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The government of Kenya wants the U.S. Department of Agriculture to approve imports of fresh thyme into the U.S. The USDA conducted an analysis of pest risks associated with fresh thyme from Kenya, and the pest risk assessment is available at the and available for comment until March 25, according to the USDA. Related articles. 02/24/2020 17:08
Last week, February 16 to 22 was declared Grain Bin Safety Week. The intent is to put a spotlight on the importance of safety when working with grain bins on farms and agribusinesses. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has a very personal story to share about grain bin safety, and she came on AgriTalk Radio toward the end of the week: “When I was 22 years old–I was just finishing up school–my dad was killed in a grain bin accident on our family farm,” she says. The story of her father’s death in a grain bin emphasizes the need for safety around grain bins all year round. And in particular in the coming year because of the widespread quality issues of the grain currently being stored. “We'd had a really wet and miserable year the year before, 02/24/2020 16:34
Coming off of better than expected milk prices to close out 2019, the momentum has swung the other direction. So, how much downside risk is left? University of Missouri economist Scott Brown says since prices already moved lower, some of the downside risk is out of the way. “I still have some optimism longer term as we go through this year, and it's all going to be trade related,” says Brown. “Trade has to offset what appears to be another 3.5 billion pound increase in milk production this year that will try to pressure prices lower.”Pressure is coming from not just the supply side. Brown says there are a few different factors working to pull down prices. “Supplies have been stronger than maybe we would have thought six months ago,” says B. 02/24/2020 16:28
American dairy farmers, distillers and drugmakers have been eager to break into India, the world’s seventh-biggest economy but a tough-to-penetrate colossus of 1.3 billion people. Looks like they’ll have to wait. Talks between the Trump administration and New Delhi, intended to forge at least a modest deal in time for President Donald Trump’s visit that begins Monday, appear to have fizzled. 02/24/2020 14:50
It's a messy Monday to start off the week for weather. U.S. Farm Report meteorologist Mike Hoffman acknowledging most of the rain and snow will hit portions of the country that doesn’t really need the moisture right now. Hoffman says the moisture in the root zone moisture map expanded in again this past week, especially in parts of the Southeast. He says Mississippi, Tennessee and northern Alabama saw more moisture. “Like we showed last week, it’s wetter in many of these areas than it was a year ago,” says Hoffman. “Now, that doesn’t mean we’re going to have another wet spring like we had last year, but at least the beginning of it looks like we’ll probably start that way.”The moisture story is different story out West. Drought is spreadin. 02/24/2020 14:15
By Chad Berentschot, Pipestone System. It’s time to start a new group of pigs. If you want to have your best closeout possible, get your weaned pigs off to a good start. This starts long before the pigs arrive at your barn. Your journey begins with communication to your sow unit, confirming delivery dates and times to ensure that the barn is cleaned, disinfected and dried to allow for a clean and dry environment for incoming pigs. Communicate with your veterinarian to make sure that you have the proper health plan in place. Make sure that you have all medications and vaccinations on site when pigs arrive so they can be administered in a timely manner when warranted. Finally, start the conversation with your nutritionist, confirming that you 02/24/2020 13:57
Coronavirus continues to be a black swan hitting the markets, with both the stock market and commodity market getting hit hard on Monday. The Dow was on pace to have its worst day in two years.The number of cases outside of China shot up over the weekend, and the even acknowledged the world is not ready for the virus’ global spread. DuWayne Bosse of says the main factor driving down prices on Monday is uncertainty. “Markets hate uncertainty, especially managed fund traders,” says Bosse. “No one really knows how far coronavirus will spread or what affect it will have on global demand. That ‘uncertainty’ is enough for a fund trader to exit long positions.”“The biggest thing that concerned me about the weekend’s coronavirus headlines was the 02/24/2020 13:35
When Tillable CEO Corbett Kull reflects on the Climate Corporation terminating an in-progress partnership with the agtech startup, he says “It took on a life of its own.”In early 2020, Tillable used addresses that were aggregated from local assessors’ offices to mail marketing letters targeting non-operator landowners. “One of the most effective ways to communicate with landowners is mail,” Kull says. “And some of the letters we sent ended up being received by farmers.”Then, some of those farmers posted to social media and online discussion boards reacting to the unsolicited land rental offers. “And there was a lot of information put out there that simply was not factual,” Kull says. “It didn’t matter what we said, because people didn’t b. 02/24/2020 13:03
Food brings everyone together, whether you are 10 or 80, enjoying a meal together is plain fun. Not only is pork tasty, but it’s nutritious, too. “Pork is a user-friendly protein that absorbs flavor well. Almost any method of cooking can be used to achieve your desired outcome. Eight pork cuts are specifically lean* and pork tenderloin is extra lean*, making it a heart-healthy** choice for your family,” says Jenny Jackson, director of communications for the Illinois Pork Producers Association. Farm Journal’s PORK sought out expert opinions from kids at to find out what their favorite cut of pork is and why. For Ty Smith, 15, that is an easy question to answer. Hands-down, bacon is his favorite. They enjoy making it for breakfast, he explain. 02/24/2020 12:48
