This graphic shows the condition of each of the top 18 states as of August 1st, the average of August 1 conditions for each of the top states using 1986-2013 data, and what percentile this year's August 1 rating is in relation to the 1986-2014 data.
The beef industry working group has largely been a quiet affair until the past few weeks. First, leaders of R-CALF complained about the process because R-CALF has been excluded from the talks. Now, NFU is willing to abandon the discussions.
Ethanol futures turned higher Wednesday as strength in energy markets trumped corn market losses and growing inventory levels. Front-month ethanol futures showed additional stability gaining 1.1 cents per gallon, which helped draw additional buyer interest into other nearby contract months.
8/21 5:58AM Corn is higher at 6 a.m. (CT); soybeans are higher; wheat is higher.
Rain Thursday in Northern Midwest Areas8/21 5:58AM North-central and northeast areas of the Midwest will see scattered showers today. Also the Northern Plains and Canadian Prairies will see some showers.
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 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.
Dale Artho, a farmer outside of Wildorado, Texas, has seen his dryland wheat yields devastated over the last couple of years. A provision in the farm bill would help with that, but Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said it would not go into effect until 2016. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)
Vilsack Resists APH UpdateAg Secretary Says Other Farm Bill Provisions Take Priority8/6 5:14PM U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said on the eve of the six-month anniversary of the 2014 farm bill that he is proud of USDA's record on implementation, but noted that farmers will not be able to update their actual production history records until the 2016 crop year.
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.
In many states, the projected per-bushel breakeven costs have now come lower if we use the same original input budgets, but divide those costs by the now-larger expected yields. (DTN chart)
Kub's DenUnwrapping Profitability Scenarios8/20 10:51AM It's almost like Christmas morning as DTN Contributing Analyst Elaine Kub unwraps some possible profitability scenarios for corn growers based on state yield estimates reported by scouts on this week's Midwest Crop Tour.