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November 7, 2015 02:05 AM
Tailgate Talk

What A Day: Grain Overboard!

Hold up—this operator knew there was a drone flying around, but a quick stop had corn taking a spill over the cab. Like the operator says, “A folding corn head without 4x4 does make the back a bit light.”

If you’ve had one of those days—or captured someone else’s—we’d love to share it with our readers. Email high-resolution images to whataday@farmjournal.com or mail prints to What A Day!, Farm Journal, P.O. Box 958, Mexico, MO 65265. Photos for publication will be selected on a first-come basis.


A Most Amazing Harvest

Farmers often lend a hand to their neighbors, but in Galva, Ill., neighboring farmers lent hands, machinery and hearts to harvest 450 acres of corn for Carl Bates, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer this fall. 


Organized by his cousin Dan Bates, 40 people gathered Sept. 25 with 10 combines, 12 grain carts and 16 semis. What normally would have taken a week took just 10 hours for the crew. Nearly 100 semi-loads of corn were delivered to Rumbold & Kuhn elevator, which stayed open late to receive it all. For more about this story, visit www.FarmJournal.com/Bates_harvest. 

Stat Rack

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), signed in October, will eliminate tariffs on U.S. products sold to Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, the U.S., Vietnam, Chile, Brunei, Singapore and New Zealand.

$63 billion- Value of U.S. agricultural exports to countries in the TPP in 2014, which is 42% of all U.S. exports. This includes:

$4.7 billion Pork and pork products

$3.9 billion Beef and beef products 

$3.6 billion Dairy products

$2.7 billion Poultry and poultry products (including live birds, eggs and egg products) 

$1.2 billion Citrus fruit and juice exports

$1 billion Potatoes and potato products

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