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Economist looks at 3 corn, soybean factors in January USDA reports

URBANA, Ill. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s final estimates of 2014 U.S. production and estimates of Dec. 1, 2014, stocks released on Jan. 12 revealed some potentially important issues for the corn and soybean markets.

Companies invest in storage to avoid shortfalls

Companies invest in storage to avoid shortfalls

AgweekBUXTON, N.D. — Elevators throughout the Upper Midwest have added larger fertilizer storage capacity to respond to bigger, faster demand and uncertain supply logistics.

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Markets wait for news

Markets wait for news

For the week ending Jan. 22, March Minneapolis lost 9 cents, March Chicago gained 1 cent and March Kansas City lost 12.25 cents. As of 10 a.m. Jan. 23, wheat trade was down 3 to 12 cents.

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Mustard prices fall flat

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Mustard prices have been flat for a couple of years, especially in the past month. There’s nothing in the immediate future to push mustard markets higher.

Minn. cattlemen angered by court ruling restoring wolf protection

Minn. cattlemen angered by court  ruling restoring  wolf protection

MENAHGA, Minn. — Ross Genoch walks through his small cattle herd on a cold, clear January morning. The cows, docile and trusting, approach him expectantly. “They’re hoping for a corn cob. Well, they get treated like pets,” he says with a smile.

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Harvard buys up water rights in drought-hit wine country

Harvard buys up water rights in drought-hit wine country

Harvard University has quietly become one of the biggest grape growers in California’s drought-stricken Paso Robles wine region, securing water well drilling permits to feed its vineyards days before lawmakers banned new pumping, according to records reviewed by Reuters.

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USDA surveys organic farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is surveying organic farmers, and producers must respond by mail by Feb. 13 or online by April 3. The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Society of Spring Valley, Wis., says the survey is a follow-up to USDA’s 2012 Census of Agriculture, which found that total organic product sales by American farms and ranches increased 83 percent since 2007.

Food derived from ND soybeans in high demand in Japan

Soon after Bob Sinner started doing business in Japan in the early 1990s, he was introduced to a soy food called natto. It wasn’t necessarily a pleasant introduction.

Farm drones remain grounded

The use of drones in the agriculture industry may not get off the ground, according to a farm industry leader. Paul Gunderson, director of the Dakota Precision Ag Center, spoke on the topic Tuesday at the Precision Ag Action Summit in Jamestown. The Dakota Precision Ag Center is located at Lake Region State College at Devils Lake and does testing and research on technologies related to precision agriculture.

UN: Food diversity under siege from global warming

Climate change threatens the genetic diversity of the world’s food supply, and saving crops and animals at risk will be crucial for preserving yields and adapting to wild weather patterns, a U.N. policy paper says.

ND PSC shuts down Grand Forks Bean Co.

The North Dakota Public Service Commission on Jan. 16 issued a cease and desist order against Grand Forks (N.D.) Bean Co. The agency says it plans to ask a district judge to name the PSC as trustee for the company, on grounds that it is insolvent.

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

Editor Lisa Gibson talks about what we're working on for the Jan. 26 issue of Agweek, including a cover story on federal wolf protection and how it affects ranchers, coverage of the Precision Ag Summit and much more.

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Ohio farmer: Precision ag pays

Ohio farmer: Precision ag pays

Most farmers attending a Precision Agriculture Summit instinctively believe precision agriculture pays, but when one of their own puts a pencil to it, they take notice. Brian Watkins is on the eastern edge of the corn and soybean belt and was one of the early adopters of variable-rate application technologies.

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Precision Ag Summit proves interest in technology is still high

Precision Ag Summit proves interest in technology is still high

North Dakota’s 4th Annual Precision Agriculture Summit drew a slightly smaller crowd to Jamestown than last year, but the audience still showed strong and more intense interest in a fast-changing topic.

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Bought rumor, sold fact

Bought rumor, sold fact

Wheat traded lower last week. For the week ending Jan. 15, March Minneapolis lost 22.25 cents, March Chicago lost 31 cents and March Kansas City lost 27.5 cents. As of 10 a.m. Jan. 16, wheat trade was up 5 to 9 cents.

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