EVENTS BY JUSTIN DAVEY
Increase fuel efficiency this spring By: 03/15/2013 @ 9:02am

Consider new ways to improve fuel efficiency this spring, such as conducting regular maintenance and maintaining tire inflation.

Install some farm business apps By: 03/14/2013 @ 8:05am

Mobile apps can be great tools for farm business decisions. Here are 10 mostly free apps that could help this crop season.

Get set for 2013 corn By: 03/13/2013 @ 8:54am

Here are six commonly asked questions and answers about corn-production issues you'll face this year.

Crop records By: 03/12/2013 @ 8:06am

As planting season approaches, now is a good time to begin or update a system for recording crop operations.

Get welding! By: 03/11/2013 @ 8:14am

Whether you're spending time in your shop to beat the cold and snow or getting things in order for planting season, or both, you might have some welding to do. Here are 10 tips that can advance your…

Women Marketing Grain By: 03/10/2013 @ 11:00pm

Female grain marketers are invited to discuss crop marketing with industry professionals and learn about additional marketing resources at Des Moines Area Community College's (DMACC) Women Marketing Grain…

Inspect tillage and planter tools By: 03/07/2013 @ 8:09am

Here's a preseason shop inspection and field adjustment guide to boost tillage tool and planter performance this spring.

Midwest Soil Improvement Symposium By: 03/06/2013 @ 11:00pm

The third annual Midwest Soil Improvement Symposium will be held in conjunction with The Ohio State University’s Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference on Thursday March 7, 2013 at Ohio Northern…

Maintain your air compressor, utility tractor By: 03/06/2013 @ 8:17am

Take some time before spring to maintain some of the key items in your farm shop. Here are some tips for keeping your air compressor and utility tractor in good working order.

Fine-tune your 2013 marketing plan By: 03/05/2013 @ 8:10am

Here is a three-step risk-management plan for your 2013 crop from market analyst Al Kluis.

Check grain in storage By: 03/04/2013 @ 8:03am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition. 

Post-drought pasture leasing tips By: 03/01/2013 @ 8:10am

Farmland leasing and negotiating land rental rates can sometimes rival walking a tightrope. Get too far out of balance one way or another, and sometimes a deal can completely fall apart. But, that's not…

Leave sold or lost rental ground By: 02/28/2013 @ 8:07am

Move off of the land you sold or lost the rent on, as most new rental leases begin on March 1.

Make 2013 crop insurance decisions By: 02/27/2013 @ 8:11am

When Iowa farmers are determining on or before March 15 which federal crop insurance program to choose, they tend to use revenue coverage. In 2012, about 92 percent of the state’s insured corn acres and 91…

Land taxes coming due By: 02/26/2013 @ 8:23am

Land taxes are due on March 1st in many areas.

Check grain in storage By: 02/25/2013 @ 7:59am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition. 

Update your tax withholding By: 02/22/2013 @ 8:17am

If you have gained or lost dependents or tax deductions this year, it's time to update your records with employers and retirement accounts.

AgrAbility National Training Workshop By: 02/21/2013 @ 1:38pm

Professionals and farmers with disabilities can receive training and learn about issues related to disability in agriculture at the 2013 AgrAbility National Training Workshop. The workshop will be held April…

Prepare for winter weather By: 02/21/2013 @ 7:38am

Snow has begun to fall over the Plains and Corn Belt, with much more set to arrive today. Here are some winter weather tips from All Around the Farm, for whenever the nasty winter weather hits your farm.

Update your marketing plan By: 02/20/2013 @ 7:38am

Update your marketing plan to ensure it considers your grain assets and your marketing goals.

Precision ag review By: 02/19/2013 @ 7:58am

Did your equipment and plan measure up to your expectations?  Review what you have, what you want and how to grow your precision ag methodology for next year.

Check grain in storage By: 02/18/2013 @ 7:53am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition. 

Review drainage needs By: 02/15/2013 @ 8:13am

With high land prices, evaluating drainage might be a good option for farmers who want to raise yields while also decreasing the effects of sediment and nutrients on nearby streams and lakes. Now is a good…

Rent day March 1 By: 02/14/2013 @ 8:05am

Be prepared to move in or out of rental ground on March 1. Wondering what's "fair" cash rent for your land? Ag economist Gary Schnitkey shares some rent data.

Young & beginning farmers: Consider these new loans By: 02/13/2013 @ 8:04am

If you're just starting out on your farm, or looking for a way to get into the business, there's a new USDA program that you may want to know about. The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has developed a…

Update estate plan By: 02/12/2013 @ 8:05am

Review wills and estate plans and make sure all information is current. These Indiana farmers are working to create opportunities for their children in the operation, ensuring a smooth transition.

Check grain in storage By: 02/11/2013 @ 8:01am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition. 

Women Marketing Grain By: 02/10/2013 @ 11:00pm

Female grain marketers are invited to discuss crop marketing with industry professionals and learn about additional marketing resources at Des Moines Area Community College's (DMACC) Women Marketing Grain…

Update your pesticide license By: 02/08/2013 @ 7:54am

Review and update your pesticide applicator license before planting season begins.

Book fuel needs By: 02/07/2013 @ 8:09am

Fuel is often cheapest between December and February.  If you don't have yours booked, consider it soon.  If you're not already doing so, a couple of short, simple equations can help…

Plant new species in pastures By: 02/06/2013 @ 8:04am

Most pastures would benefit from having an additional kind of grass or legume added to what is already being used, according to an Iowa State University Extension report. Soil moisture conditions are…

Make sure the farm is secure By: 02/05/2013 @ 8:12am

The list of shady characters is a long one: the mischief maker, the thief, the trespasser, the narcotics entrepreneur, the disgruntled employee, the homegrown extremist, the computer hacker, and the terrorist…

Check grain in storage By: 02/04/2013 @ 8:12am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition. 

Distribute IRS 1099 forms By: 01/25/2013 @ 9:26am

By now, you should have received an IRS 1099 form from your employer. If you’re the boss, you should have provided them to your employees.

Take seed delivery By: 01/25/2013 @ 9:20am

To know for sure what seed you will have for 2012, take delivery now.

Prep your planter By: 01/25/2013 @ 9:17am

Experts say tuning up planters has the potential to improve yields of most crops, particularly corn, particularly when it comes to the planter's ability to provide a consistent spacing between seeds…

Plan for planting with these tips By: 01/25/2013 @ 9:16am

As you start to develop your plan for the 2013 planting season, consider these 9 tips for gaining higher yields.

Check grain in storage By: 01/25/2013 @ 9:13am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition. 

Fix broken tires easier with these tips By: 01/25/2013 @ 8:49am

Have a tire or two needing fixed before field work starts up again? Here are 7 tire handling tips from farmers.

Build an auto lift! By: 01/24/2013 @ 8:09am

Looking for a nice shop project to accomplish this winter? Automobile lifts are becoming a popular feature in farm shops for oil changes and other machinery repairs, and models can be retrofitted in an…

Considering more crop insurance for 2013? By: 01/23/2013 @ 8:11am

If history's any judge, already high crop insurance numbers are likely to increase this year, though probably just slightly, says University of Illinois Extension ag economist Gary Schnitkey, with the…

Research disaster aid programs By: 01/22/2013 @ 8:04am

Now that secretarial disaster designations have been determined the USDA considers over 600 counties across the nation primary or contiguous natural disaster areas due to drought and heat. The Farm Service…

Check grain in storage By: 01/21/2013 @ 7:57am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition. 

Try these apps for living healthy By: 01/15/2013 @ 4:41pm

Did you make a new year's resolution to live a healthier lifestyle? These mobile apps could be the jump start you need.

Price fertilizer now By: 01/15/2013 @ 10:12am

U.S. farmers wondering whether to price their fertilizer now or later in the spring might find the lowest prices over the next few weeks, says one fertilizer analyst. With the exception of ammonia, Midwest…

Update your marketing plan By: 01/15/2013 @ 8:06am

Update your marketing plan to ensure it considers your grain assets and your marketing goals.

Prepare IRS 1099 form By: 01/15/2013 @ 8:01am

The IRS requires all businesses to document non-employee payments larger than $600 made to individuals or other businesses during the year. A 1099 form, detailing the amount of money paid, the type of payment…

Check grain in storage By: 01/14/2013 @ 8:05am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition. 

Women Marketing Grain By: 01/13/2013 @ 11:00pm

Female grain marketers are invited to discuss crop marketing with industry professionals and learn about additional marketing resources at Des Moines Area Community College's (DMACC) Women Marketing Grain…

Get your farm shop in order By: 01/11/2013 @ 8:14am

Your farm shop is more than a place to store iron. It's your workshop, mechanic's garage, storage facility, office, and more. So whether it's a refurbished barn or top-of-the-line steel building…

USDA reports tomorrow By: 01/10/2013 @ 8:13am

The USDA will release its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates and Crop Production report, among others, tomorrow morning. Be sure to check Agriculture.com and Marketing Talk for complete…

2013 input cost predictions By: 01/09/2013 @ 8:10am

Look forward to spending more money this year with some bigger profits to follow, says Ohio State University ag economist Barry Ward. Ward has made predictions for 2013 pertaining to Ohio's three main…

Keep your tools in good shape By: 01/08/2013 @ 8:09am

In many cases, winter becomes a good time to head out to the farm shop, organize, repair machinery, and make sure equipment is in tip-top shape. Here are some tips and tricks for maintaining your tools from…

Check grain in storage By: 01/07/2013 @ 7:57am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition. 

Review farm liability insurance By: 01/04/2013 @ 8:01am

Accidents can and do happen to farm visitors, vendors, and others who come on your property, no matter how careful farm owners are. Take a look at your farm liability insurance coverage for 2012 to make…

License trucks By: 01/03/2013 @ 7:54am

In many states, larger trucks and trailers are renewed at the first of the year. Don't let your vehicle tags lapse. Check insurance while you are at it.

Prepare 1099s By: 01/02/2013 @ 8:03am

Prepare IRS Form 1099 for those you purchased services or rent from. The forms are due January 31.

Happy New Year! By: 12/31/2012 @ 8:20am

Happy New Year! Take some time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the one to come.Take a look at the 2012 ag year in pictures.

Check grain in storage By: 12/31/2012 @ 8:13am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition. 

Last minute year-end transactions By: 12/21/2012 @ 10:21am

Make final decisions and execute year-end financial transactions.

Update farm inventory By: 12/21/2012 @ 10:19am

Add and delete machinery from your farm machinery inventory list that you use for tax, insurance and other purposes.

Time for some farm shop fix-ups By: 12/21/2012 @ 10:17am

How's your farm shop these days? Now that the crop season's over, now's a good time to take stock of your shop and start thinking about any winter projects you want to take on. Get a little…

Merry Christmas! By: 12/21/2012 @ 10:14am

Merry Christmas from Agriculture.com! Enjoy a great day with family and friends, and take it easy on the egg nog.

Check grain in storage By: 12/21/2012 @ 10:12am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition. 

Unique Christmas gifts for farmers By: 12/21/2012 @ 8:25am

It's that time of year again: Time to shop for the farmer on your Christmas list. Or, are you looking to start dropping gift hints yourself?Regardless of whether you're looking for something to give…

Prove crop yields By: 12/20/2012 @ 8:38am

Producers tend to spend a great deal of time in late December estimating taxable income and prepaying year-end expenses. Use the time wisely to also pull together final 2012 crop yields by individual…

Winter prep tips By: 12/19/2012 @ 8:04am

With the first significant snowfall set to hit the much of the midwest today and tomorrow, there may be a few last minute winter prep ideas that could be wrapped up on your farm. Here are some tips from All…

Update your will By: 12/18/2012 @ 7:59am

Make or update your will to ensure your estate and personal belongings are assigned to the proper people when the time comes.

Check grain in storage By: 12/17/2012 @ 8:00am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Here are a few tips to get your grain bins ready to fill with this year's crop.

Women Marketing Grain By: 12/16/2012 @ 11:00pm

Female grain marketers are invited to discuss crop marketing with industry professionals and learn about additional marketing resources at Des Moines Area Community College's (DMACC) Women Marketing Grain…

Prepare for first aid By: 12/14/2012 @ 8:04am

Do you have first aid kits where they are likely to be needed?  Are the contents current?  Is everyone trained in basic first aid?  Do you know your medical providers and doctors and…

Good time for combine maintenance By: 12/13/2012 @ 8:06am

Repair combine or make a list of items for maintenance later.

Fire planning By: 12/11/2012 @ 8:01am

Are your fire extinquishers current?  Do you have escape plans for buildings? Be sure all fire safety measures are in place as we head into the winter season.

Check grain in storage By: 12/10/2012 @ 7:43am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Here are a few tips to get your grain bins ready to fill with this year's crop.

Unique Christmas gifts for farmers By: 12/07/2012 @ 8:12am

It's that time of year again: Time to shop for the farmer on your Christmas list. Or, are you looking to start dropping gift hints yourself?Regardless of whether you're looking for something to give…

Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism and Organic Conference By: 12/06/2012 @ 8:54am

The Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism and Organic Conference will be held Jan. 9-11, 2013, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Ill. The conference, which features more than 100 speakers and 50 trade…

Maintain tillage equipment By: 12/06/2012 @ 7:52am

Plan on getting tillage equipment in and repaired or buy new gear for spring.

Plan your fuel purchase By: 12/05/2012 @ 7:50am

Fuel prices are usually cheapest between December and February.  Begin planning your years fuel needs.

