News Source: AGFAX

Minnesota: Noxious Weeds Spread to 8 New Counties

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) confirmed in 2019 five species of weeds on the state’s Noxious Weed Prohibited Eradicate List for the first time in eight counties.

ARC/PLC Payment Calculator Updated – Expected Payments for 2020

After the release of the January WASDE report, the Gardner ARC/PLC Payment Calculator was updated to reflect revised price information for the 2019 and 2020 years. Herein updated estimates of […]

Fuel Report: Diesel, Gas Prices Drop 3 Cents

The U.S. average diesel fuel price fell nearly 3 cents from the previous week to $3.04 per gallon on January 20, 7 cents higher than a year ago. The Rocky […]

North Carolina Soybeans: 2019 Yield Contest Results Posted

The 2019 Soybean Yield Contest results are now available. The NC Soybean Yield Contest categories changed from previous years for the 2019 Soybean Yield Contest. You can find details about […]

World Rough Rice Prices Increase

The Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation today announced the following prevailing world market prices of milled and rough rice, adjusted for U.S. milling yields and location, and the resulting […]

Western Region Pecan Prices: Good Demand, Variable Quality

Deliveries by growers to delivery points of Improved varieties were fairly light. Demand was good for good quality pecans. Harvesting in New Mexico as well as the El Paso area […]

Texas Pecan Prices: Light Deliveries Despite Active Trade

Deliveries by growers to delivery points of Improved varieties were fairly light. Demand was good for good quality pecans. Natives are currently being harvested. Harvesting is expected to remain about […]

Oklahoma Pecan Prices: Moderate Deliveries as Season Winds Down

The pecan harvest in Oklahoma is fairly active. Deliveries by growers to buying points are moderate. Demand was good for good quality pecans. The pecan season in Oklahoma is starting […]

Pecan Production Up 14% From Previous Year – USDA

Utilized production in 2019 totaled 265 million pounds, up 14 percent for comparable States from 2018. Bearing acreage was estimated at 396,000, up 3 percent for comparable States from the […]

Pennsylvania: What’s New for Agronomic Weed Control in 2020?

New herbicide products and industry news about weed management for 2020.

Moving Grain: Major Barge Lines in Legal Disputes

Major Barge Lines in Legal Disputes With NOLA Area Export Elevator Companies According to River Transport News (January 13, 2020 and December 16, 2019 editions), Ingram and American Commercial Barge […]

Pennsylvania Hemp: What’s New for 2020 Regulations?

Late in 2019, the USDA released its Interim Rule on Hemp. This rule is the overarching set of policies that will govern production of hemp across the land. As long […]

Wheat: Income Potential, Weather Fight Against Winter Seeding

With winter wheat prices remaining at or less than the cost of production and with a very wet planting season, it is no surprise that many U.S. farmers chose to […]

ELS Cotton Competitive Payment Rate Is Zero

The Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation announced the competitiveness payment program payment rate in effect from 12:01 a.m., Eastern Time, Friday, January 24, 2020, through midnight, Eastern Time, Thursday, […]

North Carolina: 14 Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas to Hurricane Dorian

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 14 North Carolina counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Beaufort, Brunswick, Columbus, Cumberland, Dare, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Martin, Onslow, Robeson, Sampson, Tyrrell, and […]

Texas: 5 Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas to Drought

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated five Texas counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Austin, Colorado, Crockett, Fayette, and Fisher counties who suffered losses due to recent drought may […]

Kansas: Marshall County Designated Natural Disaster Area to Floods

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated Marshall County, Kansas, as a primary natural disaster area. Producers who suffered losses due to excessive rain, flash flooding, flooding, high winds, and hail that […]

New WOTUS Rule Announced

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James announced the Navigable Waters Protection Rule to replace the Obama-Era Waters of […]

Tennessee: Discovery Park of American Announces Major Ag Funding

Today, Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tennessee, announced the initial sponsors and partners for “AgriCulture: Innovating for Our Survival.” The permanent exhibit, dedicated to telling the story of […]

Florida: Dicamba Stewardship Training, Feb. 18

Florida is set to host it’s annual Dicamba Stewardship Training on February 18th from 9-11 am CST (10-12 EST), with a similar format as the previous years.

Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show, Dothan, Feb. 6

The 15th annual Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show is set for Thursday, Feb. 6, at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds in Dothan, Alabama. Registration and doors open at 8:30 a.m. Attendees […]

Grain Storage: Natural-Air Drying, Truth vs. Myth

The moisture content and temperature of grain play a big role in how long that grain can be stored without significant deterioration. Air drying is one way to reduce the […]

Ohio: Managing Stored Grain Through Winter

Managing stored grain throughout the winter is an important part of your grain marketing plan for farm profitability. This winter we are already receiving reports of stored grain going out […]

Ohio Weather: Early Indications Point to Wetter Spring

It is that time of the year where winter is here but spring is just around the corner. The weather, climate and hydrology patterns still remain wet across the region. […]

Minnesota: Extension Begins Drainage Trial

This past fall, I made the decision to invest in a new subsurface drainage system at the Northwest Research & Outreach Center (NWROC) in Crookston. Over the next several years, […]

New Land Lease? How to Incorporate Conservation Practices.

Farming rented ground is a reality for most Minnesota producers. When there’s interest in implementing conservation practices on rented ground, renters and owners will need to come to an agreement. […]

Farm Lending Declines For 2nd Quarter – Kansas City Fed

In an update last week from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (“Farm Lending Declines at End of 2019“), Nathan Kauffman stated that, “The volume of agricultural lending at commercial banks […]

Thompson on Cotton: Market Direction After Trade Agreement? It Depends

For nearly two years, we’ve experienced the highs and lows of the trade war between the U.S. and China. Countless times, they’ve appeared at the brink of resolve only to […]

Farm Working Capital: Key Measure Slips Unevenly In Illinois Comparisons

This article examines working capital to value of farm production for selected producer characteristics.  Working capital to Value of Farm production is one of the traditional measures of liquidity suggested […]

Hubbs on Grain: 2 Trade Deals and a Price Drop

The signing of the Phase 1 trade deal with China and approval in the Senate of the USMCA last week saw two positive developments on the trade front. Despite some […]

Feed Grain Outlook: Several Changes to Current, Past Year’s Balance Sheets

There were several significant changes to both the 2018/19 and 2019/20 balance sheets this month, although the end result a modest forecast decline in U.S. corn ending stocks for 2019/20. […]

Wheat Outlook: Stocks Tighten on Rising Domestic Use; Exports Hold Steady

The latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Grain Stocks report indicates second quarter all wheat ending stocks totaled 1,834 million bushels with implied September-November disapperance of 512 million bushels, […]

Rice Outlook: U.S. Production Estimate Lowered 3.3Mln Cwt

The U.S. 2019/20 total supply forecast was lowered 1 percent this month to 259.6 million cwt as a 2-percent reduction in the production estimate to 184.7 million cwt was more […]

Oil Crops Outlook: Soybean Prices Supported by Strengthening Soy Oil Market

In its Crop Production—2019 Summary report, USDA published an estimate of the 2019/20 U.S. soybean crop at 3.558 billion bushels, up 8 million from the previous forecast. The small production […]

Ag Economy: Jan. Observations from the Fed – Beige Book

Last week, the Federal Reserve Board released its January 2020 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations […]

California Almonds: 4 Goals to Improve Sustainability by 2025

At The Almond Conference 2018, the California almond industry announced four ambitious goals with a seven-year target timeline to achieve each. The Almond Orchard 2025 Goals build off decades of […]

Ag Trade: Uncertainty Lingers Regarding Chinese Purchases of U.S. Goods

Bloomberg writers Mike Dorning and Michael Hirtzer reported last week that, “President Donald Trump’s phase-one trade deal with China offers the promise of more overseas sales for American farmers, but […]

USDA: Weekly National Peanut Prices

The following prices are effective from Wednesday 01/22/20 at 12:01 am Eastern Time until midnight Tuesday 01/28/20. The next announcement is scheduled for Tuesday 01/28/20 at 3:00 pm Eastern Time. […]

Kansas: Industrial Hemp Conference, Wichita, Feb. 4

Kansas State University officials will present the most current information on how to grow hemp in Kansas, based on the first year of research trials at university test plots across […]

Corn: Record U.S. Production Possible in 2020, Prices to Remain Flat

With a whirlwind of trade activity as a backdrop,  commodity market gyrations have made unsettling times for grain producers in Texas and across the nation, but there’s hope those are […]