• Brian Martin sees high value in experimenting, such as in cover crops for grazing.  He and his father experimented during the drought of 2012 when the corn crop produced more forage than it did grain.  Cover crops had a two-fold purpose and value.
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  • On the Chicago Mercantile Exchange cattle closed mostly lower in low trade volume.  Cattle were pressured by the lower boxed beef trade at the midday.  August live cattle closed down $.75 at $106.37 and October live cattle closed down $.32 at $105.90.  August feeder cattle was the only contract to close in the black – it ended the day up $.02 $140.50 and September closed down $.70 at $140.02.
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  • The message from a discussion on agro-terrorism is to “be prepared.”  Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R) of Kansas equates a secure food system to national security.  Roberts – speaking at a roundtable discussion on agro-terrorism Friday – says the consequences of any threat to the U.S. food supply have to be mitigated through research, prevention and preparedness,  “The devastating ramifications of being ill-prepared for a malicious attack or a natural disaster on our food supply would be absolutely overwhelming.
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  • From the American Egg Board:
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  • Soybeans were higher on short covering and technical buying. Forecasts for rain coverage continue to look mixed, beneficial in some areas, completely missing others. Demand is strong with only a couple of weeks left in the marketing year. The 2017/18 marketing year for soybeans, and corn, starts September 1st. Soybean meal and oil followed beans higher. Bean oil had additional support from strength in crude oil.
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  • Michigan soybean farmers can look forward to valuable data gathered through large-scale and long-term research.
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  • Brownfield Anchor/Reporter Amie Sites will be on the ground in London, Ohio September 19 – 21, 2017 for Farm Science Review.
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  • The Minnesota Pork Board selected Amelia Welter of Olmstead County as the 2017-2018 Minnesota Pork Ambassador.
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  • The USDA says milk production in the top 23 states during July 2017 was 17.189 billion pounds.
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  • A state soybean leader describes the dicamba situation as messy and says it has pitted some farmers against each another.
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