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Wheat Rally Ends, Down 23¢ By: 12/19/2014 @ 1:45pm

Dow and crude oil have been climbing the ladder all day, but the wheat rally has come to an end, dropping another 23¢ to close the day.At the close, the March corn futures are trading 1/2 of a cent lower at…

Wheat Rally Ends, Drop 18¢ By: 12/19/2014 @ 8:46am

Markets took a significant downturn for the first time this week, and wheat fell double-digits, ending the long rally. At the open, the March corn futures are trading 5 1/2 cents lower at $4.05 1/2 per…

Early Calls: Grain, Soybeans Drop Overnight By: 12/19/2014 @ 6:17am

At 6:10 am:Early calls: Corn is 4-6 cents lower, soybeans 4-6 cents lower and wheat is seen 16-18 cents lower.Trackers:Overnight grain, soybean markets = Trading lower.Crude Oil = $0.82 higher per barrel to…

Exports as Expected; Grain Rallies Venture On By: 12/18/2014 @ 1:47pm

At the close, the March corn futures are trading 2 3/4 cents higher at $4.11 per bushel.January soybean futures are trading 8 cents higher at $10.35.March wheat futures are trading 6 3/4 cents higher at $6.55…

Grain Markets All Up; Wheat Continues Strong Push By: 12/18/2014 @ 8:54am

All markets are up to start your Thursday with wheat continuing its strong lead.At the open, the March corn futures are trading 3/4 of a cent higher at $4.09 per bushel.January soybean futures are trading 4…

Wheat Leads the Pack, Closes Up 25¢ By: 12/17/2014 @ 2:00pm

Grains and soybean markets ended the day moving up with wheat leading the pack, up 25 cents.At the open, the March corn futures are trading 2 1/4 cents higher at $4.08 1/4 per bushel.January soybean futures…

Aggressive Govt. Buying Pulls Wheat from Russian Exports By: 12/17/2014 @ 8:53am

Wheat is keeping the positive streak going this week due to continually slow Russia wheat exports.  At the open, the March corn futures are trading 2 1/2 cents higher at $4.08 1/2 per bushel.January…

Early Calls: Grains, SB Steady; Crude Around $55 By: 12/17/2014 @ 5:31am

At 5:40 am:Early calls: Corn is 0-2 cents higher, soybeans 0-2 cents higher and wheat is seen 3-5 cents higher.Trackers:Overnight grain, soybean markets = Trading higher.Crude Oil = $0.85 lower per barrel to…

Wheat Continues Up; Action Items for Farmers By: 12/16/2014 @ 1:50pm

It's been a bumpy road in the markets today. Wheat is continuing its rally and crude oil rebounded, creating a few action items of which farmers should take notice.At the close, the March corn futures are…

Slow Russian Exports Keep Wheat Rally Strong By: 12/16/2014 @ 8:45am

Crude oil has rolled below $55 per barrel, but wheat is keeping its rally going with the slow Russian exports. At the open, the March corn futures are trading 1/4 cent lower at $4.08 3/4 per…

Slowing Russian Exports Push Wheat Up 12¢ By: 12/15/2014 @ 1:48pm

Wheat continued a big rally thanks to slowing Russia exports, closing Monday's markets up 12 cents. At the close, the March corn futures are trading 1 cent higher at $4.08 1/2 per bushel.January soybean…

21 Favorite Country Christmas Tunes to Enjoy! By: 12/15/2014 @ 1:40pm

'Tis the season for decorating trees, baking holiday goodies, and leaving alfalfa outside for Rudolph at night (at least we did in my family), and undeniably listening to Christmas music. Our staff…

Ukraine Supply Shortage, China GMO Approval Helping Corn By: 12/15/2014 @ 8:44am

Ukraine corn supply shortages and a possible Chinese approval of the currently banned GMO corn is making the corn bulls dance with joy this week. At the open, the March corn futures are trading 1 cent…

Overnight Grain Markets Steady to Unchanged By: 12/15/2014 @ 7:54am

At 7:50 a.m.:Early calls: Corn is 0 to 2 cents higher, soybeans 0 to 2 cents lower, and wheat is seen 0 to 2 cents lower.Trackers:Overnight grain, soybean markets = Trading relatively…

Corn, Wheat Up 9¢ Each at Close By: 12/12/2014 @ 1:45pm

All aboard! Grains are flying higher while U.S. stocks and crude oil take a nose dive. At the close, the March corn futures are trading 9 cents higher at $4.07 1/2 per bushel.January soybean futures are…

