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USDA Announces Conservation Reserve Program Sign-Up
Late Spring, Record-Low Stocks Threaten Hay Supplies
Wheat Supplies Limit Upside Potential Despite Weather Concerns
Weather-based planting delays have plagued producers of spring wheat for weeks, but analysts say with temperatures now creeping into the 80s, wheat producers could make rapid headway.
Farmland Price Plateau Ahead, Bankers Say
Evolution Shapes New Rules for Ant Behavior, Research Finds
Deeper Cuts Seen as Congress Returns to Farms, Food Stamps
Less Oxygen Triggers Grasshopper Molting, Farmers Could Benefit
Less oxygen = shorter time between molts = shorter life-span = fewer hungry grasshoppers. And for farmers, that's very good news.
9 Things to Do While You Wait to Plant
Planting Delays Don't Signal 'Game Over'
Apply Nitrogen or Plant Corn?
Invasion of the Slugs; Halted by Worms
The World's No. 1 Ag University Is...
What Market Shocks Could Come from Today’s Reports?
Determining How Much Nitrogen Is Present
Setting the Standard for Sustainable Bioenergy Crops
New Yeast Strain Could Lower Costs for Cellulosic Ethanol Production
A new strain of yeast that could help streamline cellulosic ethanol costs and production has been developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers. This work, which supports the USDA priority of developing new sources of bioenergy, was conducted by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists at the agency's National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, Ill. ARS is USDA's chief intramural scientific research agency.
Fertilizers Provide Mixed Benefits to Soil in 50-Year Study
Fertilizing with inorganic nitrogen and phosphorus definitely improves crop yields, but does it also improve the soil?
Rain to support corn prices Monday
A wetter forecast for the Midwest is propping up the CME Group corn, soybean and wheat markets Monday.
Good News, Bad News For Wheat
First, the good news – both public and private sources continue to inject dollars into R&D efforts in hopes of accelerating yield and quality gains.
Two Approaches for Optimizing Water Productivity
Agricultural Research Service researchers in Bushland, Texas, are helping farmers make the most of their water supplies in a region where they depend on the Ogallala Aquifer, a massive underground reservoir under constant threat of overuse.
New Issue of Healthy Animals Now Online
e Agricultural Research Service (ARS) today posted a new issue of Healthy Animals. This semi-annual online newsletter compiles ARS news and expert resources on the health and well-being of agricultural livestock, poultry and fish.
Don’t Jump the Gun with Your Late-Planted Crop
It’s been more than a month since spring officially sprung, but don’t tell that to Jeff Coulter, Extension agronomist with the University of Minnesota.
Precision Agriculture Improves Farming Efficiency, Has Important Implications On Food Security
Tips for Planting Bigger Soybeans in 2013
Soybean growers heading into the 2013 planting season might find that many soybean seeds are larger than normal - a lingering impact from the 2012 drought, says an expert with Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
Feedlots Unexpectedly Boost Cattle Buying as Feed Costs Drop
U.S. feedlot owners unexpectedly increased the number of cattle added to their herds in March compared with a year earlier as a drop in corn costs improved prospects for an end to operating losses.
Cocktail of Multiple Pressures Combine to Threaten the World's Pollinating Insects
Rooftop farms: The future of agriculture?
New York City may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of agriculture, but over the past five years, half a dozen farms have sprouted up in one of the most densely populated cities in the world.
Planting Corn in Wet Soil Can Damage Root System
Corn growers chomping at the bit to plant should practice patience to prevent harm to their plants’ root systems.
User Friendly Program Updates Phosphorus Management
A more comprehensive and consistent system for modeling phosphorus loss is now available, thanks to work by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Sustainable Agriculture, What Does it Mean?
Almost everything we do in life must focus on sustainability in order to guarantee the possibilities of continuing those practices in the future. However, lately it seems the term sustainability has become more of a buzz word that implies something better, thus opening the doors for advertising and marketers to take advantage of certain elements of their products that seem more sustainable than their competitors.
Wheat Seen Gaining as Cold Weather Threatens Crops
Wheat may rise on concern dry conditions and freezing weather in the U.S., the largest shipper of the grain, will further damage drought-hit crops in some of the country’s main growing regions. Corn dropped.
Regional Changes in Hay Production Already Happening
Harvested hay acreage has changed in recent years, and it goes beyond the drought impacts of the past two years.
A step to ag worker reform
The broad outline of an immigration reform bill was made public Tuesday, including changes designed to streamline a guest worker program for the nation's farms.
Farming community becoming more diverse
“People who are getting into agriculture are not our typical farmers or ranchers,” he said. “Ranchers here in Wyoming are typically white males that are in their late 50s, mid-60s. The people who are farming now … are people who are really quite young.”
New Technology Sheds Light on Crop Tissues
A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist in California has opened a window into the vascular networks of a number of crops by adapting computed tomography (CT) scan technology to the study of plants.
USDA Predicts Higher Milk Prices for 2013
USDA raised its estimates for 2013 dairy prices, boosting the All-Milk price to nearly $20 per cwt. in its April 10 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report.
Agricultural research funding vital to wheat industry
As policymakers struggle to set federal funding priorities for the coming years and craft a new, five-year farm bill, wheat researchers, farmers, millers and bakers are on Capitol Hill together, pressing the importance of long-term and stable agriculture research funding.
The New Old Renewable Fuel
The search for viable alternative fuel sources has led to energy production efforts that channel wind, water, solar, geothermal, a bevy of biofuels and more.
Crop Insurance:Just the Facts
As crop insurers prepare for the Farm Bill and funding deliberations in the future, National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS) has released a detailed question-and-answer resource laying out the facts about crop insurance and dispelling some of the most common arguments against crop insurance put forth by its critics.
How Big? Economies of Scale
Farms will continue their march toward the upper perimeter in size during the next 30 years. Is there no limit to economies of scale? In a word, no, but with a few caveats.
Drought May Mean Less Nitrogen Needed for 2013 Corn
The drought of 2012 has likely increased the carryover of nitrate-nitrogen (nitrate-N) into the 2013 season, according to field agronomists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Wheat Climbs as China Purchases Almost 1 Million Tons
Wheat futures advanced for a second day as China, the world’s biggest consumer, bought about 960,000 metric tons of U.S. wheat after prices plunged 30 percent from a four-year high in July. Corn and soybeans rose.
Irrigation Wastewater: Waste Not, Want Not
Agricultural producers on the west side of California’s San Joaquin Valley (WSJV) used to drain irrigation wastewater into Kesterson Reservoir, a series of holding ponds that were part of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge.
Grain Prices Rebound as 2-Day Drop May Draw Consumers
Missouri Cattle Thefts Increase Need for Producer Diligence
Higher cattle prices have led to more cases of stolen cattle across the country.
Gene Discovery May Yield Lettuce That Will Sprout in Hot Weather
A team of researchers, led by a University of California, Davis, plant scientist, has identified a lettuce gene and related enzyme that put the brakes on germination during hot weather
Battling Climate Change with Tried and True Methods
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Outlines USDA Efforts to Raise a Healthier Generation of Americans
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today discussed USDA efforts to improve access to healthy foods, and outlined the need for a renewed commitment to improve childhood nutrition, which includes empowering parents to provide healthy meals for their families.
Weather Drives 2013 Outlook for Grain, Meat
A recent visit to Amarillo, Texas, put the drought situation into perspective for Pro Farmer editor Chip Flory. With corn planting underway, he says, farmers already were turning on the pivots just to get the crop to emerge from the ground.
Water Conservation Tools for Communities and Consumers
Globally, one out of every five people does not have access to clean water, and water demand is expected to rise 40 percent over the next 20 years.
Crop country's in the cooler
The calendar says it's almost corn-planting time. But Mother Nature's got other ideas.
NOAA Predicts 'Mixed Bag' of Spring Weather
From drought to flooding to all that’s in between, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a little of everything this spring.
Latest Genomic Studies of Wheat Sheds New Light On Crop Adaptation and Domestication
Prospective Plantings Preview: 10 Key States
How to Mitigate Drought Impact on Your Farm
With good drought plans and conservation systems, farmers and ranchers are better equipped to manage dry and other extreme weather.
Corn, soybeans to rise Wednesday
The early calls for the commodities on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, are higher. Corn is seen opening 2-4 cents higher. Soybeans are seen 9-11 cents higher and wheat 9-11 cents higher.
Honey bee robots coming to agriculture?
Could a robot honey bee actually pollinate an orchard or crop field?
Chemical Trickery Explored to Help Contain Potato Pest
The pale cyst nematode, Globodera pallida, is one bad roundworm.
Surge in female farmers changing face of U.S. agriculture
The popularity of the “God created a farmer” ad during the Super Bowl last month was widely praised as a fitting tribute to the millions of people working in agriculture.
New Insights On Invasive Fly Threatening US Fruit Crops
Humans aren't the only species with a sweet tooth. Research from North Carolina State University shows that the invasive spotted-wing vinegar fly (Drosophila suzukii) also prefers sweet, soft fruit --
Too Dry to Plant Corn?
Severe to exceptional drought has gripped the Great Plains from New Mexico to southern Minnesota.
Rain, snow help wash away portions of drought
Could the worst drought in 50 years finally be showing signs of weakness?
Kathleen Merrigan Resigns as U.S. Deputy Agriculture Secretary
Kathleen Merrigan has resigned as deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the agency’s No. 2 job.
Ag Economist Offers Comparisons of Crop Insurance
Farmers still considering crop insurance for this year can learn about the various types of coverage outlined by a Purdue University agricultural economist and compare them to select a plan that best meets their needs.
Fungi May Be Able to Replace Plastics One Day
Wasted Food: What We Are Doing To Prevent Costly Losses
Like many other public and private organizations, the Agricultural Research Service is very concerned about how much food goes to waste between farm and fork—both nationally and internationally.
Trickery and Other Methods Explored to Vanquish Potato Cyst Nematodes
The pale cyst nematode, Globodera pallida, is one bad roundworm. Unchecked, it invades the roots of potato and other host crops to feed, obstructing the free flow of nutrients and causing stunted growth, wilted leaves, and other symptoms that can eventually kill the plant.
Linking Animal Behavior to Useful Natural Repellents
A little monkey business is revealing a few clues about natural remedies that animals use to protect themselves against biting insects and arthropods.
Geo-Wiki Project to Validate Global Land Type
Since large differences occur between existing global land cover maps, current ecosystem and land-use science lacks crucial accurate data volunteers are asked to help map land type.
Farmers rely on crop insurance when nature turns on them
Post-Drought Nitrogen Carryover Could Benefit Wheat
Soybeans rise to 4-month highs
Bills target crop insurance funding
Loss of Wild Insects Hurts Crops Around the World
Fighting for a now-smaller farm bill?
Think TA Option on Crop Insurance
Drought Conditions Cease in Eastern Corn Belt
USDA Economist: Sharp Drop in Commodity Prices Coming
Dairy Cow Culling Jumps—Again
Agronomist: Extreme weather could hurtwinter wheat crop
Extreme changes in temperature Indiana has been experiencing are the biggest concern wheat producers have for the development of their crop this season, a Purdue Extension agronomist says.
Midwest Soil Could Take 2 Years to Recover from Drought
Wheat trade makeover
Outlook: A Mix of Old and New
So far the market is following the short-crop, long-tail price pattern.
Give Your Soil a Physical Exam
Corn, soybeans to open mixed
Drought Probability? Check Your Soil.
Estate Tax Fears Put to Bed
Look for higher farm markets Monday
The CME Group corn, soybean and wheat markets will have a stronger start to them Monday.
Super Bowl Ads Spotlight Agriculture
5 Things to Ponder Before Buying Land
China open to importing grain
China appears to be coming to terms with its reliance on grain imports it agreed to as a condition to accession to the World Trade Organization over a decade ago, with a senior rural planning official saying Friday that such trade is good for China and for global markets.
