Assuming crop conditions stay at least steady the last week of August, which seems reasonable given excellent rainfall and continued moderate temperatures, that rating would be the highest as of September 1st since 1994.
What does it mean to have land next to a water body of the United States compared to not being adjacent to those waters? That's a big question considering how EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers classify and treat water "tributaries" if this proposed rule goes into effect.
The semi-determinate soybean varieties on the right are noticeably shorter than the indeterminate variety on the left. Scientists hope the shorter stature will help prevent lodging for soybean growers in high-yielding environments. (Photo courtesy of Jim Specht, University of Nebraska)
Betting on Shorter BeansGene Discovery Could Shrink, Stabilize Northern Soybean Varieties8/15 10:26AM Researchers at the University of Nebraska and Purdue University have pinpointed a gene that produces semi-determinate soybean plants, in the hopes that their smaller stature could help farmers with lodging in high-yielding environments.
Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:45 AM CDT A University of Illinois entomologist and his grad student endure summer heat and impressive heights to track the dispersal habits of the western corn rootworm, which is proving to be alarmingly mobile.
Fri Aug 8, 2014 02:28 PM CDT Gregg Sauder made a name for himself tweaking planters. Now he wants to control the corn and soybean plant.
Aaron Base is a fourth-generation farmer whose family settled near Geary in west-central Oklahoma in the early 1900s. Base mainly raises wheat, cattle and hay, but he also grows winter canola and some sorghum. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)
Farming on the Mother Road - 5Oklahoma Rebounding, But Still in Drought 9/1 11:19AM Chris Clayton has been continuing his trip looking at the state of agriculture along historic Route 66, dubbed "The Mother Road" by novelist John Steinbeck. In his fifth installment, Clayton examines how modern-day Oklahoma farmers still battle droughts that once drove Dust Bowl farmers to use the highway to escape to what they hoped would be a better life in California.
Mon Sep 1, 2014 11:08 AM CDT Pasture-based stocker operators like Keith Glover may be at the mercy of weather, but most will admit the No. 1 production headache they have year in and year out is health care.
Mon Sep 1, 2014 11:12 AM CDT University of Georgia animal scientists used the 216-cow herd at the Northwest Georgia Research and Education Station to see if there was a difference in the chelated versus the inorganic forms of copper, zinc and manganese.
Mon Sep 1, 2014 11:16 AM CDT What can I do about face warts in my cattle?
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.
Long-grain rice, sorghum and barley producers could lean toward the PLC program based on 2014 prospects, but ARC-CO pays better for corn. Soybean and wheat producers likely would need low county yields to trigger ARC payments in 2014, according to Ohio State University's Carl Zulauf. (DTN graphic by Nick Scalise)
Pick Contingency Plans - 3Weigh Insurance in the Equation8/20 12:01PM As crop prices and insurance coverage swoon, farmers may need to supplement incomes with federal farm support programs.
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.
This file photo showing a farm field in the Chesapeake Bay area shows the scrutiny area ag has been under. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)
AFBF AppealReversal Sought in Chesapeake Ruling8/22 11:30AM The American Farm Bureau Federation asked a federal appeals court to reverse a lower court's September 2013 decision that EPA can set "pollution diets" in Chesapeake Bay.
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.
Mon Aug 25, 2014 03:36 PM CDT The Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance was launched Monday at the Iowa State Capitol with state political leaders -- which reflects some of the urgency to show reduction of nitrogen and phosphorus loads in Iowa waterways. The state corn, pork and soybean groups came together to form the group.
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.
Leaner profits can lead to stressful reactions in any family business. Compiling good financials, prioritizing and developing contingency plans can lessen problems. (DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)
Woodbury: Farm Family BusinessTight Margins, Tighter Family9/2 6:50AM When family members are stressed, they tend either to shut down or explode. Try these tips for heading off emotional side effects of thin profit margins.
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.
Tue Sep 2, 2014 07:22 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 seventh installment, Clayton visits New Mexico and sees how the road and agriculture have changed for some farm families who have lived in the state for decades, but other farmers are still being attracted to settle down and do business there.
Tue Aug 26, 2014 01:11 PM CDT DTN View From the Cab farmer Jamie Harris of Madison, Fla., had a productive week, harvesting about 400 more acres of corn. Meanwhile, in Avoca, Iowa, Karen Johnson and her husband Bill reported a few soybean fields showing signs of untreatable sudden death syndrome.
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