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California Walnuts: Nov. Orchard Management Considerations

Please note that the following are general recommendations intended to help you keep track of regular practices in a busy time; the optimal timing for management practices may vary based […]

Soil Health: Adjust Tire Pressure to Reduce Compaction

Did you know that you can get more work out of your tractor, consume less fuel, and reduce soil compaction by reducing pressure in over-inflated tires? This is because tire […]

NOAA Seasonal Drought Outlook – Nov., Dec., Jan.

La Niña conditions have developed and are expected to continue with an 87% chance of La Niña during the Northern Hemisphere winter 2021-22. Drought continues entrenched across much of the […]

Thompson on Cotton: Export Sales Receive Boost as China Returns to Market

There was a lot of movement in the market last week, only to end up right back where it started. After a week of ups and downs, the December contract […]

Texas Plant Protection Conference, Bryan, Dec. 7-8

The 33rd Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference will be in-person (with a virtual option for those that choose to attend on line) on December 7 & 8 at the Brazos Center in […]

AgFax Weekend: Bioinsecticides Clean Out Caterpillars | Pensions Sue Bayer

In this week's AgFax Weekend: Bioinsecticides Clean Out Caterpillars | Pensions Sue Bayer | and more.

Cleveland on Cotton: Current Range Likely to Hold Through Nov. Reports

China, Volatility, On-Call Sales, Shipping Backlog, and Late Harvest remain the buzz in the cotton market. Contrary to the opinion of a few traders, and speaking to the total of […]

Michigan Soybeans: Avoid Significant Yield Losses by Sampling for SCN

If you have areas with lower-than-expected soybean yields that cannot be explained, it may be due to soybean cyst nematode (Heterodera glycines). This nematode is a major limiting factor in […]

Michigan: Pesticide Applicator Review Sessions, Recertifications Credits, Testing Options for Fall 2021

In Michigan, autumn is a time when the commercial agricultural community starts to think about pesticide applicator certifications. For some, it may be because the new production season is approaching […]

Ag Economy: Oct. Observations from the Federal Reserve

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

Indiana Corn, Soybeans: Using Phosphorus, Potassium Fertilizers Wisely

Phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) fertilizer prices have increased dramatically in recent months. If you cannot afford all the fertilizer P and K you think you need or there is […]

Texas: Collin County Ag Expo, McKinney, Nov. 3

An agriculture expo for Collin County will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Nov. 3 in the show barn at Myers Park and Event Center, 7117 County Road 166 in […]

Tennessee Soybeans: Seed Quality Discounts This Fall

Harvest and delivery delays this fall can be blamed partly on the weather and partly on the continued impact of Hurricane Ida on grain movement through the system.  I have […]

Midsouth Soybeans: New Tool for Utilizing Variety Trial Data

Which soybean variety is best suited to my region? State variety testing programs provide critical research to help answer that question by evaluating hundreds of soybean varieties every year across […]

Grain Transportation: Supply Chain Update from National Corn Growers Assn

NCGA joined several other members of the Agriculture Transportation Working Group in submitting comments to the Department of Transportation on the state of the U.S. supply chain. The comments address […]

NRCS Announces Conservation Funding Opportunities for 2022

USDA is announcing fiscal year 2022 assistance opportunities for agricultural producers and private landowners for key programs, such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Agricultural...

Rice Market Update: Export Sales, Shipments Highest in 4 Weeks

The harvest in Arkansas has rounded its final turn and is all but over the finish line. With less than 10% of the crop to go, the story hasn’t changed much […]

USDA: Peanut Price Highlights

Peanut prices received by farmers for all farmer stock peanuts averaged 23.4 cents per pound for the week ending October 16, down 1.5 cents from the previous week. Marketings of […]

Minnesota: Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Options for 2021 Close Soon

Private pesticide applicators who still need to certify in 2021 have two options left to get their certification. You must take either the online or mail-in exam to receive your […]

Iowa Soybeans: SCN-Resistant Varieties for 2022

ISU annually compiles a list of soybean varieties available to Iowa farmers with resistance to the soybean cyst nematode (SCN). The work is supported by soybean checkoff funds from the […]

Iowa Corn, Soybeans: Hybrid/Variety Selection

Corn Hybrids Choosing corn hybrids is one of the most crucial crop management decisions to be made. There are a range of factors to consider, most notably the weather, which […]

Illinois: 3 Considerations as Harvest Resumes

After an early start to fall harvest in 2021, widespread rainfall over most of Illinois in the second week of October slowed harvest progress; by October 17, 62% of the […]

Moving Grains: Downbound Barge Movements Increase With Harvest

Downbound Barged Grain Movements Increase With the Harvest and Recovery From Ida Downbound barged grain movements and barge-unload operations in the New Orleans region appear to have gradually recovered from […]

Tennessee: UT Offers Farmland Legacy Webinar Series in Nov.

