Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the process could begin soon to start to create a new beef checkoff that would be in place by 2016. However, he's willing to pull the plug on that process if the beef industry could reach some consensus on changes to the current checkoff.
Farmers in Mato Grosso are getting increasingly nervous about soybean planting delays as the dry October continues. Spring rains are forecast to return next week, but crop planning is already messed up.
After decades of watching, disengaged, as agriculture goes through chemistry like a hay crew through paper cups, EPA and USDA are putting steps in place to curb nature's penchant for genetic resistance.
10/17 1:52PM December corn and November soybeans closed lower Friday, pressured by favorable harvest weather across the Corn Belt and more expected next week. December Chicago wheat finished a little lower on the day, but higher for the third consecutive week, a nice correction back from extremely cheap prices at the end of September.
Many farmers are seeing corn ear rots like Diplodia, which will require careful handling come harvest and storage time. (Photo by Charles Woloshu, Purdue University)
Dealing with DiplodiaEar Rots Could Complicate Harvest10/17 3:23PM After the latest spate of wet, cool weather in parts of the Midwest, plant pathologists are urging growers to scout and be prepared to manage ear rots like Diplodia during harvest and in storage.
Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:49 PM CDT With a big crop still in the field and commodity prices at harvest lows, some farmers have turned to grain storage bags to relieve the pressure. However, experts warn the bags must be handled correctly to be worth the investment.
Fri Oct 17, 2014 06:58 AM CDT In this week's Crop Tech Corner, fall armyworms manipulate chemistry for protection, scientists find a way to boost plant leaves' oil content, and researchers release software that can analyze and measure root systems quickly and consistently.
Cattle that qualify for the Top Dollar Angus program meet genetic requirements that Tom Brink said consistently create feeder cattle that perform well above average in feedyards. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)
Market LaunchNew Program Promises Extra $50 Per Head10/13 2:07PM These days anything with four legs and a rumen is already bringing a historically high price. So why go through the hassle and expense of signing up for another certification program? To top that record price off with another $50 per head.
Mon Oct 13, 2014 02:13 PM CDT If you've ever stopped at the grocery store on the way home from work, it's pretty easy to figure out most people don't have a pot roast simmering in the oven at home. Everyone is frantically searching for that quick meal to put on the table sometime between the kids' soccer practice and the monthly booster-club meeting. Add the need for affordability and it's easy to see why the poultry industry is strutting over its market share.
Mon Oct 13, 2014 02:17 PM CDT Can cattle get rabies?
After a congressional hearing Thursday on soil health, staff from the Natural Resources Conservation District held a rainfall demonstration outside of USDA's main headquarters building in Washington. Chris Lawrence, an NRCS agronomist from Virginia, looks on as the simulator shows runoff from various types of tillage and grazing practices. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)
Mon Sep 29, 2014 02:25 PM CDT Why own farms when you can own shares in a farmland pool? The advent of agriculture's first real estate investment trusts means small-scale investors can get a share of farmland's action for the first time.
Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:03 AM CDT The EPA's Office of the Inspector General says most states in the Mississippi River basin did not meet the goal of completing nutrient reduction strategies by 2013, designed to diminish hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico.
In the last few months, forecasts of 2014 season-average corn prices crashed low enough to trigger PLC payments and narrow the gap with ARC, according to farmdoc analysis by Carl Zulauf and Gary Schnitkey. If prices slide to USDA's latest low-point estimate -- $3.10 -- both PLC and ARC could pay $79/acre with average yields in 2014. (Graph courtesy Carl Zulauf, Gary Schnitkey)
Farm Bill Contingency PlansCloser Call on ARC-PLC Tradeoffs10/16 6:42AM Unexpectedly low harvest prices narrow the gap between farm program options for 2014 and beyond.
A Ram Power Wagon could squeeze through this narrow spot in the trees. But probably not a Ram Laramie dually. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)
Chrysler: What's New for 2015High Centered, Red Faced and Bug Bitten9/22 11:00AM Here's something you don't want to do at a media event for seasoned automotive journalists from all over the world: high center a dually pickup truck during a test drive ... on an off-road trail where you are not supposed to take that kind of vehicle.
Mon Oct 6, 2014 12:43 PM CDT North American ag equipment shortliners are finding niches for their products in the global marketplace. Here's how that can benefit you.
World Food Prize laureates from India, including this year's winner Sanjaya Rajaram, talked about agricultural production challenges faced by India at an Iowa-India Summit during the World Food Prize in Des Moines. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)
Global Ag Production SlippingGap Continues in Meeting Future Food Demands Around World10/15 1:32PM A consortium made up of some of the world's largest agribusinesses and conservation groups released its fifth-annual Global Agricultural Productivity report on Wednesday at the World Food Prize Symposium. The report sounds alarms over trends in production globally compared to population trends through 2050.
Wed Oct 15, 2014 09:46 AM CDT Discussion at the Iowa Hunger Summit centered on various efforts to raise money for local food aid and contribute to projects globally. One panel discussion looked at various models to fight hunger. Topics included ways cities could coordinate food pantries and other agencies, as well as ways gardeners can connect with food pantries to donate produce. An Iowa farmer also suggested lower commodity prices will affect the way farmers give.
Thu Sep 25, 2014 03:38 PM CDT On Thursday, USDA announced updates of base acres can begin Sept. 29. The rule for electing between Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage is expected to be posted in the Federal Register as early as Friday.
Wed Oct 15, 2014 05:14 PM CDT Agricultural ministers in West Africa say Ebola is ripping through their countries not only through infection, but also further exacerbating hunger and wrecking any plans to revitalize the region's farm production.
Escalating land prices mean an estate can quickly exceed its exemption level. (Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)
Wed Oct 15, 2014 11:14 AM CDT Rain earlier in the week continued to prevent Karen and Bill Johnson of Avoca, Iowa, from starting their corn and soybean harvest, though a drier forecast could allow harvest activity to pick up soon. Meanwhile, rain in the Florida Panhandle temporarily halted Jamie Harris' peanut harvest.
The oversupply of crude oil could send ripple effects across the grain markets. (DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)
Newsom on the MarketThe Ripple Effects of Oversupply10/17 6:36AM The goings-on in the crude oil market could have a lasting effect on commodity market analysis, including that for grains.