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AgFax Weekend: EU Crop Tariffs | Employee Incentives

In this week’s AgFax Weekend – EU Crop Tariffs | Employee Incentives | Spraying for Success – Management is Key | and more.

Rice: Practical Ideas For Avoiding Yield Losses From Phosphorous Deficiency

In the past few years, we have been seeing more phosphorus (P) deficiency in rice. Most of these situations were calls we received at harvest and consisted of subpar tillering […]

Cleveland on Cotton: Bulls on the Loose, Keep an Eye on Texas Weather

Plant…Plant…Plant continues to be the motto, but it is also time to add Price…Price…Price to the discussion. The new crop December contract took a hit this week, but settled at […]

Rose on Cotton: Bears Keeping an Eye on May Contract

The Bears have extended their weekly winning streak to two, with the May contract giving back 102 points Vs this time last week. The May – July spread weakened, but […]

Rice Planting: Texans Start Early; Weather Issues Hinder Progress Elsewhere

Texas Derrol Grymes Rice planting in Texas got off to an early start this year with some fields planted the first week of March. Growers west of Houston have slowed […]

Georgia Wheat: Look for Powdery Mildew, Leaf Rust

Our small grain is booting now and starting to see it heading out pretty good in some fields. We don’t have much wheat for grain in Wilcox, but this wheat […]

Mississippi Hunting: Spring Provides Turkey Season

Flowers are blooming, hardwood trees are budding and flowering, songbirds are singing, and wild turkeys are mating. Mississippi has to be the prettiest place on Earth, especially in the springtime, […]

Ag Trade: The U.S. and China Exchange Salvos

The U.S. and China have exchanged salvos adding fuel to fears of escalating trade sanctions between the two largest global economies.  Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced another action in the […]

Texas: Lower Rio Grande Planting Progresses but Moisture Needed

Water! It has been on everyone’s mind as we have been planting and having to irrigate early to get our crops to come up and some even irrigating again already […]

Louisiana: Rice Leadership Group Tours AgCenter Rice Station

The Rice Leadership Development Program toured the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station and visited a crawfish farming operation on March 22. The group was treated to crawfish […]

Florida Cotton: 2017 Variety Trial Results

Variety selection is a key decision for cotton producers each year. Variety performance is heavily dependent on environmental conditions and geography. Therefore, it is important for growers to select varieties […]

Rice: Gene Boosts Growth, Yield in Salty Soil

Around 20% of the world’s irrigated land is considered to contain elevated concentrations of salt, and the soil continues to get saltier as the climate warms. Agricultural production is hard […]

Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference, Memphis, June 7-8

Litigating pesticide drift issues, ethics for ag practitioners and ag tax for farmers and agribusinesses are among the hot topics on the agenda for the fifth annual Mid-South Agricultural and […]

USDA: Peanut Price Highlights

Peanut prices received by farmers for all farmer stock peanuts averaged 21.7 cents per pound for the week ending March 17, down 1.3 cents from the previous week. Marketings of […]

Weekly Cotton Market Commentary – USDA

Average quotations were 129 points lower 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, […]

Dossett on Rice: Tight U.S. Supply; Some Bids Including Pick-Up

Cash Market Rice in the USA is in tight supply.  We continue to hear of cash bids around $12.75.  Some bids include farm pick-up, some call for elevator delivery.  Although […]

Peanuts: Drought In Argentina Steering World Market Toward U.S., Brazil

Nothing in the weather has brought relief to the current historic drought that has settled over a large part of Argentina – including the entire central peanut area. Peanut crop […]

Tobacco: Major Leaf Buyer Turns Its Back on U.S. Burley

The world’s number two leaf dealer, Alliance One International (AOI), has withdrawn from the American burley market, at least for 2018.

Dicamba: What is Success or Failure in 2018?

It’s difficult to recall the debut of a weed management technology that generated more divisiveness than the 2017 introduction of dicamba-resistant soybean varieties and the accompanying use of dicamba.  Damage […]

Tennessee: Corn Planting Off to Slow Start

With weekly rains, cloudy weather, and sunny days interspersed with morning frosts, March of 2018 hasn’t been one for the record books if the goal was to plant corn early.

