The American Farm Bureau is urging its members to discuss with lawmakers how the EPA Clean Water Act rule and lack of immigration reform will affect life on the farm. In addition, the AFBF Friday expressed disappointment at the failure of World Trade Organization trade talks in Geneva this week.
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.
8/1 2:05PM December corn posted a new contract low Friday and November soybeans finished near theirs as rain in next week's forecast brought on a new wave of selling. September K.C. wheat closed higher for a third consecutive day with commercial and foreign buyers lifting prices from their lows.
Most Crop Areas Dry Saturday8/1 2:34PM Dry conditions expected Saturday for most areas with the exception of the southern tier of states, which will get some light rain.
A new USDA document sets scouting, trapping, and regulation guidelines for the possible invasion of the Helicoverpa armigera caterpillar, pictured above. (Photo courtesy Gyorgy Csoka/Hungary Forest Research Institute, via Creative Commons)
Prepping for a PestNew Guidelines for an Old World Pest7/30 8:56AM USDA has released a new set of pest response guidelines for Helicoverpa armigera, the voracious global agricultural pest that invaded Brazil last year.
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.
Many farm operations have not updated their FSA farm program records since the 1980s, prior to the advent of biotech seeds and the shift of the Corn Belt west and north. (Photo by David L. Hansen)
Study Your Farm Bill OptionsNew Law Offers Rare Chance to Update Base and Yields7/31 11:23AM 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. Documenting your recent base and yield with FSA could be time consuming but highly rewarding. Start now to make your future farm program payments reflect agronomic gains since the 1990s.
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.
Thu Jul 31, 2014 02:51 PM CDT At 4.5 acres and about 2,900 solar panels, the Eagle Point Solar array doesn't compare to the scale of solar farms in Arizona or California, but it is significant that Iowa's solar farm was driven by leadership at Farmers Electric Cooperative, a 650-member cooperative in southeast Iowa.
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.
Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:18 AM CDT Corn picking is under way at DTN View From the Cab farmer Jamie Harris' farm in Madison, Fla. Jamie reported a yield of 255 bushels per acre on one field he was picking this week with moisture at 22%. In Avoca, Iowa, Karen Johnson's family was busy applying aerial treatments to their corn fields for fungal diseases like gray leaf spot and Goss's wilt to help ensure good yields come harvest time.
This year's corn and soybean crops have been kept in a "cool dry place" -- the U.S. Midwest. (Cellar door photo by Gloria Bell, CC BY 2.0; Illustration by Nick Scalise)
Newsom on the MarketCool Dry Place8/1 7:29AM As August gets under way, weather remains the "hot" topic in corn and soybeans.