2013 a good year for new soil testing tech
Corn Cobs Eyed for Bioenergy Production
Legislation Removes Some Uncertainty on Estate Taxes
Cotton Extends Longest Rally in Two Years
Slightly better farm markets Wednesday
Farm tax deadline is April 15
U.S. Hay Production and Supplies at Record Low
Wheat Stocks Dropping; Seedings Lower than Expected
U.S. corn acreage rising to 99.3 mln, Informa says
Farmland Values Predicted to Stay Strong
The ‘More Milk-Less Milk’ Conundrum
Vilsack staying on as USDA chief
Knock Out Tough Weeds with Multi-Punch Plan
Five Tax Changes Affecting Farmers
Big USDA Report Friday
Corn, soybeans await export data
Unless signs of demand improvement show up in this morning's USDA Weekly Export Sales data, lower overnight follow-through trading is expected to keep the CME Group commodities lower Friday.
Are you replanting winter wheat?
Crop and Livestock Price Prospects for 2013
The crop price environment will likely remain very volatile in 2013, reflecting production uncertainty and unsettled economic issues.
USDA revamps plant hardiness map
Resolve to Improve Farming Practices in 2013
Farmers can resolve to avoid poor management practices or implement better production techniques in 2013.
Senate Passes Fiscal Cliff Bill That Extends Farm Policy through September
The U.S. Senate early this morning overwhelmingly passed fiscal cliff legislation that would avert a tax increase on individuals making less than $400,000 and couples earning less than $450,000 that’s otherwise scheduled to occur today.
Dairy Cow Slaughter Continues
The United States Department of Agriculture reported that 269,000 dairy cows were sent to slaughter in November, up 16,000 head over November of 2011. That’s a 6.3% increase.
Power Hour: Wheat Drops Below $8, First Time in Five Months
Wheat fell below $8 a bushel for the first time since July 3 in Chicago amid concerns of a lack of export demand and as snow in the central U.S. and a jump in German plantings boosted the outlook for production next year.
Blizzard Gives Small Relief to U.S. Drought
The blizzard this week in the Midwest and Plains states is expected to improve drought conditions in the region, but much more precipitation will be needed to provide any major change in the situation, forecasters said Thursday.
Cotton’s Wild Ride To Continue
Market faces uncertainty despite expected steady prices
Cash Flow Success
10 ways a budget can point you in the right direction
Know the danger areas for 2013 and reduce your risk...
Farm Bill Detour?
Some members of the U.S. Senate are looking for other ways to speed passage of a farm bill in addition to attempts to attach it to any legislation that might address the fiscal cliff, the year-end expiration of lower tax rates and cuts in federal spending that some economists predict would send the U.S. into another recession.
Will Prices Return to Pre-Drought Levels?
March 2013 corn futures dropped below $5.50 in early May 2012 and were drifting lower when U.S. drought conditions turned prices higher starting in mid-June.
Farm Bill at The Cliff
With time to reconcile differences between a Senate and House Agriculture Committee farm bill running out, a bipartisan group of 33 senators today urged the Senate leadership to push for including its version of a farm bill in any year-end package of legislation that would deal with the so-called fiscal cliff of expiring tax cuts and reduced federal spending.
Extreme Corn Uncertainty Lies Ahead -- Economist
A return to more normal U.S. corn yields in 2013 could send new-crop prices spiraling downward, but persistent drought in some of the nation's top corn-producing states could have the opposite effect, says Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt.
Higher Farm Income, Higher Farm Risk
Every year University of Illinois agricultural economist Gary Schnitkey projects returns per acre for corn and soybeans grown in his state, and net income for a typical 1,200-acre farm.
World Wheat Supplies Continue to Grow
High prices and growing supplies have cut into U.S. wheat exports, according to USDA’s latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) released Tuesday, Dec. 11.
Farm income volatility reloading for 2013
What will 2013 hold for the farm community? It’s anybody’s guess until Congress passes a farm bill, said a University of Missouri agricultural economist.
Global Corn Stocks Higher but Prices Lower
USDA’s December World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates held some surprises for corn and soybean analysts, particularly steady corn and soybean production numbers in Argentina and record corn production in China.
Dry November Zaps Wheat Crop
Dry weather from South Dakota to Texas left the United States winter wheat conditions at their lowest levels since records of that type were initiated by USDA NASS in 1986.
Canada Wheat Output Keeps Growing
Canada’s all-wheat production grew by 50,0000 metric tons, while canola production declined, according to final 2012 estimates, released Dec. 5.
2013 Marketing Outlooks
The editors at AgWeb.com are taking a look at experts’ projections for a variety of commodities in 2013 to help you succeed and be profitable in the coming year. Read the outlooks below.
Higher Carbon Dioxide Levels Mean Poorer Wheat Quality
Rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide have a negative impact on the protein content of wheat grain and thus its nutritional quality. This is the finding of researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in a recently published study in the journal Global Change Biology.
Beans Bounce after Multi-Month Drop
Soybean prices bounced up this week, almost hitting $15. Jerry Gulke explains what is behind the rally.
Seed Industry Prepares for Patent Expirations
The transition from patented seed trait technology to generic technology is about to become a better-defined process with a positive outcome for U.S. farmers.
Drought Worsens, Winter Wheat the Current Victim
The U.S. drought, which covers more than half the country, is worsening again.
The "Fiscal Cliff" and Your Farm
Members of Congress aren't exactly lighting the world on fire in their efforts to address the issues that could culminate in the nation falling off the "fiscal cliff" at the end of this month.
Lucas: Farm Bill Should Provide Choices for Farmers
True to form, House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), at the 2012 Farm Journal Forum hosted in partnership with Informa Economics, delivered a frank and dynamic address that revolved, not surprisingly, around the fiscal cliff and the related farm bill process.
Food Stamps Remain Farm Bill Obstacle
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee said Thursday that committee leaders are working to resolve differences in commodity programs before a final farm bill is considered, it that happens this year.
Five Fiscal Cliff Implications for Agriculture
The U.S. fiscal cliff refers to the combination of 2 events that will occur in late 2012 and early 2013: (1) implementation of federal budget cuts resulting from the compromise to extend the U.S. federal debt ceiling and (2) expiration of many of the tax cuts enacted since 2000.
Russia Trip by USDA Seeks Trade Opportunities
A USDA trade mission to Russia that begins Monday and runs through Friday seeks to open new opportunities for U.S. exports, the department announced.
2013 Outlook: Soybeans Trend Bearish, But Marketing Opportunities Remain
Soybean prices did an about-face late November, capping a $4 retreat in four months, and they have yet to recover.
The World's Got a Wheat Problem
It's shaping up to be a rough year for a whole lot of wheat farmers around the world. Whether it's too much moisture or too little, Mother Nature is bringing the pain to a sector that's already facing a tight world supply situation and, as it gets tighter, prices could be just getting started on their upward climb.
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NCIS Crop Talk - December 2012
Don't Neglect Stored Grain This Fall, Winter
As most dryland corn producers know, you cannot assume that the 2012 corn in the bin has not been contaminated by molds, including mold species capable of producing mycotoxins.
Bears Expect Rising Grain Stocks to Depress 2013 Prices
In the secod story of our three-part series, bears explain why crop prices may fall in 2013.
Bulls Predict Repeat Performance for Crop Prices in 2013
In the first of our three-part series, bullish marketers discuss the forces that they will keep prices high in 2013.
Lucas Selected to Serve a Second Term as Chairman
WASHINGTON – Rep. Frank Lucas of Oklahoma issued the following statement after the House Republican Conference re-elected him to serve a second term as Chairman of the Agriculture Committee for the 113th Congress:
Labor Matters: Kids Working on Farms
Proposed federal rules limiting child labor on farms created quite an uproar this past spring and summer. Many players in agriculture weighed in on the discussion and raised enough questions that the Department of Labor withdrew the proposal.
U.S. Unlikely to Dominate Future Corn Exports
The United States remains the world's corn export king, although its empire is shrinking, says a Purdue University agricultural economist.
A Wait-and-See Game on the Hill
November’s elections loom large in terms of how actions will unfold in 2013 on the Washington scene.
Plains Wheat Deterioration Continues
There are pockets in the Plains where the crop's not struggling as much, but overall, the region's hard red winter (HRW) wheat crop is hurting as it heads toward dormancy way short on moisture.
Picking Next Year's Seed? Watch This Variable
Though there's growing speculation that this year's drought will stretch into the 2013 crop year, it's fueling a lot of uncertainty about what corn and soybean varieties might perform best next year.
How Big a Corn Crop Do We Need in 2013?
The last time the corn market was a profitable venture for both producers and end-users was the 2010-2011 marketing year, when corn was just shy of $5.20 per bushel, and ending stocks were south of 10% of total consumption.
USDA Raises Production of Feed Crops
The outlook for the supply of feed grains in the United States is improving, which could help support future corn demand, according to USDA’s recent Feed Outlook report.
How Many Acres of Corn are Needed in 2013?
The corn market will continue to be influenced by an array of factors over the next several months.
More Beans Could Support Exports
The outlook for U.S. and global soybean production continues to improve, which should mitigate price increases and help support demand for soybeans, according to USDA's Oil Crops Outlook, released Nov. 13.
2012 Census of Agriculture Coming Soon to Farmers’ Mailboxes
For the first time, farmers responding to the Census of Agriculture will be asked to share information about their land-use practices, Internet access and crops grown for production of renewable energy.
Ag Incomes Projected to Rise Strongly in 2013
High crop prices and stable inputs could add up to strong farm incomes in 2013.
Grassley: Farm Bill Has a Chance
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, told reporters Tuesday that leaders of the committee remain optimistic about a new farm bill being passed in the current lame-duck session of Congress, which will resume after this week's Thanksgiving break.
Weather Extremes Sharpening, Group Says
Amidst quiet, apprehensive outlooks that 2013 could see the continuation of the drought that chewed through the nation's midsection and more this year, a new outlook gives further evidence that the climate in the next 12 months could continue a trend of "wet years get wetter and dry years get drier," a group of climate specialists said earlier this week.
2013 Outlook: 5 Corn Market Wild Cards
It will be a relief for many corn farmers to turn the calendar to 2013.
Analyst: Corn Has Edge in Acreage Battle
The battle for acres between corn and soybeans over the next few months could become intense.
In the Shop...Before You Park It for the Year
As a farm machinery mechanic and writer, Dan brings a hands-on approach that only a pro can muster.
Tips For Selecting Your 2013 Corn Hybrids
Know what questions to ask your seed dealer and which traits are important to consider.
Don't Think Farmland Values Could Tumble? Think Again
Farmland Values may not be in a bubble, but changed fundamentals could undermind recent gains.
Clocks Are Ticking and Climate Is Changing: Increasing Plant Productivity in a Changing Climate
Dartmouth plant biologist C. Robertson (Rob) McClung is not your typical clock-watcher.
Harvesting Equipment-Maker Crary Acquires Wayne's Tile Pro
West Fargo, N.D.-based Crary Industries, Inc. will acquire Wayne’s Tile Pro of Morgan, Minn., the companies announced.
Plants' Exposure to Light Influences Organic Weed Control Methods
The popularity of organic foods and products continues to climb, creating greater demand for organic agriculture.
Farming 101: How to Market Your Business
Here's how to create a more professional image for a farming operation.
Corn Imports Reach All-Time High
U.S. imports for corn will be at an all-time annual high this year, over six times above the 10-year average annual imports of 16 million bushels.
Wheat for Livestock Feed Estimated to Rise Sharply
Currently, it is projected that U.S. wheat feed and residual usage will reach 315 million bushels this year, far surpassing the 150 million-bushel average for the last 10 years.
Grassley on Election and Ag
Senator Chuck Grassley, one of few members of Congress to actively farm, sized up the election results for agriculture Tuesday, saying the voters' choice of president had little effect on the farm bill debate, but it will affect estate taxes, the regulatory environment, and energy policy.