Wheat Up Another 14¢; U.S. Stocks Take a Dive with Crude Oil By: 12/12/2014 @ 10:55am

Grain markets are keeping their upward rally going, but U.S. stocks are taking a sharp plunge today with crude oil.At mid-day, the March corn futures are trading 7 cents higher at $4.05 1/2 per bushel.January…

Thursday's Rally Keeps Rolling into Friday Markets By: 12/12/2014 @ 8:47am

Markets closed on a great note yesterday, with soybeans and wheat up 10 and 15 cents, respectively, which rolled into an optimistic opening today.“Grain prices ended the day stronger as we are hearing…

Markets Up; Wheat Jumps 15¢ By: 12/11/2014 @ 1:46pm

After opening slightly lower, wheat futures are up double-digits to close the markets. At the close, the March corn futures are trading 4 3/4 cents higher at $3.98 1/2 per bushel.January soybean futures…

Confine Cattle to Help Pastures Recover By: 12/11/2014 @ 12:25pm

Although we had some significant rains this past spring and summer, consecutive years of drought took a toll on rangeland, especially those acres with cattle grazing. Not to mention, the high corn prices a few…

Soybeans, Wheat Slightly Lower By: 12/11/2014 @ 8:49am

At the open, the March corn futures are trading 1/2 cent higher at $3.94 1/4 per bushel.January soybean futures are trading 3 1/2 cents lower at $10.28 1/2.March wheat futures are trading 6 1/4 cents lower to…

Overnight Corn and Soybeans Up, Wheat Down By: 12/11/2014 @ 7:39am

At 7:30 am:Early calls: Corn is 1 to 3 cents higher, soybeans 3 to 5 cents higher, and wheat is seen 3 to 6 cents lower.Trackers:Overnight grain, soybean markets = Trading mostly…

PEDv Mysteriously Jumps the Ocean to Hawaii By: 12/05/2014 @ 2:12pm

On November 20, a small hog operation on Oahu confirmed that they have contracted the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), according to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.About 25 percent of the farm’s…

Soymeal, Soyoil Keep the Soybean Rally Alive By: 11/26/2014 @ 9:00am

Domestic bean crushers are keeping the soybean rally alive by offering a little competition to the exports.At the open, March corn futures are trading 3 cents higher at $3.90 1/4 per bushel.January soybean…

Early Calls: Grains, SB Keep Pushing Up By: 11/26/2014 @ 6:31am

At 6:30 am:Early calls: Corn is 1-3 cents higher, soybeans 1-3 cents higher and wheat is seen 4-6 cents higher.Trackers:Overnight grain, soybean markets = Trading higher.Crude Oil = $.15 lower per barrel to…

Rally Continues With Soybean Meal, Oil Support By: 11/25/2014 @ 1:54pm

Strong support from both soybean meal and soybean oil are keeping the rally going today. At the close, March corn futures are trading 7 cents higher at $3.87 1/4 per bushel.January soybean futures are…

Grains, Soybeans Rally Into Midday; SB Up Over 18¢ By: 11/25/2014 @ 11:08am

Moving into midday, the grains and soybean markets continue the rally started this morning. The March corn futures are trading 5 cents higher at $3.85 1/4 per bushel.January soybean futures are trading 18…

Soybeans Rebound; Up 13¢ At Open By: 11/25/2014 @ 8:44am

Soybeans lost some of the ground gained in the rally late last week, but rebounded right back this morning.At the open, March corn futures are trading 2 3/4 cents higher at $3.83 per bushel.January soybean…

Early Calls: Grain, SB Markets Looking Up By: 11/25/2014 @ 8:04am

At 7:45 a.m.:Early calls: Corn is 1 to 3 cents higher, soybeans 9 to 12 cents higher, and wheat is seen 0 to 2 cents higher.Trackers:Overnight grain, soybean markets = Trading mostly…

Soybeans Dip, Keep Ground Gained in Last Week's Rally By: 11/24/2014 @ 1:53pm

Soybeans dipped a bit today with favorable weather in South America, but we haven't lost the ground gained last week.At the close, March corn futures are trading 5 cents lower at $3.80 1/4 per…

Soybeans Dip to Open Monday By: 11/24/2014 @ 7:47am

After a big soybean rally to end the week, soybeans are dipping to open Monday markets.At the open, the December corn futures are trading 2 3/4 cents lower at $3.70 per bushel. January soybean futures are…

Soybean Rally Continues, Closing 18¢ Higher By: 11/21/2014 @ 2:04pm

Soybeans keep the rally going to close the week up 18¢. At the close, the December corn futures are trading 1/2 cent lower at $3.72 3/4 per bushel.January soybean futures are trading 18 1/2 cents higher…

