ST. LOUIS — The Ag Coast of America is expanding to lead the world in addressing global food security concerns. Strategically located in the center of the world’s agriculture production, the bi-state St. Louis region is recognized as a world leader in agriculture technology research and grain barge handling capacity.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Natural Resources Conservation Service is once again encouraging Illinois farmers to “keep the stubble” on their harvested crop fields and improve soil health during No-Till November.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — With crazy 2019 weather, planting conditions and harvest delays, talk about cover crops in Illinois might be at an all-time high.

OPINION  Representatives of a national coalition representing almost 10,000 U.S. farmers and ranchers held a press conference earlier this fall in Washington, D.C., to announce the delivery of a letter to Congress urging support for the Green New Deal. They called on lawmakers to make agriculture policy reform a priority for addressing the climate crisis and the economic crisis facing independent family farms.

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The new ExactAir potato storage system sits on display Friday during an open house at the new facility in Jerome.

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Jason Jones, co-owner of Gary Jones Construction, gives a tour of the new ExactAir potato storage system Friday during an open house at their new facility in Jerome.

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Jason Jones, co-owner of Gary Jones Construction, talks about the new ExactAir potato storage system Friday during an open house at their new facility in Jerome. Instead of having one set of fans that blows air the whole length of the cellar, ExactAir uses a host of fans that go along the ce…

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Jason Jones, co-owner of Gary Jones Construction, gives a tour of the new ExactAir potato storage system Friday during an open house at their new facility in Jerome. The new kind of potato storage is 60% more energy efficient than traditional set ups. 

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Potatoes sit in storage in the new ExactAir potato storage system Friday in Jerome.

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The second set of 2019 Market Facilitation Program payments is now scheduled to be released. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said the payments will begin the week before Thanksgiving. Producers of Market Facilitation Program-eligible commodities will now be eligible to receive 25 percent of the total payment expected, in addition to the 50 percent they have already received. Registration at USDA-Farm Service Agency offices will be open through Dec. 6.

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Welcome to February? Nope, it’s November. Five inches of snow fell Sunday night into Monday, and now we have subzero overnight temperatures with single-digit daytime temperatures. As I sit here typing, we are sitting with temperature of 1 above with a real feel of -9 degrees. The good thing is the snow didn’t stick to the corn and at these cold temperatures any snow that is on it should flow through the combine, so we should be back at it later today.

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Another round of harvest delays with snow on Monday. Not entirely sure how many inches of snow we had as it was blowing and drifting. We finished cutting beans Thursday last week, and only have about 80 acres of corn left. Hopefully, we can get some decent weather at the end of this week so we can finish up.

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Forecasters believe we may see up to a foot of lake effect snow if this next weather system holds together. Area farmers continue to push harvesting to daily limits as they babysit grain dryers and maintain the status of grain bins as they are trying to dry down corn that seems to be hanging onto the moisture levels near the upper 20s. Some were seen shelling corn until noon, then switching to soybeans and then back to corn again. Needless to say, no one has been sitting still.

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We all need to remember our past to help us move forward better in life. But that doesn’t mean we have to dwell on our past. We are nearing the end of harvest for a year that will never be forgotten for most, if not all, of ag industry. This has been one of the most troubling years for so many people. But I do feel blessed to have a crop to harvest, and we have almost completed it safely and without too much trouble so far.

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We are done! The combine came home empty last Monday evening at 6 p.m. Corn harvest for many in this area ended last week. Not so in Illinois. Mark and I traveled to St. Louis for a meeting on Wednesday and Thursday and there were thousands of acres of corn and beans still in the field. We saw several combines rolling, but we also saw lots of standing water in fields. They obviously had more rain than we had.

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Trade agreements, as critical as they are, do not in themselves create trade. Trade happens when people connect with people, a reality five Dairy Management Inc. board members – all dairy farmers – witnessed during an Oct. 20-25 governance mission to Mexico. It was organized by the U.S. Dairy Export Council.

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MADISON, Wis. – Brad Pfaff accepted a new position with the Wisconsin government a week after being fired by the Wisconsin Senate. He was formerly the Agriculture Secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — “I don’t think you can make grits in space,” contemplated Torbert Rocheford, the Patterson Endowed Chair in Translational Genomics for Crop Improvement in the Purdue University Department of Agronomy. “Well, maybe if you had a microwave.”

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Sensing technology, including high-resolution RGB cameras, hyperspectral imaging, LIDAR and thermal infrared sensor, can improve the accuracy and efficiency of plant phenotyping. In a fraction of the time it would take researchers to manually measure plants in a field, sensors can assess pla…

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Purdue professor Mitch Tuinstra is leading a research program aimed at improving remote sensing for assessing plant traits and commercializing the technology. The sensors, which can be mounted to on-ground machinery or drones, can improve the efficiency and accuracy of phenotyping for plant …

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Sending breeders into fields to manually measure the characteristics of plants is slow, laborious and expensive. Remote sensing technologies, coupled with advanced analytics, offer the promise of faster, more accurate data collection to improve the speed at which plant breeders can bring better cultivars to the market.