Don't Get Lax With Stored Corn
Warm weather for about half of the weekend wasn't too kind on corn in storage, especially those bushels that were put away a little higher on the moisture scale.
Corn, Soybean Locked in Short-Term Pattern
The USDA’s November forecasts of the size of the 2012 U.S. corn and soybean crops were larger than expected, particularly for soybeans.
Japan Buys U.S. Corn After Brazil Delays
Japan has bought at least 500,000 metric tons of U.S. feed-grade corn for January-March shipment, stepping up purchases from the world's top exporter despite higher costs compared with Brazilian corn, as shipments from the South American country have been delayed, several trading executives said separately Friday.
Demand Gnaws at Higher-Than-Expected Soybean Production
Many U.S. producers likely will be worried about the soybean situation coming off of Friday’s USDA production estimates, says Kevin Van Trump, owner of Farm Direction.
Coverage, Analysis of the Nov. 9 USDA Reports
See all of the report data, coverage and analysis of the Nov. 9 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates and Crop Production reports.
Prices, Nutrient Carryover to Drive 2013 Fertilizer Applications
While carryover nutrients may be available to crops next spring, one expert predicts that high crop prices for corn and soybeans will also play a major role in farmers' nutrient use.
Wheat Increases in Chicago on Signs of Declining Global Supplies
Wheat rose in Chicago on concern that global supplies will decline. Corn and soybeans also gained before a government outlook report tomorrow.
Post-Election Farm Bill Questions Loom
Tuesday's elections featured 2 sides of an argument about how to move the nation's economy forward. And, this will continue to influence upcoming elections.
Big Pension Fund Investor Wants Mix of Row, Permanant Crops
One of the world's largest agricultural land holders takes a different approach to farming.
2012 Election Themes, Issues
While votes remain to be counted and races to be determined, the U.S. has chosen to stay with its current split-party alignment of a Democratic President, a Democratic Senate, and a Republican House of Representatives.
Top Ag Technology of 2012: See ASABE Winners
Winners of the 2013 AE50 awards–which honor outstanding technologies released this year in the fields of agriculture, food and biological systems–have been announced.
Small Farmers: Key to Relieving Hunger and Poverty World-Wide
An International farming expert outlines best practices for improving agriculture conditions around the world.
High Risk of Drought Issues Continuing into 2013
After spending the summer months reporting on the devastating drought, State Climatologist Dennis Todey was ready to provide some good news to South Dakotans this fall.
2013 Outlook: What Prices to Tag Along With Corn
Today, experts Ed Usset and Brian Williams reflect on this years's wheat crop and share their expectations for the future.
Post-Election Rally Expected, Strategists Say
Many bank strategists think Tuesday's U.S. elections could be positive for stocks, as they have historically gained after close presidential races, regardless of the winner.
Plant Breeding: Art or Science?
The role of plant breeding has changed dramatically over the years, particularly as procedures that used to lean heavily on human instinct and insight have been replaced with high-tech computerized processes.
2012 Election: Ag Ballot Issues Include GMOs, Farmland, More
A variety of issues on U.S. ballots Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 will have implications for people employed in agriculture. Here’s a quick look at some of those initiatives by category.
Embrace Brazil's Soybean Boom, South Dakota Farmer Says
The recent soybean-planting season in South America spotlights a growing need for agricultural collaboration worldwide, says Bob Metz, a fifth-generation South Dakota Farmer.
Early Birds Will Get the Seed
An adequate amount of seed corn is available to plant in 2013, but the popular hybrids will be in tight supply.
What Would Be the Effects of Nanomaterial Use in Agriculture?
The use of nanomaterials in agriculture could, on the one hand, reduce cost and effort, increase efficiency and lead to more enviromentally sound applications.
Input Prices to Stay Steady, Go Slightly Higher in 2013
Fertilizer prices may actually decrease next season, while land, fuel and crop protection prices are expected to trend higher.
3 Scenarios for the Election's Impact on the Farm Bill
Will a Republican sweep of Congress and the White House help or hurt the odds of passing the farm bill in the lame-duck session?
Seed Costs Seen Rising 7% to 10% for 2013
Seed corn's going to cost you quite a bit more, but the investment will in most cases be well worth it, one expert says.
NCIS Crop Talk - November 2012
Hurricane Sandy Damages Expected to Top $20 Billion
As the remnants of Hurricane Sandy move inland through the interior Northeast, Great Lakes and Canada, it leaves a path of catastrophic destruction in its wake
Climate Change Mitigation And Adaptation Equally Critical For Global Food Security
Two new reports on climate change and the food supply indicate, among other things, that over 18,000 megatons of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere annually by agriculture and food production.
Food Production Could Cause 29% of Greenhouse Emmisions - Study
Food production accounts for almost a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than twice the amount the United Nations has estimated comes from farming, according to studies published Wednesday, while climate change will require a complete recalibration of where crops are grown and livestock raised.
Rationing An Already Tight Corn Supply
When it comes to slowing corn consumption in an effort to get demand more in line with existing shorter-than-normal supplies, the marketplace is doing its job... sort of.
Obama Takes 'Anti-Agriculture Approach,' Senator Says
U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) takes President Barack Obama to task over his anti-agriculture policy in a column published in the Sioux City Journal online.
Soybean Switch: Brazil Set to Outpace U.S. Production
The drought will knock the U.S. from its top position in the world soybean market, according to USDA estimates.
Drought Makes Wheat Attractive for feed
USDA projects the feeding of wheat will account for 12.7% of total use of U.S. wheat during, up from the 9.1% average.
News Details: Iowa-Missouri Farm Vehicle Relationship Unchanged by MAP-21B
New federal exemptions for covered farm vehicles and their operators haven’t changed an existing agreement between Missouri and Iowa, an official says.
Aflatoxin Data Yield Corn Crop Clues for Nebraska, Kansas
Aflatoxin data for this year’s corn crop in Kansas and Nebraska show varying levels of the chemical depending on crop location, an expert in the diagnosis and management of field crop diseases says.
Time to Lock in Interest Rates?
For those producers who have been fence sitting, hoping interest rate will head even lower, now is the time to move.
Global Stocks-to-Use on Corn at Multi-Decade Low
The global supply of both corn and soybeans will tighten next year as world feed demand remains strong, according to USDA’s latest World Supply and Demand Estimates released in mid-October.
Aflatoxin Expert Talks Drought, Corn Blending, 2013 Weather
While experts initially expressed concern that fungi-produced chemical compounds known as aflatoxins might damage U.S. corn yields thanks to the drought, results appear mixed.
Former Ag Secretary Makes Election Predictions
We are about 10 days away from the election. Most of the focus has been on the Presidential race.
Texas High Plains Cotton Could Be Above 10-Year Everage
Despite drought, record-high summer temperatures, an early freeze and the failure of many dryland fields, the Texas High Plains cotton crop could wind up being near or slightly above the 10-year average, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.
Futures Undustry Refortifies
In the final dog days of summer, David Adcock, like many other Midwest farmers, hurried to harvest -- or salvage -- what he could. After an inspection, he feared that weak stalks would not withstand the winds of strong seasonal storms.
News Details - Free Irrigation Tool to Provide Efficient Water Use
An online tool released this spring crunches data about soil, weather and crop type to help farmers in Washington irrigate fields efficiently. Washington State University researchers developed Irrigation Scheduler Mobile.
Crop Insurance Can Muddy Tax Waters
Drought Hangovers & Crop Rotations
Now that much of the 2012 crop is in the bin, you may be turning attention to how you'll balance corn and soybean acres next year.
Drought Aid Touches 1 Million Acres, USDA Says
Aid to drought-affected U.S. farmers has topped $27 million and reached more than 1 million acres of farmland, the USDA has announced.
Ag Opinion: Estate Tax Inaction Will Hurt Farmers and More
This weekend, columnists called for farmer aid on the estate tax, a reduction in the chemicals used in commercial farming and relief from commodity-swap overregulation.
Blockbuster Bean Yields Headline Harvest Reports
As U.S. farmers wrap up their 2012 harvest seasons, several are reporting outstanding soybean returns via the AgWeb Crop Comments page.
Farm Programs Left Out in the Dust
WASHINGTON -- Maine's agriculture commissioner was on Capitol Hill last week to express concerns about inaction on a new, multi-year farm bill and to urge support for programs used by the state's dairy industry.
Watch Soil Temps When Applying Anhydrous
Farmers are encouraged to wait until soil temperatures remain below 50 degrees Fahrenheit before applying anhydrous ammonia (NH3) fertilizer this fall.
The Bottom Line: Opportunity Knocks
What started out as a promising crop season changed for the worse in June.
Presidential Candidates Talk Farm Issues
The following is how President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney answered a recent American Farm Bureau Federation questionnaire.
Corn Buyers Remain On Sidelines
Despite recent declines in corn prices and the prospect of tight supply in the United States that is expected to push up prices, some traders in Asia are in no hurry to buy, as prices are still deemed to be too high.
In the Shop: Too Much Is No Good
When it comes to repair and maintenance on farm equipment, the strategy "If a little is good, more is better" can backfire.
2013 Cash-Rent Rate Scenarios For Corn, Soybeans
Corn and soybean prices have been high in recent years, leading to high farmland returns and increasing cash rents.
Drought Influences 2013 Decisions
Prodcers change production and marketing...
10 Handy Farm Apps
Make your job easier with these useful mobile tools
Variability Rules 2012 Corn, Soybean Crops
The 2012 fall harvest in the Corn Belt has revealed a few major key themes that have and will continue to influence both the production and marketing of this year's crop.
No Good Signs For Wheat Bulls
Wheat is still holding trading range lows, but it seems to prefer the bottom of the range instead of the top – not a good sign for the bulls, particularly as we head into mid-October when seasonal highs tend to form.
No Farm Bill Leaves Uncertainty for Farmers
Farm policy has been pushed to a lameduck session of congress.
Thinking Fall Tillage? You May Not Need It
Consider field history, not just drought, when making fall tillage decisions.
USDA Data Seen As Friendly
The U.S. farmers will grow slightly more corn and even higher amounts of soybeans in 2012 than previous thought, USDA announced in its monthly report Thursday.
Trading Range Widens After USDA Data
U.S. farmers will raise a 10.7-billion-bushel corn crop this year, down a touch from last month's estimate and 13% lower than last year's production, according to Thursday's monthly USDA Crop Production report.
WADE: Corn Supply Projections Lowered
COARSE GRAINS: U.S. feed supplies for 2012/13 are projected lower with reduced carryin and production this month.
Corn Production Down Slightly, Soybean Production Up
Corn production is forecast at 10.7 billion bushels, down slightly from the September forecast and down 13 percent from 2011.
Ag Lending a Bright Spot in Economy
While economic uncertainty is threatening to slow business expansion and loan demand, the banks that begin reporting third-quarter earnings later this week will likely reveal at least one sector where borrowing is on the upswing: food producers.
Control Volunteer Corn Before Seeding Small Grains
The relatively early beginning to corn harvest provided a good enviroment for the emergence of volunteer corn, sad University of Illinois associate professor of weed science Aaron Hager.
Give Short Soybeans Extra Attention at Harvest
Focus on your combine header and ground speed to keep crop loss to a minimum.
Biomass Crops Benefit Marginal Soils
Bioenergy crops can be a good match for areas of fields that have lost productivity.
Focus Turns Towards Demand
Analysts, no doubt, will be watching the corn and soybean production and yield estimates closely when USDA releases its October World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Thursday, Oct. 11.
How to Manage Nitrogen This Fall
Follow these guidelines on nitrogen sources, application types and amounts following a tough production year.
Farmers Advance Corn, Soy Harvest
Farmers had little trouble advancing the U.S. corn and soybean harvests last week, aided by generally dry weather.Farmers have removed 69% of the corn crop and 58% of the soybean crop as of Sunday, according to the weekly crop-progress report Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Top US Agriculture Negotiator Expects Farm Exports to be Down $1B to $2B Because of Drought
The nation’s top agricultural negotiator said Tuesday that he expects farm exports to be down between $1 billion and $2 billion this year because of the drought.
