Not all farmland surveys are created equal. Unfortunately, the disparities between them could become more apparent now that land values seems poised to reverse some of the triple-digit gains they have accumulated since 2000, points out Mykel Taylor, a Kansas State University economist.
3/2 1:57PM All three grains started March with lower closes; double-digit losses were posted in soybeans and wheat. Traders are losing their concerns about Brazil's truck strike as the number of blocked roads declines. Helpful precipitation is headed for winter wheat areas early this week.
Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:26 AM CST In this week's Crop Tech Corner, two new research efforts promise to generate higher-yielding commercial sorghum varieties soon, scientists pinpoint the genes behind genetic resistance to a virulent type of wheat rust, and a study concludes that cattle and cover crops are a good mix.
The common toxin found in some fescue varieties not only can lower conception rates in cows but may negatively affect sperm motility in bulls. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)
Fescue and Bull FertilityFescue May Lower Conception Rates Two Ways3/2 1:49PM The common toxin found in some fescue varieties not only can lower conception rates in cows but may negatively affect sperm motility in bulls.
Mon Mar 2, 2015 02:22 PM CST Ships are finally able to lower their gangplanks at U.S. West Coast ports and resume loading beef and pork for export to foreign buyers following the resolution of the labor dispute.
Wed Feb 25, 2015 03:57 PM CST A district court judge in Holt County, Neb., Thursday issued an injunction that prevents TransCanada from pursing further eminent domain proceedings on the Keystone XL pipeline.
Many farm businesses could be subject to fines for reimbursing employees for their individual health insurance coverage. IRS fears such fringe benefits make it too easy for employees to also claim tax subsidies on health care exchanges. (Photo by Ray Tsang, CC BY-SA 2.0)
IRS Resets Clock on ACA Penalties"No Double Dipping" Still in Force2/20 11:05AM A retroactive IRS notice buys time for small employers to discontinue health reimbursement plans made illegal under the Affordable Care Act.
Mon Feb 9, 2015 09:35 AM CST Have your pilot's license? The FAA currently requires one to operate unmanned aircraft for commercial purposes.
The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's report downplays the health role of lean meat in a diet while also advising Americans to reduce eating red and processed meat, refined grains, added sugars and sodium. (DTN file photo)
Seeing Red in Dietary AdviceCommittee Recommends Americans Eat Less Red, Processed Meats2/19 3:49PM As feared by the meat industry, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's report downplays the health role of lean meat in a diet while also advising Americans to reduce eating red and processed meat, refined grains, added sugars and sodium. The report also recommended replacing solid animal fats with vegetable oils and nuts.
Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:30 AM CST USDA will extend the deadline for reallocating base acres and updating yield to March 31. However, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack did not commit to extending the deadline for ARC-PLC signup.
Wed Feb 25, 2015 07:19 AM CST There are two farm program deadlines. The first is this Friday, for farmers and landlords to update their crops and yields. The second is March 31, for farmers to make a choice between the Agricultural Risk Coverage and the Production Loss Coverage programs.
Fri Feb 27, 2015 08:56 AM CST Speaking at the Commodity Classic in Phoenix, leaders of the National Corn Growers Association said the group's No. 1 goal over the last few years has been to protect the RFS from efforts to minimize renewable fuel levels or eliminate it through legislation.
Hay in storage at Lyreedale Farms in Roll, Ariz., waits for shipment to China and other destinations. (Progressive Farmer photo by Earnie Grafton)
Wed Feb 25, 2015 03:45 PM CST When Iowa farmer Mike Anderson reviews precision-farming data this winter, he'll be able to see, in some detail, the inputs and results on more than 40,000 acres from 25 other farms in his northwest Iowa region. That data may help him make decisions for his own operation.
Wed Feb 25, 2015 03:49 PM CST Calculators may offer conflicting advice based on economic models and methodology. FSA's official calculators analyze a range of 500 prices and yield probabilities, others a single price and yield. Some include crop insurance and others not. Some models give higher probabilities to bearish prices, some to more bearish yields.
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