July 2014 precipitation in inches for the top 18 corn producing states for July 2014, how each states rain totals were as a percent of the 1950-2013 average and the percentile rank of July 2014 precipitation using the 1950-2014 range.
More than 700 attendees registered for DTN's free webinar yesterday, "ARC or PLC Choices: Which Farm Bill Contingency Plan is Right for You?" with economists Carl Zulauf of Ohio State University and Gary Schnitkey of the University of Illinois.
Rainfall during the past few days has fallen on some of the dry portions of the Canadian Prairies bolstering soil moisture levels and bringing needed moisture to help filling crops. The downside is that more rain is expected through the weekend and some areas may see too much across the east, slowing or stopping developing harvest operations.
8/22 2:15PM All three grains closed higher Friday with the most aggressive buying seen among commercials bidding up shrinking supplies of old-crop beans and meal. Commercial buyers rescued corn and soybeans from the bearish estimates of this week's Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour and wheat registered double-digit gains with growing concerns about this year's harvest quality.
N.Plains, Midwest to See Weekend Rain8/22 12:37PM Heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected this weekend in the northwest Midwest, Northern Plains and into the Canadian Prairies. Central areas of the Midwest and Plains may get some light rains, while other crop areas are expected dry.
The semi-determinate soybean varieties on the right are noticeably shorter than the indeterminate variety on the left. Scientists hope the shorter stature will help prevent lodging for soybean growers in high-yielding environments. (Photo courtesy of Jim Specht, University of Nebraska)
Betting on Shorter BeansGene Discovery Could Shrink, Stabilize Northern Soybean Varieties8/15 10:26AM Researchers at the University of Nebraska and Purdue University have pinpointed a gene that produces semi-determinate soybean plants, in the hopes that their smaller stature could help farmers with lodging in high-yielding environments.
Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:45 AM CDT A University of Illinois entomologist and his grad student endure summer heat and impressive heights to track the dispersal habits of the western corn rootworm, which is proving to be alarmingly mobile.
Fri Aug 8, 2014 02:28 PM CDT Gregg Sauder made a name for himself tweaking planters. Now he wants to control the corn and soybean plant.
Alex Johns says south Florida forages may be abundant, but they aren't always high in quality. A customized supplement was his answer. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)
Herd BoosterSupplement Boosts Operation's Conception Rates by 15%8/18 10:28AM In 1935, in an effort to help ranchers hit hard by the Dust Bowl, the U.S. government bought 547 head of Hereford cattle in Arizona and New Mexico, and shipped them to the Seminole reservation in Florida. While the purchase may have helped the ranchers, it didn't do the cattle any favors. Most couldn't survive on the poor-quality flatwoods forages.
Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:11 AM CDT When Kniebel Cattle Company joined a value-added marketing program, it took a fresh look at its herd health plan. The Kniebels were concerned something as common as trichomoniasis or bovine viral diarrhea might be a stumbling block that would be hard for their operation to recover. As a precaution, they added an extra layer of biosecurity.
Mon Aug 18, 2014 11:00 AM CDT While several groups have spent three years working to modify the beef checkoff program, the ranchers' group R-CALF has been shut out of the talks because of the group's litigious history with the program. Checkoff dollars continue to dwindle with the declining beef herd, but industry groups seek to change the program and possibly increase the checkoff to $2 per head.
Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:17 AM CDT We are having a horrible fly year. Any suggestions?
Farmer Jerod McDaniel, who farms along the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles, saw his corn fail under pivot in 2011 during the drought. McDaniel said he has learned since 2010 how to manage drought conditions. He didn't harvest his dryland wheat this year, but recent rains have helped him save money on his irrigated corn fields. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)
Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:21 AM CDT Attorneys general from 15 states have asked EPA to withdraw the much-maligned interpretive rule that outlines 56 conservation practices that are exempt from the Clean Water Act.
Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:44 PM CDT When you buy or if you overpay can erode farmland's advantage over stocks as an investment.
Long-grain rice, sorghum and barley producers could lean toward the PLC program based on 2014 prospects, but ARC-CO pays better for corn. Soybean and wheat producers likely would need low county yields to trigger ARC payments in 2014, according to Ohio State University's Carl Zulauf. (DTN graphic by Nick Scalise)
Pick Contingency Plans - 3Weigh Insurance in the Equation8/20 12:01PM As crop prices and insurance coverage swoon, farmers may need to supplement incomes with federal farm support programs.
Center pivots were among the farm infrastructure damaged in the Pilger, Neb., area following twin tornadoes that destroyed the town on June 16. Farmers across the Midwest saw extensive damage from a rash of severe weather earlier this summer. (DTN file photo by Todd Neeley)
Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:47 AM CDT Great Plains' recent annual dealer meeting in Kansas City attracted visitors from 22 counties including China, Russia, New Zealand and Ethiopia, where the Short Disk was promoted as a tillage tool that delivers European-style efficiency in rugged field conditions.
Mon Aug 4, 2014 09:53 AM CDT Machinery Scope takes some of the risk out of buying used equipment with inspections and extended service plans.
This file photo showing a farm field in the Chesapeake Bay area shows the scrutiny area ag has been under. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)
AFBF AppealReversal Sought in Chesapeake Ruling8/22 11:30AM The American Farm Bureau Federation asked a federal appeals court to reverse a lower court's September 2013 decision that EPA can set "pollution diets" in Chesapeake Bay.
Mon Aug 11, 2014 03:51 PM CDT Low corn prices could unleash the largest commodity payments in a decade and reward operators who refresh their farm program knowledge. Just begin your landlord education effort early.
Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:37 PM CDT Low corn prices could unleash the largest commodity payments in a decade and reward operators who refresh their farm program knowledge. Just begin your landlord education effort early.
Wed Aug 20, 2014 06:27 AM CDT DTN View From the Cab farmer Jamie Harris of Madison, Fla., has one more thing to do before fall -- plant broccoli. Meanwhile, in Avoca, Iowa, Karen Johnson, her husband Bill, and their son Jerod have been making third-cutting hay while the sun shines -- and sometimes when it doesn't.
Your hand shows corn and soybeans. What do you hold and what do you sell when the game of harvest begins?
Newsom on the MarketTHE Choice8/22 5:58AM As the 2014 harvest fast approaches, producers are still puzzling over a key decision regarding corn and soybeans.