Ethanol Grind, Soybean Meal Get Bullish Market Reaction By: 11/21/2014 @ 10:59am

Grain and soybean futures are continuing to climb throughout the day with the help of ethanol and soybean meal.At midday, the December corn futures are trading 4 1/4 cents higher at $3.77 1/2 per…

Soybeans Moving on Up Following Strong Thursday By: 11/21/2014 @ 8:46am

After a strong Thursday for the grain markets, soybean futures continue to increase to open Friday.At the open, the December corn futures are trading 3/4 of a cent lower at $3.72 1/2 per bushel. January…

Early Calls: Little Change in Overnight Grain Markets By: 11/21/2014 @ 7:28am

At 7:15 a.m.:Early calls: Corn is 1 to 3 cents lower, soybeans 2 to 4 cents higher, and wheat 2 to 5 cents lower.Trackers:Overnight grain, soybean markets = Trading slightly lower.Crude oil…

Market Rebound: Corn, Soybeans Up Double-Digits After Rough Week By: 11/20/2014 @ 1:44pm

Grain and soybean markets all ended the day on a positive note with 10 and 15 cent gains for corn and soybeans, respectively. The December corn futures are trading 10 cents higher at $3.73 1/4 per…

Export Sales: Corn Higher Than Expected, Soybeans Lower By: 11/20/2014 @ 8:43am

The FAS Export Sales report this morning helped the corn market out a bit, showing export numbers much higher than expected.At the open, the December corn futures are trading 2 1/4 cents higher at $3.65 1/2…

Early Calls Show Small Gains By: 11/20/2014 @ 7:36am

Early calls show corn is 1 to 3 cents higher, soybeans 5 to 7 cents higher, and wheat 2 to 4 cents lower.Trackers:Overnight grain, soybean markets = Trading mostly higher.Crude Oil = $0.16…

Soybeans Close 18 Cents Lower By: 11/19/2014 @ 1:46pm

To close off the day, December corn futures are trading 8 3/4 cents lower at $3.63 1/4 per bushel.January soybean futures are trading 18 1/2 cents lower at $10.04 3/4.December wheat futures are trading 10 1/2…

Soybeans Open With Double-Digit Drop By: 11/19/2014 @ 8:48am

At the open, December corn futures are trading 3 cents lower at $3.69 per bushel. January soybean futures are trading 11 cents lower at $10.12 1/4. December wheat futures are trading 5 1/2 cents lower at $5.43…

Early Calls: Grain, Soybean Markets Seen Lower By: 11/19/2014 @ 7:46am

Markets are looking to open lower today, with soybeans having the biggest drop.Early calls: Corn is 2 to 4 cents lower, soybeans 8 to 10 cents lower, and wheat 3 to 5 cents…

WASDE: Corn Continues to Claim Highest-Ever Yields By: 11/10/2014 @ 10:35am

Harvest is beginning to wrap up, and the WASDE and Crop Production Reports estimate that yields are still claiming the title of "highest yields on record."The USDA reports that average U.S. corn yields are…

Favorite #Harvest14 Pictures from Social Media (So Far!) By: 11/07/2014 @ 1:06pm

       Have photos to share? Be sure to tag @successful_farming on Instagram! Rain passed by, sun came out-I felt…

Wheat Closes Up 8 Cents; Planting on Pace By: 10/28/2014 @ 1:46pm

At the end of a positive day in the markets, soybeans ended above $10.00 and wheat closed 8 cents higher.December corn futures closed 1 1/2 cents higher at $3.64 1/2 per bushel.November soybean futures ended…

Markets Edge Higher Into Midsession By: 10/28/2014 @ 11:35am

At midsession, the December corn futures are trading 3 1/2 cents higher at $3.66 1/2 per bushel.November soybean futures are trading 4 1/2 cents higher at $10.10 1/2.December wheat futures are trading 5 1/2…

Exports Sent Soybeans Soaring Up 30 Cents By: 10/23/2014 @ 2:16pm

Big export sales drove soybeans up another 30 cents to close Thursday.At the close, December corn futures are trading 6 3/4 cents higher at $3.59 3/4 per bushel.November soybean futures are trading 30 1/2…

Soybeans Up 17 Cents At Midday By: 10/23/2014 @ 11:24am

At midday, the December corn futures are trading 4 3/4 cents higher at $3.57 3/4 per bushel.November soybean futures are trading 17 1/2 cents higher at $9.80 1/4.December wheat futures are trading 5 cents…

