WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation to suspend for the 2008 crop year a farm billprovision that required producers to have a minimum of 10 base-acres to receive program benefits. The House and Senate each passed by unanimous consent the Senate amendment to H.R. 6849, originally sponsored by Congressman Bob Etheridge of […]
DENVER — U.S. pork and beef exports continued their strong performance in July, as pork exports remain on an all-time record pace for the year and beef exports are achieving levels of success not seen since 2003. The torrid pace of 2008 pork exports has been largely attributed to skyrocketing volumes of pork destined for […]
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The AccuWeather.com Agricultural Forecast Center reports a scattered frost may nip the soybean crop in the upper Midwest early next week.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — An ethanol-fueled spike in grain prices will likely hold, yielding the first sustained increase for corn, wheat and soybean prices in more than three decades, according to new research by two University of Illinois farm economists. Price surge Corn, an ethanol ingredient which has driven the recent price surge, could average $4.60 […]
COLUMBUS — After the wind storm from Hurricane Ike, Ohio farmers are finding their corn in one of two states: either standing relatively well or taking a beating. It pretty much depends on the stage of maturity as to how difficult the crop will be to harvest. Wind damage appears most severe in drought-stressed corn […]
WASHINGTON — U.S. agricultural exports surpassed expectations in 2007, generating a record $82 billion for U.S. farm families and the economy in general. According to the USDA’s 2007/2008 marketing year-end report released Sept. 12, feed grains exports in 2008 largely surpassed 2007 numbers. U.S. corn exports totaled 59.9 million metric tons (2.35 billion bushels) up […]
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — Based on conditions as of Sept. 1, Ohio’s average corn yield is forecast at 152 bushels per acre, down 8 bushels from the Aug. 1 forecast but 2 bushels above last year’s state yield of 150 bushels per acre. Total production is forecast at 478.8 million bushels, down 12 percent from 2007. […]
“The cost of growing corn, soybeans and wheat increased dramatically for the 2008 crop and substantial increases are expected again for the 2009 growing season.” Bruce Erickson, Purdue Extension Cropping Systems Management director WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A Purdue University agricultural economist recently gazed into his crystal ball and saw big dollar signs representing input […]
URBANA, Ill. — Early USDA forecasts for the 2008-09 corn and soybean marketing year project substantial declines in U.S. exports from the record levels reached in the 2007-08 marketing year, said a University of Illinois marketing specialist. “The sharpest decline is projected for corn,” said Darrel Good. “With U.S. corn and soybean stocks expected to […]
ST. LOUIS — LibertyLink® soybeans (A2704-12), from Bayer CropScience, have received final approval from the European Commission for importation into the European Union (EU) for food and feed use. This will allow the commercial launch of LibertyLink soybeans in the U.S. for the 2009 planting season. It’s been 10 years “It has been more than […]
MADISON, Wis. — The use of on-the-go crop and soil sensors has greatly increased the precision with which farmers can manage their crops. But recently released research in Agronomy Journal questions whether more precise management is necessarily more efficient. Diminishing returns Researchers discovered the law of diminishing returns applies to precision agriculture, calculating how large […]
URBANA, Ill. — Two broad fundamental factors appear to be influencing corn and soybean prices as the growing season reaches the last stages, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist. Two factors “One of those factors is the potential size of the 2008 U.S. harvest and the other is the level of energy prices,” […]
John Deere is expanding its tractor works in Iowa and is also expanding manufacturing capacity in Brazil.
WOOSTER, Ohio — Rain and cool temperatures kept disease levels low and crop performance at its peak for Ohio’s wheat. The result: a good year for yields.
URBANA, Ill. — USDA’s August forecasts of corn and soybean production were close enough to market expectations that a large price reaction is not expected.
Ohio corn growers expect to harvest 3.15 million acres for grain in 2008, 460,000 acres less than in 2007.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Equine Experience at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days has a history of delivering a mix of attractions and activities that educate and entertain horse lovers of all ages. As Penn State’s equine science program has expanded, so has the Equine Experience, notes Ann Swinker, associate professor of equine science, offering […]
HARRISBURG, Pa. — USDA has extended the application deadline to apply for coverage under Farm Service Agency’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.
WASHINGTON — Korea’s imports of distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) have more than tripled during the first half of this year compared to the same period last year.
ST. LOUIS — A recent nationwide survey conducted by the United Soybean Board and soybean checkoff revealed that U.S. consumers strongly back U.S. soybean farmers and biodiesel. The National Agriculture Image Survey indicated 82 percent of consumers agree foreign oil-producing countries and the high cost of fuel impacting farming and processing, packaging, storing and shipping […]