Palmer amaranth has been detected in Minnesota for the first time. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is urging farmers to check fields for the aggressive weed after a plant in a native seed planting plot on a Yellow Medicine County farm was confirmed to be palmer amaranth. Bruce Potter, an extension integrated pest management specialist […]

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Senator Al Franken is preparing to work on energy issues within the next Farm Bill by visiting Minnesota farmers and rural businesses. Franken, a member of the Senate Energy Committee, co-authored the current Farm Bill’s Rural Energy for America (REAP) program. “This program helps rural areas (and) helps farmers become more energy-efficient and use renewable […]

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Soybeans were lower on commercial and technical selling. There has been flooding and harvest delays in the northern Midwest with more expected rain over the next few days, but the trade’s expecting a record crop. In all likelihood, some of this year’s crop has been lost, but totals won’t be known for a while. The […]

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China says it’s imposing anti-dumping duties on US dried distillers grains (DDGs) effective immediately.  The Ministry of Commerce announced a nearly 34-percent duty, claiming shipments of US DDGs damaged China’s domestic industry. A joint statement from the US Grains Council, the Renewable Fuels Association, and Growth Energy says they have worked closely with China’s livestock […]

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Domestic red meat stocks at the end of August were down 3% on the year at 1.130 billion pounds. That was up 1% on the month, but still indicates strong demand after record commercial red meat production in August. Beef stocks were up 1% on the year at 476.619 million pounds, while pork stocks were […]

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