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AgFax Weekend: Corn Acres Up, Usage Hopeful | Cash Flow Concerns

In this week’s AgFax Weekend – Corn Acres Up, Usage Hopeful | Cash Flow Concerns | and more.

Rice Market Update: Delta Rice Farmers Poised to Make Planting Progress

The USDA released their April WASDE report which only included minimal revisions to both the long grain and medium grain balance sheets. In fact, the only change to the long grain […]

Webinar: ‘The Deal with Dicamba’ – Update on Litigations – April 15

A Missouri peach farmer was recently awarded $265 million after a jury found that his orchard was damaged by dicamba-based pesticides. Hundreds of similar lawsuits have been filed, and their […]

Arkansas Crop Insurance Planting Dates

Federal crop insurance rules include an “Early” or “Initial Planting Date” for most crops.  This refers to the date when insurance coverage begins. In Arkansas, it’s April 11 for grain […]

Tennessee: Poa and Ryegrass Causing Burndown Issues

Poor control of poa (annual bluegrass) and ryegrass have been the common calls of late.  This is becoming more common every spring.  It would appear that an increasing portion of […]

Tennessee: Soil Fertility, Nutrient Management Practices Survey

A thriving and productive land for subsequent generation is of uttermost importance to every farmer, rancher, or grower. This survey is designed to gather brief but valuable information on some […]

USDA: Peanut Price Highlights

Peanut prices received by farmers for all farmer stock peanuts averaged 19.8 cents per pound for the week ending April 4, down 1.5 cents from the previous week. Marketings of […]

Iowa: Preemergence Herbicide Application Timings – Pros and Cons

Preemergence herbicides are the foundation of herbicide-based weed management systems, and effective use of these products is essential to protect crop yields and reduce selection pressure for herbicide resistant weeds.

Pennsylvania: Early Preplant Herbicides – How Early Can They Be Sprayed?

As the days warm and time gets closer to planting, certain residual herbicides can be applied prior to planting but timing is critical.

Burndown Herbicides: How Are They Affected by Temperature, Rain

Herbicide labels include recommendations on how much time must elapse between herbicide application and subsequent rainfall to ensure good herbicide performance. This is known as the rainfast period.

Coronavirus: Ethanol Industry Takes Massive Hit As People Stay Home

The restrictions put in place to “flatten the curve” in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic have had enormous and historically unprecedented impacts on U.S. gasoline consumption.  The latest weekly […]

WASDE Cotton: Sharply Lower U.S. Exports, Consumption

The 2019/20 U.S. cotton supply and demand forecasts show sharply lower exports, lower consumption, and higher ending stocks compared with last month. A developing global economic slowdown with little precedent […]

WASDE Oilseeds: Reduced Domestic Usage, Increased Ending Stocks

U.S. soybean supply and use changes for 2019/20 include lower exports, seed use, and residual use, higher crush, and higher ending stocks. Soybean exports are reduced mainly on strong competition […]

WASDE Rice: Domestic Usage Unchanged, Lower Ending Stocks

The outlook for 2019/20 U.S. rice this month is for lower supplies, unchanged domestic use and exports, and reduced ending stocks. Supplies are lowered by 0.5 million cwt to 261.5 […]

WASDE Coarse Grains: Increased Domestic Feed, Residual Use, Larger Stocks

This month’s 2019/20 U.S. corn outlook is for reduced imports, greater feed and residual use, lower food, seed, and industrial use, and larger stocks. Feed and residual use is raised […]

WASDE Wheat: Lower U.S. Demand, Increased Ending Stocks

The outlook for 2019/20 U.S. wheat is for lower exports, reduced domestic use, and increased ending stocks. The NASS Grain Stocks report, issued March 31, implied less feed and residual […]

USDA Extends Loan Maturity for Marketing Assistance Loans

Agricultural producers now have more time to repay Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL) as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) […]

Minnesota Corn: Should You Credit N Following Fallow Fields?

