Strong reductions of ethanol inventory levels were reported at the end of last week. Latest date released from the EIA focused on reduced production and stock levels while overall demand increased. Firm support is expected to continue through the Labor Day holiday, helping to support price levels.
One of the biggest problems for rootworm researchers is the sheer amount of time it takes to officially confirm Bt-resistance in the field, so don't wait for the official word to change management tactics.
8/27 1:46PM Low volume and narrow price ranges marked Wednesday's trading in grains as the market ponders the impact of rain in August and increased talk of sudden death syndrome among soybeans. Corn ended steady while November soybeans were lower and commercials nudged wheat prices higher.
Rain Thur. for Cent.Plains, W.Midwest8/27 12:22PM Thursday's rain in central and Southern Plains, and in the western Midwest may be heavy. Later in the day and night the rain system eastward in the Midwest and into the Delta.
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.
Even when corn prices were setting records, silage stayed a key part of this cattle operation. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Boyd Kidwell)
Super FoodThe King of Cattle Forages8/25 11:03AM Silage has never gone out of fashion in Bath County, Kentucky, even when the lure of $6- to $8-per-bushel grain made many producers forget about chopping corn. This season, with grain prices down and beef at historically high levels, is a good time to give corn silage a second look.
Mon Aug 25, 2014 03:49 PM CDT Bill and Claudia Tucker believe in setting the mark high and holding it there. Preconditioning is never optional. Tucker Family Farms is a seventh-generation operation in Amherst, Va., expanded in 1992 to include retained ownership through slaughter. The ability to follow cattle through finishing and harvest, and see carcass and feedlot data, has confirmed to him that an emphasis on calf care and early growth yields real results.
Mon Aug 25, 2014 02:26 PM CDT The beef industry working group has largely been a quiet affair. That was by design because groups didn't want to fight in the press. But leaders of the Ranchers-Cattlemen's Action Legal Fund complained about the process because the group has been excluded from the talks. Now, NFU members are willing to abandon the discussions.
Mon Aug 25, 2014 02:24 PM CDT What cattle diseases should I be on the lookout for?
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 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.
Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:32 AM CDT Maps set for release are expected to show the potential reach of the proposed Clean Water Act rule, giving the public a first-time look at the extent of the measure. An EPA official says the maps can be misleading.
Mon Aug 25, 2014 03:36 PM CDT The Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance was launched Monday at the Iowa State Capitol with state political leaders -- which reflects some of the urgency to show reduction of nitrogen and phosphorus loads in Iowa waterways. The state corn, pork and soybean groups came together to form the group.
Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:08 PM CDT As crop prices and insurance coverage swoon, farmers may need to supplement incomes with federal farm support programs.
Farm program payments could cap out for corn farmers under some early scenarios in the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) program. The farm bill has new rules for payment limits and income eligibility. (DTN graphic by Nick Scalise)
Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:46 PM CDT Chris Clayton recently started a trip looking at the state of agriculture along historic Route 66, dubbed "The Mother Road" by novelist John Steinbeck. In his fourth installment, Clayton examines cattle and dairy production of southern Missouri.
Tue Aug 26, 2014 01:11 PM CDT DTN View From the Cab farmer Jamie Harris of Madison, Fla., had a productive week, harvesting about 400 more acres of corn. Meanwhile, in Avoca, Iowa, Karen Johnson and her husband Bill reported a few soybean fields showing signs of untreatable sudden death syndrome.
When riding county fair attractions or the cattle market, it's important to ride first, eat later. (Photo by Sam Howzit CC BY 2.0)