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RENSSELAER — With standing room only, a large crowd gathered to learn more about the planned solar array farm that will affect their lives in Kankakee Township, which will be greatly affected …

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The USDA has released its 2017 Agriculture Census revealing an-depth look at agriculture in the state since the last census was released five years ago.

The USDA Grains Supply and Demand (WASDE) Report released on July 11 did not seem to have any impact on corn and soybean prices, even though some of the data was somewhat “bearish” toward the grain markets. In fact, prices for both corn and soybeans increased immediately following the WASDE report. The report increased the 2019 U.S. planted corn acreage and lowered the national soybean acreage from the June estimates, which matched the crop acreage numbers in the June 28 USDA crop acreage report. However, many private crop analysts are questioning the USDA acreage numbers and feel there could be further adjustments in the coming months.

BROOKINGS — As many Midwest producers look to cover crops to build soil health and/or provide supplemental forage after a soggy spring, many questions are arising regarding management decisions, specifically species selection and planting timing.

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RENSSELAER — Two White County students with the Rensselaer 4-H team took first place out of 27 teams at the National Livestock Judging Competition late last month in Kansas City, Mo.