Higher-Than-Expected Soybean Exports Driving Markets Up By: 10/23/2014 @ 8:46am

At the open, the December corn futures are trading 2 1/2 cents higher at $3.55 1/2 per bushel.November soybean futures are trading 5 1/4 cents higher at $9.68.December wheat futures are trading 1 1/2 cents…

Little Change in Overnight Markets By: 10/23/2014 @ 8:05am

After quite the rally yesterday in grain and soybean markets, there's not much change in overnight markets.Early calls: Corn is 0 to 2 cents higher, soybeans 2 to 4 cents higher, and wheat…

Wheat Closes Up; Corn and Soybeans Down By: 10/22/2014 @ 1:45pm

Wheat continued to crawl up, but corn and soybeans closed the day lower.The December corn futures are trading 3 cents lower at $3.53 per bushel.November soybean futures are trading 1 1/2 cents lower at $9.62…

Midday Report: Markets Continue to Climb By: 10/22/2014 @ 11:14am

Crop futures are continuing to climb moving into midday with soybeans jumping double-digits since November options expire Friday.The December corn futures are trading 2 1/4 cents higher at $3.58 per…

Soybeans Up Double-Digits; Watch South America's Weather By: 10/22/2014 @ 8:45am

Prices are driving upward across the board this morning with soybeans making a double-digit leap due to November options expiring this Friday.At the open, December corn futures are trading 3 cents higher at…

Early Calls: Prices Up Across the Board By: 10/22/2014 @ 7:52am

We're looking for higher prices across the board this morning with soybeans making the biggest jump overnight.Early calls show corn is 2-4 cents higher, soybeans 10-12 cents higher, and wheat 2-4 cents…

More Beef-Building Tips from Cattle Producers By: 10/13/2014 @ 11:45am

Last week we compiled a list of 9 tips that can help you build your cattle herd for the most profit in the future. We asked our community members in Cattle Talk (Agriculture.com community) and the Beef…

National 4-H Week: Staff Shares Memories By: 10/08/2014 @ 3:36pm

October 5-11, 2014 is National 4-H Week! With more than 6 million youth involved and over 60 million alumni (including me and much of my family!), 4-H has created billions of memories for members, parents…

Build Your Beef Herd to Boost Your Profits By: 09/23/2014 @ 1:56pm

Beef prices are stacking up to all-time highs. Consumers are not only paying more for beef at the grocery store, they are willing to pay premium prices for USDA graded prime beef. Only 3% of all carcasses…

Close of Monday Markets: Bad Day for Beans By: 09/22/2014 @ 1:47pm

Soybeans closed out with yet another double-digit drop to $9.38. The December corn futures are trading 1 1/4 cents lower at $3.30 per bushel.November soybean futures are trading 18 3/4 cents lower at…

Soybeans Drop Another 20 Cents at Midsession By: 09/22/2014 @ 11:46am

Soybeans started out the week with a double-digit dive and dropped another 20 cents moving into the midsession.The December corn futures are trading 3 cents lower at $3.28 per bushel.November soybean futures…

Soybeans Start Week With Double-Digit Dive By: 09/22/2014 @ 9:06am

After a very weak day Friday, soybeans opened with a double-digit dive to kick off the week while corn and wheat markets changed 1 to 2 cents.The December corn futures contract traded 2 cents lower at $3.29…

WASDE & Crop Reports: Record Yields Make a Bearish Boom By: 09/11/2014 @ 11:11am

The WASDE and Crop Production Reports estimate record average yields for both corn and soybeans. Those big numbers make a bearish boom in the oversupplied markets.The USDA reports that average U.S. corn yields…

Grains, Soybeans Open Steady to Lower By: 09/04/2014 @ 8:46am

DES MOINES, Iowa (Agriculture.com) --  After a big drop at the close last night, grains and soybeans opened at even lower prices this morning.At the open, the December corn futures are trading 3/4 cent…

Early Calls: SB, Grains Lower Across the Board By: 09/04/2014 @ 7:40am

At 7:31, corn is looking 0 to 2 cents lower, soybeans 2 to 4 cents lower, and wheat 2 to 4 cents lower.Trackers:Overnight grain, soybean markets = trading lowerCrude oil = $.42 per barrel…

August 29: Early Calls Looking Up By: 08/29/2014 @ 7:30am

Early calls are showing mostly higher markets across the board. Corn is looking 0-2 cents lower, soybeans 2-4 cents higher, and wheat 4-6 cents higher.Trackers:Overnight grain, soybean markets = Trading mostly…