Mississippi Rice: Understanding Furrow Irrigation Yield Reduction

Data from “on farm” trials are helping MSU Researchers understand some of the yield perimeters associated with furrow irrigated rice. If you ask experienced furrow irrigated rice producers one thing […]

Drought Monitor Weekly: Rains Hit Midwest, Southeast; Southwest, Plains Still Mostly Dry

Summary Moderate precipitation fell in a wide swath covering an area from Kansas and Nebraska, eastward into parts of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Additionally, moderate precipitation fell in the […]

Moving Grain: River Navigation Conditions Improve

Navigation Conditions Improve, Barge Spot Rates Decline After several weeks of flooding, river levels on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers are receding and thus easing some navigational issues for barge […]

Michigan Soybeans: Seed Quality Considerations for 2018

While much of the soybean seed sold in Michigan will have warm germination rates listed at 90 percent, some seed lots will be tagged at 85 percent and some may […]

Michigan: Sampling Tools and Tips for Field Diagnostics

It is time to assemble a good set of diagnostic tools as the planting season approaches and field visits will be needed. A beginner’s tool kit should include but not […]

Ag Trade: China Prepares Retaliatory Tariffs Targeting U.S. Ag

The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that, “China is preparing to hit back at trade offensives from Washington with tariffs aimed at President Donald Trump’s support base, including levies targeting […]

Wheat Market: Global Winter Wheat Conditions a Mixed Bag

The end of March heralds not only the beginning of spring — a crucial time for both winter and spring wheat production — but also the first round of winter […]

Minnesota: How to Get the Most Out of Spring Soil Sampling

The purpose of a soil test is to provide guidance in fertilizer application. Soil test results help you fine-tune your nutrient management practices based on real data, and ultimately protect […]

ELS Cotton Competitive Payment Rate Is Zero

The Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation announced that the competitiveness payment program payment rate in effect from 12:01 a.m., Eastern Time, Friday, March 23, 2018, through midnight, Eastern Time, […]

Wheat Grower Organizations: Enforcing Trade Rules Is Best Done Within the Rules

While U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) understand and support the need to enforce international trade rules, we are very concerned about the implications […]

Almonds, Pistachios And Walnuts – Here’s The Ultimate “Selling Story” For Eating More Nuts

Not all of nuts’ calories are taken up by the human body; on some of them, the body gets a free pass, according to studies by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) […]

Sawyer On Crops: Powdery Mildew In Wheat Makes Rare Showing – Podcast

Powdery mildew typically isn’t an issue in his area, but in this installment of his South Georgia Pine podcast, Andrew Sawyer says it’s apparent in spots.

Bayer-Monsanto: European Comm. Gives Conditional Approval; More Spinoffs

The European Commission conditionally approved Bayer’s proposed acquisition of Monsanto on Wednesday. Bayer has now received approvals for the transaction from substantially more than half of the some 30 regulatory […]

U.S. Field Crop Income – Return to Normalcy

The economic state of U.S. crop farming has drawn considerable attention in recent years. This article uses U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) cost of production data to compare the ratio […]

Georgia Cotton: 2018 On-Farm Variety Evaluation Program Results

The winter appears to be nearing its end in South Georgia and the time for Georgia cotton producers to start planting is getting closer each day.  By the time planting […]

Georgia: 4 Weed Management Questions

Here are a few questions that I received over the last few days or so.  Thought all might benefit?

Georgia Cotton: New Tool For Improving Thrips Management

Thrips are the most consistent insect pest of cotton in Georgia and the Southeast.  Near 100 percent of the cotton planted will be infested by thrips each year.  For this […]

Georgia Pecans: Dicamba – What Effects Does It Have on Trees?

Dicamba and 2,4-D herbicides, sprayed directly on trees at full rates, kill the plant material they touch, but they don’t travel through the tree or linger from year to year, […]

Kentucky Wheat: How Will Snow Affect Your Crop?

Apparently Mother Nature didn’t get the memo that today is the first day of spring. Forecasts across Kentucky are predicting measurable snow accumulation. Despite these predictions, the temperatures are supposed […]

Arkansas Rice: Time It Right – Be Ahead of Diseases Before Planting

Following adequate cultural practices is an important disease management strategy along with planting resistant cultivars. In addition, seed treatment fungicides are cheaper and easier than spray fungicides. Balancing N, P, […]