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3 Big Things Today, June 11, 2024

Soybean futures were lower in overnight trading as planting and emergence move forward and the first conditions report of the season showed U.S. crops off to a solid start. Inspections of corn, wheat and beans for export all declined week to week, according to data from the Ag Department. Isolated thunderstorms are forecast for parts of northeastern Iowa with hail and intense winds...Read More

U.S., Europe considering bird flu vaccines for poultry and dairy workers

Reuters’ Julie Steenhuysen and Jennifer Rigby reported that “the United States and Europe are taking steps to acquire or manufacture H5N1 bird flu vaccines that could be used to protect at-risk poultry and dairy workers, veterinarians, and lab technicians, government officials said, moves influenza experts say could curb the threat of a pandemic.”...Read More

Harnessing Rainfall: The Advantages of Saving Excess Water for Your Operations

Focusing on continually improving their fourth-generation farm, Kellie and A.J. Blair added a center pivot to one of their Iowa operations last year. But rather than a traditional setup, the couple installed a drainage water recycling (DWR) system to help them better use excess rainfall from the spring to water crops during the dry summer...Read More

Delayed Spring Planting: Challenges Faced by Farmers Due to Wet Conditions

Finally, we found a few days when we could actually plant without worrying about low temperatures and heavy rain. We had Saturday before Easter and the Monday after. There was a small chance of rain on Tuesday. I really wanted to plant on Sunday, but three years ago on Easter, I had a tractor burn to...Read More

The Planting Itch: Farmers Gear Up for Early Spring Action

The weather is unusually warm, which is giving me the itch to plant. I'd love to plant some soybeans in March, however, the weather forecast I am subscribed to says that it's going to turn cold which is advising me to back off. They're even talking about the possibility of a frost May 10, which is unusually late and is causing some concern about my early planting...Read More

Farmers Ready to Kick Off Planting Season in Arkansas and Alabama

Chad Henderson and Matt Miles are primed and ready to put the first seed in the ground as soon as within the next few weeks. Chad Henderson is a fifth-generation farmer in Madison, Alabama. Henderson Farms includes over 8,000 acres of dryland and irrigated corn, dryland soybeans, wheat, and dryland and irrigated double-crop soybeans...Read More

USDA Initiates Groundbreaking Environmental Initiative with the Launch of Working Lands Climate Corps

The new Working Lands Climate Corps will train young adults for careers in climate-smart agriculture and conservation, said Agriculture deputy secretary Xochitl Torres Small on Monday. She announced the initiative at the National Association of Conservation Districts convention in San Diego, with the NACD, Americorps, and...Read More

Colorado farmers begin 2024 with less soil moisture than 2023

USDA’s Crop Progress State Stories published January 3, 2024 shows many Colorado farmers are beginning the year with less soil moisture than they did in January 2023. Productive snowstorms during the second half of December 2023 improved moisture across the state, but moisture levels are still significantly behind the previous year......Read More

Farmers looking for the sweet spot in crop mix decisions

Across the country, XtremeAg farmers are relying on data to plan for the 2024 growing season. Finalizing crop rotations and seed varieties is top of mind this time of year When I was a kid, after harvest and equipment was cleaned up, the following year crop plans weren’t even discussed until spring. In today’s world, not so much....Read More

Cooling Farm Income Amidst Soaring land prices in the Northern plains

Land values rose even as farm income declined from last summer, lenders said, due to high production costs and lower commodity prices, with a decline expected for this fall, too. Cropland values rose by 7.2% in the northern Plains this summer, said agricultural bankers in a quarterly survey by the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank......Read More

First snowfall of the year prompts Colorado farmers to make quick corn harvest progress

Despite snowfall and cold weather halting harvest progress at the end of the week, corn harvest made significant strides in this state, jumping 23% from the previous week. USDA reported that “significant snowfall and cold weather” resulted in harvest stopping late last week for Colorado farmers, but not before they were able to make impressive strides in harvesting corn for the week ending........Read More

Spend more on food and ag research, says ASU food leader

Congress perennially recognizes the long-term payoff from agricultural research but repeatedly fails to adequately fund the work in the near term, said former Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, who served as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture during the Obama era. During a panel discussion on the future of global agriculture, she put ag research at the top of her list of issues that need attention. Read More

