Brazil and the United States may be headed for another clash over U.S. farm programs. According to Reuters, Brazilian officials are collecting information to show that the U.S. "is increasing subsidies for soy and corn farmers, which threatens to further push down prices for key crops grown in the South American country and hurt its already sputtering economy." Reuters cited four Brazilian officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Forget giving your family members and business partners the silent treatment. DTN's family business adviser, Lance Woodbury with Ag Progress in Garden City, Kansas, tackles the "avoidance instinct" in his current DTN column: In other words, how can we get family business owners to overcome their natural reluctance to lay out a path for transition.
Canadian researchers have uncovered a gene that turns some fruit trees into self-pollinators, which they hope could be used to stem pollen drift from GE to non-GE crops. (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)
Crop Tech CornerSpeeding Up SCN Tests, Playing with Pollination 4/20 9:19AM In this week's Crop Tech Corner, a new, faster method of testing soybean cyst nematode samples is under construction, researchers find a gene that could turn more plants into self-pollinators, and scientists produce a map of wheat's many genetic variations.
Wed Apr 22, 2015 04:28 PM CDT Carried by April storm systems, black cutworm moths are starting to show up in Midwestern fields. Growers should be prepared to scout for cutworm larvae in their newly emerged corn fields in coming weeks.
Fri Apr 24, 2015 12:14 PM CDT High-oleic soybeans took a step toward commercialization Friday after the EU approved both Pioneer's Plenish soybean trait and Monsanto's Vistive Gold soybean trait. Monsanto still awaits Chinese approval, but both companies are hoping for commercial launches as early as 2016.
Fri May 1, 2015 10:46 AM CDT In this week's Crop Tech Corner, scientists find transgenic genes occurring naturally in the sweet potato genome, a new Bt protein passes a food safety assessment by South American researchers, and Kenyan scientists explore a biotech technique that could produce aflatoxin-resistant corn.
Renovating old, toxic fescue pastures is a sure bet as cattle operators look for high-return improvements. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)
Mon Apr 27, 2015 01:29 PM CDT Dalton Merz was born in one drought and retired in another one. It's what happened in the middle that helped him become a range conservationist, now using everything he once spent his days teaching others on his own living demonstration farm.
Mon Apr 27, 2015 01:33 PM CDT Can I treat a cow's uterine infection with an infusion?
Frank Price believes stewardship starts with the idea that there will always be a need to adapt. His rotational-grazing plan can vary widely, for example, based on forage, temperature and rainfall. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Clay Coppedge)
Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:34 PM CDT Readers ask our in-house CPA how to cut taxes with land contracts, correctly file 1099s and handle spec losses on futures trades.
Early fractures in farm finances are beginning to crop up at machinery dealerships and in land rental disputes. (Photo by mfortini, CC BY 2.0)
Credit Begins to CrackEarly Financial Defaults Hit Farm Country5/4 10:04AM Bank regulators don't see many troubled loans yet, but machinery dealers, financial consultants and bankruptcy attorneys report farm failures are beginning.
The FAA this month began accelerating its exemption approvals for companies testing the skies with drone technology. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo by Jim Patrico)
UAVs Taking Flight in AgAmong Uses is Potential to Boost Efficiency for Crop Insurance Claims4/23 10:32AM The FAA this month began accelerating its exemption approvals for companies testing the skies with drone technology. About one in every six or seven business approvals cites agricultural survey practices as the company's main purpose for wanting to use drones.
Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:31 PM CDT The online heavy equipment auction site IronPlanet just got stronger. It recently merged with Cat Auction Services, which is an alliance of Caterpillar and several of its independent dealers.
Fri Apr 24, 2015 06:27 AM CDT John Deere drew the wrath of social media earlier this week after an op-ed piece appeared online from the magazine "Wired" titled "We Can't Let John Deere Destroy the Very Idea of Ownership."
Wed Apr 29, 2015 02:53 PM CDT The number of grain bin entrapments and resulting fatalities in the U.S. increased last year to the highest levels since 2010, according to a Purdue University report.
H5N2 began hitting commercial turkey farms in March and now has hit 14 states and led to roughly 20 million turkeys and chickens being killed by the virus or killed to prevent its spread. (Photo by Garrett and Kitty Wilkin, CC BY 2.0)
Push to Keep Funding H5N2 ResponseCongressmen Call on White House to Ensure Funds Available 4/29 4:17PM Lawmakers are worried because USDA has already received $60 million in claims to pay poultry growers for their losses out of a fund set aside of $84 million. Lawmakers want USDA to be prepared to take whatever other steps are necessary to curb the spread of the H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza.
Mon Apr 27, 2015 12:12 PM CDT An Environmental Working Group representative told a group of agriculture journalists Monday that it is no longer a matter of if, but when, farmers will face regulation to reduce nutrient runoff.
Tue Apr 28, 2015 02:05 PM CDT A U.S. senator is set to announce the introduction of a bill this week that attempts to roll back U.S. Environmental Protection Agency efforts to finalize the waters of the United States rule.
Tue Apr 28, 2015 05:21 PM CDT Canada's supply management systems for dairy, eggs and poultry have effectively prevented any credible volume of exports north. House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson said that needs to change, but he doubts the Canadian government will come forward with any real market access.
Land values are the ultimate barometer of the farm economy's financial health. (DTN photo by Pam Smith)
Competing for DollarsBeef's Place in the Meat Race4/27 2:33PM Beef is far from a loser in the daily race for buyers at meat counters across the country. It's not exactly the big winner either. Beef, after all, is not a sprinter when it comes to markets. It's more of a long distance competitor. To see where beef is headed, you have to look at the spreads.
Mon Apr 27, 2015 02:36 PM CDT So far, there are no reported cases of H5N2 in humans, but transmission of the highly contagious avian influenza strain may be possible, an official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.
With the added emphasis today on avoiding unnecessary use of antibiotics in cattle, it's important to make treatment decisions with your veterinarian. That may mean not doing things the way you always have in the past. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Victoria G. Myers)