implement energy conservation practices to reduce energy costs.


Feed news and promotions Feed
Feed News
The Grain and Feed Association of Illinois is offering scholarships as well as job opportunities in the grain handling and feed industries.
The new 2.1 million bushel grain storage facility at RVC's DeWitt location began receiving its first corn on October 18.
The drop in corn prices in recent months represents a tremendous change in the feed cost environment for cattle producers.
Grazing cornstalks is still a valuable tool for cattlemen looking to hold costs in place.
There have been reports of corn having some mold and along with some stalk rot in certain areas of the state due to the cool and wetter growing conditions this past year.
Grazing cows on corn stalks is a long-standing, common practice to reduce feed costs.
Whole-plant moisture content should be the trigger for when to harvest corn silage.
As most feed prices have fallen nationally more feed use is expected. However, not all feed prices have fallen.


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Grain News
The Grain and Feed Association of Illinois is offering scholarships as well as job opportunities in the grain handling and feed industries.
The new 2.1 million bushel grain storage facility at RVC's DeWitt location began receiving its first corn on October 18.
Are corn dry down rates affected by maturity?
When producers are considering whether to sell corn at harvest or store on-farm, all costs, including shrink, must be evaluated.
For decades, international markets have been an important destination for U.S. agriculture products.
The cost of drying corn — especially the propane bills — add significant expense at harvest time.
The market’s assessment of the amount of acreage needed of various crops in any production cycle is complicated and continually changes.
Standing corn in the field may dry about 1.5 to 3 percentage points per week during October and 1 to 1.5 per week or less during November, assuming normal Upper Midwest weather conditions.


Grain Notes
Grain Notes: 10/29/2014
It was another strong day in the markets with corn closing 8-10 cents higher and beans 30-36 cents higher. It seems like a broken record, but strength in soybean meal continues to drive bean prices. US sales of soybean meal for export are at record levels and nearly one third higher than a year ago. With the short supply of beans and soybean meal prior to harvest, shipments of meal are just beginning from the gulf.


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