News Source: AGFAX

Trade Talks Continue, China Buys Some U.S. Farm Products

Phase One Talks Continue, Amid Chinese Purchases of U.S. Farm Products Last week, Financial Times writer James Politi reported that, “President Donald Trump threatened a new escalation of the trade war with […]

Farmland Values, Farm Incomes Decline – Federal Reserve

Last week, the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and Minneapolis released updates regarding farm income, farmland values and agricultural credit conditions from the third quarter of 2019.  And earlier […]

Rice: U.S. Secures Carve-Out of Korean Market

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that a long-sought deal was reached between the United States and Korea for U.S.-only rice […]

Georgia Field Reports: Weather Turns Against Harvest

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 17, 2019. County Comments Wade Hutcheson, Walker County Cotton harvesting continued after the rain and cold temperatures early in the week. […]

Alabama Field Reports: Harvest Nearing Its End

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 17, 2019. County Comments Gina Harris, Walker County The county experienced light, scattered showers on a couple days. Cool nights and […]

Tennessee Field Reports: Record Cold Slows Harvest

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 17, 2019. County Agent Comments J. C. Dupree, Lauderdale County Lauderdale County Farmers are going full speed to get soybeans and […]

Hubbs on Grain: Soybean Crush Prospects

The release of the NOPA soybean crush estimates last Friday indicated crush levels picked up substantially in October.  Driven by a moderate export pace for soybeans and a decent crush […]

Texas Pecan Industry Rooted in Research

It takes an open mind to not only accept change, but to also embrace it. The late LeRoy Olsak saw many changes throughout his lifetime, and some would say his […]

“Hemp for Victory” Video Illustrates Hemp’s Importance in WW2

At the recent 850 Hemp Summit in Marianna, organizers encouraged participants to watch a historic short film that highlights the versatility of industrial hemp. This week’s featured video is Hemp […]

Florida: $380Mln in USDA Disaster Relief for Panhandle Timber, Crop Producers

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announced on November 8, 2019 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has allocated $380.7 million in federal block grant funding for Florida farmers devastated by Hurricane Michael, including direct relief...

Texas Cotton: Growth-Stage-Based Irrigation May Improve Yields

Cotton is sensitive to water stress at different growth stages, needing water at specific times to produce a high-yielding crop. A Texas A&M AgriLife Research study investigated the best strategies to improve […]

Texas A&M to Establish Trimble Technology Lab

Texas A&M University has received a gift from Trimble to establish a state-of-the-art Trimble Technology Lab in the College of Geosciences. The Lab will provide an integrated field and classroom […]

Texas: US Cotton Trust Protocol Featured at Cotton U

Farmers looking to capitalize on sustainability for their cotton farms should make plans to attend the first ever Cotton U on Dec. 5 at the Amarillo Farm & Ranch Show in Amarillo, Texas, to […]

Florida Cotton: Manage Post-Harvest Regrowth to Reduce Pests

The second week of November has finally brought cold temperatures to the Panhandle, something needed to kill regrowth in cotton fields. The past several years we have had increasingly warm […]

Mississippi: MSU Offers Mental Health Assistance to Farmers

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is doing what it can to make sure everyone in the state’s agricultural community knows there is help available when the stress of life […]

Texas: Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show, Dec. 3-5

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will once again be providing educational programming through several different events at the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show Dec. 3-5 at the Amarillo Civic Center, 401 […]

Arkansas: Tri-State Soybean Forum, Dumas, Jan. 3

Soybean growers who faced weather-ravaged crops in the 2019 season will hear guidance for production and marketing decisions, during the 2020 Tri-State Soybean Forum, Jan. 3 in Dumas, Arkansas. The […]

Mississippi Corn: 2019 Hybrid Trial Disease Evaluations

During 2019, corn hybrid trials were evaluated to determine the response of corn hybrids planted in our production system to the most commonly occurring foliar diseases.