Plan a vacation By: 12/04/2012 @ 8:05am

You've earned it.  It's been a long year and you deserve and need to take a little time off.  Here are some aggie vacation ideas to get your mind rolling.

Check grain in storage By: 12/03/2012 @ 8:03am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Here are a few tips to get your grain bins ready to fill with this year's crop.

Christmas gift ideas for farmers By: 11/29/2012 @ 8:08am

It's that time of year again: Time to shop for the farmer on your Christmas list. Or, are you looking to start dropping gift hints yourself?Regardless of whether you're looking for something to give…

Book planter overhaul date By: 11/29/2012 @ 8:02am

It's not too early to decide how and when you are going to overhaul or setup your planter and make an appointment.

Get a physical By: 11/28/2012 @ 8:00am

Schedule a physical exam for you and your family, and employees on a timetable recommended by your doctor.   Read more about health and exercise.

Tips for picking next year's seed By: 11/27/2012 @ 8:09am

Though there's growing speculation that this year's drought will stretch into the 2013 crop year, it's fueling a lot of uncertainty about what corn and soybean varieties might perform best next…

Check grain in storage By: 11/26/2012 @ 8:01am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Here are a few tips to get your grain bins ready to fill with this year's crop.

Christmas gift ideas for farmers By: 11/21/2012 @ 8:19am

It's that time of year again: Time to shop for the farmer on your Christmas list. Or, are you looking to start dropping gift hints yourself?Regardless of whether you're looking for something to give…

Happy Thanksgiving! By: 11/21/2012 @ 8:13am

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy a day spent with family and friends, and give thanks for all that you have.

Put conspicuity tape on vehicles By: 11/21/2012 @ 8:02am

Put conspicuity tape (red and white reflective) on wagons, trailers, implements and other vehicles that move around at dusk or dark. Buy a roll at your local farm supply store.

Update your marketing plan By: 11/20/2012 @ 8:25am

Update your marketing plan to ensure it considers your grain assets and your marketing goals.

Dry and cool stored corn By: 11/19/2012 @ 8:01am

Warm weather recently hasn't been too kind on corn in storage, especially those bushels that were put away a little higher on the moisture scale. Now that things have cooled back down, it's important…

Christmas gift ideas for farmers By: 11/16/2012 @ 8:03am

It's that time of year again: Time to shop for the farmer on your Christmas list. Or, are you looking to start dropping gift hints yourself?Regardless of whether you're looking for something to give…

Fly over your farm By: 11/15/2012 @ 8:18am

Rent a ride in a small airplane and fly over your farm. Take pictures and look for erosion and water flow. Consider new cropping patterns. Not one to leave the ground? Try an…

Add per-head weight for beef cattle By: 11/14/2012 @ 8:01am

This year's drought led to a widespread liquidation in the U.S. beef herd as the cost of feed skyrocketed and the quantity of available feed fell through the floor. Though economists say the market's…

Consider a flexible land lease By: 11/13/2012 @ 8:10am

Interest rates are low, grain prices are high and land values continue to follow those high grains to record or near-record levels. It all adds up for good justification to consider flexible cash lease…

Check grain in storage By: 11/12/2012 @ 8:05am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Here are a few tips to get your grain bins ready to fill with this year's crop.

Women Marketing Grain By: 11/11/2012 @ 11:00pm

Female grain marketers are invited to discuss crop marketing with industry professionals and learn about additional marketing resources at Des Moines Area Community College's (DMACC) Women Marketing Grain…

Crop Production, WASDE reports released today By: 11/09/2012 @ 7:58am

USDA released its monthly Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates reports today. Stay tuned to Agriculture.com for complete coverage.Chat in Marking Talk

SURE sign up underway By: 11/08/2012 @ 8:03am

The sign up period for the 2011 crop year Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program is now open. To be eligible for SURE, a farm or ranch must have at least a 10-percent production loss on a crop…

Irrigate drought-stricken alfalfa By: 11/07/2012 @ 8:03am

If your alfalfa crop fell woefully short this year on account of the drought, you may want to take steps to erase any potential hangover for next year's crop.

Pre-tax planning By: 11/06/2012 @ 8:13am

See your CPA to finalize purchases and sales that affect tax planning for this year.

Check grain in storage By: 11/05/2012 @ 7:55am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Here are a few tips to get your grain bins ready to fill with this year's crop.

Ask yourself these 9 questions about 2013 seed By: 11/02/2012 @ 8:10am

It's important to remember that successful corn and soybean production take a combination of steps. Here are answers to some of the questions you might have about seed for 2013.

Fall's the time to buy grain bins By: 11/01/2012 @ 8:07am

Usually, grain bin prices are cheapest in the fall.  Price your bin now to take advantage of preferred tax treatment and delivery dates at the best price.   Are you looking for…

Pondering corn-on-corn for 2013? By: 10/31/2012 @ 8:12am

Continuous corn is one of those systems that saw some pretty lackluster results in 2012, and while it may not be enough to convince some farmers from straying away from it, there are others who you'll be…

What if your farm is in Sandy's path? By: 10/30/2012 @ 8:11am

If your farm is in or near the path of Hurricane Sandy as it makes its way aground, it's likely to make life tough for the next few days, especially if you're not prepared. The good news is that even…

Check grain in storage By: 10/29/2012 @ 8:00am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Here are a few tips to get your grain bins ready to fill with this year's crop.

Improve your road safety practices By: 10/26/2012 @ 8:23am

Improving road safety for farm equipment and nonfarm vehicles is a two-way street. That means going beyond the letter of the law for lighting and marking equipment. It means training employees in safety…

Protect yourself from big taxes due to crop insurance By: 10/25/2012 @ 8:15am

If you're like many farmers whose crop yields have been gutted by drought this year, you're likely deriving some -- if not most -- income this year from crop insurance. This has a lot of…

Avoid fall grazing illness in cattle By: 10/24/2012 @ 8:08am

With an extremely hot, dry summer behind us, cattle grazing practices may need to be tweaked to keep animals healthy. Here are some tips for avoiding acidosis, grass tetany, and bloat.

Ensure proper hunting training and licensing By: 10/23/2012 @ 7:59am

Ensure you're properly trained and licensed to hunt. Local DNR offices offer the required hunter education programs designed to educate students on safety, ethics, landowner relations, and more…

Check grain in storage By: 10/22/2012 @ 8:07am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Here are a few tips to get your grain bins ready to fill with this year's crop.

Fall grain quality control By: 10/18/2012 @ 3:57pm

The most uniform characteristic of the 2012 crop is its jaw-dropping variability, and beyond that, two other characteristics have been initial sources of concern. “The more stress the crop is under, the more…

Farming 'marginal' acres By: 10/18/2012 @ 8:02am

There's a lot of grain demand in the world, and there may not be enough supply to meet all that demand. Though some corn and soybean yields have been surprisingly good despite this year's drought…

Indemnity payment prices to come By: 10/17/2012 @ 8:25am

The USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) will release the final fall harvest prices for revenue protection crop insurance policies on November 1. As of October 15, those harvest prices are near $7.50 per bushel…

Consider your N application schedule By: 10/16/2012 @ 8:14am

As fall progresses and the ground cools to the recommended 50-degree Fahrenheit temperature, N application becomes much more efficient. Monitor your local weather and consider your N…

Check grain in storage By: 10/15/2012 @ 8:23am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Here are a few tips to get your grain bins ready to fill with this year's crop.

Prepping soils for the 2013 crop By: 10/12/2012 @ 8:04am

How you handle your fields after harvest this fall and next spring before planting your 2013 crop will go a long way to determining how well your farm bounces back from the drought, says University of Illinois…

Try biomass crops for marginal soils By: 10/11/2012 @ 8:32am

Bioenergy crops can be a good match for areas of fields that have lost productivity. Crops such as switchgrass and miscanthus can help soil, improve water quality and provide alternative revenue, experts say.

How to fight the emotional strain of drought By: 10/10/2012 @ 8:42am

This year's crops and livestock have fallen victim to the worst drought in decades. But, so too have the men and women who raise them. That emotional toll is often overlooked by a lot of farmers whose…

How to manage weeds and drift By: 10/09/2012 @ 8:00am

Here are some tips for getting sufficient chemical on to control pests while managing drift.

Check grain in storage By: 10/08/2012 @ 8:56am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Here are a few tips to get your grain bins ready to fill with this year's crop.

Treat winter annual weeds soon By: 10/04/2012 @ 2:56pm

Depending on what weed pressures hit your fields hardest, you may want to get out, scout and consider putting down some post-harvest herbicide before winter rolls in.

Prepare winter vehicles By: 10/04/2012 @ 8:30am

The weather has turned cooler for much of the nation's midsection, and it's time to think about preparing your winter equipment.  Get the snowblower ready, put the blade or scoop on the…

Chrysler Year End Tax Webinar By: 10/02/2012 @ 11:47am

Join Chrysler Commercial Vehicles and BusinessLink for a "How Tax Rules Impact Your Business's Buying Decisions" webinar, where you’ll hear from the experts about rules to keep in mind when you’re in…

Keep your tires in good shape By: 10/02/2012 @ 8:09am

Fall can be a tough time to keep your tires in good shape, whether on the truck or machinery in the field. Sharp corn stalks, loaded grain trucks and the occasional soft spot or pothole can all make things…

Check grain in storage By: 10/01/2012 @ 8:09am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Here are a few tips to get your grain bins ready to fill with this year's crop.

Test your soil this fall By: 09/26/2012 @ 3:32pm

With harvest running at full steam in much of the nation's middle, other jobs like soil testing may seem far from your mind. But, it's more important this year than usual to make sure you get a good…

Drought-year seed-buying tips By: 09/26/2012 @ 8:02am

Thinking about what corn varieties you'll plant next year? You may want to reconsider how much stock you put into this year's variety performance data if you're planning on using it in making…

Check out the Yield Monitor By: 09/25/2012 @ 8:10am

See the latest reports as harvest rolls on in the "Yield Monitor," and add your numbers to the list.

Check grain in storage By: 09/24/2012 @ 9:31am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Here are a few tips to get your grain bins ready to fill with this year's crop.

Prepare for a freeze By: 09/21/2012 @ 8:11am

With the growing season nearly over, there's a good chance for temperatures below 32 degrees for the northern Plains over the next few days. Lows in the Corn Belt stand a good chance of dripping below 40…

Check batteries in smoke detectors By: 09/20/2012 @ 8:04am

With fire more prevalent in winter than any other season, now is a good time to check the battery power in smoke detectors in your home and outbuildings, and replace as needed. 

6 tips to get your grain from the field to the bin By: 09/19/2012 @ 8:02am

Here are six options sure to rev up the RPMs on getting grain from the field to storage.

The cold's moving in By: 09/18/2012 @ 8:07am

"Cold weather is really going to start dominating the middle of the country over the next 24 hours and really does not look to relinquish its grip for the rest of the month," says Freese-Notis meteorologist…

Check grain in storage By: 09/17/2012 @ 8:01am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Here are a few tips to get your grain bins ready to fill with this year's crop.

Harvest safety tips By: 09/14/2012 @ 8:03am

With harvest underway in much of the country, and the busy lives of farmers entering an even more hurried season, safety is of the utmost importance. Here are some tips to keep you safe as you head out…

Consider lease components By: 09/13/2012 @ 8:04am

A written contract is an essential business practice when leasing farm property. Is your lease sound? This checklist, published by the Ohio State University Extension, assists tenants and landlords to…

USDA Crop Production report released By: 09/12/2012 @ 8:04am

U.S. farmers will raise 10.7 billion bushels of corn and 2.63 billion bushels of soybeans this year, according to Wednesday's monthly USDA Crop Production report. The government left harvested acres…

11 tips to trim your power bill By: 09/11/2012 @ 8:02am

There are a lot of ways to trim your energy usage on the farm, some of which can make a pretty big difference on your monthly utility bill. Here are a few ways you can trim your bill and get more efficient at…

Check grain in storage By: 09/10/2012 @ 8:01am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Here are a few tips to get your grain bins ready to fill with this year's crop.

Falling land values? Watch interest rates By: 09/07/2012 @ 8:14am

High cash rents and low interest rates are the 2 main factors keeping farmland values in the stratosphere right now. But, there's at least one sign that a decline in values could be in the cards, one…

Be prepared if your field catches fire By: 09/06/2012 @ 8:09am

In a lot of ways, a combine in a corn or soybean field is just about a perfect recipe for a fire disaster: There's plenty of dry plant matter, a lot of highly combustible fluids and a ton of friction…

Tips for tackling soybean challenges By: 09/05/2012 @ 8:04am

Smaller-than-normal, drought-slammed corn kernels aren't the only things that could complicate harvest this fall. It could also be a tough go running the combine through this year's drought-shortened…

Check grain in storage By: 09/04/2012 @ 8:05am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Here are a few tips to get your grain bins ready to fill with this year's crop.

Keep your yield monitor working properly By: 08/31/2012 @ 8:14am

Field conditions are going to be tough enough when you get harvest underway this fall. Don't let a faulty yield monitor make things even worse. Yields may be bad enough; don't let bad yield data add…

10 tips for a smoother harvest By: 08/30/2012 @ 8:16am

Check out these tips to avoid some of the unique challenges posed by a drought-year harvest.

