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Cotton, Dairy: Policy Changes – A Bargain for the Government?

At this juncture in the debate over the next farm bill, two of the most discussed issues are what to do with commodity policy for cotton and dairy. Key considerations

Illinois: One More Call for Soybean Production Information

A number of times over the past 30 months I’ve asked Illinois soybean producers for help in gathering field-level information on soybean fields to feed into a study, led by the

Texas: Ag Economic Risk Management Program, Lubbock, Jan. 23

Seeking Solutions: Managing Economic Risks will be hosted by the North Region of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on Jan. 23 in Lubbock. The program will begin with registration

Texas: Brazos Valley CEU Conference, Caldwell, Jan. 26

The 2018 Brazos Valley CEU Conference is set Jan. 26 at the Burleson County Fairgrounds in Caldwell, 905 State Highway 36 in Caldwell. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the program beginning

Oklahoma: Dicamba – Updated Locations for Mandatory Applicator Trainings

Recently, EPA reached an agreement with Monsanto, BASF, and DuPont concerning dicamba drift minimization of recently labeled dicamba products to nearby crops.  Due to these recent EPA label changes for

Alabama Forage: Grass Masters Sessions Set In February In Brent

Want more insight on increasing grass forage volume and quality? Bibb County, Alabama, will provide that opportunity with a series of February meetings. The sessions run from 6 to 8

Kansas Soybeans: First 100-Bu Average Recorded In Yield Contest

The best farming practices, wisely selected varieties and favorable growing conditions helped Kansas farmers produce high-yielding, valuable soybeans in 2017. “The annual Kansas Soybean Yield and Value Contests recognize outstanding

Tell The Real Story of Agriculture, says Former Tyson Foods CEO

Donnie Smith says it’s time for the agricultural industry to take back the story of food production.   Smith, president and CEO of Tyson Foods from 2009 to 2016, delivered his message to

Nebraska Soybeans: Dicamba Micro-Rates Test Results on Non Dicamba-Tolerant Soybeans

With the increased use of dicamba-tolerant (DT) soybeans (Roundup-Ready 2 Xtend), the off-target movement of dicamba to non-DT soybeans and other broadleaf crops is of concern. In 2017 the majority

AgFax Weekend: Land Values Up or Down – 7 Factors | Fertilizer Budget Tighter?

In this week’s AgFax Weekend – Land Values Up or Down – 7 Factors | Fertilizer Budget Tighter? | Anhydrous Price Jumps 12% | and more.

Rice Market: Overseas Demand Slowed Down

The rice industry is beginning to see movement again as events and news from the week are being digested and acted upon by the market. The export sales report released this

Seed Cotton Proposal May Have Unforeseen Consequences

Congress is attempting to reach an agreement on funding the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2018; a short-term continuing resolution passed just before the holidays expires on January

Cleveland On Cotton: Looking For 82 Cents On March?

Bullish activity engulfed the cotton market all week despite USDA’s Friday very neutral world supply demand report. After enjoying a limit up move, the market was expecting USDA to finally

Rice: Arkansas Farmer Visits Southeast Asia, Views Crop from Field to Barge

My wife, Karen, and I are just back from a vacation, not a business trip, on a Mekong River cruise through Cambodia, plus a week in northern Viet Nam prior

Rose on Cotton: Latest Market Action Supported By Outside Factors

The bulls returned to the winner’s circle this week in spectacular fashion, with the March contract gaining 367 points while trading as high as 664 points on last week’s settlement

Western Rice Belt Conference, Texas Rice Council Annual Meeting, El Campo, Jan. 17

The annual Western Rice Belt Production Conference will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at the El Campo Civic Center.  Registration for the conference will begin at 7:45 a.m.,

Texas: Upper Gulf Coast Grain Handlers Conference, El Campo, Jan. 16

The 25th annual Upper Gulf Coast Grain Handlers Conference will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the El Campo Civic Center.  Kicking off with registration at 8:00am,  the

Florida Farm Business: Maximize Energy Efficiency with Free Evaluations, Cost-Share Program

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Office of Energy is currently offering free energy evaluations, along with cost-share funds to increase on-farm energy efficiency for agricultural producers

Global Markets: Cotton – 2017/18 World Forecast Has Been a Bumpy Ride

USDA’s global forecast for the 2017/18 marketing year has seen several interesting developments since the first release in May of last year. World production is now up nearly 7 percent

Global Markets: Oilseeds – China Key to Slow Pace of U.S. Soybean Exports

The pace of U.S. soybean exports continues to lag behind last year. Accumulated soybean exports through late December, as reported in the January 5 U.S. Export Sales report, show a

