There was relatively limited reaction Tuesday from commodity groups and lawmakers about USDA's announcement to roll out the Actual Production History yield exclusion for crop insurance. Still, anyone who has some total crop collapses in their cropping history could see some benefits -- at the potential cost of higher premiums for that extra protection level.
My inbox is filling with irate landowners who took offense at a column I wrote for the October issue of Progressive Farmer on "fat cat rents." Actually, the thrust of the article was that average and below-average rents weren't likely to budge in 2015, only the "fat cat," above-average leases like we've seen at those $400-to-$500/acre Iowa cash rent auctions a few years ago.
After decades of watching, disengaged, as agriculture goes through chemistry like a hay crew through paper cups, EPA and USDA are putting steps in place to curb nature's penchant for genetic resistance.
10/24 1:51PM December corn, November soybeans, and December Chicago wheat all closed lower Friday, partly blamed on profit-taking one day after all three posted multi-week highs. Also adding to selling pressures, row crops will have an excellent weekend of harvest weather and DTN's forecast expects mostly favorable weather next week.
Many farmers are seeing corn ear rots like Diplodia, which will require careful handling come harvest and storage time. (Photo by Charles Woloshu, Purdue University)
Dealing with DiplodiaEar Rots Could Complicate Harvest10/17 3:23PM After the latest spate of wet, cool weather in parts of the Midwest, plant pathologists are urging growers to scout and be prepared to manage ear rots like Diplodia during harvest and in storage.
Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:53 AM CDT The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the use of Enlist Duo herbicide in combination with Enlist Duo corn and soybean traits in six states. The product likely will be made available in 10 more states after the agency completes Endangered Species Act analyses in those states.
Fri Oct 17, 2014 06:58 AM CDT In this week's Crop Tech Corner, fall armyworms manipulate chemistry for protection, scientists find a way to boost plant leaves' oil content, and researchers release software that can analyze and measure root systems quickly and consistently.
Blake Francis (left) and Jerry Roberts maximize the profit potential of their smaller herds by being members of the Mountain Cattle Alliance. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Mike Boyatt)
Mountain Top PricesPreconditioning Sales Bring a Bonus to Cattlemen10/20 10:51AM North Carolina's mountain cattle producers have always been an independent bunch. But a new alliance is proving to them that producers who sell together make more money.
Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:12 AM CDT Agricultural ministers in West Africa said Ebola is ripping through their countries not only through infection, but also further exacerbating hunger and wrecking any plans to revitalize the region's farm production.
Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:04 AM CDT What could have made my cows abort?
After a congressional hearing Thursday on soil health, staff from the Natural Resources Conservation District held a rainfall demonstration outside of USDA's main headquarters building in Washington. Chris Lawrence, an NRCS agronomist from Virginia, looks on as the simulator shows runoff from various types of tillage and grazing practices. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)
Mon Sep 29, 2014 02:25 PM CDT Why own farms when you can own shares in a farmland pool? The advent of agriculture's first real estate investment trusts means small-scale investors can get a share of farmland's action for the first time.
Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:33 AM CDT With a big crop still in the field and commodity prices at harvest lows, some farmers have turned to grain storage bags to relieve the pressure. However, experts warn the bags must be handled correctly to be worth the investment.
Gordon Millar (shown here with his father David on left) recently boosted cash reserves by refinancing farm equipment he had bought for cash over the last 12-18 months. (DTN photo by Marcia Zarley Taylor)
Cash Will Be KingTime to Get Finances in Order 10/24 1:47PM Years of $6-and-up corn couldn't last forever. Some proactive grain farmers are bolstering their finances now to minimize tough seasons ahead.
A Ram Power Wagon could squeeze through this narrow spot in the trees. But probably not a Ram Laramie dually. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)
Chrysler: What's New for 2015High Centered, Red Faced and Bug Bitten9/22 11:00AM Here's something you don't want to do at a media event for seasoned automotive journalists from all over the world: high center a dually pickup truck during a test drive ... on an off-road trail where you are not supposed to take that kind of vehicle.
Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:30 PM CDT They are off-road vehicles unavailable to the farming and ranching community, but it's fascinating still to take a look at what ATV and side-by-side manufacturers have going on inside their products for the Department of Defense.
Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:27 AM CDT When the day doesn't go as planned at harvest, you have to keep plugging away.
World Food Prize laureates from India, including this year's winner Sanjaya Rajaram, talked about agricultural production challenges faced by India at an Iowa-India Summit during the World Food Prize in Des Moines. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)
Global Ag Production SlippingGap Continues in Meeting Future Food Demands Around World10/15 1:32PM A consortium made up of some of the world's largest agribusinesses and conservation groups released its fifth-annual Global Agricultural Productivity report on Wednesday at the World Food Prize Symposium. The report sounds alarms over trends in production globally compared to population trends through 2050.
Wed Oct 15, 2014 09:46 AM CDT Discussion at the Iowa Hunger Summit centered on various efforts to raise money for local food aid and contribute to projects globally. One panel discussion looked at various models to fight hunger. Topics included ways cities could coordinate food pantries and other agencies, as well as ways gardeners can connect with food pantries to donate produce. An Iowa farmer also suggested lower commodity prices will affect the way farmers give.
Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:53 AM CDT A provision in the 2014 farm bill essentially waives Actual Production History yields that collapsed due to extreme weather. The APH exclusion would adjust a farmer's actual yields for crop insurance in counties where the average planted-acre yield tumbled at least 50% below a 10-year county average. USDA is allowing farmers of some spring crops to take advantage of the exclusion, but winter wheat farmers may have to wait until at least next year.
Wed Oct 15, 2014 05:14 PM CDT Agricultural ministers in West Africa say Ebola is ripping through their countries not only through infection, but also further exacerbating hunger and wrecking any plans to revitalize the region's farm production.
Joseph Sam Sesay, minister of agriculture in Sierra Leone, makes a point about the importance of agriculture to the economy of his country at a press conference Wednesday as part of the World Food Prize symposium. Kenneth Quinn, head of the World Food Prize, took part, as did the agriculture minister of Liberia, Florence Chenoweth. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)
Ebola Hits West Africa HardVirus Not Only Causes Panic, But Guts Food Production in Liberia, Sierra Leone10/20 7:28AM While the United States finds itself coming to grips with a handful of Ebola cases, agricultural ministers in West Africa say the virus is ripping through their countries not only through infection, but also further exacerbating hunger and wrecking any plans to revitalize the region's farm production.
Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:30 PM CDT After weather delays and machinery breakdowns, Karen Johnson's family of Avoca, Iowa, was finally able to begin harvesting their soybean crop this past Friday. Meanwhile, dry weather in Madison, Fla., has allowed Jamie Harris' peanut harvest to speed ahead.
Not judging the length correctly can leave your marketing all wet. (Photo by Craig ONeal, CC-SA-2)
Newsom on the MarketLength Matters10/24 6:17AM There are a number of similarities between golf and market analysis; one of them is understanding the importance of length of club and length of chart.