SB, Wheat Up; Crop Progress Slow By: 08/27/2014 @ 11:23am

DES MOINES, Iowa (Agriculture.com) -- At midsession, soybeans and wheat climb slightly while corn drops. At 11 a.m., the December corn futures are trading 2 cents lower at $3.63.November soybean futures…

Futures: Crops Drop By: 08/25/2014 @ 12:33pm

DES MOINES, Iowa (Agriculture.com) -- As the S&P 500 climbs to top another record, all crop futures dropped for midsession.At midday, December corn futures are trading 3 3/4 cents lower at $3.67…

Grains, SB Up; Russia/Ukraine Tensions Drop U.S. Stocks By: 08/22/2014 @ 8:58am

DES MOINES, Iowa (Agriculture.com) -- Grain and soybean futures started the day trading higher, but rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia are sending U.S. stocks on the decline.At the open, December corn…

Grains, Soybeans Scoot Up; Dow Up, Too By: 08/21/2014 @ 2:34pm

DES MOINES, Iowa (Agriculture.com) -- Futures held strong and scooted up through the day, ending the day with all prices higher to close out the market.At the open, the December corn futures are trading 1 1/2…

Even With Yield Pressure, Prices Up at Open By: 08/21/2014 @ 8:42am

DES MOINES, Iowa (Agriculture.com) -- After prices closed lower due to pressure from strong yield potential, grain and soybean prices are back up this morning.At the open, the December corn futures are trading…

Risk Ranch Connects Cattle Futures to Show Stock By: 08/20/2014 @ 11:37am

The CME Group & National 4-H Organization are traveling to 120 state and county fairs in 11 states to help 4-H members reach deeper into the process of their show stock by playing the Commodity Carnival…

Grains, Soybeans Take a Mid-Session Dive By: 08/20/2014 @ 11:09am

Grains and soybeans took a dive going into the mid-session. The December corn futures are trading 6 cents lower at $3.66 1/4.November soybean futures are trading 10 1/2 cents lower at $10.42 1/4.December…

Weather Drives Corn/Soybeans Down, Wheat Up By: 08/20/2014 @ 8:04am

Moisture across the Plains and Prairies is seen slowing wheat harvest, accelerating corn/soybean growth, and driving the markets lower into Wednesday.“Rains should push across the northwestern and eastern…

August 20: Early Calls By: 08/20/2014 @ 7:31am

Early calls: Corn is seen 2 to 4 cents lower, soybeans 1 to 3 cents lower, and wheat 2 to 4 cents higher.Overnight grain, soybean markets = trading mostly lower.Crude oil = $.29 per barrel…

Slow Harvest Boosts Wheat Prices By: 08/19/2014 @ 2:41pm

After starting lower, wheat continued to climb to close the day higher."Wheat futures traded 4 to 11 cents higher at midday, led by the hard red wheat contracts," says Allan Brugler of Brugler Marketing &…

Soybeans, Corn Roll Down; Wheat Up By: 08/19/2014 @ 11:45am

"Rain in the forecast puts a cloud over commodity prices," says Scott Shellady, senior contributor to Marketing Talk on Agriculture.com and SVP at TJM Investments. "Improving weather patterns has the sellers…

Grains, Soybeans Open Lower By: 08/19/2014 @ 9:03am

DES MOINES, Iowa (Agriculture.com) -- Opening prices for grains, soybeans are lower across most of the board this morning. At the open, the Dec. corn futures are trading 2 1/2 cents lower at $3.71.Nov. soybean…

Rains to Boost Corn & Soybeans, Slow Wheat Harvest By: 08/06/2014 @ 10:31am

Moisture drifted across the Midwest last night, but was it enough to finish out the growing season strongly? Looks like it wasn’t quite enough to quench the drought, but rain systems moving in next week may…

5 Practices to Cool Livestock in August Heat By: 08/05/2014 @ 11:53am

This summer dealt us cooler weather than is typical, but we all know the sweltering heat that back-to-school and state fair season can bring. Put these five tips into practice to keep your livestock…

Invest in Genetics to Meet Prime Beef Demands By: 07/24/2014 @ 4:14pm

Although many cattle producers are working to rebuild their herd, low beef numbers are continuing to drive cattle prices higher than ever.David Patterson (MU Beef Extension specialist) and Scott Brown (MU…

Top 3 Social Media Finds This Week By: 07/09/2014 @ 10:57am

Check out my top three agriculture-related finds from Facebook, Twitter, and/or Pinterest that I just couldn't scroll past this week:Lost forever? We all seem to have our phones attached to our hip…

