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Arkansas Rice: Big Leaps in Planting Progress

Boy, that escalated quickly.  I mean that really got out of hand fast. That could refer to the drying conditions or the planting progress.  Last week’s big jump in planting […]

Texas LRGV Cotton: Aphids Numbers Down, Be on Watch for Fleahoppers

General Situation Same as last week: hot, windy, and dry. Dryland crops really starting to be affected, and even the irrigated crops are showing stress from lack of rain/moisture. Many […]

Illinois Grain Code: How Does Miller v. Department of Agriculture Impact Price Later Contracts?

In 2003, Illinois significantly revised its Grain Code to provide additional protection to famers in the event a state-licensed grain dealer or warehouse fails. A grain elevator that stores grain […]

Russia Makes Some Land Gains – Persists in Strangling Ukrainian Grain Exports

New York Times writers Michael Schwirtz, Marc Santora and Michael Levenson reported on the front page of today’s paper that, “Russia’s nearly three-month-old invasion of neighboring Ukraine has been punctuated by […]

Thompson on Cotton: Expect Continued Volatility, More Market Highs Possible

And the beat goes on! Bolstered by a bullish WASDE report and on call sales fixations, both July and December futures posted gains for yet another week. July advanced 159 […]

USDA Announces Disaster Assistance for 2020 and 2021

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a $6 billion Emergency Relief Program (ERP), the new disaster recovery assistance program for agricultural producers. Funding for ERP was provided by Congress as […]

Weekly Cotton Market Review – USDA

Spot quotations averaged nearly 629 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 […]

Rice Market Update: WASDE Report Indicates Complications for Buyers, Sellers

The story continues to be the planting progress in Arkansas—this week showing numbers that are optimistic in the grand scheme at 57% planted, but still 15% behind normal. Rice emerged is […]

Shurley on Cotton: USDA’s May Numbers Shift Market Focus Toward Supply

USDA’s monthly crop production and supply and demand estimates for May show revisions for the 2021 crop and are also the first such estimates for the 2022 crop. We obviously […]

Global Markets: Grains – Consumption Exceeds Production, Stocks Tighten

Global corn production is forecast down, driven primarily by a cut in Ukraine and the United States, but China and the European Union are expected to have smaller crops as […]

Global Markets: Oilseeds – Indonesian Palm Oil Exports Slashed

Marketing year 2021/22 (October to September) Indonesia palm oil exports are lowered 3.0 million tons this month, down to a 12-year low of 25.0 million tons. The forecast is reduced […]

Global Markets: Cotton – World Consumption Forecast Down from Last Year

Global cotton consumption is forecast at 122.0 million bales, down 1.0 million bales from the previous year. The highest cotton prices in 11 years and concerns regarding the global macroeconomic […]

Moving Grain: STB Requires Additional Service Reporting From Railroads

STB Requires Additional Service Reporting From Railroads On May 6, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) announced it will require the four largest U.S. rail carriers (BNSF Railway, CSX Transportation, Norfolk […]

Drought Monitor Weekly: Improvements Across Northwest, Northern Plains

Summary This U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) week saw continued improvements on the map across the Pacific Northwest and the northern Plains in response to another round of unsettled weather during […]

WASDE Cotton: Smaller U.S. Production on Increased Abandonment

Despite an expected 1-million-acre year-to-year increase in U.S. area planted to cotton, the U.S. cotton projections for 2022/23 include a smaller crop as abandonment is projected to more than double. […]

WASDE Oilseeds: Higher Domestic Soybean Supplies, Crush, Exports

The 2022/23 outlook for U.S. soybeans is for higher supplies, crush, exports, and ending stocks compared with 2021/22. The soybean crop is projected at 4.64 billion bushels, up 5 percent […]

WASDE Rice: Reduced U.S. Supplies, Exports, Domestic Use

The 2022/23 outlook for U.S. rice is for reduced supplies, exports, domestic use, and ending stocks. Total 2022/23 supplies are projected at 258.2 million cwt, down 4 percent from a […]

WASE Coarse Grains: Lower Domestic Corn Production, Exports, Use

The 2022/23 U.S. corn outlook is for lower production, domestic use, exports, ending stocks, and higher prices. The corn crop is projected at 14.5 billion bushels, down 4.3 percent from […]

WASDE Wheat: Lower Supplies, Exports, Domestic Use

The outlook for 2022/23 U.S. wheat is for reduced supplies, exports, domestic use stocks, and higher prices. U.S. 2022/23 wheat supplies are projected down 3 percent, as lower beginning stocks […]

Ohio Soybeans: Planting Progress, Emergence, and Misconceptions

Recent wet weather across the state has slowed soybean planting progress, but should be picking up with warmer and dryer weather. As of the last week of April, 2% of […]

Ohio Corn: Planting Progress Slow but Coming Along

Better weather: more planting April was a difficult month for farmers in Ohio; conditions were cold. Some snow and late freeze events were part of the month. This was conducive […]

Wheat: How Does U.S. Production Stack Up Globally?

