US sugar producers have filed new subsidy allegations in their countervailing duty case against Mexico's sugar industry, including "evidence that export subsidies are fueling a flood of Mexican sugar shipments and injuring US sugar farmers and processors."
Beef processors and retailers once thought they knew all about the short-bought game. But the extraordinary summer of 2014 has taken the procurement strategy/awkward necessity to a whole new and frightening level.
It's possible to imagine compromises on the European Union's demands to protect its "geographical indications" for food names. Alas, the Europeans cannot imagine compromising on our agricultural-trade demands.
Monsanto representative Chris Mayo displays the black-and-white checkered flag that will mark the company's dicamba-tolerant crops in the future. (DTN photo by Emily Unglesbee)
The New DicambaChange Up Spray Habits7/16 5:16PM At an event exhibiting the company's soon-to-arrive Dicamba-tolerant soybean trait, Monsanto representatives stressed the importance that good spraying stewardship must play in a future full of different herbicide-tolerant crops.
Fri Jul 18, 2014 12:36 PM CDT In this week's Crop Tech Corner, Missouri scientists discover a defense mechanism in plants, Illinois researchers prepare for charcoal rot to thrive in the future, and Nigerian farmers get a new corn hybrid resistant to both an herbicide and a weed.
Wed Jul 23, 2014 02:20 PM CDT Pollination appears to be going well across the Corn Belt in areas that were not hit by a severe weather event. It's time to do a pregnancy test on corn.
Brian Marshall says prevention is as easy as treating when it comes to newborn calf health. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)
Racing the ClockNewborn Calf Care Is Money in the Bank7/28 10:02AM For Brian Marshall, the clock starts the minute a new calf hits the ground. Within the first four or five hours, this Missouri producer makes sure newborns are given an immunity-building bolus to head off scours and pneumonia, and lessen stress.
Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:16 AM CDT After recent controversy over the use of Zilmax, a cattle feed additive used to promote weight gain, a University of Nebraska study found the additive causes no adverse effects in cattle.
Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:09 AM CDT Before implanting heifers that will be bred, consult with a veterinarian to be sure fertility won't be impacted.
Farmer Jerod McDaniel, who farms along the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles, saw his corn fail under pivot in 2011 during the drought. McDaniel said he has learned since 2010 how to manage drought conditions. He didn't harvest his dryland wheat this year, but recent rains have helped him save money on his irrigated corn fields. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)
Mon Jun 23, 2014 01:32 PM CDT A group of scientists with Argonne National Laboratory and university experts are calling out an Environmental Working Group study that claimed that cutting the mandated corn-based ethanol by more than 1 billion gallons would cut carbon dioxide emissions.
Tue Jul 8, 2014 10:52 AM CDT Every bag of radish seed that leaves Garth Mulkey's farm has his phone number attached. The Monmouth, Ore., cover crop seed grower may be 2,000 miles away from most of his customers, but a one-on-one relationship is part of the deal.
Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:14 AM CDT When you buy or if you overpay can erode farmland's advantage over stocks as an investment.
The tone of a presentation by J.P. Gervais, chief agricultural economist for Farm Credit Canada, at the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank's Agricultural Symposium Tuesday was that growth in agriculture is still possible, but it won't be linear as it has been in the past few years. (DTN photo by Elizabeth Williams)
"Easy Money Times Over"Cautious Tone for Ag Outlook7/16 10:33AM Feeding the world population won't be as hard as expected over the next decade some experts forecast, so economists and lenders are bracing for a more muted farm economy over the next 10 years or more.
Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:47 AM CDT Great Plains' recent annual dealer meeting in Kansas City attracted visitors from 22 counties including China, Russia, New Zealand and Ethiopia, where the Short Disk was promoted as a tillage tool that delivers European-style efficiency in rugged field conditions.
Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:06 AM CDT Farmers have a lot of money invested in all aspects of their farming operations, but especially in machinery. Farmers need to watch closely what they spend on farm machinery as farm size as well as machinery size increases.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy addresses a crowd of more than 150 agribusiness members and other representatives Thursday during the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City luncheon. McCarthy asked the agriculture industry to join EPA in making the Clean Water Act rule successful. (DTN photo by Todd Neeley)
Clearing the AirEPA Chief McCarthy Implores Ag for Help7/10 4:37PM EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told a group of agribusiness representatives that her agency wants to clarify the proposed Clean Water Act rule.
Tue Jul 8, 2014 10:56 AM CDT EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is scheduled to tour a farm and speak to agribusiness officials in Missouri this week as part of an outreach to the agriculture community on the agency's proposed Clean Water Act rule.
Wed Jul 23, 2014 07:21 AM CDT Three members of the Senate Agriculture Committee urged EPA to withdraw the Waters of the U.S. rule, but a spokeswoman for the agency said issues with the rule can be handled in the agency's comment process.
In the last 20 years, farms with sales above $1 million doubled their market share and now account for more than two-thirds of U.S. production. (DTN chart)
Klinefelter: By the NumbersBig Farms Morph Even Bigger7/28 10:11AM Peak prices since 2007 didn't slow megafarm consolidation. Mid-size operators may need to collaborate with neighbors to compete on technology and scale.
Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:26 AM CDT Farm accidents can strike at any age. Good farm advisers and documentation of what couples own, farm lease terms and business roles after a partner's death can ease the grief.
Fri Jul 25, 2014 05:56 AM CDT DTN View From the Cab farmer Jamie Harris of Madison, Fla., has been spraying his soybeans for Kudzu bugs to prevent them from spreading Asian rust from nearby Kudzu vines. Meanwhile, in Iowa, Karen and Bill Johnson purchased 10 cow-calf pairs this week to add to their small cattle herd.
The chart shows ending stocks-to-use ratios for U.S. corn from 1979-80 to the current 2014-15 season. The current surplus pales by comparison to the record high of 66% in 1986-87, but the same bearish dynamic is at work and, once again, it will take more than low prices to turn the bearish trend. (DTN chart)