In an effort to collect as much information as it can on proposed rules on railroad performance data reporting, the Surface Transportation Board earlier this month announced it will waive its prohibition on ex parte communications.
USDA revised projected 2015 farm incomes down from earlier forecasts this week, mostly on worsening prospects for livestock producers, USDA’s Economic Research Service said.
But falling prices in 2015 will affect every major commodity sector, from grains to beef, dairy and hogs.
11/25 1:43PM Soybeans and corn closed higher Wednesday with commercial buying in soybeans leading the way after USDA reported a sale of 7.0 million bushels to unknown. Prices also got some help from concerns about a Thanksgiving storm that is expected to include everything from possible flooding in Oklahoma to ice and snow across the central U.S.
Mixed Precip to Cause Problems Thursday11/25 1:45PM Rain freezing precipitation and snow in the Plains and Midwest Thursday will bring delays to holiday travelers. The moisture will be mostly beneficial for crops.
Controlling the tarnished plant bug in cotton will be more difficult in 2016, after the EPA banned sulfoxaflor, the active ingredient in Transform, a popular insecticide option for the pest. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Vann Cleveland)
One Tool DownAg Reacts to Loss of Transform (Sulfoxaflor)11/19 12:20PM Cotton and sorghum growers will face limited options for 2016 pest control after the EPA cancelled the registration of sulfoxaflor, the active ingredient in Dow AgroSciences' Transform WG insecticide.
Wed Nov 25, 2015 03:22 PM CST Farmers may need to wait longer to control problem weeds with Dow's Enlist Duo herbicide and seed package. EPA asked a court for the authority to revoke registration of the herbicide in order to re-evaluate how glyphosate and 2,4-D behave in the environment.
Some landowners who converted pasture ground for row-crop production may be wishing they could turn back the clock. (Photo from Thinkstock/iStock)
Tue Nov 17, 2015 09:30 AM CST Tests conducted by Agriculture's Clean Water Alliance based in Iowa found more than half of the 45 Raccoon River water monitoring sites reported their highest average nitrate levels in a decade this past year.
Farmland Partners' $197 million acquisition of 22,300 acres from an Illinois race car magnate shattered records this week. The 120 farms are scattered over seven counties. (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)
Landmark Illinois SaleInvestors Feast on Farmland11/13 2:00PM Agriculture's first cropland REIT acquired 120 Illinois farms in a single record-breaking purchase. It may be a sign that investor interest will prop up farmland values.
Tue Nov 17, 2015 09:44 AM CST Trimble, which has its fingers in many pies, including agriculture, this week announced it has acquired Agri-Trend, a Canadian company that bills itself as "North America's most expansive network of agricultural advisers."
Mon Nov 9, 2015 10:53 AM CST American Honda Motor Company has added to its rapidly expanded line of Pioneer-model side-by-sides with its new, three-passenger Pioneer 1000 and Pioneer 1000-5 (five passenger).
Crop insurers experienced negative returns from 2011-2014 after expenses were taken into account, according to National Crop Insurance Services President Tom Zacharias. (Shutterstock photo)
Crop Insurers Fight CutCrop Insurance Industry: Rate of Return Not Same as Net Profit11/18 10:08AM The federal crop insurance program goal of a 14.5% targeted rate of return, which would be cut under a provision in the recently passed budget bill, is not the same as a net profit at the same level, the crop insurance industry said on Tuesday.
Tue Nov 17, 2015 03:03 PM CST As a national injunction remains in place stopping the enforcement of the waters of the United States rule, a group of Iowa politicians have intervened in a district court case.
Wed Nov 25, 2015 06:27 AM CST Last May, EPA announced in a response to litigation by the petroleum industry that the agency would make the call on the renewable fuel blend volumes by Nov. 30. As a result, the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) are expected to be issued before Tuesday.
Fri Nov 13, 2015 04:34 PM CST U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and others met with several Cuban officials, including the vice president, minister of agriculture and the foreign minister this week. Vilsack told reporters in a conference call Friday afternoon that such visits would start to develop an agricultural relationship between the two countries.
FDA noted on Thursday that foods from biotech crops do not pose any greater safety concerns than foods derived from crops through traditional breeding. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)
FDA: Biotech Labels Not NeededAgency Rejects Calls From Groups to Require Biotech Labels on Food11/23 10:52AM The FDA on Thursday issued a regulatory guidance for voluntary labels of foods from biotech crops and also denied petitions filed by the Center for Food Safety and a coalition of labeling groups demanding the agency require such labels.
Mon Nov 23, 2015 11:01 AM CST In an industry dominated by black hides and Angus premium programs, white Charolais bulls and cows would seem to be at a market disadvantage. But DeBruycker Charolais has turned that assumption on its head.
Among the many blessings we count at this time of year, include in that list all the resources we have to track and manage grain market risk. (Photo by Ron Cogswell; CC BY 2.0)
Kub's DenCommodity Markets: Thankful or Wishful?11/25 8:15AM A behavioral economics study showed that even when subjects are just pretending to be farmers, they are irrationally biased toward predicting higher grain prices. For real farmers, it's a challenge not to let wishful thinking influence risk management strategies.