Grains Mixed as Attention Turns to USDA
U.S. grain and soybean futures finished mixed Monday, as traders took a conservative approach ahead of Thursday's government forecasts for crop supplies and demand.
Fighting Emotional Strain of Drought
This year's crops and livestock have fallen victim to the worst drought in decades. But, so too have the men and women who raise them.
Market Outlook: Bright Profit Prospects for 2013
Budgets project corn gains at $244 more than soybeans
Projections for 2013 call for another profitable year but a wide spread between corn and soybean.
Technology on the Move: Business-Savvy Apps
These tools can help you keep up, even when you're on the go.
High Prices Offset Some Crop Yield Loss
A report by University of Missouri agricultural economists show despite a drought; net farm income it still strong.
Effects of a Freeze on Forages
If you haven't experienced a freeze yet this fall, you soon will. When plants freeze, changes occur in their metabolism and composition that can poison livestock. But you can prevent problems.
Winter Annual Weeds? Time to Treat Soon
Depending on what weed pressures hit your fields hardest, you may want to get out, scout and consider putting down some post-harvest herbicide before winter rolls in.
Where the Candidates Stand On Agriculture
Amid the struggling economy and stubborn unemployment rate, most of the election debate stems around the budget deficit and the debt situation.
A Mild Start To Winter?
Don't dig out the union suits and long johns just yet.
U.S. Soybeans Hit Three-Month Low on Harvest Pressure
Wheat tumbles as rain in Plains to bolster seeding...
Farm Income Forecast to Set Record in 2012
Crop farmers see income rise...
Cover Crops and Soybean Cyst Nematode
Soybean cyst nematode has a broader appetite than just soybean...
Big Chill On The Way
The fall harvest of three years ago is remembered for its slow pace (and its big crop size), while this year's harvest is clearly going to remembered for its quickness (and small crop size). 54 percent of the Nation's corn crop had been cut as of this past Sunday, easily the largest amount ever for that date (easily surpassing the 38 percent figure of 1991).
Land Values Not Sinking Soon, Farmers Say
There's been a lot of speculation about whether this year's drought and its effects on crop yields and farm incomes will reverse the skyrocketing trend of farmland values. Now as harvest races along and the markets continue to gyrate to the rhythm of every report on crop production, supplies and demand, farmers are split on whether or not current conditions will yield lower land values down the road.
China Taking Steps to Boost Ag Output
The United Nations' food organization said Tuesday it has signed an agreement with China to bolster joint efforts to defeat hunger, increase agricultural production and improve rural livelihoods.
Weather Focus Turning South
With the calendar turning to October today, and with the U.S. corn and soybean harvests progressing so rapidly (completely dry weather last week in the Corn Belt along and to the north of Interstate 80 should mean a huge increase in national corn and soybean harvest progress numbers on this afternoon's report), more and more interest in the corn and soybean markets is turning to weather in South America.
Grain Stocks Provide Surprises, But Less Information Than Ususal
The surprisingly low level of old crop stocks should be enough to bring the recent price slide to a halt.
Farm Bill Lapses; What's Next?
It's October 1, 2012, the first day U.S. agriculture should be functioning under a new farm bill.
USDA Drops Stocks, Markets To Rise
The U.S. grain stocks continue to tighten, with the corn and soybean inventories the most concerning, according to the USDA.
Landsat Satellites Find the 'Sweet Spot' for Crops
Farmers are using maps created with free data from NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey's Landsat satellites that show locations that are good and not goof for growing crops.
NCIS Crop Talk - October 2012
Know Your Options in Marketing Grain
Take a look at some different options you have for marketing your grain. Here, we discuss some pros and cons of each.
Current Marketing Thoughts...Imports of Cron Largest On Record for US
Quick Update: USDA export sales data released this morning showed horrible sales numbers for corn, average numbers for wheat and numbers at the high end of the range for soybeans.
Soybeans Tumble, But Good News Ahead
November 2012 soybean futures reached a high of $17.89 on September 4, but have declined sharply since then. The USDA's September 12 Crop Production report containing a smaller yield and production forecast provided some brief support, but that contract has traded under $16 and is currently about $1.90 below the high.
Global Corn Demand to Grow 2.2% a Year
Growing demand for food in developing countries will continue to be a major driver of demand for corn and soybeans over next past decade, according to a new USDA report released last week called Long-Term Prospects for Agriculture Reflect Growing Demand for Food, Fiber, and Fuel.
Mild Temperatures Expected for Late Fall, Early Winter
A historically strong North Pacific weather signal will trump a weak El Nino.
Drought-Year Seed-Buying Tips
Thinking about what corn varieties you'll plant next year? You may want to reconsider how much stock you put into this year's variety performance data if you're planning on using it in making your seed purchase decisions, experts say.
Nearly 40% of Corn Crop Harvested
Corn harvest is rolling on across the Midwest. Currently, 39% of the U.S. crop has been harvested, according to USDA’s latest crop progress and condition ratings. The five-year average for this time of year is 13%.
Green Weeds Complicate Early Harvest
Fields with actively growing weeds from this summer's drought and recent rains could create problems for farmers during harvest, a Purdue Extension weed scientist says.
3 Agronomic Ways to Leave the Drought Behind
This fall is a prime time to get your production game plan underway for next year.
Harvest Chugs Ahead--USDA
Corn harvest continues at a speed now 3 times the normal clip after a week that saw U.S. soybean harvest progress more than double, according to Monday's USDA-NASS Crop Progress report.
The F-word (freeze) Enters the Forecast
The growing season is going to come to an end over the course of the next three days for much of the northern Plains and for a significant part of the Midwest.
Sell Your Corn Off the Combine
University of Illinois ag economist Darrel Good suggests selling your crops at current high prices then switching focus to next year.
Congress Punts on Farm Bill
Lawmakers are heading home from Washington, D.C., this week until the November elections have come and gone, leaving on the table a farm bill, the continued stall of which continues to baffle farmers in a year when politics is everywhere.
Utterback Talks Black Swans, Fiscal Policy
Market expert Bob Utterback says there's only a 20% chance of a black swan event in the short term, but he's concerned about current governement fiscal policy.
Military Drones Make the Move to Agriculture
Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), are military aircraft that are now also being used to help growers be more precise in their farming.
Stabenow to Push Farm Bill After Election
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) said Thursday that she will push for completing the 2012 farm bill in the lame duck session of Congress that takes place after the November election this year.
Indemnity Checks to Spill Into 2013
As some 5,000 crop insurance adjusters work through the claims from one of the nation's worst droughts, delays in the process don't surprise Rhonda Smith, Vice President, Insurance, for Farm Credit Services of America.
Call From the Combine to Pass the Farm Bill Now
Ag groups are encouraging farmers to call their state representatives in support of the farm bill.
Double-Crop Soybeans Could be Valuable Forage
Many of Indiana's double-crop soybeans will struggle to reach maturity before the first killing freeze, meaning the plants could provide another forage option for livestock producers struggling to feed their herds.
Will High Wheat Prices Attract More Acres?
Wheat-double-crop-soybeans often have returns that are lower than corn but higher than soybeans. What about this year?
Cutting Soybeans for Forage? Consider Some Insects
Some folks have been asking about cutting soybeans to be baled and used for forage. In general, most insects in soybean are not a problem. However, blister beetles can be.
USDA Moving Big Reports to Noon in 2013
Starting next year the U.S. Department of Agriculture will release its closely watched monthly crop reports at noon EDT, three and half hours later than the current 8:30 a.m. release time, the USDA said Wednesday.
Amend Terrible Farm Bill
Farm bills, like Christmas trees, are often ornamented with so much tinsel it's hard to discern how exactly they hang together. Decorate an essential Department of Agriculture program (think Food Stamps) with billions in subsidies for major agribusinesses, and lawmakers are hit with a political gotcha: No rural development or food assistance without sugaring major corporations that then pocket (and profit) from taxpayer dinero.
Harvest Pace Jumps With Mixed Results
More than a quarter of the nation's corn crop is in the bin. That's a record for some farmers and near one for others. And, forecasters say with few weather delays expected in the next few days, the breakneck pace will likely continue.
A New Way to Store Liquid Fertilizer
Storing liquid fertilizer can be a hassle – and an expensive one at that. It bothered Bryan Corn enough that he began looking for an alternative way to store liquid fertilizer that didn’t involve erecting concrete silos and retaining walls.
Club for Growth Warns Members Against Farm Bill Discharge Petition
The conservative pressure group Club for Growth on Monday said it will key-vote support for the farm bill discharge petition currently available for signatures in the House.
Start Planning Your 2013 Seaason Now
This fall is a prime time to get your production game plan under way for next year.
Budget Issues: Sequester, Fiscal Cliff; the Farm Bill; and Trade
Suzy Khimm reported on Friday at the Wonk Blog (Washington Post) that, “The White House has released its plan explaining how the sequester’s mandatory spending cuts to defense and domestic spending will be implemented in 2013.”
Early Corn Harvest Roars Ahead
A larger percentage of the U.S. corn grain acreage was harvested in August this year than is typically the case. The availability of large new crop corn supplies during the last month of the previous marketing year makes it more difficult to anticipate the magnitude of old crop stocks on September 1.
Sorghum Eyed as a Southern Bioenergy Crop
Sweet sorghum is primarily grown in the United States as a source of sugar for syrup and molasses. But the sturdy grass has other attributes that could make it uniquely suited to production as a bioenergy crop, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) studies suggest.
Have Corn, Bean Prices Reached New Plateaus?
Grain Prices dipped, then turned around following this week's USDA reports. Jerry Gulke believes they still have upside potential.
GOP Farm Bill Obstruction Could Defund 90 Percent of Department of Agriculture
The 2012 Farm Bill is still languishing in the House, with GOP leadership in the chamber intentionally preventing action on the legislation for political reasons.
Vilsack: 100% Chance Farm Bill Will Pass
The clock is ticking on the 2012 farm bill, but USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Believes reasonable minds will realize this bill must be passed.
The Farm CPA: Tax-Savvy Crop Insurance Strategies
All of the critical Corn Belt states have been affected by drought this year, leading to a record number of crop insurance claims.
Farm Bill Inaction Risky, Vilsack Says
The House could pass a farm bill in 24 hours if its leadership wanted to, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack told members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday.
CoBank Announces Drought Assitance Initiatives
Program includes expedited review for drought-related loan requests, support for affiliated associations' local drought-assistance efforts.
Drought Loosens Grip in Areas
This U.S. Drought Monitor week saw some minor improvements in parts of the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Northeast associated with the passage of a strong cold front during the weekend.
Farm Bill Has 1 More Chance
A bipartisan group in the House of Representives took one last stand Thursday to force a vote on a farm bill before Congress leaves town to campaign for re-election.
Land a Threat To Credit?
Corn Takes a USDA Hit
Crop Production: Corn, Soybean, Cotton Production Down
Corn Production Down Slightly from August Forecast, Soybean Production Down 2 Percent, & Cotton Production Down 3 Percent.
DFA Delivers Farm Bill Petition to Speaker John Boehner
Two stand-ins for President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, managed to bash each other's candidate without raising their voices Wednesday at a debate agriculture in Des Moines, Iowa, sponsored by the Farm Foundation and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA).
U.S. Lowers Frecast of Crop Yields for a 3rd Time as Record Heat Lingers
The Agriculture Department on Wednesday slightly lowered its forecast of corn and soybean yields as record heat continued to batter crops in the Midwest, making it likely that farmers will bring in one of the lowest harvests in years.
Harvesting a Climate Disaster
FARMERS went to Washington yesterday. Members of a coalition representing more than 80 agricultural organizations rallied on Capitol Hill to demand passage of a new farm bill that has been stalled in Congress.
