Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow said reiterated her concerns Monday that legislation is needed to protect American companies from foreign acquisition after a PBS report over the weekend examined the role of the Chinese government in the purchase of Smithfield Foods to Shuanghui International last year.
We've been busy answering questions from the more than 1,000 people registered for our August webinar on "ARC or PLC: What's the Right Farm Bill Option for You?" You can still listen and download power points from a free one-hour rebroadcast with economists Gary Schnitkey of the University of Illinois and Carl Zulauf of Ohio State University at http://tinyurl.com/qz7aq6d.
Here's something you don't want to do at a media event for seasoned automotive journalists from all over the world: high center a dually pickup truck during a test drive ... on an off-road trail where you are not supposed to take that kind of vehicle.
9/16 1:56PM Soybeans and wheat gave up overnight gains and finished lower Tuesday while the market seems to be waiting for harvest. December corn closed a fraction higher, thanks to light commercial buying in the final hour of trading.
Stalk rot and ear molds could steal yields from Midwestern corn fields this fall, so scouting and early harvesting could pay off for some growers. (Photos courtesy Alison Robertson, ISU)
Dodge Down CornScout Now for Stalk, Ear Rot in Corn9/9 10:51AM Conditions have been right for stalk rot and ear molds in corn in many parts of the Midwest this year, but some energetic, timely scouting can help you manage problem fields and minimize yield loss.
Fri Sep 5, 2014 08:43 AM CDT In this week's Crop Tech Corner, researchers use tobacco plants to grow the key ingredient for an experimental Ebola vaccine, crops bred to express insect-killing spider toxins do well in trials, and MU researchers examine boron deficiencies.
Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:16 PM CDT Steve Knoll, of Hereford, Texas, had one run-in with BVD several years ago that he figures cost him $100,000. Today the Angus breeder says he's doing everything possible to protect his cattle against the disease.
Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:22 PM CDT Lawrence Bernard used to be the kind of cattleman who let nature take its course. Years ago, he used a year-round breeding program and as a result, had near year-round calving. One benefit of this approach was he never had to pen the bull.
Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:24 PM CDT We have had several calves over the past few years with what we think are hernias at their navels. They have done fine, but just have big belly buttons. Is this a problem?
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 18, 2014 12:44 PM CDT When you buy or if you overpay can erode farmland's advantage over stocks as an investment.
Plunging commodity prices encourage growers to lock in a floor on their crop insurance guarantee early. Growers who bought a private insurance rider in July 2014 set a minimum 2015 price guarantee for corn at $4.21 and soybeans at $11. (DTN chart)
Insure Your Revenue GuaranteePlay Crop Insurance Defense9/16 12:09PM Private crop insurance riders let you lock a minimum-price crop-insurance guarantee 12 months a year, not just at planting. That deflects damage should futures prices continue to spiral below production cost by February.
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.
Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:11 AM CDT The National Research Council has put together an ad-hoc committee to study the food safety, environmental, social, economic and regulatory aspects of genetically-engineered crops over the past 20 years and offer recommendations on how policymakers should handle biotech crops moving into the future.
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.
Mike Macauley has one of Arizona's largest sheep ranches north of Williams. Like most ranchers in Arizona, Williams spends most of his time managing water and dealing with invasive trees that compete with grass for sunlight and water. His ranch also has 63 wind turbines that were built three years ago. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)
Mon Sep 15, 2014 08:51 AM CDT Just north of Needles, Calif., the Fort Mojave Tribe has about 15,000 acres of irrigated cotton, alfalfa and small grains operated by AVI KWA 'AME Farms, drawing water out of the Colorado River. The tribe's farm manager is pleased with the way the farm has developed, but also appreciates the farm-management tool he and a retired professor developed for the operation.
Mon Sep 15, 2014 08:54 AM CDT Route 66 stretches across the high desert and through to valleys on the other side of the San Bernardino Mountains before blending into the weaving interstates and highways of greater Los Angeles. Farmers are becoming an endangered species along the route in California. Urban sprawl has taken up the once great orchards near Los Angeles, while strains on water resources also have taken a toll.
Wed Sep 10, 2014 12:52 PM CDT View From the Cab farmers Jamie Harris of Madison, Fla., and Karen Johnson of Avoca, Iowa, reported more soaking rains in their areas again this week. Jamie wasn't complaining, because the rain allowed needed downtime for irrigator maintenance.
The chart above shows that commercials have recently turned net long in soybean futures for the first time since December of 2011, a sign that prices are offering good economic value and suggests that support should be near. (DTN chart)