Drought eases and growers plant more winter wheat

Growers are expected to sow the largest amount of U.S. land to winter wheat in nine years, encouraged by strong market prices, in part a result of the war in Ukraine, and forecasts of better growing conditions in the drought-hit central and southern Plains. Winter wheat accounts for roughly seven of every 10 bushels of wheat harvested in.....Read More

Farmers brace for heat

Chad Henderson is part of a fifth-generation farming operation in Madison, Alabama. Henderson Farms operates over 8,000 acres of dryland and irrigated corn, dryland soybeans, wheat, and dryland and irrigated double-crop soybeans. When not farming, Chad can be found carrying on another proud family tradition as a drag racer for Henderson Racing. It is hotter than ever in north Alabama, but we are making the best of it. On the bright side, we received a good rain of about 2 inches over the past weekend, so the corn has been looking good.......Read More

USDA report bearish news for corn and soybeans

Today USDA released the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. The report pegged 2023/2024 U.S. corn and soybean production and yield numbers higher than the market projected, making for a bearish report. The WASDE report pegged the U.S. 2022/2023 corn ending stocks at 1.402 billion bushels, below the June estimate of 1.452 billion and the trade's expectation of 1.406 billion....Read More

CORN CROP CONDITION CONTINUES TO DECLINE

In Monday’s Crop Progress report, USDA reported crop conditions declined for corn, soy, oats, and spring wheat. As of June 11, 93% of corn has emerged, which is up 8% from the previous week and ahead of the five-year average by 6%.  According to USDA, 8% of corn is rated poor/very poor, up 2% from the previous week.......Read More

FARMERS WEIGH TO REPLANT OR NOT TO REPLANT

A fifth-generation farmer, Kelly Garrett farms corn, soybeans, and winter wheat in western Iowa. We are about 30 to 40% done with planting soybeans and 20 to 25% finished planting corn. We had a good rain two weeks ago, but the ground dried up within a week. I saw some planters rolling on farms around us, but we chose to put a pause on planting for a few days because of the colder temperatures we had at the end of last week.......Read More

Canadian farmers to plant more grains, oilseeds in 2023

Canadian farmers expect to plant more wheat, canola, corn, barley and soybeans in 2023, Statistics Canada said on Wednesday. With seeding intentions from about 9,500 farmers nationwide, the national statistical agency said farmers anticipate planting 27 million acres of wheat in 2023, up 6.2 percent from the previous year.......Read More

Farmers in the Punjab Need Help

During the two months I spent in India in general and Punjab in particular, one issue dominated the press. It was the issue affecting farmers in the Punjab. As Punjab is mainly an agricultural province, it is natural that Punjabis are more concerned about issues affecting farmers than any other subject......Read More

FARMERS WAITING FOR A PLANTING WINDOW

Field work is keeping us busy prepping for planting. The strip freshener is running putting out liquid 28-0-0-5 on ground that had P and K strip-tilled in the fall. Now the fields are ready for the planter to come behind once the weather gives a starting window. Litter is being spread. We use broiler house chicken litter. It is important to sample the litter being used, so you know exactly what you are applying. Sampling shows us if there are any additional nutrients that will need to be applied to the field.....Read More

THE ANDERSONS LAUNCH NEW LINE OF GRANULAR MICRONUTRIENTS

The Andersons Inc. has announced the launch of MicroMark DG, a new line of granular micronutrients featuring dispersing granule (DG) technology. The new technology allows for homogeneous spherical granules for easier blending, spreading, and increased efficacy. “We are excited to release these new, versatile granular micronutrient fertilizers,” said Andy Spahr, vice president of wholesale for The Andersons, in a news release. ......Read More

USDA CORN ESTIMATES ARE ACCURATE OVERALL, SAYS REVIEW

The government often is the best source of information about U.S. corn plantings, yields per acre, production, and likely season-average prices, said three researchers who analyzed 80 studies on the accuracy and market impact of USDA reports involving corn. “USDA helps uncover these market conditions for all market participants, thereby providing a level playing field for all, even though the process is sometimes bumpy,” they concluded.......Read More

