Low Temps Monday for Plains, Midwest12/9 6:51AM Some snow for East Coast and Southeast areas Monday, dry elsewhere for U.S. and Canada crop areas. Temperatures trending much below normal for most of the U.S.
Farmers are increasingly concerned about weed problems. This field of Arkansas soybeans shows just how aggressive Palmer amaranth can become. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
Weed Resistance Reality CheckGrowers Say Weed Control Tougher 11/19 3:05PM Farmers are finding weeds increasingly more difficult to control, according to two polls conducted this fall.
Mon Nov 4, 2013 12:43 PM CST Vertical tillage has become an acceptable soil management practice that has a fit in today's production systems.
Creek Plantation manager Steve Hancock said they still have 13- and 14-year-old cows weaning quality calves. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)
Cows That LastReproduction For a Lifetime12/9 7:49AM If you've priced replacement heifers lately, or even just added up all the costs of raising your own, you are probably feeling a renewed appreciation for those older, productive cows in the herd.
Mon Dec 9, 2013 07:58 AM CST Farmers could be in for income tax shock when five years of tax stimulus ends this year. That's worrying equipment manufacturers, dealers and contractors who have benefitted from front-loaded depreciation.
Mon Dec 9, 2013 07:55 AM CST Why are we having trouble with our dairy calves?
USDA is running a program to lessen the conversion of grasslands to cropland. (Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)
Carbon Market for ND PrairiePilot Program Creates Method to Quantify Carbon Offsets for Ranchers, Prairies11/26 7:32AM Several environmental and conservation groups last week, as well as USDA, issued news releases praising the development of a new carbon market for ranchers. By next summer, at least 114 landowners in an eight-county area in North Dakota could be collecting carbon payments as long as the land stays in prairie or pasture.
Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:58 PM CST Questions have been raised about whether federal safety regulations on pipelines are keeping up with a North American energy boom. Though farmers and ranchers have been fighting the Keystone XL pipeline siting in Nebraska, landowners can rarely do anything to stop oil and gas pipelines from crossing their property.
Mon Dec 2, 2013 08:29 AM CST The House and Senate passed comparable bills that would require the Corps of Engineers to eliminate projects from its books that have not received funding in over five years or begun construction. The Corps has a backlog of about $60 billion for construction projects.
If you are that 60-year-old with deferred grain sales of $1 million and retirement on the near horizon, a cash balance defined benefit plan can defuse your tax bomb.
Taxlink by Andy BieblAvoid Farming's Tax Time Bomb12/3 1:31PM Older farmers often face tax disasters after decades of deferring income. Properly managed retirement plans can defuse the damage.
Mon Nov 18, 2013 01:22 PM CST In Hanover, Germany, energy is issue number one at AgriTechnica this year.
Cutting the corn-based ethanol portion of the RFS would lead to a reduction in demand for corn of about 500 million bushels, according to Matt Erickson, American Farm Bureau Federation economist. (DTN file photo)
EPA Holding Hearing on RFSIowa Governor to Defend Ethanol12/4 4:27PM Ahead of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's public hearing Thursday on a proposed cut to the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard, both sides in the debate make their case.
Tue Nov 19, 2013 05:12 PM CST With the improvement in crop yield and EPA now choosing to dial back the Renewable Fuels Standard, cash corn prices continue to slip below $4 per bushel in parts of the country. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas told reporters Tuesday the downward trend in corn has the potential to pull down prices for other crops as well.
Wed Nov 20, 2013 02:55 PM CST The House and Senate passed comparable bills that would require the Corps of Engineers to eliminate projects from its books that have not received funding in over five years or begun construction. The Corps has a backlog of about $60 billion for construction projects.
Unless Congress acts, someone in a high tax bracket who spent a total of $1.1 million on capital purchases could write off 77% of the costs in 2013, but only 14% next year. That could dampen demand for tiling, bins and farm equipment. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)
Quick Depreciation Sunsets Dec. 31Say Farewell to Six-Figure Tax Savings 12/2 8:27AM Farmers could be in for income tax shock when five years of tax stimulus ends this year. That's worrying equipment manufacturers, dealers and contractors who have benefitted from front-loaded depreciation.
Tue Nov 26, 2013 07:08 AM CST Sec. 179 deductions will drop from the current $500,000 amount back to about $140,000 next year. Equipment leases can offer an option for fast write-offs, but make sure they meet IRS standards.