Economists used to say the cure for low prices was low prices. But that hasn't stopped scores of long-term forecasters from predicting that commodities will be stuck in a price purgatory for at least another four years, barring an epic weather disaster someplace.
Speedy soybean planting in Parana is offsetting the slow start to the season in Mato Grosso and overall Brazilian soybean planting at 8% complete is only slightly slower than the five-year average of 9% complete.
Some fertilizer retailers may stop selling anhydrous ammonia if planned changes to Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations take effect. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo)
Retailers May Drop NH3OSHA Policy Changes Loom for Fertilizer Retailers59 minutes ago Occupational Safety and Health Administration plans to change its fertilizer storage regulations; this may lead retailers to stop selling anhydrous ammonia. The policy changes were influenced by the West, Texas, explosion in 2013 that was caused by ammonium nitrate.
Mon Oct 12, 2015 01:10 PM CDT Cattlemen currently struggling through the most devastating market scandal experienced in decades crave to hear encouraging words like "Our long national nightmare is over," spoken by President Gerald Ford following the Watergate scandal.
Mon Oct 12, 2015 01:03 PM CDT Should I implant my heifers?
The Chesapeake Bay total maximum daily load plan is working because many industries have come together to solve the nutrient runoff problem, according to Ben Grumbles, Maryland's secretary of the department of the environment and a former assistant administrator for water at the EPA during the George W. Bush administration. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)
Water-Quality Trading DebatedFormer EPA Official: 'TMDLs Not for Everyone'9/21 12:16PM Litigation is not the way to solve water quality problems, according to Ben Grumbles, former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assistant administrator for water.
Mon Oct 12, 2015 12:14 PM CDT A technicality pays multi-county growers based on where records are housed, not necessarily counties where land is farmed. For some, it's a $60- to $100-an-acre difference.
Mon Sep 14, 2015 08:30 AM CDT Good relationships on both sides of the land-leasing equation require honesty and transparency.
University of Nebraska economist Brad Lubben expects Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) payments to vary widely between some neighboring counties when checks are cut later this month. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)
John Deere's factory in Waterloo, Iowa, is still pumping out big tractors, albeit at a slower rate as sales slip. (Photo courtesy John Deere)
Machine Industry ConsolidationConsolidation Coming in Machinery Industry10/5 11:26AM Every time there is a downturn, we hear rumors of consolidation, both of farms and the industries that serve them. This cool spell is no different. Rabobank analysts are the latest to speculate about consolidation in the farm machinery industry.
Mon Oct 12, 2015 11:51 AM CDT While a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday focused on drone safety near airports, some lawmakers raised concerns that the pace of exemptions issued are not keeping up with technology.
A Sixth Circuit Court Friday ordered a stay on implementing the waters of the U.S. rule that many in ag fear will affect too many farm fields. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo by Jim Patrico)
WOTUS Delayed NationallyJudges' Order Raises Questions on Rule10/9 12:07PM The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Friday ordered a stay on the implementation of the waters of the United States rule.
Wed Oct 7, 2015 09:46 AM CDT A technicality pays multi-county growers based on where records are housed, not necessarily counties where land is farmed. For some, it's a $60- to $100-an-acre difference.
Thu Oct 8, 2015 11:24 AM CDT The National Corn Growers Association and the National Farmers Union point to uncertainty about Renewable Fuel Standard volumes as reason for a projected drop in net farm incomes.
When it rains, it pours. The frequency of rainfall characterized as a very heavy event (heaviest 1% in a given time span) has increased from 1858 to 2012. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer graphic)
Bundle Whole-Farm PoliciesIncome Insurance Gets Second Shot10/12 12:05PM Affordability of the new and improved whole-farm coverage could convert more followers in 2016.
Mon Oct 12, 2015 12:02 PM CDT No matter what side of the climate-change debate you're on, weather extremes are becoming a fact of life. Here's why.
This chart shows falling rates of extreme poverty for various parts of the world. Note how the share of extreme poverty in East Asia (China) has fallen from 78% in 1981 to 8% in 2011, a dramatic improvement that can also be seen in South Asia (India). (Chart courtesy of Max Roser at http://ourworldindata.org/data/growth-and-distribution-of-prosperity/world-poverty/; data source: World Bank)
Todd's TakeA Modern Miracle10/13 6:55AM China is not the only place emerging from extreme poverty.