Gold-Eagle Cooperative News

Rep. Bustos Introduces Next Generation Fuels Act
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The Renewable Fuels Association today hailed the introduction of the Next Generation Fuels Act of 2020 by Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), calling the legislation “the beginning of an exciting new era in transportation fuels policy.” By establishing a high-octane, low-carbon fuel requirement, the bill would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enable greater engine efficiency, and encourage […]

China’s Agricultural Imports Up From Last Year
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Reuters writers Hallie Gu and Dominique Patton reported late last week that, “China’s August imports of soybeans from Brazil rose 22% from a year ago, customs data showed on Friday, as buyers increased their purchases to take advantage of higher margins earlier this year. “China, the world’s top buyer of soybeans, brought in 8.15 million tonnes […]

Practicing Fire Safety at Harvest
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Each year volunteer fire departments across the state are called to respond to combine or field fires started during harvest operations. The following guides can help ensure a smoother and safer harvest season without fire emergencies. Combine Maintenance Preventative maintenance is key to preventing many of the fires that occur on farm equipment. Keep all […]

Check Stalk Quality of Corn Going into Harvest
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Corn fields are turning quickly. Patches of plants are dying early and/or becoming discolored. In some areas of the state, lodging has been reported. Corn plants prioritize making and filling grain. Consequently, plants will cannibalize their own stalk tissue if necessary in order to have the carbohydrates needed to fill grain. What does this mean? […]

Keep Palmer Amaranth From Spreading
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

North Dakota producers need to be vigilant about keeping Palmer amaranth, a particular noxious weed, off their land, according to North Dakota State University Extension specialists. This weed has been found in new North Dakota counties every year since 2018, and 2020 was no exception. One source of introduction in 2020 was through contaminated grain […]

FAS Report- Biggest Challenge For U.S. Ag Trade With China: Strong Competition, Especially From Brazil
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

A recent report from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), “China: Evolving Demand in the World’s Largest Agricultural Import Market,” stated that, “As part of the Phase One Agreement, China has committed to purchase $12.5 billion more agricultural and related products from the United States over 2017 levels. “After a slow start in the first quarter, U.S. agricultural exports to […]

October Alfalfa Harvest Considerations
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

With droughty conditions across the state and late season moisture regenerating stands of alfalfa, is there still an opportunity to take October alfalfa cuttings? And which stands could handle a late season cut? Alfalfa stands with at least six weeks of regrowth in mid-October will have developed adequate winter-hardiness and may be a candidate for […]

Corn and Soybean Yield in 2020
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

We compared projected state yields made available in the September Crop Production report to trend yields estimated with forty years of historical data. State corn yields are projected to be above-trend for most Midwest states in the Corn Belt, except for Iowa, Ohio, and Nebraska. Soybean yields also are projected above trend for all Midwest states except for Iowa. […]

Be Prepared for Combine Fires during Harvest Season
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The combination of high temperatures and dry conditions are the perfect conditions for field fires and combine fires during harvest. Dry grasses, crop residues, and woodland debris along many of our farm fields provide fuel for field fires. Likewise, leaked fuel, cracked hydraulic hoses, heated bearings, overheated belts and chains can provide the ignition for […]

Cattle Finishing Net Returns in 2020
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

This year has exhibited wide swings in commodity prices, drastically changing net return prospects.  Earlier papers examined net return prospects in early January (farmdoc daily January 10, 2020) and early May (farmdoc daily May 8, 2020).  This article provides updated feeding cost of gain, breakeven prices, and net return estimates for the first nine months of 2020, […]

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