Corn and Soybean Crops Still Getting Smaller
The pre-report consensus calls USDA to lower both its yield and production estimates for corn and soybeans.
EU Food Crop-Based Biofuels Targeted
Russia Has No Plans to Restrict Exports
Upcoming Weather; Dry, Wet, Then Frost
Winter Wheat: Watch For Plant-Back Restrictions
All across the drought-stricken U.S., whispers of winter wheat plantings following the corn and soybean harvest are already in the air
How to Harvest an Ugy Corn Field
Midwestern corn crops can’t get a break from the weather.
The Best Stock to Profit From the Agriculture Boom
There are so many reasons to invest in agriculture, it's ridiculous.
Farmland Keeps Climbing Despite Drought
Could Europe Eventually Damper the Grain Rally?
There is no doubt the next 60 days in Europe could end up being the most decisive of the entire debt-crisis. Plain and simple there are several pivotal meetings on the agenda that could rock the "outside" markets if they don't go as planned.
World Food Prices Stabilize But U.N. Urges Action
World food prices stabilized in August at levels close to those reached in the food crisis of 2008, and global grain stocks are likely to shrink this year as cereal crop output falls short of what is needed, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday.
New Weather Pattern Forcast For Fall
One weather expert expects Midwest farmers to see rain showers during the next couple of months.
Wheat Buoys Grains on Export Prospects
It's All In Your Header
Keep corn heads and soybean platforms in tipe-top shape for optimum performance.
Good Riddance La Nina! Hello El Nino!
With La Nina-often blamed for the worst drought in decades-now over, it's time to look ahead at El Nino.
Soybean Yield Potential Improving?
Soybean yield potential, as measured by Pro Ag yield models, has declined in each of the past weeks since early June.
Wheat Falls to Three-Week Low
Front-month U.S. wheat futures fell 2.3% Wednesday to a three-week low, pressured by lackluster export demand and lower corn prices.
FCStone Pegs U.S. Corn Yield at 121.4 bu/ac
Commodities brokerage INTL FCStone Inc. (INTL) on Wednesday forecast the U.S. corn crop's yield at 121.4 bushels an acre and total production at 10.607 billion bushels.
Sell Grain at Harvest; Store Only if Necessary
Economic trends and concerns over the condition of grain because of the drought suggest there's little incentive for farmers to store grain this fall
France Mulls Plan to Soften Blow From Soaring Grain
France is working on a wide action plan to lower the impact of soaring grain prices on consumers and farmers, maily breeders, which should be unveiled by the president next week, an official said on Tuesday.
USDA: Harvest Speeds Ahead
While the U.S. corn crop is being harvested faster than the average pace, overall ratings are not improving, according to the USDA's Weekly Crop Progress Report. As a result, the market has decided to focus on other major factors.
Soy Hits New Record on Crop Concerns
U.S. soybean futures ended higher Tuesday, setting fresh all-time highs on ongoing worries about the U.S. crop and consistent export demand.
Know Where to Look for Wear
Check your combine components to reduce downtime at harvest.
Seed Supply Outlook
While farmers are assessing the impact of drought on their final corn yields, U.S. seed companies are evaluating 2013 seed corn supplies.
6 Harvest Tips to Save You Bushels
Farm Journal Field Agronomiwst Ken Ferrie provides advice on harvesting corn in tough drought conditions.
Rep. Welch Bemoans Lack of Progress on Farm Bill
While the drought in the Midwest has received most of the national attention concerning the stalled Farm Bill in Congress, farming and hunger advocates in Vermont say there will be plenty of consequences if legislators fail to move the bill forward when they return to Washington later this month.
NCIS CROP TALK - SEPTEMBER 2012
CROP INSURANCE TODAY
Russian Agriculture Ministry Moves to Calm Grain Market
Russia's Agriculture Ministry said Thursday that it saw no imminent need to discuss an export ban on grain—a move likely aimed at calming jittery global markets ahead of a closely watched government meeting to discuss weakening harvests.
South Dakota Drought Worse Than Dust Bowl
Drawing to the end of the climatological summer we are starting to get some perspective on the overall summer conditions and impacts.
Prepare Storage Facilities for Grain Harvest
After the long, stinking hot, droughty summer, expectations for poor to seriously poor yields are running high.
Agriculture, the Fed Has Been Watching You
The Federal Reserve Board of Governors is expected to have its finger on the pulse of the economy, but how about on the pulse of agriculture, and its part of the U.S. economy?
Hurricane Isaac Dumps a Foot of Rain on Louisianna Farms and It' Still Raining
For those of us who know and love the land and people of South Louisiana and Southern Mississippi, it has been hard watching what Hurricane Isaac is doing to the farms there from afar.
Despite Drought, Record-High Farm Incomes Expected
Increases in income reflect large corn and soybean price increases, as well as large increases in crop insurance indemnities.
Plan Now to Keep Nitrates in Check
Nitrogen might be a management challenge this fall.
Develop Your Corn Marketing Plan Now
Get Ready To Roll This Fall
If you're not already rolling, fall harvest is right around the corner. And, there are a lot of unique challenges facing farmers this year.
Groups Urge Farm Bill Vote
Falling Land Values? Watch Interest Rates
Crop Tour: State-by-State
Find a complete overview of the data and reports from each state on last week's Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour.
Crops Stable; Corn Combines Roll -- USDA
Probiotics Supercharge Plants' Immunity to Disease
With the help of beneficial bacteria, plants can slam the doot when disease pathogens come knocking, University of Delaware researchers have discovered.
Maybe It's Not as Bad as We Thought
The grain markets have had plenty of new information to digest this week, courtesy of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour.
Ample Wheat Supplies Keeping Lid on Corn Prices
Harvest is wrapping up in the U.S., and supplies nationally and globally are looking solid.
No-Till Could Help Maintain Crop Yields Despite Climate Change
Reducing tillage for some Central Great Plains crops could help conserve water and reduce losses caused by climate change, according to studies at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Biorefinery Makes Use of Every Bit of a Soybean
Scientists have just unveiled new technology intended to move soybeans, second only to corn as the top food crop in the U.S., along that same use-to-all path as a raw material for a wider portfolio of products.
Keep Your Eyes Peeled For Stalk Rot
Barge Traffic Slows As Drought Slams Rivers
Drought Slows Increases in Farmland Values
Farmland values rose 15% in the last 12 months, slowing down from last quarter due to concern over drought conditions, according the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Climate Change Poses Risks to Food, beyond U.S. Drought
Downpours and heatwaves caused by climate change could disrupt food supplies from the fields to the supermarkets, raising the risk of more price spikes such as this year's leap triggered by drought in the United States.
Cover Crops a 'Great Opportunity' In Drought Year
Drought Ignites Battle over Corn Supplies; U.S. Biofuel Mandate Pits Ethanol Refineries Against Meat Producers
Three big intertwined but rival American agribusinesses - corn farmers, meat and poultry producers, and biofuel refineries - are in a political fight to protect their interests as a drought ravages corn producers and industrial consumers alike across the United States
Rains Come Too Late to Revive Drought-Stricken U.S. Crops
Dry weather will return to the drought-striken U.S. Midwest crop region, with corn and soybeans ending their growing season pn a negative note after this week's rains proved to be too little too late, an agriculture meteorologist said Friday.
3 Price Expectations for 3 Yield Estimates
A month ago, we presented alternative supply, consumption, and price projections for the 2012-13 marketing year in the context of addressing the question of whether or not prices were high enough to ration a much smaller crop.
Wheat Extends Recovery On Export Optimism
Rainfall 'Haves and Have Nots' in S.A.
Election-Year Politics Affect Fate of Farm Bill and Disaster Relief
2, 4-D Resistance Found in Weeds Could Limit the Herbicide's Future Usefulness
Even as crops resistant to 2,4-D herbicide are being developed, populations of weeds are also developing a resistance. A 2,4-D-resistant variety of the waterhemp weed has been found, and its spread could lessen the impact of an herbicide widely used in grassland and crop production. Despite worldwide use of 2,4-D since the 1940s, only 17 weeds were previously known to be resistant to it
Stressed Corn Crop Vulnerable to Rare Toxins
Dry Field Conditions Increase Harvest Fire Risks
Silage harvest is beginning in some areas. It’s always difficult to forecast weather, but if dry field conditions persist, potential for combine and field fires will increase
Dismal Prospescts for 2012 Crops
USDA's outlook for the nation's corn and soybean harvests reflects what farmers have been seeing for the past two months: vanishing prospects for a good year as their crops wilt from lack of water.
Oats as Emergency Forage
'White Flag' For Corn Users?
Leaders Assure Indemnities Will Be Paid
Say What? $55-Plus Soybeans and $17-Plus Corn!
If $10 per bushel corn and $20 per bushel soybeans seemed unfathomable a month ago, try $17 corn and $55 soybeans this month.
Yield Estimates Could Bring Big News
Unpriced Corn? Take the Driver's Seat.
Market expert Bob Utterback tells you what you need to know heading into tomorroe's report.
5 Important Crop Insurance Questions Answered
Tax expert Paul Neiffer provides insight to some common crop insurance concerns.
Shrinking U.S. Crops Pose Inflation Challenge For Countries
For nations like China and India fighting to tamp down inflation while spurring growth, even as the global economy faces headwinds from Europe's debt crisis, shrinking U.S. crops could be an additional headache as food prices creep higher.
Drought is Indication of Deeper Issues
The thermometer out back read 109 degrees, although the news said it only reached 106. A scorching day in the midst of many – hot and dry all at once, like southern Utah in August.
The Long & Short of the '12 Drought
Congress Recesses With No Drought Aid
Lawmakers Request RFS Drawdown
Drought Drives ETFs
The worst drought in more than 50 years is shriveling crops in the Midwest, sending grain prices soaring to new contract highs this week.
'Worst' Drought Gets Worse in US Farm Belt: Report
The worst U.S. drought in 56 years intensified over the past week as above-normal temperatures and scant rainfall parched corn and soybean crops across the Midwest and central Plains, a report from climate experts said on Thursday.
House Drops Plan for One-Year Extension of U.S. Agriculture Law
House Republican leaders abandoned plans for a one-year extension of U.S. agriculture policy, averting a showdown with farm groups led by the American Farm Bureau Federation who want a new five-year law.
South America Readies Record Crops Amid U.S. Drought
Farm Bill Extension Withdrawn
Ethanol Mandates & Corn Prices
Drought Deepens Worries About Food Supplies, Prices
Alarm grew over the unrelenting Midwest drought on Tuesday, as one of the top corporate leaders in agriculture warned that the government must act quickly to reduce the amount of corn going to ethanol to prevent a sharp spike in food prices.
Top 7 Take-Aways From Corn College
Momentum Builds For Short-Term Farm Bill
Momentum began to build on Thursday for a House vote on a short-term extension of the farm bill next week, with key Democrats opening the door to supporting it.
Corn, Grain Prices Push to Record Highs
The future of corn prices and the impact on fed livestock continues to be an unfolding, tumultuous situation, but some degree of clarity should be coming to the story in the next few weeks, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist.
Corn, Soybean Yield Hole Deepens -- USDAB
The decline in corn and soybean conditions continues, showing the drought of 2012 seemingly has no intentions of loosening its grip on this year's crops.
Vilsack: House Must Pass Drought Help in Farm Bill
Time 'Running Out' For New U.S. Agriculture Bill, Peterson Says
The House Agriculture Committee’s top Democrat criticized Republican leaders for failing to schedule a vote on a new farm-policy bill, saying time to pass the measure before the current law expires is “running out.”
The Latest Drought Talk
The drought of 2012 is starting to manifest itself in farm country not just in poor crop yields and higher grain market prices.
Don't Harvest Corn Silage Too Soon
In drought-plagued years like this, one of the biggest mistakes a dairy producer can make is to harvest corn silage too soon. Experts recommend waiting until plant moistures drop to 62% to 68%.