USDA: U.S. CORN BEING PRICED OUT OF EXPORT MARKETS

For corn, USDA pegged the U.S. 2022-2023 ending stocks at 1.257 billion bushels. This is above both the trade’s estimate of 1.241 billion bushels and USDA's November estimate of 1.182 billion bushels. For soybeans, the U.S. ending stocks were 220 million bushels, below the trade’s expectation of 236 million bushels and reflecting no change from USDA’s November estimate of 220 million bushels......Read More

CORN AND SOYBEAN HARVEST NEARLY COMPLETE; WINTER WHEAT CONDITION CONTINUES TO IMPROVE

The United States Department of Agriculture released its 33rd Crop Progress report of the growing season Monday afternoon. These reports run weekly through the end of November and look at the progress and condition of various crops on a national and state-by-state.......Read More

Report Iowa Asian copperleaf sightings to department of agriculture

A weed first discovered in Black Hawk County, Iowa, in 2016 has again been spotted in 2022, nearly 30 miles away in Grundy County. Due to its potential threat to row crops, the Iowa Department of Agriculture is asking Iowans to report any sightings to determine the potential scale of the infestation......Read More

FTC ACCUSES TWO PESTICIDE MAKERS OF ‘BOXING OUT’ COMPETITORS

Two of the largest pesticide makers in the world, Syngenta and Corteva, illegally paid distributors to limit their business with competitors that made cheaper generic versions of their chemicals, so they could charge inflated prices to farmers, alleged the Federal Trade Commission and 10 state attorneys general in a lawsuit.......Read More

Didar Singh Bains- known the as the peach king of California PASSED AWAY

With profound grief & deep sorrow, we inform the sad demise of Didar Singh Bains ji of Yuba city, California.

Didar Singh Bains, who owns more than 40 pockets of land in 13 counties

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FOREIGN ENTITIES BUYING U.S. FARMLAND: THREAT OR HYPERBOLE?

During his visit to Ohio last week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis praised Republican U.S. Senate nominee J.D. Vance’s forceful opposition of the “Chinese communist party.” He said Vance would be “tough” on them in the Senate. DeSantis described how, in Florida, he’s signed legislation banning Confucius Institutes ........Read More

BROADBAND PROJECTS IN 21 STATES GET USDA FINANCING

The USDA has awarded $401 million in grants and loans to 21 projects in 11 states, from Alaska to Texas, to provide residents and businesses with access to high-speed internet service, announced the Biden administration. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said during a White House briefing that additional awards through the ReConnect Program would be made later this year.......Read More

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GLOBAL DEMAND FOR BIOFUELS TO SLOW IN DECADE AHEAD, SAYS FORECAST

Corn will become less important and sugarcane will become the dominant feedstock for making ethanol in the coming decade, said an agricultural outlook published jointly by the OECD and FAO on Wednesday. The report forecast a relatively slow growth rate for biofuels, averaging 0.6% a year worldwide, with growth ........Read More

72% OF CORN PLANTED WITH SOYBEANS AT 50%, USDA SAYS

The USDA released its eighth Crop Progress report Monday afternoon. These reports run weekly through the end of November and look at the progress and condition of various crops on a national and state-by-state scale. As of Sunday, the report pegged corn planted at 72%, compared with 79% for the previous five-year average; 39% has emerged compared with 51% for the previous five-year average........Read More

PARCHED WINTER WHEAT CROP IS BADLY STRESSED

On either side of a county road in the Winter Wheat Belt, wheat fields – normally lush, green and waving with the breeze – are short, pale and turning blue, a surefire sign of stress.  The field photographed here is less than six-inches tall, less than half what it would be in a normal year. The Kansas wheat crop, recorded at a record 52 bushels per acre in 2021, could total a fraction of that this year unless rains fall on the crop...Read More

A THIRD OF FIELDS IN OCCUPIED AREAS, HOSTILE ZONES WILL NOT BE PLANTED, SAYS UKRAINIAN AG JOURNALIST

The seeding season in Ukraine has started. The main question is how well positioned are producers to plant. The answer is not that simple. There are big producers who lost up to 90% of their producing area due to Russian occupation or because of proximity to hostilities, especially in East and Southeast Ukraine. .......Read More

INTERGRAIN, INARI LAUNCH COLLABORATION TO DELIVER STEP-CHANGE IN WHEAT YIELD POTENTIAL

Inari, the SEEDesign company, and InterGrain, a leading cereal breeding company in Australia, today announced a strategic collaboration to improve the yield potential of wheat, enhancing the crop's long-term viability in the face of an increasingly variable climate. The partnership brings together InterGrain’s Australian wheat genetics with Inari’s predictive design and multiplex gene editing capabilities....Read More

WHAT ARE FARMERS DOING TO OVERCOME HIGH FERTILIZER PRICES?