Peanuts: Argentine Farmers Struggle To Plant Amidst Drought

The lack of significant and widespread rains continues to hinder planting progress in parts of the Argentine peanut area (see the world crop outlook below for a broader picture). So […]

Farm Finances: 2020 Budgets – Don’t Forget Family Living Costs

In 2018, the total noncapital living expenses of 1,306 farm families enrolled in the Illinois Farm Business Farm Management Association (FBFM) average was $77,999–or $6,500 a month for each family. […]

Tobacco: A Most Difficult Growing Season


Georgia Pecans: Growers Still Recovering from Michael

A year after Hurricane Michael ravaged southwest Georgia, including the region’s pecan industry, farmers still are struggling as they harvest this year’s crop, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension […]

Texas: Concho Valley Pecan Show, San Angelo, Dec. 6

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host the annual Concho Valley Pecan Show on Dec. 6 at the AgriLife Extension office for Tom Green County at 113 W. Beauregard in San Angelo. […]

AgFax Weekend: Trade Aid Update | Corn Exports Recovery?

AgFax Weekend – Trade Aid Update | Corn Exports Recovery? | and more.

Trade Aid: USDA Issues 2nd Round of Payments

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the second tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation […]

Cleveland in Cotton: Bull Trend Taking Shape?

While last rites for the Bear were performed last week the birth of a new bull is just that, a baby bull. One of you declared I was ridiculous for […]

Weekly Cotton Market Review – USDA

Spot quotations averaged 27 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, […]

Drought Monitor Weekly: Cold, Wet in the East, West Remains Dry

Summary Much of the eastern half of the country saw widespread snow and rain combined with record-breaking cold during the Drought Monitor week ending Tuesday, November 12. The combination helped […]

Dossett on Rice: Price in No Man’s Land, Hoping for Higher

CASH MARKET Thai rice prices are steady to lower. Thai rice exporters have thrown full support behind a ban on Paraquat, Glyphosate and Chlorpyrifos. They feel that global rice consumption […]

Corn, Soybeans: Decoding Prevent Plant Acres

Puzzlement has surrounded prevent plant acres for corn in 2019.  Specifically, using November 1 data from USDA, FSA, how can corn have 11.4 million prevent plant acres when corn planted […]

Crop Insurance: USDA Extends Flexibility on Premiums

The USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced it will continue to defer accrual of interest for 2019 crop year insurance premiums to help the wide swath of farmers and […]

Louisiana Hemp: Looking for a New Cash Crop? This One’s Not Without Risk.

About 500 people attended an LSU AgCenter meeting Nov. 13 to find out about the potential of growing industrial hemp as a cash crop. Experts advised that the commodity can […]

USDA: Peanut Price Highlights

Peanut prices received by farmers for all farmer stock peanuts averaged 19.6 cents per pound for the week ending November 9, down 1.2 cents from the previous week. Marketings of […]

Fuel Report: Diesel, Gas Up Slight; Propane Stocks Take Big Hit

The U.S. average diesel fuel price rose by 1 cent to $3.07 per gallon on November 11, 24 cents lower than a year ago. The Rocky Mountain price increased by […]

Farm Finances Continue to Weaken, Land Values Stable – Kansas City Fed

Farm credit conditions in the Federal Reserve’s Tenth District continued to deteriorate steadily in the third quarter of 2019. Despite a slight increase in the price of some agricultural commodities […]

Rice Market Update: Quiet Trade Week with Little News

With the Veteran’s Day Holiday in the United States delaying the issuance of the federal reports, there has been very little movement in the rice market over the past week. […]

Moving Grain: Waterways Symposium Highlights Importance of Infrastructure

Waterways Symposium Highlights the Importance of Reliable Infrastructure From November 6 to 8, Waterways Conference, Inc. (WCI) held its annual symposium in Pittsburgh, PA, on the theme of “Structuring a […]

Wheat: U.S. Commercial Export Sales Pace Ahead of 2018/19

Three and a half months into marketing year 2019/20, total U.S. export sales* as of Oct. 15 of 13.8 million metric tons (MMT), 14 percent ahead of last year’s pace. […]

Alabama: 2 Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas to Drought

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated two Alabama counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in DeKalb and Marshall counties who suffered losses due to recent drought may be eligible for […]

South Carolina: 2 Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas to Drought

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated two South Carolina counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Abbeville and Laurens counties who suffered losses due to recent drought may be eligible […]