The Surface Transportation Board sent a letter to all the Class 1 railroads on July 13 asking them if they will be ready for the "fall peak" period. The railroads assured the STB performance has improved since last year.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pointed to the successes and shortfalls of agriculture programs in Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia in implementing the total maximum daily loads, or TMDLS, in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, in many cases emphasizing the voluntary measures well under way in three of the six states in the watershed, in a news release Monday.
Aggressive buying quickly returned to the energy market Monday morning as reports of lower-than-expected crude oil production is tightening supplies. October crude oil futures surged $3.98 per barrel, following a three-day rally to $49.20 a barrel. The uncertainty as to just how much momentum remains in the market is keeping the market bullish.
8/31 2:00PM Grains ended slightly higher Monday, overcoming their lower early start with bullish influence coming from a third consecutive day of higher crude oil prices. Another reported export sale of new-crop soybeans to unknown destinations helped keep suspicions alive that China continues to buy soybeans.
Dry Tuesday Ahead for Most8/31 11:59AM Scattered showers during Tuesday will impact parts of Florida, southeast Texas and also the northwest Canadian Prairies region. Mostly dry or with only a few isolated light showers elsewhere in the key U.S. and Canada crop areas.
Ken Franklin is watching his central Illinois soybean crop for diseases this fall so he knows what preventative steps to take next spring. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
Stay on Top of SDSScout for Disease Now and Plan Ahead8/14 11:22AM The distinctive yellow patches of sudden death syndrome (SDS) are surfacing in soybean fields across the Midwest. Now is the time to scout and evaluate variety performance and plan ahead for next year.
Fri Aug 14, 2015 09:28 AM CDT In this week's Crop Tech Corner, researchers are collecting the data necessary to someday let producers scout weeds remotely, a university released a soybean yield app, and UK scientists discovered that soil bacteria can help waterproof plant roots.
Mon Aug 31, 2015 12:18 PM CDT Could my calf have a hernia and is it repairable?
Good Iowa land sold for about $500 per acre more in this week's survey than it did since bottoming in May. (DTN graphic)
Iowa Land Gets a BounceFarmland Gloom and Doom May Be Overrated8/24 11:34AM Key Midwest land values are stuck in neutral or sliding below 2014 levels, recently released opinion surveys of farm real estate trends show. But bankers, farmers and real estate appraisers may be overreacting in areas where crops look great.
Mon Aug 17, 2015 04:15 PM CDT Despite big gains in efficiency, the politics of the California drought have fallowed a half-million acres and are reconfiguring the state's agricultural machine.
Iowa farmland owners Fred and Lodean Cook may consider flexible cash leases for the first time this year, but they also are requiring renters to share crop insurance yields, soil tests and other data operators collect on their rental farms.
Cash Rent Reset - 2Landowners Won't Bend Much8/28 8:45AM Iowa farmland owners Fred and Lodean Cook may consider flexible cash leases for the first time this year, but they also are requiring renters to share crop insurance yields, soil tests and other data operators collect on their rental farms.
InfoAg celebrated 20 years of promoting precision agriculture, but the industry still has far to go before it delivers on its promise of a new age of digital agriculture. (DTN photo by Emily Unglesbee)
Mon Aug 3, 2015 11:26 AM CDT Precision ag companies are bringing automation to the age-old practice of soil sampling in the hopes of improving the quality of the samples that generate data and yield maps and determine farmers' fertilizer and nutrient decisions.
Mon Aug 24, 2015 11:28 AM CDT Full-season management is the goal of 360 Yield Center. A hands-on field day focused on high-intensity nitrogen management.
According to a study by The Boston Consulting Group, 960,000 U.S. milk cows in the U.S. are within 155 miles (250 kilometers) of a Canadian dairy plant -- about equal to the whole Canadian dairy cow herd. This is based on 2012 data, the last time a survey was done on U.S. farms and cows. (Graphic courtesy of The Boston Consulting Group)
Canadian Dairy ConundrumSupply Management System Faces Pressure in Pacific Trade Talks8/6 2:27PM Coping with Canada's dairy industry import tariffs and supply controls remains one of the sticking points to finalizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Canada's dairy industry is pushing back against arguments it needs to open up to imported dairy products.
Tue Aug 4, 2015 04:49 PM CDT The window of opportunity to invest in U.S. infrastructure -- a key to maintaining and expanding the competitiveness of U.S. exports -- may come to a close in 2016-17, an economist says.
Fri Aug 7, 2015 10:55 AM CDT Transportation-funding supporters think Congress could pass a long-term highway bill by the end of the year if they can come to a resolution on how to pay for it.
Surviving the 1980s taught Don Cantrell to shrink his operating line to a minimum, a lesson he has passed on to his son, Kyle. (Photo courtesy of the Cantrell family)
Senior Partners - 5What Dad Learned in the '80s8/31 10:47AM This fatherly financial advice is meant to prevent heartaches should the farm economy suffer another serious setback. Here's what veterans of the 1980s debt crisis want their children to remember, so their kids don't have to learn the hard way.
Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:53 AM CDT If the figures hold true, net farm income would come in at about $58.3 billion in 2015, down from $91.1 billion in 2014, USDA's Economic Research Service stated in a report on Tuesday.
Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:56 AM CDT Nick and Celeste Nolan of Cora, Ohio, were faced with the reality that they couldn't make it as full-time farmers unless they made some changes. So, five years ago, they decided to start making cheese.
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