Skyrocketing fertilizer costs for the 2022 growing season have been making headlines for months. XtremeAg farmers report that prices have doubled or more since the 2021 growing season. As market analysts and grower groups assess the situation, farmers make plans. ......Read More

MICRO-FARM CROP INSURANCE POLICY WILL DEBUT IN 2022

Small farmers who sell their products locally are eligible for a new micro-farm policy, said the Risk Management Agency, which oversees the federally subsidized crop insurance system. The policy, which simplifies recordkeeping and covers post-production costs, is available for 2022 crops.......Read More

INARI COLLABORATION WITH EDEN ENTERPRISE EXPANDS ACCESS TO CORN GENETICS 

Inari has announced a strategic collaboration with Eden Enterprise, Inc. that enables access to Stine's elite corn breeding program to further advance the development of unique and competitive products. "We see tremendous potential with gene editing for our corn and soybean breeding programs," said Harry Stine, president of Eden Enterprise....Read More

U.S. FARMERS PRODUCED MORE SOYBEANS, HOLD MORE STOCKS, USDA REPORTS

The USDA pegged the U.S. soybean ending stocks, as of Sept. 1, higher than the trade estimates. As a result of today's USDA Quarterly Grain Stocks Report, the CME Group’s soybean complex traded lower, following the report.At the close, the Dec. corn futures finished 2 1/4¢ lower at $5.36. March futures closed 2 1/4¢ higher at $5.44. ......Read More

U.S. CORN AND SOYBEAN CROPS GO BACKWARD, USDA REPORTS

U.S. corn and soybean crop conditions drop.Overall, both crops’ progress remains only slightly above their five-year averages, according to the USDA Crop Progress Report. the U.S. had 73% of its corn crop in the dough stage vs. 68% five-year average. Also, 22% of the nation’s corn is in the dent growth stage vs. a 22% five-year average.......Read More

RFS MUST CONSIDER IMPACT ON BIODIVERSITY, COURT TELLS EPA

In a victory for environmental groups, a federal appeals court told the EPA to consider the effect of the ethanol mandate on endangered animals and plants. The ruling applied to the 2019 RFS but held implications for the agency’s development of the RFS for future years......Read More

EPA CHIEF FOCUSES ON FARMERS IN FIRST IOWA VISIT, SKIPS ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS

The country’s top environmental official spent his first trip to Iowa largely meeting with farmers, not environmentalists. Michael Regan, a former top North Carolina environment official who now heads the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, told reporters at a news conference near the Dico Superfund site in Des Moines he will be in no rush to change the state’s voluntary Nutrient Reduction Strategy......Read More

AGRONOMY TIP: USE CULTURAL PRACTICES TO MANAGE WEEDS

Stevan Knezevic, Ph.D., weed management specialist at the University of Nebraska advises not to overlook your field borders when managing weeds. “This is where employing sound agronomic practices will prove to be especially beneficial, including tillage and crop rotation,” Knezevic says. “Any uncontrolled weeds will produce seeds......Read More

AGRONOMY TIP: USE CLEAN EQUIPMENT TO MANAGE WEED SEED

Stevan Knezevic, Ph.D., weed management specialist at the University of Nebraska, recommends using clean equipment, especially at harvest.“Over the last 10 years or so, we have seen a rapid spread of glyphosate-resistant waterhemp and Palmer amaranth, which were not spread by weeds, animals or wind. They were spread by combines during harvest,”........Read More

RECORD-SETTING CORN AND SOYBEAN CROPS IN SIGHT - USDA

U.S. farmers will respond to high commodity prices by harvesting their largest soybean crop ever and a corn crop that could tie the record set in 2016, projected the USDA on Friday. Delivered to a hungry world recovering from the pandemic, the 2021 corn and soybean crops would fetch some of the highest farm-gate prices in years........Read More

