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EPA Must Make Good Lost Biofuels Gallons

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EPA Must Make Good Lost Biofuels Gallons
Scott Irwin, Agricultural Economist - University of Illinois The courts have ruled in favor of biofuels made from corn and soybeans. Todd Gleason has more on what the ruling could mean for ethanol and biodiesel.The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for Washington… 2:32 radio
2:40 radio self-contained The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. under took a case to define the meaning of three words in the Renewable Fuel Standard written by the United States Congress. The three words, a phrase, are “inadequate domestic supply”. Congress through them says University of Illinois Agricultural Economist Scott Irwin granted the Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA, the right to grant a waiver allowing energy producers not to follow the law. Irwin :12 …you cannot require someone to consume it.Which commonsense would say, yes, you need that kind of escape clause in the statute that would say if a biofuel is not being produced you…

U.S. Circuit Court Rules in Favor of Biofuels

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U.S. Circuit Court Rules in Favor of Biofuels
Scott Irwin, Agricultural Economist - University of Illinois

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled against the United States Environmental Protection Agency Friday. Todd Gleason has more on how the ruling could impact biofuels production in the United States.

Why North Dakota Farmers Plant Corn & Soybeans

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Why North Dakota Farmers Plant Corn & Soybeans
Mark Formo, Farmer - Litchville, North Dakota Jim Howe, Farmer - Casselton, North DakotaThe Dakota’s have been opting for a changing crop rotation over the last decade and half. Todd Gleason reports farmers there have been searching out the best alternatives. Mark Formo is from Litchville…
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2:10 radio self-contained Mark Formo is from Litchville. That’s about 85 miles west of Fargo. He used to plant sun flowers. He doesn’t anymore because the blackbirds, you heard me right, blackbirds were eating up his profits. Formo :19 …anything from an 82 to a 95 day corn. Quote Summary - We lost hundreds of pounds per acre to blackbirds and we just needed something else to do. That and we know that corn varieties, and genetics are phenomenal for corn. We try to raise anything from an 82 to a 95 day corn. Those are really short season varieties by comparison to the 110 day corn farmers in the I states use, Illinois, Indiana,…

Soybean Exports Stronger than Expected, but...

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Soybean Exports Stronger than Expected, but…
Todd Hubbs, Agricultural Economist - University of IllinoisThe price of soybeans has remained strong, but there is good reason not to be overly optimistic. Todd Gleason has more from the University of Illinois.Farmers in South America harvested a big bean…
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1:41 radio self-containedFarmers in South America harvested a big bean crop this year. No, that’s not right, Brazilian farmers harvested an enormous soybean crop. Despite this U.S. soybean exports have remained very strong much later into the calendar year than usual. It wasn’t expected says University of Illinois Agricultural Economist Todd Hubbs, and he says it is a positive sign.Hubbs :12 …about 48 it is going to be a huge crop.Quote Summary - Having said that, we are still looking at eighty-nine-and-a-half million acres of soybeans with an undetermined yield right now. If it hits trend of about 48, it is going to be a huge crop. Hubbs has been watching the supp…

Soybeans More Profitable than Corn

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Soybeans More Profitable than Corn
read blog postSoybeans have been more profitable than corn over the last three years, and an ILLINOIS agricultural economist expects that to continue to be the case this year and next. Todd Gleason has more from the University of Illinois… Gary Schnitkey has updated crop budgets…
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1:19 radio self contained Gary Schnitkey has updated crop budgets for highly productive central Illinois farmland. It shows, as was the case in 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016, that planting soybeans will make farmers more money than planting corn this year and in 2018. The cash price of corn will need to exceed $4.00 a bushel if that is to change, at least with soybeans in the high $9.00 a bushel range. Schnitkey in his farmdocDaily article, you can find that online, says there are four points to be aware of as it relates to the 2017 and 18 crop budgets. first, these can change as expected yields and price evolvesecond, repeating this, corn needs to be a…

A Weather Market & Corn Yields

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A Weather Market & Corn Yields
Todd Hubbs, Agricultural Economist - University of IllinoisThe corn market has been up and down with the weather forecast this summer. Todd Gleason has this look at current conditions impacting price. Each day the weather changes and just as often…
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1:59 radio self-contained Each day the weather changes and just as often, it seems, so has the direction of corn prices. Todd Hubbs from the University of Illinois was of the opinion a couple of weeks ago that corn market had a some upside potential. It did, but now, maybe it doesn’t. This has him thinking about the number of acres of corn in the United States, the impact of the weather on yield, and how the market might react August 10th when the United States Department of Agriculture releases the first corn crop production report of the season.Hubbs :40 …with about 168/169 yield on August 10th. Quote Summary - We talk about increased corn acreage and maybe a yield loss below tren…

Barley, Beer, Budweiser

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Barley, Beer, Budweiser
Alan Slater, Director Midwest Barley Operations - Anheuser Busch Jim Howe, Howe Seed Farms - Casselton, North DakotaWhen you reach for that ice cold Budweiser it has a lot farm country in it. Anheuser Busch celebrated its relationship with barley growers this month (July 19 & 20, 2017). Todd Gleason has more from a harvest table at Howe Seed Farms about twenty miles due west of Fargo, North Dakota.1:42 radio
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1:44 tv 2:00 tv cg The barley malt delivered to Anheuser Busch in St. Louis, Missouri comes from farmers way up north in the United States. It’s processed in Moorhead, Minnesota. Alan Slater is the Director of Midwest Barley Operations and he spent some time earlier this month letting folks know just how important the barley farmers, and it is pretty safe to say he knows a lot of them, are to making beer. Slater :22 ….rural communities and moving on to the end product.Quote Summary - We get to deliver this barley f…

Butterfly Weed | a milkweed for your yard & garden

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Butterfly Weed | a milkweed for your yard & garden
Candice Hart, Extension Horticulture - University of Illinois
read blog postThe butterfly weed is a favorite of Candice Hart as a great cut flower, but also as a milkweed that supports the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly. Commonly known as butterfly weed, this long-lived and striking perennial is native to much of the continental United States, along with Canadian provinces Ontario and Quebec.