Global equity markets fell sharply on Monday. Coronavirus jitters are likely responsible. China's economy appears to be slowing drastically as the virus spreads. Consumer activity has suffered while imports and exports have been disrupted. The market is unsure of just how far or fast the virus may spread. In addition, Joe discusses March basis contracts. There is some correlation between delivery periods and "spike lows" in the corn market. The Grain Markets and Other Stuff podcast focuses on grain markets, grain marketing, the business of farming, and a variety of other related topics. Joe Vaclavik is the owner of Standard Grain, a commodity brokerage and consulting business located in Tennessee. He spends his days providing farmers and fe. 02/24/2020 12:24
Let me start off by admitting I don’t watch professional sports. My bet is it was only because I gave up on the Cubs that they won the World Series. So maybe we’re both better off. I also don’t get the farmer obsession with the Super Bowl and beer ads. The reason is I don’t think it matters that much now and really won’t in the future. It just doesn’t look to me like football and beer will be a big part of what’s coming. First, football. Here are the 10 most popular sports and their followers according to the World Atlas. Note what is NOT on it. Worse still, for the first time in 3 decades the number of high school football players dropped. Football revenues at the pro and college level amount to about $40 billion, but different sources var. 02/24/2020 11:50
Missed a recent article by Jon Scheve? Get it sent to you directly every week. Send a request by email:. Market Commentary for 2/21/20. The corn market is facing a lot of bearish news right now:. Coronavirus. Remaining concerns of African Swine Fever, and a little bird flu. Corn movement as farmers need to generate some income. Potentially 94 million corn acres being planted this year. Lack of China purchases from a phase 1 trade deal. A potentially large South American corn crop. Weak ethanol margins. A strong dollar which leads to a slower export pace. Despite so much negative news, the market continues to perform well with corn futures only down 15 cents since the coronavirus hit. Spreads between March and May futures have narrowed from around 8 ce. 02/24/2020 11:41
More wild boars have been discovered dead and tested positive for African swine fever (ASF), South Korean authorities said on Friday. To date, 250 wild boars have been found dead in in the country, near its border with North Korea, reports. The most recent dead hogs were found in the eastern county of Hwacheon and western city of Paju, according to the National Institute of Environmental Research. Hundreds of soldiers and civilians were mobilized last year to hunt down wild boars near the border to try to contain the spread of this deadly disease of pigs. Although ASF does not harm humans and poses no risk to the food supply, it is devastating for pig farmers and the pork industry because there is no cure or vaccine. North Korea reported it. 02/24/2020 11:09
The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) announced on Monday the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) that will benefit members of each organization and support and promote mutually beneficial regulations, standards and policies to enhance bilateral trade in meat and poultry products. "Members of the Meat Institute and the British Meat Processors Association share many common goals, especially regarding food safety, sustainability, nutrition and worker safety," Meat Institute Senior Vice President for International Affairs Bill Westman said in a release. Trade negotiations will begin soon between the U.S. and the United Kingdom. 02/24/2020 10:48
During the final week of January, we all became re-familiarized with the word coronavirus, when news spread (no pun intended) of the outbreak of this virus in the city of Wuhan China and the surrounding region. Markets reacted as they often do when confronted with a new potentially demand disrupting element, which is to sell off as participants want to reduce exposure, or what we refer to as risk-off. As more disclosed about the virus, now officially labeled Covid-19, and the realization it had not spread significantly outside of China, markets somewhat returned to a state of normalcy, if there really is such a thing in markets. That is at least until this morning, and now as we enter the last week of February, it would appear that we have 02/24/2020 10:31
Its roots dug deep into the soil, its leaves stretched for sunlight to a 9’ stature and it produced hundreds of thousands of offspring in a single season — last year’s waterhemp will still wreak havoc on fields this year. Unchecked, waterhemp can produce more than half-a-million seeds in a single plant, and last year escapes ran rampant with some prevent plant acres having never received control measures. Get ready for a fight. “In my Palmer amaranth tour of Iowa, more than three-quarters of the fields had waterhemp escapes that probably weren’t impacting 2019 yield, but they were producing millions of seeds,” says Bob Hartzler, Iowa State University Extension weed scientist. “Non-economic infestations that don’t hurt yield can increase the. 02/23/2020 14:35
It appears that Form 8995-A Schedule D dealing with farm losses and cooperative payments have conflicting calculations by the various software vendors. We will go over how the vendors are calculating this adjustment but we can't really tell who is right or wrong due to a lack of guidance from the IRS in their form or instructions. Form 8995-A was originally designed as a five page form with various schedules. The final Form 8995-A was limited to a two page Form with four Schedules that can be attached as follows:. Schedule A - Specified Service Trade or Business (does not apply to many farmers),. Schedule B - Aggregation of Business Operations (only applies if a farmer is over the income threshold),. Schedule C - Loss Netting and Carryforward 02/22/2020 15:06
Ever noticed how many farm welds on equipment look snaggy after a year or two? I'm not talking about the actual weld. Even beautiful MIG welds get rough looking after they weather, even if it had implement paint on it after it cooled. I've found that, just as prep work is the secret to nice welds, prep work is the key to painting over welds. Take time to use paint thinner or other solvent to wipe away all the soot around the weld, then use sandpaper to smooth the edges of the burned paint or the abrupt edges where you had to grind the metal. If you're really fussy, use a buffing pad to remove the grinder marks. Then spray a coat of primer, allow it to dry, then apply a couple coats of machinery paint. The secret to making the paint job look.

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