Examining the competitiveness of wheat production in different regions of the world is often difficult due to lack of comparable data and agreement regarding what needs to be measured.  To […]

Wind Erosion and Nutrient Loss: How Much Soil Is Moving, What Could That Cost Farmers?

Two ongoing studies are measuring how much soil is being blown across different fields, and how much nutrients lost with wind erosion might cost farmers. Wind erosion Sometimes you can […]

Iowa Corn, Soybeans: Cold, Wet Conditions Increase Risk of Soil-Borne Diseases

Brrrrrrrrr.  Is summer ever going to come?  It’s cold.  It’s wet.  Planting progress is behind and everyone is starting to get antsy. When we finally get our seed in the […]

Georgia Corn: Continued Dry Weather Keeps Pivots Moving

Growing degree units are accumulating at daily maximum and the heat (90 degrees+) will push the crop and it will be difficult to keep up with the daily water demand in corn.

USDA: Peanut Price Highlights

Peanut prices received by farmers for all farmer stock peanuts averaged 25.5 cents per pound for the week ending May 7, up 1.1 cents from the previous week. Marketings of […]

Minnesota: Can I Plant a Cover Crop if I Used a PRE Herbicide?

With postemergence herbicide supply issues creating challenges for 2022 and possibly into 2023, using a preemergence herbicide with residual activity as part of a weed management program is as important […]

Selecting PPE When Using Pesticides

When selecting a pesticide, make sure you read the label to ensure that you have the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needed to mix, load, and apply that product. The PPE that […]

Iowa Planting: In the Mad Rush, Don’t Forget Your Herbicide!

This spring’s weather has resulted in an unusually slow start to the growing season, especially when compared with the past two years. In springs like these, field operations are condensed […]

Mitigating Herbicide Mixing Issues

There have been numerous reports of mixing issues when either Roundup PowerMax 3 or Gramoxone is added to the tank with residual herbicides like atrazine, Cotoran, Caparol, fomesafen or a […]

Georgia: 4 Weed Management Considerations

Here are a couple of things to think about based upon recent phone calls/texts and observations from some of my current research projects.

Biden Proposals to Incentivize Increased U.S. Ag Production Due to Ukraine-Russia Conflict

Update 5/11/22: The $500 million to incentivize production of food commodities was dropped from the larger aid package soon after this article was published. The important policy considerations related to […]

Kentucky Corn, Soybeans: Stink Bugs in Wheat May Have an Early Awakening and Affect Seedlings

During the last two weeks of April, I observed brown stink bugs (Euschistus spp.) (Figure 1) and green stink bugs (Nezara viridula) while scouting for aphids in wheat, but surprisingly I […]

Texas: Wildfire Preliminary Ag Losses Total $23.1Mln

Texas wildfires that ravaged the Eastland Complex, parts of the Panhandle and Coryell County regions encompassing 433,000 acres have resulted in $23.1 million in preliminary agricultural loss estimates, according to Texas […]

Ohio Corn, Soybeans: Considerations for Handling Crusted Soil

Warmer temperatures combined with dryer weather will push planting progress along. For fields that have been already planted, recent precipitation and warmer days ahead can build conditions for soil crusting. […]

Iowa Field Reports: Planting Progress Expected to Speed Up This Week

While not much planting progress was made last week (again), the warmer and drier weather this week should provide more favorable conditions for fieldwork and planting. Some of the hot […]

Spray Drift: A Serious Problem You Can Manage

Spray drift not only result in wasting expensive pesticides and pollution of the environment, it may damage non-target crops nearby, and poses a serious health risk to people living in […]

Webinar: Who Has Rights to the Water When Drought Hits? – May 18

Who has the right to access water in the American West? Find out during an online webinar hosted by the National Agricultural Law Center on May 18. As of May […]

Texas Field Report: Recent Rains Make for ‘Hit-and-Miss’ Ag Progress

While recent rains have provided a needed respite for agricultural producers in some parts of Texas, the majority of producers did not benefit and continue to hope for more, according […]

Food Protectionism Adds to “Chaos in Global Food Markets;” Ukraine Could Plant a Majority of Spring Crops

Financial Times writers Oliver Telling, Benjamin Parkin and Emiko Terazono reported yesterday that, “Rising protectionism is exacerbating chaos in global food markets brought on by the war in Ukraine, with governments clamping down on exports of...