GRASS FIRE BURNS 20,000 ACRES IN NORTHWEST SOUTH DAKOTA

Smoke could be smelled for miles and the sky blazed red through the night in northwest South Dakota on Thursday, January 14. A grass fire broke out just after 4:30 p.m. in Adams County, North Dakota, just across the border from Lemmon, South Dakota. Wind speeds in Lemmon at the time were 30 to 40 mph with gusts as high as 56 mph, with......Read More

DICAMBA LAWSUIT WILL NOT IMPACT 2021 XTENDIMAX USE, SAY BAYER OFFICIALS

Four groups filed a lawsuit in a federal appeals court on December 21 stating that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to ensure that dicamba can be used safely when it issued a five-year approval last October. ......,,Read More

Washington Supreme Court: Farmworkers to get overtime pay

A divided Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday the state’s dairy workers are entitled to overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours a week, a decision expected to apply to the rest of the agriculture industry........Read More

Grain Quality Concerns in Frost-Damaged Corn

With so much snow and frost across the country, it’s time to talk about what it means for overall grain quality. Any quality issues will impact storability, harvest and potentially price received for products......Read More

2020 FARM PROGRESS SHOW AND HUSKER HARVEST DAYS CANCELED

The 2020 Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days have been canceled due to “rapidly changing conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.“Within days of our commitment to hold both farm shows, more than half the United States saw a significant spike in new cases of COVID-19. We have a multigenerational audience who travels from all across the country and around the world to attend the shows and.....Read More

Cranberry king enters Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

Mr. Peter Dhillon, CEO of the Richberry Group of Companies and one of the world’s largest supplier of cranberries, an agribusiness enterprise with operations in British Columbia and Quebec, Canada. The Richberry Group consists of cranberry companies, which combined, are one of Ocean Spray Cranberries largest shareholders and suppliers.....Read More

U.S. FARMERS FEEL SLIGHTLY BETTER ABOUT THE AG SECTOR’S ECONOMY, SURVEY SHOWS

U.S. farmers feel slightly better about the current and future farm economy, according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer.  In May, the latest reading, the index was up 7 points from April to a reading of 103, but it remained nearly 40% below its all-time high of 168 set in February 2020......Read More

U.S. farmers are "gonna be in trouble" without foreign labor during the coronavirus pandemic

While the spring harvest season is here in America, CBS News spoke to farmers who say there aren't enough workers. Foreign labor, mostly migrant workers, filled more than a quarter-million agriculture jobs in the U.S. last year, but this spring,.....Read More

ANTIQUE FARM EQUIPMENT MUSEUM TOUR – PART 2

Dave Mowitz continues the tour of the Eastern Washington Agricultural Museum in Pomeroy, Washington. In Part 2, we check out the museum's massive antique branding irons and other great features of the museum.....Read More

THE NEXT WAVE OF CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE

Care for soil, water and air is at the heart of every farm operation. Yet there are many ways to enhance the industry’s contributions to the environment, while increasing the financial and leadership position of farmers.,,,,Read More

SHORT SUPPLY OF CHRISTMAS TREES LEADS TO INCREASED PRICES

CHRISTMAS TREE PRICES are elevated this season as the supply dwindles and it becomes more difficult to find real trees.......Read More

CAN FOOD BRING BACK STRUGGLING U.S. CITIES?

In his new book, "Food Town USA: Seven Unlikely Cities That Are Changing the Way We Eat," author Mark Winne argues that "good food has become the new normal" nationwide, even outside well-known foodie cities like Chicago,....Read More

STATES WITH THE MOST FARM BANKRUPTCIES

Wisconsin has seen the highest number of farm bankruptcy filings over the past year, according to a recent report by the American Farm Bureau Federation.According to the report, which tracked bankruptcy filings over 12 months ending in September 2019, the Midwest accounted for 40% of the.......Read More

6 ISSUES TO WEIGH WHEN MAKING HARVEST MARKETING DECISIONS

In today’s commodity-marketing environment, sometimes the best opportunities last only days if not minutes,” says Chris Barron, Iowa farmer and a national financial consulting with Ag View Solutions. “The challenge for all of us is knowing whether a price opportunity is good enough.”....Read More

   

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