Agriculture industrial reports on wet and dry ethanol milling, flour milling, oilseed crush and cotton suffered from the Census Bureau's budgetary axe in 2011, but USDA announced on Monday it's ready to put the reports on 2015 calendar.
We've had a couple of questions that make me go "Hmmm" over the last few days on farm bill programs, particularly when it comes to base acre reallocation and yield update. I thought I would share what I found out.
Another round of ethanol inventory growth turned traders bearish Wednesday and there was a general lack of support in all contract months. Traders suspect slipping ethanol blending activity domestically may prolong the excessive supply situation.
10/1 2:00PM December corn, November soybeans, and December Chicago wheat all closed a little higher Wednesday, a possible sign of selling fatigue after months of trading lower. Moderate to heavy rain crossed the Corn Belt Wednesday, delaying harvest in some areas, with more on the way for Thursday.
Rain in Plains, Midwest Thursday10/1 1:52PM Thursday will bring moderate to locally heavy rain to the central Plains and western Midwest, causing disruptions in harvest and wheat planting.
Roundup Ready 1 soybeans are coming off patent, but growers should check with their seed dealer before they try to save any seed this fall. (DTN file photo by Benjamin Krain)
Post Patent PuzzleRoundup Ready 1 Patent Expires, Leaves Questions in Its Wake9/24 10:19AM Monsanto has promised to maintain international registrations for their post-patent Roundup Ready 1 soybean trait through 2021, but questions about the availability of generic seed and the future of the trait remain.
Thu Sep 18, 2014 08:59 AM CDT As a soggy September continues and grain prices head lower, entomologists warn growers to manage mold and insect infestations wisely if they plan on storing corn indefinitely.
Thu Sep 18, 2014 10:58 AM CDT As farmers continue to experiment with cover crops on their farming operations, they need to be aware of the legal and liability issues that come with adding cover crops to conventional crop rotations.
A smaller beef herd, and higher prices, have many in the industry debating the best direction for the future. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Boyd Kidwell)
Herd MentalityBeef's New Normal9/29 10:55AM As cattlemen gather round the bright glow of record prices, there is a marked divide about what it will take to keep demand strong. One camp is staking the future on hamburgers, the other on premium bone-in rib eyes.
Mon Sep 29, 2014 12:14 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 Sep 29, 2014 12:11 PM CDT Why are my calves dying?
After a congressional hearing Thursday on soil health, staff from the Natural Resources Conservation District held a rainfall demonstration outside of USDA's main headquarters building in Washington. Chris Lawrence, an NRCS agronomist from Virginia, looks on as the simulator shows runoff from various types of tillage and grazing practices. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)
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 Sep 22, 2014 11:03 AM CDT The EPA's Office of the Inspector General says most states in the Mississippi River basin did not meet the goal of completing nutrient reduction strategies by 2013, designed to diminish hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico.
Ag REITs allow investors to own shares of farms across the country, from California to the Eastern Corn Belt. Some already are large enough to qualify as wholesale lenders and resell mortgages to the secondary Wall Street markets. (DTN file photo by Kurt Lawton)
Farm Investors WelcomeStock Markets Open Door to Land Pools9/22 12:27PM 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.
A Ram Power Wagon could squeeze through this narrow spot in the trees. But probably not a Ram Laramie dually. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)
Chrysler: What's New for 2015High Centered, Red Faced and Bug Bitten9/22 11:00AM 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.
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.
Despite much public condemnation of genetic modification of food crops, a panel of scientists is offering a more positive view of the safety of genetic engineering. (DTN file photo)
GE Critics Range as SkepticsGroups Offer Scientific Panel a Range of Suggestions to Study Biotech Foods9/18 4:41PM An ad-hoc committee of 18 scientists is tasked by the National Research Council with examining the science and ramifications of biotech crops by looking at the history of genetic engineering and the potential the crops and biotech foods hold for the future. Speakers offered the committee a range of views from university professors and non-governmental experts who have battled over biotech crops for decades.
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 Sep 25, 2014 03:38 PM CDT On Thursday, USDA announced updates of base acres can begin Sept. 29. The rule for electing between Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage is expected to be posted in the Federal Register as early as Friday.
Tue Sep 23, 2014 03:33 PM CDT The North American Climate Smart Initiative was rolled out Tuesday as part of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York and ties into larger efforts on climate resiliency also announced by the Obama administration at the summit.
Business owners in the bottom quartile not only don't have a Plan A, they don't have a Plan B either, Pita Alexander says. They have a Plan W, for wait and see, something he thinks foretells failure. (Photo by Joey Gannon, CC BY-SA 2.0)
Klinefelter: By the Numbers9/29 1:52PM Pita Alexander is part King Solomon, part comedian, part farm business adviser. Consider his commandments for your farm management instruction book.
Mon Sep 29, 2014 01:55 PM CDT Don't even think about skipping payment on capital gains taxes when you transfer titles to farmland, CPA Andy Biebl advises. Too many electronic systems monitor tax cheats.
Mon Sep 29, 2014 02:18 PM CDT 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.
Thu Sep 25, 2014 01:57 PM CDT Karen and Bill Johnson's corn and soybean fields in western Iowa are still green, and they estimate harvest is still a few weeks away. Meanwhile, in Madison, Fla., Jamie Harris has finished harvesting corn and plans to start harvesting his soybeans and specialty crops next week.
The strength of the U.S. dollar is weighing on commodity prices. (Graph by Elaine Kub)