The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's designation of the lesser prairie chicken as threatened set off a wave of concern coming from agriculture and energy-related interests that the designation would have adverse effects on agriculture and gas and oil operations across Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and other states.
Your irrevocable 2014 farm bill decisions are getting complicated by this spring's surprise price rally. While it was widely assumed commodity prices were headed for a multi-year crash when the farm bill was being drafted, few experts considered what your best risk management options would be if markets stayed near levels achieved over the last two months.
A weeklong break in the heavy deluges that hit Argentina's soybean belt at the start of the month has allowed harvesting to progress this week. Local exchanges say losses because of the rains are limited.
4/17 1:53PM A late rally in soybeans trimmed losses and highlighted the idea traders don't want to be short the market, particularly ahead of a three-day holiday weekend. Corn tried to go lower, but pressure was held in check by spillover support from wheat.
Fri Apr 11, 2014 04:10 PM CDT As more cases of confirmed rootworm resistance crop up in the Corn Belt, farm realities and farmer attitudes clash with scientific recommendations and research on the best way to slow the problem down.
Tue Apr 15, 2014 02:24 PM CDT Tempted to switch to soybeans? The yield dings with continuous corn might just be the nudge needed to make the change.
W. R. Baker, of Livingston, Tex., says a shortage of corriente cattle has been a boon for prices. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Victoria G. Myers)
Market MoverCattleman Roping In the Profits on Sport Cattle4/14 10:35AM It only takes a minute of talking with W.R. Baker to get crystal clear on the qualities he values in a cow herd. It's not the sort of thing you'd hear from the average cattleman.
Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:44 AM CDT Bill Couser sees farming as a full circle. If it comes off the farm, it can go back into the farm. And in just about every case, it can make money or save money for the operation in the process.
Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:20 AM CDT J.P. Morgan didn't become the very icon of rich and powerful without mastering the mysterious lifecycle of markets. Those who think the lean hog market will continue its bullish run indefinitely would be wise to follow his advice.
Mon Apr 7, 2014 11:32 AM CDT The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a much-anticipated new Clean Water Act rule designed to clarify which waters are covered by the law, following U.S. Supreme Court rulings dating back to 2001 and 2006.
High-risk farms most vulnerable to an economic downturn have been declining since the 1990s, USDA's Economic Research Service found. (Graphic courtesy of USDA)
Stress Test for BorrowersHow Bulletproof Are Farm Finances? 4/17 9:22AM Farm finances rate an "A" now, but economists debate if that's good enough to handle a major correction in land values.
Wed Apr 2, 2014 12:41 PM CDT The 2014 Pioneer 700 and 700-4 with an all-new chassis are the first of a new generation of side-by-sides Honda will introduce in coming months and years and Progressive Farmer Senior Editor Jim Patrico got to test ride them on a recent trip to the Arizona Strip.
Mon Apr 7, 2014 11:41 AM CDT The new John Deere ExactEmerge system can plant accurately at 10 miles per hour, but most farmers who replied to a recent DTN poll said they want to see it and other new technologies in action before they buy.
Mon Feb 24, 2014 06:41 AM CST New planting technology will allow growers to plant two hybrids seamlessly in the same field
FDA completed analysis on AquaAdvantage salmon nearly three years ago and found it identical to a traditional salmon, yet the agency will not say if it is ready to deregulate the fish. (Photo courtesy of AquaBounty)
Taking Caution on PrecautionTechnology Advocates Cite Challenges They Face Under Precautionary Principle4/2 10:58AM The National Institute for Animal Agriculture is holding its annual meeting this week in downtown Omaha with speeches and panel discussions centered on use of the precautionary principle in the U.S. and the lack of innovation already caused by the regulatory philosophy, particularly in Europe.
Tue Apr 8, 2014 07:45 AM CDT Homeland Security's Inspector General's office has asked Immigration and Customs Enforcement to show more nationwide consistency and less negotiation in the fines resulting from worksite inspections -- a request which has ag stakeholders worried.
Tue Apr 8, 2014 03:28 PM CDT Supporters of advanced biofuels testified Tuesday before the Senate Agriculture Committee about the need for Congress and the Obama administration to stick with the Renewable Fuels Standard levels for advanced and cellulosic biofuels.
Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:14 AM CDT Homeland Security's Inspector General's office has asked Immigration and Customs Enforcement to show more nationwide consistency and less negotiation in the fines resulting from worksite inspections -- a request which has ag stakeholders worried.
Mon Apr 14, 2014 09:59 AM CDT The Johnsons of Avoca, Iowa, are busy with calving season and applying nitrogen to no-till corn fields this week. Meanwhile, Jamie Harris of Madison, Fla., is also preparing initial N applications through center pivot irrigators on his earliest-planted field corn. He's also preparing his combine to harvest triticale in two or three weeks.
The dueling forces of torrid exports and strong crush demand could pull apart soybean ending stocks projections. (Photo by Iain A Wanless, CC BY 2.0)
Newsom on the MarketSomething's Gotta Give4/18 5:42AM Though there are no guarantees in commodities, an almost certain lock is that something has to change when it comes to soybean demand.