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Friday Favorites: Top five AGDAILY stories Aug. 11- 17

· August 18, 2017

The top five AGDAILY stories of the week … did you follow the action? This week the Farm Babe examines corn versus grass fed beef, we get into the dicamba debate, and a woman writes a beautiful anthem in response to a dairy closing. Don’t miss a moment at AGDAILY. Sign up and push your […]

Could silicon in the soil be key to fending off insect pests?

· August 18, 2017

To help plants better fend off insect pests, researchers are arming them with silicon. The University of Delaware’s Ivan Hiltpold and researchers from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University in Australia are examining the addition of silicon to the soil to see if it will help strengthen plants against potential predators. […]

Shorter pig exhibits at fairs could cut down flu outbreaks

· August 18, 2017

The pig-to-person spread of the flu at fairs continues to be a concern — just this week a child in North Dakota and a child in Ohio contracted influenza from pig exhibits at the fair. However, a new study shows protective measures, including cutting the length of time pigs and people congregate, makes good sense […]

More U.S. rice to head south after Colombia trade agreement

· August 18, 2017

U.S. rice will have more market access to the fourth largest country in South America now after a new agreement with the government of Colombia. A previous agreement in 2012 between both countries enabled exports of U.S. paddy rice to Colombia, but under strict and costly requirements related to phytosanitary concerns. The new agreement lifts […]

Michigan Amish teen dies after electrocution on farm

· August 17, 2017

Our thoughts go out to this Michigan community after a 19-year-old Amish teen was electrocuted in a fatal farm accident. According to the Clare County Review, Alvin James Yoder was trying clear a 20-foot high grain tank on his farm with a metal pipe when he touched a 5,000 volt power line above. He died […]

Today’s markets: Rains make grains trade higher

· August 17, 2017

We kickoff this morning with Export Sales and Initial Jobless Claims at 7:30 A.M. followed with Capacity Utilization, Industrial Production at 8:15 A.M. and EIA Gas Storage at 9:30 A.M. The Grains are trading higher in the overnight electronic session. The complex is getting a bounce after being heavily sold in prior trading sessions. Another […]

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