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AgFax Weekend: Farm Bill Helps Heirs | FSA – 1 More Work Day

In this week’s AgFax Weekend – Farm Bill Helps Heirs | FSA – 1 More Work Day | and more.

Ag Lenders to Politicians: Farmers Need Govt. Up and Running ASAP – DTN

CEOs of the three Farm Credit banks and the Farm Credit Council on Wednesday called on Congress and the Trump administration to reopen the government so that farmers can get […]

Georgia Peanut Farm Show – A Day of Education and Awards

More than 1,200 attendees were able to fine-tune their farming operations with information gained at the 43rd annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference on Jan. 17, 2019, at the […]

PLC Base Yield Updates – The Importance of Crop Rotation

Three of the last four farm bills (2002, 2014, and 2018) have authorized an update option for the yield used to determine payments by the price support program. Each updated […]

Cotton Market and Farm Bill Update Webinar – Video Now Online

University of Georgia Cotton Economist Don Shurley presented a Cotton Market and Farm Bill Update webinar in conjunction with the University of Arkansas this week. A video of that presentation […]

Seasonal Drought Outlook – Feb., March, April

Near- to above-normal precipitation during the past 30 days once again prevailed across the eastern half of the Nation, leaving only moderate drought in southeastern Florida, northern North Dakota, and […]

Weekly Cotton Market Review – USDA

Spot quotations averaged 61 points higher 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, […]

Cleveland On Cotton: A Week Of Rumors (Also, Thanks USDA Staffers)

Cotton futures flirted with 74 cents all week, basis the nearby March contract and climbed as high as 74.66 on Friday trading. The bulls pushed the market rumor that China […]

Drought Monitor Weekly: Widespread Heavy Snows, Rain

Summary A mixture of rain and snow accompanied a low pressure system from the Great Lakes to New England during early January. An upper-level low and its associated surface low […]

Western Region Pecans: Light Buying Interest as Season Winds Down

Deliveries by growers to delivery points of Improved varieties were light. Demand was moderate for good quality pecans. The season is finishing up, and overall harvesting is approximately 90-95 percent […]

Dicamba In 2019 – Enough Qualified Applicators For New Regs? – AgFax Weed Solutions

New regulations limit who can make dicamba applications, which raises questions about whether enough certified people will be available to keep herbicides going out on schedule. Some states are pushing […]

Ag Economy: Commodity Prices Higher; Government, Trade Uncertainty – Fed Beige Book

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Board released its January 2019 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations pertaining […]

Clemson Seeks State Funding to Improve Extension Program

A ninth-generation farmer whose family began farming on John’s Island in 1725, Thomas Legare knows a thing or two about the business, and he told state legislators this week that […]

Mississippi: Growing Furrow Irrigated Rice – What Have We Learned?

Producing rice in a “rowed-up” manner as other row crops such as corn, soybean, and cotton was a foreign concept just a couple of years ago. Today, there is tremendous interest […]

Georgia Pecans: Emergency Disaster Relief Available for Debris Cleanup

This is the best news I have heard for Georgia pecan growers since the Hurricane in October. On November 18, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law HB 1EX, which provides emergency […]

Louisiana Soybeans: Variety Response to Taproot Decline

Taproot decline of soybean usually is not noticed until pod fill when interveinal chlorosis and necrosis become evident from the turn row.  However, the disease may cause seed rot, seedling disease, […]

Corn: Mutant Red Pigments May Have Plant Breeding Implications

In discovering a mutant gene that “turns on” another gene responsible for the red pigments sometimes seen in corn, researchers solved an almost six-decades-old mystery with a finding that may […]

Farm Labor: Bill to Provide Legal Status to Immigrant Workers

Calling it “an important first step,” the California Farm Bureau Federation welcomed today’s introduction in Congress of new legislation to provide legal status to immigrant farm employees in the United […]

Webinar: Ag Market Outlook Under New Farm Bill, Jan. 24

Join in on Thursday, January 24 at 10 a.m. CST for our next webinar presentation from Patrick Westhoff. He will discuss the market outlook under the new farm bill. Final […]

South Carolina: Above Average Rainfall Breaks Annual State Record

Preliminary data for South Carolina indicates December was the second wettest out of the 124-year record, with a statewide average rainfall of 7.67 inches which is almost double the normal […]

South Carolina: Cotton, Peanut Meetings, Santee, Jan. 22, 24

Southeast farmers can learn tips to maximize profitability of cotton and peanut crops at meetings planned by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service this month. The annual South Carolina Cotton […]

Rice Market Takes Lack of USDA Reports in Stride

It has remained very slow in the rice industry over the past week with only minor changes in price and even fewer changes in market fundamentals. With the government shutdown still […]

Biofuels: Have Small Refinery Exemptions Destroyed E85 Demand?