'Exceptional' Drought Grows
The severity of the drought of 2012 took a major step for the worse over the last week, and now most of the state of Indiana is under "extreme" drought stress, according to Thursday's update of the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Farmers in 'Deep Trouble' Vilsack
Scorching drought conditions throughout the U.S. prompted the U.S. Agriculture Department Wednesday to declare 39 new counties in eight states as disaster areas, making farmers and livestock producers there eligible for emergency low-interest government loans.
Crop Insurance: What You Need to Know
Farmers throughout the Corn Belt have one thing on their minds, drought. Ok, maybe two things; drought and crop insurance.
7 Ways the House Farm Bill Slams the Middle Class
The Bill Makes the Middle Class, Not the Ealthy, Pay for Deficit Reduction
Federal Produce-Testing Program Spared _ For Now
Glyphosate-Resistant 'Superweeds' May Be Less Susceptible to Diseases
Scientists searching for clues to understand how superweeds obtain resistance to the popular herbicide glyphosate may have been missing a critical piece of information, a Purdue University study shows.
Drought Drives Traders to Seek Shelter
Weather Market Continues
Brazil Nears U.S. Soybean Crop Size
Ag Groups Ask House to Vote on Farm Bill
Boehner Says No Decision on Bringing Farm and Nutrition Bill to the House Floor
House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that no decision has been made on House consideration of a five-year, $500-billion farm and nutrition bill that has cleared the Senate and was approved earlier in the day by the House Agriculture Committee with some changes.
House Agriculture Committee Agrees on Farm Bill
The House agriculture committee early on Thursday voted to pass its version of a new farm bill that cuts $12 billion more from the food stamps program than a Senate bill passed last month and adds several new crop insurance and price support programs to protect farmers during natural disasters or when prices fall.
Aid Welcomed by Drought-Stricken States Facing Crop Loss
State leaders welcomed a pledge of U.S. aid for the worst drought in decades, even as the assistance paled in comparison to potential losses and a forecaster said weather conditions may not improve in some areas until September
1988 All Over Again?
WASDE: USDA Lowers Corn Yield Estimate by 20 Bushels
U.S. feed grain supplies for 2012/13 are projected sharply lower with corn production prospects reduced 1.8 billion bushels from last month
Withering Corn Crop Feeds Global Concerns
Why is Corn so Short?
A Wide Range of Potential Yields & Profits
One-Size-Fits-All Farm Bill Is Wrong Approach
Arkansas’s First Congressional District is home to a diversified agricultural economy. In the fertile Mississippi River Delta we grow cotton, rice, corn, soybeans, wheat, peanuts and even raise catfish.
Insect Pests Add To Problems For Farmers
Crops, already stressed by drought and heat, are under attack by insects.
Lack Of Rain Causing Stress On Corn At Pollination
There is not a lot of good news for the 2012 Illinois corn crop, but there has been recent rainfall in some places has corn silking way ahead of schedule.
A Machinery Mystery Solved
In a recent column Machinery Pete questioned why farmers in their 70’s and 80’s are bidding up the price of small, used machinery.
Farm Bill 2012: Deeper Spending Cuts From The House
The Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM) was debuted yesterday by House Agriculture Committee chair Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and ranking member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.).
Digesting the House Farm Bill
Little Relief, Likely No Recovery For Corn
Spider Mites Threaten Corn and Soybeans
Hot, dry weather brings another nuisance to corn and soybean fields throughout farm country.
Uncertainty Surrounds Corn Supply, Demand
July 2012 corn futures are currently trading about $1.00 below the peak reached in August 2011 but $1.40 above the low reached a month ago.
Stink Bug Crisis Affects 38 State; Agriculture Threats Loom
The East Coast has been ravished by the Chinese-imported stink bug. Now a crisis threatens agriculture and farmers in 38 states, including the Pacific Coast. Congress is now adopting measures to find a way to kill the pest called the "brown marmorated stink bug."
Heat, Drought Adds To Corn and Bean Prices
What To Watch For At Pollination
Pollination is a key time in the development of your corn crop. In episode 8 of Corn College TV Season 2, Ken Ferrie gives you tips to make sure you have a successful pollination period
Bulk Up Alfalfa
Agriculture Secretary Presses House On Farm Bill
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Friday urged the Republican-led House to vote on a long-term farm policy bill, saying failure to act could leave livestock producers exposed to disasters and other farmers uncertain about the future.
Weather Leaps Over Bearish USDA Data
U.S. farmers planted 5% more corn this year than a year ago and soybean acreage is down slightly, though the numbers rank among the highest planted acreage for both crops
Crops On The Edge
With the nation's corn and soybean crops thirsting for moisture, June's long-awaited Acreage and Grain Stocks reports fell flat compared with concerns over drought conditions and scorching temperatures across the Corn Belt.
USDA To Show Higher Soybean Acreage, Analysts Say
How Does Hot, Dry, Windy Weather Affect Corn Now?
This time of year the growth rate of corn plants always amazes me.
Soybean Fundamentals Remain Strong
Most New Pesticides Have Roots In Natural Substances
Scientists who search for new pasticides for use in humanity's battle of the bugs and other threats to the food supply have been learning lessons from Mother Nature, according to a new analysis.
Crop Ratings 'Worst Since 1989'
Farmers Need Agriculture Bill To Avoid 'Panic,' Vilsack Says
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urged House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican, to schedule floor time for the new farm bill, saying U.S. producers need to know the shape of programs that support them.
Crop Progress: Corn Conditions Dangerously Low
Trouble On The Horizon For Genetically Modified Crops?
Pests are adapting to gentically modified crops in unexpected ways, researchers have discovered.
Sorghum Should Be In The Biofuel Crop Mix, Experts Say
Sweet and biomass sorghum would meet the need for next-generation biofuels to be enviromentally sustainable, easily adopted by producers and take advantage of existing agricultural infrastructure, a group of researchers led by Purdue University scientists believes.
Pollinating Corn & Dry Hot Weather
Though dry conditions stretch from the Plains to the eastern stretches of the Corn Belt, some corn fields appear in greater need of a drink than others.
Seante Makes Progress on Farm Bill
Farmland Values: What Do Investors Say?
Farmland markets in most of the U.S. Corn Belt have experienced substantial price appreciation since roughly 2001.
Senate Plunges Into Farm Bill Amendments
It's rare to see a speech on the Senate Floor that lasts only two minutes, but that's how much time each sponsor of a farm bill amendment had to argue his or her case Tuesday
U.S. Wheat Buyers Line Up
Bt Corn Root Injury Confirmed
How to Battle Bugs in an 'Off-Kilter' Year
In this weekly Pest Watch update, Learn why diligent scouting is especially important this year.
A Look at Export Progress
Farm Bill Divides Midwestern and Southern Farmers
For once, it's not Democrats battling Republicans. The five-year farm and food stamps bill now being debated in the Senate is a regional fight, pitting rice and peanut growers in the South against corn producers and soybean farmers in the Midwest.
Stop Pests in Their Tracks
Agweb Online Field Guide
Scout and Treat Fileds for Grasshoppers
Bigger Refuges Needed to Delay Pest Resistance to Biotech Corn
To slow resistance of western corn rootworm beetles to genetically protected crops, much larger "refuge" acreages of conventional crops have to be planted, two experts warn.
Drought 'Fearmongering' Mounts
Some Pests Coming On Earlier Than Normal
The bugs are on the move.
Soybean aphids, Japanese beetles and Black cutworms are just a few of the insect pests agronomists are finding in the field, some a couple of weeks earlier than normal.
Farm Bill Floor Debate Likely
Scientists Complete Most Comprehensive Genetic Analysis Yet of Corn
An interdisciplinary team, led by researchers at Cornell University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), have just published the most comprehensive analysis to date of the corn genome.
Time To Start Pegging Corn Yiled Potential
Most U.S. Crops Rated Good, Excellent
Despite recent dry weather, the majority of spring-planted crops are looking good.
Scout Fields To Stay On Top Of Weeds
Improved rainfall patterns and an early spring have provided corn and soybean producers with opportunities for planting and the application and activation of soil residual herbicides.
Is Early Corn Planting Worth The Risk?
Farmers who were able to plant corn early this spring could see a big benefit come pollination time, according to a new report released this week by The Climate Corporation.
Tobacco Plants Advertise Their Defensive Readiness to Attacking Leafhoppers
Empoasca sp. is not a typical pest of wild tobacco (Nicotiana attenuata).
Is It really Seedling Blight?
To accurately diagnose if your crop is being affected by seedling blight, you first have to understand how the disease develop
Keep Scouting For Armyworms
Grassley, Braley Eager to Harvest 2012 Farm Bill
Geneticists Study Drought Tolerance In Wheat
"Too dry" Crop Scenario Builds Market Concerns
Plains Wheat Cliding; Markets Watching
Some Counties Concerned Ablout Continued Drought
New-Crop Themes Emerge
USDA analysts took their first stab at forecasting new crop demand in Thursday's supply and demand tables.
Aggriculture Bacteria: Blowing in the Wind
It was all too evident during the Dust Bowl what a disastrous impact wind can have on dry, unprotected topsoil.
Expert's Letter Sparks BT Corn Refuge Discussion
Earthworms Play Crucial Role In Ecosystem
Researchers Develop New Approach To Molecular Plant Breeding
A U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist has shown researchers and plant breeders a better way to handle the massive amounts of data being generated by plant molecular studies, using an approach that should help speed up development of improved crop varieties.
Will Brazil Import U.S. Soybeans?
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (Agriculture.com)--It's been over a decade since Brazil, the world's #2 soybean producer, has had to import the country's "King" commodity from the United States.
Senate Ag Panel Passes Farm Bill
8 Early-Season Corn Crop Concerns
It's shaping up to be another spring of unique crop challenges.
6 Factors To Consider When Replanting Corn
2012 Wheat Tour, Day One
Record high potential year noted afterday one for the history of the tour
Farm Loan Volume Following Profits Higher
Where Are Your Soil Nutrients?
Helpful Tips For Controlling Weeds This Spring
With corn in many different growth stages, weed management becomes extra challenging.
Bale Your Own Hay Or Hire Out?
Can Frosted Corn Recover?
Cold Weather Not Slowing Black Cutwotm Moths
A Torturous Spring
Senate To End Direct Payments
Will The Cultivator Make A Comeback?
When Is Cold Too Cold For Young Corn?
A couple of pages on Mother Nature's calendar must have been out of order. In much of the Corn Belt, March was mostly dry and unseasonably warm.
Midwest Soil Moisture Levels Rising
Rainfall in the Midwest late last week into the weekend greatly increased topsoil moisture in sections of the western and central Midwest where spring precipitation amounts had been quite light prior to the recent rains
CME To Start Black Sea Wheat Contract
Vilsack Outlines Leaner Farm Bill
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Monday outlined a leaner 2012 version of what he calls a "Food, farm and jobs bill" that he expects to pass the Sentate by early summer...
India's Wheat Set To Rot
Farmer Co-Op CHS Sees Earnings Fall 60%
CHS Inc. (CHSCP), the largest farmer-owned cooperative in the U.S., reported second-quarter profit dropped 60% as the company saw earnings fall in both of its major segments.
Soy Furtures Dip, Corn Gets Boost
8 Tips To Start Your Corn Out Right
Give your corn crop a head start with tips from experts around the country.
Every Drop Counts
Irrigators turn to technology to make every gallon of water count toward yield
War On Weeds
Plains Wheat Advancing Rapidly
USDA Overstated Corn Supply, Critic Says
US corn inventories on March 1 were likely around 900M bushels lower than a year earlier, not the 514M reported by the USDA last week, says John Macintosh of Rand Financial Services in an article circulated by traders.
Keep Spring Fieldwork Timeframes Tight
USDA: Farmer Responses Rates Drop
The response rate among farmers to key government crop surveys has gradually fallen in recent years, a U.S. Department of Agriculture official said Wednesday.
