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Farmobile Takes Ag Data to the Next Level

OWATONNA, Minn. — A farmer, a commodities broker and an engineer got to talking a couple years ago and decided there had to be an inexpensive way for a farmer to see all planting and harvesting data in one place. With all the technology out there, it seemed as though something similar to that ought to exist, they thought. Read More...
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All Systems Go For 2016 Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Soybeans Launch

The wait is over for Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans. Monsanto announced today it will commercially launch the dicamba-tolerant technology for soybeans this year after receiving Chinese import approval. “After a decade of development, the new and elite germplasm in Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans can provide growers with outstanding performance in their efforts to produce the best crop…
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ChemChina Offers to Acquire Syngenta

Acquisitions continue in the agricultural chemical/seed/trait arena. This morning, Syngenta announced that ChemChina has offered to buy it at a value of over $43 billion.  The deal comes on the heels of an offer Syngenta turned down last August, when Monsanto offered to buy it for $47 billion. The acquisition also follows a consolidation trend in this space started last December by the…
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Despite Push in Senate, Low Odds for Legislative Changes for Ethanol, RFS

Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) victory in the Iowa Republican caucus has spurred critics of federal biofuel mandates during the time the Senate is set to consider an amendment that would gut the program.
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3 Big Things Today, Feb. 3

Grains, Beans Little Changed as Investors Weigh Slack Demand vs. Dry Argentina Grains and soybeans are lower as investors weigh poor demand for U.S. supplies against some dry weather in Argentina.  Demand for U.S. corn, soybeans and wheat has weighed on exporters since the start of the respective crop marketing years. Competing countries have thus far been able to undercut on prices, and a…
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Markets Calm Waiting For A Spark

Grain markets are mostly unchanged. Traders are comfortable with their current positions as they wait for new news. Outside markets are quiet with some back and fill from yesterday. There are several reports in the next few days, both in the grains and on the economic side.
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Seven out of Possibly 22 Suspects Arrested in ATV Theft Ring

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Rangers and local law enforcement authorities have recovered a total of 14 stolen ATVs so far in this continuing investigation. 
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A Steady March of Grain Bin Deaths

Impulse often trumps experience in grain accidents.
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ChemChina Could Face U.S. Security Hurdle in Syngenta Deal

For the Chinese chemical giant hoping to absorb a Swiss seed and pesticide company, the toughest scrutiny may come from American officials.
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Planting Cotton Might Pencil Out This Spring

Even though cotton prices remain stuck in a sub-profitable range for most Cotton Belt producers, acreage could shift out of grain sorghum and dryland wheat and back into cotton this spring.
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Chipotle's Sales Have Dropped by 10.3 Million Burritos

These days, a weekday lunch at a Manhattan Chipotle is a lovely, languorous affair. There’s hardly ever a line. Empty seats abound. 
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CattleFax Weather Report Calls for a Good Growing Year

During the Cattle Fax Industry Outlook Conference at the Cattle Industry Convention, Art Douglas, PhD, professor emeritus from Creighton University, presented his annual analysis of the U.S. weather outlook for the coming growing season. Overall, it looks pretty good.
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Bin-Busting Yields Help South Dakota Lead in Sunflowers

 An agronomist might call it the power of high yields.
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Global Pork Market Weakens in First Quarter (VIDEO)

The global pork market will remain weak through the rest of the first quarter, followed by a slight improvement leading into Q2, according to Rabobank’s Global Pork Quarterly Q1 report.
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"Total Loss." Historic Kentucky Stockyards Burn (VIDEO)

A fire destroyed 70-year-old Blue Grass Stockyards in Lexington, Ky., over the weekend. 
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