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When you remove the headline and the overwrought prose, the recent Wired piece "We Can't Let John Deere Destroy the Very Idea of Ownership" actually was about a fairly technical legal struggle: The desire of customers to get into the software guts of their vehicles to repair and modify them versus the desire of Deere and other manufacturers to protect proprietary software.
5/26 1:45PM Wheat traders ignored concerns about flooding and sold contracts sharply lower, taking corn and soybean prices down as well with extra help from Tuesday's higher U.S. dollar. Tuesday afternoon's Crop Progress report will update wheat crop conditions and give corn its first rating of the new season.
Widespread Light Rain in US Crop Areas5/26 6:04AM Northwestern and southeastern Plains, Southeast and the Great Lakes will see rain Wednesday during the day. That will expand into the western and central Plains, the eastern Midwest and the Delta later in the day.
Many growers may find themselves facing weed escapes this spring, after soil-applied herbicide applications failed in overly wet or dry conditions. (DTN photo by Scott Kemper)
Thu May 21, 2015 02:31 PM CDT In recent years, plant pathologists have reported record amounts of a somewhat mysterious soybean disease complex called Diaporthe, which can cause stem canker or pod and stem blight in beans.
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.
Effective fly-control programs rely on multiple, complementary approaches. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)
Mon May 25, 2015 10:46 AM CDT Is the World Trade Organization a critical tool in nurturing global economic growth, or an evil force set to destroy national sovereignty and individual freedom? It's all a matter of perspective, according to DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington.
Mon May 25, 2015 10:43 AM CDT Can I tell if a live animal has rabies?
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 May 4, 2015 12:36 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.
Mon May 18, 2015 11:23 AM CDT Because grazing leaves CRP land covered and doesn't expose marginal soils to wind or rain erosion, it may be a viable way to help maintain the quality of CRP land.
Degraded pasture and raw land cost Mato Grosso soybean pioneers Darci Getulio Ferrarin Senior and Junior $160 per acre in 1998. With their sweat equity and paved roads, it now commands $6,900 per acre. (DTN photo by Marcia Zarley Taylor)
Soy Frontier at Middle Age - 1How Brazil's Pioneers Rode the Soybean Boom5/15 4:49PM Optimists nicknamed Brazil's frontier "Soylandia" at the turn of the millenium, describing a country that would suddenly triple its soybean production in the next 15 years and rival the U.S. as world's largest soy producer and exporter. The country's unparalleled farming boom made paper millionaires out of many of Mato Grosso's pioneers. DTN's Marcia Zarley Taylor and Alastair Stewart reexamine the boom years and what's ahead for Brazil's soybean growth as the frontier marks middle age.
Mon May 4, 2015 12:27 PM CDT 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 May 11, 2015 02:19 PM CDT A recent Purdue Extension report said a used piece of equipment, under the right circumstances, may be the best economic choice for a specific operation. But it may not be.
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.
The South Dakota Wheat Growers Association grain elevator in Mellette competes with a North Central Farmers Elevator in Northville, just 4.5 miles away. Management at the cooperatives want to merge to reduce what they see as inefficient competition, but local farmers note at times one elevator might offer them a better deal over the other. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)
Farmers Question Co-op MergerSouth Dakota Producers, Co-ops Have Different Takes on Competitive Pressures 5/18 8:30AM Farmers in South Dakota question why two strong cooperatives are aggressively moving forward with plans to merge when the local elevators offer them the best opportunity to compare prices and have multiple locations to deliver grain. Leaders at the two cooperatives say the merger is needed to reduce duplication and compete with a growing number of companies coming into the state offering grain marketing and agronomy services.
Fri May 22, 2015 04:05 PM CDT Soil security revolves around main themes that are becoming more central to American agricultural productivity. Global population continues to grow, which is driving demand for more food. At the same time, scientists lament that if the soil isn't protected, then long-term food production isn't sustainable.
Thu May 7, 2015 10:17 AM CDT Four groups this week asked the Agriculture Department inspector general and a presidential task force to investigate whether scientists at USDA are subject to censorship pressures, but the Agriculture Department said the request was based on a previously released study and that USDA protects the integrity of its scientists.
Thu May 7, 2015 04:53 PM CDT Earlier this week, EPA sent the proposed RFS blending volume requirements for 2014, 2015 and 2016 to the White House Office of Management and Budget. The agency plans to announce those blend levels by June 1. Biofuel and petroleum groups continue arguing over where EPA should set the RFS.
Larger loans in particular will face more oversight as the loan portfolio deteriorates. (Photo by stevepb, CC BY 2.0)
Klinefelter: By the NumbersTighter Credit Coming5/18 11:05AM Back-to-back years of low or negative returns are bound to raise flags with farm lenders.
Mon May 18, 2015 11:12 AM CDT Optimists nicknamed Brazil's frontier "Soylandia" at the turn of the millenium, describing a country that would suddenly triple its soybean production in the next 15 years and rival the U.S. as world's largest soy producer and exporter. The country's unparalleled farming boom made paper millionaires out of many of Mato Grosso's pioneers. DTN's Marcia Zarley Taylor and Alastair Stewart reexamine the boom years and what's ahead for Brazil's soybean growth as the frontier marks middle age.