News Source: AGFAX

Alabama Cotton: Grower Shares How He Increased Yield 170 lbs/acre – Video

Cherokee County, Alabama cotton farmer Nick McMichen and I discuss his on-farm thrips control trial where he increased his yields almost 170 lbs/acre and net return over $100/acre using the […]

Louisiana: Assessing Freeze Damage to Crops, Livestock, Crawfish

The LSU AgCenter is surveying agricultural producers to estimate damage totals resulting from last month’s freezing weather. The recent freezing weather came just as farmers were getting back on their […]

Texas: What La Niña Means for the Winter Fire Season

Texas’ winter/spring wildfire season is about to begin. Fire experts predict it could be a particularly active season because of La Niña this year. The weather pattern often brings drier, […]

Fuel Report: Price Climb Continues, Propane Stocks Lower

The U.S. average diesel fuel price increased nearly 10 cents to $3.07 per gallon on March 1, 22 cents higher than a year ago. The Rocky Mountain price increased nearly […]

Webinar: March Corn, Soybean Outlook Update – March 10

Purdue ag economists Michael Langemeier, Nathanael Thompson, and James Mintert will host a free Corn and Soybean Outlook webinar next Wednesday (March 10) at 12:30 p.m. (EST). The webinar follows […]

Arguments for Raising Minimum Wage, Commodity Loan Rates Greatly Overlap – Commentary

One of the more contentious elements of the Biden $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus plan, besides its sheer size, is raising the minimum wage for all covered, nonexempt workers from its […]

Texas Wheat: How Bad Is the Freeze Damage?

The cold temperatures in Texas in February’s cold snap range from as low as -12° F in the Panhandle to mid-single digits as far south as the Austin region.  A […]

Texas Corn, Sorghum: Freeze Injury, Low Temperature Stress, and Chill Injury

Recent cold weather has affected newly planted, emerging or emerged corn or sorghum throughout south and central Texas. Corn and sorghum will experience similar types of injury although tolerance to […]

Producers Bullish About Farmland Values Amid Strong Conditions – Ag Barometer

February’s Ag Economy Barometer reading of 165 changed little compared to January when the index stood at 167. Producers continue to report strong current conditions on their farms as February’s Current Conditions Index value […]

Ag Economy: Recent Insights from NASS Reports

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released several reports over the past few weeks that provide helpful insight into segments of the U.S. agricultural economy and farm sector.  Today’s […]

NOAA Drought Outlook Monthly – March

The moderate La Niña event is expected to slowly relax over the next few months, and thus its influence on the Nation’s weather should gradually decline. But for March 2021, […]

USDA: Weekly National Peanut Prices

The following prices are effective from Wednesday 03/03/21 at 12:01 am Eastern Time until midnight Tuesday 03/09/21. The next announcement is scheduled for Tuesday 03/09/21 at 3:00 pm Eastern Time. […]

Alabama: Dicamba – Which Glyphosate Products Can Be Used New Formulations?

Alabama Extension weed scientist Dr. Steve Li gives an update on which glyphosate products that can be used along with the new dicamba formulations.

USDA Announces March 2021 Lending Rates

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced loan interest rates for March 2021, which are effective March 1. Operating and Ownership Loans The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers farm […]

Climate Change: An Income Opportunity for Farmers?

Writing on the front page of Saturday’s Des Moines Register, Donnelle Eller reported that, “U.S. and Iowa farmers need new sources of income, and the work producers need to do to battle climate […]

Mississippi: Managing Soils for Carbon Sequestration

Private and public sector stakeholders are striving to boost soil carbon (C) as a climate migration strategy. This note will focus on the science of soil C, and management practices […]

Mississippi: Optimizing Stands, Managing Soil, Water – Videos

Due to restrictions limiting public gatherings related to the pandemic, the MSU Row Crops Team are releasing some virtual educational programs to help prepare for the upcoming growing season. These […]

Peanut Stocks: Utilization Up 6%, 4Bln Pounds in Storage

Peanut stocks reported in commercial storage on January 31, 2021 totaled 4.13 billion pounds of equivalent farmer stock, compared with 4.32 billion pounds a year ago. This total includes 3.42 […]

AgFax Weekend: Vilsack Appointed, Getting Down to Business

In this week's AgFax Weekend - Vilsack Appointed, Getting Down to Business | Looking at the State of the Ag Economy | and more.

