Mar 19

Creating a sustainable future for farmers through Nutrient Use Efficiency

Growers are under more pressure as margins tighten and regulatory burdens increase. In this Managing for Profit, Paul Beck with Verdesian Life Sciences talks about Nutrient Use Efficiency and how growers are doing more with less. Continue reading Creating a sustainable future for farmers through Nutrient Use Efficiency at Brownfield Ag News.      

Mar 19

GMO salmon nothing to fear

A genetically engineered salmon will be available to consumers in a few years, not that final approval’s been given. This will be the first GMO animal when it goes to market and Michael Stebbins with GMO Answers says there is nothing to fear. Continue reading GMO salmon nothing to fear at Brownfield Ag News.      

Mar 19

Trade dispute results in innovative marketing

The trade dispute with China has resulted in some innovative soybean export marketing. Tom Steever spoke to Jim Sutter, US Soybean Export Council CEO, who says the upside is the development of markets in other parts of the world. Sutter quoted US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s characterization of being “cautiously optimistic” about ongoing talks aimed …

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Mar 19

Soybeans, corn give back some gains

Soybeans were modestly lower on profit taking and technical selling. It’s looking more and more like face to face trade talks between President Trump and President Xi might not resume until as late as June. No definitive announcement has been made, however, and talks could resume as early as April. Harvest and development conditions in …

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Mar 19

Flood Warning issued March 18 at 9:15PM MDT until further notice by NWS

…The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls has issued a flood warning for the following rivers in South Dakota…Minnesota…and Iowa Medary Creek near Medary West Fork Des Moines River near Avoca …Forecast flooding changed from Minor to Moderate severity for the following rivers in South Dakota…Iowa…

Mar 19

Flood Warning issued March 18 at 9:15PM MDT until further notice by NWS

…The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls has issued a flood warning for the following rivers in South Dakota…Minnesota…and Iowa Medary Creek near Medary West Fork Des Moines River near Avoca …Forecast flooding changed from Minor to Moderate severity for the following rivers in South Dakota…Iowa…

Mar 19

‘American Idol’ final auditions: Surprise appearances, a former country star and a Maddie Poppe prank

“American Idol” champ Maddie Poppe removes her disguise; ABC/Kelsey McNealAmerican Idol’s final audition episode of the season aired Monday night, and it was a crazy combination of unexpected guest appearances, the usual sob stories and one very funny prank, courtesy of reigning Idol champ Maddie Poppe

Attack of last season’s finalists
About 90 minutes into the show, we were introduced to a goth chick who called herself Lady Mapo and sported pierced lips, a pierced nose, purple lipstick and a bad attitude. She said she wanted to audition because last year’s show was “too American.”  The judges were put off by her — until the music started, and that was the clue: It was “Rainbow Connection.” Lady Mapo then pulled off her wig and revealed herself to be none other than Maddie Poppe.  The judges screamed and seemed genuinely surprised to see her.

Another surprise appearance came courtesy of Maddie’s boyfriend and last season’s runner-up, Caleb Lee Hutchinson.  He showed up to support Jared Sanders, his friend since age 10, who was auditioning after being inspired by Caleb’s success.  Caleb and Jared’s bromance was super-strong, but it wasn’t enough to earn Jared a ticket to Hollywood.

We also saw a montage of other contestants from last year showing up to say hi to the judges on the audition trail, including Catie Turner, Noah Davis and Dennis Lorenzo.

A 90s country star resurfaces
Sixteen-year-old Chloe Channell‘s “backup guitarist” just happened to be Billy Dean, an award-winning ’90s country star with a string of hits.  Apparently, legendary country star Kenny Rogers discovered Chloe, and then Billy became her musical mentor.  Of course, Luke Bryan knew Billy and ran down his career achievements, which Billy shrugged off, saying, “I’m all good and washed-up now!”

Chloe impressed the judges with her version of Keith Urban’s “Stupid Boy,” and Lionel Richie and Billy bonded over having met before — and also over Kenny Rogers, for whom Lionel wrote the 1980 smash hit, “Lady.”  Chloe got a golden ticket, and Luke and Billy harmonized on a chorus of Billy’s 1991 hit song, “Only Here for a Little While.”