The Report Fear Factor
More Corn Acres, Lower Stocks Seen
U.S. farmers are likely to plant 3.0% more corn acreage this year than last year, but only 0.7% more soybean acreage, raising concerns soybean supplies could tighten as the year goes on, according to analysts polled by Dow Jones Newswires.
What Will It Cost To Raise Your 2012 Corn Crop?
What did it cost you to raise your 2011 corn crop?
Is It N Time Yet?
The calendar may not say so yet, but for a lot of Corn Belt farmers, spring has sprung.
Is It 'Nuts' To Plant Now?
A farmer in Southeast Iowa was planting corn last weekend.
Reducing Replant - "Plant It Right the First Time"
As temperatures continue to warm and soil continues to dry, corn growers get eager to plant.
Senate Wrestles With Commodity Programs
At the end of about five hours of testimony on commodity programs for the next farm bill, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow left the meeting with one parting comment to reporters’ questions about how soon her committee will write legislation.a
Spring Springs Early; More Land Spikes
March is half over, but it feels more like mid-May out there in much of the nation's midsection.
Early Corn Planting Poses Risks
As I said about politics, all planting season conditions are local.
Early Spring = More Corn?
New Sign-Ups: Can CRP Still Compete?
A Game Plan To Profit
Marketing strategies for selling 2012 and 2013 crops...
Outside Markets to Trump WASDE
USDA left U.S. corn ending stocks unchanged, bringing them in right about where the trade expected, in its monthly World Ag Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report Friday morning.
Cover Crop Complications
While they are soaring in popularity, cover crops are also trying to avoid being entangled in agriculture’s acronyms
Farmers Union Backs a Grain Reserve
By a large majority, delegates to National Farmers Union's annual meeting in Omaha voted Tuesday for a 2012 farm bill program that would allow farmers...
Beans Buck Selloff
U.S. soybean futures bucked a broad selloff in commodities to end higher Tuesday, setting at a six-month high.
Warm Winter Poses Unique Crop Threats
It's been a warm winter in much of where the nation's orn, soybean and wheat crops are grown.
By a large majority, delegates to National Farmers Union's annual meeting in Omaha voted Tuesday for a 2012 farm bill program that would allow farmers to voluntarily take grain off the market if prices reach low levels.
Beefing Up Corn Stocks
Is the market already planning on big corn and soybean crops this year?
Export Demand Slams U.S. Soybean Stocks
Three-week delays in shipping soybeans from Brazilian ports are shifting importers to the U.S. for coverage of near term supply needs.
2012: Biggest Corn Acreage in 68 Years?
This year looks to be a record-breaker for acres planted in the U.S.
Analysts Call USDA's 2012 Soybean Outlook Reasonable
Corn and soybean prices this year will favor corn over soybeans as producers pencil out their enterprise budgets.
Record Corn Crop, Lower Prices Ahead - USDA
The U.S. is likely to produce a record 14.27 billion bushels of corn and 3.25 billion bushels of soybeans in the 2012-13 marketing year...
Record Area for U.S. Major Crops
Data from 2012 USDA Agriculture Outlook Forum, February 24, 2012
U.S. Wheat Demand Improves
Demand for U.S. wheat is likely to rise in the next few months and may exceed the government forecast of 26.5 million metric tons for the marketing year ending May 31 due to strong overseas demand....
No-Till Seen As a Dynamic System
Examining the philosophy of no-till cropping as a systems approach to farming and the importance of understanding no-till agriculture from the sytem dynamics perspective...
South American Crop Production Affects U.S. Corn, Soybean Prices
Corn and soybean prices declined sharply in mid-November and remained at the lower level through mid-December....
Will The Cultivator Make a Comeback?
Will tillage equipement be working extra hard this spring?
High Volatility, 'Fierce' Acreage War Ahead For Growers
Solid risk management "has never been more important" for producers of the nation's major commodities, given a range of volatility factors....
Too Soon For Farm Bill Extension
Farm groups are getting nervous about the odds of a new farm bill getting done before the current one expires this year.
Research Aimed at Corn Production With Limited Irrigation
As the water goes, so goes agricutural production, especially corn production in the Texas High Plains.
Corn Belt Farm Values Jump 22%
Farmland values in the heart of the U.S. corn belt jumped 25% in the fourth quarter versus a year ago, and posted the biggest annual increase in 36years, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago said Thursday.
China Seeks Better Ties Here
Des Moines, Iowa (Agriculture.com)--China's vice president, Xi Jinping mixed nostalgia with high-level bargaining for closer agriculture ties with the United States at the first U.S. - China Agricultural Symposium here Thursday.
Winter Production in South America
AgReliant Genetics, AgriGold's parent company, in in charge of producing the highest quality seed possible and ensuring AgriGold's customers have the right hybrids in the trait package they desire.
Chinese Promise to Buy Soybeans
A delegation of Chinese leaders agreed to buy 8.62 million metric tons (MMT) of U.S. soybeans worth $4.3 billion at a signing ceremony in Des Moines, Iowa Wednesday.
Vilsack Discusses Proposed Fiscal Year 2013 Budget
February on Capitol Hill means it's once again budget discussion time.
Most Obstacles to Planting Winter Canola Have Been Overcome
It has never been easier for wheat growers to introduce winter canola into their operations as a rotational crop than it is now...
Study: Reduced Irrigation Can Improve Economics, Yeilds on Corn
Reducing irrigation can actually inprove economics when growing corn.
Futures Fall on Supply Forecasts
U.S. corn and wheat futures stumbled Thursday, fueled by investors' disappointment with world supply estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Asian Markets Will Benefit Ag in 2012, Says Trade Expert
As global demands for U.S. agriculture products continues to grow, American farmers can expect to see and increasing number of opportunities in China and other Asian markets in 2012...
Assistance Offered To Producers Affected By Extreme Weather
Secretary of Agriulture Tom Vilsack announced an important package of disaster assistance to help farmers, landowners, communities and others recover and rebuild after a year in which a wave of atural disasters swept across all regions of the United States.
Grassley: Farm Bill Needed Soon
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), a veteran member of the Senate Agriculture Committee has announced a series of hearings on the 2012 Farm Bill.
Crunching The Crop Rotation Numbers
The majority of farmers seem content to stick to their normal crop rotations this year.
Too Much Ag Optimism?
Writing a farm bill during good times for agriculture could result in programs that won't help farmers much if prices crash.
USDA Revamps Plant Hardiness Map
For the first time since 1990, the USDA has revamped the zones in its Plant Hardiness Map.
Meet The 'Osama bin Laden' of Weeds
Get to know Palmer amaranth now, because you may wind up with fields full of it this summer if you're not careful.
Ideas for Crop Residue Management
A new report from Pioneer Hi-Bred outlines farmers' management options for dealing with increased crop residue buildup in corn.
Getting the Most From Your Fertilizer Investment
Fertilizer production costs have increased substantially in recent years.
New Tool Could Improve Soybean Breeding Process
The Kansas Soybean Association held its Kansas Soybean Expo in Topeka, KS., on Jan. 11.
Farmers Produced Less in 2011, USDA Reports
Hindered by unfavorable planting and growing conditions during 2011, U.S. farmers produced a smaller crop than the previous year according to the Crop Production Summary released Jan. 12 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service.
What's On the Horizon For Agriculture in 2012?
One of the most frequent questions I hear from readers this time of year is: What threats and opportunities do you see on the horizon?
Irrigated Corn Achieves High Yields With High Energy Efficiency
Contrary to conventional wisdom, irrigated corn in Nebraska is highly efficient in the use of energy, water and fertilizer, say University of Nebraska-Lincoln scientists whose research found that increased yields more than offset the energy cost of these inputs.
Herbicide Resistance Is a Growing Problem
The development of herbicides has made management easier in crop production; however, it has also led to problems with some weeds developing resistance to these weed killers.
U.S. Drought Worries?
Is it too early to worry about drought or dry weather conditions?
Big Blow Delivered to AG Commodities
The market was focused on the crop reports this week, and those reports delivered a big blow to the grain bulls.
USDA Closures Draw Ire, Applause
In a move lauded by some and slammed by others, USDA announced this week the fourthcoming closure of more than 250 USDA offices around the country and the "workforce decrease" of more than 7,000 employees.
10.0 mt of Argentine Corn Lost
Citing what could be the worst drought in decades, argentine Agrarian Federation President Eduardo Buzzi called on Argentina's government Monday to suspend export taxes to help struggling farmers.
Grains Focus on S.A. Weather, USDA Reports
Corn and Soybean prices declined sharply in Mid-November and remained at the lower level through mid-December.
Wheat Market Eyes Europe
Continued European debt fears, interexchange wheat spreading, and weak export demand pressured the wheat market today.
10 Tips For Better Crop Spraying
Spraying pesticides on your fields is one of those jobs where the margin for error is pretty narrow, both in terms of accomplishing the mission and protecting neighboring fields
Weather To Drive Global Corn Market
Global corn prices will likely move sideways or lower over the next few months.
USDA: In Texas, 38% of Wheat Crop Still Rated Poor to Very Poor
USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, record setting warmth persists, especially across northern areas.
Corn In Review
To look back on the year, we had major fund investment that was larger than 2008.
First Quarter of 2012 Should Favor the Corn Bulls
The last half of 2011 was dominated by economic concerns from European Union, as well as declining export business here at home.
Fallout From MF Global Far From Over
Confidence in commodity markets were shaken and that uneasiness will continue in 2012
LaNina: Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Volatile weather plagued farm country throughout 2011 as each seasons weather disaster left lasting impressions on crops, homes and families.
Farmers Reclaim Flooded Fields
Rain is about the last thing Eddie Drewes wants to see arrive on his northwest Missouri farm this winter.
A Strategic Marketing Challenge
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After penetrating through recent lows last week, grains have had a nice run higher this week, starting with large gains Monday for corn that have had follow through the middle of the week.
What Will You Get For Corn & Beans in 2012?
How's $5.65/bushel corn sound? How about $11.20 soybeans?
New Eco-Friendly Foliar Spray Provides Natural Anti-Freeze
Cold-weather garden enthusiasts have a new reason to celebrate.
Biotechnology Could Contribute to Field Crop Yield Trends
While not entirely explaining increased yields for corn and soybeans over teh past 15 years, one Ohio State University agricultural economist said statistical eveidence on linear yield trends shows biotechnology could play a role.
Strip-till Improves Nutrient Uptake and Yield
The practice of deep banding fertilizer is growing in popularity as more growers turn to strip-till.
Developing Crops That Can Cope With Sudden Changes in the Weather
Crops that can cope with sudden changes in teh weather could be developed, thanks to fresh discoveries about plants.
Severe Drought in Western Corn Belt Raises Early Concerns
The severe drought that has gripped Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas for the past year has spread north into the western Corn Belt including eastern Nebraska, northwestern Iowa, and southern Minnesota.
Nebraska Wheat Condition Above Average Going Into Winter
Although the summer of 2011 was beginning to look a lot like the summer of 2010, when extremely dry conditions in western Nebraska resulted in uneven wheat emergence, late August and September rainfall picked up and good wheat stands were achieved in much of the west.
Lawmakers Hopeful for a Farm Bill in 2012
Despite the failure of linking the farm bill to the Super Committee, legislative leaders and policy experts at the Farm Journal Forum remain hopeful the agriculture committees will rally congress to get the bill passed in 2012.
Advances Made In Transgenic Corn
Advances in transgenic technology and insect resistance management are accuring at a rapid pace.
Anticipating Crop Prices in 2012
Crop prices during 2011 were influenced by a wide range of factors that resulted in extremely large trading ranges, said University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good.
Is Dwarf Corn the Next Big Thing?
Remember this word, because it might be one of the biggest developments in corn production research in the last decade: Brassinosteroids.
Corn prices to be hit by S American, US output - Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said Wednesday that corn prices will likely come under pressure in the second half of next year, as rebounding production from South America and the U.S. increases supply.