Beware of aflatoxin By: 08/28/2012 @ 1:37pm

Lines at your local grain elevator could be longer than usual this season, thanks to aflatoxin, a fungal disease loves hot, dry years like this one. Farmers say they're already seeing more testing for the…

Check corn nitrates before ensiling By: 08/28/2012 @ 8:00am

The drought's had nitrates moving up in many corn stalks out there, and if you're feeding drought-stressed corn silage, it's important to test it for potential buildups of the chemical so…

Check grain in storage By: 08/24/2012 @ 3:12pm

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Prepping soils for 2013 crop By: 08/24/2012 @ 8:05am

Once you get this fall's crop in the bin, the drought of 2012 will be behind you, right? Wrong. How you handle your fields after harvest this fall and next spring before planting your 2013 crop will go a…

Prepare for your crop insurance review By: 08/23/2012 @ 8:07am

A large number of Iowa farmers are likely to make a claim for crop insurance losses as a result of the 2012 drought. Here are some things to consider when preparing for your crop insurance review.

Look for stalk rot By: 08/22/2012 @ 9:44am

Just when you think this year's corn yield potential hadn't sunk enough, another developing has now come along and could knock your yields down even further, one expert says. This summer's…

Try cover crops in a drought year By: 08/21/2012 @ 8:40am

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. “In our experience cover crops offer a great opportunity in a…

Check grain in storage By: 08/13/2012 @ 3:24pm

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Update your marketing plan By: 08/13/2012 @ 3:12pm

Update your marketing plan to ensure it considers your grain assets and your marketing goals.

Crop insurance billing date By: 08/13/2012 @ 3:10pm

"Although premiums are payable as soon as the crop is planted, the policyholder will not be billed until the premium billing date," says William Edwards, economist for the Iowa State University Extension…

Are the kids ready for school? By: 08/13/2012 @ 3:06pm

School starts soon. Buy clothes, buy school supplies, and make plans for the upcoming school year.

Check grain in storage By: 08/13/2012 @ 8:22am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

USDA Crop Production report today By: 08/10/2012 @ 8:06am

The U.S. corn and soybean yields continue to get smaller, USDA says Friday. In its August Crop Production and Supply/Demand Reports, the USDA data is seen as bullish for the farm markets.

Will you renew your lease? By: 08/09/2012 @ 8:15am

If you are in a state that requires notice by September 1 if you plan to renew or terminate your lease, whether you're a renter or landlord, consider if you want to give notice. In many cases…

Prepare wagons for harvest By: 08/07/2012 @ 10:16am

With USDA reporting that 50% of U.S. corn acres are ready for harvest, be sure to inspect, service and repair wagons and carts for harvest.  Consider wheel bearings, welds, hoses, lights and…

How to keep up with land rents in a drought year By: 08/07/2012 @ 8:28am

The longer the drought of 2012 persists, the more wrinkles the devastating weather pattern develops for farmers. The latest one has ramifications well beyond when the rain starts to fall. This summer's…

Check grain in storage By: 08/06/2012 @ 1:03am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Consider flex rent By: 08/03/2012 @ 8:25am

With cash rent prices following land values higher, a flex lease could help alleviate farmland cost risk.

Top tips for showing livestock By: 08/02/2012 @ 8:33am

State fair season is right around the corner, which means many will be showing livestock. Want to win the show this year? Here are some great tips from top livestock judges.

Avoid common crop insurance mistakes By: 08/01/2012 @ 8:10am

Crop insurance is a popular topic among farmers at this point in this summer of drought when many will be facing considerable crop yield losses, with some likely to ultimately harvest nothing from the fields…

Be prepared for changing farmland prices By: 07/31/2012 @ 8:25am

Is the farmland bubble bursting?In the short term, no. But, in the longer term, a few key factors may contribute to downward pressure on land values. But at the same time, there's equal reason to believe…

Check grain in storage By: 07/30/2012 @ 8:05am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Baling drought-hit corn By: 07/26/2012 @ 8:30am

Have you considered "making hay" out of your lost corn crop? Farmer's give advice on the process.

Be prepared for crop insurance questions By: 07/25/2012 @ 8:21am

With the hot and dry conditions this summer, maintaining crop insurance coverage and understanding the claims process will be crucial for many farmers.  Drought damage is an insurable loss under multiple…

Drought pep talk By: 07/24/2012 @ 8:18am

"An old timer who had survived the drought in the 1930’s once told me jokingly that the good thing about a drought is that it always ends with a good rain," says market analyst Roy Smith. While that is…

Check grain in storage By: 07/23/2012 @ 8:02am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Got hay? By: 07/19/2012 @ 8:29am

Hay prices are on the rise, farmers say. How are the prices in your area? Is there any left? Consider your hay needs on your farm and make plans to secure some.

Consider your crop's second half By: 07/18/2012 @ 8:06am

Midsummer used to be the time when you thought the whole game was over for your corn and soybeans. Just plant, spray, and go away until harvest. No more. Instead, more maladies make this period the halftime in…

Update your marketing plan By: 07/17/2012 @ 8:14am

Update your marketing plan to ensure it considers your grain assets and your marketing goals.

Check grain in storage By: 07/16/2012 @ 8:04am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Help livestock beat the heat By: 07/13/2012 @ 8:29am

This time of year, it's tough to find much redeeming about the hot, humid weather in the nation's midsection. That's especially true for your cattle.  When the heat index tops…

Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle By: 07/12/2012 @ 3:51pm

The Beef Reproductive Task Force and South Dakota State University are sponsoring a conference for beef cattle reproductive strategy in Sioux Falls, South Dakota December 3-4, 2012.

Prep bins for prime time By: 07/12/2012 @ 8:06am

If you've ever failed to double-check a grain spreader mounting when tending to preharvest chores, you know what can happen. A suspension chain can come loose, and the spreader will operate in a lopsided…

Time for a new lease? By: 07/10/2012 @ 8:20am

Consider whether to extend current leases in anticipation of lease deadlines, or negotiate a new lease. Agreements such as flexible rental contracts can benefit both the landowners and…

Check grain in storage By: 07/09/2012 @ 8:16am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Scout your grain By: 07/06/2012 @ 8:09am

Scout according to a plan.  Write down observations, times and places for future reference.

Fair time is coming By: 07/05/2012 @ 8:09am

County, regional and state fairs will be held soon.  Plan to go, even if you're not involved in the events.

Happy Fourth of July! By: 07/05/2012 @ 8:07am

Enjoy the Fourth of July holiday today. Take some time to attend a parade and see some fireworks.

Monitor calf pastures during drought By: 07/03/2012 @ 8:17am

Veterinarians are reporting an increase in the number of calf deaths from grazing on toxic weed species so far this summer. If you're in an area where it's likely that these types of issues could…

Check grain in storage By: 07/02/2012 @ 8:13am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Crop acres report due By: 06/29/2012 @ 8:28am

Crop acreage reports are due to FSA by 30 June 2012.

Review fire plan By: 06/28/2012 @ 8:08am

Does everyone on your farm know what to do if the house catches fire? The shop? Machine shed? Barn? Talk it over and even have a training exercise.  Minutes count.

Review marketing plan By: 06/27/2012 @ 8:11am

A summer weather grain rally often comes about this time of year. Consider your sales.

Repair tile outlets By: 06/26/2012 @ 8:17am

Inspect and repair tile outlets.

End of corn late planting By: 06/25/2012 @ 8:17am

Today marks the end of corn late planting. Multiple Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) policies include a 25-day late planting period. In Iowa, where Agriculture.com is located, this period begins on the day after…

Plan for tiling and drainage By: 06/22/2012 @ 8:15am

Plan tiling and drainage for this summer and fall.  Reserve a tiling machine if needed.

Inspect your wagons By: 06/21/2012 @ 9:46am

Do you have all the wagons you need for harvest? Are they in good repair?

Store planter By: 06/21/2012 @ 9:39am

With corn and soybean planting behind us, now is a good time to make any necessary repairs to your planter and store it until it's needed again.10 tips for repair and maintenance from All Around the Farm

Scout soybean fields for weeds and insects By: 06/13/2012 @ 8:19am

Soybeans often hover in corn's shadow. It's not like this when it comes to pests, though. Glyphosate-resistant weeds and diseases pay plenty of attention to this legume. Meanwhile, some…

Check grain in storage By: 06/11/2012 @ 8:17am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Father's Day gifts for farmers By: 06/08/2012 @ 8:35am

With Father's Day a little more than a week away, here are 14 gift ideas for your farm dad.

Control flies on cattle By: 06/07/2012 @ 8:18am

Whether it's horn flies or face flies, these pests cost producers in treatment and in lost production thanks to the diseases they cause or transmit. Aim to control these flying fiends before they become a…

Prepare for early pests By: 06/06/2012 @ 8:21am

Soybean aphids, Japanese beetles and Black cutworms are just a few of the insect pests agronomists are finding in the field, some a couple of weeks earlier than normal. Iowa State University entomologist Erin…

Plan for acreage report By: 06/05/2012 @ 8:12am

Start getting your acreage numbers together to report to FSA by end of month.

Check grain in storage By: 06/04/2012 @ 8:07am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

2010 SURE deadline By: 06/01/2012 @ 8:16am

If you have a 2010 SURE election, this is your last day to make it with FSA.

Final corn planting date By: 05/31/2012 @ 8:21am

Today marks the last day to plant corn in the crop insurance program.

Farm record changes By: 05/30/2012 @ 8:12am

If you are changing your operation entity type, adding or dropping cropland or farms, or adding entities to your operation, contact the FSA county office by June 1.

Memorial Day observed By: 05/29/2012 @ 8:14am

Memorial Day is observed today. Take time to remember all that has been sacrificed for our country.

Check grain in storage By: 05/29/2012 @ 8:11am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Finalize nitrogen application plans By: 05/24/2012 @ 8:07am

Be sure to finalize plans to apply nitrogen fertilizer. Need help nailing down a nitrogen plan? Here are some tips.

New trading hours By: 05/23/2012 @ 8:34am

After Monday and Tuesday's 21-hour electronic trading days vs. the old 17 hours per day, the biggest change for this reporter has been adjusting to the posting times of the settlement prices," says…

Get your sprayer in shape By: 05/22/2012 @ 8:26am

What you're spraying to control pests in your crops may not be as important as how you're putting it down. That makes good sprayer calibration more important than it's ever been, especially…

Check grain in storage By: 05/21/2012 @ 8:03am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Replanting corn? By: 05/18/2012 @ 8:30am

Spring got off to a roaring start in March. But, since then, the weather's turned cooler and damp in much of the Corn Belt, trimming planting progress and in some cases, creating the need to replant some…

Update your marketing plan By: 05/17/2012 @ 8:07am

Update your marketing plan to ensure it considers your grain assets and your marketing goals.

9 bugs to keep an eye on By: 05/16/2012 @ 8:23am

The mild winter will contribute greatly to the insect population for 2012, according to Cropsey, Illinois, crop consultant and farmer Aaron Steffen. Here are 9 insect pests that could cause row crop farmers…

DCP decision time By: 05/15/2012 @ 8:15am

If you have not signed up for the Direct and Counter Cyclical Payment Program (DCP), you have about two weeks to do so, depending on your crop types. Contact your local FSA for more.

Check grain in storage By: 05/14/2012 @ 8:10am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Rural youth loans By: 05/10/2012 @ 8:20am

FSA will loan rural youth up to $5,000 for programs such as 4-H, FFA and similar.

Targeted loans By: 05/09/2012 @ 8:08am

FSA has a targeted loan program for beginning, minority, and women farmers. Contact your local FSA for more information.

Grain facility loan By: 05/08/2012 @ 8:23am

Need to upgrade your grain storage? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Farm Storage Facility Loan Program (FSFL) provides low-interest financing for producers to build or…

Check grain in storage By: 05/07/2012 @ 8:53am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Grain on loan By: 05/04/2012 @ 8:01am

If you have grain on loan, you can not feed, sell or otherwise dispose of it without checking with FSA.

Adjusted Gross Income By: 05/03/2012 @ 8:25am

Participants in some USDA programs must request the IRS confirm AGI eligibility before receiving benefits. Get the form from your FSA office.

SURE deadline approaching By: 05/02/2012 @ 8:23am

Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) provide financial assistance for crop production and or quality losses due to a natural disaster. You have until the end of the month to get your SURE…

DCP sign-up By: 05/01/2012 @ 8:08am

The sign-up period for the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment Program (DCP) ends June 1, 2012. The DCP provides payments to eligible producers on farms enrolled for each and any of the 2008 through 2012 crop…

Check grain in storage By: 04/30/2012 @ 8:11am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Try Hay Net By: 04/27/2012 @ 9:56am

Hay producers and buyers may register with the USDA Hay Net to coordinate hay sales and purchases.

Equine emergency relief By: 04/26/2012 @ 8:07am

Equine operations are now eligible for disaster emergency relief. Contact FSA for more information.

Pigford settlement By: 04/25/2012 @ 8:14am

African American farmers who believe they were discriminated against by USDA in loan programs should contact FSA to file a claim in the Pigford II settlement. Claims must be filed by May 11, 2012.

Think long-term with wild land prices By: 04/24/2012 @ 8:15am

Some Corn Belt values have seen their sharpest price jumps ever. Crop prices have been good. Interest rates have been low. Farm incomes have been healthy. Makes for a healthy outlook for farm land values…

Check grain in storage By: 04/23/2012 @ 8:10am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Earliest day to plant soybeans is tomorrow By: 04/20/2012 @ 8:17am

In Iowa and many other areas, tomorrow is the earliest day to plant soybeans and be covered by crop insurance.

Pesticide applicator license By: 04/19/2012 @ 8:19am

Do you need a license to buy or dispense pesticides?  Is it up to date? Don't get caught short with an outdated license.

Land tax overdue By: 04/18/2012 @ 8:21am

Many areas have a land tax due in March.  You are now in the penalty phase if you aren't paid up.

Update your marketing plan By: 04/17/2012 @ 8:24am

Update your marketing plan to ensure it considers your grain assets and your marketing goals.

Check grain in storage By: 04/16/2012 @ 8:03am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Kill winter annuals By: 04/12/2012 @ 8:11am

Spray or till to get rid of early winter annuals.

Earliest day to plant corn By: 04/11/2012 @ 8:25am

If you're in Iowa or other parts of the midwest and you've resisted the urge to plant in this warm weather, today is the day you get the all-clear. Today marks the earliest date to plant corn…

Kill cover crops By: 04/10/2012 @ 8:17am

If you planted cover crops, don't let them get too big. Now is a good time to cut them back.

Check grain in storage By: 04/09/2012 @ 8:13am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

CRP deadline April 14 By: 04/06/2012 @ 9:24am

There are so many farmers applying to idle their land -- opting to take government payments in lieu of planting crops -- that the Department of Agriculture is extending the enrollment period for a week. Now…

6 tips for calving season By: 04/05/2012 @ 8:44am

How's your calving season going? Producers around the country say so far, for the most part, the warmer-than-normal weather has been kind to a lot of calving cows. But, what else goes into a successful…

Keep grain bins mold-free By: 04/04/2012 @ 8:20am

The warmer-than-normal weather this last winter may have been easy on your back, without as much snow to shovel. But, it was likely even easier on a lot of common mold spores that can infect stored grain and…

Aerial application planning By: 04/03/2012 @ 8:45am

If you are thinking of using aerial application of fungicide on corn, it is a good idea to think of booking your needs.

Check grain in storage By: 04/02/2012 @ 8:22am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

USDA report released today By: 03/30/2012 @ 9:26am

U.S. farmers are going to plant a lot more corn this year, USDA said Friday morning, and that's got the corn trade in a bearish state of mind ahead of Friday's opening bell. Soybeans acreage, on the…

Land tax penalties By: 03/29/2012 @ 8:11am

In many areas, tomorrow is the last day to pay taxes without incurring a penalty. If in doubt, talk to your accountant today.

USDA report Friday By: 03/28/2012 @ 8:23am

The USDA will release its Grain Stocks and Prospective Plantings reports this Friday, providing important fundamental information for the corn and soybean markets. Beyond the March 30 reports, spring weather…

Prep your planter By: 03/27/2012 @ 8:16am

Now is a good time to make sure your planter is ready for spring. Check out these tips before you roll.

Check grain in storage By: 03/26/2012 @ 8:07am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Try some new shop tools By: 03/23/2012 @ 8:19am

Looking to pump up the tool offering you have in your shop? Here are 6 must-haves right now.

Watch treatment timing By: 03/22/2012 @ 8:45am

With all the talk of early planting lately, the idea of early fieldwork has almost taken a backseat. But, just as the wrong conditions later on in the spring could doom an early-planted crop, bad timing can…

Time to start planting? By: 03/21/2012 @ 8:28am

Reports show a farmer in southeast Iowa was planting corn last weekend, and it turns out he's not the only one rolling in the field. But early planting doesn't always translate to the best yield…

Is it N time yet? By: 03/20/2012 @ 8:19am

The calendar may not say so yet, but for a lot of Corn Belt farmers, spring has sprung. So, as fieldwork begins -- which it has in a lot of areas after days of 60- to 80-degree temperatures -- it's a good…

Check grain in storage By: 03/19/2012 @ 8:16am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Increase fuel efficiency this spring By: 03/16/2012 @ 8:29am

Consider new ways to improve fuel efficiency this spring, such as conducting regular maintenance and maintaining tire inflation.

Crop insurance deadline today By: 03/15/2012 @ 8:26am

Today marks the final sales date for crop insurance programs. be sure to talk to your agent today, if you haven't already.

Prepare for land prices By: 03/14/2012 @ 8:30am

Whether driven by economics or emotion, the farm land value climb in Indiana's not going to change anytime in the near future, a recent survey there shows.A survey conducted with Indiana farm managers and…

Crop records By: 03/13/2012 @ 8:32am

Begin or update a system to record grain operations.

Check grain in storage By: 03/12/2012 @ 8:25am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

USDA reports to come Friday By: 03/07/2012 @ 8:55am

The USDA will release its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) and Crop Production reports on Friday morning. Stay tuned to m.agriculture.com and Marketing Talk for full coverage.

Will warm winter bother bugs? By: 03/06/2012 @ 9:30am

Crop Talk member Jim Meade discusses an Iowa State University report asking whether the warm winter will affect the bug population. "On one hand, the warm winter might let more bad ones live, but it might let…

Check grain in storage By: 03/05/2012 @ 8:47am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

National Small Farm Conference By: 02/28/2012 @ 9:45am

The 6th National Small Farm Conference will take place September 18-20, 2012 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. The will event include pre-conference short courses, plenary sessions, breakout sessions…

River terminals open By: 02/28/2012 @ 9:06am

River terminals begin operations as locks are opened after winter ice and maintenance period.

Commodity Classic begins today By: 02/28/2012 @ 9:03am

Discover new products and interact with various organizations at Commodity Classic. The event begins today and runs through March 3 in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, visit commodityclassic.com.

Leave sold or lost rental ground By: 02/28/2012 @ 8:38am

Move off of the land you sold or lost the rent on, as most new rental leases begin on March 1.

Land taxes coming due By: 02/28/2012 @ 8:27am

Land taxes are due on March 1st in many areas.

Check grain in storage By: 02/27/2012 @ 8:07am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

FSA questions? By: 02/24/2012 @ 8:28am

FSA is cutting back on mailing announcements. If in doubt, call them up and see what programs are active.

USDA Agriculture Outlook Conference By: 02/23/2012 @ 8:36am

Marketwatchers will keep one eye on the projections as the USDA takes their first stab at what the U.S. 2012/13 Supply/Demand spreadsheets will look like at the annual two-day Agriculture Outlook Conference in…

Update your tax withholding By: 02/22/2012 @ 8:08am

If you have gained or lost dependents or tax deductions this year, it's time to update your records with employers and retirement accounts.

Check grain in storage By: 02/20/2012 @ 8:06am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Update your marketing plan By: 02/17/2012 @ 8:06am

Update your marketing plan to ensure it considers your grain assets and your marketing goals.

Precision ag review By: 02/16/2012 @ 8:12am

Did your equipment and plan measure up to your expectations?  Review what you have, what you want and how to grow your precision ag methodology for next year.

Review drainage needs By: 02/15/2012 @ 8:10am

With high land prices, evaluating drainage might be a good option for farmers who want to raise yields while also decreasing the effects of sediment and nutrients on nearby streams and lakes. Now is a good…

Rent day March 1 By: 02/14/2012 @ 8:15am

Be prepared to move in or out of rental ground on March 1. Wondering what's "fair" cash rent for your land? Ag economist Gary Schnitkey shares some rent data.

Check grain in storage By: 02/13/2012 @ 8:13am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Update estate plan By: 02/10/2012 @ 8:24am

Review wills and estate plans and make sure all information is current. These Indiana farmers are working to create opportunities for their children in the operation, ensuring a smooth transition.

Update pesticide license By: 02/09/2012 @ 8:17am

Review and update your pesticide applicator license before planting season begins.

Book fuel needs By: 02/08/2012 @ 8:10am

Fuel is often cheapest between December and February.  If you don't have yours booked, consider it soon.  If you're not already doing so, a couple of…

Plant new species in pastures By: 02/07/2012 @ 9:17am

Most pastures would benefit from having an additional kind of grass or legume added to what is already being used, according to an Iowa State University Extension report. Soil moisture conditions are…

Check grain in storage By: 02/06/2012 @ 8:18am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Special initiatives EQIP deadline By: 02/03/2012 @ 8:19am

Producers applying for financial assistance through EQIP-funded special initiatives must apply by today, February 3. For more information, visit your county FSA office.

CRP signup dates set By: 02/02/2012 @ 8:25am

The USDA will hold a four-week general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program from March 12 to April 6, Acting Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services…

Time to set your fertilizer plan By: 02/01/2012 @ 8:28am

It’s time to figure out your fertilizer plans for the upcoming growing season. Consider the new era of NH3 as you prepare.

IRS 1099 due By: 01/31/2012 @ 8:20am

By now, you should have received an IRS 1099 form from your employer. If you’re the boss, you should have provided them to your employees.

Check grain in storage By: 01/30/2012 @ 8:14am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Take seed delivery By: 01/27/2012 @ 11:58am

To know for sure what seed you will have for 2012, take delivery now.

Prep your planter By: 01/26/2012 @ 8:24am

Experts say tuning up planters has the potential to improve yields of most crops, particularly corn, particularly when it comes to the planter's ability to provide a…

Heart of America Grazing Conference By: 01/25/2012 @ 8:25am

Livestock farmers from across the Corn Belt are invited and encouraged to attend the 11th annual Heart of America Grazing Conference in Mt. Vernon, Ill., Jan. 25-26, 2012…

2012 DCP sign up open By: 01/24/2012 @ 8:12am

Sign up for the 2012 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) is now open and runs through June 1, 2012.

EQIP deadline today By: 01/20/2012 @ 8:18am

Today marks the deadline for applying for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through…

SURE sign up is underway By: 01/19/2012 @ 8:37am

Check with your FSA office to see if your county has a disaster declaration. 

Prepare IRS 1099 form By: 01/18/2012 @ 8:26am

The IRS requires all businesses to document non-employee payments larger than $600 made to individuals or other businesses during the year. A 1099 form, detailing the amount of money paid, the type of…

Update your marketing plan By: 01/17/2012 @ 8:51am

Update your marketing plan to ensure it considers your grain assets and your marketing goals.

Check grain in storage By: 01/16/2012 @ 8:13am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

USDA crop numbers high & bearish By: 01/12/2012 @ 8:23am

The USDA released a bearish Crop Production Report this morning. Stay tuned to Marketing Talk for continued coverage.

USDA reports tomorrow By: 01/11/2012 @ 8:45am

The USDA will release its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates and Crop Production report, among others, tomorrow morning. Be sure to check Agriculture.com Marketing Talk for complete coverage…

Prepare your herd for winter By: 01/10/2012 @ 8:24am

Winter's been mild in a lot of cattle country thus far. But, that can change in an instant. So, to avoid a lot of trouble and "flaring tempers," here's a quick checklist of things to take care…

Check grain in storage By: 01/09/2012 @ 8:12am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Prepare for winter weather By: 01/06/2012 @ 9:44am

We've seen very mild weather lately at Agriculture.com's HQ in Des Moines, Iowa, but we know that nasty winter elements are right around the corner. Here are some winter weather tips from All Around…

Beginning Farmers Conference By: 01/05/2012 @ 3:44pm

Iowa State University's Beginning Farmers Network will host its 7th Annual Beginning Farmers Conference on Saturday, February 11, featuring speakers on topics including commodity marketing…

Review farm liability insurance By: 01/05/2012 @ 8:23am

Accidents can and do happen to farm visitors, vendors, and others who come on your property, no matter how careful farm owners are. Take a look at your farm liability insurance coverage for 2012 to make…

License trucks By: 01/04/2012 @ 8:16am

In many states, larger trucks and trailers are renewed at the first of the year. Don't let your vehicle tags lapse. Check insurance while you are at it.

Prepare 1099s By: 01/03/2012 @ 8:26am

Prepare IRS Form 1099 for those you purchased services or rent from. The forms are due January 31.

Last minute year-end transactions By: 12/30/2011 @ 8:10am

Make final decisions and execute year-end financial transactions.

Top Agriculture.com stories of 2011 By: 12/29/2011 @ 8:30am

Crazy prices for grain, machinery and farm land, the rise of the hog industry, spring planting pressures and the nuts and bolts of your farm. These are among the top story topics on Agriculture.com in…

Update farm inventory By: 12/28/2011 @ 8:11am

Add and delete machinery from your farm machinery inventory list that you use for tax, insurance and other purposes.

Make end of year sales and purchases By: 12/23/2011 @ 8:30am

There are only a few days left to buy or sell and affect taxes for the year. The Small Business Jobs Act signed by President Obama has three important implications for end of year purchases and year-end tax…

Prove your crop yields By: 12/22/2011 @ 8:17am

Producers tend to spend a great deal of time in late December estimating taxable income and prepaying year-end expenses. Use the time wisely to also pull together final 2011 crop yields by individual…

Show grandchildren the machinery By: 12/21/2011 @ 8:21am

Take some time to take the grand kids out and let them sit on the tractor, the combine and the truck to see what grandpa drives all year.

Decide on 2012 inputs By: 12/20/2011 @ 8:28am

If you haven’t nailed down your input needs for the 2012 crop, or if you've changed your mind on your plantings for next year, don’t delay. With the recent dip in grain prices, their…

Check grain in storage By: 12/19/2011 @ 8:21am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Make a will By: 12/15/2011 @ 8:41am

Make or update your will to ensure your estate and personal belongings are assigned to the proper people when the time comes.

Think medical By: 12/14/2011 @ 8:18am

Do you have first aid kits where they are likely to be needed?  Are the contents current?  Is everyone trained in basic first aid?  Do you know your medical providers and doctors and…

Combine maintenance By: 12/13/2011 @ 8:44am

Repair combine or make a list of items for maintenance later.

Check grain in storage By: 12/12/2011 @ 8:09am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Fire planning By: 12/09/2011 @ 8:32am

Are your fire extinquishers current?  Do you have escape plans for buildings? Be sure all fire safety measures are in place as we head into the winter season.

Revise your exercise plan By: 12/08/2011 @ 8:16am

Plan to exercise regularly now that outdoor activity may be lessened.  Visit a gym or join a club if necessary.

Maintain tillage equipment By: 12/07/2011 @ 8:09am

Plan on getting tillage equipment in and repaired or buy new gear for spring.

Plan to buy fuel By: 12/06/2011 @ 8:14am

Fuel prices are usually cheapest between December and February.  Begin planning your years fuel needs.

Check grain in storage By: 12/05/2011 @ 8:11am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Plan a vacation By: 12/01/2011 @ 8:20am

You've earned it.  It's been a long year and you deserve and need to take a little time off.  Take in a bowl game, a cruise or a beach resort.

Book planter overhaul date By: 11/30/2011 @ 8:20am

It's not too early to decide how and when you are going to overhaul or setup your planter and make an appointment.

Evaluate precision farming By: 11/29/2011 @ 8:21am

Did your equipment and plan measure up to your expectations?  Review what you have, what you want and how to grow your precision ag methodology for next year.

Check grain in storage By: 11/28/2011 @ 8:12am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Get a physical By: 11/23/2011 @ 8:43am

Schedule a physical exam for you and your family, and employees on a timetable recommended by your doctor.   Read more about health and exercise.

Record harvest observations By: 11/22/2011 @ 6:48am

Write down what you saw and thought during harvest so you make good decisions when you plant next spring.

Check grain in storage By: 11/21/2011 @ 8:20am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some…

Learn animal welfare laws By: 11/18/2011 @ 8:12am

Visit the USDA’s Animal Welfare Information Center for farm animal welfare statues, carcass disposal options, humane slaughter laws, and more.

Update your marketing plan By: 11/17/2011 @ 8:23am

Update your marketing plan to ensure it considers your grain assets and your marketing goals.

Fly over your farm By: 11/16/2011 @ 8:21am

Rent a ride in a small airplane and fly over your farm. Take pictures and look for erosion and water flow. Consider new cropping patterns. Not one to leave the ground? Try an…

Agritechnica begins today By: 11/15/2011 @ 8:20am

Agritechnica, one of the world’s largest machinery and equipment expositions, begins today in Hanover, Germany, and ends on November 19.

Check grain in storage By: 11/14/2011 @ 8:15am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.   Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some ideasfrom…

2012 SURE signup begins Monday By: 11/11/2011 @ 8:35am

Check with your FSA office to see if your county has a disaster declaration. 

Get “ag educated” this winter By: 11/10/2011 @ 8:19am

Take advantage of university or commercial education on improving your farm productivity. Annie’s Project has become a popular program for women. Many other meetings are available to help you or a…

Cool your grain By: 11/09/2011 @ 9:44am

Run your fans to cool grain in bins so it keeps better over the winter.  Big fans can do it in less than a day. Small fans may need more than a week.

Conspicuity tape By: 11/07/2011 @ 8:28am

Put conspicuity tape (red and white reflective) on wagons, trailers, implements and other vehicles that move around at dusk or dark. Buy a roll at your local farm supply store.

Grain bin prices cheapest in autumn By: 11/02/2011 @ 8:18am

Usually, grain bin prices are cheapest in the fall.  Price your bin now to take advantage of preferred tax treatment and delivery dates at the best price.   Are you looking for…

Pre-tax planning By: 11/01/2011 @ 8:17am

See your CPA to finalize purchases and sales that affect tax planning for this year.

Check grain in storage By: 10/31/2011 @ 8:37am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.     Also, are you looking for some good grain storage tips? Here are some ideas…

Need to change your Medicare plan? By: 10/27/2011 @ 8:51am

You can change your Medicare insurance plan for 2012 from October 15 to December 7, 2011.  Begin your search for the appropriate plan.

Improve road safety By: 10/26/2011 @ 8:20am

Improving road safety for farm equipment and nonfarm vehicles is a two-way street. That means going beyond the letter of the law for lighting and marking equipment. It means training employees in safety…

Accessorize your ATV By: 10/25/2011 @ 8:23am

All terrain and utility-type vehicles are fun to drive. But by adding the right accessories, you can transform these machines into custom workhorses. Here are some attachment ideas that can help your…

Ensure proper hunting training and licensing By: 10/20/2011 @ 8:17am

Ensure you're properly trained and licensed to hunt. Local DNR offices offer the required hunter education programs designed to educate students on safety, ethics, landowner relations, and more…

Consider your N application schedule By: 10/19/2011 @ 8:22am

As fall progresses and the ground cools to the recommended 50-degree Fahrenheit temperature, N application becomes much more efficient. Monitor your local weather and consider your N…

Rainfall to cause harvest delays By: 10/17/2011 @ 9:13am

A lot of harvesting got done this past week in the Midwest, but with some significant rains falling in a good part of the region during the middle of last week, we are not going to see the progress…

'Dead cat bounce' time? By: 10/14/2011 @ 8:07am

With the drop of $3.25 per bushel in the cash soybean market during the month of September, farmers are understandably watching the markets very closely to detect any sign of a rebound. Most hope they…

Will "livestock producer's dream" last? By: 10/13/2011 @ 8:40am

The livestock sector's benefited from the recent slide in grain prices. It's allowed producers to nail down feed supplies and keep a wider profit margin intact. But, with lower estimated grain…

USDA numbers friendly By: 10/11/2011 @ 11:00pm

The U.S. corn and soybean crops are both slightly smaller than earlier expected, according to Wednesday's monthly USDA Crop Production report.Corn is forecast at 12.4 billion bushels, down 1% from…

Prepare winter vehicles By: 10/07/2011 @ 8:21am

With Old Man Winter knocking at the door, it's time to think about preparing your winter equipment.  Get the snowblower ready, put the blade or scoop on the tractor, and make sure your ice…

Picking up downed corn By: 10/06/2011 @ 9:01am

A wicked wind storm hit a stretch of central and north-central Iowa in mid-July. It was as bad a time as any for such a storm -- the area's corn crop was about a week shy of pollination. Grant…

World Dairy Expo begins tomorrow By: 10/03/2011 @ 8:25am

The World Dairy Expo begins tomorrow in Madison, Wisconsin, and ends Saturday, October 8. The event showcases the finest in dairy genetics and the newest technologies available to the dairy…

Grain Stocks: More corn, USDA says By: 09/30/2011 @ 8:10am

USDA released quarterly grain stocks Friday morning, showing a sharp decline in corn on hand and more old-crop soybeans in storage than a year ago.

Expect a cold winter By: 09/28/2011 @ 10:39am

Many signs point to a likely repeat of last winter's conditions, with cold temperatures and above-average precipitation in much of the Midwest and drier conditions in the Plains, says Don Keeney…

Sharp rainfall differences By: 09/26/2011 @ 8:21am

Rainfall from our pesky upper level low pressure system in the eastern Corn Belt stayed pretty scattered and mostly light through Saturday, but really was on the increase yesterday, according to a…

Stay safe during harvest By: 09/21/2011 @ 8:25am

With harvest getting underway in some areas of the country, and the busy lives of farmers entering an even more hurried season, safety is of the utmost importance. Here are some tips to keep you safe as…

Check batteries in smoke detectors By: 09/21/2011 @ 8:15am

With fire more prevalent in winter than any other season, now is a good time to check the battery power in smoke detectors in your home and outbuildings, and replace as needed. 

Keep the air on stored grain this fall By: 09/19/2011 @ 8:13am

A dry spring, a hot, dry summer and a fall that's already seen temperatures slip below the freezing mark in parts of the Corn Belt. It's certainly been far from an average year…

Good harvest weather in the forecast By: 09/16/2011 @ 9:33am

There will be rains around the Nation's midsection for today through about Tuesday of next week, according to a Freese-Notis Weather Inc. report. Beyond that, the weather pattern turns dry again…

Prepare for frost By: 09/15/2011 @ 8:23am

After what's been one of the hottest, driest summers on record in some parts of the country, the key word in the weather this week is frost. Parts of the northern Corn Belt and Midwest could see…

Consider lease components By: 09/13/2011 @ 10:22am

A written contract is an essential business practice when leasing farm property. Is your lease sound? This checklist, published by the Ohio State University Extension, assists tenants and landlords to…

Test stalks for nitrogen By: 09/13/2011 @ 8:16am

Corn growers have had a recent surge of interest in taking end-of-season corn stalk samples to assess nitrogen (N) management practices. Be sure to understand the intent of the test, sampling guidelines…

USDA cuts corn supply, yield guesses By: 09/12/2011 @ 8:10am

In its monthly world supply and demand report, USDA lowered total corn supplies by 442 million bushels, with total corn use for this year projected at 400 million bushels lower. "Projected feed and…

Looking ahead to Monday's reports By: 09/09/2011 @ 9:08am

On Monday, USDA will release its monthly Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply & Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports, and early expectations are that the numbers will lead to a tighter marketplace…

Farming For The Future Conference By: 09/08/2011 @ 11:00pm

The Farming For The Future Conference will take place on Friday, Sept. 9 in Ames at the Iowa State Center. This year's conference features livestock, crop and feed outlooks, family communication…

When will your harvest start? By: 09/08/2011 @ 8:26am

What's your harvest timeframe? The forecast looks dry for the next couple of weeks and farmers are taking stock of when they'll fire up the combine and get this year's crop out of the…

Is fall the time to buy? By: 09/07/2011 @ 8:29am

One look across a lot of corn and soybean fields in the Midwest these days may not exactly inspire many farmers to break out the checkbook and start stocking up on crop inputs and…

Your farm’s credit rating? By: 09/01/2011 @ 8:12am

One of the biggest news stories of the summer in the U.S. has been Standard and Poor's (S&P) downgrading of the U.S. national debt from AAA to AA+ and the potential fallout for the financial…

Prepare bins for fall harvest By: 08/31/2011 @ 8:39am

With harvest just around the corner, this is a good time to clean and repair your grain storage bins. This can help ensure a better quality grain product at delivery. First, take a close look at the bin…

Prep precision ag for harvest By: 08/30/2011 @ 8:10am

Install, calibrate and prepare GPS, yield monitor and other precision agriculture gear for harvest season. Consider using a technician to install the hardware and software – they’re able to…

Another hot spell to come By: 08/29/2011 @ 9:40am

A summer of 2011 that has featured more than its fair share of hot days across a lot of the Nation is going to have one more hot spell this week...and then hopefully the last of the heat until the…

Prepare for high corn costs By: 08/24/2011 @ 2:52pm

High corn prices are starting to really stress hog producers, and it's got some now wondering whether that industry can keep up in an environment of increasing competition for the grain…

Is it time to buy seed? By: 08/22/2011 @ 8:10am

Last week's USDA crop production & supply reports carried one clear message: Next year's corn crop is going to have to be a big one. So now, even before the first combines start kicking up…

Hit-and-miss rainfall chances By: 08/19/2011 @ 8:12am

We will likely see another area of rain develop in the far western Corn Belt tonight and that will spread eastward through the Midwest for later tonight through tomorrow night, according to a report by…

Will you renew your lease? By: 08/18/2011 @ 8:29am

If you are in a state that requires notice by September 1 if you plan to renew or terminate your lease, whether you're a renter or landlord, consider if you want to give notice. In many cases…

Are you weighing 2012 acres? By: 08/16/2011 @ 8:33am

Just a few years ago, USDA's late-March planting intentions report kicked off what is now commonly known as the battle for acres. Now, the acreage battle for 2012 seems to already be underway…

Become a business-first family By: 08/12/2011 @ 8:50am

Creating a successful farm family business starts with putting the family first. That's the focus for the kick-off session at the Generating Success conference, sponsored by Stine Seed and…

Let the corn rationing begin By: 08/11/2011 @ 8:18am

With its 153-bushel-per-acre yield guess for this year's crop and lower usage data for both old- and new-crop corn, USDA sent a clear signal Thursday morning that it is time to ration. And, that…

Generating Success conference begins By: 08/11/2011 @ 8:15am

The Generating Success conference begins today in West Des Moines, Iowa, and will discuss management skills, leadership, and successful farm business transition. Key speakers include Jolene Brown and…

Master Gardener Vegetable Outreach, Education and Research Project By: 08/09/2011 @ 2:24pm

Learn how to grow 100 pounds of potatoes in four square feet at the Franklin County Master Gardener Vegetable Outreach, Education and Research Project in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday, August 14. Enjoy…

How are your crop ratings? By: 08/09/2011 @ 8:09am

USDA released market-neutral to friendly corn crop ratings and market-negative soybean data Monday.In its weekly Crop Progress Report, the USDA estimates the U.S. corn crop as 60% good/excellent, 24%…

What's your view on land prices? By: 08/05/2011 @ 8:32am

If recent numbers are any indication, there's not a lot of agreement about where farmland values are headed.A recent Agriculture.com poll shows a fairly even split on the topic; 25% of those…

Visit local yield trials By: 08/04/2011 @ 8:05am

Visit nearby yield trials to see which hybrids are doing best in your soils and climate.

Want to win the livestock show? By: 08/03/2011 @ 8:08am

State fair season is right around the corner, which means many will be showing livestock. Want to win the show this year? Here are some great tips from top livestock judges.

Deadline for 2011 farm combinations By: 08/01/2011 @ 12:37pm

Today marks the final date to request farm combinations and farm divisions for fiscal year 2011 for a farm with base acres.

SURE signup deadline By: 07/29/2011 @ 8:30am

Today is the final day to sign up for The Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program. The SURE program was authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill) to…

How are your kernels growing? By: 07/28/2011 @ 8:00am

As August approaches, U.S. farmers and their crop consultants turn their attention from corn's pollinating development stage to how well the corn kernels grow on the cob. The U.S. corn and soybean…

U.S. crops fall further behind By: 07/26/2011 @ 8:12am

Monday's USDA Crop Progress Report indicates the U.S. corn and soybean crop conditions continue to go backwards. For corn, the USDA rated the U.S. crop as 14% very poor-poor, 24% fair and 62%…

Mid-week rain on the way By: 07/25/2011 @ 3:24pm

Not much rain will fall anywhere in the Midwest today and tomorrow, according to a report from Freese-Notis Weather Inc., but rains will be breaking out in the far northwest by Wednesday morning. It…

Farm operating loans on the rise By: 07/19/2011 @ 8:12am

Farm loan volume jumped in the second quarter of the year, reflecting the rise in crop input costs and farmers' overall willingness to borrow to secure those inputs backed by high commodity prices…

Help livestock beat the heat By: 07/18/2011 @ 3:16pm

This time of year, it's tough to find much redeeming about the hot, humid weather in the nation's midsection. That's especially true for your cattle.   When the heat index tops…

Heat wave to persist By: 07/15/2011 @ 10:46am

At a time when the corn and soybean markets are worried about conditions drying out in the Midwest (with good reason, I might add), it is ironic that there is a small but key part of the growing region…

What to do with downed corn? By: 07/14/2011 @ 12:06pm

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…

Not too late for N By: 07/08/2011 @ 8:08am

Sure, it's late. But, it's not too late to apply nitrogen to your corn fields if they're showing major signs of deficiencies, says one expert.Crop Talk: Late N…

Prevented planting? Try cover crops By: 07/07/2011 @ 8:05am

If flooding kept you out of the field this spring and you weren't able to plant, don't just leave that land bare all year, says one agronomy specialist.   If you're filing a…

Lease management By: 07/06/2011 @ 8:30am

Consider whether to extend current leases in anticipation of lease deadlines, or negotiate a new lease. Agreements such as flexible rental contracts can benefit both the landowners and…

Too dry now? By: 07/05/2011 @ 8:21am

It was just a week ago that we were noting concerns that corn and soybean crops were deteriorating in some parts of the Corn Belt due to overly wet conditions, and yet now one can sense that the corn…

‘Time to go golfing?’ By: 07/01/2011 @ 8:15am

It's going to be a rough couple of days for the grain trade in Chicago. That part's clear. Rough enough that traders say "it's time to go golfing."What isn't quite as clear is, once…

USDA shows bearish numbers By: 06/30/2011 @ 8:04am

The numbers are in, and the word of the day, at least to start the day's CME Group grain trade, is BEARISH.USDA's grain stocks numbers came in higher for corn, soybeans and wheat Thursday…

Crop ratings slip By: 06/28/2011 @ 8:43am

Corn and soybean conditions slipped a few percentage points in the last week, falling a few points behind normal for this time of year, according to Monday's USDA-NASS Crop Progress report.As of…

More Midwest rain By: 06/24/2011 @ 2:02pm

Rainfall in the Midwest this month has been especially big (over double the normal level) for southeastern Iowa, northeastern Missouri and western/southwestern Illinois, and I increasingly fear that…

Fend off soybean weeds and diseases By: 06/23/2011 @ 8:20am

Soybeans often hover in corn's shadow. It's not like this when it comes to pests, though. Glyphosate-resistant weeds and diseases pay plenty of attention to this legume. Meanwhile, some…

Bobcat Ladies' Night By: 06/21/2011 @ 8:34am

Bobcat dealer Capital City Equipment will host a Ladies’ Night open house at its Des Moines location Thursday, June 23 from 5-8 p.m. Activities will include an appearance by Julie from Outdoor…

Declare planted acres By: 06/21/2011 @ 8:18am

Report planted acres of FSA program crops to be eligible for insurance and support payments.

Decide on corn fungicide use By: 06/21/2011 @ 8:15am

Investigate whether or not to use fungicide on corn.  Arrange ground or aerial application.

Too late to sidedress N? By: 06/20/2011 @ 8:08am

How and when to apply Nitrogen to your cornfield to maximize yield and profitability are already complicated decisions to make.  But add the volatile weather into the mix, and it is downright…

Avoid wet-weather weed infestations By: 06/16/2011 @ 8:24am

If you're in an area where you've faced big rain after big rain this spring, you may be wondering how your herbicides are performing in the field. And for good reason: In a wet year like this…

Seeing damping off in corn? By: 06/15/2011 @ 8:07am

A wetter-than-normal season in the Midwest is starting to be reflected in corn growth in southern Iowa, and, according to Iowa State University (ISU) plant pathologist Alison Robertson, “It seems to…

Planting's almost in the bag By: 06/14/2011 @ 8:14am

Finally, after one of the most tumultuous planting seasons in the last few decades, it looks like there are just a handful of corn acres left to plant this spring, and soybeans aren't far…

Watch out for falling corn stalks By: 06/09/2011 @ 8:11am

The supply scenario for corn and wheat just got tighter. In its monthly World Supply/Demand (WASDE) report released Thursday morning, USDA lowered both wheat and corn stocks based on inclement crop…

World Pork Expo begins By: 06/08/2011 @ 8:19am

The World Pork Expo begins today in Des Moines, Iowa, and runs through June 10.

Scout soybean aphids By: 06/07/2011 @ 8:34am

Results of fall scouting of soybean aphid indicate that soybean growers may face some level of soybean aphid populations this summer, according to the Ohio State University Extension. For growers, the…

Report acreage to FSA By: 06/06/2011 @ 8:12am

Report planted acres of FSA program crops to be eligible for insurance and support payments.

Prepare wagons for harvest By: 06/03/2011 @ 8:34am

Inspect, service and repair wagons and carts for harvest.  Consider wheel bearings, welds, hoses, lights and reflectors, tires and air pressure.

2011 DCP/ACRE deadline today By: 06/01/2011 @ 8:15am

The deadline to enroll farms in the 2011 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program and Average Crop Revenue Election Program is quickly approaching. Farmers and landowners must enroll their eligible farms no…

Last day to file for 2010 CCC loans By: 05/31/2011 @ 8:17am

Today marks the final day to file for 2010 Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) loans. According to the IRS, you do not normally report loans you receive as income, and you report income from a crop for…

Prevented planting deadline looms By: 05/27/2011 @ 3:40pm

As the final planting date for federal crop insurance on corn approaches many areas of a waterlogged Corn Belt, farmers are wrestling with a decision that gives even ag economists…

Finalize nitrogen application plans By: 05/26/2011 @ 8:17am

Be sure to finalize plans to apply nitrogen fertilizer. Need help nailing down a nitrogen plan? Here are some tips.

Check grain sales plan By: 05/25/2011 @ 8:13am

A majority of today's producers are production experts but are not marketing experts, according to Bill Havertape, cofounder of Midwest Strategic Investments, Inc. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa…

June corn planting on horizon By: 05/23/2011 @ 8:35am

This is going to be a very wet work-week period for the Midwest and nearby areas, certainly the last thing that a lot of that area wanted to see given that there is still a fair amount of corn to be…

Weather questions persist By: 05/20/2011 @ 10:06am

Some of the best rains in months have fallen in parts of the hard-red winter wheat belt over the past 24 hours. All of Nebraska, the central third of Kansas, western Oklahoma (excluding the panhandle)…

Prepare planter for storage By: 05/19/2011 @ 8:13am

As planting season winds down for some farmers, it’s wise to inspect and repair the planter prior to storing until next season.

Not too late to replant corn By: 05/17/2011 @ 8:43am

Though the weather's made planting corn a little easier in parts of the country over the last couple of weeks, there are still plenty of acres out there that will need replanted. But before you…

Plan for wet, cold weekend By: 05/13/2011 @ 8:13am

The rainfall totals and the rainfall forecast is probably going to draw most of the market attention (as it almost always does), according to a recent Freese-Notis Weather report, but to them, the most…

Schedule combine service By: 05/11/2011 @ 8:14am

If your combine's leaving corn on the ground in your fields, you're doing more than just losing yield. You may be creating ideal conditions for a disease that's run rampant through fields…

Workshop: Is Entrepreneurial Farming for You? By: 05/10/2011 @ 9:09am

The Is Entrepreneurial Farming for You? workshop will address the needs of aspiring farmers and will be offered at three locations in Central Illinois in late June and early July. Visit…

Develop a sound maintenance program By: 05/10/2011 @ 8:16am

One of the toughest but most cost-effective parts of a machinery maintenance program has nothing to do with wrenches and greasy hands, says Vern Hofman, North Dakota State University agricultural…

Test your tractor's AC By: 05/06/2011 @ 8:20am

Spring is upon us, and soon you might decide to flip on your tractor’s AC while you’re out working. Test your tractor’s AC now, and if it’s malfunctioning, try these tips for…

Live Marketeye Roundtable By: 05/04/2011 @ 1:54pm

Agriculture.com, in conjunction with the CME, will host a “live” discussion on this year’s late planting activity with University of Illinois Agronomist Emerson Nafziger, National Weather Service…

Make up for lost fieldwork time By: 05/04/2011 @ 8:11am

So, your usual planting window may be closed. Things haven't gone as planned. That doesn't mean your crop's going to end up dead on arrival. Just change your priorities a little and you…

Don’t change planting plans yet By: 05/02/2011 @ 8:08am

The weather forecast doesn’t look spectacular for some of the Corn Belt, however, much of the western states have seen some planting time recently. A lot of folks are starting to feel the mounting…

Get haybine ready By: 04/29/2011 @ 8:07am

Prepare for haying season by checking your haybine sickle and disk knives for sharpness.  Grease and adjust as necessary.  Also, check reflectors and lights and inspect hydraulic…

Check vehicle lights and reflectors By: 04/28/2011 @ 8:09am

Stay safe during planting time. Check tractor and equipment head and tail lights, reflectors, and other parts.  Replace and repair as needed.

Not time for planting panic By: 04/27/2011 @ 9:58am

Once it warms up and dries out, a lot of corn will get planted in a short amount of time in the Corn Belt. But, if you don't have the biggest, newest equipment, that doesn't count you out in…

Remember flood safety By: 04/26/2011 @ 8:20am

Remind family and employees about flood safety tips and develop a plan for severe occurrences. Also, with nice weather approaching, now is a good time to give children a refresher course on farm…

Write a marketing plan for 2011 crop By: 04/21/2011 @ 11:00pm

A majority of today's producers are production experts but are not marketing experts, according to Bill Havertape, cofounder of Midwest Strategic Investments, Inc. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa…

Torturous planting weather continues By: 04/21/2011 @ 8:12am

The gut-wrenching grind of a spring season continues from the southern Plains to the northern Corn Belt. Extremes from drought-fueld fires and starved crops in the southern Plains to flooding, snowfall…

Foul planting weather to persist By: 04/19/2011 @ 9:36am

The upcoming weather pattern is about as bad as it can get when it comes to getting fieldwork done in the Midwest, according to a recent report by Freese-Notis Weather. “Basically the entire Corn Belt…

Tax Day By: 04/18/2011 @ 8:25am

Today is the final day to postmark or e-file your taxes. Though tax day typically falls on April 15, the day was moved forward one business day to April 18, 2011, in order to observe the Emancipation…

CRP signup deadline By: 04/15/2011 @ 9:26am

The opportunity to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup 41 ends on Friday, April 15. Producers who want to offer eligible land for CRP's competitive general sign-up may…

Gear up that no-till planter By: 04/13/2011 @ 8:07am

Cut through the residue, get the seed to the right depth and close up the seed-vee. These are all important to an effective no-till planter system. So, when you're getting your rig ready to plant…

Late-week rain to delay corn planting By: 04/11/2011 @ 8:25am

For Midwest corn planting operations, the forecast is certainly going to take a big turn for the worse late this week and beyond, according to a report by Freese-Notis Weather. Widespread rain will start…

USDA releases bearish WASDE data By: 04/08/2011 @ 8:10am

Corn feed usage offsets a projected bump in ethanol use, yielding a U.S. corn ending stocks number unchanged from a month ago, according to Friday's USDA World Supply/Demand (WASDE)…

Ready for the spring rush? By: 04/07/2011 @ 8:16am

Patience is a virtue that can be tough to come by this time of year. But, good preparation ahead of time and a little extra patience can pay off in a lot of ways this time of year, even when…

Wheat pain & early fieldwork By: 04/05/2011 @ 8:30am

Monday marks the first weekly Crop Progress report of the year at USDA. And, the story it tells for the Plains wheat crop is more of a nightmare. As of Sunday, 31% of the Kansas wheat crop, 16% of the…

Check soil temperature By: 04/04/2011 @ 9:50am

Start watching soil temperatures to know when it's safe to plant corn. You’ll end up much better off waiting on warmer, drier conditions than trying to force the crop in, according to an Iowa…

Missouri Dairy Grazing Conference By: 03/31/2011 @ 9:34am

The latest in dairy farming will be shared at the Missouri Dairy Grazing Conference, July 6-8, in Joplin, Missouri. The program will take place at the Holiday Inn Conference Center the first and third…

USDA’s bullish planting, stocks numbers By: 03/31/2011 @ 8:14am

USDA released its annual Prospective Plantings and Grain Stocks reports Thursday morning, showing U.S. farmers intend to plant 92.2 million acres of corn, 76.6 million acres of soybeans and 58 million…

USDA Prospective Plantings report tomorrow By: 03/30/2011 @ 9:01am

The USDA will release their expected plantings as of March 1 tomorrow, in their annual Prospective Plantings report. Visit Marketing Talk to get farmer feedback, and tune in as we stream a video…

Check grain in storage By: 03/28/2011 @ 8:04am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.

Living Your Small Farm Dream Conference By: 03/25/2011 @ 11:00pm

The "Living Your Small Farm Dream" Small Farm Conference and Trade Show takes place March 26 at the R.G. Drage Career Center in Massillon, Ohio. The conference is designed for both small landowners…

Stay ahead of rising inputs By: 03/24/2011 @ 8:08am

Grain prices are high. That's the good news (if you're a grain farmer). But, diesel prices are approaching record levels, fertilizer's headed up and custom farming rates are climbing…

Iowa farmland jumps 25% By: 03/22/2011 @ 4:25pm

Farmland values are racing ahead at a breathless pace, according to the latest survey released Tuesday by the Iowa Farm and Land Chapter of the Realtors Land Institute. More: Nebraska land values…

Check grain in storage By: 03/22/2011 @ 8:09am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.

Looking ahead to March 31 By: 03/17/2011 @ 8:17am

A lot of corn and beans and a fairly small wheat crop. That's what one market analyis firm expects out of USDA's Prospective Plantings report slated for release in just over 2 weeks on March…

NAP Crop Disaster deadline By: 03/15/2011 @ 8:26am

Today is the deadline to purchase Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance for non-insurable spring planted annual crops.

General CRP signup begins By: 03/15/2011 @ 8:25am

Today marks the beginning of the general signup period for CRP. For more information on upcoming sign-ups, contact your local FSA office.

Opening doors to success By: 03/10/2011 @ 11:00pm

The "Opening Doors to Success" Small Farm Conference and Trade Show runs March 11-12 at Wilmington College in southern Ohio. The conference is designed for both small landowners looking to start an…

Women in Agriculture regional conference By: 03/10/2011 @ 11:00pm

The eighth annual Women in Agriculture regional conference is scheduled for Friday, March 11, at the Martin Community Center in Marshall, Missouri. Susie Oberdahlhoff will be the keynote speaker, and…

USDA data seen bearish By: 03/10/2011 @ 11:08am

The USDA released bearish numbers Thursday for corn, soybean, and wheat markets, CME Group grain floor traders say. Based on the numbers, corn is called 3-5 cents lower, soybeans 7-10 cents lower…

Pegging crop insurance rates By: 03/09/2011 @ 10:04am

“High crop insurance price elections essentially allow producers to lock in as high as 20-25% profit margins for the 2011 crop on these major crops - perhaps the first time in history that producers…

Rising price of farmland By: 03/08/2011 @ 8:02am

Rising grain futures prices are floating every other related market along with them, including farm land. It's got farmers talking: Is the current land value trend a rising investment tide for…

Check grain in storage By: 03/07/2011 @ 7:55am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.

Commodity Classic begins today By: 03/03/2011 @ 8:22am

Commodity Classic begins today in Tampa, Florida, and runs through March 5.

Commodity Classic By: 03/02/2011 @ 11:00pm

Discover new products and interact with various organizations at Commodity Classic. The event takes place March 3-5 in Tampa, Florida. Learn about industry advancements and improvements, and…

Farm income tax By: 03/01/2011 @ 8:17am

Farmers and some others must pay federal and state income tax by March 1st.

Check grain in storage By: 02/28/2011 @ 8:05am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.

Land, rent costs on the rise By: 02/25/2011 @ 4:16pm

If Yogi Berra followed the land rental market instead of baseball, he might be saying, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”Think back to February 2007. Grain prices were higher; the 2007 crop could be…

Grain Markets Webinars By: 02/24/2011 @ 3:26pm

Agricultural economists at Ohio State University are holding a series of free, monthly online workshops to help farmers understand how world events and world grain supplies affect local markets. The…

USDA sees record corn yield By: 02/24/2011 @ 8:37am

The USDA sees a record output for 2011-12 corn, with an increase of acreage and yield, according to its economist's estimates released Thursday. At its annual Outlook Conference, the USDA…

2011 crop margins & costs By: 02/23/2011 @ 8:34am

It's going to cost you more to grow your corn and soybean crops this year, but with the general trend in the grain markets lately, that added expense should be worth it, according to new crop…

Warm snap has farmers thinking spring By: 02/21/2011 @ 8:02am

Though winter's not over yet, the recent snow-melting warm snap in the Midwest has farmers starting to look ahead to getting the wheels turning and get the 2011 crops in the ground. So, what's…

National Farm Machinery Show begins today By: 02/16/2011 @ 8:04am

The National Farm Machinery Show begins today in Louisville, Kentucky, and runs through February 19.

Check grain in storage By: 02/14/2011 @ 8:37am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.

Livestock Mortality Composting Workshops By: 02/11/2011 @ 4:29pm

Livestock Mortality Composting Workshops are being offered in Carey, Ohio on March 7, and in Newark, Ohio on March 8, focusing on composting without odors, vermin, and objectionable gasses. Registration…

Turning Manure Into Cash By: 02/11/2011 @ 4:15pm

A "Turning Manure Into Cash" workshop will feature new technologies for turning livestock waste into sellable fuel, fertilizers and bioresins. The event will be held on March 8 and will feature speakers…

Scoping out Brazil's crops By: 02/11/2011 @ 1:31pm

Agriculture.com Markets Editor Mike McGinnis escaped the frozen tundra of Chicago and headed to Brazil to check in on farmers' progress with corn and soybean harvest there, as well as catch a…

Overall Women Conference By: 02/09/2011 @ 11:00pm

The Overall Women Conference is designed for women involved in or affected by agriculture, and will be held at the Isle Casino Hotel in Bettendorf on Feb. 10-11, 2011.  Over 15 workshop sessions…

Bullish report to boost crop futures By: 02/09/2011 @ 8:23am

Look for old crop corn, soybean and wheat futures to be sharply up today following a monthly USDA supply and demand report that cuts ending stocks of corn in the U.S. to 675 million bushels, down from…

World Ag Expo begins today By: 02/08/2011 @ 9:19am

World Ag Expo begins today in Tulare, California, and runs through February 10.

Check grain in storage By: 02/07/2011 @ 8:07am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.

Plant new forage species By: 02/04/2011 @ 8:22am

Most pastures would benefit from having an additional kind of grass or legume added to what is already being used, according to an Iowa State University Extension report. Soil moisture conditions are…

Iowa Power Farming Show ends today By: 02/02/2011 @ 11:00pm

Today is the last day to attend the Iowa Power Farming Show in Des Moines, IA. Designed to showcase new equipment and products for farmers, the Iowa Power Farming Show is the largest indoor ag show in…

Spring Beekeeping Workshop By: 02/01/2011 @ 3:16pm

Ohio State University Extension and the Tri-County Beekeepers Association of Northeastern Ohio will hold their 33rd Annual Spring Beekeeping Workshop Friday, March 4, and…

Egyptian turmoil affecting markets By: 01/31/2011 @ 11:00pm

Those chaotic scenes you may be seeing on the evening news of Egyptian men and women protesting the government in power in that nation are a hemisphere away from the crop fields and feedyards of the…

Plan cool season plantings By: 01/31/2011 @ 3:25pm

It's time to finalize plans for planting cool season plants such as grasses and oats.  Be ready when the soil, temperature or snow cover permits.

RR alfalfa gets USDA’s green light By: 01/31/2011 @ 8:14am

The sale and planting of Roundup Ready (RR) alfalfa can resume after a USDA ruling Thursday that an environmental impact statement shows RR varieties are just as safe as conventional alfalfa.

Cost rising for 2011 crops By: 01/27/2011 @ 3:48pm

Get that checkbook ready: It's going to cost you more to raise the 2011 corn and soybean crops than it did this year, according to a recent report. The 2011 Purdue Crop Cost & Return Guide…

Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference By: 01/26/2011 @ 2:49pm

The Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference will be held at the McIntosh Center of Ohio Northern University. Early registration (before Feb. 15) is $50 for one day or $70 for both days. More…

2011 Tri-State Agriculture Summit By: 01/26/2011 @ 2:22pm

The Iowa State University, University of Illinois and University of Missouri Extensions will join for the Tri-State Agriculture Summit on Wednesday, February 16 in Keokuk, IA. The event will provide an…

Custom work costs on the rise By: 01/24/2011 @ 3:59pm

Having some custom work done on your farm this year? It'll cost you more than last year, but how much? Kansas State University Extension ag economist Kevin Dhuyvetter tallied up the numbers…

Check grain in storage By: 01/24/2011 @ 8:03am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.

Grain: Sell or save? By: 01/20/2011 @ 11:00pm

Days after the government confirmed tight grain supplies and 2010 corn and soybean crop sizes smaller than earlier thought, that combination has farmers pondering how far to go with 2010 grain sales in…

2011 Drainage Workshop By: 01/19/2011 @ 4:48pm

With soaring land prices, subsurface drainage might be a good option for farmers. A University of Missouri Extension workshop, February 16-18 in Chillicothe, Missouri, will provide a crash…

Deciding on 2011 inputs By: 01/18/2011 @ 3:13pm

Did last week's big USDA numbers cause you to question your acreage decisions for your 2011 crop? If you're still on the fence, maybe the expense side can help you decide.Non-land costs…

Wool LDP deadline in two weeks By: 01/18/2011 @ 8:11am

The 2010 filing deadline for loan deficiency payments (LDPs) on wool, mohair, and unshorn lamb takes place in two weeks, on Monday, January 31. In order to be eligible for a payment, there must be an LDP…

Market gains expected to continue By: 01/14/2011 @ 9:51am

Wednesday's cuts to U.S corn and soybean crop size estimates by USDA, along with the realization that tight global crop supplies are only going to get tighter in the future, had the corn, soybean…

USDA reports show bullish estimates By: 01/12/2011 @ 8:08am

USDA released annual Crop Production figures this morning, as well as monthly world Supply/Demand (WASDE) and Grain Stocks reports. USDA released annual crop production figures that show both the…

National No-Tillage Conference By: 01/11/2011 @ 11:00pm

The 19th annual National No-Tillage Conference will be held January 12-15, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and will feature 43 speakers.

Big USDA report day tomorrow By: 01/11/2011 @ 10:33am

On Wednesday, USDA will be releasing some big crop numbers, including its annual Crop Production report as well as monthly supply/demand and grain stocks figures. Stay tuned to Agruculture.com for…

4-State Beef Conference begins By: 01/10/2011 @ 9:06am

The 4-State Beef Conference is designed to provide beef cattle interests in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska a regular update on current cow-calf and stocker topics. The conference is a forum of…

National No-Tillage Conference begins By: 01/10/2011 @ 9:02am

The 19th annual National No-Tillage Conference begins today in Cincinnati, Ohio, and will offer nearly 100 sessions and unlimited networking with the best of the no-till farming community.

Check grain in storage By: 01/10/2011 @ 8:15am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.

AG CONNECT Expo 2011 By: 01/07/2011 @ 8:13am

The 2011 AG CONNECT Expo begins today in Atlanta, Georgia, with a special admission-only preview. The official trade show taking place Saturday through Tuesday (January 8-11). Keep an eye on Agriculture.com…

Focus on technology, economist says By: 01/04/2011 @ 11:00pm

As volatile as they've been the last few years, it's not easy to stay on top of the crop and input markets. So, how do you know where to focus your efforts to make the most of your…

Check grain in storage By: 01/03/2011 @ 9:24am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.

Looking ahead to 2011 By: 12/29/2010 @ 4:03pm

It's a time-honored tradition in publishing: During the slow news cycle near the year's end, we look back at the year that was and make fearless predictions about the new one. After talking to…

2010 tax purchases By: 12/29/2010 @ 3:56pm

Today is your last opportunity to buy inputs or equipment and expense them against your 2010 taxes.

Check grain in storage By: 12/22/2010 @ 4:30pm

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.

Merry Christmas! By: 12/22/2010 @ 4:26pm

The staff of Agriculture.com would like to wish you a very merry Christmas! Washington Irving once said, "Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial…

CBOT floor holiday schedule By: 12/22/2010 @ 3:39pm

The CBOT floor will close at noon on Thursday, December 23, and will be closed all day Friday, December 24.

Buy 2011 inputs By: 12/21/2010 @ 3:47pm

If you haven’t nailed down your fertilizer needs for the 2011 crop, or if you've changed your mind on your plantings for next year, don’t delay. Fertilizer prices are on the rise, so prepare…

Prove your crop yields By: 12/21/2010 @ 8:19am

Producers tend to spend a great deal of time in late December estimating 2010 taxable income and prepaying year-end expenses. Use the time wisely to also pull together final 2010 crop yields by…

Check grain in storage By: 12/20/2010 @ 8:02am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.

Decide on buying inputs By: 12/15/2010 @ 8:28am

Now is a good time to buy inputs and take advantage of early purchase discounts on seed, chemicals, fertilizer, and other crop products.

Managing for Success By: 12/13/2010 @ 8:34am

Ohio State University Extension and the North Central Risk Management Education Center are hosting Managing for Success, an interactive workshop designed to assist in business and personal management…

Check grain in storage By: 12/13/2010 @ 8:19am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.

Four-State Beef Conference By: 12/07/2010 @ 1:50pm

Specialists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Iowa State University, Kansas State University and the University of Missouri, four beef cattle land grant universities, will present at the…

Improve marketing odds with seasonal trends updates By: 12/06/2010 @ 4:01pm

As you prepare for your winter meetings, charting futures may help to improve your marketing odds.

Check grain in storage By: 12/06/2010 @ 8:04am

Look in the bin, run the fan, and smell the exhaust air to be sure your stored grain is in good condition.

2010 Irrigation Show By: 12/04/2010 @ 11:00pm

Explore the latest irrigation innovations and network with customers, business partners and peers at the 2010 Irrigation Show in Phoenix, Arizona, December 5-7. Sign up for any certification exam or…

Missouri Livestock Symposium By: 12/02/2010 @ 11:00pm

The Missouri Livestock Symposium will be held on December 3 and 4, and will feature programs on beef, stock dogs, horses, sheep, meat goats and more. There will be a free evening meal on the 3rd, and a free…

River Close By: 12/02/2010 @ 9:14am

"River close" is a common marketing day for those who ship on the Mississippi River. It takes place about the first week of December, depending on how far north you are, and tells when the locks are…

Check your pesticide applicator license By: 12/01/2010 @ 8:22am

Check your private or commercial pesticide applicator license. Most states have classes all winter if you need to renew or update your license.

Keeping track of markets By: 11/30/2010 @ 8:18am

Ag marketing is at a turning point: You're being asked to follow so many more factors than you did years ago to keep track of married markets. Is it practical for you to know all the various market…

USDA Crop Progress report to be released this afternoon By: 11/29/2010 @ 8:24am

The weekly USDA Crop Progress report will be released this afternoon. Stay tuned for more information on harvesting progress and the overall condition of selected crops in major producing…

Thanksgiving auction action! By: 11/24/2010 @ 11:00pm

If you get tired of watching football this week, and are looking for something fun to do with your family, Machinery Pete has an idea for you. How about a little auction action?Links to Pete’s latest…

Harvest price and indemnity payments By: 11/23/2010 @ 3:00pm

The RMA released the final fall harvest prices for revenue crop insurance prices at $5.46 per bushel for corn and $11.63 per bushel for soybeans. Contact your insurance representative with…

USDA Crop Progress report to be released this afternoon By: 11/22/2010 @ 11:00pm

The weekly USDA Crop Progress report will be released this afternoon. Stay tuned for more information on harvesting progress and the overall condition of selected crops in major producing…

Renewable Energy Workshop By: 11/17/2010 @ 11:00pm

Ohio State University will hold a Renewable Energy Workshop in Wooster, Ohio on November 18. The workshop will feature a look at quasar energy group’s new anaerobic biodigester, presentations by 15…

Pump septic tanks By: 11/17/2010 @ 8:54am

Accumulations of sludge and other material can cause problems in septic systems during the winter, so now is the time to get your septic tank cleaned and pumped. If you aren't…

Consider your N application schedule By: 11/16/2010 @ 11:00pm

As fall progresses and the ground cools to the recommended 50-degree Fahrenheit temperature, N application becomes much more efficient. Monitor your local weather and consider your N application…

2011 AgSafe Conference By: 11/16/2010 @ 9:31am

The 2011 AgSafe Conference will be held February 22-25 in Monterey, California, and will offer courses on occupational safety, health, and human resources. The event will also offer a trade show…

Patch the fence By: 11/15/2010 @ 8:22am

Do you have spans of fencing that have been laid flat by wildlife, wind, and time? Take some time before the weather turns to patch rough spots in your fence rows.

Maintain the corn head By: 11/12/2010 @ 8:24am

One harvest winds down, be sure to maintain your corn head. Touching up worn spots with new paint will prevent rust for a bit, cause the corn to slide better, and it will even look nicer. Before you do…

Choose 2011 corn hybrids carefully By: 11/11/2010 @ 9:38am

Corn harvest may not be wrapped up yet this season, but growers are already thinking about hybrids to plant in 2011. Peter Thomison, an Ohio State University Extension state…

Check smoke alarms By: 11/10/2010 @ 8:03am

A calendar event such as daylight saving time provides a good opportunity to check the fire alarm in your home and outbuildings. If battery-operated, are the batteries still working? If hard wired, is the…

USDA Crop Production report released By: 11/09/2010 @ 8:07am

According to Tuesday's USDA-NASS Crop Production report, the U.S. corn and soybean crops are slightly smaller than federal officials anticipated a month ago.

Nebraska Wind Power 2010 Conference By: 11/08/2010 @ 11:00pm

The Wind Power 2010 Conference will be held in Kearney, Nebraska on November 9-10.  This year’s conference will include three separate tracks, 27 sessions, and 70 wind expert speakers. For…

Maintain your combine By: 11/05/2010 @ 8:24am

Fix your combine now while you remember what is wrong, or at least write down a description of problems so you know what to fix next summer.

International Silo Association Regional Meetings By: 11/03/2010 @ 1:58pm

The International Silo Association announced the dates for three regional meetings.The first meeting will take place in Madison, Wisconsin, on December 8, followed by meetings in Bird in Hand…

Pre-tax planning meeting By: 11/03/2010 @ 8:37am

Contact your CPA or tax advisor to help you decide on end-of-year tax decisions, as they are affected by buying and selling farm items.

Election Day By: 11/02/2010 @ 8:34am

It's midterm Election Day in the U.S. Take a break from final harvest work, maintenance, equipment clean up, or any other chores, and head to town to cast your vote.

Prepare winter equipment By: 11/01/2010 @ 8:13am

Since snowy weather could hit anytime now, it's time to think about preparing your winter equipment.  Get the snowblower ready, put the blade or scoop on the tractor, and make sure your ice…

First notice day for November soybean futures By: 10/29/2010 @ 9:40am

Today is the first notice day for CBOT November soybean futures. Traders are saying there were about 500 contracts delivered, which is less than expected. Focus on the Gulf of Mexico price has weakened…

Prepare for more wild weather By: 10/27/2010 @ 8:22am

The past 24 hours has produced a history-making storm system in the Midwest, and its effects are not over with for the region just yet. This same storm system is going to produce another very windy day…

Steve Groff's Cover Crop Field Day and Seminar By: 10/26/2010 @ 11:00pm

Steve Groff's Cover Crop Field Day and Seminar will be held on October 27 and 28 in Holtwood, Pennsylvania. The event will consist of speakers, equipment demos, rainfall simulator demonstration…

Threat of moisture in Corn Belt By: 10/26/2010 @ 8:56am

Another week of big-time harvest strides has passed, and this week likely holds one more "threat" of moisture, according to Freese-Notis Weather, Inc. "We still need to get rain into the winter wheat…

USDA Crop Progress report released By: 10/25/2010 @ 8:26am

The USDA Crop Progress report was released on Monday. Corn harvest is 63% further along that last year, and soybean harvest is 51% ahead. Meanwhile, winter wheat needs moisture.

Ensure proper hunting training and licensing By: 10/21/2010 @ 11:00pm

Ensure you're properly trained and licensed to hunt. Local DNR offices offer the required hunter education programs designed to educate students on safety, ethics, landowner relations, and more…

Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition begins By: 10/18/2010 @ 3:55pm

The Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition begins today in Moultrie, Georgia, and runs through October 21.

USDA Crop Progress report to be released By: 10/18/2010 @ 8:26am

The weekly USDA Crop Progress report will be released this afternoon. Stay tuned for more information on harvesting progress and the overall condition of selected crops in major producing states.

Ohio No-Till Conference By: 10/15/2010 @ 9:06am

Cutting no-till costs, improving soil quality, and growing profit margins with cover crops will be the featured themes at this year’s Ohio No-Till Conference, December 7 in Plain City, Ohio…

USDA Crop Progress report released By: 10/11/2010 @ 3:35pm

The USDA Crop Progress report will be released this afternoon. Stay tuned for more information on harvesting progress and the overall condition of selected crops in major producing states.

NAPPC International Conference By: 10/11/2010 @ 2:31pm

The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) will hold a free symposium on October 20th, with receptions on the 20th and 21st. The symposium will be held in USDA’s…

Columbus Day By: 10/08/2010 @ 3:45pm

Columbus Day is observed today in the U.S. Since all federal offices will be closed, including the post office, you may want to continue to harvest and save your in-town chores for tomorrow.

USDA Crop Production report released today By: 10/08/2010 @ 8:05am

USDA released very bullish corn and soybean production numbers in its monthly Crop Production report Friday morning. Corn production's forecast 4% lower than the September report (at 12.7 billion…

USDA Crop Production report to be released tomorrow By: 10/07/2010 @ 3:50pm

USDA will release its monthly Crop Production report on Friday, October 8. Keep an eye on Agriculture.com for comprehensive coverage.

Winterize livestock equipment By: 10/05/2010 @ 2:03pm

Ensure your livestock equipment is winterized. Prevent freezing watering systems by, "including using heat from the earth or sun, insulating components or continuously circulating water," says…

Winterize your vehicles By: 10/04/2010 @ 2:11pm

Fall is the ideal time to winterize your vehicles to ensure all is in proper working order when the cold, snow, and freezing rain strike. Be sure to replace windshield wiper blades, mount snow tires, pack…

World Beef Expo begins today By: 09/21/2010 @ 2:43pm

The World Beef Expo begins today in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and runs through September 26. The event offers cattle sales, trade show, open show, junior show, educational seminars, and more.

Plan fall cover crops By: 09/21/2010 @ 1:20pm

If you add a cover crop to a typical corn-soybean-wheat rotation, you can supply the vast majority of the nitrogen required to raise a good stand of corn, new data suggests. Plan your cover crop…

Farm Science Review By: 09/20/2010 @ 11:00pm

Farm Science Review attracts visitors from all over the country and Canada, who come for three days to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors. This year's event will be…

Farm Science Review begins today By: 09/20/2010 @ 11:04am

Farm Science Review begins today and attracts visitors from all over the U.S. and Canada, who come for three days to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors. This year's…

USDA Crop Progress report to be released today By: 09/17/2010 @ 4:16pm

The USDA Crop Progress report will be released this afternoon. Stay tuned for more information on harvesting progress and the overall condition of selected crops in major producing states.

Evaluate your fall nitrogen application program By: 09/16/2010 @ 11:22am

This year, harvest may finish early and farmers will proceed with their fall application of N. In some cases, a nitrogen stabilizer will not be used and application will be done before the soil had…

Attack troublesome weeds in the fall By: 09/15/2010 @ 11:00pm

Attacking winter annuals and simple perennials and biennials in the fall, rather than waiting until spring, is the most effective way to control the weeds. Fall herbicide treatments are most…

Fall the ideal time for soil sampling By: 09/15/2010 @ 1:14pm

Soil fertility testing of fields is an important facet of good crop management, says Robert Bellm, University of Illinois Extension crop systems educator. Although samples can be pulled almost any…

Boost productivity with a grain cart By: 09/15/2010 @ 1:13pm

Grain carts add greatly to harvest productivity by unloading combines on the go and quickly loading trucks.  The combine stays on the job and the truck stays out of the soft field. Here are some…

Prepare the grain auger By: 09/15/2010 @ 1:10pm

When you've got two combines working in the field and a semi to unload, you need a grain auger that's efficient and easily maneuverable. Here are seven key features you should look for in an…

USDA Crop Production Report released By: 09/09/2010 @ 11:00pm

The USDA Crop Production Report was released on Friday, and tells that this year's U.S. corn crop is slated at 13.2 billion bushels, down 2% from last month's projection from USDA. That's…

Profitable Beef Production and the Environment Field Day By: 09/02/2010 @ 9:15am

Learn to maximize profit while protecting your farm’s natural resources on Thursday, Sept. 16, at Ohio State University’s Jackson Agricultural Research Station in Jackson, Ohio. Cost is $15…

Prepare your grain dryer By: 08/31/2010 @ 11:00pm

Farmers are increasingly building their own grain handling systems and by-passing local elevators. Grain dryer systems are an integral part of farm grain storage, and there are many choices. If you use…

It's harvest time By: 08/29/2010 @ 11:00pm

Timing is critical for corn growers, because the payoff from your crop is right around the corner. Harvest timing is primarily determined by moisture. Yet, timing harvest is different for every farm…

CRP general sign-up ends today By: 08/26/2010 @ 11:00pm

General sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) ends today, August 27, 2010. Find more information on the program here.

Give notice on lease By: 08/25/2010 @ 11:00pm

In some cases, landlords give written notice to tenants of intent to not automatically extend a lease. Check with your lawyer or land grant university extension for details.

BioDimensions Ethanol Irrigation System Field Day By: 08/19/2010 @ 3:12pm

Join BioDimensions as they demonstrate the mid-south’s first 100% ethanol irrigation system. The event takes place on August 25, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. at Weaver Farm, near West Memphis, Arkansas. For more…

Ohio No-Till Field Day By: 08/13/2010 @ 3:10pm

“Farming Green Year-Round” is the theme of the event, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Keith Kemp Farm, 959 Georgetown-Verona Road, West Manchester, Ohio. Registration is $30 due…

Agricenter International 2010 New Crops Farm Tour By: 08/12/2010 @ 1:17am

Join Agricenter International on August 24 from 8:00-10:30 a.m. as they educate local farmers, extension agents, and business leaders concerning the planting, stand establishment, fertilization…

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