There continues to be considerable interest in whether small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the RFS have “destroyed” demand for ethanol in the physical market. It seems obvious that this would […]

Alabama: 2 Irrigation Workshops, Jan. 22, 23

Some Alabama producers will soon have the opportunity to add irrigation systems to their farms thanks to funding from the new Alabama Irrigation Initiative. The initiative will provide cost-share funding […]

Alabama: Wiregrass Cotton Expo, Dothan, Feb. 14

Cotton producers looking for the latest information on cotton production should attend the 2019 Wiregrass Cotton Expo. This is the 20th anniversary for this event. The event is Feb. 14 at […]

Southwest Alabama-Northwest Florida Row Crops Expo, Bay Minette AL, Feb. 21

The 2019 Southwest Alabama-Northwest Florida Row Crops Expo will get underway on February 21 at the John F. Rhodes Civic Center, 301 D’Olive Street, Bay Minette Alabama. The free event […]

Grain Marketing Mind Game – 4 Tips for Reducing Anxiety

We all breathe a sigh of relief once all of the grain is in the bin. However, it does not take long for the relief to turn to anxiety as […]

Mississippi Soybeans: Weather Impacts on Crop Preparation – Podcast

Jason and Bobby sit down with Tim Clements, a soybean producer from Greenville, MS. Topics include the Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board, field ruts, burndown, and soybean planting date....

Corteva Launches Enlist E3 Soybeans and Qrome Corn Products

Enlist E3 soybeans will be commercially launched in Brazil, Canada and the United States, beginning in 2019 according to an announcement today from Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. Qrome […]

Peanut Butter: A Brief History in Honor of National Peanut Butter Day

The peanut butter sandwich is about as American as baseball, hot dogs and apple pie. But history tells us its origins date back to the ancient Incas and Aztecs. All […]

Rice: Evaluating the Central America-Dominican Republic-U.S. Free Trade Agreement

USA Rice held a meeting in Costa Rica with more than 40 rice industry representatives from the U.S. and the Central American Rice Federation (FECARROZ) to discuss the Central America-Dominican […]

Mississippi: 3 Producer Advisory Council Meetings in Feb.

The time of year has come for producers in Mississippi to provide input on agricultural programming and research at Mississippi State University. The MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and […]

Barchart Transitions Long-Standing Commodity Research Bureau To New Platform

Barchart has announced the transition of the Commodity Research Bureau (CRB) – its commodities and futures research, data and analysis firm – to the “cmdty by Barchart” product line. CRB, […]

Sawyer on Crops: Pastures – To Burn or Not to Burn? – Podcast

It’s a little early for prescribed burns in pastures, but it’s not too early to start planning. In this week’s South Georgia Pine podcast, County Extension Agent Andrew Sawyer discusses […]

Fuel Report: Diesel 5 Cents Below Last Year; Propane Stocks Near Average

The U.S. average diesel fuel price decreased nearly 4 cents from last week to $2.98 per gallon on January 14, 2019, more than 5 cents per gallon lower than a […]

Tennessee: 4 Upcoming Dicamba Stewardship Training Sessions in Jan., Feb.

Before Tennessee applicators can apply low-volatile versions of dicamba herbicide in 2019, they must first attend an approved dicamba-specific training.  University of Tennessee Extension will offer a dicamba stewardship training […]

Rice Market: Concerns for U.S. Exports Following Brexit Vote

The United Kingdom is hurtling towards the Brexit deadline of March 29 with severed brakes, and yesterday Parliament tossed the steering wheel out the window, strengthening the European Union’s hand, […]

South Caroline: Sweet Potato Weevil, Benghal Dayflower Quarantine Areas Increased

Clemson University’s Department of Plant Industry (DPI) has issued updated quarantine information related to two crop pests: sweet potato weevil and Benghal dayflower. The agency expanded a longstanding quarantine due […]

USDA to Reopen FSA Offices for Limited Services During Government Shutdown

Sonny Perdue has  announced that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers. The USDA has […]

Illinois Grain Farms Should Expected Negative Incomes in 2019

In 2018, many grain farms in Illinois will have incomes above $70,000 per farm, the average from 2013 to 2017. Incomes in 2019 could be negative on many farms. While […]