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Cleveland on Cotton: Uncertainty Weakens Prices, Demand Remains Bullish

Cotton prices surged higher on the week climbing to an even 91 cents before succumbing to Friday’s selloff across all markets: financials, commodities, and equities. Weekly export sales were weak, […]

Mississippi Corn: Why Did Kernels Near the Ear Tip Not Fill?

Incomplete kernel set is something hard to ignore when you peel back husks to evaluate your corn crop. Often times we wonder why those kernels near the ear tip didn’t […]

Mississippi Corn: Identifying Reproductive Stages, Management Implications

Corn reproductive stages may comprise nearly 60 days for full-season hybrids grown in Mississippi at normal planting dates depending upon seasonal temperatures. Corn maturation is closely correlated to temperatures and […]

Mississippi Cotton: Bollworm Management in Early Bloom

There are reports of bollworm eggs starting to show up and in some areas are at or above egg threshold. In a normal year, the bollworm flight generally begins around […]

North Carolina: Identifying Waterhemp, a New Type of Pigweed – Videos

Waterhemp is a new weed to North Carolina. It looks a lot like the other pigweeds- redroot pigweed and Palmer amaranth. Waterhemp often already has herbicide resistance. This short video […]

North Carolina Corn: Reducing Aflatoxin Levels – Video

Aflatoxins are a type of mycotoxin that is produced by Aspergillus flavus which has a worldwide impact on human and animal health. They are particularly dangerous to animals because their […]

Alabama Cotton: Scouting and Controlling Stink Bugs – Videos

Stinkbugs are among our most damaging cotton pests. Growers need to be scouting for them and other pests, such as the clouded plant bug, as cotton is in bloom. Alabama […]

Alabama Soybeans: How Big a Threat Are Fall Armyworms? – Video

Alabama Extension entomologist Dr. Scott Graham and Eddie McGriff discuss the widespread infestation of fall armyworms (FAWs) across the South and their threat to soybeans, especially late-planted soybeans. Also, we […]

Rice Market: Confirmed Sales to Iraq Bring Good News as Harvest Starts

In the US, the news of the Iraq business keeps getting better. The original report of 60,000 metric tons was bumped to 80,000 metric tons, and now it appears that […]

Texas LRGV: Cotton Insects Mostly Quiet, Keep Eyes Open for Sugarcane Aphids, Rice Stink Bugs in Sorghum

General Situation Harvest continued again this week for corn and grain sorghum as growers worked around some rain received on Wednesday. East part of the Valley received anywhere from 0.7” […]

Peanuts: USDA Announces 2021 Crop Loan Rates

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced 2021 crop loan rates for four types of peanuts. The rates take effect August 1, 2021, the beginning of the peanut crop year. […]

Georgia: 7 Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas to Floods, Freeze

This Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans. […]

South Dakota: 7 Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas to Drought

This Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans. […]

Minnesota: 11 Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas

This Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans. […]

USDA: Peanut Price Highlights

Peanut prices received by farmers for all farmer stock peanuts averaged 21.8 cents per pound for the week ending July 24, unchanged from the previous week. Marketings of all farmer […]

Rice Market: UK-Australia Trade Deal Not Likely to Impede U.S. Exports to Britain

Earlier this summer, the United Kingdom (UK) and Australia reached an agreement in principle on a trade deal that paves the way for increased Australian rice imports. On June 17, […]

Midsouth Cotton: Could Pests Finally Be Catching Up to Us?

Stink bug and bollworm populations are increasing, but this is just the beginning for some areas. Although spotty in Louisiana and Arkansas, some growers in these areas are still fighting an uphill battle with plant bugs.

