News Source: AGFAX

NWF Announces National Winners for the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest

The National Wheat Foundation’s National Wheat Yield Contest offers growers the opportunity to compete with farmers from across the United States and improve their production practices through new and innovative […]

Thompson on Cotton: Market Movements Under The Direction Of News Events

Both December and March futures opened and closed last week on a positive note. Triple-digit gains on Monday were in response to another promising Covid vaccine trial, while Friday’s similar […]

AgFax Weekend: Fake Farms Raked in COVID Relief

In this week's AgFax Weekend - Fake Farms Raked in COVID Relief | Ag Groups Prep to Work with Biden | and more.

Weekly Cotton Market Review – USDA

Average spot quotations were up 100 points from the previous week, according to the USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service’s Cotton and Tobacco Program. Quotations for the base quality of cotton (color […]

USDA: Peanut Price Highlights

Peanut prices received by farmers for all farmer stock peanuts averaged 21.0 cents per pound for the week ending November 14, down 0.8 cent from the previous week. Marketings of […]

Florida: How Does Senate Bill 712 Affect Ag Producers?

Senate Bill 712, “The Clean Waterways Act,” was signed into Florida law on June 30, 2020. The purpose of the bill was to further protect Florida’s water resources, and focuses on […]

Cleveland On Cotton: Market Is Fighting The Upward Trend

Cotton survived Friday the 13th trading and spent most of the week in the 69-70 cent trading range in very static trading, almost fearful to trade in any direction. Yet, […]

Oklahoma Wheat: Uneven Emergence, Stand Establishment – Is My Crop Going to Make It?

I have been watching some wheat fields consistently after that ice storm came in late October. I am currently seeing anything from good looking wheat fields to areas with incomplete, […]

Ag Producers Income Tax Management Program, Online, Dec. 1

A tax management program will be offered to producers and tax preparers on Dec. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. Central time, via Zoom technology. “This program provides an excellent […]

Moving Grain: Vessel Loading Activity in U.S. Gulf on the Rise

Vessel Loading Activity in U.S. Gulf Up Since Late Third Quarter of 2020 In recent weeks, loading activity of oceangoing grain vessels has accelerated in the U.S. Gulf. From the […]

NOAA Seasonal Drought Outlook – Dec., Jan., Feb.

La Niña conditions continue over the equatorial Pacific, with a 95-percent chance of persisting through the end of March 2021. The MJO is also active, with an Indian Ocean event […]

Drought Monitor Weekly: Mostly Dry for the Plains

Summary Heavy precipitation – from 2 to locally near 8 inches – pelted the Carolinas, southern Appalachians, mid-Atlantic region, Pacific Northwest from the Cascades westward, higher elevations of the northern […]

Texas Pecan Prices: Light Deliveries, Moderate Demand

Deliveries by growers to delivery points of Improved varieties were very light. Demand was moderate for good quality pecans. Pawnee are currently being harvested, as well as Natives. Harvesting is […]

Oklahoma Pecan Prices: Harvest, Marketing Off to Slow Start

Pecan harvesting is off to a slow start. Marketing of Oklahoma pecans has just started to begin. Deliveries by growers to buying points are extremely light. Demand was moderate for […]

Louisiana Pecan Prices: Deliveries Remain Very Light

Weather for this week shows evening and early morning temps in the low 50s and 60s with daytime temps in the high 60s to low 70s and slightly cooler in […]

Georgia Pecan Prices Remain Low

Weather for the week has evening and early morning lows with cool temps in the low 40s warming up to the mid to high 50s later in the week and […]

Georgia Peanuts: Through the Eyes of a Farmer – Lee Family – Video

It’s #FarmerFriday and time to meet Ronnie and Neil Lee from Terrell County, Georgia. The Lee Family have a very diverse operation including row crops, pecans, cattle, a cotton gin […]

Ag Lender Survey: Liquidity, Income, Leverage Are Top Concerns

A news release this week from the American Bankers Association (ABA) stated that, “As the farm economy continues to work through a prolonged downturn in the midst of an unparalleled, global economic dislocation, ag lenders […]

Wheat Marketing and Weed Control – Webinar Recording

Looking for updates on weed control and grain marketing? The recording of Part 2 of our “Wheat Production Series” is available on YouTube. Topics: Dr. Wesley Everman, Extension Weed Specialist, […]

