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2010-04-12 14:28:26

The 1996 U.S. Farm Bill eliminated many acreage restrictions, thereby allowing farmers to plant what they believe to be their most competitive crops. A study conducted by University of Illinois agricultural economists evaluated subsequent acreage changes across crops to better understand which crops have been most profitable during a period when farm legislation contains few acreage constraints. "Since the passing of the Freedom to Farm Act, soybean and corn acreages have increased...

2009-10-05 17:59:48

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the winter wheat crop was in step with the five-year historic average, 26 percent emerged as of Oct. 4. The nation's crop harvests are under way with spring wheat 97 percent harvested, the soybean harvest 15 percent done and the corn harvest 15 percent done against a five-year average of 25 percent done for this week of the year. The rice crop in the six largest rice-producing states is 62 percent completed against a historic average of 78 percent for...

2009-08-03 16:43:26

The big combines are beginning to roll across the spring wheat fields of Idaho, Montana and South Dakota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday. The harvest is under way, but just barely with 3 percent of the acreage harvested in the nation's top six wheat-producing states, the USDA said. A few weeks into the oat harvest, the nation's top nine oat-producing states are 31 percent done, the weekly crop report said. In step with corn and soybeans, the oat harvest lags behind its...

2009-07-06 16:45:42

The U.S. winter wheat harvest is keeping up with its historic pace, but spring wheat is lagging its five-year benchmarks, the weekly crop report said. The 18 largest winter wheat-producing states report harvest is 56 percent completed, against a five-year average of 59 percent for this time of year. Spring wheat, however, is 30 percent headed out in the six largest spring wheat producing states. Historically, 65 percent has headed out by this time of year. The soybean crop is 100 percent...

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2009-06-29 16:05:00

Progress in the U.S. corn crop remains far behind its historic average, as the corn cobs enter the silking stage, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. In the previous five seasons, the 18 largest corn-producing states have averaged 8 percent of the crop at the silking stage by this time of year. Only 4 percent of this year's crop has reached that stage so far this year. A 4 percentage point difference may sound negligible, but historically eight states at this time of year report silking...

2009-06-08 15:22:27

Progress in the spring wheat crop remains far behind its historic average, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday. Although spring wheat in Washington and South Dakota are close to five-year averages, the nation's crop in total is at 67 percent emergence against a five-year average of 90 percent for this time of year, the weekly crop reports said. Seventy-seven percent of the winter wheat crop has been harvested, compared to a five-year average of 81 percent for this week of the...

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2009-06-01 15:52:42

A slow planting season has begun to even out for the U.S. corn crop, now 93 percent planted and 73 percent emerged, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. Planting at this week of the year is historically 97 percent completed. While the crop lagged far behind its five-year average for most of the spring, the historic average for emergence is 86 percent for this week of the year, meaning the crop is catching up after a slow start. Slowed by floods, Illinois and Indiana remain far behind with...

2009-05-18 15:48:38

Corn planting is well off the pace of its five-year historic averages, with just 62 percent of the acreage planted, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. On average, 82 percent of the acreage has been planted by this week of the year. Only North Carolina reports acreage 100 percent planted. A critical corn state, Indiana, reports only 24 percent planted against a historic average of 83 percent. Only 20 percent of the crop in Illinois has seed in the ground. Historically, at this point,...

2009-05-04 16:44:35

The U.S. corn planting stands at 33 percent completed, but has fallen further behind its historic average compared with a week ago, the government said. On average, the corn crop is 50 percent planted by this time of year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. A week ago, planting was 6 percentage points behind the historic average. This week, farmers in the 18 largest corn producing states are 17 percentage points behind. The six most productive states for the nation's rice crop are close...

2009-04-20 16:36:26

The U.S. corn crop's planting progress is falling behind its historic average, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday. Over the past five years, 14 percent of the crop has been planted by this time of year. But, the 18 largest corn-growing states report only 5 percent of this year's crop has seeds in the ground. In the country's 15 largest cotton-producing states, 11 percent of the crop has been planted against a five-year average of 14 percent for this week of the year. The...


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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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