This graphic shows the first fall crop rating for the U.S. winter wheat crop and plots that against the percent that the USDA's May winter wheat yield estimate deviates from the 25 year trend of these May estimates.
Vermont's legislature and governor adopted biotech labeling requirements earlier this year, but Colorado and Oregon mark another round of fighting for the hearts of minds of voters through ballot initiatives.
Despite unprecedented efforts to educate farmers on 2014 farm bill choices, most growers remain foggy about which options to elect or which might provide the best long-term protection against low prices or revenues.
Unlike any other farm bill, consultants and land grant educators have gone viral with online analysis this year, scheduling weekly webinars, offering pre-recorded podcasts to answer common questions (https://www.afpc.tamu.edu/podcasts/fpm/) and attempting to simplify the most sophisticated online tools ever to measure the probability of yield and price outcomes with YouTube presentations.
Many aspects of an El Nino continue to show up across the Pacific Ocean as well as across North and South America at this time. While not yet an official El Nino, these conditions should help prevent any significant winter weather from developing across Western Canada anytime soon.
The return of rains allowed farmers in Brazil's Mato Grosso to recoup some of the delays in soybean planting over the last week. But at 40.5% complete, planting still lags badly compared with the 71.7% planted at the same point last year.
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.
10/31 1:47PM January soybeans, December soybean meal and December bean oil all closed higher Friday with commercial buyers showing good demand. Corn closed modestly higher and wheat finished lower, pressured by higher trading in the U.S. dollar after the Bank of Japan announced plans for increased monetary stimulus.
Purdue researchers have produced orange-colored corn sporting a handful of Vitamin-A-producing genes, which could help stave off blindness caused by malnutrition. (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)
Crop Tech CornerOrange Corn Combats Blindness; More Bt Beans on the Way 10/31 1:14PM In this week's Crop Tech Corner, researchers produce orange-colored corn with sight-saving capabilities, another Bt-soybean trait is deregulated in the U.S., and a government researcher is taking a closer look at frozen oats.
Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:53 AM CDT The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the use of Enlist Duo herbicide in combination with Enlist Duo corn and soybean traits in six states. The product likely will be made available in 10 more states after the agency completes Endangered Species Act analyses in those states.
Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:48 AM CDT Why isn't my flea and tick control for dogs working?
The state of Pennsylvania is asking EPA to withdraw a proposed rule on the "waters of the U.S.," saying states are better equipped to regulate streams within their borders.
CWA Rule PressureState: 'Law Creates More Confusion'10/27 1:04PM The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has asked the federal EPA to withdraw the proposed Clean Water Act rule and wait for completion of connectivity science work.
Mon Sep 29, 2014 02:25 PM CDT Why own farms when you can own shares in a farmland pool? The advent of agriculture's first real estate investment trusts means small-scale investors can get a share of farmland's action for the first time.
Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:33 AM CDT With a big crop still in the field and commodity prices at harvest lows, some farmers have turned to grain storage bags to relieve the pressure. However, experts warn the bags must be handled correctly to be worth the investment.
Gordon Millar (shown here with his father David on left) recently boosted cash reserves by refinancing farm equipment he had bought for cash over the last 12-18 months. (DTN photo by Marcia Zarley Taylor)
Cash Will Be KingTime to Get Finances in Order 10/24 1:47PM Years of $6-and-up corn couldn't last forever. Some proactive grain farmers are bolstering their finances now to minimize tough seasons ahead.
Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:30 PM CDT They are off-road vehicles unavailable to the farming and ranching community, but it's fascinating still to take a look at what ATV and side-by-side manufacturers have going on inside their products for the Department of Defense.
Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:27 AM CDT When the day doesn't go as planned at harvest, you have to keep plugging away.
A WTO panel ruled that the U.S. can have a country-of-origin label for meat products, but the current USDA rule forces packers to discriminate against Canadian and Mexican cattle, thus affecting the ability of producers from those countries to market their cattle in the U.S. (DTN file photo)
Tue Oct 28, 2014 02:18 PM CDT Environmental Defense Fund announced earlier this month that the group had added United Suppliers to part of the group's Sustainable Sourcing Initiative to work up and down the supply chain to reduce fertilizer usage by improving efficiency.
Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:53 AM CDT A provision in the 2014 farm bill essentially waives Actual Production History yields that collapsed due to extreme weather. The APH exclusion would adjust a farmer's actual yields for crop insurance in counties where the average planted-acre yield tumbled at least 50% below a 10-year county average. USDA is allowing farmers of some spring crops to take advantage of the exclusion, but winter wheat farmers may have to wait until at least next year.
Fri Oct 31, 2014 10:52 AM CDT The next generation of U.S. farmers will face challenges such as adapting to climate change and finding ways to feed a growing world population, U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack told FFA members at the 2014 National FFA Convention and Expo.
If IRS regards you as a speculator, you can only deduct capital losses on futures contracts against capital gains, not regular income. (DTN file photo)
Thu Oct 30, 2014 10:29 AM CDT Karen Johnson's family of Avoca, Iowa, spent long days this past week finishing up the soybean harvest, while the corn harvest is on hold due to high moisture levels. Dry weather conditions in the Florida panhandle also allowed Jamie Harris to make good progress on his peanut and soybean harvest.
The family Bos taurus may actually be close to significant herd expansion, a last-ditch effort that the ill-fated dodo could never muster. (Painting by Roelant Savery, 1626 - public domain)
The Market's Fine PrintThe Fall Run of Dodos10/8 5:16PM The surprisingly modest fall run of feeder cattle and the explosive market reaction it has sparked brings to mind the plight of the extinct dodo bird.