Val Dolcini, head of the Farm Service Agency, is making the rounds to talk to producers about farm-program enrollment. I spoke to him briefly this week about the enrollment numbers and how FSA is getting the message out about the programs.
Peak salaries used to attract young operators back to the farm since 2006 can encourage an over-inflated value of their worth to the business, warned DTN Farm Family Business Consultant Lance Woodbury in his most recent column (subscribers see the Farm Business page or Recent Features).
Ethanol production at the end of last week slipped moderately, but this was unable to stem the growth of overall ethanol stocks across the country. This continues to add even more pressure to the ethanol market which seemed to find some stability early in the week.
19 minutes ago March corn was 2 1/4 cents lower, March soybeans 3 3/4 cents higher, and March Chicago wheat 2 1/4 cents lower.
Thursday Dry for Most Crop Areas1/29 6:01AM The eastern Midwest will see mixed precip today, while the crop areas in the U.S. and Canada will be dry. Lower temperatures and stronger wind expected in the central U.S.
Growers who plant soybeans after years of continuous corn this spring should be prepared to inoculate their beans and supplement their soil to reach proper pH and potassium levels. (DTN photo by Katie Micik)
Back to BeansPrepping Continuous Corn Fields for Soybeans 1/28 1:44PM Growers considering moving a field from continuous corn back into soybeans should pay special attention to inoculants, soil fertility needs and residue management.
Fri Jan 16, 2015 07:37 AM CST University of Illinois entomologist Mike Gray recommends re-evaluating insect treatment inputs such Bt hybrids, treated soybean seed, and routine foliar insecticide sprays as farmers face tight margins in 2015.
Wed Jan 21, 2015 12:09 PM CST With the markets tipping in the favor of beans, some growers are considering planting soybeans after soybeans this year, but agronomists, plant pathologists and weed scientists warn that the practice comes with a host of agronomic issues.
Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:31 AM CST Helicoverpa armigera, a dangerous global pest that is closely related to the corn earworm, has been discovered in Puerto Rico, and experts say an invasion of the U.S. mainland is "just a matter of time."
Combine genotyping with a yearling bull, or even a weanling, and you're less likely to make a poor pick. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Sam Wirzba)
The Attraction of YouthYoung Bulls Become a Safe Bet1/26 10:49AM Combine genotyping with a yearling bull, or even a weanling, and you're less likely to make a poor pick.
Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:08 AM CST Members of the eight organizations comprising the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group were sent a proposal last week in the latest effort to reach industry agreement on ways to increase beef checkoff revenues.
Mon Jan 26, 2015 08:53 AM CST Most corn and soybean operators are seeing red in their 2015 projections. They need an unexpected market rally or relief from production costs to avoid the most serious financial mishap in 25 years.
Repeated droughts in Texas made high-levels of crop insurance unaffordable for many growers, even with the farm bill's debut of Supplemental Coverage Option riders for shallow losses, farmers and crop insurance agents say. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)
Mon Jan 5, 2015 12:43 PM CST Some may consider Oklahoma farmer Bill Rosener's shop to be small. But every square foot is packed with valuable ideas.
Several environmental and animal-welfare organizations have filed lawsuits in an attempt to require EPA to tighten air-quality regulations on livestock operations across the country. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo)
Clean Air Lawsuits FiledGroups Demand EPA Regulate Air Emissions From Livestock Operations1/28 5:32PM Several environmental and animal-welfare groups argue in two lawsuits that there is well-documented science that the same compounds and elements released by livestock emissions are considered harmful. Agricultural groups said Wednesday that the plaintiff organizations are trying to continue the oft-criticized tactic of sue-and-settle that has drawn fire in the past.
Mon Jan 26, 2015 05:25 PM CST The National Cattlemen's Beef Association, National Chicken Council, National Pork Producers Council and National Turkey Federation all issued statements Monday in a concerted effort to draw attention to Trade Promotion Authority and their interest in getting a 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership deal completed.
Tue Jan 27, 2015 02:41 PM CST Despite estimates of $70-per-acre payments for corn farmers in as many as 16 states for this year's corn crop, the Congressional Budget Office released a new projection Monday showing only 37.5% of corn acreage will enroll in the new Agricultural Risk Coverage-County program. Farmers will instead choose to enroll more acres in Price Loss Coverage.
Wed Jan 21, 2015 04:22 PM CST 2015 already is shaping up to be a year of veto threats from President Barack Obama and a push by the Republican Congress to override him while simultaneously dialing back his executive orders. Trade may be the one area of agreement between the White House and Congress.
Agriculture interest groups have their eyes on potential movement on Endangered Species Act reform. Most recently the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the lesser prairie chicken as threatened, raising eyebrows among landowners in several states. (Photo by Marcus Miller, courtesy NRCS)
Ag and Environment OutlookAg Industry Keeps Eye on EPA Policies, ESA Reform, Pesticide Lawsuit 1/26 8:34AM Agriculture continues to watch how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency implements the proposed Clean Water Act rule, but there are other issues that will attract attention, including Endangered Species Act reform, recently proposed National Ambient Air Quality standards, and a lawsuit that could make it more difficult for farmers across the country to use the chemicals they need.
Mon Jan 26, 2015 08:39 AM CST 2015 already is shaping up to be a year of veto threats from President Barack Obama and a push by the Republican Congress to override him while simultaneously dialing back his executive orders. Trade may be the one area of agreement between the White House and Congress.
Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:08 AM CST The American Farm Bureau Federation honored animal-handling expert Temple Grandin with a distinguished service award at its annual meeting.
Psychology is an incredibly strong market force that can make all the price difference (both positively and negatively) in the world. (Photo of doorway by jpatokal, CC BY-SA 2.0; DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)