The sob stories
Twenty-five-year-old Ryan Hammond is a pastor’s son, and Katy Perry was pretty sure her parents, who are also ministers, had worked with Ryan’s dad at some point.  Ryan used to weigh 330 pounds but underwent weight-loss surgery and dropped 170 pounds. Complications from the surgery nearly killed him, but now he’s svelte and healthy.  His version of “Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith earned him a golden ticket.

Twenty-three-year-old Jorgie was born in Israel to very conservative parents who don’t know he’s gay. When he was 18, he moved to L.A. and started his music career.  He told Katy her song “I Kissed a Girl” proved to him that being gay was mainstream and nothing to be ashamed of.  He said he’d never told his family that he was gay, so he was doing it right now, on national television.  His original song, “Heaven,” about unrequited love for a guy named Jeffrey, was his ticket to Hollywood.

Twenty-one-year-old Emma Kleinberg and her brother, Alex, her hero, tried out for American Idol together years ago but neither of them made it.  Alex developed bipolar disorder after college and tried to take his own life.  He survived, but is now severely brain-damaged.  Emma sang “American Privilege” by Allen Stone and earned a trip to Hollywood.

Nineteen-year-old Jackson Gillies lives in Katy’s hometown of Santa Barbara, CA, and met her a while back at a benefit concert for first responders.  He’s been diabetic since age three but several years ago, he also developed an autoimmune disorder called H.S., which attacks the skin.  There’s no cure, but Jackson maintains a positive attitude.  His version of “Make It Rain” by Foy Vance — which Ed Sheeran recorded in 2014 for the TV show Sons of Anarchy — blew the judges away.

And the rest
Others going to Hollywood include 22-year-old Nick Merico, the former star of the Nickelodeon series Every Witch Way; champion clogger Zebulon Spencer; and 19-year-old Long Island crooner Christiaan Padovan.

The American Idol “Hollywood Week” episodes begin this Sunday night on ABC.

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Mar 19

Brooks & Dunn are bound for the Hall of Fame: “We made a big ole mess out there for 20 years”

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Monday, the world learned something Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn have known for several weeks: Brooks & Dunn will be this year’s Modern Era inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

“It was just a couple weeks ago,” Ronnie recalls. “And they said, ‘Don’t tell anybody.'”

“The first thing I did was get in the car, and go tell everybody I knew,” he admits. “Luckily, it didn’t leak out.”

Ironically, Kix and Ronnie weren’t on board in the beginning when they were urged to abandon their solo careers to work together.  “We did not want to be a duo,” Ronnie points out, as Kix laughs. “We started and it just caught on, and we went with it. And we became a darn duo.”

“I guess it means that anything can happen,” Ronnie reflects. “You just put one foot in front of the other and keep moving,” adding with a laugh, “Today’s a good day to be a duo.”

Ultimately, both Kix and Ronnie are thankful for their partnership.

“We owe each other a lot,” Kix admits. “And the major part of our recognition came from whatever it was that we did… and had together.”

“And we’ve never been able to describe that or explain that,” he adds. “We get introduced and we jump in a rocket ship and take off.”

B&D will officially join the Hall during the Medallion Ceremony this fall.

“I’m proud to go in with Ronnie,” Kix says. “We made a big ole mess out there for twenty years. It was a lot of fun, and I look back on it with a big ole smile on my face.”

“It’s like, I don’t know how the hell that happened,” he says, “but man, I guess it did or we wouldn’t be sitting here right now.”

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Mar 18

Flood Warning issued March 18 at 2:18PM MDT until further notice by NWS

…The Flood Warning is cancelled for the following rivers in Minnesota…and Iowa… N. Branch Pipestone Creek near Pipestone Floyd River At Alton Ocheyedan River near Everly Waterman Creek near Sutherland

Mar 18

Flood Warning issued March 18 at 2:18PM MDT until further notice by NWS

…The Flood Warning is cancelled for the following rivers in Minnesota…and Iowa… N. Branch Pipestone Creek near Pipestone Floyd River At Alton Ocheyedan River near Everly Waterman Creek near Sutherland