Gain Confidence w/ Automated Soil Sampling By: 06/04/2014 @ 10:07am

Soil sampling is one of the inevitable, time-consuming duties of farmers each fall. While taking dozens of samples with a hand probe, you constantly have to ask yourself, “Did I get enough samples?” “Are…

Earn CCA Credits by Attending Tools of the Future By: 05/29/2014 @ 3:18pm

Explore the newest, state-of-the-art agricultural tools that will make farmers more profitable in the field—including demonstrations and hands-on exhibitions on UAVs (drones) in action, wearable technology…

Register for the Tools of the Future Tour...and Earn CCA Credits, Too! By: 05/29/2014 @ 11:49am

Meredith Agrimedia is launching the Successful Farming® Tools for the Future Tour this summer comprising 3 day-long symposiums in Iowa, Indiana and Illinois featuring the best new technologies and ideas to…

Wearable Tech Lends An Extra Hand By: 05/29/2014 @ 11:20am

Sometimes we need an extra hand (or two) out on the farm or in the field. Dealing with clients or trying to fix a mechanical issue on the phone takes away yet another limb. In the next few years, this will no…

Wearable Tech Lends An Extra Hand By: 05/29/2014 @ 11:20am

Sometimes we need an extra hand (or two) out on the farm or in the field. Dealing with clients or trying to fix a mechanical issue on the phone takes away yet another limb. In the next few years, this will no…

Apply N & Water Cost-Effectively With Micro-Climate Network By: 05/29/2014 @ 10:11am

Farmers don’t want to waste any inputs whether it’s water, nitrogen, or other nutrients, and we all know how much a field can vary from acre to acre. How do you determine how much water or N to apply to…

Apply N & Water Cost-Effectively With Micro-Climate Network By: 05/29/2014 @ 10:11am

Farmers don’t want to waste any inputs whether it’s water, nitrogen, or other nutrients, and we all know how much a field can vary from acre to acre. How do you determine how much water or N to apply to…

First-Year Farmer Asking Fertilizer Questions By: 05/09/2014 @ 1:26pm

These days, more students are jumping straight from the college campus into an entirely different, more dynamic classroom setting – the field. While some are going back to the family farm to take over…

Farmer Diversifies Knowledge, Chooses No-Till By: 04/04/2014 @ 1:55pm

Northwestern Kansas farmer Michael Thompson gained his ground in agriculture when he was given a unique opportunity to diversify his knowledge and techniques in farming.“My dad did the best thing ever for…

Best of #NationalAgWeek, #AgDay, #Borlaug100 By: 04/03/2014 @ 1:14pm

National Ag Week 2014 was the biggest and best yet! Just as social media is continuing to become an every day part of our lives, many took to social media venues including Twitter to share ag facts, gratitude…

Dairy: Time to Look Into Forage Supplies, Options By: 03/20/2014 @ 1:52pm

Spring is finally upon us, and it’s time to start working on spring checklists and those winter items that were put off until temps warmed up. Purdue Extension dairy specialist, Mike Schutz, says…

Replace Toxic Fescue to Replenish Returns By: 03/18/2014 @ 11:55am

Kentucky 31 fescue (K-31) is known to be toxic to livestock and nearly impossible to eradicate. Replacing this tall fescue with one of five available varieties of nontoxic fescue can boost weight gains for…

Neighbors Help Man Launch non-GMO Production By: 03/11/2014 @ 12:11pm

Mention genetically modified organism (GMO) crops and there’s no doubt questions, debates, and eyebrows will be raised. However, one Michigan farmer believes non-GMO crops are the perfect fit for his crop…

How 100 Acres Built a Cattle Producer's Legacy By: 03/11/2014 @ 12:02pm

Looking to the south, there’s farmland. Head north and all you’ll find is city until Chicago. This is how Rick Houston describes his homeland near Highland, Indiana, where he grew up intently watching…

WASDE: Second lowest ending soybean stocks By: 03/10/2014 @ 10:16am

Monday's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report gave way to the second lowest ending soybean stocks on record since 1976 at 145 million bushels, down 5 million bushels from last…

9 apps to prep you for planting season By: 02/26/2014 @ 1:04pm

Planting season is creeping up, slowly but surely. Technology advancements makes planting incredibly different than it was 5 or 10 years ago: farmers drive tractors hands-free, check irrigation pivots…

9 apps to prep you for planting season By: 02/26/2014 @ 1:04pm

Planting season is creeping up, slowly but surely. Technology advancements makes planting incredibly different than it was 5 or 10 years ago: farmers drive tractors hands-free, check irrigation pivots…

