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Agriculture Online 07/13/2020 16:58
Mother Nature has good and bad news for the crops in the Corn Belt. First, the good news. There are some "million dollar" rains coming to end the month of July. And the first of those precipitation events happens this week, according to Dale Mohler, AccuWeather meteorologist. "Some really good rains begin tonight and tomorrow (Tuesday) through the northern Corn Belt. A storm that begins in northern Missouri will run through Iowa and on up to Wisconsin and the northern two-thirds of Illinois,' Mohler says. Mohler added, "There will be 1.00"-3.00" of rain along this path. That's a good chunk of the corn and bean Belt.". Another rain event arrives next week, followed by cooler temperatures. And the month of July is expected to have up and down
Agriculture Online 07/13/2020 16:17
The U.S. corn and soybean ratings have yet to catch up to their averages, according to the USDA Monday. On Monday, the USDA released its Crop Progress Report that shows falling good/excellent corn progress. Corn. In its report, the USDA estimates the corn good/excellent rating at 69%, down from 71% a week ago. Meanwhile, 29% of the nation’s corn is in the silk growth stage vs. a 32% five-year average. In addition, the silking progress in major corn-producing states of Illinois and Nebraska is behind the five-year averages. The corn in the Cornhusker state is 19% silked vs. a 29% five-year average.
Agriculture Online 07/13/2020 09:27
President Trump declared Sino-U.S. relations “severely damaged” and said he has “many other things in mind” beyond following up on the interim agreement that de-escalated the trade war between the world’s two largest economies. Trump spoke dismissively of new negotiations with China on Friday, hours after exporters reported the largest sale of U.S. corn to China in 26 years. In the six months since signing the on Jan. 15, Trump has alternated between enthusiasm at the prospect of massive sales of U.S. goods and services to China and criticism of Chinese activities. On May 15, for example, he said, “Somehow, I lost a little flavor for it [the trade deal].” And on June 18, following reports that he asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to buy U.
Agriculture Online 07/13/2020 09:21
The coronavirus “dealt an economically devastating hand to nearly the whole country,” but job losses were smaller and shutdowns were shorter in rural America, said rural lender in a quarterly report. “Economic recovery may now favor rural communities for the first time in many years.”“Unlike previous recessions, low population density is now vital for economic resilience in the face of Covid-19,” said CoBank vice president Dan Kowalski. Coronavirus rates are roughly half as high in rural areas as in urban areas. Job losses averaged 9 percent in rural counties, compared to 14 percent in cities, according to The Daily Yonder. While rural America may be better positioned, the U.S recovery is fragile, wrote Kowalski. Some 7.5 million people ga.
Agriculture Online 07/11/2020 11:47
Well, if you believe the weather forecast models, we’re in for a heck of a heat wave over the next week or two. Being a fairly well-insulated fella, I’m not sure how excited I am about that! I’m sure I’ll manage . . . hopefully your crops will too. I’ve heard that it’s getting pretty dry in parts of the midwest. Hoping for good growing weather wherever you are! This week on Interesting Iron, we’ve got three good ones. One tractor that should’ve been sold with a set of earplugs and a half gallon of Excedrin. Another tractor that is a real rare Ford that somehow got over here from England. Finally, I'm featuring an absolute cream puff of a 4455 that lives near Iowa City! Let’s get to it! The Earsplitting Deere.
Agriculture Online 07/10/2020 12:32
Adoption of cover crops in rotation with cash crops is helping farmers manage soil to improve organic matter and achieve better rainfall infiltration, according to a recently published report from the Soil Health Partnership (SHP). The from SHP is a detailed survey on cover crops with more than 80 farmers across 11 states in the SHP network about cover crop usage on their trial sites in the fall of 2019.
Agriculture Online 07/10/2020 12:08
The USDA’s latest estimates of U.S. corn and soybean ending stocks remain burdensome. As a result, the markets traded mostly lower, following the 11:00am CT releas of the USDA July Supply/Demand Report. U.S. Yield. In its report, the USDA pegged the U.S. corn yield at 178.6 bushels per acre, vs. the trade's expectation and the USDA's June estimate of 178.6 bu./acre. For soybeans, the U.S. average yield estimate is pegged at 49.8 bu./acre vs. the trade's expectation of 50.0 bu./acre and the June USDA estimate of 49.8 bu./acre. Corn Ending Stocks. In its report, U.S. old-crop corn ending stocks were pegged at 2.24 billion bushels vs. the trade's expectation of 2.27 billion and the USDA's June estimate of 2.10 billion. For 2020/2021, U.S. corn e.
Agriculture Online 07/09/2020 10:21
Two weeks after agreeing to pay up to $9.6 billion to resolve thousands of cancer lawsuits against glyphosate, seed and ag-chemical giant Bayer is still looking for a way to handle future litigation against the weedkiller. A proposal to appoint a panel of experts to decide if glyphosate is carcinogenic — a pivotal question for cases filed in coming years — died on Wednesday following criticism from the federal judge handling the lawsuits. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said on Monday that he was “skeptical of the propriety and fairness” of the proposal and questioned if it was constitutional. Bayer agreed to a motion by lawyers for glyphosate plaintiffs on Wednesday that it withdraw the language on future claims. “Mass tort settlements
Agriculture Online 07/09/2020 10:16
Zippy Duvall, president of the largest U.S. farm group, is quarantining at his Georgia farm while recuperating from the coronavirus, said the American Farm Bureau Federation on Wednesday. Duvall is the first leader of a U.S. farm group known to have the virus. Duvall was tested for the coronavirus after experiencing fever and a cough, symptoms associated with Covid-19. “He tested positive this morning,” said an AFBF spokeswoman. “He is at home in quarantine and, on the bright side, feeling strong and in good spirits.”For the past two weeks, Duvall has worked from his home on the farm rather than at AFBF headquarters in Washington. He represented the AFBF once during the period, said the group, referring to a June 25 announcement by Gov. Br.