Shurley on Cotton: Maybe Not Red, but Possible Caution Flags Ahead

A positive spin on things first. This appears to be shaping up as one of those rare and blessed years where most producers will enjoy both a good crop and […]

Drought Monitor Weekly: Plains, Midwest Remain Dry

Summary A robust Southwestern monsoon circulation delivered drought-easing rainfall but sparked localized flash flooding across large sections of the Four Corners States, as well as the southern Great Basin, but […]

Upland Cotton: USDA Announces Special Import Quota #15

The Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation today announced a special import quota for upland cotton that permits importation of a quantity of upland cotton equal to one week’s domestic […]

Rice Market: 120K Tons Sold to Iraq

Sales of 80,000 tons of U.S. rice to Iraq have just been announced by ADM (subject to letter of credit approval), and an additional 40,000 tons was sold by Supreme […]

Illinois: Winnebago County Designated Natural Disaster Areas to Drought

This Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans. […]

Minnesota: 14 Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas to Drought

This Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans. […]

Mississippi Corn: How to Estimate Yield Prior to Harvest

There is a method you can estimate corn yield by thoroughly sampling random ears in a field. It will take some effort, knowledge and luck to represent a field, but […]

Mississippi Corn: When to Terminate Irrigation

Corn maturation is generally a bit later than normal this year due to moderate temperatures, but depending on planting date and a couple other variables, most is now denting and […]

Mississippi Soybeans: Managing Cercospora Blight – Podcast

Trey Price again visits the Crop Doctors’ Podcast studio in Stoneville to talk about Cercospora Blight in soybean.  Tom and Trey discuss current research on the disease, symptom identification, fungicide […]

Arkansas Soybeans: Market Prices High, Plenty of Challenges on the Ground

With harvest about two months away for Arkansas soybeans, both the cash and book markets for the crop are well into double-digit dollars, with markets closing Friday as high as […]

Arkansas: Field Days Canceled to COVID Spikes, Some to Switch to Online Format

A rise in COVID-19 cases is prompting the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture to cancel in-person field days, with some morphing into online formats. The Division of Agriculture […]

Arkansas Rice: EPA Grants Crisis Exemption to Help Fight Armyworm Scourge

Arkansas rice farmers watching fall armyworms obliterate their fields can now fight back, with the federal Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday granting a crisis exemption enabling growers to use a […]

Moving Grain: Panama Canal Makes Way for Larger Vessels

Panama Canal Makes Way for Larger Vessels As of May 21, the maximum allowable length for vessels transiting the Panama Canal’s Neopanamax Locks has increased from 367.28 meters (1,205 feet) […]

Southeast Cotton: Mixed Reports After New Weather Conditions

The Southeast is seeing a boom in stinkbugs as the cotton crop matures and corn dries out.

Southwest Cotton: Hurting for Heat Units

Hotter weather is welcome over most of our coverage area. Cotton is a week to three weeks behind after the cool, wet spring and much of the summer. But the mid-to-high-90s should help fields recover, notes AgriLife specialist Murilo Maeda.

Pennsylvania Soybeans: Scout Now for Soybean Cyst Nematode – The Hidden Enemy

Soybean growers in Pennsylvania must be aware that the soybean cyst nematode (SCN, Heterodera glycines) has been found in Lancaster and York counties. Not really concerned yet? As a reminder, SCN […]

Florida Peanuts: Can Growth Regulators Boost Yields?

Excessive peanut vine growth can be problematic in several ways.  First, too much vine can increase disease because of the ability of the canopy to hold moisture and the inability […]

North Carolina Cotton: Additional Threshold for Bollworm Added

NC State Extension has two thresholds for bollworm, depending on the type of cotton planted: Bollgard II, TwinLink, WideStrike: 25 total eggs on 100 leaves or fruiting structures (search throughout […]

Fuel Report: Diesel, Gas Prices Down Slightly

The U.S. average diesel fuel price decreased less than 1 cent, remaining virtually unchanged at $3.34 per gallon on July 26, 92 cents higher than a year ago. The Midwest […]

Peanut Stocks: Utilization Up 4%; 2.4Bln Pounds in Storage

Peanut stocks reported in commercial storage on June 30, 2021 totaled 2.43 billion pounds of equivalent farmer stock, compared with 2.24 billion pounds a year ago. This total includes 1.65 […]

Ag Economy: Federal Reserve Observations from July

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Board released its July 2021 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations pertaining to the […]

Mississippi Cotton: What to Know About the ThryvOn Trait – Podcast

Angus Catchot sits down in the Crop Doctors’ Podcast studio in Stoneville to talk with Whitney, Jason, and Tom about ThryvOn cotton.  ThryvOn is a new insect trait with activity […]