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NAFTA talks resume, white mold in Missouri and record-breaking wheat in Kansas.

Janet Kubat Willette, E-Content Editor

September 1, 2017

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Need a quick catch up on agricultural news? Here are seven agricultural stories you might have missed this week.

1. North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations resumed Friday in Mexico City. President Trump has threatened to withdraw from NAFTA four times since the first round of negotiations wrapped up Aug. 20. – Farm Futures

2. Boersen Farms has been sued by CHS Capital alleging it defaulted on $145 million in loans. CHS wants to take possession of crops that have yet to be harvested. – 

3. Bob Cropp says milk prices should climb to $17 by October. The University of Wisconsin-Madison dairy economist says slower growth in milk production combined with higher dairy exports and strong domestic sales of butter and cheese are pushing prices higher. – Wisconsin Agriculturist

4. Genomes2Fields aims to improve the nation’s corn crop by uncovering how genomes are turned into yield, stress resistance and other traits. The project received a $1.25 million grant from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. – Wisconsin Agriculturist

5. Sclerotinia stem rot, or white mold, is showing up in northwestern Missouri soybean fields. It’s rare in Missouri and was last found in the state about a decade ago. – Missouri Ruralist

6. Spencer West is the overall winner in the 8th annual Kansas Wheat Yield Contest. West, of LeRoy, Kansas, set a new contest record with a yield of 123.75 bushels per acre on his five acre plot. The plot was planted with WB-Cedar (WestBred). – Kansas Farmer 

7. Hurricane Harvey blew away cotton storage, halted grain transportation at the ports of Houston and Corpus Christi and forced some ranchers to find new homes for their cattle. – Farm Futures

And your bonus.

Is it possible that Iowa’s agricultural legacy, specifically that of Norman Borlaug and the World Food Prize, could provide a way to deescalate tensions between the United States and North Korea? – Des Moines Register

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