U.S. Ag Water Use Declining for Most Crops, Livestock

Climate change and a growing world population require efficient use of natural resources. Water is a crucial component in food production, and water management strategies are needed to support worldwide […]

Kansas: Precision Ag Opens Management Options for Farmers

Satellites, yield monitors and numerous other technologies have given farmers massive amounts of information about how crops perform on their land. The challenge they often find, however, is how to […]

Shurley on Cotton: Market Flat, Awaits Next Event

Pricing opportunities have now moved to basis the March futures. So, you may notice the futures look to be a bit higher. That’s due to the “spread” between Dec and […]

Texas Field Reports: Peanut Producers Faced Tough Season

Texas peanut producers experienced a difficult 2020 growing season due to drought, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Emi Kimura, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension state peanut specialist, Vernon, said […]

Texas: Online High Plains Ag Conference, Dec. 4

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will hold the annual High Plains Ag Conference online this year. The event will run from 9-noon on Dec. 4 on the Zoom meeting platform. […]

Mississippi Outdoors: When Are the Best Times to Hunt Bucks?

“Where are all the bucks?” Several years ago, Larry Castle, formerly of Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), and Steve Demarais of the Mississippi State University Deer Lab […]

Corn: Big Shifts In Who Grows It And How Much

This article examines the changing distribution of world corn production since 2000.  Data are from the US Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agriculture Service’s Production, Supply, and Distribution data base. This article is […]

Fuel Reports: Diesel Prices Jump Higher

The U.S. average diesel fuel price increased nearly 6 cents to $2.44 per gallon on November 16, 63 cents lower than a year ago. The Rocky Mountain price increased nearly […]

Florida: 2 Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas to Hurricane Sally

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated two Florida counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties who suffered losses caused by Hurricane Sally, high winds, excessive […]

Kansas: Cheyenne County Designated Natural Disaster Area to Flood

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated Cheyenne County, Kansas, as a primary natural disaster area. Producers who suffered losses caused by excessive rain, flash flooding and flooding that occurred from July […]

Minnesota: 2 Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas to Floods

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated two Minnesota counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in who suffered losses caused by recent natural disasters may be eligible for U.S. Department of […]

New Head of Rabo AgriFinance, Ag Lending Veteran Shawn Smeins

Rabo AgriFinance announced that Shawn Smeins has been promoted to head the business. Throughout his 25-plus+ year tenure, Smeins “has shown a commitment to growing Rabo AgriFinance’s ability to meet the […]

Arkansas: Research Survey to Gauge Interest in Organic Crops

Researchers are surveying farmers across the Mid-South through Dec. 31 to gauge their interest in organic crop production. The survey is being conducted jointly by Winrock International and the University […]

USDA: Private Exporters Report Sales Activity for Unknown Destinations

Private exporters reported to the U.S. Department of Agriculture export sales of 140,000 metric tons of corn for delivery to unknown destinations during the 2020/2021 marketing year. The marketing year for corn […]

Tobacco: A Chance to Sell Again to China?

Don’t sign up for Mandarin lessons just yet, but sources in the industry think there may—and I emphasize may—be some chance of a resumption of tobacco sales to China in the not […]

California Almonds: Questions to Ask Ag Tech Companies Before Committing

Over the past 12 years, I have worked with several agricultural technology companies who have been interested in working within tree nuts. Companies have focused on a variety of issues, […]

Mississippi Soybeans: 2020 Variety Demonstration Program Summary

The annual MSU Extension Soybean Variety Demonstration Program is conducted using a set of varieties with proven performance. These varieties are grown in a production setting on various soils and […]

Mississippi: PLC Payment Rates for 2019/20

The latest expected Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Program payment rates for the 2019 and 2020 marketing years as of November 10, 2020.

China’s Grain Buying Is “Rocking the Global Market”

Late last week, Reuters writers Hallie Gu, Maximilian Heath, and Naveen Thukral reported that, “Chinese feed producers, pig farmers and traders are reshaping the global grain market as they scour the world for supplies amid a domestic shortfall that...

Louisiana: Unwanted Pesticide Pick-Up Program Slated for December

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) has scheduled two more dates and locations to collect unwanted pesticides from agricultural producers across the state who need assistance disposing of […]

Thompson On Cotton: Expect Wide Basis Ranges Based On Quality

Last week’s market was dominated by the roll activity of merchants, funds, and specs. Indicative, Open Interest on the March futures contract surpassed December as daily trading volume reached record […]