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LJ and Karen Turner’s family have lived on a ranch southwest of Wright in the Powder River Basin for over a century. But in recent years, the bucolic landscape and clear skies have been punctuated with volcanic-like flames as energy companies flare, or burn off, excess natural gas.

SAVOY, Ill. — With estimates for the lowest price for soybeans and the lowest yields for corn in five years in Illinois, University of Illinois ag economist Gary Schnitkey predicted 2019 losses on both crops for most of the state’s farmers at the university’s Agronomy Day Aug. 22.

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Foxconn's partnerships with UW campuses have seen mixed success so far, with a UW-Milwaukee program drawing more student participation than announced, but developments appearing to progress slowly at UW-Madison.

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The September 12 USDA Crop Report slightly lowered the projected U.S. average corn and soybean yields for 2019, as compared to the August National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) yield estimates. The USDA yield estimates were based on U.S. crop conditions as of September 1st; however, the NASS projections do not agree with that analysis of U.S. crop conditions by many private crop and marketing analysts. Many of the private analysts cite excess moisture and poor early season growing conditions in portions of Southwest Minnesota and South Dakota, along with a large portion of the Eastern Corn Belt, as reasons for concerns with the 2019 USDA corn yield projections.

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