During a hearing held last week, railroads and shipper groups voiced opposite views on whether railroads should be able to continue to differentially price rail service to captive shippers once they reach revenue-adequate status.
In its latest filing with the World Trade Organization over country of origin labeling, the U.S. Trade Representative's Office argues Canada and Mexico just slightly over-calculated their market losses and threatened sanction values to the tune of about $3 billion.
There's a lot of fine print in how USDA calculates income eligibility for farm programs under the new farm bill. Just be aware that there's no single definition of the "Adjusted Gross Income" rule that fits all individuals and business structures, as I reported from the annual American Institute of CPA agricultural meeting several weeks ago.
DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington finds the ongoing attempt to supersede mandatory country-of-origin labeling legislation for beef and pork with voluntary legislation as both silly and a waste of time.
8/4 1:39PM December corn and November soybeans closed higher in a quiet day of trading that saw scattered showers in the Western Corn Belt. Wheat prices finished with another round of new closing lows in K.C. and Minneapolis with ongoing pressure from a higher U.S. dollar.
Following six simple steps can give beans a yield boost, says Fred Below, University of Illinois crop physiologist. (DTN Photo by Pamela Smith)
Dr. Dan Talks AgronomySoybean Secrets Not So Mysterious8/3 3:29PM DTN Contributing Agronomist Dan Davidson gives his take on the Six Secrets of Soybean Success program and what it means to growing high-yield soybeans in Nebraska.
Thu Jul 30, 2015 04:57 PM CDT The Old World bollworm, or Helicoverpa armigera, has been detected on the western coast of Florida. This global pest has a history of insecticide and Bt resistance and is expected to become a serious pest of most U.S. crops permanently.
Mon Aug 3, 2015 01:09 PM CDT In this week's Crop Tech Corner, researchers have found a way to make a grass plant fix its own nitrogen, a new study proves that sugar levels can vastly improve corn yield under drought, and a new GE corn hybrid with bigger ears is up for public comment.
Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:07 PM CDT Know the signs and the latest tools to combat this troubling soybean disease, which is starting to surface in some bean fields in the Midwest after soybeans got a wet start this spring and summer.
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 Cattlemen8/3 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 Jul 13, 2015 11:17 AM CDT Under the 2014 farm bill, Congress extended conservation compliance provisions to producers who buy crop insurance, but do not participate in traditional commodity or conservation programs.
Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:00 PM CDT Some cover crop seed companies are expecting a rise in sales later this summer after widespread flooding and rainfall this summer left many acres empty of crops. At the same time, the drought out West could limit some supplies.
Mon Jul 13, 2015 11:20 AM CDT Relentless rain and flooding have forced some farmers to declare prevented planting acres, and agronomists are urging them to consider protecting and improving that bare soil with cover crops.
Federal and state capital gains rates can run in excess of 40%, a level which should be encouraging sellers to consider more installment sales, advises CliftonLarsonAllen CPA Chris Hesse. (DTN photo by Elizabeth Williams)
Senior Partners - 4Why Seller Financing Fits the Bill7/30 10:00AM Except for family sales, seller financing virtually vanished after the farm crisis of the 1980s when farmland values burst and many buyers walked away from their contracts, returning title to the original owners. Now even arm's length installment sales should become more popular due to recent tax law changes and the current interest rate environment.
(Progressive Farmer photo by Photographer Jim Patrico)
Ask The Mechanic"Regen Cycle" Routine7/6 1:42PM Ask the Mechanic answers the question about how VW and German engineering was able to get by without using all of the emission-standards diesel truck and tractors have and other interesting questions.
Mon Jul 20, 2015 09:05 AM CDT For many generations, hearing loss from loud machinery wasn't an important issue of discussion, rather men would just raise their voices when sitting around a table and talking about crop condition and cattle prices, but the CDC is recommending that wearing protective ear gear can prevent hearing loss.
Mon Aug 3, 2015 11:26 AM CDT Precision ag companies are bringing automation to the age-old practice of soil sampling in the hopes of improving the quality of the samples that generate data and yield maps and determine farmers' fertilizer and nutrient decisions.
Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:57 AM CDT Harry Ferguson and his company Massey Ferguson were truly pioneers in the world of agricultural engineering.
Some ethanol plants may be in store for changes, depending on how much weight is given to the comments on proposed revisions of the Renewable Fuel Standard. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)
RFS Deadline NearsMove to Expand Biodiesel Questioned 7/27 2:35PM With the deadline to file comments on the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard volumes to strike at midnight, oil, ethanol and agriculture industry groups make their cases.
Fri Jul 24, 2015 11:42 AM CDT The biotechnology and food industries had a big victory Thursday when the House approved a bill that would stop states from establishing laws to require labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients. But Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said he would not introduce a biotechnology labeling bill in the Senate until fall.
Wed Jul 29, 2015 02:19 PM CDT Attorneys general from 28 states suing EPA over the waters of the United States rule have asked for at least a nine-month delay in implementation of the rule, pending judicial review.
Volunteer Nora Moroun helped Forgotten Harvest by donating 125 acres of family land to the organization. Now, hundreds of volunteers harvest more than 1 million pounds of produce from the land each year. (Progressive Farmer photo courtesy of Forgotten Harvest)
Saving Our Forgotten Harvest8/3 11:07AM About 40% of America's food goes uneaten each year. This nonprofit is working to remedy that problem.
Mon Aug 3, 2015 11:23 AM CDT Farmers don't need to depend solely on insecticides, which can lead to resistance, to control aphids. Tiny wasps that are natural predators can also do their part.
Ending soybean supplies in 2015-16 may total 5% of annual use or 11%, depending on how hard the crop was hit by this year's rain. USDA's WASDE report on Aug. 12 will give us the first decent crop estimate of the year and may be a market-mover. (DTN chart)