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  • USDA: Corn stocks up 50%; soybeans, down 35%

  • Ohio farm families honored for conservation efforts

  • Drone gives TMK Bakersville (and farmers) clearer picture of crop scouting

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Corn prices looking for direction

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — Corn prices have settled into a relatively narrow trading range, with December 2009 futures trading between $3.20 and $3.50 per bushel over the past three weeks. According to University of Illinois Extension Economist Darrel Good, the relatively low price level reflects the anticipation of a large harvest in 2009. The USDA will […]

Ohio wheat crop magic can happen again next year if weather cooperates

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

COLUMBUS — High-yielding varieties coupled with ideal growing conditions can turn an average crop into a record season. With this year’s Ohio wheat crop on its way to falling into that category, growers are wondering if the magic can happen again next year. Jim Beuerlein, an Ohio State University Extension agronomist, says yes, as long […]

ACRE worth looking at one last time, according to Purdue ag economist

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Average Crop Revenue Election Program, also known as ACRE, is a tool designed to provide downside price and yield protection for U.S. crop growers. Purdue University’s Chris Hurt encourages growers to evaluate the program one last time. “If you have decided to stay out of ACRE for the 2009 crop, […]

EPA paves way for ’10 roll-out of SmartStax

Friday, July 31, 2009

SmartStax just received registration from the U.S. EPA and Canadian Feed Inspection Agency, setting the stage for a 2010 commercial launch.

Mich. farmers can voice opinions on ag practice regs

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and the Michigan Department of Agriculture will host a public input meeting to gather comments on the 2010 drafts of the state’s Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs).

Helping farmers think outside the box in N.Y.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

ITHACA, N.Y. — The Finger Lakes Sustainable Farming Center is showcasing creative practices to inspire the work of agriculture professionals and farmers in the Northeast. A two-day program, Creative Agriculture Approaches to Sustainability on the Farm, will be offered Aug. 19-20 at the Inn on the Lake, Canandaigua, N.Y. Day One includes two farmer-led panels […]

N.Y. wants new dairy methane digesters

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Pilot program will create clean energy from dairy farms.

ExxonMobil eyes algae as future biofuel producer

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

IRVING, Texas — Exxon Mobil Corporation is joining hands with Synthetic Genomics to research and develop next generation biofuels from photosynthetic algae.

Dow purchases Pfister Hybrids

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS — Dow AgroSciences is acquiring the majority of assets of Illinois-based corn company Pfister Hybrids.

Lower winter livestock feed costs this summer

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Summertime activities keep livestock producers more than busy, but it might be worthwhile for a producer to think about feed needs for the upcoming winter. Buy now. Historically, winter protein needs could be purchased more economically during the off season, said Sandy Johnson, Kansas State University livestock specialist. “With all the focus […]

Ohio on track to break wheat record

Monday, July 27, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — Ohio could be looking at record wheat yields this year, driven mainly by near-perfect growing conditions and negligent disease development. Pierce Paul, an Ohio State University Extension plant pathologist and wheat specialist with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, said preliminary reports indicate growers are harvesting 80-and 90-bushel per acre wheat, […]

Keeping the taste sizzling in steak (researchers say it’s all about the marbling)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

For beef customers, it’s all about taste and tenderness. Can science help cattlemen raise cattle that taste better?

Walmart pushes sustainability index

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Walmart threw its global shoulder into a sustainability product index initiative last week. Forget cap-and-trade legislation, ignore international commissions. Follow the smiley face instead.

USDA: No referendum on soybean checkoff

Friday, July 17, 2009

ST. LOUIS — There won’t be a vote on the soybean checkoff this year. The USDA received requests from only about one-tenth of 1 percent of all U.S. soybean growers to hold a referendum on the soybean checkoff. USDA received only 759 requests — out of the 589,182 eligible farmers — for referendum forms at […]

Ohio corn stocks lower than last year

Thursday, July 2, 2009

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — Ohio corn stocks in all positions June 1 totaled 136.3 million bushels, 32 percent below the 199.6 million bushels stored June 1, 2008. On-farm stocks, at 63 million bushels, accounted for 46 percent of the total stored and decreased 32 percent from the 93 million bushels last year. Off-farm stocks decreased 31 […]

Ohio House votes to put livestock care on ballot

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

UPDATE: 11:56 a.m. 6/25: Ohio Senate unanimously votes (32-0) in favor of placing the initiative on the ballot. (The following was provided by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.) COLUMBUS — Ohio farm families today (June 24) joined lawmakers in support of a measure that would help ensure animal well-being, consumer choice and the availability of […]

Big crops, big disappointment

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Prices have broken sharply on the Chicago Board of Trade the last few days. The perception of a good crop and outside markets continue to ravage what was a welcome rally. Monday trading was an example of how bad it gets when the speculators run out on the market. Soybeans were down 27 1/2 cents […]

Ohio BioPreferred program could boost economy, agriculture

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ohio. Sen. Karen Gillmor has introduced S.B. 131, which would give preferred purchasing considerations by all state agencies and state universities to designated bio-based (BioPreferred) products.

Ohio studies livestock care ballot initiative

Monday, June 22, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Lawmakers are considering an amendment to Ohio’s constitution that will create and enforce guidelines for proper care of livestock and poultry.

Vilsack calls for carbon credits for agriculture and forestry

Saturday, June 6, 2009

During a recent forum in Kentucky, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack touched on many issues facing his department, including climate change and animal identification.

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