If you are a commodity producer, chances are you've been dealing with this issue for several years with the Farm Service Agency and compliance standards. However, conservation compliance may be a new concept facing as many as 25,000 farmers who grow specialty crops.
5/6 1:38PM The sharp sell-off in the U.S. dollar index provided support to grains Wednesday, most notably the wheat complex. Gains in corn were held in check while the soy complex came under pressure over the latter half of the session.
Rain Thursday in Plains, Midwest5/6 2:37PM Thursday will see rain continuing in the Plains, western and northern Midwest and in the eastern Prairies. Areas to the east and south will be drier.
Canadian researchers have uncovered a gene that turns some fruit trees into self-pollinators, which they hope could be used to stem pollen drift from GE to non-GE crops. (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)
Crop Tech CornerSpeeding Up SCN Tests, Playing with Pollination 4/20 9:19AM In this week's Crop Tech Corner, a new, faster method of testing soybean cyst nematode samples is under construction, researchers find a gene that could turn more plants into self-pollinators, and scientists produce a map of wheat's many genetic variations.
Wed Apr 22, 2015 04:28 PM CDT Carried by April storm systems, black cutworm moths are starting to show up in Midwestern fields. Growers should be prepared to scout for cutworm larvae in their newly emerged corn fields in coming weeks.
Fri Apr 24, 2015 12:14 PM CDT High-oleic soybeans took a step toward commercialization Friday after the EU approved both Pioneer's Plenish soybean trait and Monsanto's Vistive Gold soybean trait. Monsanto still awaits Chinese approval, but both companies are hoping for commercial launches as early as 2016.
Fri May 1, 2015 10:46 AM CDT In this week's Crop Tech Corner, scientists find transgenic genes occurring naturally in the sweet potato genome, a new Bt protein passes a food safety assessment by South American researchers, and Kenyan scientists explore a biotech technique that could produce aflatoxin-resistant corn.
Nebraska's Jay Wolf has backed off on buying expensive feeder cattle recently but said he's very optimistic about the cow/calf side of his business. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Jorn Olsen)
Mon May 4, 2015 01:24 PM CDT I have two cows that aren't as robust as the rest of my herd. What's up with that?
Frank Price believes stewardship starts with the idea that there will always be a need to adapt. His rotational-grazing plan can vary widely, for example, based on forage, temperature and rainfall. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Clay Coppedge)
Mon May 4, 2015 12:36 PM CDT An Environmental Working Group representative told a group of agriculture journalists Monday that it is no longer a matter of if, but when, farmers will face regulation to reduce nutrient runoff.
Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:34 PM CDT Readers ask our in-house CPA how to cut taxes with land contracts, correctly file 1099s and handle spec losses on futures trades.
Early fractures in farm finances are beginning to crop up at machinery dealerships and in land rental disputes. (Photo by mfortini, CC BY 2.0)
Credit Begins to CrackEarly Financial Defaults Hit Farm Country5/4 10:04AM Bank regulators don't see many troubled loans yet, but machinery dealers, financial consultants and bankruptcy attorneys report farm failures are beginning.
Mon May 4, 2015 12:27 PM CDT The FAA this month began accelerating its exemption approvals for companies testing the skies with drone technology. About one in every six or seven business approvals cites agricultural survey practices as the company's main purpose for wanting to use drones.
Fri Apr 24, 2015 06:27 AM CDT John Deere drew the wrath of social media earlier this week after an op-ed piece appeared online from the magazine "Wired" titled "We Can't Let John Deere Destroy the Very Idea of Ownership."
Wed Apr 29, 2015 02:53 PM CDT The number of grain bin entrapments and resulting fatalities in the U.S. increased last year to the highest levels since 2010, according to a Purdue University report.
H5N2 began hitting commercial turkey farms in March and now has hit 14 states and led to roughly 20 million turkeys and chickens being killed by the virus or killed to prevent its spread. (Photo by Garrett and Kitty Wilkin, CC BY 2.0)
Push to Keep Funding H5N2 ResponseCongressmen Call on White House to Ensure Funds Available 4/29 4:17PM Lawmakers are worried because USDA has already received $60 million in claims to pay poultry growers for their losses out of a fund set aside of $84 million. Lawmakers want USDA to be prepared to take whatever other steps are necessary to curb the spread of the H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza.
Mon May 4, 2015 04:11 PM CDT Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday the second round of applications and projects under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which was created in the 2014 farm bill. The program should have $235 million in USDA funds, which could lead to roughly $470 million in investment on large-scale conservation projects
Tue Apr 28, 2015 02:05 PM CDT A U.S. senator is set to announce the introduction of a bill this week that attempts to roll back U.S. Environmental Protection Agency efforts to finalize the waters of the United States rule.
Tue Apr 28, 2015 05:21 PM CDT Canada's supply management systems for dairy, eggs and poultry have effectively prevented any credible volume of exports north. House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson said that needs to change, but he doubts the Canadian government will come forward with any real market access.
One of the biggest obstacles in determining a plan for the future of the family business is the unwillingness to engage in a discussion about that very future. (Photo by John Snape, CC BY-SA 3.0)
Cows that aren't as robust as others in the herd could just be that way due to their genetics. Other possible reasons include feed, supplements or a medical condition. To get at the answer, consider a biochemical profile. (Thinkstock photo)