FARM BUSINESS NEWS
Marcia Zarley Taylor DTN Executive Editor
Tue Apr 2, 2013 03:04 PM CDT


Can We Trust Government Statistics?



Farmers like John Hohenberger of Leland, Ill. think his state's estimated 2012 county yields are another questionable case of the accuracy of government statistics. He's not believing National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) results for DeKalb County, Ill., which pegged yields at 159 bu./acre last month. Some next-door neighbor counties averaged 101 and 102 bu. , but three hit the 140s and one received too few farmer responses to gauge. Hohenberger's 159 bu. county estimate means he will collect only a modest $85/acre on his expensive county-based Group Risk Income Plan insurance payment for 2012 while growers one county ...

Quick View
  • Crop Tech Corner Researchers have developed GE wheat that yields far better under hot conditions, a wheat gene is ...
  • The Attraction of Youth Combine genotyping with a yearling bull, or even a weanling, and you're less likely to make a poo...
  • Kubota Steps Up A new mid-range, high-horsepower M7 tractor moves this company into the row-crop arena.
  • SCO Sticker Shock Costs and potential disconnect with county yields make the Supplemental Coverage Option a hard se...
  • Clean Water Goes a Long Way Cleaning up 900 feet of a small creek in Kentucky brings rebirth to water once choked with sedime...
  • Beef Checkoff Effort Resumes Members of the eight organizations comprising the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group were se...
  • Ag and Environment Outlook Agriculture continues to watch how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency implements the propos...
  • Surgery on Plastics Dharma Kodali's goal is to insert soybean oil in the basic ingredient list for PVC plastics.
  • Ask the Vet How should I treat a cow with a swelling on her flank?
Related News Stories
Ag Interest Rate Snapshot
Woodbury: Farm Family Business
Farmland Outlook
Finance Outlook
Iowans to Favor ARC?
Woodbury: Farm Family Business