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Big in ag: New tools document harvest

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    Fall harvest is on the downhill slide, and a lot closer to completion than it was a week ago. At the current pace, soybean harvest could be wrapped up by next week.

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    And, this year, a lot of farmers are using new technology tools and social media platforms to tell their own harvest stories. See how much these new tools are changing how farmers document their busiest time of year.

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    Here's one great example: This farmer compressed hours of harvest footage from the combine cab into one quick time-lapse clip. Don't you wish your harvest went this quickly?

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    Temperatures plummeted earlier this week in the Midwest and snowflakes started flying in parts of the western Plains. So, what's this winter going to look like? One forecaster says it could be 'cold-dominated.'

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    As you wrap up this fall's fieldwork, are you thinking ahead to next year's crop? If you're already thinking about what corn seed to buy for next year, here's a quick checklist of things to take into consideration.

    - Corn hybrid selection tips

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    As farmers wrap up fall harvest in the field, things in Chicago are marching to the beat of the world economy. Factors like the European debt crisis are becoming bigger and bigger players in the grain trade, analysts say.

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    Turning to the livestock sector, there were a lot of signs this week that the beef cattle market will stay strong for the next year, namely because of a thinner cow herd and high beef demand.

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    Another factor behind the strong cattle market is feed costs. Though corn's relatively high-priced right now, cattle prices still make feed relatively inexpensive.

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    Younger members of the farm business were a big topic in Washington, DC, this week. First, lawmakers proposed a new addition to the 2012 farm bill to help foster opportunity for young and beginning farmers.

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    The even younger workers on the farm could see their roles diminished if proposed rule changes at the Department of Labor are approved. Proposed changes would bar non-family farm workers under 16 from many jobs on the farm.

    - Law would change young farm labor

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    A new take on a fairly common conservation practice can do a lot more than previously thought to control nutrient runoff in crop fields, according to new research released this week in Iowa.

    - Buffer strips perform well

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    The soil around Lubbock, Texas, was airborne recently as a massive dust storm slammed that drought-parched area late last week. Check out this first-hand account of the storm.

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