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Agri-Line - Le Mars Agricultural Connection

Corn Acreage On The Increase

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers planted 96.4 million acres of corn this spring, up 5 percent from last year.
     It's the largest number of planted acres since 97 million in 1937. The revised estimate, based on early June farm surveys, is up from May's estimate of nearly 92 million acres.
     The USDA says farmers expect to make more profit from corn than other commodities.
     Iowa corn acres fell to 14 million from 14.1 million. Nebraska rose to 9.9 million from 9.85 million.
     Record corn acreage is expected in Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon and the Dakotas.
     The USDA estimates 76.1 million acres are planted in soybeans. That's up 1 percent from 2011 and the third highest on record.



Ethanol Plants Face Slim Profit Margins

  WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - High corns prices and less consumer demand for gasoline have ethanol plants across the Midwest cutting back production.
     More than 95 percent of the nation's ethanol plants use corn as their feedstock. Analysts say corn prices have been skyrocketing because of fears triple-digit temperatures and drought in the middle of the country will destroy, or greatly reduce, this year's crop.
     Meanwhile, the country has an ethanol glut. People are not driving as much given the poor economy and the high gasoline prices. Ethanol is primarily used in gasoline blends.
     Valero Energy operates 10 ethanol plants. It is temporarily idling one in Nebraska and another in Indiana because it costs more to make ethanol at those plants than the company can sell it for.


Corn Checkoff Elections

(Des Moines) -- Corn growers in Crop Reporting Districts 1...2...4...5...7...and 8 will vote July 10 at their county extension offices for representatives to serve on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB).  Elected directors will serve a three-year term representing corn growers from their respective crop reporting districts.  Anyone who has produced and marketed 250 bushels of corn or more in Iowa in the last year is eligible to vote in the election.  Producers unable to visit an extension office on July 10, may vote by absentee ballot.  Absentee ballots are available by contacting the Ioiwa Corn Promotion Board office at (515) 225-9242.  All absentee ballots must be postmarked by July 10. 

Candidates for each district include:

Crop District #1

Kent Harms - George, Lyon County

Gary Small - Rembrandt, Buena Vista County

Crop District #2

Deb Keller - Clarion, Wright County

Chris Weydert - Algona, Kossuth County

Crop District #4

Larry Klever - Audubon, Audubon County

David Leiting - Carroll, Carroll County

Crop District #5

Jon Brockman - Melbourne, Marshall County

Kevin Rempp - Montezuma, Poweshiek County

Crop District #7

Doug Holliday - Greenfield, Adair County

Trevor Whipple - Northboro, Fremont County

Crop District #8

Ray Cook - Seymour, Wayne County

Don Hunerdosse - Milo, Warren County

Biographies for all of the candidates and a list of counties in each crop reporting district are available at




Heat Wave May Be Stressful To Cattle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa farmers are being urged to watch their cattle for signs of stress as the heat builds across the Midwest.
     The Iowa Cattlemen's Association says cattle could be at risk with temperatures around 100 degrees on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. CEO Matte Deppe says cattle rely on respiration more than sweating to cool down, which means producers must also consider other means to keep them comfortable.
     Some suggestions from Iowa State University Extension include clean fresh water, shade and using a higher percentage of feed in the afternoon.
     If necessary, farmers should begin sprinkling cattle with water if there are signs of heat stress. Officials say producers who use fans or water on their cattle should continue to use the process
until the heat wave breaks.


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