Global Markets: Rice – Bangladesh 2017 Imports at Near Record

Bangladesh’s smaller rice production in 2017 triggered a surge in rice imports at the end of the year, causing global rice exports to swell. With near-record imports, it became the

Global Markets: Wheat – Black Sea Region Gains Market Share from Traditional Exporters

The traditional major wheat exporters are Australia, Canada, the European Union (EU), and the United States, but in recent years the Black Sea region–Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine – has emerged

Global Markets: Grains – Rising Russian Supplies Drive Record Exports

With bumper supplies, Russian grain exports overall are forecast to reach record levels in 2017/18. The expansion is primarily driven by record wheat exports, set to exceed both the United

WASDE Cotton: Reduced U.S. Production, Stocks

This month’s 2017/18 U.S. cotton forecasts include slightly lower production and ending stocks. Production is reduced 177,000 bales due to small declines in regions outside the Delta. Ending stocks are

WASDE Oilseeds: Smaller U.S. Soybean, Peanut, Cottonseed Production

U.S. oilseed production for 2017/18 is estimated at 131.3 million tons, down 0.9 million from last month. Smaller soybean, peanut, and cottonseed crops are partly offset by increases for canola

WASDE Rice: U.S. Production Down 20% from Last Year

U.S. 2017/18 all rice production is 178.2 million cwt, down fractionally from the previous estimate and down 20 percent from last year. The all rice average yield is estimated at

WASDE Coarse Grains: Larger U.S. Corn Production, Decreased Demand

This month’s 2017/18 U.S. corn outlook is for larger production, increased food, seed, and industrial use (FSI), lower feed and residual use, and greater stocks. Corn production is estimated at

WASDE Wheat: Domestic Ending Stocks Raised on Reduced Use

Projected 2017/18 U.S. wheat ending stocks are raised 29 million bushels on increased supplies and decreased use. Seed use is lowered 4 million bushels on the winter wheat planted area

Weekly Cotton Market Activity – USDA

Average quotations were 88 points higher than the previous week, according to the USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service’s Cotton and Tobacco Program. Quotations for the base quality of cotton (color 41,

Mississippi: Cover Crop Field Day, Rolling Fork, Jan. 19

The Mississippi State University Extension Service invites producers, landowners and professionals in the Delta to a Cover Crop Field Day Jan. 19. Carter Farms in Rolling Fork will host the free

Texas, Oklahoma: Auxin Training Added to Red River Crops Conference, Jan. 17

The fifth annual Red River Crops Conference is set for Jan. 17-18 at the Southwest Technology Center, 711 W. Tamarack Road, Altus, Oklahoma. “Planning for Success – Crop Production Information Designed for Southwest

Georgia Cotton: Relative Plant Growth Regulator Requirements for 2018

Plant growth regulator (PGR) applications are often necessary in cotton to reduce vegetative growth and maintain a manageable crop in Georgia.  However, making such decisions can be difficult because of

Mississippi: Clethodim-Resistant Italian Ryegrass Management Options

Italian ryegrass has been one of the primary weed problems during burndown in Mississippi for nearly 15 years. Most populations are resistant to the “fop” family of ACCase herbicides due

Iowa Soybeans: New Dicamba Labels Issued

In October 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency reclassified Engenia, FeXapan herbicide Plus VaporGrip Technology, and Xtendimax With VaporGrip Technology as Restricted Use products and added additional restrictions and requirements to

Michigan Corn: Planting in Twin Rows

Planting corn in twin rows on 30-inch centers is seen as an alternative to planting narrow-row corn (22- or 20-, or even 15-inch rows). In a twin-row configuration, two rows

Louisiana Sweet Potatoes: New Nematode Could Threaten Crop

An LSU AgCenter researcher is trying to find out if an aggressive pest that has devastating effects on sweet potatoes has made its way into Louisiana. AgCenter nematologist Charles Overstreet

Moving Grain: Diesel Prices Hit 3 Year High

Diesel Prices Hit $3.00 Per Gallon During the week ending January 8, diesel prices averaged $3.00 per gallon at retail sales. The last time the Energy Information Agency reported diesel

Louisiana: Tri-State Soybean Forum Highlights Producer Outlook

Producers in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi may see record soybean yields across the region in 2018, said LSU AgCenter associate vice president and plant science program leader Rogers Leonard at the

Northern Corn Leaf Blight Genes Identified in New Study

Midwestern corn growers know the symptoms of northern corn leaf blight all too well: greenish-gray lesions on the leaves that can add up to major yield losses if not detected

Louisiana Rice: Improved Varieties Highlight Producer Meetings

The first part of an annual series of LSU AgCenter meetings for rice farmers in south Louisiana wrapped up Wednesday (Jan. 10). Scientists from the AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice