COMMENTED ON BY JOHN WALTER
Nearly 30 years of successful editing By: 12/17/2013 @ 12:19pm

Saying good-bye to Successful Farming after nearly 30 years here is making me reach deep into my heart to see if there’s something to say that might interest others. Quickly, these thoughts come to…

Bee health debate heats up over pesticides By: 12/05/2013 @ 1:58pm

A new national campaign to restrict use of a widely applied group of pesticides is bringing increased attention to the question of how to improve the health of honeybees and other pollinators. This week a…

Plug holes in post-harvest pipeline, say food & ag experts By: 10/18/2013 @ 3:27pm

Solving global hunger needs to focus on the forces beyond the farm gate, according to experts speaking at a World Food Prize panel on Friday. Despite some progress in alleviating poverty across the globe…

Monsanto looks for ‘new words’ on GMOs By: 10/17/2013 @ 1:43pm

Monsanto needs to find a new language, a better way to talk to consumers, if the world is to continue to make gains with food quantity and quality, Rob Fraley, one of three winners of the 2013 World Food…

Food security needs social media boost, says agribusiness executive By: 10/15/2013 @ 4:34pm

Farmers have their work cut out for them if they intend to meet the big challenge of feeding a growing global population, but world hunger, unlike most issues, is solvable, says Jeff Simmons, president of…

A chat with Temple Grandin By: 09/30/2013 @ 1:33pm

SF: Why did the HBO movie about you focus so much on that beef cattle dipping vat?TG: The movie was focused on the early part of my career, and that was one of my first big projects. That’s what got my…

Full house for local cover crop field day: Sign of the times? By: 09/17/2013 @ 4:25pm

Farmers filled up a farm shop in eastern Iowa on September 10 to hear more about using cover crops in corn and soybean rotations. The hot, dry and windy weather forced cancellation of a planned aerial…

Help bring back the bees By: 08/19/2013 @ 10:39am

Last spring, the buzz of honeybees grew ever quieter around the plants and trees that feed the world.  Half the hives serving food crops, such as orchard crops, vegetables, fruits and forages, were lost…

Wildlife habitat becomes battleground in crop insurance fight By: 07/30/2013 @ 10:43am

A new study of agriculture’s effects on land use indicates that millions of acres of grasslands, wetlands, and other non-cropland -- land critically important to wildlife -- have given way to the plow in…

Bees in beans: Q&A with Matt O'Neal By: 07/12/2013 @ 3:44pm

Dr. Matt O'Neal, an Iowa State University entomologist, has focused his research mainly on developing insect pest management programs for soybean production.In studying soybean aphids, and being aware of…

Bee health a focus of Pollinator Week By: 06/17/2013 @ 8:53am

Farmers and other landowners can make a big contribution in solving a major crisis in agriculture by participating in Pollinator Week, June 17-23, 2013. The global event was established in 2007, and has…

Derecho a threat to new crops? By: 06/12/2013 @ 3:55pm

The threat of a derecho type of storm system could further hamper field operations and crop development this week, as well as endanger lives and property in large parts of the U.S. Midwest, observers say…

No Smoking Gun in Bee Health Crisis By: 05/02/2013 @ 11:54am

No single source, or “smoking gun,” can be blamed for the major decline in honey bee health, according to a new comprehensive report on the pollinators released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture…

Doubts hang over drought relief By: 03/07/2013 @ 2:30pm

The drought gripping large parts of the U.S. is showing signs of decline in places, and weather forecasters are seeing improvements in the soil moisture outlook for planting season across parts of farm…

Field data is the farmer's, says Deere By: 03/01/2013 @ 2:19pm

John Deere’s stance on the ownership of field data was reaffirmed today during a press conference at the Commodity Classic in Florida.During a briefing on additions to the company’s FarmSight precision…

Snow is mostly a mirage for soil moisture By: 03/01/2013 @ 11:38am

Fresh snowfall has again covered large areas of the drought-stricken Great Plains and Midwest. Farmers have eyed the snowfall with hope, but also first-hand knowledge of what happens to snow covering frozen…

'Chilly lamb' to start March weather By: 02/27/2013 @ 2:30pm

The latest snow storm in the central U.S. brought signficant snowfall that could translate into improved soil moisture conditions once melting occurs, forecasters say. Some areas of the region saw heavy, even…

Secure the farm By: 02/04/2013 @ 4:20pm

The burglary and vandalism stories you hear from farmers sound like some kind of bad reality TV show or maybe even a horror movie. Stolen equipment, metal, and chemicals. People running vehicles through fences…

Livestock profits could tilt higher vs. crops in '13 By: 01/17/2013 @ 2:26pm

In 2013, livestock producers could see a boost in their fortunes, tilting the pendulum of profitability upward relative to the crop sector, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas…

Blizzard gives small relief to U.S. drought By: 12/20/2012 @ 11:37am

The blizzard this week in the Midwest and Plains states is expected to improve droughtconditions in the region, but much more precipitation will be needed to provide any major change in the situation…

Agriculture.com launches new product ‘decision engine’ By: 12/14/2012 @ 2:22pm

A new agricultural product buyer’s guide was launched Friday by Successful Farming magazine’s website, Agriculture.com.The Agriculture.com Buyer’s Guide is a decision engine that enables farmers to…

Crop insurance industry launches new 'activism website' By: 12/04/2012 @ 3:37pm

The crop insurance industry continues to press its case to the public and policymakers with new information products.In October, the National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS), a group that…

GM labeling defeated in California By: 11/07/2012 @ 1:02pm

California’s Proposition 37, which would have required labeling of genetically modified foods, was defeated in Tuesday’s election by a margin of 53 to 47 percent.  Passage of the ballot measure would…

Saving soil moisture By: 11/01/2012 @ 2:48pm

In a postdrought year, soil moisture will take center stage for many farmers as they look ahead to next season. But in most years during a normal growing season, farmers experience soil moisture shortages…

Clearer corn, soy numbers ahead? By: 10/10/2012 @ 3:41pm

An unusually clear picture of U.S. corn and soybean production should emerge in Thursday’s USDA Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate Reports, commodity analysts said on Wednesday…

Plenty in the pipeline By: 10/01/2012 @ 2:44pm

However the drought plays out this year, it likely won't stop a good flow of new products and services that are headed to the marketplace. At least that was the impression gleaned from the trade show of…

Cover crops a ‘great opportunity’ in drought year By: 08/20/2012 @ 1:44pm

Planting cover crops in a drought year can harvest large amounts of residual N and help jump start next year’s crops, according to experts appearing on a webinar Monday. The session, “Dealing with…

Wheat extends recovery on export optimism By: 08/17/2012 @ 4:35pm

U.S. wheat futures end higher Friday, rebounding from prior losses for the third consecutive day on optimism for U.S. export demand. Chicago Board of Trade futures for September delivery settled 12 3/4…

Hay prices 'talk of the town' in drought country By: 07/13/2012 @ 9:16am

Bob Scharf, an auctioneer and one-time farmer, lives in north central Indiana, within one of the red zones of extreme drought identified on the U.S. Drought Monitor this week. Corn and soybeans in the area are…

Deere unveils future at tech summit By: 06/29/2012 @ 3:20pm

Some of it seemed like pure fantasy. A farmer is seen managing his operation by moving icons on a large, air-borne screen in his office. Like a character in science fiction, he fathoms the…

'Fire and ice' factors for double-crop soybeans this year By: 06/28/2012 @ 10:31am

A new information tool can help farmers judge one of the major risks of planting double crop soybeans. The Climate Corporation reported this week that it has developed a system that calculates median and…

Ethanol remains 'bright spot' in global economy By: 06/26/2012 @ 9:35am

Global Ethanol production is expected to rise in 2012 by 1% to 22.5 billion gallons, according to a new report from the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA). Global annual production has now surpassed 536…

Corn takes dive in crop progress report By: 06/25/2012 @ 3:37pm

The  U.S. corn crop took a significant turn for the worse during the week ending June 24, according to USDA in its weekly Crop Progress report. The report came on a day when corn futures…

Is early corn planting worth the risk? By: 05/25/2012 @ 8:20am

Farmers who were able to plant corn early this spring could see a big benefit come pollination time, according to a new report released this week by The Climate Corporation. But the advantages of early…

Beans gain on exports By: 04/26/2012 @ 3:20pm

U.S. soybean futures ended mixed Thursday, with futures representing the current marketing year supported by strong export demand and tightening global supplies.The most active July soybean contract finished 4…

'Fire and ice' weather? By: 03/28/2012 @ 1:19pm

After a winter in which temperatures averaged well above normal over large parts of the country, is a warm, dry summer in store for key crop areas of the nation? And what are the odds of a hard freeze that…

Warm weather outlook supports early planting By: 03/23/2012 @ 11:59am

A warm weather pattern in large parts of the country will continue to support early planting prospects, though above-normal precipitation in the majority of the U.S. could cause farmers to tap the brakes a…

Early corn planting poses risks By: 03/15/2012 @ 1:35pm

As is said about politics, all planting season conditions are local. But, 2012 is already shaping up as having its own national slant -- the prospect of a lot of farmers planting early -- maybe too early. The…

'Sea of yellow' rising on the prairies By: 03/13/2012 @ 2:02pm

Will a “sea of yellow" take over a larger share of crop rotations on the North American prairies this year? In Canada, talk this spring has been of the potential for canola to top wheat as the western…

New signups: Can CRP compete? By: 03/11/2012 @ 11:32am

A new era of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is being ushered in this week, one with a shifting focus from the initiative Ronald Reagan presided over 25 years ago. In that early phase of…

Planting delays may hang on La Niña By: 03/06/2012 @ 2:34pm

The current La Niña may be on its last legs, but if it hangs on through spring planting, farmers in a large part of the Corn Belt could face some strong odds of planting delays, according to a new report…

Blue-ribbon hay By: 03/06/2012 @ 9:55am

With hay prices rising across the country, the ability to judge hay quality is an increasingly critical skill for buyers and producers.If you're a buyer, getting valuable hay in the barn means more than…

Farmers juggling planting options By: 03/02/2012 @ 11:01am

At the 2012 Commodity Classic on Thursday, March 1, it was hard to find a farmer who wasn't going to expand corn acres this spring. Some 5,800 attendees were on hand in Nashville, Tennessee to view the…

Team declares success with leafy spurge control By: 02/22/2012 @ 10:02am

A group of researchers and land managers who created a team effort to control leafy spurge in the U.S. have claimed a victory in controlling a species that had been regarded as "the most feared land invader in…

Rice growers address arsenic concerns By: 02/21/2012 @ 1:53pm

The California Rice Commission (CRC) and individual growers are addressing recent reports of arsenic being found in rice. The naturally occurring trace element is found throughout  the world and people…

Farmer rejoices over rare bird sighting By: 02/16/2012 @ 10:37am

“Build it and they will come,” Ray McCormick, an Indiana farmer, wrote in an e-mail to Agriculture.com this week. Attached was a press release from the state’s natural resource agency announcing the…

Take a wetlands tour By: 02/16/2012 @ 9:50am

0n a hot, dry day when many farmers are starting to get ready for harvest, Ray McCormick is more than happy to take time out to talk about wetlands conservation.He jumps in his pickup and begins an…

Wind energy powers ahead in 2012 By: 02/07/2012 @ 3:24pm

Wind energy development is on the rise in the U.S. again, after tough times in 2010, according to a new report by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).The U.S. saw a 31 percent increase in production last…

Planting weather watch turns up crop concerns By: 02/07/2012 @ 11:11am

Meterologists have begun to focus on spring crop planting prospects, with one eye on the dry weather threatening key agricultural areas of the country. While new precipitation has begun to improve conditions…

Scrap iron beauty in eye of beholder By: 02/02/2012 @ 11:27am

Farmers have various views about the value of scrap iron that accumulates around the farm. Some see old machinery and other salvaged metal as a valuable resource for do-it-yourself projects, while others view…

Brazil drought worse than feared By: 01/30/2012 @ 8:16am

New reports from Brazil's Parana state, a leading corn and soybean producing area in the southern part of the the country, say that the drought there is "worse-than-expected," according to a Dow…

Drought to persist in key ag areas By: 01/25/2012 @ 10:36am

The most current drought outlook, released in this week's USDA crop weather bulletin, shows that the deep drought conditions plaguing large parts of the country are likely to continue into spring. Large…

Winter to continue as lion and lamb By: 01/18/2012 @ 10:15am

National agricultural weather perspectives continue to focus on drought in Texas and the conditions of the U.S. winter wheat crop.  Mild, dry weather is seen returning to the southern plains, according to…

'Clipper' weather to chill farm country By: 01/17/2012 @ 9:04am

Large parts of farm country are slated for a shot of real winter weather this week, forecasters said on Tuesday. "Much colder temperatures" are returning to the Midwest, as well as more snow later in the week…

Winter storm a mixed bag for ag By: 12/19/2011 @ 10:18am

The major winter storm shaping up in the Southern Plains, expected to bring as much as foot of snow in some areas and signficant rainfall in others, will offer some benefits to crops in the region, forecasters…

White Christmas for farm country? By: 12/15/2011 @ 10:38am

Chances for a white Christmas across the nation's mid-section may be low, but an active weather pattern could bother holiday travel in some key locations. Turns out the best chance for snow on…

Spring planting delays get mention in new outlook By: 12/07/2011 @ 9:45am

A new two-month weather outlook brings one of the first mentions of potential planting delays next spring. In a report issued Wednesday by MDA EarthSat Weather, below-normal temperatures are seen for two…

5 machines get top honors By: 12/06/2011 @ 9:29am

The best new equipment on the market was given special recognition this year at the AE50 Judge's Choice Awards Event, sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The…

Corn left standing may have to wait By: 11/29/2011 @ 1:27pm

With December in sight, the corn harvest is widely regarded as "essentially over," according to individual state-level reports issued this week. There are enough exceptions in the countryside, though, to…

How to ID a blue ribbon bale of hay By: 11/10/2011 @ 9:07am

With hay prices rising across the country, the ability to judge hay quality is an increasingly critical skill -- both for buyers and producers. Hay prices, though varying by region, quality and package…

Tour Agriculture.com Mobile with Ashlie Kolb By: 11/02/2011 @ 10:04am

If you own a smartphone – or you are thinking about buying one – be sure to check out the new version of m.agriculture.com, the mobile website operated by Successful Farming magazine. The site is loaded…

Smartphones a big trend By: 11/02/2011 @ 9:40am

Research conducted by Successful Farming magazine this year shows that farmers are quickly adopting smartphone technology and, in fact, are making greater use of the devices than does the general…

Corn harvest seen through social media By: 10/26/2011 @ 12:58pm

A survey of social media sources shows that farmers are actively participating in the reporting of the 2011 corn harvest, along with the usual array of news organizations, commodity groups, and agribusiness…

Markets find stability By: 10/03/2011 @ 3:52pm

U.S. grain and soybean prices stabilized Monday, ending a sharp selloff spurred by trader's views that the markets were undervalued and oversold.Grain traders managed to push prices up from multi-month…

Sluggish demand pressures cash soy prices By: 09/08/2011 @ 1:27pm

The realization of slower export demand and the approaching autumn harvest are promoting weaker soybean cash prices and basis levels. Basis levels typically erode as harvest approaches, as grain buyers have…

Cash grain basis flat in face of economic turmoil By: 08/08/2011 @ 2:42pm

U.S. cash basis levels for corn and soybeans are steady Monday, with many market participants content to sit on the sidelines in the midst of volatile grain futures and financial markets. The slower…

Help ag address climate change, conservationists say By: 07/21/2011 @ 1:27pm

Global climate change presents a “formidable challenge” to food production and the environment, according to a policy position released recently by the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). The…

What to do with downed corn? By: 07/12/2011 @ 12:14pm

After a “massive windstorm” hammered property and cropland across the Corn Belt, farmers will be watching their fields anxiously as an already deteriorating corn crop struggles into pollination. The storm…

Favorable weather ahead for corn and soybeans By: 06/07/2011 @ 8:40am

The national corn planting pace as of June 5 at 94 percent was very close to trade expectations but still showed that there were significant amounts of corn left to plant in key states. No more is that the…

Country cemeteries shine this week By: 05/27/2011 @ 4:18pm

Driving the back roads this time of year, I can’t help but note the decorated country cemeteries. It’s often a colorful scene--against the back drop of young crops you see the fresh-mown grass…

Soy basis firm; farm movement slows By: 04/14/2011 @ 3:40pm

U.S. cash basis bids were mixed Thursday, with soy basis firm amid limited farm movement of supplies. "Country movement of soybeans has ground to a halt, leaving commercial elevators to fill needs, and…

More smartphones go to the field this spring By: 04/07/2011 @ 9:28am

Whenever Minnesota farmer Dave Revier takes to the field this spring, it’s certain he’ll have a smart phone in hand. In fact, he’ll have two of them--one for general use, and another in the cab to help…

Cash grain basis levels steady, farm sales slow By: 04/05/2011 @ 3:35pm

U.S. cash basis levels were steady Tuesday, with movement of supplies tapering off after recent rallies in the futures market were curbed. After a heavy dose of farmer selling, particularly corn, following…

U.S. farmers take personal view of Japan disaster By: 03/14/2011 @ 3:02pm

As the world watches in horror the ongoing story of destruction in Japan, attention has turned to the global economic aftershock of the tragedy. On Monday morning, for example, U.S. stock market prices sunk to…

Soaking up sun & commodity insights in Tampa By: 03/03/2011 @ 10:57am

Western Minnesota farmers Dave and Gerald Revier, having been able to finish up their work yesterday, booked a last-minute flight to Tampa, Florida to attend the Commodity Classic, joining some 4700…

First in the field: Acreage battle begins in south Texas By: 02/15/2011 @ 3:20pm

Cameron County, Texas, farmers have a tradition of competing to produce the first bale of cotton in the U.S. Last year, Sam Simmons, a Harlingen,Texas, grower produced that first bale on July 13. (Photo above…

Kansas farmers express concern about wheat crop By: 01/13/2011 @ 11:49am

Kansas farmers increased hard red winter wheat plantings by 5% last fall but don't yet know how many acres they will be able to harvest.   The country's top wheat-growing state is dry and…

Best of the [A] List: Ten top picks from the Internet By: 12/16/2010 @ 11:33am

In July, as part of a major redesign, Agriculture.com initiated a new feature, the [A] List of best agricultural features on the Internet. The section, housed on the home page and organized by categories on…

Farmers debate election impacts on ag By: 11/03/2010 @ 10:58am

As the politicians and  pundits sort out  the results of Tuesday’s mid-term elections, farmers have begun to provide their own take on the historic balloting in which Republicans are expected to…

Is new machinery a good investment? By: 10/14/2010 @ 4:27pm

"It seems there are two sides to this debate. Some farmers believe it's wise to trade every couple of years to keep machinery current and get the best return on your investment (i.e. tax strategy…

Yields up in the air, farmers say By: 09/12/2010 @ 11:11am

Last week’s USDA monthly report kept farmers debating yield prospects for the 2010 crop, and left the market guessing the direction of the fall harvest. “Psychology will rule the grain markets from now…

Black Sea drought raises Asia corn demand By: 09/08/2010 @ 8:40am

Asia's corn demand will likely rise over the next few months as buyers in Southeast Asia, facing a shortfall in feed wheat, are locking in purchases of the alternative grain, providing strong support to…

Russia will lift grain ban once size of harvest known By: 09/06/2010 @ 2:00pm

MOSCOW (Dow Jones)--Russia's grain export ban will be lifted as soon as there is a clear indication of how much grain has been gathered, President Dmitry Medvedev said Monday. The comments appear to…

Brazil poised to produce bumper 2010-11 soybean crop By: 08/30/2010 @ 10:59am

Brazil's soybean farmers could notch up a bumper crop in the upcoming 2010-11 crop season as farmers shift away from corn. Brazil--the world's second-largest soybean exporter after the U.S.--is…

Wheat Outlook: Up on Russian export ban, tighter supplies By: 08/06/2010 @ 8:30am

CHICAGO (Dow Jones)--U.S. wheat futures are expected to extend gains Friday after climbing to their highest level in nearly two years on concerns that Russia will not be the only country in the former Soviet…

Go Green? By: 07/29/2010 @ 11:00pm

“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the cornfield.”– Dwight EisenhowerThis old saw about farming from afar is something to take to heart when writing…

Ten top Internet highlights from InfoExpo By: 07/26/2010 @ 11:00pm

A highlight of the Agricultural Media Summit, being held this week in St. Paul, Minnesota, is InfoExpo, an exhibition for companies to show off their products and services to the media professionals who serve…

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