Will wet, cool spring slow planting? By: 02/20/2014 @ 11:45am

Look for a cool, wet spring this year extending across most of the Northern Plains and Midwest according to MDA Weather Services senior agriculture meteorologist, Donald Keeney. Although the dryness will…

The great baler debate By: 02/19/2014 @ 4:02pm

Casey Lange got his feet wet in the farming world, and now he’s looking to take on his next big endeavor. “I started farming in northeast Nebraska about three years ago, finally bought some cows, and I…

Starting from the ground up By: 02/19/2014 @ 3:58pm

Raised on the outskirts of Chicago, Katie Warner and her husband recently moved to what she calls “the sweet Plains” of North Dakota, where her grandfather owns 280 acres of land. Approximately 70 acres…

Seeking secondary opportunities By: 02/19/2014 @ 3:52pm

Many young farmers use their parents as mentors and resources from whom they inherit land to start their own operation. However, some take matters into their own hands. Beginning farmer Ben Jones is looking…

Father Helps Daughter Love Her Ag Roots By: 02/19/2014 @ 3:44pm

“Being around a man who has such passion for what he does really rubs off on a person,” says Kellie Gregorich, 23, about her dad, Dave. As an Iowa State University alumnus with a degree in agricultural…

Temps rising . . . precipitation amounts, too? By: 02/12/2014 @ 12:20pm

Frequent cold fronts and a polar jet stream tearing through the U.S. brought a ferociously cold and windy start to 2014. Temperatures will not be as cold moving forward, says Kyle Tapley, senior…

New Planter Technology on the Way By: 02/11/2014 @ 11:42am

Agriculture.com has been given an exclusive opportunity to cover the unveiling of John Deere’s new planter, live from the floor of the National Farm Machinery Show. View the live feed on…

Propane problems reach crisis level for producers By: 01/31/2014 @ 1:49pm

Pipeline problems, high amounts of crop storage, and what seems to be never-ending cold weather are taking a toll on propane supply availability, and livestock producers are taking a hit.With the weather…

Eggs Reduce Environmental Footprint By: 01/28/2014 @ 2:26pm

Due to increased feed efficiency, advancements in hen housing, and improved manure management, the U.S. poultry industry has increased egg production the past 50 years while…

Corn seed cost squeeze tightens By: 01/24/2014 @ 1:53pm

With seed costs battling for the highest input, the U.S. farmer is being asked to pay more to grow crops for less of a return in 2014. Compared to a year ago, the corn market is down 40%, soybean prices are…

Propane price spiking above $4 By: 01/23/2014 @ 11:31am

Hog confinements, poultry barns, shops, and homes are about to see a spike in propane bills. Extreme cold weather the past few weeks caused propane to make an insane price jump to $4.00+ this week.The U.S…

Snowpack good east of the Rockies, not west By: 01/22/2014 @ 12:15pm

Snowpack west of the Continental Divide is looking bleak. However, the east side of the divide has snowpack at or above average, better than it has in years. According to reports by the USDA’s Natural…

Jump on the #Felfie bandwagon By: 01/17/2014 @ 7:21pm

If you’re still taking selfies, time to ditch the old fad and grab on to the hot #Felfie trend! “Felfies” are selfies (taking a picture of yourself) out on the farm. People catching the craze use social…

High seeding rates = Better yields? Not necessarily. By: 01/17/2014 @ 1:59pm

Thinking about upping your seeding rate to increase yields this year? A university report says that may not get the results you’re looking for.“Planting more seeds per acre in an effort to maximize yields…

9 tips to block PEDv By: 01/15/2014 @ 10:02am

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) is back in full swing. Reports show that as of December 1, 2013, there were 1,512 cases of PEDv in 20 states. “The disconcerting news is that this is an increase…

Hormones: Hashing out the facts By: 12/17/2013 @ 4:20pm

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln published an article answering the question that so many ask these days when it comes to beef: What about hormones?It’s undeniable that all multicellular organisms have…

Turning weeds into ethanol - why not? By: 12/17/2013 @ 3:00pm

The Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign looked at another option for ethanol production – weeds. Weeds are out there. These scientists are looking…

Fall recap: An earful of ethanol By: 12/17/2013 @ 2:56pm

Much has happened in 2013 for the ethanol-producing world: taking a look at new sources for ethanol, an inaccurate story instigating Twitter reaction, and markets looking to ethanol as both a worry and a…

Utilize concentrates to prevent toxemia By: 12/12/2013 @ 10:10am

Pregnancy toxemia is a metabolic disease in goats and sheep that occurs during the last 6 weeks of pregnancy when the fetuses complete about 80% of their growth. This disease is most prevalent in does or ewes…

