Six Democratic senators have written the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture asking for funding for a virus to deal with the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus.
Support continues to trickle into ethanol futures markets as buyers push prices higher. Even with growing inventory levels, traders are looking at the potential to tighten market accessibility through the summer months.
4/23 1:50PM July corn closed higher Wednesday with rain in the western Midwest and heavier amounts forecast for Sunday adding to planting delays. Soybeans posted their fourth consecutive lower close with concerns about China's slowing demand and wheat ended modestly higher with ongoing concerns about drought in the southwestern Plains.
More Rain Thursday for Western Midwest4/23 1:39PM Northern and western areas got some rain Wednesday, and Thursday will see more of the same. Areas of the Southern Plains will also see some moisture. The eastern Midwest will be mostly dry.
Scout to make sure no weeds escaped your spring herbicide applications before you plant this spring. (DTN photo by Scott Kemper)
Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:52 PM CDT A scan of crop news finds research underway to make wheat varieties that are more heat tolerant and disease resistant. Syngenta is launching a technology that extracts more ethanol from corn, and Beck's Hybrids has announced a multi-million-dollar expansion.
Fri Apr 11, 2014 04:10 PM CDT As more cases of confirmed rootworm resistance crop up in the Corn Belt, farm realities and farmer attitudes clash with scientific recommendations and research on the best way to slow the problem down.
Wed Apr 23, 2014 06:41 AM CDT Cool, wet weather in parts of the Corn Belt means growers may need to revisit DTN Contributing Agronomist Dan Davidson's thoughts on how corn deals with wet, cold soils.
Jerry Doan replaces winter hay with a unique cover crop mix, saving $50,000 in annual feed costs for his North Dakota operation. (Progressive Farmer photo courtesy of North Dakota Burleigh County Natural Resources Conservation Service)
Gains on CoversUnusual Cover Crop Mix Cuts Need for Hay Production By 75%4/21 10:59AM It took Jerry Doan several years and a lot of trials, but the North Dakota beef producer has learned how to replace hay with cover crops for winter feed. It was time well spent. Doan said he's reducing annual feed costs by as much as $50,000.
Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:34 AM CDT There isn't much that boosts cattle or pasture productivity like a good dose of clover. The only thing that has a chance of beating it is alfalfa. But sometimes, too much of a good thing comes with its own set of problems. In this case, the drawback is well-known to cattle producers -- pasture bloat.
Mon Apr 21, 2014 01:50 PM CDT In an effort to slow the spread of disease, U.S. hog producers will now be required to report incidents of both the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus and swine delta coronavirus to the government, U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Friday.
Mon Apr 21, 2014 01:26 PM CDT What's my best bet for fly control?
A group of senators wrote a letter to the president complaining that EPA is overstepping it authority in writing rules for the Clean Water Act (DTN file photo by Greg Horstmeier)
Senators Question EPAPresident Told of Agency 'Land Grab' on Water Rule4/21 10:52AM A group of U.S. senators Wednesday told President Barack Obama that his administration has not followed the proper channel in developing the proposed Clean Water Act rule.
Mon Apr 7, 2014 11:32 AM CDT The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a much-anticipated new Clean Water Act rule designed to clarify which waters are covered by the law, following U.S. Supreme Court rulings dating back to 2001 and 2006.
High-risk farms most vulnerable to an economic downturn have been declining since the 1990s, USDA's Economic Research Service found. (Graphic courtesy of USDA)
Stress Test for BorrowersHow Bulletproof Are Farm Finances? 4/17 9:22AM Farm finances rate an "A" now, but economists debate if that's good enough to handle a major correction in land values.
Wed Apr 2, 2014 12:41 PM CDT The 2014 Pioneer 700 and 700-4 with an all-new chassis are the first of a new generation of side-by-sides Honda will introduce in coming months and years and Progressive Farmer Senior Editor Jim Patrico got to test ride them on a recent trip to the Arizona Strip.
Mon Apr 7, 2014 11:41 AM CDT The new John Deere ExactEmerge system can plant accurately at 10 miles per hour, but most farmers who replied to a recent DTN poll said they want to see it and other new technologies in action before they buy.
Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:47 AM CDT The ATV Safety Institute and Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association strongly recommend helmet use at all times, but Progressive Farmer Senior Editor Dan Miller explores what manufacturers have to say about speed and safety.
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke at an Earth Day forum on climate change held at Drake University in Des Moines on Tuesday. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)
Climate Work Ahead at USDAAg Secretary Takes on Disputes Over Dairy, Cellulosic Ethanol Emissions4/22 3:54PM Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke about GOP complaints regarding the Obama administration's work with dairy producers to reduce methane emissions during an Earth Day forum on climate change held at Drake University. USDA also announced $6 million in grants to 10 universities to study the effects of climate change on agriculture. The universities are designated as USDA's "climate hubs" to help producers adapt to changing climate conditions.
Tue Apr 8, 2014 07:45 AM CDT Homeland Security's Inspector General's office has asked Immigration and Customs Enforcement to show more nationwide consistency and less negotiation in the fines resulting from worksite inspections -- a request which has ag stakeholders worried.
Tue Apr 8, 2014 03:28 PM CDT Supporters of advanced biofuels testified Tuesday before the Senate Agriculture Committee about the need for Congress and the Obama administration to stick with the Renewable Fuels Standard levels for advanced and cellulosic biofuels.
Wed Apr 16, 2014 08:45 AM CDT One year after the tragic explosion in West, Texas, state lawmakers and agencies are on the verge of taking action to better secure ammonium nitrate stockpiles.
Nothing goes to waste on Bill Couser's Iowa farm. The 5,200-head cattle feeder uses his corn crop for feed and fuel, and recycles manure from the redesigned feedlot into fertilizer. A system of berms, settlement basins and bromegrass Vegetative Treatment Areas manage feedlot runoff. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Bob Elbert)
Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:25 AM CDT Another shot of snow and cold weather kept Karen and Bill Johnson of Avoca, Iowa, out of their fields this past week, while in Florida, Jamie Harris is nearly finished planting corn.
This chart shows monthly spot prices of Kansas City wheat futures from 2001 to the present. The red line shows the highest price of the previous 12 months and the blue arrows show four of five times in the past 13 years when prices exceeded the one-year high and tipped off significant price gains. (DTN chart)
Wheat's Drought DilemmaWatch Monthly Chart for a Clue4/22 7:31AM Drought in the southwestern Plains and political tensions in Ukraine are threatening global wheat supplies this spring, but will we actually see a significant drawdown of supplies in 2014 or will this be another year where favorable conditions elsewhere keep wheat supplies ample? Here is one important market clue to watch.