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#DICAMBA DEBACLE CONTINUES

Missouri Thursday announced it would ban the use of BASF’s Engenia herbicide in 10 counties starting June 1, 2018. The ban will expand statewide on July 15 and end in October. Missouri said it expects to impose similar bans on dicamba herbicides sold by Monsanto and DuPont in coming weeks. In neighboring Arkansas, Monsanto last… read more

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#AGRONOMIST: COMBINATION OF FACTORS LED TO HIGH #CORN YIELDS

Now that the #harvest dust has settled in most areas, farmers are wondering where all this corn came from. University of Illinois Extension’s Emerson Nafziger said several factors played a role in the surprisingly good yields in some areas. Crop condition ratings during the growing season were some of the lowest on the decade. “Of… read more

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HOW DID WE GET HERE?

After a challenging growing season, farmers were surprised last week when USDA-NASS revised its bushel-per-acre average for corn upward, further depressing prices. In his weekly column, Stu Ellis said the surprising numbers have nothing to do with fertilizer or acreage and everything to do with genetics. “A 175 bushel per acre national yield average in… read more

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HOUSE PASSES #TAX BILL

With 227 Republican votes, the U.S. House Thursday passed the most sweeping tax overhaul in a generation, hoping to hand President Donald Trump his first big legislative win since taking office in January. The focus now shifts to the Senate, where GOP senators are moving quickly with their own proposal, which differs significantly from the… read more

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PRICE OF #THANKSGIVING DINNER DROPS

According to AFBF, the price of an average Thanksgiving dinner for 10 dropped this year to $49.12, a 75-cent decrease compared with last year and the lowest since 2013. While the price of the meal has steadily increased since 1986 when AFBF first conducted its survey, the average cost has been trending downward for the… read more

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BIG #CROPS HIGHLIGHT NEED FOR STRONG AG #MARKETS

Thinking back to August, IFB President Richard Guebert, Jr. wasn’t too worried about who would buy this year’s crops. He wasn’t sure there’d be much of a crop to buy in the first place. But Guebert’s yield monitor showed surprisingly high numbers this fall, and his thoughts have returned to where his crops are going… read more

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FARMWEEK PREVIEW

Be sure to check out next week’s issue of FarmWeek to read stories about Virginia Tech ag economist David Kohl’s tips for creating farm marketing and management plans; upcoming COUNTRY Financial crop insurance meetings and dicamba training sessions; and Clinton County farmers Herman and Cecilia Wiedle’s gift of 153 acres to the IAA Foundation.

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U.S. EXIT FROM #NAFTA WON’T HURT #MEXICO

Mexico’s economy minister Ildefonso Guajardo Thursday said he didn’t agree with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ comments that it would be devastating for Mexico if the U.S. withdrew from NAFTA. “Without a doubt, Mexico could face a short-term impact because the market is very sensitive to marketing, branding,” Guajardo said. “Our ability to adjust, and… read more

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HOUSE POISED TO PASS #TAX BILL

The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday is poised to pass a sweeping overhaul of the tax code, eliminating the death tax and cutting taxes for corporations and individuals before the year’s end. The vote is expected to follow party lines and still faces steep hurdles as House members must reconcile their version with the bill… read more

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#DICAMBA TRAINING TO BE REQUIRED BEFORE 2018 USE

#Illinois dicamba training roll out this winter, with sessions beginning Nov. 27 and continuing until April 1, just prior to spring planting. Illinois is following the U.S. EPA parameters, with dicamba considered a restricted-use pesticide in 2018. Applicators must prove they have completed dicamba-specific training to apply the product. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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