Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The crowns of trees affected by Thousand Canker Disease begin dying and the tree eventually succumbs. But in Michigan, where the disease has not been detected, scammers are on the prowl.
raking hay

Study finds that most of the farmland in Pennsylvania is owned by nonfarmers.

The strength of the U.S. dollar, which has trended upward since 2014, does not bode well for exports. Commodities are cyclical, so manage your risk and margin.

The Monsanto Company has been rebuffed in its efforts to take over Syngenta, as its latest “enhanced proposal did not meet Syngenta’s financial expectations.”
This cornfield bordering I-70 at The Ohio State University's Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio, was planted with two hybrids of different maturity dates and tassel colors.

Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences designed cornfield’s ‘cool’ Block O to spur conversations on precision ag potential.

The rainy weather that has plagued farmers since the middle of May took a breather the last few days. Three or four days of sunshine and warm — but not hot — weather has perked up some corn and soybean fields.
flooded soybeans/Stan Smith photo

USDA: Planted acreage is same as last year (but a lot has changed since that early June survey).

Pennsylvania hosted the national Brown Swiss sale held at the Washington County fairgrounds June 27. The sale averaged $5,866 on 64 lots.
flag and gavel

Thirteen states filed a lawsuit June 29 against the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers over the agencies’ rule defining “waters of the United States.”

An interim standard spells out how gypsum can be incorporated as part of various conservation programs and NRCS financial assistance options for gypsum applications.
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