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4430 PLANTING SWEET CORN AT NIGHT
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Planting to Beat the Weather

Saturday afternoon when I was spraying beans I received a call from Justin Storlie, my field representative with Birds Eye Foods. Justin informed me he was going to drop off the sweet corn seed and I could plant it anytime

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Market Report: Friday Corn and Beans Firmer

Corn closed slightly higher Friday. Even though there was a lot of volatility last week, the weekly close was not much different from the week before. For the most part, the weather last week was good for planting and that kept a lid on corn prices

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corn growing
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Market Report: Corn and Beans Lower

It was a tough day for corn, closing down around 5 cents. Pro Farmer reported the funds sold 8,000, contracts which represents 40 million bushels. The dollar index was higher and traders were talking about the great planting weather to get the corn crop off to a good start

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Facts About Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

This is a picture of a couple of geese I saw on the way home Wednesday afternoon. Last Sunday morning there was a mallard duck sitting in my lawn. I thought to myself, how could such innocent-looking birds devastate the poultry industry in Minnesota? The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is sure that it was migratory waterfowl that brought the highly pathogenic avian influenza to Minnesota

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corn growing
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Market Report: Corn Higher, Beans Mixed

It was the second day in a row corn had a late day rally and closed higher. On Tuesday, corn was 2-3 cents higher; today corn was up 3-5 cents. Weekly ethanol production was 887,000 barrels per day compared to 921,000 barrels per day the previous week

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RAIN GAUGE
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Rain Has Been Spotty this Spring

I did not think I would say this, but rain would be nice. After the struggles the past two years, getting the crop planted this spring was nearly ideal. We didn't have to work around wet spots and the depth wheels on the planter row units did not plug up with mud

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corn growing
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Market Report: Beans Higher, Corn Slightly Higher

Corn spent a good part of today's session under pressure but rallied back late to post gains of 1-2 cents. Traders were focused on the planting progress report that showed corn was 55 percent planted. The five-year average for this date would be 38 percent

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District Conservationist Tom Coffman On AM Minnesota

Rice County District Conservationist Tom Coffman will be my guest on AM Minnesota today. We will talk about the conservation provisions in the new farm bill. As I understand it, there are not any new programs, and the ones we are familiar with were written into the new farm bill

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Market Report: Beans Higher, Corn Slightly Lower

Corn closed 1-2 cents lower today. It was a fairly quiet session, with corn in a very narrow range. Weekly export loadings were reported by the USDA at 1.05 MMT. During this marketing year the corn inspections are slightly behind last year at 94

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Gator is Nice to Have on the Farm

A couple of years ago I bought this John Deere Gator for my 86-year-old dad to use around the farm. He loves to be outside where the action is but has a sore hip that prevents him from walking long distances

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