Better Records, Sound Decisions
It might seem daunting to prepare and update financial statements n a regular basis, but there are tools available so the process isn't such a burden.
High-tech equipment boosts efficiency when labor is tight.
White Corn Gold
More work, but for some it's worth the effort
What Top Producers Know
Financial intellect gives farmers a competitive advantage
Corn left standing may have to wait
With December in sight, the corn harvest is widely regarded as "essentially over," according to individual state-level reports issued this week.
Winter wheat crop ratings improve
U.S. winter wheat conditions improved in the past week, with improvement reported in some key hard red winter wheat states.
Corn, Soybean Demand and Acreage Prospects for 2012
Corn and soybean prices have declined sharply since the release of USDA's November Crop Production report, which contained smaller forecasts of the size of the 2011 harvest for both crops.
Markets Factor in Corn-on-Corn Decision
Many Midwest farmers have been disappointed with 2011 corn-on-corn yields, repoting significantly lower yields compared with corn after soybeans.
Large Banks Cut Farm Interest Rates
Despite softer loan activity across the nation, larger banks cut interest rates yet again on non-real estate loans to boost farm lending in the third quarter, according to the Federal ReserveSystem's Agricultural Finance Databook.
High Crop Prices a Threat to Nature?
The Indian grass that Larry Thomforde planted 15 year ago is up to his chin now--tall gold spikes that sway in the sun as his dog, Gwynie, crashes though the field.
Farm land values continue skyward
The fam land values rocket shows no sign of falling from orbit, at least in the 2 districts of the U.S. Federal Reserve encompassing much of the nation's midsection.
Get more from lower quality hay
With a lot of quality issues around the country with this year's hay crop, livestock feeders need to watch what they're feeding their animals now more closely than ever.
How to ID a blue ribbon bale of hay
With hay prices rising across the country, the ability to judge hay quality is an increasingly critical skill - both for buyers and producers.
Corn basis firm, slow farm sales
Basis levels for U.S. corn at interior Midwest elevators and ethenol plants firmed Tuesday, supported by slow farm sales and strong domestic demand.
Does corn-on-corn have a future?
Continuous corn was kind of a dud this year. Average corn-after-corn yields were almost 30 bushels lower than corn rotated with soybeans.
Whatever happened to soybean rust?
The scare over soybean rust last decade could have jokingly been referred to as the Agricultural Media, Chemical Company, and Plant Pathologist Full Employment Act of 2005.
7 steps to better weed control
Getting your crop off to a quick start hinges on your ability to nix weed competition.
Not Too Late to Cover Up
It's likely those planes buzzing Midwest corn fields prior to harvest were seeding covrer crops.
Snug Seed Supply
Hot weather yields tight supply of hot hybrids
Stay Safe When Using Irrigation Equipment
Even though some irrigation systems are stationary this time of year, it's never too early to talk about safety.
Improve your chance of obtaining federal funding
Know Before You Grow Corn
A dizzying array of corn trait technologies will head to the field in 2012.
There's Still Time For Fall Burndown
Winter annual weeds painted the landscape with brillant purples and yellows last spring. While the colorful display provided a cheery exit for winter's drab, the weedy patches were less than ideal for a clean spring start.
Clues From Early Season Stand Evaluation
Early in the season, step back and see what your corn stand can tell you.
Debate Intensifies of Federal Budget Cuts to Agriculture
Yesterday both committees announced that they're proposing that the Super Committee cut farm bill spending by $23 billion over 10 years.
Corn Expert Cautions Growers Making Harvest-time Hybrid Decisions
Though growers can use harvest data to make decisions for next year's seed corn, a Perdue Extension corn specialist says they should look at a variety of field conditions before deciding on hybrids.
USDA Lowers Forecasts for Corn, Soybean Production
The U.S. Depatment of Agriculture lowered its predictions for corn and soybean production this year and said farmers wouldn't be harvesting as amny acres as the government forecasters previously expected.
US Gov't Expects Corn Surplus In '12; Could Lower Corn Process and Slow Food Inflation
Food Prices could rise more slowly next year because farmers have a bigger surplus of corn on hand than previously thought.
Top Die Back
Many corn fields are showing signs of maturation. The first sign of maturation in a corn plant is natural death or senescence of the corn leaves.
Be Cautious Interpreting Soil Test Results
It' early fall and it's dry. Sampling under very dry conditions may increase soil sampling error because it is more difficult to control sampling depth and proper soil core collection.
Nitrogen Know-how Prevents Accidents
An early fall harvest typically leads to more fall nitrogen application.
New Germplasm, Irrigation Management Make a Difference in Corn Production
Germplasm and stay-green technology utilized by Texas Agrilife Research corn breeders could make growing corn on limited water a greater possibility in the near future, according to Agrilife Research studies.
Gene Controlling Flowering Boosts Energy Production from Sorghum
A sorghum hybrib that does not flower and accumulates as much as three times the amount of stem and leaf matter may help bioenergy industry, according to a study appearing September 27 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Grain Markets Doin' the "Twist"
The only person excited about the "Twist" being announced yesterday seemed to be Chubby Checker.
Feeding cover crops? Test for nitrates first...
Hay supplies are tight going into fall. But, if you plant cover crops, you could be sitting on a pontential feed source.
Review Grain/Seed Contracts
Trait Refusal Creates Harvest Confusion
New Refuge in a Bag
EPA Approves Two OPtimum AcreMax Blends
Rootworms Resist Bt Trait
Research Verifies Resistant Rootworms in Iowa
One more hay cutting?
If your hay crop has been stressed this summer by heat and a lack of rainfall, you might be worried that your stands next year could pay the price if you take a fall cutting to stock up feed for the winter.
Wheat Struggles to Move Higher
Wheat markets spent much of the week in sideways, choppy price action before running into selling pressure on Friday.
Planting Choices Update - 1
Excessive Moisture Complicated Crop Conditions
History Predicts July Range in December Futures
The correlation between the price where December corn futures opened in Jul aand its highs in the month of July is very high at 97.8% since 1970. Bill Fordman of C&S Grain Market Consulting reported.
Grains rebound on increased demand
U.S. grain futures surged Tuesday as projections for increased foreign demand fueled a recovery from steep losses last week.
Watch Out For Falling Corn Stocks
The supply scenario for corn and wheat just got tighter. In its monthly World Supply/Demand (WASDE) report released Thursday morning, USDA lowered both wheat and corn stocks based on inclement crop weather in key areas for both crops.
What's it take to get a corn crop started? A recent report from the Nebraska Corn Board shows just planting the 2011 crop in that state will take an investment by farmers of $2.6 billion.
Seventy-two groups that represent livestock producers, feed processors and exporters have sent a letter to congressional ag committees asking that the 2012 Farm Bill make it easier for farmers to opt out of the Conservation Reserve Program.
Despite trading higher most of the session, due to discounted rapid weekly planting progress numbers, the CME Group corn market digested the numbers in the end to close lower Tuesday.
USDA reported corn planting now is back on track in many states, though the northern and eastern regions are still lagging.
Amidst conjectures about whether weather-delayed corn plantings might be converted to soybean land, a Nebraska farmer wondered about the effects of the new RR2 yield soybean genetics offered by seed companies this year. Yield benefits are touted at 7% to 11%.
The driest part of the Corn Belt over the past seven days has been the western third of Iowa, the western third of Minnesota, extreme northwestern Missouri, and points eastward and that is an area where some corn is being planted right now.
Add weed control to the list of elements of growing your 2011 crop that is being complicated as cool, wet weather continues to delay planting in the bulk of the Corn Belt.
Weather continues to be the story in the US, as winter wheat is failing in TX, and just-in-time rains prevent a complete disaster in OK and KS this week.
The CME Group corn market closed limit down on improved planting weather outlooks
DTN's national average cash prices fell across the board Wednesday as slightly stronger basis fell well short of futures' downward moves on noncommercial selling.
At this year’s Commodity Classic conference, at least one market-watcher suggested that a hiccup in the spring/summer crop-weather, causing reduced yields, would cut further an already 15-year low U.S. corn stocks supply, sending corn futures prices marching towards $12 per bushel.
Spring has really sprung a leak. We're into an identical year, as two years ago, when La Niña brought excessive rains and a record late planting date for corn and beans. Last year was among the earliest planted dates on a dry spring.
If you're pacing a trough in your shop or office floor waiting for things to warm up and dry out, all the while worrying about how much corn yield potential you're losing by not getting your crop planted in the timeframe you had hoped, don't let it get you too far down.
DTN's national average cash corn price fell 15 cents Wednesday to $6.96; hard red winter wheat fell 4 cents to $8.17; soft red winter wheat, 2 cents to $7.18; and hard red spring, 3 cents to $10.14. Soybeans rose 17 cents to $13.07.
According to a report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City; in general, Farm incomes are surging and sending all other values in the ag sector rocketing higher.
After a visit through central Illinois, it was evident not all farmers were prepared to hit the field just yet. However, the ones that have taken the planter to the field have experienced some of the best soil conditions in years.
At mid-day, the CME Group grain and soybean markets trade mostly higher Friday. On light volume, the market has been pressured due to a large firm releasing a sell signal Friday.
This week's winter wheat crop ratings saw broad-based declines with this year's crop seen as one of the poorest ever.
Officials at the USDA are meeting Thursday to discuss how to handle inevitable budget cuts, namely whether the agency will do away with weekly crop progress reports as well as a key annual June crop production report.
At mid-session, profit-taking has sent the CME Group grain and soybean markets lower Thursday.
In a letter to its members in late March, the Illinois Corn Growers' Association touted a University of Illinois study that projected that profit from corn would beat soybeans by $134 an acre. It urged members to improve their bottom line -- and prove that Illinois growers really can produce enough for food and fuel, as the association has asserted.
Cash bids for U.S. corn were higher Friday, rising in unison with futures as the market continued to digest government stock data showing smaller inventories of U.S. corn supplies
A bipartisan amendment introduced in early March to repeal the 45 cent-a-gallon tax credit died in the Senate this week when one of its sponsors, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) said he would not hold up a small business bill to force a vote.
Next Friday's (April 8) supply-demand report should show a lower domestic ending stocks number and stocks-to-use falling below 5 percent, reaching a new record-low.
There's some chance next week's supply-demand report will bring some changes, but the real focus going forward will be weather.
Grains bounced back nicely from sharply lower trade in early March, with prices rallying back sharply on Thursday and Friday to move to 60% retracements of losses suffered in early March.
Grain prices are high. That's the good news (if you're a grain farmer). But, diesel prices are approaching record levels, fertilizer's headed up and custom farming rates are climing, too. That's the bad news. So, how can you stay ahead?
The pre-opening prices for the CME Group grain commodities for Friday, March 18, 2011 are sharply higher. Corn is seen opening 22-24 cents higher, soybeans 10-12 cents higher, and wheat 18-20 cents higher.
According to NOAA, spring flooding is already underway in some areas. The highest risk areas include the Red River, which forms the state line between eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota; the Minnesota River; and the upper Mississippi River basin from Minneapolis southward to St. Louis.
A lot of corn and beans and a fairly small wheat crop. That's what one market analyis firm expects out of USDA's Prospective Plantings report.
Futures fell Tuesday as shockwaves continued to reverberate through markets from the Japanese disaster.
The bottom line is less capacity and higher costs due to cash diverted toward Positive Train Control from other uses.
At mid-session, the CME Group grain markets remain pressured by a continued pullback in the entire commodity sector
USDA raised 2010/11 world ending stocks on reduced export prospects, which were lowered 25 million bushels.
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Farmers are about evenly divided on their top goals for the 2011 crop year; better Marketing and managing Input Costs.
$6.01 corn, $13.49 soybeans (beans in the teens), cotton at $1.23/lb, and spring wheat at $9.89 (only topped by 2008)
The long-term trend in soybeans remains up
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