Agronomy news and promotions Agronomy
Photoperiodism is the term given to a plant’s ability to respond to changing day length. Knowing how your crop responds to day length should influence how you apply fertilizer, especially nitrogen.
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How can cover crops and annual forage crops be included in pasture re-establishment on clay soils? Should they be?
Several consecutive years of volatile spring weather and lower crop prices may bring uncertainty when selecting corn nitrogen recommendations.
The 60 percent goal is very realistic.
With planting season approaching, farmers planning to grow forage should keep in mind six major considerations that could determine the success of their crop.
The best way to determine what caused an abortion or stillbirth in cattle is lab testing.
Consumers can expect to pay less for their bacon; however, pork producers are expected to see less profit per head.

Energy news and promotions Energy
Energy News
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Current oil and gas energy production and supplies are much greater than 2003 forecasts.
In Langdon and Carrington trials, energy beets produce more sugar than corn.
A recent study simulated a side-by-side comparison of the yields and costs of producing ethanol using miscanthus, switchgrass, and corn stover.
Plummeting gasoline prices over the past couple of months are expected to remain low through at least the spring.
Lowering oil prices may slow down oil production in North Dakota's Bakken.
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.

Feed news and promotions Feed
Feed News
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U.S. and Ukraine dairy operations have similar management challenges with forage supplies.
Developing plans to allocate the livestock feed available from pasture resources is essential to optimize pasture use and minimize associated costs.
Dairy producers need to find the balance between feeding too little and too much.
A Texas A&M AgriLife Research study determined the biggest factor in corn silage quality is water.
Adding some alfalfa hay to a low-quality feed base will make supplementing the ration easier.
Many co-products from the corn processing industry may be used in diets fed to pigs.
The first and greatest cost is maintaining the cow inventory.

Grain news and promotions Grain
Grain News
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The USDA’s estimate of Dec. 1, 2014, stocks of U.S. soybeans was surprisingly small.
In some years, the former Soviet Union is up to 24 percent of the world trade. This almost compares with adding the equivalent of two times the exports of Canada onto the world market.
Stocks of U.S. soybeans at the end of the current marketing year are expected to be at an eight-year high.
Higher grain temperatures reduce the amount of time grain can be stored.
It’s the season for developing corn balance sheet projections for the upcoming marketing year.
Price expectations for this five-year period play a central role in the decision farmers will make regarding the farm bill.
Following the Jan.12 USDA Crop Production and Grain Stocks reports, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the story in corn and soybean markets for the foreseeable future will be the ongoing pace of consumption.

Grain Notes
Grain Notes: 3/31/2015
The trade came into today's report long corn and short soybeans and when the report was released both commodities proved those positions to be wrong, at least for today. Corn was down 15-18 cents as USDA reported US farmers will plant 89.2 million acres to corn this spring, down 2% from last year, but 500,000 acres more than expected.

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