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7 Ag stories you might have missed

From dairy to technology, we will catch you up on everything in agriculture from this week.

It’s the first full week of 2020 and it’s been busy. Here are 7 ag stories you may have missed this week:

Borden becomes the next big U.S. milk producer to file for bankruptcy. The Dallas-based company listed assets and liabilities of between $100 million and $500 million in its Chapter 11 filing in Delaware. The company founded more than 160 years ago, said in a statement that operations will continue as normal during the reorganization. -- Bloomberg

Plus, a new pasture herbicide has been submitted to EPA for approval. ProClova, the new herbicide will allow grazers to keep white clover while removing the broadleaf weeds. However, the U.S. EPA still needs to give it approval before it will be available for sale to farmers and ranchers. –BEEF

Discipline is key when considering land purchases. Consult your banker and your bookkeeper before the auction. Even if the cash is available, should you make the purchase? And if the land is only considered average and it goes above the amount you set, should you roll the dice? Also, once you buy it, what happens if the farm next to you goes up for sale? Hear what four experts have to say on the matter. – Indiana Prairie Farmer

If you are serious about dicamba in corn, a few things to know… Since growers have become more comfortable with dicamba, there is much interest in using this herbicide in field corn and other row crops. Consider that a higher rate might be needed to control weeds. Plus corn can be more susceptible to stalk bending or bare root malformation.  Bottom line though, if you are thinking about using any dicamba product for weed control in and have never used it before, READ the label prior to application. —Southeast Farm Press

A new product promises to improve seed treatment application. Compass Minerals launched Rocket Seed Moly Shine for retailers to provide a better finish for soybean seed and improved performance at the planter. The aim is to provide a finer finish to seed as it leaves the treater. The bonus is that the nutrition is being put right on the seed. – Corn +Soybean Digest

U.S. pork exports posted the best month on record in November, easily reaching new highs in both volume and value, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Pork exports surged to 259,812 metric tons in November, up 26% year-over-year and 11% above the previous high set in July 2019..—U.S. Meat Export Federation

The EPA, USDA and FDA band together to launch an agriculture biotechnology website. It’s a way for innovators and the public to get customer service and questions answered in one place. --USDA

And your bonus, changes have been made at Farm Futures.  Jacqueline Holland is the new Farm Futures grain market analyst. Bryce Knorr has decided to retire but will be part of the new blog, Ag Marketing IQ.

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