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CHS now sole owner of McPherson, Kan., refinery

ST. PAUL, Minn. — CHS announced on September 1 it has completed its purchase of the National Cooperative Refinery Association (NCRA) petroleum refinery and related operations based at McPherson Kan., and is now its sole owner. The refinery has been renamed the CHS Refinery at McPherson, Kan. "As the nation's leading cooperative energy company, becoming the sole owner of thi…

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Yield models continue to rise; buy puts

09/01/15 — The Progressive Ag corn and soybean yield models continued to rise this week for the ninth straight week in corn and seventh straight week in soybeans, continuing the trend since the end of June. We now have the largest estimates of the year at 172.8 bu/acre corn (up 0.27 bu/acre from last week) and 46.50 bu/acre soybeans (up a relatively larger 0.21 bu/acre in soybea…

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Oakes man deeds land to ensure future research

Four miles south of Oakes, N.D., a 20-acre plot features a number of carefully cultivated crops on the west side of the North Dakota Highway 1. Watered with a mini-irrigation system, onions, sunflowers, corn, beans and potatoes thrive in the plots, with the conditions, yields an…

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Spotlight on Economics: Defining waters of the U.S.

The nation recently has given considerable attention to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) revised regulation that defines “waters of the United States” for the purpose of the Clean Water Act. Despite the conflicting opinions and perspectives, and ensuing litigation, this brief point in legal history is an opportunity to remind ourselves of the basic functions of t…

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Seeding, weeding service helps farmers deal with conservation crunch

Some years, there aren’t enough hours of daylight for farmers to get everything done. One farmer in southern Brown County ended in that predicament this spring. The recently expanded services provided by the South Brown Conservation District helped him out of a bind. “Getti…

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SD Stockgrowers to host 124th Annual Convention Oct 1 and 2, 2015

South Dakota Stockgrowers Association and SD Cattlewomen are set to host the 124th Annual Convention and Tradeshow on October 1 and 2 at the Best Western Ramkota Convention Center in Rapid City. The two-day convention will feature a strong line-up of speakers and events along with policy discussions, and the annual business meetings for both associations. "We are looking fo…

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AgSense and Valley Irrigation launch new remote monitoring and control solution

HURON, SD — On August 31, AgSense and Valley Irrigation announce the release of the CommanderVP, a new remote monitoring and control solution for Valley control panels. This is the first AgSense telemetry product to completely integrate into Valley digital control panels. Adding CommanderVP to the Valley Pro2 and Select2 panels extends existing Valley digital technology to …

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Michelin introduces four new farm tires

GREENVILLE, S.C. — MICHELIN Agricultural tires is launching four new tires for tractors, sprayers, harvesting equipment and large implements in North America, as well as an industry-first satisfaction guarantee on the well-known Ultraflex line and a new mobile app that calculates the proper air pressure for tractor tires. Also on display during the Farm Progress show in Decatur,…

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Farmers invited to learn at Wheat Growers Summer Precision Summit Sept. 9

Farmers from around the area are invited to the Summer Precision Summit 2015 on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Wheat Growers Innovation Plot near Aberdeen. The area is one mile north of Wheat Growers Bath Fertilizer plant on 132nd Street. The event begins with registration at 9 a.m., with a welcome by Brent Wiesenburger, Wheat Growers Precision Ag Manager and one of the ev…

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Anhydrous ammonia safety seminars set

The North Dakota State University Extension Service, CHS, North Dakota Firefighter’s Association and Ammonia Safety & Training Institute will be conducting anhydrous ammonia safety seminars in Garrison on Oct. 8 and Park River on Oct. 10. The seminars are intended for farmers, fertilizer dealers, firefighters and first responders. The Oct. 8 session will be held at…

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NRCS State Technical Committee to meet September 15 in Huron

Huron, SD – The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will hold the State Technical Committee (STC) meeting on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at the Crossroads Hotel and Convention Center located at 100 4th Street SW, Huron, South Dakota. The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 10 a.m. The STC serves as an advisor to the NRCS State Conservationist. The ten…

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Syngenta receives EPA registration for breakthrough fungicide Solatenol

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Syngenta announced on September 1 that its newest succinate dehydrogenase inhibitor (SDHI) fungicide – Solatenol – has received registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is now available in four product offerings, pending individual state registrations. Solatenol fungicide is now available for use by U.S. growers on a wide range of crops.&…

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August survey suggests economic doldrums ahead for Midwest

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A survey conducted in August suggests there will be little or no economic growth over the next three months in a nine-state region of the Midwest and Plains, according to a report released on September 1. The overall Mid-American Business Conditions Index dropped to 49.6, compared with 50.6 in July, the report said. Creighton University economist Ern…

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Cost-effective, soy-based reactive oligomer replaces Bisphenol A (BPA)

WORTHINGTON, Ohio – The Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) and researchers at Battelle have developed a soy-based, BPA-free coating for use in the lining of metal food and beverage cans and other coating applications. This breakthrough will help food producers develop packaging solutions that meet increasing consumer health and safety demands while providing excellent performance and fo…

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Polo tradition ends in Black Hills after 3 decades

HILL CITY, S.D. (AP) — A 30-year tradition between two polo teams in the Black Hills has come to an end because of problems coordinating the annual matches. The Rapid City Black Hills Polo Club and the Hill City Rushmore Polo and Social Club took to the field for the final time on Aug. 30. Although Hill City had won the past five years, Rapid City emerged victorious Sunday …

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