Agriculture Online 07/08/2020 11:36
The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance is changing its name to U.S. Farmers & Ranchers in Action (USFRA). The non-profit agriculture and food value chain leader is evolving its name to illustrate the active role farmers and ranchers play to advance food and nutrition security, environmental sustainability, and economic prosperity, says Chip Bowling, USFRA Chairman and row crop farmer from Newburg, Maryland. Bowling cites the potential America’s farmland holds to draw down carbon, help mitigate climate change, and unlock investment and growth opportunities for our economy. "Climate-smart agriculture practices are a solution that we can put into action to really make a difference. We’re proud to focus on that action with the new name.”Sustaina.
Agriculture Online 07/08/2020 09:47
Beef exports were the smallest in 10 years during May and pork exports were the lowest in seven months, “due in part to interruptions in slaughter and processing” during the month, said the U.S. Meat Export Federation. For January through May, beef exports suffered only marginally and pork was up sharply from a year earlier. “As protective measures related to Covid-19 were being implemented, plant disruptions peaked in early May with a corresponding temporary slowdown in exports,” said Chief executive Dan Halstrom in a monthly summary of red meat exports. May is the most recent month with reliable data. Exports should regain momentum in the second half of this year, as production recovers at meat plants, he said. In May, beef exports slumpe.
Agriculture Online 07/08/2020 09:44
Large American farms are more confident of weathering the coronarvirus pandemic but nearly two-thirds of them say Congress should provide more assistance beyond the $16 billion already earmarked for agriculture, said Purdue University on Tuesday. Some 27% of producers surveyed for Purdue’s monthly said they were “very worried” about the impact of the virus on their farm’s profitability. “Farmers are still pretty concerned about the impact of coronavirus on productivity but less so than they were earlier this spring,” said Jim Mintert, one of the Purdue economists who oversee the barometer. In March, during the early days of the pandemic, 40% described themselves as very worried. In the Purdue poll, 64% of farmers and ranchers said “it will
Agriculture Online 07/07/2020 09:34
Iowa, Nebraska, and Wisconsin, strung across the Farm Belt from the Great Lakes to the Great Plains, have collected one-fourth of USDA’s , said a weekly update on Monday. Some $5.36 billion has been disbursed, at an average $14,684 per producer, from the $16 billion earmarked for agriculture. By themselves, Iowa farmers, top in the nation for corn and hogs, received nearly $568 million, or slightly more than 10% of payments nationwide. Iowa led in payments for row crops and livestock. Nebraska, a leading cattle and grain state, was second with $389 million, followed by Wisconsin with $344 million. Wisconsin was the leading state for dairy payments, with $236 million. California appeared to have the largest average payment, nearly $72,500, a.
Agriculture Online 07/06/2020 16:52
The U.S. corn and soybean ratings fall, according to the USDA Monday. On Monday, the USDA released its Cop Progress Report that shows U.S. farmers have seen their corn crops growing progress slow. Corn. In its report, the USDA estimates the corn good/excellent rating at 71%, up from 73% a week ago. Meanwhile, 10% of the nation's corn is in the silk growth stage vs. a 16% five-year average. In addition, the silking progress in major corn-producing states of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Nebraska is behind the five-year averages. Soybeans. USDA rated 31% of the nation's soybean crop in the blooming stage, up from the 24% five-year average. Meanwhile, 2% of the U.S. soybean crop is in the blooming stage vs. a 4% five-year average. In its report, t.
Agriculture Online 07/06/2020 09:24
As it announced contracts for up to $1.47 billion to carry the initiative through July and August, the USDA also said the program could end on Sept. 1, or soon afterward, as funding for the food giveaway program runs out. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has highlighted the Food Box as a boon to hungry Americans during the coronavirus pandemic, while the White House opposed a temporary expansion of food stamp benefits. The new round of contracts, with 205 providers ranging from food and dairy processors to food hubs and a school district in Riverside, California, would bring total spending under the stop-gap program to $2.67 billion. The $3-billion program was Perdue’s brainchild. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), which oversees t.
Agriculture Online 07/06/2020 09:21
Ten members of the U.S. House filed a o provide grants to poultry and red meat processors that want to improve their facilities so they can move to federal inspection and sell their products across state lines. Sponsors include leaders of the House Agriculture Committee and the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees USDA spending. Sponsors said the bill would provide new outlets for meat and lessen the impact of coronavirus outbreaks in packing plants. It also would reduce the current backlog of livestock on the farm due to slowdowns and shutdowns at packing plants in April and May, they said. “This legislation reduces the burdens associated with attaining federal inspection without jeopardizing food safety standards,” said Georgia.
Agriculture Online 07/02/2020 13:34
The first half of 2020 has been filled with news. A global pandemic has disrupted every sector of the economy. Farmers are eager to read about the latest machinery and technology innovation. The corn and soybean growing season is in full swing. Here are farmers' top reads for the first six months of 2020. 1. This March 2020 article detailed why lawmakers from both parties are calling on the USDA to take more immediate action and for the Department of Justice to open an antitrust investigation of meatpackers. 2. In April, coronavirus swept through the nation's meat packing plants and temporarily closed many. Some farmers were forced to depopulate and dispose of mature livestock. The government offered to help livestock producers locate contr.

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