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NCGA announces 2014 yield contest winners

The 18 winners in six production categories had verified yields averaging more than 383.6 bushels per acre, compared to the projected national average of 173.4 bushels per acre in 2014. While there is no overall contest winner, yields from first, second and third place farmers overall production categories topped out at 503.7190.

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Commodity markets posted some surprising moves Monday morning

News of strong demand is supporting corn futures. Expect slow trading and limited price action over the next two weeks as many in the financial industry celebrate the holidays. Conversely, news events might spur choppy trading as low trading volume tries to accommodate orders. This morning’s news of a sizeable corn sale and the strong Export Inspections result are rather clearly boosting the corn market. March corn futures gained 0.75 cents to $4.1125/bushel late Monday morning, while July added 0.25 to $4.2225.

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Commentary: Agriculture's self-esteem problem

Farmers are professionals. Farmers are small business owners. If you start your own farm, you are an entrepreneur. I am proud to be a farmer! Why aren’t more farmers?

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Crop markers are mixed in early holiday trading

Talk of strong demand reportedly supported corn Sunday night. Expect slow trading and limited price action over the next two weeks as many in the financial industry celebrate the holidays. Conversely, news events might spur choppy trading as low trading volume tries to accommodate orders. Wire service sources cited strong demand and possible spillover from the wheat pit for limiting corn losses Sunday night. The market seems likely to test moving average support before Christmas.

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