Decatur is among the finalists for a national agriculture research center.
The (Decatur) Herald & Review reports Thursday (http://bit.ly/1yyldBp ) that the National Corn Growers Association wants to create a facility to support and develop farming research.
Richard Vierling is head of the Corn Growers research and development team. He said Thursday that Fargo, North Dakota, is the other city in the running for the National Agriculture Genotyping Center. The facility would translate scientific discoveries into production improvement.
With the price of farmland at record levels across the Corn Belt, many farmers have been renting acres to plant. Now, with the price of corn and soybeans in free fall, farmers that depend on renting risk big losses if they’re unable to negotiate lower rents.
Hot weather has been greeting visitors to this years Farm Progress Show in Decatur. And as the show enters its final day Thursday, the head of a national trade group says weather is also on the mind of midwest farmers attending the event.