As of Dec. 31, 2013, Chesapeake has drilled 425 wells in the Utica, including 230 producing wells and 195 wells awaiting pipeline connection or in various stages of completion.
The three-year exclusive agreement among DuPont Pioneer, the University of Missouri and USDA-ARS will focus on precision agriculture sensors and soil mapping.
California continues to lead the U.S. in number of milk cows and overall milk production, while Ohio lost 130 licensed dairy herds in 2013.
Eighteen million farmers in 27 countries chose biotech crops in 2013 to the tune of 432 million acres.
As a percentage of total U.S. production, we are now exporting more dairy products than corn. (We exported the equivalent of 31.2 billion pounds of milk, or more than the total annual milk production from New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania combined.)
Coming off a booming year, lower farm income expectations in 2014 will slow sales of John Deere agricultural machinery in the U.S. and Canada. Deere expects sales to be down 5 to 10 percent for the year.
Chesapeake Energy is estimating 2014 production growth of 2 to 4 percent, targeting an average daily production rate of 680,000-695,000 barrels of oil equivalent.
Members of Dairylea Cooperative Inc. approved a proposed merger with Dairy Farmers of America (DFA).
CattleFax expert: Cattle prices are expected to average $135 compared to $126 during 2013, an increase of 7 percent.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack highlighted the 2014 farm bill in a sweep through Ohio Jan. 31 that included the Ohio Farmers Union annual meeting in Columbus.