Preparing for farm succession may seem like a daunting and overwhelming task. To secure a farm’s future, however, it’s a task that should be handled with careful planning. University of […]

Illinois Corn, Soybeans: 2022 Planting Decisions, Nitrogen Costs, and Crop Prices

For 2022, planting decisions relative to corn and soybeans are likely more complicated than usual due to rising production costs and uncertainties about commodity and fertilizer prices. Higher priced nitrogen […]

Kentucky Soybeans: Difficulties in Diagnosing Diseases of Mature Plants

After soybean plants have matured in the field, many organisms begin to grow and colonize these plants.  Rainy weather often promotes growth of and colonization by these organisms. The longer […]

Kentucky Soybeans: Seed Quality Issues Due to Fungal Infections

Although soybean yields have been pretty good this year so far, the seed quality of harvested soybeans has not been great in some fields.  Seed diseases have been prevalent in […]

Michigan: 2021 Integrated Crop, Pest Management Update, East Lansing, Dec. 20

The Michigan State University Extension field crops team will host the 2021 Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update on Monday, Dec. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Normally held at the MSU Livestock Pavilion, we held the […]

Fertilizer Exports from China Face Curbs; Crop Acreage Levels Garners Attention

Bloomberg News reported this week that, “Chinese authorities are imposing new hurdles for fertilizer exporters amid growing concerns over surging power prices and food production, a move that could worsen a global price shock and food […]

Shurley on Cotton: Don’t Miss Out on Marketing Opportunities

Where do we start? I don’t want to bore you with numbers, but understanding at least a few numbers helps to try to decipher this market—where we have been and […]

Fuel Report: Prices Climb Higher

The U.S. average diesel fuel price increased nearly 9 cents to $3.67 per gallon on October 18, $1.28 higher than a year ago. The West Coast and East Coast prices […]

Michigan: Soil Health Assessment Tool Now Available

A Michigan Soil Health Progress Report developed by Michigan State University Extension educators is now available for farmers, agribusinesses, agency personal and crop advisors to assist in assessing and tracking soil health on their […]

Ohio: Prevent Combine Fires During Fall Harvest

Autumn weather conditions have led to an increase in combine fires. Two recommendations to prevent injuries and property damage include: preventative maintenance and pre-planning for fire emergencies. Ohio ranks fourth […]

Ohio Corn: Harvesting Fields with Moldy Leaves and Stubble

Dark Dust Clouds During Harvest There have been reports of huge dust clouds blowing up behind combines during harvest. It is certainly not uncommon to see dust during harvest as […]

Midwest Grains: Alternative Options to On-Farm Storage

The excitement of a large crop may be hampered slightly by thoughts of where all that grain will go. If you are running the numbers and realizing your storage will […]

Ag Trade: China’s Pork Output Jumps, as Soy, Meat Imports Slow

Reuters writer Dominique Patton reported this week that, “China’s third-quarter pork production surged to its highest in three years, official data showed on Monday, after producers built thousands of large breeding farms last […]

Arkansas: 10 Considerations When Taking Soil Samples

Fertilizer prices are significantly higher now than last year, and farmers know that soil sampling is one of the tools available to optimize fertilizer use. In Arkansas, about 65-70% of […]

Profitable Harvest, But Farmers Leery of Rising Production Costs, Parts Shortage

Des Moines Register writer Donnelle Eller reported this week that, “After last year’s destructive derecho, which flattened corn and stripped soybean across the state, better-than-expected yields and strong prices are making this harvest...

Arkansas: Corn, Cotton Online Field Day, Oct. 28

Corn and cotton are the topics for the next virtual field day presented by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, […]

Ag Trade: Chinese Domestic Corn Prices Fall, U.S. Corn Exports Hit Record Volume

Reuters writers Hallie Gu and Gavin Maguire reported late last week that, “For the first time in a year, corn prices in China’s key Shandong hub this week have fallen to the same levels […]