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US soymeal exports on course to top lofty expectations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has already projected that U.S. soymeal exports will hit a record 10.7 million metric tons (11.8 million tons) this year, but they could well top even that lofty forecast if domestic feed users switch from pricey meal to relatively cheap distillers’ grains (DDG) and free up more meal supplies for the export market.

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

Join Editor Lisa Gibson for a glimpse into the Aug. 4 issue of Agweek, including a cover story about sugar beet farmers in Montana competing for employees with oil companies in the Bakken. The issue will also feature prevented-planting estimates for states that have released them, as well as rail car updates. Don't miss it.

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Minn. programs find investors to help small farmers

As the nation’s farmers age, the aspiring young farmers who might replace them often find high land costs impossible hurdles. Buying 100 acres of good farmland can cost $1 million, and that amount of land often is too little to support a family.

ND ag rail council to meet with BNSF July 31

The North Dakota Ag Rail Business Council will meet with top officials from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in Mandan, N.D., on July 31, to discuss concerns about shipping grain for the upcoming small grain harvest, which is expected to be large.

Proponents: China, corn price bode well

Proponents: China, corn price bode well

FARGO, N.D. — Food-grade soybean industry players say the Red River Valley region now grows 500,000 to 600,000 acres of the crop for the market, and is poised for more growth.

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Dry concerns showing up

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Alberta is starting to dry up. Crops got a good start, but conditions are slipping and the outlook is for an about average crop now.

Weather pressures

Weather pressures

Wheat traded with losses for three out of four sessions last week. For the week ending July 24, September Minneapolis dropped 10.5 cents, September Chicago was off 3.5 cents and September Kansas City slipped 13.25 cents.

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Water table depth can affect crops

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Shallow water tables can impact crop production, according to Daniel Ostrem, South Dakota State University Extension water resource field specialist.

Best management practices for maximum yield

When reviewing average soybean yields across the state, South Dakota State University researchers made a startling discovery — certified research plots were yielding 20 bushels per acre more than neighboring fields.

US export group: New China feed grain rule unworkable

The biggest U.S. grain export association called on China on Thursday to rescind its latest restriction of a genetically modified corn strain, saying the new demand was unworkable.

A record wheat crop?

The annual tour of area fields shows great promise, but development is behind normal.

US Midwestern farmers fighting explosion of ‘superweeds’

Farmers in important crop-growing states should consider the environmentally unfriendly practice of deeply tilling fields to fight a growing problem with invasive “superweeds” that resist herbicides and choke crop yields, agricultural experts said this week.

US grain farmers resort to giant storage bags to avoid cheap sales

US grain farmers resort to giant storage bags to avoid cheap sales

As U.S. farmers turn in record grain crops this autumn, many will have a powerful new tool — giant sausage-shaped storage bags — to help them avoid the lowest prices in years and gain more control over trade with giants such as Cargill Inc.

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Dow Chemical profit beats expectations with higher prices, lower costs

Dow Chemical Co. reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as sales rose and margins improved due to higher prices and a tight control on costs. The company says margins improved in four of its six units, aided in part by lower costs for ethane, used in making ethylene and plastics.

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

Join Agweek Editor Lisa Gibson for another glimpse into the upcoming issue. The July 28 cover story will delve into the issues facing ranchers and farmers in the midst of North Dakota's oil boom. It also will update on the progress of late rail cars, cover area crop tours and report on the latest U.S. cattle numbers. Don't miss it.

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