A previous blog post mentioned a potential nitrogen (N) credit for a crop following a fallow situation. The current U of M guidelines suggest that up to a 75-pound N credit can […]

Moving Grain: FMC Works to Alleviate Disruptions

FMC Initiates Fact Finding 29 On April 6, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) announced it will engage “Supply Chain Innovation Teams” to “identify actions that can provide immediate relief to […]

Iowa: 10 Considerations for Adopting Strip-Till

As nutrient and land management practices continue to change, more growers are considering strip-till. Advances in equipment technology, GPS, and application control systems have helped to overcome many challenges growers […]

Drought Monitor Weekly: Improvements for South Texas; Gulf Coast Still Dry

Summary This U.S. Drought Monitor week saw drought expansion across portions of the South (Louisiana, Mississippi) and Southeast (Florida) where warm and dry conditions prevailed during the past 90-day period […]

Missouri Rice: Planting Hampered by Wet Conditions

Sporadic sunny skies after three months of steady rain have made planting a mixed bag in rice country in and around Missouri. On Blake Gerard’s operation in nearby Cairo, Illinois, […]

COVID-19 Hampers Markets, Worker Safety, Health Garner Increased Attention

DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported this week that, “As meatpacking plants and other food processors reduce capacity or temporarily close because of coronavirus cases, Vice President Mike Pence pointed to the vital nature […]

Iowa: Pesticide Certification – Options Available for New Applicators

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) is working with the Governor’s office to address pesticide applicator issues that have arisen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A Proclamation issued April […]

North Carolina Soybeans: Pre-Plant Fertility Tips – Video

Learn two pre-plant soil fertility tips for 2020 from Dr. Luke Gatiboni, North Carolina State University’s new Extension Specialist in Soil Fertility in this new video: 

Louisiana: LSU Ag Keeping in Touch with Farmers, Ranchers

LSU AgCenter personnel are working remotely to try to reduce the spread of the COVID-19, but they are still available to help. Besides emails and phone calls, crop and livestock specialists […]

The Petersons are Back with More Music and Fun

Everywhere we look, the news is heavy duty, whether it’s the markets, the weather or Covid-19 reports.  We’ve been searching for some uplifting news and thought you might enjoy seeing […]

What’s the Deal with Dicamba Litigation? April 15 Webinar

A Missouri peach farmer was recently awarded $265 million after a jury found that his orchard was damaged by dicamba-based pesticides. Hundreds of similar lawsuits have been filed, and their […]

Cotton, Soybeans: Enlist Weed Webinar – April 21

Growers and applicators who will be working with Enlist crops, including PhytoGen cottonseed with the Enlist trait and Enlist E3 soybeans, in 2020 can join an informational webinar co-sponsored by […]

Webinar: Enlist Application Training – April 21

Growers and applicators who will be working with Enlist crops, including PhytoGen cottonseed with the Enlist trait and Enlist E3 soybeans, in 2020 can join an informational webinar co-sponsored by Corteva […]

Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Tractor? Proper Ballast, Tire Pressure.

Determining the proper ballast and tire pressure for your tractor should be a key part of spring equipment maintenance. Proper ballast and tire pressure will maximize traction and tire life […]

Rice: Coronavirus Upends World Trade Projections

The rice trade is no stranger to drama during any given year when you look at the impacts of extreme weather, geopolitics, or price fluctuation, however 2020 is proving to […]

Illinois Corn, Soybeans: Crop Budgets Revised with Lower Prices

Illinois crop budgets for 2020 have been revised with lower corn and soybean prices: $3.30 for corn and $8.30 for soybeans. Given trend yields, these prices will result in negative […]

Illinois: Wheat Progress and Early Season Diseases

Wheat in the southernmost part of Illinois is near Feekes growth stage (FGS) 7, while areas in the mid south are nearing FGS 5.  Wheat in the central part of […]

Iowa: Are You Planting on a Level Playing Field?

Springtime on a farm is typically filled with the hustle and bustle of gearing up for planting season. This is the time of year when most farmers focus on de-winterizing […]

Iowa Corn: Flexibility in the Timing of Strip-Till with Nutrient Application

Whether you are thinking about trying strip-till or already using strip-till in your farming operation, the question of timing comes up—fall or spring? There are many factors that go into this decision, […]

Iowa: Spring Weather Outlook, Potential Crop Impacts

Spring has sprung! Preparations for planting across the state are in full swing. Conditions over the last 30 days have been unseasonably warm across the Midwest with positive departures of […]

Texas Field Reports: Warm-Season Grasses Emerge, Help Maximize Growth

Weather has affected the transition from cool-season to warm-season forage growth, and producers should be doing what they can to help Bermuda grass emerge and maximize growth, said a Texas A&M […]

Thompson On Cotton: The Saga (And Uncertainty) Continues

The expression, “You can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear,” aptly describes the current cotton market. Even the recent uptick in prices has generated little excitement. With few […]

Louisiana Soybeans: Planting Moves Ahead

Soybeans are Louisiana’s largest crop in terms of acreage, and farmers across the state are busy planting this year’s crop. “About 10% of the state has been planted,” said LSU […]