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Six steps for growing continuous corn

Agriculture.com Staff 07/06/2010 @ 4:25pm

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2007 COMMODITY CLASSIC UPDATES

TAMPA, Florida -- By a vote of 59% to 41%, delegates to the National Corn Growers Association's Corn Congress defeated an attempt Saturday to combine support for marketing loans with the group's push for a new type of commodity safety net that would be similar to revenue-based crop insurance. The American Soybean Association didn't change its policy that favors rebalancing loan rates and target prices for all commodities.

Ethanol claimed the limelight during the recent 2007 Commodity Classic. But one of the stars of industrial uses of farm crops is soybeans. More specifically new uses for plastics made from soybean oil -- called soy polyol -- has experienced tremendous growth in the last year and is expected to greatly expand into the future.

Corn producers attending the 2007 Commodity Classic were pleased to hear that Case IH is creating a fleet of flexible-fuel Ford F-150 pickups to serve as their field representatives. And such vehicles will be burning E-85 when available.

The 2007 Commodity Classic, featured 196 companies showcasing the latest in technology, equipment and products. Take a quick tour of some of the visual highlights of the show.

Fungicides used to be backbenchers when it came to corn and soybeans. No more. Companies that market strobilurin fungicides are touting not only disease control benefits, but physiological ones as well. BASF and Syngenta, which market strobilurin fungicides, discussed advantages of their products during the Commodity Classic in Tampa, Florida.

The National Corn Growers Association projects that ethanol will displace 311,000 barrels of crude oil by 2010. "The demand for ethanol is definitely going to grow in the future,"

Rick Ostlie, a Northwood, North Dakota, farmer, has logged tens of thousands of miles and met with numerous farmers and industry and government chieftains in his role as 2006-2007 American Soybean Association (ASA) president.

For the first time, three of the nation's top commodity groups, representing corn, soybean and wheat farmers, are meeting at the Commodity Classic. The weather is warm and the mood is good. But when it comes to ideas for the next farm bill, each group is still taking a different approach.

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