Much like the diversity and changing scenery across every state, farmers had mixed views on the relationship between tourism and agriculture along the fabled ribbon of concrete and asphalt. Some farmers had no contact or interest in either the tourism or the history of Route 66 while others were fairly engaged.
Snow and cold have taken their toll on crops and humans alike across Canada during the past few days. This early preview of winter weather will head out of the region during the coming days with rising temperatures and drier conditions.
The ethanol market has remained incredibly strong through most of the year, building on firming demand growth in gasoline month over month based on increasing driving activity, and falling corn prices. But ethanol prices have been hit extremely hard through early September, accounting for double-digit price losses through this last week.
Brazil's government announced a 29% jump in deforestation in the 12 months through July 2013. While only a small reversal in the face of a fivefold decline in clearance since 2004, the news comes at an unwelcome time for the soy industry.
9/12 1:49PM December corn and wheat futures set new contract lows Friday, weighed down by Thursday's bearish estimates from USDA. November soybeans gained a few cents on the day, thanks to noncommercial buying, but are still not far away from their lows for the year.
Mostly Dry Saturday in Midwest9/12 1:53PM Saturday will be dry in most areas except for light rain in Texas, and Great Lakes and the Southeast. Very chilly temperatures will be in effect with some frost chances in the central and Northern Plains and portions of the northern Midwest Saturday morning.
Stalk rot and ear molds could steal yields from Midwestern corn fields this fall, so scouting and early harvesting could pay off for some growers. (Photos courtesy Alison Robertson, ISU)
Dodge Down CornScout Now for Stalk, Ear Rot in Corn9/9 10:51AM Conditions have been right for stalk rot and ear molds in corn in many parts of the Midwest this year, but some energetic, timely scouting can help you manage problem fields and minimize yield loss.
Fri Sep 5, 2014 08:43 AM CDT In this week's Crop Tech Corner, researchers use tobacco plants to grow the key ingredient for an experimental Ebola vaccine, crops bred to express insect-killing spider toxins do well in trials, and MU researchers examine boron deficiencies.
These calves didn't get into the green corn field by accident. It's just one of today's innovative, diverse grazing strategies. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)
Rethink GrazingTake Grazing Outside the Box9/8 10:35AM If you see a group of steers in a field of green corn, you can generally bet it is either an accident or a salvage operation for a drought-stunted crop. But not at Josh Gunn's operation. Grazing green corn is just one way he makes use of a high-quality summer annual.
Mon Sep 8, 2014 10:44 AM CDT Obviously your cows need to get pregnant if you're going to have calves to sell. With input costs and overhead to figure, the more calves per herd the lower your overall cost of production. It's simple economics.
Mon Sep 8, 2014 10:55 AM CDT Chris Clayton continues looking at the state of agriculture along historic Route 66, dubbed "The Mother Road" by novelist John Steinbeck. In his sixth installment, Clayton profiles a feedyard operator who is seeing more rain in his area, along with better crops and grazing conditions. However, rail costs are rising, and changing basis at local elevators is affecting the Texas cattle business.
Mon Sep 8, 2014 10:51 AM CDT Can I sell an animal that is on a medication that has a long withdrawal period?
Bumper 2014 yields are negating arguments for cash rent relief next year. Only cash rents that climbed above $350 per acre and are up for renewal this year may see pressure, said Indiana professional farm manager and realtor Howard Halderman. (DTN photo by Elizabeth Williams)
Rents Resist Price ReliefBig Yields Stall Cash Rent Negotiations9/2 7:13AM Growers in bellwether corn states expect to make money on bushels -- not price -- in 2014, farm managers contend. That's put a damper on adjusting next year's cash rents.
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.
Black Sea supplies set global urea prices and U.S. national average retail prices are up 9% compared to a year ago. An influx of new North American-based manufacturing could tilt supplies within the next five years, including a new North Dakota-based plant operated by CHS Inc. (DTN chart)
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)
Tue Sep 2, 2014 07:17 AM CDT In a little publicized document published in late June, the FAA posited that using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for commercial agricultural purposes is outside of hobbyist activity and may be regulated in the future.
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.
Thu Aug 28, 2014 01:50 PM CDT Dairy producers will be able to sign up for the new federal Dairy Margin Protection Program beginning Tuesday.
Evaluating your weaknesses and refining your leadership skills are important elements in a successor's education. (Photo courtesy of Thinkstock/Stockbyte)
Farm Family BusinessLearning Your Way to Succession9/8 1:59PM Crafting a vision for the future, projecting financials, managing employees, acting with humility and making timely decisions are talents that will ease a farm's transition.
Tue Sep 2, 2014 07:06 AM CDT Chris Clayton continues looking at the state of agriculture along historic Route 66, dubbed "The Mother Road" by novelist John Steinbeck. In his sixth installment, Clayton profiles a feedyard operator who is seeing more rain in his area, along with better crops and grazing conditions. However, rail costs are rising, and changing basis at local elevators is affecting the Texas cattle business.
Mon Sep 8, 2014 02:16 PM CDT Public officials and shippers in the Upper Plains vented Thursday at a Surface Transportation Board hearing on railroad grain shipping delays. Officials warned billions of dollars could be lost and the U.S. could lose its status as a reliable exporter if the situation is not resolved.
Wed Sep 10, 2014 12:52 PM CDT View From the Cab farmers Jamie Harris of Madison, Fla., and Karen Johnson of Avoca, Iowa, reported more soaking rains in their areas again this week. Jamie wasn't complaining, because the rain allowed needed downtime for irrigator maintenance.
USDA's sleight of hand led to a nifty trick in Thursday's reports. (DTN photo by Mary Roth)
Newsom on the MarketSleight of Hand9/12 6:21AM One of the most compelling numbers in the September round of USDA reports is one nobody will be talking about around the water cooler.