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Skype Capable of Real Time Language Translation

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Skype, now owned by Microsoft, may soon be able to translate speech in real time. The company demoed this new kind of magic on stage. It would allow people to converse in their native (but different) languages.

Skype is one of my favorite broadcast tools. I use it every day and cannot wait to see how it might handle a conversation translation about on farm conditions in China, Ukraine, Argentina, and Brazil.

The Last Post & Red Poppies

Flying Old Glory

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Memorial Day we honor and remember those that gave their lives for freedom. Please remember to fly the U.S. flag at half staff until noon. Thee United States Flag Code lays out in detail when and how the flag is to be displayed along with other information. What follows is a short excerpt from the code.


The Flag Code — History and Text

On June 22, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved House Joint Resolution 303 codifying the existing customs and rules governing the display and use of the flag of the United States by civilians. Amendents were approved on December 22nd of that year. The law included provisions of the code adopted by the National Flag Conference, held in Washington, D.C. on June 14, 1923, with certain amendments and additions. The Code was reenacted, with minor amendments, as part of the Bicentennial celebration. In the 105th Congress, the Flag Code was removed from title 36 of the United States Code and recodified as part of title 4.


Title 4 United States Code (e…

Accuracy of USDA Forecasts of Corn Ending Stocks

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Two University of Illinois ag economist have looked at the accuracy of USDA forecasts of corn ending stocks. You may read the full report on the accuracy of USDA ending stocks for corn on the Farm Doc Daily website. The post is written by Darrel Good and Scott Irwin.

In it the two summarize the accuracy of WASDE forecasts of marketing year ending stocks of U.S. corn from 1990 to last year’s harvest by marketing year. They also discuss the implications for the May 2014 WASDE ending stocks estimates that was just released by USDA.   Three main implications emerge.  First they report, WASDE ending stocks projections for U.S. corn across the forecasting cycle are basically unbiased, if having a slight tendency towards under-estimation of the final number. Second, the first WASDE estimate of ending stocks for U.S. corn, always released in May before harvest, has a large potential range of errors.  This is sensible since the ending stocks forecast at this early point in the forecasting cycl…

ILLINOIS' Darrel Good Not Convinced Corn Prices Should Go Lower

USDA’s latest projections raised corn exports by one-hundred-fifty million bushels. It means shippers will need to load-out a lot of corn over the next three months says University of Illinois Ag Economist Darrel Good.

The ILLINOIS number cruncher wrote about corn consumption in his May 12, 2014 Weekly Outlook, "Although other factors may have contributed, corn prices declined following the release of the new WASDE ending stocks projections. Given the surprisingly large level of consumption of U.S corn that has unfolded this year and planting season weather that may pose a threat to both planted acreage and yield in some areas, the price weakness appears to be premature".

 Read more from Darrel Good's article on the FarmDocDaily website.

Political Support for Bio-Diesel

Support for biodiesel made from soybeans is coming to a head in Washington, D.C. Farmers, politicians, and biodiesel producers want continued support of the renewable fuel.

EPA's McCarthy Understands Corn Relies on the RFS

New RFS rules are likely to be released in June. Todd Gleason reports EPA believes it understands the importance of the rule to the nation's corn farmers.

Yield Loss & Delayed Planting

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University of Illinois Extension Agronomist Emerson Nafziger has penned an article on delayed planting and yield loss. You can read it online http://t.co/6coHa5jIBc

Glauber on the U.S. Grain & Oilseed Supply

USDA's Joseph Glauber talked with members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting earlier this week. The discussion considered ending stocks, rebounding corn and soybean supplies, exports, and the Lock Up.

Washington Watch

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This week I am working from the farm broadcaster's annual spring event in Washington, D.C.

Arrived Reagan National at 11:29 today. Was checked into the hotel and having lunch within 40 minutes thanks to a quick ride on the light rail line. The left of this photo shows the subway entrance near my hotel and the food trucks.

I overheard someone saying they followed the Gyro truck online and that it had been a week since it was at this station.

Delicious lunch choice for $7.00.



More Illinois Counties Confirmed Cry3Bb1 WCR Resistant

SOIL INSECTICIDE + Bt PYRAMID A BAD IDEA The resistance is getting stronger in Illinois. It's been just over a decade since the introduction of Bt hybrids capable of fending off the western corn rootworm. University of Illinois Extension Entomologist Mike Gray says six counties in the state are affected, with more to come.