Northey budget request focuses on water quality By: 12/10/2013 @ 12:44pm

Water quality has been big talk here in Iowa this year. As stated in a press release, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey requested $6.65 million for the Iowa Water Quality Initiative and another $1…

Purdue, Ohio State team up for marestail control By: 12/09/2013 @ 10:40am

Purdue and Ohio State University Extensions teamed up to create a fact sheet to help farmers handle the obnoxious herbicide-resistant weed marestail, known to have effects on soybean yield and…

Pump up the nutrition for bred cows By: 12/05/2013 @ 1:40pm

Temperatures dropped below zero today, and the last hint of green is diminishing from lawns and pastures. Now is a critical time to focus on cows’ nutrition.For spring-calving herds, producers need to key in…

11 useful ag apps for the new year By: 12/04/2013 @ 6:30pm

With hundreds of thousands of apps out there, it can be difficult to find apps that are truly beneficial to our purpose as agriculturalists. Here are 11 apps we believe are useful for anyone in agriculture:…

11 useful ag apps for the new year By: 12/04/2013 @ 6:30pm

With hundreds of thousands of apps out there, it can be difficult to find apps that are truly beneficial to our purpose as agriculturalists. Here are 11 apps we believe are useful for anyone in agriculture:…

Put that hay up right this winter By: 11/20/2013 @ 4:35pm

With the high demand (and even higher prices) of hay in the past few years, producers should do everything possible to protect their investment. Something to focus on this time of the year is the storage…

The beef on beta-agonists By: 11/05/2013 @ 10:31am

Cattle in packing plants are showing signs of lameness, sprouting welfare issues around beta-agonist intake.This issue was first brought to attention when Lilly Edwards-Calloway from JBS showed a video of…

Convention & country star ignite FFA By: 10/28/2013 @ 3:09pm

Welcome to National FFA Convention week! Convention is returning to Louisville, Kentucky this year after spending 6 years in Indianapolis, Indiana – the same city where the National FFA Headquarters is…

Large propane demand, short supply By: 10/25/2013 @ 10:50pm

Harvest happening late this year is nothing new on the radar. Later harvest and higher moisture mean that farmers will dry out corn using machines fueled by liquid propane. The only problem is the shortage of…

Early weaning = vast benefits By: 10/24/2013 @ 10:02am

Kansas State University has released studies showing the benefits of weaning calves earlier than at the traditional age. Prompted by the drought that caused many cattle producers to decrease herd size, calves…

Leading trade shows collaborate By: 10/23/2013 @ 11:46am

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers, the National Corn Growers Association, and the American Soybean Association announced on Tuesday that they will be collaborating for the AG CONNECT Expo & Summit…

Cattle prices reach new heights By: 10/23/2013 @ 10:24am

After overcoming a recession, drought, and liquidation of many herds in the past two years, cash cattle prices finally moved higher this fall. Factors such as small cattle numbers, a favorable demand base, and…

Crop progress as expected -- USDA By: 10/21/2013 @ 4:05pm

Since the government recently reopened and the past two Crop Progress reports were cancelled, this week’s report has been much anticipated. Trade expected that 40% of the corn to be harvested and 60% of this…

USDA reports cancelled By: 10/18/2013 @ 12:08pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) have cancelled Crop Production and Cotton Ginnings reports, and World Agricultural Outlook Board…

Time to take cover By: 10/17/2013 @ 2:28pm

Talk about cover crops has been imminent in the Midwest this year.  Iowa State University professors say now is the time to be planting cover crops to conserve soil and nutrients.Assistant professor of…

WFP: The push to full potential By: 10/17/2013 @ 12:20pm

“We’ve given Africa tools to succeed.  Why haven’t the tools made an impact?”According to Gary H. Toenniessen, Managing Director of the Rockefeller Foundation, these tools haven’t made it past…

Land rights basis to end hunger By: 10/17/2013 @ 10:47am

Every night, 900 million people go to bed hungry -- and 600 million of those people are farmers. Does anyone else see a huge problem with that?Sir Gordon Conway, moderator at the World Food Prize, posed this…

Feed falling = hog profit? By: 10/15/2013 @ 3:48pm

After pushing hogs to slaughter earlier due to input costs, falling feed prices are finally allowing producers to slow down the production process.  A major drought in 2012 shot crop prices to new…

Northey talks ag issues and sharing your story By: 10/15/2013 @ 2:32pm

To kick off the festivities of the World Food Prize Symposium this week in downtown Des Moines, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey spent time with our crew as well as members of the North American…

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