Weekly Cotton Market Review – USDA

Spot quotations were up 217 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 41, […]

Cleveland on Cotton: Reversal Unlikely a Market Death Blow

It finally happened. After some 14 days of higher highs cotton prices finally bit the dust. The song at week’s end was: “You Picked A Fine Time to Leave Me […]

USDA: Peanut Price Highlights

Peanut prices received by farmers for all farmer stock peanuts averaged 19.6 cents per pound for the week ending February 20, down 1.2 cents from the previous week. Marketings of […]

Shurley on Cotton: Demand Key to 2021 Prices, Income, Risk Management

Prices have continued to show upward strength, although down sharply today—putting a halt to 9 consecutively higher days. Cotton futures were down 300 to 400 points today with old crop […]

Arkansas: Dicamba Use Regulations for 2021

The Arkansas State Plant Board met last December to discuss and vote on potential changes for dicamba application, specifically the May 25th cutoff date. No changes were voted successfully in the […]

Arkansas: Glufosinate Resistant Palmer Pigweed Found

Last summer an article was written about two fields of concern in Mississippi County where three applications of glufosinate failed to control Palmer amaranth.  Upon first observation of these fields, […]

Illinois Soybeans: Dicamba – Additional State-Specific Restrictions

The Illinois Department of Agriculture recently announced additional restrictions for dicamba applications to soybean. In addition to the requirements of the federally-approved labels, all use on soybean of pesticides containing […]

Drought Monitor Weekly: More Arctic Temps, Plains Mostly Dry

Summary After a frigid start to the period, especially throughout the middle third of the Nation where daily temperature anomalies were 30 to 40 degrees F below normal and readings […]

Iowa: Dicamba Regulations – Protection of Endangered Species

The 2020 registration for Xtendimax, Engenia and the extension of the Tavium registration included additional restrictions for protection of Endangered Species. Iowa counties with Endangered Species protection include Allamakee, Cerro […]

Iowa: Will Dicamba-Resistant Waterhemp Be Resistant to 2,4-D (And Vice Versa)?

Reliance on synthetic auxin herbicides (HG 4) has increased following the introduction of dicamba and 2,4-D resistant soybean. A common question among users of these products is: “If I use one […]

Tennessee: Weed Management – A Shift in Early Burndown Strategy

The challenge to burning down grasses before planting has become increasingly difficult in the last half dozen years. There are two reasons for the sketchy grass control with the traditional […]

Moving Grain: Barges Resume Operations After Winter Storms

Grain Barges Resume Operations After Severe Winter Weather Last week, ice storms and other severe weather temporarily halted barge operations on the Mississippi River around St. Louis, as well as […]

Texas Blacklands Wheat: How Did the Arctic Blast Affect the Crop?

GENERAL More normal temperatures have returned to the area after about 8 days of subfreezing weather. The artic blast dropped temperatures to as low as -2°F in some parts of […]

Ag Law Webinar: Groundwater Withdrawal Rights – March 17

Many agricultural producers rely on groundwater for irrigation, but regulations for withdrawing it can vary from state to state. “Agricultural irrigation, which accounts for the largest use of groundwater in […]

Senate Confirmation Hearing for USTR Nominee, China Issues in Focus

On Thursday, the Senate Finance Committee held a confirmation hearing for U.S. Trade Representative nominee Katherine C. Tai. In her opening statement, Ms. Tai indicated that, “I previously served as America’s chief enforcer against […]

Tennessee Cotton Focus: Diseases ‘Across the Fence’ in Georgia – Video

As many of you know, Georgia cotton growers are faced with big challenges every year, including boll rot, Bacterial blight, Cotton leafroll dwarf virus, Fusarium wilt, nematodes, Target spot, Areolate […]

Rice Market Update: Export Demand Expected to Improve Later in 2021

After several weeks of the cash market trading sideways, it looks like slower export demand and domestic use has finally caught up. Rice prices soften in each state, albeit by minimal […]

Arkansas: Finalizing Crop Insurance Decisions for 2021

The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds growers the deadline to purchase crop insurance for spring planted crops in Arkansas is February 28, 2021. The crop insurance base prices for […]

Arkansas: Projected Price Loss Coverage Payment Rates for 2020

The expected PLC payments for the 2020 marketing year are listed in Table 1.  PLC payments are triggered when the Marketing Year Average Price (MYA Price) is less than a […]

California Almonds: Everything You Need to Know About Semios Sensors

Semios is a platform that links in a variety of sensors using IoT and on-farm networks. These sensors provide data for on-farm decision support. They include water monitoring tools, pest […]

Texas Field Reports: Winter Storm Offers Few Silver Linings

So far, there are few silver linings related to the winter storm system that brought historically low temperatures and a mix of precipitation throughout Texas, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension […]