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Leaving the Farm to On- and Off-Farm Heirs By: 09/17/2014 @ 10:44am

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicSubmitted by J.E., via emailWhere we grew up, my father used to rent 350 acres of prime farmland from two brothers. They each received half of the rent we paid them, which seems…

Chicken With Skillet Gravy By: 09/17/2014 @ 10:31am

Prep: 20 minutes  Cook: 15 minutes1/3 cup fine dry seasoned bread crumbs2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese1/2 teaspoon paprika1 egg, lightly beaten2  tablespoons milk 4 skinless, boneless chicken…

Growing Good Communication for Your Operation By: 08/15/2014 @ 9:53am

Every farmer faces questions about how to operate, how to position for the future, who should own the farm, and who has the talent to manage it. While all of these questions are difficult, each one must be…

Gear Up for Tools of the Future! By: 05/30/2014 @ 10:23am

Though a lot of technology tools and functions -- satellite guidance, yield monitors, smartphone apps -- are already within farmers' reach and being utilized on many farms today, there's an emerging…

Don't Let Emotions Sabbotage Decisions By: 05/14/2014 @ 11:24am

My first vivid memories are rooted in the 1980s farm crisis. My dad and his brothers split up the business partnership due to disagreements, losing their economies of scale. I remember the day in 1984 when…

Groom Famher CEOs By: 05/14/2014 @ 10:41am

Many fathers would harshly criticize anyone at the coffee shop who said their daughters couldn’t farm. Too often, what they say and do are completely different!  In families with multiple siblings…

Home on the Range Burger By: 05/13/2014 @ 12:04pm

Prep: 30 minutes   Grill: 14 minutes  Stand: 30 minutes   Servings: 61/2 cup finely chopped Granny Smith apple1/3 cup finely chopped celery  1/3 cup finely chopped onion1 tablespoon vegetable oil3…

Financial Access for Off-Farm Owners By: 05/13/2014 @ 11:47am

How can an off-farm owner convince her sibling partner she has a right to farm financial information and a say in financial goals? By Dr. Donald J. JonovicSUBMITTED BY Q.V., VIA EMAILMy father suffered from…

Save Lives With CROPS By: 05/12/2014 @ 7:18pm

No one questions that rollover protective structures (ROPS) save lives. However, retrofitting old tractors is a hard sell because of the cost and availability. It’s estimated that about half of the 4.8…

Groom daughters as CEOs By: 05/12/2014 @ 11:53am

By Mark Andrew JunkinMany fathers would harshly criticize anyone at the coffee shop who said their daughters couldn’t farm. Too often, what they say and do are completely different!  In families with…

Asparagus-Orzo Soup By: 05/12/2014 @ 11:43am

Start to finish: 25 minutes 1 pound asparagus spears 1/2 cup chopped onion 3 cloves garlic, minced 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth 1/2 cup dried orzo or other tiny pasta 3 cups…

Make Your Own Parent-Child Farm Safety Contract By: 05/12/2014 @ 9:07am

Many farmers are convinced that giving kids farm chores will build their sense of confidence and responsibility. Of course, it helps to get the work done faster.Supervision and close communication are key…

Bridging the Generation Gap With Mutual Understanding By: 05/12/2014 @ 8:43am

THE PROBLEM: WHEN GENERATIONS FACE OFF ON SUCCESSION ISSUES, CAN THEY AT LEAST START WITH MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING?   SUBMITTED BY A.M., VIA EMAIL Your article in Successful Farming magazine’s…

A Bare-Bones Beginning By: 04/08/2014 @ 1:12pm

After meeting as college freshmen a decade ago, Jay and Krista Reiser soon found they shared a passion for starting a ranch. Today, from a bare-bones beginning in 2010, the married couple has successfully…

USDA’s Corn Acreage Figure Likely Too Low, Tierney Says By: 04/07/2014 @ 8:36am

The nation’s farmers may wind up planting nearly 2 million additional acres to corn than the government predicts as high grain and land prices spur more seedings in areas where the crop is not traditionally…

Favorable Summer, Record Crops Ahead By: 04/03/2014 @ 9:00pm

Midwest farmers, emerging from one of the coldest winters on record, can look forward to a “very favorable” outlook over the spring and summer that may set the stage for record corn and soybean crops in…

Protecting Assets Against Divorce By: 03/16/2014 @ 9:58pm

Is it necessary to cut a spouse from ownership in order to protect business assets against divorce?By Dr. Donald J. JonovicSubmitted by K.F., via email:My husband and his brother recently inherited their…

Coq au Vin By: 03/16/2014 @ 9:51pm

Start to finish: 30 minutes          3 slices bacon, cut into bite-size pieces2 skinless boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch pieces…

South America’s Changing Face By: 03/12/2014 @ 11:26am

By Jacquie Voeks, guest columnistThere are some things going on in South America right now that can affect the current situation for soybean prices, and also paints for us a longer-term picture of South…

Caramel Apple Breakfast Pudding By: 03/12/2014 @ 10:24am

Prep: 30 minutes   Chill: 3 hours         Bake: 40 minutes at 325°F.            …

Preventing family warfare during a business split By: 03/12/2014 @ 9:38am

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicTHE PROBLEM: Are there ways to help keep business divorces from turning into drawn-out family warfare?Submitted by B.P., via email:My wife and I attended a talk you gave in 2006, and…

Go around Your World in Agriculture By: 02/26/2014 @ 12:33pm

Your World In Agriculture offers market-impacting news from around the world. Guest contributors in Ukraine, China, Brazil, Canada and the U.S. will offer insights into the information you need to know from…

Easing ownership transition fears By: 02/24/2014 @ 10:20am

By Dr. Donald J. Jonovic THE PROBLEM: Is there some way to eliminate the owning generation’s fear of ownership transition planning? SUBMITTED BY K.P. VIA EMAIL Your article from the August issue of…

Carolina pulled-pork sandwiches By: 01/13/2014 @ 1:16pm

Prep: 15 minutes | Cook: 22 minutesSlow cook: 6 hours on HIGH or 8 hours on LOWServings: 8Pork:1 boneless pork shoulder roast or picnic roast, skin removed, trimmed (about 3-1/2 pounds)1 teaspoon seasoned…

Planning meetings essential to partnership By: 01/13/2014 @ 11:41am

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicPROBLEM: Can a partner convince his workaholic co-owner to respect the need for management and planning?SUBMITTED BY K.P. VIA EMAIL:My stepbrother, Dirk, and I took over our…

Can succession planning be forced? By: 12/18/2013 @ 11:18am

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicSubmitted by J.Z., via email:On our farm, my father is now majority owner of farm ground. He was in a partnership with my uncle and my grandfather (both minority landowners) until…

World Forum outlines protein demand By: 11/22/2013 @ 3:50pm

FOZ do IGUACU, Brazil (Agriculture.com)--The Chinese economy will continue to grow over the next 10 or 20 years, and incomes could double in the next decade, increasing demand for world protein. That was…

Whole Wheat Rolls By: 11/15/2013 @ 12:05pm

Yield: 16 rolls | Prep: 10 min Rise: 1 hr 30 min total | Bake: 20 min at 375° 1/3 cup warm water (105° to 115°) 1 tablespoon honey 1 1/4-ounce envelope active dry yeast 4 tablespoons flax seeds…

Creamy pumpkin curry soup By: 11/14/2013 @ 2:37pm

Number of Servings: 6 Prep: 15 min | Start to Finish: 45 min2 tablespoons unsalted butter1 small onion, chopped1 garlic clove, pushed through a press2 teaspoons curry powder1/2 teaspoon salt1/4…

Honey Crunch Chocolate Pecan Pie By: 11/14/2013 @ 2:33pm

Prep: 25 minutesBake: 50 minutesOven: 350°FIngredients4 eggs, lightly beaten1 cup light-color corn syrup1/4 cup granulated sugar1/4 cup packed brown sugar2 envelopes (1 ounce each) premelted unsweetened…

Checkerboard Sweet Potatoes By: 11/14/2013 @ 2:31pm

Number of Servings: 8Prep: 10 min |  Cook: 15 minBake: 30 min at 350°Ingredients3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks1/2 cup whole milk4 tablespoons butter1 8-ounce can crushed…

Honey-Roast Turkey with Apple Cider Sauce By: 11/14/2013 @ 2:18pm

Makes: 18 servingsPrep 30 minsStand 45 minsRoast 325°F for 3 hrs1 12 - 14 pound fresh or frozen natural turkey2 cups water1/2 cup honey1/4 cup finely snipped fresh parsley2 tablespoons finely snipped fresh…

Cranberry Waldorf Salad By: 11/14/2013 @ 2:06pm

Start to finish: 30 minutes Number of servings: 104 cups chopped pears or chopped apples 1 cup seedless grapes, halved 1 cup sliced celery 2/3 cup slivered almonds or broken pecans, toasted 1/2 cup…

How can you bring arguing heirs together? By: 11/14/2013 @ 1:35pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicSUBMITTED BY M.C. VIA EMAIL: You might be interested in a letter I sent to my children who are unable to get along. I want to start clarifying responsibilities and pay, but they…

Farming without soil By: 11/06/2013 @ 1:31pm

Many words related to agriculture in English go back to Latin, the language of the Romans. Examples are ager, terra, humus. Agriculture is related to ager (the field) and to terra or humus (the soil). So…

No-hands milking robots By: 11/05/2013 @ 8:14am

Labor-intensive dairy farms are early adopters of robot technology. The Dutch company, Lely (lely.com), is on the fourth generation of its Astronaut milker. Midwest sales manager Rick Rugg says one robot can…

Learn more, earn more: SF Marketing Academy By: 10/25/2013 @ 11:47am

Futures, options, charting and more will be covered in an upcoming marketing course. Join up! VIDEO  MORE VIDEOS >>  Talk…

Dealing with a non-farm fiance By: 10/14/2013 @ 7:58pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicSubmitted by T.G., via Email:My fiancé and I will marry in the fall, and I can see I’m going to have problems with his family.Please understand. I love all of them, and they’ve…

Spaghetti Squash Italiano By: 10/14/2013 @ 7:53pm

Prep: 20 minutes Bake: 1 hour, 20 minutes to 1 hour, 30 minutes at 350°F.2 small spaghetti squash (1-1/4 to 1-1/2 pounds each) 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes (1 cup) 3 medium tomatoes…

Safety Tips for Your Farm By: 10/14/2013 @ 7:26pm

By Erika Owen and Jodi HenkeKeeping your family safe is the first priority on your farm. Here are some tips to help you meet that goal. Safety ChecklistFirst, make sure you have enough fire extinguishers…

What’s a producer to do with inventory? By: 10/14/2013 @ 7:04pm

By Cathy EckstrandWeather concerns and emotions were high all season which kept many producers on the sidelines when it came to forward selling at higher price levels. Last year the drought, followed by a…

Monsanto getting into the weather game By: 10/02/2013 @ 9:26am

The success of every single crop input -- from the soil to the seed and chemical required to raise the crop -- depends on one overriding variable, one that's been less than friendly to many farmers in the…

When a major shareholder wants to sell By: 09/10/2013 @ 12:04pm

Can their problem be solved?By Dr. Donald J. JonovicProblem: How should a family respond to the demands of a major owner who suddenly wants to sell out?Submitted by K.T. via email:I have a very large family…

Sizzling sausage and grapes By: 09/10/2013 @ 11:21am

Cooking grapes right alongside sausages brings them to a jam-like deliciousness in this breakfast (or breakfast-for-supper) dish.Prep: 30 minutes | Bake: 50 minutes at 350°F. 1-1/2 pounds seedless red…

PB&J Smoothies By: 08/23/2013 @ 6:13pm

Makes: 2 servingsServing size: 8 ouncesStart to finish: 10 mins1/2
cup plain Greek yogurt1/2
cup milk1 
banana2 
tablespoons grape jelly2 - 3 
tablespoons creamy peanut butterIn a blender combine…

Strawberry-Cream Cheese Waffle Sandwiches By: 08/23/2013 @ 6:08pm

Makes: 4 servingsYield: 1 sandwich eachPrep: 20 minsCook: 2 mins per sandwich1/3
cup light cream cheese, softened4 
teaspoons honey8 
sliceswhole grain sandwich bread1 1/2
cups sliced fresh…

Raspberry Croissant Sandwich By: 08/23/2013 @ 6:04pm

Makes: 1 servingServing size: 1 croissant sandwichStart to finish: 10 mins2 
tablespoons cream cheese, softened2 
teaspoons honeyPinch ground cinnamon (optional)1 
croissant, split1 
tablespoon sliced…

French-Toasted Sausage and Pear "Hot Dogs" By: 08/23/2013 @ 5:51pm

Makes: 6 servingsPrep 25 minsCook 6 mins  per batch 12 ounces fully cooked applewood smoked chicken sausage links1 tablespoon vegetable oil2 eggs1/2 cup half-and-half or light cream1 tablespoon…

Maple Corn Muffin and Sausage Sandwiches By: 08/23/2013 @ 5:45pm

Makes: 6 servings, Yield: 2 sandwiches eachPrep 25 mins, Bake 375° 10 mins, Cool 10 mins Nonstick cooking spray1/3 cup unprocessed wheat bran1/3 cup whole wheat flour1/3 cup cornmeal1/2 teaspoon baking…

Protein-Packed Smoothies By: 08/23/2013 @ 5:40pm

Makes: 4 servingsServing size: 1 cupStart to Finish 10 mins 2 cups plain fat-free yogurt2 ripe medium bananas2 cups sliced fresh strawberries or frozen unsweetened strawberries2 tablespoons honey2…

Morning glory muffins By: 08/23/2013 @ 5:34pm

Number of Servings: 18Yield: 18 muffinsPrep: 30 minBake: 18 min at 375°2 cups all-purpose flour2 teaspoons baking soda2 teaspoons ground cinnamon1/2 teaspoon salt1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar2 apples, peeled…

Protect pollinators while trying to protect your crops By: 08/14/2013 @ 11:26am

Honeybees and native bees forage in and near soybean and cornfields, especially during dry weather. When treatment decisions are being made for pests of these crops, it is important to consider minimizing the…

Morning Glory Muffins By: 08/13/2013 @ 3:01pm

Number of Servings: 18Yield: 18 muffinsPrep: 30 minBake: 18 min at 375°2 cups all-purpose flour2 teaspoons baking soda2 teaspoons ground cinnamon1/2 teaspoon salt1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar2 apples, peeled…

Four Winners Announced for Operation FarmSafe By: 07/29/2013 @ 4:46pm

DES MOINES, IOWA – July 29, 2013 Operation FarmSafe grants have been awarded to four families by Successful Farming® magazine.  Each recipient will receive a free Certified Farm Safe review of the farm…

Back in the Field: Amanda Whitman By: 07/26/2013 @ 12:10pm

Precision In Practice An Oregon techie paves her way toward a career in precision agriculture.In a sea full of men, Amanda Whitman may seem like a fish out of water. Even though she is outnumbered, this…

Q&A: Al Myers By: 07/26/2013 @ 12:07pm

VIDEO: Al Myers: Part 1  MORE VIDEOS >>  Al Myers was technology when technology wasn’t cool in farming. Starting with a…

FSA greenlights NE CRP grazing, haying By: 07/24/2013 @ 3:10pm

As of Friday, 61 Nebraska counties had been approved for emergency haying and grazing of CRP land. The USDA FSA authorization provides emergency relief to livestock producers facing reduced pasture and grass…

Chunky tomato salsa By: 07/15/2013 @ 5:42pm

Number of Servings: 80 | Serving Size: 2 tablespoons Yield: 5 to 6 pints Prep: 2 hr | Cook: 1 hr 40 min | Stand: 30 min8 pounds ripe tomatoes (about 16 medium) 2 cups seeded and chopped fresh Anaheim or…

Pickled green tomatoes By: 07/15/2013 @ 5:39pm

Yield: 3 half-pint jars | Prep: 20 min3/4 cup vinegar 2/3 cup water 2 tablespoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 pound green tomatoes 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon dill seed 3 to 6 small serrano peppers…

Tomato-basil simmer sauce By: 07/15/2013 @ 5:37pm

Number of Servings: 22 | Serving Size: 1/2 cup Yield: about 11 cups sauce (6 pints) Prep: 2 hr 30 min | Cook: 1 hr 10 min12 pounds ripe tomatoes (about 25 tomatoes), peeled* 3 tablespoons packed brown…

Raspberry-pear jam By: 07/15/2013 @ 5:33pm

Number of Servings: 111 | Serving Size: 1 tablespoon Yield: 8 half-pints | Start to Finish: 1 hr 6 ripe medium pears, peeled, cored, and cut up 4 cups fresh raspberries 3 tablespoons lemon juice (1)1…

Nectarine-blueberry pie filling By: 07/15/2013 @ 5:28pm

Yield: 4 quarts (enough for 4 pies, 8 servings per pie) Prep: 1 hr | Process: 30 min 5pounds fully ripe, firm nectarines or peaches Ascorbic acid color keeper 6 cups fresh blueberries 3 1/2 cups…

Canned vegetable soup By: 07/15/2013 @ 5:25pm

Number of Servings: 24 | Serving Size: 1 cup | Yield: 6 quarts Prep: 1 hr | Cook: 1 hr 20 min12 cups chicken, beef, or vegetable broth 4 cups chopped, peeled tomatoes 4 cups whole kernel corn (8 ears) 3…

DNA-Based Approaches Offer Improvements in Crop Science By: 07/12/2013 @ 2:09pm

While debate around DNA engineering in crops continues, it is worth remembering that one of the greatest accomplishments of the 20th century came from a plant biologist and geneticist who would go on to win…

Summer 2013: Dig into 'How it Works' By: 07/08/2013 @ 3:46pm

One of our longtime editors, Rich Fee, was fond of sharing his wit and wisdom in the halls at Successful Farming magazine for more than 30 years. Fee, who retired as agronomy editor in 2012, left behind one of…

Another farm bill extension likely By: 06/25/2013 @ 8:16am

Three Purdue University agricultural economists agree that another extension of 2008 farm legislation is a distinct possibility following the U.S. House's defeat of the proposed farm bill.Chris Hurt, Otto…

Pesto chicken with summer squash By: 06/20/2013 @ 6:49pm

4 medium skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 3/4 pound total) 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoons homemade or purchased pesto 2 cups finely chopped zucchini and/or yellow summer squash 2…

Strawberry beef summer salad By: 06/20/2013 @ 6:46pm

12 ounces beef flank steak 1 recipe Orange-Balsamic Vinaigrette (below) 12 cremini mushrooms 4 cups arugula and/or baby spinach leaves 2 cups quartered or sliced strawberries and/or whole blueberries 2…

Summer corn fritters By: 06/20/2013 @ 6:40pm

1/3 cup shredded carrot 1/2 cup all-purpose baking mix 1/4 cup cornmeal 1 teaspoon sugar 1/4 cup milk 1 large egg 3/4 cup cooked corn, cut from the cob 1/2 cup shredded zucchini Oil for fryingMicrowave…

Sweet corn shortcakes with summer berries By: 06/20/2013 @ 6:37pm

4 1/2 cups assorted berries, such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and/or sliced strawberries 3 to 4 tablespoons sugar 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup cornmeal 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon baking…

Summer peach pie twisters By: 06/20/2013 @ 6:33pm

1 ounce rolled refrigerated unbaked piecrust (2 crusts) 3 medium peaches, pitted and chopped, or one 16-oz. pkg. frozen unsweetened peach slices, thawed and chopped 2/3 cup tiny marshmallows 1/2 teaspoon…

Summer solstice bread By: 06/20/2013 @ 6:29pm

3 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 cup chopped onion 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 cup shredded Romano or Parmesan cheese 1/4 cup snipped fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil, crushed 1…

Berry-rhubarb summer pudding By: 06/20/2013 @ 6:25pm

1/2 cup dairy sour cream1/2 cup whipping cream2 cups fresh rhubarb sliced into 1/2-inch pieces1/2 cup sugar2 cups quartered strawberries2 cups blackberries or raspberries1 teaspoon lemon juiceDash salt1/2- to…

Weather feeds volatility By: 06/19/2013 @ 1:37pm

By Cathy Ekstrand Just like water ebbs and flows, so do the markets, back and forth. How different the planting season has been this year compared with last year. In 2012, we had a record planting pace…

Black cutworm scouting time is here By: 06/12/2013 @ 9:41am

Farmers with emerging corn crops should be on the lookout for infestations of the black cutworm.Many cutworm species target corn in the Midwest, but the black cutworm is the most abundant. In years like this…

Now is the time to control files in cattle By: 06/11/2013 @ 1:56pm

One of the best ways to keep cattle healthy and gaining pounds in hot weather is to control flies, a Purdue Extension beef specialist says.Heavy populations of flies can cause stress in cattle herds and spread…

Peterson optimistic on Farm Bill prospects By: 06/10/2013 @ 8:37pm

U.S. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson, (D-MN), today made the following statement after the U.S. Senate approved S. 954, the 2013 Farm Bill.“Today’s Senate vote brings us one…

Pork group tackles new disease threat By: 06/05/2013 @ 10:37am

The National Pork Board has approved $450,000 in checkoff funds to direct research on a new disease threat facing the pork industry -- porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). The announcement came less than…

Lemonade Cake By: 05/21/2013 @ 12:12pm

Prep: 45 minutes; Bake: 30 minutes; Cool: 1 hour; Oven: 350°F. 1/3 cup butter3 eggs2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking…

Topsoil runoff losses can cost you By: 05/14/2013 @ 11:04am

As rainfall increases, the amount of topsoil decreases. So does the amount of grain the land can produce.April’s pounding rains likely took tons of topsoil from some Missouri farmlands, according to…

Organic group invites farmer input By: 05/10/2013 @ 2:23pm

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) recently announced formation of a new Farmers Advisory Council to provide input from small- to medium-size organic farmers, ranchers, and growers.“One of OTA’s Core…

Best practices for boosting barley yields By: 05/09/2013 @ 3:38pm

Boosting barley and other crop yields depends to a large degree on controlling "the worst weed in western Canada," wild oats, according to an article in a recent issue of the journal Weed…

7 top farm bill debate questions By: 05/08/2013 @ 9:50am

Farm bill markup likely will begin soon in both the Senate and House Agricultural committees. Much of the focus for traditional program crops will be around three programs: a revenue program, a target price…

New project aims to minimize dairy production greenhouse gasses By: 05/07/2013 @ 2:30pm

Agricultural scientists from across the nation are embarking on a new five-year, $10 million, USDA-funded effort to identify dairy production practices that minimize the emission of greenhouse gasses (GHG) and…

Valley Irrigation introduces customized water application product By: 05/06/2013 @ 2:40pm

Valley® Irrigation, the leader in precision irrigation, introduces the addition of QuickStart (QS) prescription writing to its Variable Rate Irrigation (VRI) product, allowing growers to customize their water…

Assessing freeze damage in KS wheat By: 04/26/2013 @ 11:03am

The repeated hard freezes in Kansas are taking a toll on some of the wheat furthest along in development, said Jim Shroyer, K-State Research and Extension crop production specialist. Temperatures were in the…

Is your fuel storage up to snuff? By: 04/26/2013 @ 9:21am

On May 10, 2013, farms must have both prepared and implemented their Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans if they fall under regulation by the EPA. Farms with 1,320 gallons above-ground…

Avoid these 3 tillage temptations By: 04/25/2013 @ 1:24pm

Corn farmers should not give into the triple tillage temptations of too early, too wet, and too often. Heavy rainfall and cool temperatures have delayed planting and tillage operations in many parts of the…

Farm Bureau, Case offer iron deal By: 04/17/2013 @ 4:19pm

A new program ties together the farm machinery-buying process and one of the nation's largest manufacturers. A new program offered by American Farm Bureau, Inc., and the American Farm Bureau Federation…

Bayer, Monsanto cross-license biotechnologies By: 04/17/2013 @ 4:01pm

Seed and chemical industry agreements continue to churn out. This morning, Bayer CropScience and Monsanto announced crop licensing agreements covering new biotechnologies.Monsanto will provide Bayer…

Parts of Missouri still face drought By: 04/15/2013 @ 2:51pm

While much of Missouri was drought-free at the end of March, other parts are still in moderate to severe hydrological drought, said Pat Guinan, climatologist for the University of Missouri Extension Commercial…

Hurry to nominate 'Farm Mom of the Year' By: 04/15/2013 @ 11:12am

The nomination window for Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest will soon close, but there’s still a little time left to nominate a farm mom for the chance to win the national “Farm…

Hurry to nominate 'Farm Mom of the Year' By: 04/15/2013 @ 11:10am

The nomination window for Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest will soon close, but there’s still a little time left to nominate a farm mom for the…

Don't shrug off planting safety By: 04/15/2013 @ 9:50am

With sunny days becoming more frequent and soil temperatures rising, a Purdue Extension agricultural safety specialist warns farmers not to let their enthusiasm for spring planting lead to injuries.Instead…

Is helping young farmers impractical? By: 04/14/2013 @ 9:56pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicTHE PROBLEM:Submitted by T.T. via email: I truly enjoy reading your column every month, but your January advice to the couple on how to keep their land while helping a…

Shepherd's Pie By: 04/14/2013 @ 9:07pm

Prep: 30 minutes | Bake: 40 minutes Stand: 10 minutes | Oven: 400°F.  1/4 cup butter or margarine1/4 cup all-purpose flour1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed1/4 teaspoon black pepper1 cup beef both …

Dow, Monsanto cross-license corn technology By: 04/11/2013 @ 10:07am

Corn farmers will have choices for more future corn trait technologies, due to cross-licensing agreements announced today by Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences. Highlights include:Monsanto’s licensing of Dow…

Cool soils stalling MO corn planters By: 04/11/2013 @ 7:37am

Missouri farmers itching to plant corn find that soil temperatures are well below the 13-year average, according to University of Missouri Extension specialists.Soil temperature, not air temperature, controls…

USDA's report is "game changer" By: 04/10/2013 @ 10:08am

By Cathy EkstrandWhat a difference a report makes. Wow! The USDA on March 28, 2013 put out their Quarterly Grains Stock Report that has some calling it the biggest market "miss" in history. The USDA released…

Weather & pests in 2013 By: 04/08/2013 @ 10:36am

Unusual weather patterns -- whether they be drought or deluge -- are a tip-off to potential bug or disease problems. For example, an unusually mild winter (like the one a year ago), severe drought (like…

Burning boosts grazing output By: 04/03/2013 @ 1:24pm

Although the majority of the grasslands in Kansas are managed for livestock production and have been evenly grazed for generations, new research by Kansas State University may give rise to an alternate land…

Syngenta to offer new bio-control nematicide for 2014 By: 03/28/2013 @ 10:07am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted registration approval to Syngenta for a new bio-control nematicide seed treatment  targeting soybean cyst nematode (SCN). “It provides instant…

Spring planter prep checklist By: 03/27/2013 @ 3:33pm

Is your planter ready to go this spring? Here's a quick checklist for you to run through before you get your planter in the field and loaded up, courtesy DuPont Pioneer.Level the Planter. Check the hitch…

Regulation recommendations so biofuel plants don’t become weeds By: 03/26/2013 @ 2:59pm

According to a recent release, the Energy Biosciences Institute stated that in the United States, only species listed on state or federal noxious weed lists are regulated, and those lists are often biased…

DuPont, Monsanto strike RR2Y soybean deal By: 03/26/2013 @ 9:19am

Seed industry watchers have pondered if DuPont Pioneer could keep pace with its Roundup Ready 1 soybeans vs. the newer traited Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans developed by Monsanto. That question has been…

It's National Ag Day! By: 03/18/2013 @ 1:35pm

On Tuesday, March 19, the U.S. will celebrate National Ag Day. This is a time to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, farmers, agricultural associations, corporations…

Teriyaki Chicken By: 03/10/2013 @ 2:40pm

This Teriyaki Chicken and Vegetables creation was developed by Rachel and Rebecca Haugland and Kenton Reece. The trio took first place in the Senior division of the 2012 Cook This! contest, which is a 4-H…

When farming partners split By: 03/10/2013 @ 2:28pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicTHE PROBLEM:  How can years of undefined land transactions be straightened out when partners decide to split? ~Submitted by U.F. via email My dad and older brother originally…

Smashed Potato Soup By: 03/10/2013 @ 2:23pm

Prep: 25 minutes; Slow cook: 8 to 10 hours (low), 4 to 5 hours (high) 3 1/2   pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes1/2 cup chopped yellow and/or red…

DuPont Pioneer, Mendel Biotechnology announce collaboration By: 03/07/2013 @ 4:10pm

DuPont Pioneer and Mendel Biotechnology, Inc., announced today that they have entered into a license collaboration to evaluate and commercialize new gene leads for increased water use efficiency (WUE) and…

Farm Beautiful contest: Official rules By: 03/06/2013 @ 11:21am

Void outside the 50 United States, District of Columbia and where prohibited. By participating, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are binding and final in…

Your planting intentions survey is in the mail By: 02/27/2013 @ 3:06pm

Farmers soon will be receiving surveys from USDA about their 2013 planting intentions, the agency announced on Wednesday. Farmers can complete paper forms or fill out the questionnaire on a secure website. All…

ADM launches enhanced FarmerView mobile site By: 02/25/2013 @ 2:12pm

Earlier this month, Archer Daniels Midland Company unveiled its newly enhanced FarmerView mobile website, optimized for smartphone and tablet devices. The sure is free and offers a more intuitive user…

EPA approves fuel pathway for camellia By: 02/25/2013 @ 1:41pm

The EPA has finalized its rule approving camelina oil as a new low-carbon feedstock under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The RFS requires a 50% greenhouse-gas emissions reduction for qualifying…

Gypsum the focus of 2013 symposium By: 02/22/2013 @ 4:01pm

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…

Farm Safety For Just Kids Retools Its Outreach Efforts By: 02/12/2013 @ 1:00pm

Farm Safety For Just Kids is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a new logo, a relaunch of its website (www.farmsafetyforjustkids.org), and a new direction for achieving its…

Manage Money Conflicts By: 02/12/2013 @ 11:16am

By Mark Caygeon Junkin  One of the biggest ongoing arguments between Generation Y farmers and their parents revolves around personal…

It's not doublespeak: It's reality By: 02/07/2013 @ 11:00pm

By Cathy EkstrandCathy is filling in for regular columnist Naomi Blohm If you are working with a market advisor it may seem like they have a split personality. One minute they are telling you to protect…

Expect steady to lower crop input costs By: 02/07/2013 @ 12:04pm

Total variable input costs for the 2013 corn and soybean crops are likely to stay about the same as last year, a Purdue Extension farm business management specialist says.Variable input costs are the costs of…

John Deere announces new heavy-duty XUV By: 02/06/2013 @ 9:05am

John Deere has introduced the XUV 825i S4 as part of its 2013 heavy-duty crossover utility vehicle lineup. The model now offers expanded cargo space and room for extra passengers."The introduction of the XUV…

Join the National Poultry Improvement Plan By: 02/01/2013 @ 4:31pm

To maintain the quality of your birds, join the National Poultry Improvement Plan.The National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) began in 1930 to control the disease Pullorum that eliminated entire flocks. The…

Despite extension, farm policy could see changes By: 01/28/2013 @ 9:44am

Although Congress extended the farm bill until Sept. 30, 2013, the director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri says several factors may cause Congress to…

Farmland: best-in-class asset By: 01/17/2013 @ 4:25pm

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Agriculture.com)--Farmland has a large income return and is an undiscovered asset class, an industry expert told a group of investors Thursday.Stephen Kenney, vice president of business…

Wall of Soybeans By: 01/17/2013 @ 2:42pm

By Luana Gomes, Jose Rocher, and Mike McGinnis, Marketing EditorIt has been expected for a while, but it looks like it will happen this year. Brazil is likely to become the world’s largest soybean-producing…

Brazil grows corn exports By: 01/16/2013 @ 11:06am

The data is in and for the first time ever Brazil will export more corn than Argentina. In the 2011/12 marketing year, Brazil shipped nearly 14.0 million tons of corn, while Argentina exported 12.0 million…

BARN AGAIN!: Before and after By: 01/14/2013 @ 10:50am

By Mary Humstone and John WalterBARN AGAIN! has been around for 25 years, but there's never been a barn rehab quite as remarkable as the one undertaken by Roy and Karin Clinesmith of Benge…

When none of the kids wants to farm By: 01/09/2013 @ 2:25pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicThe problem: How can a family with no farm heirs keep their land while helping a neighbor's son get started? Submitted by S.K., via email We have eight children. None of…

Peppered venison with balsamic prune sauce By: 01/09/2013 @ 11:10am

If you're lucky enough to have venison in the freezer, try this recipe found in From the Field. Celebrating Pheasants Forever's twenty-fifth anniversary, it's a cookbook, photo album, and…

Get BARN AGAIN! with these resources By: 01/08/2013 @ 12:25pm

National Trust for Historic PreservationCo-founded BARN AGAIN! with Successful Farming in 1987. Website includes:    Summaries and photo of 60 BARN AGAIN! award winnersFrequently asked…

Senate readies 1-year farm bill extension By: 12/28/2012 @ 3:01pm

Hopes for a longer-term farm policy solution have all but vanished in Washington, D.C.Now, it appears as 2012 nears its end -- and the federal government nears the "fiscal cliff" -- farm lawmakers are poised…

Snow can provide benefits to wheat crop By: 12/21/2012 @ 1:01pm

Much-anticipated snow this winter will bring many benefits to the struggling wheat crop, says Jim Shroyer, K-State Research and Extension crop production specialist. In many ways, snow will be even more…

Winterizing chicken coops By: 12/20/2012 @ 6:10pm

It's important to protect small flocks from frostbite and hypothermia. There are many ways you can reinforce coops to keep your birds healthy, warm, and dry. Extension Poultry Specialist Jess Lyons at the…

Extreme corn uncertainty lies ahead -- economist By: 12/12/2012 @ 9:18am

A return to more normal U.S. corn yields in 2013 could send new-crop prices spiraling downward, but persistent drought in some of the nation's top corn-producing states could have the opposite effect…

Farm income volatility reloading for 2013 By: 12/11/2012 @ 9:51am

What will 2013 hold for the farm community? It’s anybody’s guess until Congress passes a farm bill, said a University of Missouri agricultural economist.Scott Brown, research assistant professor in the MU…

Keep hens laying during winter By: 12/06/2012 @ 3:32pm

Many hens slow or stop egg production during the winter. Their bodies rest because of reduced daylight and cooler temperatures. If you want to prompt your hens to keep laying, follow these tips from Jess…

Got yield data. Now what? By: 12/05/2012 @ 1:32pm

I may have 16 years of yield data on most of my Oakland, Iowa, fields, but the pretty yield maps were not always particularly useful. Knowledge gained from the yield monitor came mainly from the driver's…

Merial introduces LONGRANGE dewormer By: 12/03/2012 @ 1:15pm

Merial has released LONGRANGE (eprinomectin), an extended-release injectable cattle dewormer that provides cattle producers season-long persistent parasite control for 100 to 150 days in a single dose…

Easy 'Mallow Cookies By: 11/27/2012 @ 12:52pm

Yield: 16 sandwich cookies Start to Finish 30 mins 16 maraschino cherries with stems 1/3 cup marshmallow crème 1 tablespoon finely chopped maraschino cherries 32 vanilla wafer cookies 4 ounces…

Fruitcake Macaroons By: 11/27/2012 @ 12:49pm

Yield: about 24 cookies Prep 25 mins | Bake 325°F 15 mins 1 cup flaked coconut 3/4 cup chopped pecans 3/4 cup coarsely chopped dried fruit (such as raisins, apricots, cranberries, dates, prunes…

Eggnog-Frosted Nutmeg Sugar Cookies By: 11/27/2012 @ 12:46pm

Yield: about 24 cookies Prep 25 mins | Chill 1 hr | Bake 375°F 8 mins 1/2 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise, or 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 1/4 cups butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons…

Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies By: 11/27/2012 @ 12:41pm

Yield: about 24 cookies Prep 30 mins | Bake 325°F 20 mins 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup sugar 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup butter, cut up 1 tablespoon red…

Gingersnap Logs By: 11/27/2012 @ 12:37pm

Yield: About 36 cookie logs Prep 45 mins | Chill 1 hr | Stand 30 mins 1 1/4 cups crushed gingersnaps 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk 1 tablespoon molasses or 1 1/2 teaspoons…

Christmas Sandies By: 11/27/2012 @ 12:33pm

Yield: about 144 1/2-inch cookies; 72 3/4-inch cookies; or 36 1-inch cookies Prep 30 mins | Bake 350°F 10 mins to 15 mins 1 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups…

Chocolate-Mint Checkerboard Cookies By: 11/27/2012 @ 12:30pm

1 cup butter, softened 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder 1 ounce semisweet…

Chocolaty Melting Snowmen By: 11/27/2012 @ 12:25pm

Yield: 20 cookies Prep 50 mins | Bake 9 mins to 11 mins per batch | Oven 350° 1/2 cup shortening 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon baking…

Blackberry Strudel Cookies By: 11/27/2012 @ 12:18pm

Makes: 48 servings Prep 35 mins | Bake 400°F 12 mins | Chill 2 hrs to 3 hrs 1/2 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 8-ounce carton dairy sour…

Chocolate-Peppermint Meringue Kisses By: 11/27/2012 @ 12:14pm

Makes: 192 servings Prep 1 hr | Bake 300°F 7 mins | Stand 1 hr 30 mins 4 egg whites 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cider vinegar 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract 1 1/3 cups sugar 1 cup milk…

Chicken Country Captain By: 11/26/2012 @ 8:54pm

Makes: 6 servings Prep 25 mins | Slow Cook 5 hrs to 6 hrs (low) or 2 1/2 to 3 hours (high) 1 medium sweet onion, cut into thin wedges 3 pounds chicken drumsticks and/or thighs, skin removed 1 medium…

Lamb Shanks with Barley By: 11/26/2012 @ 8:48pm

Makes: 6 to 8 servings Prep 20 mins | Cook 7 hrs to 9 hrs (low) 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 3 - 3 1/2 pounds meaty lamb shanks or meaty beef shank crosscuts 4 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch slices (2…

Nacho Cheese Chicken Chowder By: 11/26/2012 @ 8:43pm

Makes: 6 servings Prep 10 mins | Cook 4 hrs to 5 hrs  (low) or 2-2.5 hours (high) 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 2 14-1/2-ounce cans Mexican-style…

Chicken Cassoulet-Style Soup By: 11/26/2012 @ 8:37pm

Makes: 6 servings Prep 25 mins | Cook 5 hrs to 7 hrs (low) or 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours (high) 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 8 ounces smoked turkey sausage, cut into…

Cranberry-Chipotle Country-Style Ribs By: 11/26/2012 @ 8:31pm

Makes: 6 to 8 servings Prep 15 min | Cook 7 hrs to 8 hrs  (low) or 3 1/2 to 4 hours (high) 2 1/2 – 3 pounds boneless pork country-style ribs Salt and ground black pepper 1 16-ounce can whole…

Simple French Dip Sandwiches By: 11/26/2012 @ 8:24pm

Makes: 6 to 8 servings Prep 15 mins | Cook 10 hrs to 11 hrs (low) or 5 to 5 1/2 hours (high) 1 3- to 3-1/2-pound boneless beef bottom round roast 1 tablespoon cooking oil 2 large sweet onions, cut…

Country Bean Stew By: 11/26/2012 @ 8:17pm

Makes: 6 servings Prep 30 mins | Cook 15 mins | Cook 7 hrs to 8 hrs (low) or 3-1/2 to 4 hours (high) | Stand 1 hr 6 cups water 2 cups dry Great Northern beans 3 large carrots, coarsely chopped 12…

Excluding a child from the family partnership By: 11/19/2012 @ 12:39pm

Submitted by L.L., Indiana: I'm blessed with four sons, a wonderful wife, and a large, successful grain farming operation that I inherited from my dad. Two of my sons farm with me. My oldest works…

Drought's silver lining By: 11/16/2012 @ 2:14pm

This has been a rough year for producing a crop. Between frosts last spring and the drought over the summer, U.S. producers have been challenged. But some things actually do grow well in a drought: crop…

Soybean frogeye leaf spot resistance to strobilurin fungicides is increasing By: 11/15/2012 @ 9:47am

Frogeye leaf spot, which is caused by the fungus Cercospora sojina, is an important pathogen of soybean plants. University of Illinois plant pathologist Carl Bradley said that since 2010, strains of the…

DeLaval debuts new TSR technology By: 11/13/2012 @ 10:04am

DeLaval unveiled its Teat Spray Robot (TSR) this week at EuroTier 2012 in Hanover, Germany. TSR is an automatic spray solution offering consistent application, optimal use of teat dip and less labor. The…

Apply now for beef scholarships By: 11/05/2012 @ 9:37am

Louis M. “Mick” Colvin is passionate about beef and young people. That’s why the Certified Angus Beef (CAB) brand rallies its partners each year to support the scholarship fund that honors its first…

Try the Alltech Mycotoxin Hotline By: 11/02/2012 @ 10:04am

As livestock producers begin to examine this year’s harvest and prepare to feed the less than up-to-par crop to their animals, many questions are starting to come up in the field. Is this mold? Should I be…

Futures industry refortifies By: 10/25/2012 @ 9:28am

In the final dog days of summer, David Adcock, like many other Midwest farmers, hurried to harvest -- or salvage -- what he could. After an inspection, he feared that weak stalks would not withstand the winds…

Milk production falls By: 10/19/2012 @ 3:48pm

Milk production has slipped due to the hot weather and damaged crops, relative to the 2012 drought that by some standards was the worst since the 1930s Dust Bowl. From the Posson Model business Cycle…

Watch soil temps when applying anhydrous By: 10/19/2012 @ 8:02am

Farmers are encouraged to wait until soil temperatures remain below 50 degrees Fahrenheit before applying anhydrous ammonia (NH3) fertilizer this fall. With the record-early harvest this year, officials with…

China looks for corn elsewhere By: 10/17/2012 @ 10:26am

China is headed for its second straight record corn harvest, says the U.S. Grains Council, which recently returned from a tour of China's fields.Due to the lack of data on China's corn acreage, USGC…

Monsanto to partner with Invest an Acre program By: 10/16/2012 @ 11:20am

Monsanto Company has announced a partnership with Invest an Acre, which is focused on addressing rural hunger in America.In partnership with the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Feeding America, and Archer…

Planning for 3 partners, 7 successors By: 10/16/2012 @ 10:03am

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicTHE PROBLEM:  How can three partners with seven successors get the needed advice to help with the transition? Problem submitted by V.B., Iowa My two brothers and I are all…

Apple Corn Cakes By: 10/16/2012 @ 9:42am

Prep: 25 minutes | Bake: 15 minutes | Cool: 10 minutes 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal 1/3 cup whole wheat flour 1 1/2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/8…

Increase calf crop value with surrogacy By: 10/16/2012 @ 9:10am

Looking for a new way to add value to your calf crop? Try raising someone else's calves instead of your own, an Ohio State University Extension beef expert said. Producers interested in maximizing…

The Climate Corporation launches Total Weather Insurance 2013 By: 10/15/2012 @ 11:35am

The Climate Corporation has announced the launch of Total Weather Insurance (TWI) 2013 for corn and soybeans, with more adaptive coverage for increasingly extreme weather.The 2012 growing season is turning out…

Customized insights with Climate.com By: 10/15/2012 @ 11:20am

The Climate Corporation today announced its new climate.com service to provide growers with weather and crop insights for their fields. To date, The Climate Corporation has helped farmers protect their…

Biomass crops benefit marginal soils By: 10/10/2012 @ 3:04pm

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, says Newell…

Using the sun to “crack” almonds By: 10/09/2012 @ 8:50am

Conergy Projects Group has broken ground on a 725 kW photovoltaic system for T&P Farms out of Arbuckle, California.  The system will power T&P Farms almond hulling and shelling operations –…

JRB announces new cotton grapple, fork By: 09/25/2012 @ 4:22pm

JRB has announced new Cotton Grapple and Fork attachments to extend wheel loader flexibility for general farm and ginning needs, such as transportation, placement and wrap cutting. JRB’s cotton grapple…

Antipasto tortellini salad By: 09/21/2012 @ 5:44pm

19 ounce package refrigerated cheese tortellini1/2cup chopped bottled roasted red sweet peppers16 ounce jar marinated quartered artichoke hearts, drained1/4cup sliced…

Apple breakfast bars By: 09/21/2012 @ 5:28pm

1/2cup dried apples, snipped1/3cup honey1/4cup raisins1tablespoon brown sugar1/3cup peanut butter1/4cup apple butter1/2teaspoon ground cinnamon1/2cup rolled…

Dow AgroSciences, Save Our Crops Coalition Reach Agreement By: 09/12/2012 @ 10:34am

Dow AgroSciences and the Save Our Crops Coalition have are calling a truce in this summer’s battle over Dow’s Enlist Weed Control System. The two entities released a statement this week announcing a…

Tomato Bisque Sip Soup By: 09/11/2012 @ 5:34pm

Makes: 4 to 16 servings Serving size: 4 main-dish servings Yield: 5-1/2 cups Start to Finish: 20 mins   3 
 14-1/2 ounce cans diced tomatoes with garlic…

Chili-Corn Snack Mix By: 09/11/2012 @ 5:24pm

Makes: 8 servings Serving size: 1/2cup Start to Finish: 15 mins   1 
tablespoon canola oil 1 
tablespoon lime juice 1 
teaspoon chili…

Potato-Topped Beef Bowl By: 09/11/2012 @ 5:19pm

Makes: 4 servings Start to Finish: 19 mins   1 
pound ground beef 1  
16 ounce package frozen mixed vegetables 1  
8 ounce package shredded…

Buttermilk-Brined Fried Chicken By: 09/11/2012 @ 5:13pm

Makes: 6 servings Serving size: 3 ounces chicken plain or spicy variation Prep: 30 mins Chill: 2 hrs Cook: 12 mins per batch   3 
cups buttermilk…

One-Handed Fried Pies By: 09/11/2012 @ 5:06pm

Makes: 12 servings Prep: 35 mins Cook: 36 mins            …

Cha-Cha Corn Chowder By: 09/11/2012 @ 5:00pm

Makes: 6 servings Prep: 15 mins Cook: 6 hrs to 8 hrs(low) or 3 to 4 hours (high)   3 
medium round red potatoes, diced (1 pound) 2  
14-3/4-ounce…

Pulled Pork with Root Beer Sauce By: 09/11/2012 @ 4:54pm

Makes: 8 to 10 servingsPrep: 15 mins Cook: 8 hrs to 10 hrs(low) or 4 to 5 (high)   2-1/2- to 3-pound pork sirloin roast 1/2…

Monsanto to introduce Genuity DroughtGard Hybrids By: 09/11/2012 @ 2:45pm

For the 2013 season, Western Great Plains farmers will have a new tool to help manage drought conditions with the stewarded commercial introduction of Monsanto’s Genuity DroughtGard Hybrids. The DroughtGard…

Lindsay introduces VISION for laterals By: 09/11/2012 @ 2:28pm

Lindsay Corporation, maker of Zimmatic irrigation systems, has announced the addition of VISION for laterals, automatic control for lateral irrigation systems.“VISION for laterals creates an entirely new…

Brazil faces crop logistics blackout By: 09/06/2012 @ 10:50am

Brazil is starting to plant an expected record-large soy and corn crop, this month. Challenges are showing up in every phase of production, from purchasing fertilizers -- already facing a shortage of ships and…

New Acceleron seed treatment for 2013 By: 09/04/2012 @ 1:54pm

Fungal diseases are major causes of poor emergence and stand development in soybeans. But farmers will have a stronger line of defense in 2013 with Monsanto’s planned introduction of Acceleron Seed Treatment…

Leica releases new RTK base station By: 08/28/2012 @ 9:18am

Leica Geosystems has announced the latest release of the RTK base station for the farming industry, Leica GeoAce. With the accelerating rate of technology adoption within the Agriculture sector and the markets…

Sunflower's new 6631 Series vertical tillage By: 08/21/2012 @ 9:26am

AGCO has introduced the new Sunflower 6631-35 and 6631-40 vertical tillage tools. The latest addition to the 6600 Series, these new tools have the width to meet early spring tillage needs of large farms and…

Ag Leader rolls out new steering system By: 08/21/2012 @ 9:22am

There's a new player in the precision ag autosteer game.The GeoSteer system, released Tuesday by Ames, Iowa-based Ag Leader, uses a single antenna design, making it easy to move from one vehicle to…

Paladin rake attachments By: 08/13/2012 @ 9:16am

Deciding how to tackle the landscaping jobs ahead of you, no matter what time of year, can be tough. Several types of rake attachments are available and, depending on your job requirements, each offers…

Pioneer introduces Inoculant Value Calculator By: 08/02/2012 @ 2:28pm

Livestock producers will now be able to calculate the overall value of forage inoculants through a new, easy-to-use online tool from DuPont Pioneer.The Pioneer Inoculant Value Calculator is a…

FAQ: Drought-stressed corn as livestock feed By: 08/02/2012 @ 10:39am

Many Illinois farms are starting to, or plan to, harvest drought-stressed corn, hoping to salvage it as livestock feed. University of Illinois beef extension specialist Travis Meteer answers some frequently…

Are your tires harvest-ready? By: 07/30/2012 @ 4:18pm

Proper tire care and selection can affect productivity during harvest season With harvest right around the corner, farmers are beginning to prep their equipment for the fall rush. In farming, timing is…

Smithfield imports Brazilian corn By: 07/25/2012 @ 8:05am

Smithfield Foods Inc., the world's largest pork producer, said Tuesday it will import corn from Brazil, a move that reflects how surging costs for U.S. feed grains are rippling through the livestock…

Leica announces new GeoAce RTK By: 07/19/2012 @ 10:04am

Leica Geosystems has announced the new Leica GeoAce RTK base station. The product provides access to Leica Geosystems patented Virtual Wrench, the agriculture industry’s first web based remote service…

Chilled tomato soup with corn bread croutons By: 07/17/2012 @ 3:17pm

Makes: 4 servings Start to Finish: 25 mins(1) 8 1/2 ounce package corn muffin mix1 tablespoon olive oil1 teaspoon chili powder(2) 14 1/2 ounce cans diced tomatoes with green pepper, celery, and onion…

Protect yourself from heat illness By: 07/17/2012 @ 2:28pm

From University of Wisconsin ExtensionHeat exposure kills more people each year than floods, tornadoes, lightning, and hurricanes combined. Heat kills more than 1,000 people each year in the US. Young children…

CHS posts high 2012 earnings By: 07/12/2012 @ 11:34am

CHS Inc. today reported earnings of $899.7 million through the third quarter of its 2012 fiscal year.Earnings attributed to CHS operations for nine months of fiscal 2012 (Sept. 1, 2011 – May 31, 2012)…

Reman parts market remade By: 07/12/2012 @ 8:53am

Imagine for a minute that the engine or transmission in your 10-year-old four-wheel-drive tillage tractor or combine has failed – just when you need it the most. In the past, repair generally meant a week in…

John Deere launches Gator RSX850i By: 07/11/2012 @ 1:10pm

John Deere has entered the Recreational Utility Vehicle category with the all-new, all-powerful Gator RSX850i. It’s been engineered to be faster, more powerful, and more agile than any Gator ever built.Since…

AGCO announces Tier 4 strategy By: 07/10/2012 @ 3:52pm

AGCO has announced its Tier 4 Final/Stage IV engine emissions strategy for its AGCO POWER diesel engines. The updated after-treatment system will continue to offer an effective method for farmers to reduce…

Keep your cool when marketing By: 07/09/2012 @ 8:16am

By Cathy Ekstrand, Senior Market Advisor, Guest ColumnistWelcome to the dog days of summer ... Seriously! I can remember years ago before I became a market advisor that warm summer days seemed so blissful…

Multimatic 200 offers all-in-one welding By: 07/03/2012 @ 11:07am

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has introduced the new Multimatic 200, an all-in-one portable multiprocess welding power source capable of performing MIG, Stick and TIG welding processes in one compact design. The…

Drought puts pollination in jeopardy By: 07/02/2012 @ 2:23pm

This year’s corn needs rain and needs it soon. The next couple weeks are critical for corn pollination, because silk growth and tassel pollen-shed must be in sync to create corn kernels. That…

Deere enhances StarFire receiver By: 06/28/2012 @ 5:08pm

To give producers increased accuracy in precision-guided field operations, John Deere announces enhancements to its StarFire 3000 Receivers. According to Holli Brokaw, product manager with the John Deere…

Keep an eye on the cab with new remote display access By: 06/28/2012 @ 5:07pm

As farmers integrate more precision technology into their equipment and operations, the ability to remotely supervise and support those field operations becomes even more important to both farmers and dealers…

'MyJohnDeere' boosts customer resources, company says By: 06/28/2012 @ 5:06pm

To help agricultural producers manage their equipment information, production data and farm operations from a single website, John Deere introduces MyJohnDeere.com. Developed as part of the John Deere…

Deere's HarvestLab improves silage analysis By: 06/28/2012 @ 5:05pm

Beef and dairy producers will have the ability to determine corn silage nutrient quality when using the John Deere HarvestLab starting in July of 2012, according to a report from John Deere. In addition to dry…

Prairie cordgrass: Highly underrated By: 06/26/2012 @ 9:32am

When D.K. Lee and Lane Rayburn, faculty members in the crop sciences department at the University of Illinois, talk about prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata) they have difficulty containing their…

Case IH signs agreement with Great Plains By: 06/26/2012 @ 8:33am

Case IH and Great Plains Division of Great Plains Manufacturing Inc., jointly announced the creation of a supply agreement today. Under the agreement, Great Plains will supply Case IH with twin row planters to…

App integrates yield forecasting with rainfall data By: 06/25/2012 @ 11:01am

Rainfall data collected by a network of radars operated by the National Weather Service has been integrated into an application that helps farmers forecast corn yields throughout the growing process. The…

Weather, USDA Report in focus By: 06/25/2012 @ 7:03am

This week's weather is seen as dry, according to WXrisk.com, the agriculture weather site. That is sparking buying in the commodities market. Dry conditions are seen into early Wednesday then…

GreenLeaf acquires JGL, expands portfolio By: 06/06/2012 @ 10:26am

GreenLeaf Genetics LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Syngenta, announced today that it has acquired JGL, Inc., a leading seed genetics licensing company focused on soybean and wheat genetics licensing to the…

Valley Irrigation launches mobile website By: 06/05/2012 @ 11:07am

In order to continue to reach more audiences with product and application information, Valley Irrigation has launched a mobile version of its website, m.valleyirrigation.com. The site is intended to reach…

A Brazil soybean comeback By: 06/01/2012 @ 1:30pm

Curitiba (Brazil) – In just 30 days, the grain crop went from heaven to hell in South America. Up until November, Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay were heading for another record season in 2011/12. But an…

Agriculture.com wins two MobileWebAwards By: 05/23/2012 @ 11:30am

DES MOINES, IA – {May 23, 2012} Less than one year after the re-launch of m.Agriculture.com, the site has been awarded two MobileWebAwards from the Web Marketing Association for Best Magazine Mobile Website…

Protect yourself from skin cancer By: 05/18/2012 @ 11:42am

As summer quickly approaches, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has joined the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Park Service (NPS) to…

Kansas rancher is Mom of the Year By: 05/18/2012 @ 11:37am

Debbie Lyons-Blythe, White City, Kansas, is Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Mom of the Year 2012.Lyons-Blythe was nominated by her children (Meghan, Allie, Trenton, Tyler and Eric), and also by her aunt, Mary…

Hemisphere GPS announces AgJunction Mobile By: 05/17/2012 @ 10:59am

Hemisphere GPS today announced the new AgJunction Mobile for iOS, an enhancement to AgJunction®, its precision agriculture data services platform.AgJunction Mobile is an in-field data collection system…

Will Brazil import U.S. soybeans? By: 05/04/2012 @ 6:28am

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (Agriculture.com)--It's been over a decade since Brazil, the world's #2 soybean producer, has had to import the country's "King" commodity from the United States. That…

Tending to implement tires By: 05/03/2012 @ 9:37am

If there were ever a stepchild in the tire world, it would have to be implement tires. Fact is, there was a time that tires were even optional on some implements and wagons. Today's implements aren't…

It takes grain to make milk By: 04/23/2012 @ 2:04pm

March US milk production was up 4.3% from previous year. The trend of higher production for the past 10 years remains intact.  And even though model research allows for higher production this year, it…

Citrus Trifle with Orange Custard By: 04/18/2012 @ 10:31am

Makes: 10 servings, Serving size: 3/4cup, Prep: 45 mins, Chill: 2 hrs   2 cups fat-free milk (1) 4-serving-size package fat-free sugar-free reduced-calorie vanilla instant pudding mix 2…

Stuffed Peppers By: 04/18/2012 @ 10:25am

Makes: 8 servings, Prep: 50 mins, Bake: 400 degrees F. 30 mins   1/2 cup chopped onion 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons olive oil (2) 14 ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth 1-1/2…

Garlic-and-Chili-Rubbed Lamb By: 04/18/2012 @ 10:18am

Makes: 4 servings, Prep: 15 mins, Marinate: 4 hrs to 24 hrs, Grill: 16 mins to 18 mins   4 large cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 teaspoon ground…

Cranberry-Raspberry Spinach Salad By: 04/18/2012 @ 10:11am

Makes: 6 to 8 servings (1) 10 ounce package frozen red raspberries in syrup, thawed1/4 cup sugar 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1/2 cup cranberry-raspberry juice cocktail 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1/4…

Husqvarna announces new Fast Tractor By: 04/17/2012 @ 9:13am

Husqvarna has teamed up with the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Lowes and five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, Jimmie Johnson, to launch a new riding mower – the Husqvarna Fast Tractor -- that speeds through yard…

Contract spreading grows By: 04/16/2012 @ 1:16pm

Commodity spread trading is not for the faint of heart. It has long been held as a specialists market but as of late has come more into play as another way to express bullish or bearish sentiment with less…

Monsanto broadens Roundup Ready Plus platform By: 04/09/2012 @ 2:31pm

Monsanto has expanded its popular Roundup Ready PLUS Weed Management Solutions platform to include two more post-emergence herbicides for use in soybeans. These additional options are highly effective on…

Take care under the hood By: 04/01/2012 @ 2:52pm

By Roger WelschA couple years ago, I had a new wiring harness, battery setup, and distributor installed. No, not in one of my tractors. In me. The old system was worn out, the dealer told me, so I had to…

In the middle of a family feud By: 04/01/2012 @ 2:45pm

PROBLEM SUBMITTED BY D.U., ARKANSAS I need advice on how to do the right thing for myself and for a family I love like my own. I've worked since my teens for Mack, who owns a 2,000-acre+ farm…

New potato bake By: 04/01/2012 @ 2:34pm

Prep: 15 minutes, Cook: 10 minutes, Bake: 30 minutes 3 pounds small red new potatoes, quartered2 teaspoons salt1 bag (9 ounces) baby spinach leaves Sauce: 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 bunch…

Lemon beehive meringues By: 03/30/2012 @ 1:42pm

2 egg whites 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar 2/3 cup sugar 1 /2 cup purchased lemon curd 1 cup fresh loganberries, blackberries, or other berries Let egg whites stand at…

Glazed carrots with pistachios By: 03/30/2012 @ 1:37pm

3 pounds small carrots with tops 3 cups water 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup shelled unsalted pistachios 1/2 cup butter (no substitutes) 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons snipped fresh…

Spring pea soup By: 03/30/2012 @ 1:33pm

5 cups shelled peas 2 - 14 ounce cans chicken broth 2 small heads Boston or Bibb lettuce, torn into small pieces 12 green onions, sliced 3 tablespoons snipped fresh tarragon 1 1/2 - 2 cups…

Glazed Easter ham By: 03/30/2012 @ 1:27pm

8-10-pound fully-cooked boneless ham 1/2 cup apricot preserves 1/2 cup cherry preserves 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 cup snipped fresh mint 1 tablespoon shredded lemon peel2 cloves garlic…

Leica updates mojoMINI and Leica mojo3D By: 03/27/2012 @ 3:19pm

Leica Geosystems has released additional features for its guidance systems Leica mojoMINI and Leica mojo3D to further enhance product usability and compatibility.The touch screen of the Leica mojoMINI has…

Illinois agronomy handbook updated By: 03/23/2012 @ 9:48am

University of Illinois crop sciences professor Emerson Nafziger is pleased to announce the Illinois Agronomy Handbook is available online."For decades, the Illinois Agronomy Handbook has been a major source of…

Kubota's new RTV400Ci UTV By: 03/20/2012 @ 9:17am

Kubota has introduced the new gas-powered RTV400Ci utility vehicle that features the agility and reliability of a mid-sized utility vehicle, but is compact enough to fit in the bed of a full-size, long-bed…

Case IH Steiger touts fuel efficiency results By: 03/19/2012 @ 11:07am

A new report from the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab shows that Case IH Steiger tractors with  have set new industry records for fuel-efficient power, the company said in a statement. Several models using the…

Sweet potato and parsnip puree By: 03/16/2012 @ 11:41am

Prep: 15 mins / Cook: 15 mins 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 3 cups) 4 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices (about 2 cups) 1/4 cup chicken broth…

Coconut panna cotta with island fruit By: 03/16/2012 @ 11:32am

Prep: 40 mins / Chill: 6 hrs Prep: 40 mins / Chill: 6 hrs 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin 15 ounce can coconut cream 13 1/2 ounce can unsweetened coconut milk 2 cups chilled whipping cream 1/4 cup…

Tasty tropical punch By: 03/16/2012 @ 11:20am

Prep: 5 mins / Cook: 10 mins / Chill: 4 hrs 2 cups water 1/4 cup sugar 1-inch piece fresh ginger or 3 inches stick cinnamon 6 ounce can frozen pineapple or orange juice concentrate 1/3 cup lime juice 2…

Mango-glazed pork chops By: 03/16/2012 @ 11:09am

The sweetness of the mango and honey add a unique flavor to this pork chop recipe. This creation was developed by Jocelyn Beaver, Rachel Morgan, and Shelby VanSteenwyk. The young women took first place with…

From independence to partnership By: 03/16/2012 @ 10:48am

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicIn my <a href=" http://www.agriculture.com/family/estate-planning/family-succession/prodigal-son-returns_344-ar22671" target="new">last column</a>, we looked at a question…

DuPont announces new EPA registration By: 03/13/2012 @ 11:34am

DuPont announced today that it has received registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Optimum AcreMaxXTreme insect protection for corn.  Optimum AcreMax XTreme adds to DuPont…

Cookout Potatoes By: 03/05/2012 @ 1:45pm

Makes: 6 servings / Prep: 15 mins / Cook: 1 hr   Nonstick cooking spray 1 
medium onion, halved and thinly sliced 1-1/2 
pounds Yukon Gold…

Classic Chopped Salad By: 03/05/2012 @ 1:42pm

Makes: 8 servings / Prep: 45 mins   2 - 3 
cloves garlic, peeled 1/2 
teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 
lemon 1 
7 - 8 ounce carton creme fraiche* or…

Hot off the Grill Apricot Pie By: 03/05/2012 @ 1:34pm

Makes: 6 servings Prep: 20 mins Grill: 40 mins Stand: 45 mins   1/2
 15-ounce package rolled refrigerated unbaked piecrust (1 crust) 1/4 
cup packed…

The prodigal son returns By: 03/05/2012 @ 1:22pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicProblem submitted by J.M. , via email I’m planning to rejoin my father on our family farm in the spring, but I have a big concern. After…

Oat Pancakes By: 03/05/2012 @ 1:17pm

Prep: 25 minutes Cook: 4 minutes per batch   1-1/4 cups regular rolled oats 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 1 tablespoon baking…

Brothers farming together By: 03/05/2012 @ 12:57pm

Problem submitted by C.B. , Illinois For over 15 years, my two brothers and I have worked with our dad, farming land we rent from him, as well as land we each…

Herb-Cured Pork By: 03/05/2012 @ 12:48pm

Prep: 15 minutes / Chill: 4 to 24 hoursGrill: 1 hour / Stand: 15 minutes 1 tablespoon snipped fresh thyme or 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed1 tablespoon snipped sage or 3/4…

Case IH rolls out Tier 4, precision support By: 03/02/2012 @ 1:28pm

Based on results from the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab, Tier 4A (Interim Tier 4) Case IH tractors with SCR technology are setting records for fuel-efficient power. More than 10,000 Steiger, Magnum and Puma…

Deere announces Final Tier 4 system By: 03/02/2012 @ 8:40am

John Deere announced the continuation of its planned building block approach to meet United States Final Tier 4 and European Union Stage IV emissions regulations today at the Commodity Classic in Nashville…

High tunnels get high marks in new report By: 02/28/2012 @ 3:20pm

A new report from the University of Missouri details the benefits of using high tunnels, or hoop houses, to extend crop production. High tunnels are unheated greenhouses that can help farmers extend the…

USDA announces new Highly Erodible Cropland Initiative By: 02/22/2012 @ 1:58pm

A new variation in the Conservation Reserve Program is slated to provide more wildlife habitat on high erodible cropland. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the initiative at the National Pheasant…

Prenuptial problems By: 02/20/2012 @ 12:11pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicPROBLEM SUBMITTED BY S.S. , VIA EMAILYour November 2011 column discussed a father’s unexpected demand that his son’s fiancée sign a prenup agreement. While I totally…

Chocolate-cream cheese pie By: 02/20/2012 @ 11:55am

Treat that special someone to this decadent dessert.Prep: 20 minutes1 4-serving size package fat-free, sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix1 3/4 cups fat-free milk2 teaspoons vanilla1/2 of an…

Corn, soybean exports to beat expectations By: 02/20/2012 @ 11:32am

In December 2011, the USDA judged total corn production prospects in Argentina and Brazil at 3.54 billion bushels.  That forecast was reduced by 120 million bushels in January and by an additional 160…

Will the cultivator make a comeback? By: 02/20/2012 @ 10:47am

Will tillage equipment be working extra hard this spring? If so, it could be because of the tenacity of herbicide-resistant weeds, according to a new report by CAST (Council for Agricultural Science and…

DAS announces new investment in weed control system By: 02/14/2012 @ 9:25am

Dow AgroSciences has announced a "significant, multi-year asset investment" in its Enlist Weed Control System. The investment will enable production of the company’s patented 2,4-D choline, the company said…

Cummins QSL9 at World Ag Expo By: 02/13/2012 @ 1:58pm

Cummins Inc. will feature the QSL9 engine with up to 400-hp (298 kW) output at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Feb. 14-16, ready to meet the 2014 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 Final near-zero…

Where have all the funds gone? By: 02/07/2012 @ 2:48pm

Like clockwork, my phone rings with a seasonal pattern and theme. In the spring and summer, callers ask if the funds will stop buying and how high the grains will go. As the new year starts in the dead of…

Dairy production rises By: 02/01/2012 @ 3:58pm

USDA placed December 2011 milk production at +2.7% compared to same time previous year. The aggressive long term up trend of production remains intact, however demand continues to grow, and all of this with…

Thanks for Entering! By: 01/30/2012 @ 2:56pm

Thank you for entering the $2,500 Spring Planting Giveaway. Remember, you can enter daily through April 30, 2012 for your chance to win! [ Official Rules ] Come back and visit us tomorrow to enter…

Ideas for crop residue management By: 01/26/2012 @ 11:40am

A new report from Pioneer Hi-Bred outlines farmers' management options for dealing with increased crop residue build-up in corn."In many high-yielding areas of the Corn Belt, residue buildup has become a…

USDA revamps plant hardiness map By: 01/26/2012 @ 8:12am

For the first time since 1990, the USDA has revamped the zones in its Plant Hardiness Map. While this is big news for America’s 80 million gardeners, it’s also important for farmers. USDA’s Risk…

USDA revamps plant hardiness map By: 01/26/2012 @ 8:03am

For the first time since 1990, the USDA has revamped the zones in its Plant Hardiness Map. While this is big news for America’s 80 million gardeners, it’s also important for farmers. USDA’s Risk…

Event will target weed herbicide resistance By: 01/23/2012 @ 9:58am

The National Resesarch Council and Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) are pooling resources to address the growing threat of weed herbicide resistance in a May 10 event at George Washington University in…

Worksaver's new bale spears By: 01/17/2012 @ 2:53pm

Incorporating the Euro/Global style quick attach brackets, the new ELB-330 and ELB-340 Front Loader Bale Spears from Worksaver, Inc. feature triple bolt-in forged spears.  These spears are spaced 26…

Polaris Announces Eimited Edition ATVs and Side-by-Sides By: 01/12/2012 @ 4:01pm

Polaris Industries today announced the company’s new limited edition ATV and Side-by-Side offerings. All units will be available in dealerships in February. ATVs2012 Sportsman XP® 850/550 EPS-Blue…

Wild rice chicken soup By: 01/12/2012 @ 2:57pm

Even if you don’t have a cold, you’ll still benefit from a bowl of chicken soup. Its anti-inflammatory properties help alleviate cold symptoms, and it also warms you up on a cold day. Typically, chicken…

ATV injuries accelerate By: 01/12/2012 @ 2:51pm

What weighs up to 800 pounds, travels up to 75 mph, and doesn’t require a license?Could be your family’s new ATV. If your kids are asking to drive it or to ride along, consider a New Year’s safety…

Annie's Project expands estate, transitions help By: 01/12/2012 @ 2:42pm

It’s not easy to transition the farm business or to plan to transfer an estate equitably. Women are playing an increasing role in obtaining information and accessing resources.Annie’s…

A farm divided By: 01/12/2012 @ 2:25pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicPROBLEM SUBMITTED BY S.B. , VIA EMAILOur business was started by my maternal grandfather, and it passed on to my mother and father 20 years ago. My grandfather made…

$7.20 ceiling for 2012 corn, analyst By: 01/06/2012 @ 1:56pm

Entering 2012, the foundation of fundamentals we have seen since 2008 continues.   The planting and growing seasons will begin with very low ending stocks inventories of corn and beans. Expect a spring…

Fertilizer industry pleased with new USDA standard By: 12/15/2011 @ 1:47pm

A nutrient management program, called 4R nutrient stewardship has been adopted by USDA, according to The Fertilizer Institute (TFI). The 4R program--"the right nutrient source at the right rate, the right…

Case IH sprayer takes 2011 honor By: 12/15/2011 @ 9:45am

The Case IH Patriot 4430 sprayer has been selected as the 2011 CropLife® IRON Product of the Year. The award was recently announced at the Agricultural Retailers Association Conference and Exposition…

Weather stressing crops in South America By: 12/12/2011 @ 11:41am

Now that the December USDA crop report is past, the corn and soybean trade will focus more closely on crop growth in South America, weather forecasters say."Right now there are some trouble spots to note,"…

New Holland touts hydrogen-powered tractor By: 12/08/2011 @ 10:33am

New Holland Agriculture recently announced its sponsorship of a reception that is part of a United Nations climate change conference being held this week in Durban, South Africa. The company's…

Slowing exports trim beef gains By: 12/02/2011 @ 2:55pm

Hams found holiday support last night, helping to put $1.09 on pork product, but we are still 47 cents lower for the week with traders still unhappy with pork product, in total, coming off a light holiday…

Winter wheat weather is mixed bag By: 12/02/2011 @ 9:01am

An active early winter weather pattern in the U.S. mid-section will bring needed precipitation to a large segment of the Plains wheat belt this weekend, forecasters say. But, longer term, the weather will…

BASF rolls out new risk management tools By: 11/29/2011 @ 3:03pm

Helping farmers manage risk -- something farmers say is of growing importance on their operations -- is the goal of a new initiative from agribusiness BASF, according to a company report.The company is…

Hope for drought-struck wheat belt By: 11/28/2011 @ 10:16am

The weekend provided need moisture in parts of the southern plains, and there is more to come, weather services reported on Monday. Locations in southeastern Kansas and much of Oklahoma received 0.25-0.75" of…

SA weather is key for market action By: 11/23/2011 @ 10:57am

Monday's weekly export inspections report showed a soft, pre-holiday demand pace. Wheat inspected by the USDA for near-term shipment came in at 11.5 million bushels, down from 14.9 the week prior and…

Holiday profit-taking coming up By: 11/18/2011 @ 3:06pm

Thursday's weekly export sales report was typical of the last two weeks. Weak wheat and corn and strong sales for beans. Wheat export sales last week were 317 thousand metric tons, 5% under our 4-week…

Case IH tour brings power to producers By: 11/18/2011 @ 8:59am

This summer and fall, the Case IH Steiger Tiger Tour brought Case IH's biggest equipment to producers – the Steiger® 600 tractor and the Ecolo-Tiger® 870 disk ripper – while also educating…

DuPont reports strong North America harvest By: 11/17/2011 @ 3:40pm

DuPont announced strong seed product performance results for the 2011 North America harvest. Farmers planting seed from DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred experienced another year of consistent corn and soybean…

New products control risk By: 11/17/2011 @ 3:24pm

Grain marketing is no easy chore, especially when you try to sell a crop before it's even planted. Marketing strategies are virtually infinite, but the tools themselves are fairly straight-forward:…

Farmers eye interest rates By: 11/17/2011 @ 2:36pm

Farmers have enjoyed low interest costs since 2008 when the housing and financial collapse caused the Federal Reserve to slash rates to near zero.But farmers should not take cheap money for granted, as rates…

Crop production competition By: 11/17/2011 @ 2:18pm

Crop woes in the U.S. and the resulting tightness in commodity markets add up to opportunities for competing producers around the world. And though they don't make the headlines, countries from Argentina…

Be ready for anything By: 11/17/2011 @ 11:58am

In the three years since the 2008 global economic meltdown, veteran marketing adviser Bryan Doherty has seen a definite shift in farmers' questions about the markets.“I hear fewer questions like…

Using risk management tools By: 11/17/2011 @ 11:19am

The volatility in crop prices during the last few years has made it essential to have a marketing plan. But that same volatility can knock you off your game if margin calls lead you to abandon your…

USDA: Harvest winding down By: 11/14/2011 @ 3:59pm

In its weekly Crop Progress report Monday afternoon, USDA reported corn harvest at 93% complete and soybeans at 96% finished. They're both slightly behind last year's pace, but ahead of the normal…

Sesame Turkey By: 11/14/2011 @ 11:44am

Prep: 20 minutesCook: 5 to 6 hours on low or 2-1/2 to 3 hours on high3 pounds turkey breast tenderloins1/4 teaspoon black pepper1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth1/4 cup…

Topcon, NORAC announce new spray system By: 11/14/2011 @ 11:39am

Topcon Precision Agriculture (TPA) announces its new X30 control console is now compatible with the NORAC UC5 spray height control system. The systems communicate via the X30 ISO virtual terminal which…

Prenuptial agreements By: 11/14/2011 @ 11:18am

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicL.K. from Iowa writes:Last week my dad’s lawyer threw me into a tailspin, and I’m still not recovered from it.I’m the youngest of three sons who all grew up on a…

Weather challenging harvest, wheat growth By: 11/14/2011 @ 8:42am

Farmers who are still continuing with their harvests may struggle with the weather later this month, forecasters say. Meantime, dry weather continues to challenge wheat establishment in the plains.  Good…

Dow AgroSciences produces 2,4-D choline By: 11/10/2011 @ 9:58am

Dow AgroSciences announced that the company has successfully produced 2,4-D choline in a commercial scale-up setting. This milestone is an indicator of the company’s manufacturing expertise to produce…

Syngenta’s CruiserMaxx treatment now available By: 11/09/2011 @ 11:34am

Syngenta announced Environmental Protection Agency registration of CruiserMaxx Advanced insecticide/fungicide seed treatment for use on soybeans. CruiserMaxx Advanced joins the CruiserMaxx Beans brand…

Leica Geosystems announces agreement with YTO By: 11/08/2011 @ 10:31am

Leica Geosystems today announced that the company has entered into a Research and Development (R&D) agreement with YTO, a leading agricultural machinery and construction machinery manufacturer in China.The…

'Potent' fall storm to benefit wheat, slow remaining harvest By: 11/07/2011 @ 10:52am

"A potent fall storm is taking shape across the central Plains, and should continue to intensify later today through Tuesday as it moves northeast cross the central and western Midwest," MDA EarthSat Weather…

Orthman announces expansion By: 11/07/2011 @ 9:43am

Orthman Manufacturing confirmed Monday plans to build a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Lexington, Nebraska. The Company has agreed to develop 28 acres to the northeast of the Lexington…

Hot new tool for your farm By: 11/04/2011 @ 11:35am

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

Practical tips for smartphone users By: 11/02/2011 @ 9:58am

Manage your power. Smartphone batteries can drain fast. Put a USB vehicle power adapter in the glove box or in the cab in case you need to recharge a run-down cell phone or other USB device. To keep…

'Local farms and food bill' introduced in Congress By: 11/01/2011 @ 2:38pm

A "local farm and food bill" was introduced in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 that is designed to "help farmers and ranchers by addressing production, aggregation, processing, marketing, and…

Here's one resource bank for beginning farmers By: 10/28/2011 @ 12:44pm

Where can you find conversations about pasture-raised chicken and organic farming next to talks on soil and social media? Online.The Missouri Beginning Farmer Program’s Online Learning Community from…

DuPont and Plant Sensory Systems collaborate By: 10/26/2011 @ 8:41am

DuPont and Plant Sensory Systems have entered into a collaboration to evaluate proprietary genes for increasing nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) in corn. Under the agreement, DuPont business Pioneer…

New revenue possible from grass - Rangelands report By: 10/25/2011 @ 1:27pm

Ranchers soon may be able to secure alternative revenue sources from rangelands by preserving the ecoysystem, according to a new report in the scientific journal, Rangelands.The Millennium Ecosystem Report…

Winter cattle market faces pressure By: 10/24/2011 @ 10:01am

It's possible, say analysts, that 2011's banner year for cattle prices could end with a weak December. But in this strong overall cattle market, "weak" is a relative term. Analyst Troy Vetterkind…

Hemisphere GPS and CLAAS announce OEM partnership By: 10/20/2011 @ 3:10pm

Today, Hemisphere GPS and CLAAS Agrosystems announced a new OEM development agreement whereby Hemisphere GPS will develop next generation precision farming solutions for integration into CLAAS…

Demand vs. condition reports - Tim Hannagan By: 10/19/2011 @ 10:40am

The crop progress report came out late Monday. It put the condition of corn unchanged at 53% in G-E cond. Traders ignore the cond. Reports now, as harvest progresses, show the condition and quality. The…

VIDEO: Market 'tug-of-war' By: 10/14/2011 @ 3:23pm

Scott Shellady explains the factors pulling the commodities markets. See more from Shellady in Friday's OptionEye report Friday wrap-up: Soybeans jump on demand outlook

Ending hunger with local solutions By: 10/14/2011 @ 8:18am

Innovative science and collaboration are at the cornerstone to addressing global food security, DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman told international leaders Thursday at the 2011 World Food Prize, according to…

AGCO to acquire GSI Holdings By: 10/06/2011 @ 9:34am

AGCO announced that it has agreed to acquire GSI Holdings Corp. (GSI) from affiliates of New York-based Centerbridge Partners, L.P. for $940 million. With annual revenue of over $700 million, GSI is…

Mahindra opens new headquarters By: 10/06/2011 @ 9:29am

Mahindra USA demonstrated its continued commitment to the North American market and its home in Houston with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the relocation of its corporate headquarters, national…

John Deere opens new marketing HQ By: 10/03/2011 @ 12:39pm

Like the Western Soapberry tree that graces the entrance of the new John Deere Sales and Marketing Center, both have a long history in Kansas.Known as the nation’s largest Soapberry tree, this particular…

New ag contracts By: 10/03/2011 @ 10:12am

Based on solid industry acceptance of weekly grain options, the CME Group expands its suite of specialty agricultural contracts Monday with the launch of weekly options on cattle, soybean meal and…

USDA awards new grants to support young and beginning farmers By: 09/30/2011 @ 11:01am

USDA announced on Friday that it has awarded 36 grants totaling $18 million to groups that will "provide training and assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers to help them run successful and sustainable…

Native prairie provides more than just forage By: 09/30/2011 @ 8:58am

Walking through Tellus and Lori Waddell's prairie pastureland in mid-July is a colorful experience. Pink swamp milkweed, red prairie lily, and purple coneflowers blow in the wind as the Waddells'…

Farm-level revenue insurance choices By: 09/28/2011 @ 11:38am

When farm-level revenue crop insurance policies are used, most Illinois farmers now purchase 80 and 85 percent coverage levels. In 2011, 71 percent of the corn acres and 60 percent of the soybean acres…

CME Group adds ag contracts By: 09/26/2011 @ 3:32pm

Based on solid industry acceptance of weekly grain options, the CME Group expands its suite of specialty agricultural contracts Monday with the launch of weekly options on cattle, soybean meal and…

General public lacks ag awareness -- study By: 09/23/2011 @ 4:07pm

Results of 2 surveys released this week show the general public in the U.S. generally lacks access to information about agriculture, as well as "no interest or passion for how food is grown and raised in the…

Get more ag info on the go By: 09/22/2011 @ 1:47pm

Just as fall harvest gets rolling full speed in the Corn Belt, there's now a new and improved way to keep up with the latest ag news, weather, markets and technology.   The new Agriculture.com…

Fed Repeats: Low Interest Rates Into 2013 By: 09/21/2011 @ 3:51pm

At its regular policy meeting today, the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee re-affirmed its pledge to keep interest rates low through mid-2013. The committee first made that unprecedented statement at its…

Egg and potato casserole By: 09/19/2011 @ 3:25pm

Start your day with this hearty recipe that lets you choose whether to include broccoli or asparagus.Bake: 25 minutes; Cool: 30 minutesNonstick cooking spray2/3 cup loose-pack frozen diced…

Apply for Rescue Tube By: 09/19/2011 @ 3:03pm

Spring rains delayed planting in many areas of the Corn Belt, setting the stage for a perfect storm of grain-related fatalities.“With the late planting, grain may be stored at higher…

Seeking an outside successor By: 09/19/2011 @ 2:39pm

By Dr. Donald J. JonovicLast month, I discussed a question from S.Z. from Iowa (read last month's column) about succession when none of the heirs seemed ready to take over the grain…

Yamaha introduces new Grizzly 300 By: 09/14/2011 @ 2:33pm

Yamaha has announced the all-new Grizzly 300 2WD utility ATV combining best-in-class technology with a value price at $4,099.  This new light utility ATV has a smooth and powerful engine and is the…

Increased access to local produce By: 09/07/2011 @ 10:00am

Supporters of local foods should work within the current food distribution system to increase its availability instead of trying to start from scratch, says a new Ohio State University study.Too often…

Call for decreased milk production By: 09/01/2011 @ 9:35am

The Board of Directors of the National Dairy Producers Organization, Inc., today announced an urgent nationwide call for dairy producers to immediately decrease their milk production.Bob Krucker, who…

Ford increases soy content in foam By: 08/31/2011 @ 3:47pm

Ford and Lear Corporation are taking another leap forward in sustainable technology with the introduction of new head restraint foam that has 25 percent of the polyol replaced with soy.Seventy-five…

Cool cows By: 08/31/2011 @ 3:16pm

Misters and fans to cool dairy cattle in the Southwest aren't an option. They are a necessity in the summer when hot winds feel like heat from a blast furnace.“Studies are now being released to prove…

Dow AgroSciences announces Enlist By: 08/31/2011 @ 11:32am

Dow AgroSciences has unveiled the name of the herbicide component in its Enlist Weed Control System. The product will be known globally as Enlist Duo herbicide, and will be offered as a post emerge…

Claas and Trimble enter agreement By: 08/31/2011 @ 10:12am

Claas of America, Inc. and Trimble are collaborating to provide growers greater flexibility. This alliance will provide a customer-friendly interface for Trimble steering and yield mapping…

New Holland combines feature Tier 4A engines By: 08/31/2011 @ 9:41am

New Holland is further extending its line-up of equipment with Tier 4A engines with the addition of five new CR Series Twin Rotor combines and three new CX8000 Series Super Conventional combines equipped…

Counting kernels in corn country By: 08/26/2011 @ 2:59pm

Even though it may feel like summer just started, fall harvest is right around the corner in the Corn Belt. Combines are already running in the southeast. That puts the combines not far south…

Wisconsin to lead in cranberry production By: 08/16/2011 @ 2:13pm

The Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association (WSCGA) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) projects that Wisconsin…

Blackberries emerge as cash crop By: 08/16/2011 @ 9:16am

This summer has been hard on crops throughout the country. Excessive rains in some regions and excessive heat and droughts in other regions have been particularly devastating on blackberries crops –…

Heat causes lower milk production -Rich Posson By: 08/16/2011 @ 7:08am

The August monthly milk production report, due for release Thursday, should offer a reduction of milk production. Following several years of a relentless trend toward higher production, we may finally see…

Yamaha’s durable drivetrain By: 08/15/2011 @ 3:22pm

Yamaha has long touted its ATV and Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles as being the toughest of their kind, and now a third party study conducted by ADP Lightspeed has proved that claim…

PowerNow with OREGON By: 08/15/2011 @ 11:09am

Blount is launching the new OREGON® PowerNow 40V MAX Cordless Chainsaw -- a new battery-powered chainsaw that for the first time delivers a combination of performance and features that make it a true…

Beck's Hybrids acquires Pfister Hybrids By: 08/15/2011 @ 10:59am

Beck’s Hybrids is pleased to announce the purchase of the former Pfister Hybrids facility in El Paso, Ill. Lester Pfister founded the Pfister company 75 years ago and the facility has served as the…

Lincoln Electric acquires Torchmate By: 08/15/2011 @ 10:53am

Lincoln Electric announced today that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Applied Robotics, Inc., a leading manufacturer of CNC cutting tables and accessories in North America. Applied Robotics…

Winter wheat plantings threatened -Tim Hannagan By: 08/12/2011 @ 2:33pm

The August monthly USDA crop production report came and went Thursday with no shocking surprises, but a few twists.  Corn yields were dropped to 153 bushels per acre from 158.7 last month due to the…

Early livestock commentary - Robin Fuller By: 08/09/2011 @ 8:16am

Showlists are larger in Texas and smaller in Kansas and Nebraska. Asking prices start the week at $115.00 live in the south, and $1.00 over the August futures in Nebraska. There were 12 delivery notices posted…

Old-fashioned peach cobbler By: 08/07/2011 @ 6:20pm

Peaches are a sweet summer treat that are low in calories and contain no sodium or cholesterol. This juicy fruit offers a nice healthy helping of vitamins and antioxidants.   Prep: 30 minutes; Cool: 30…

What's a family farm without a leader? By: 08/07/2011 @ 5:40pm

Problem submitted by S.Z., IowaI’ve built a large and successful grain operation, growing specialized crops under contract to large food companies.I have a son and daughter in the business and three…

White Planters unveils 8900 Series on tracks By: 08/05/2011 @ 12:05pm

Industry’s first row crop planter equipped with factory-installed rubber track transport system reduces soil compaction.White Planters has announced the all-new 8936-30 — the industry’s first…

Hesston introduces new self-propelled windrowers

 By: 08/05/2011 @ 9:15am

The all-new Hesston® by Massey Ferguson® WR9700 Series Self-Propelled Windrowers being introduced this fall deliver major breakthroughs in windrower equipment and technologies to the…

Massey Ferguson Unveils 9500 series axial combines By: 08/05/2011 @ 8:20am

Massey Ferguson has unveiled their ‘Next Generation’ of axial combines. Simply put, the all-new Massey Ferguson 9500 Series Combines are the most productive and efficient combines ever offered from…

Kinze introduces new grain carts By: 08/05/2011 @ 8:13am

Kinze Manufacturing, Inc. that time is valuable during harvest, and growers need to move grain in the most productive manner possible. With efficiency in mind, Kinze introduces a new line of grain carts…

Cummins to meet Tier 4 standards By: 08/04/2011 @ 8:53am

Cummins Inc. announced today that the mechanical B3.3 engine will move forward to meet Tier 4 Final emissions standards in 2013 with a particulate filter aftertreatment system developed specifically for…

Topcon acquires SGIS software By: 08/03/2011 @ 8:17am

Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) has purchased the SGIS agronomic desktop software business from AGCO Corp.SGIS is an existing product that has been serving the needs of agriculture retailers and…

Insure from the weather By: 08/02/2011 @ 3:38pm

If you're concerned about not getting enough rain on your wheat crop between, say, May 15 and June 15, there's a new product for you.WeatherBill, a world ag insurance company, has introduced a new…

OREGON PowerNow cordless chainsaw By: 08/01/2011 @ 1:13pm

Blount announces the launch of the new OREGON® PowerNowTM 40V MAX Cordless Chainsaw.For the first time, a battery-powered chainsaw delivers a combination of performance and features that makes it a…

Rancher lassos natural market By: 07/29/2011 @ 9:35am

Jon Taggart was a typical Texas rancher with 1,400 acres and a cow-calf operation until a decade ago. He raised stockers to 700 pounds and shipped them to a commercial feedlot for grain finishing. “We were…

Nutrient deficiencies concern growers By: 07/29/2011 @ 8:39am

Hot, dry weather conditions are bringing out the worst in many fields across the Midwest. Fabian Fernandez, University of Illinois Extension specialist in plant nutrition and soil fertility, said…

Koch to acquire assets of AGROTAIN By: 07/26/2011 @ 9:25am

AGROTAIN International announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its assets to Koch Agronomic Services, LLC, a subsidiary of Koch Fertilizer, LLC. The transaction is subject to…

Early livestock commentary - Robin Fuller By: 07/26/2011 @ 8:08am

Showlists are smaller in all areas except for Nebraska, which posted a modest increase. Asking prices start the week at $110.00-$111 live in The Panhandle and Kansas. Nebraska feedlots are asking $1.00 over…

Early livestock commentary-Robin Fuller By: 07/25/2011 @ 8:07am

The cattle market traded $2.00-$3.00 lower on a live basis this past week. Live trade came at mostly $108.00 and ranged $107.00-$109.00. Dressed trade in Nebraska was mostly $174 to major packers, with…

Heat cuts cattle prospects By: 07/21/2011 @ 1:37pm

You can sit in a room and watch prices flicker on a screen, but the key to the U.S. cattle market for the next six to nine months may lie outdoors, right now, in the clouds. In fact, if Midwest weather…

Biomass ethanol plants growing in Iowa By: 07/19/2011 @ 10:12am

With an agreement in place to buy land for a Midwest processing plant, a subsidiary of DuPont is currently lining up central Iowa fields to harvest corn stalks this fall for a cellulosic-ethanol test project…

Pioneer expands services with FIT Studio By: 07/14/2011 @ 11:54am

Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, unveils FIT Studio, an extension of Pioneer FIT Services. This new comprehensive mapping software provides Pioneer sales professionals another tool to help growers…

Pioneer antique tractors By: 07/13/2011 @ 2:08pm

The Antique Tractors series brings together the highlights of tractor history. In this mash-up you’ll find the pioneers in tractor manufacturing from around the world. Check it out, then share…

Early livestock comments By: 07/11/2011 @ 8:34am

Current feedlots, a strong board and a full kill week coming up combined to force packers to pay up $2.00-$3.00 on a live basis for cattle lasst week. Higher prices were paid despite the fact that it will push…

Early livestock commentary-Robin Fuller By: 07/06/2011 @ 8:43am

Cattle asking prices are $115.00 live in The Panhandle, and $114.00 Kansas. Nebraska lots are asking $2.00 over the August futures. There are no bids yet this week. The market is expected to be quiet again…

Early livestock commentary-Robin Fuller By: 06/29/2011 @ 8:37am

Asking prices remain $114.00 in the Panhandle. Kansas feedlots are asking $2.00-$3.00 over the August, with Nebraska lots pricing cattle $3.00 over. There still are no bids yet. We expect to see some bids…

Market eyes USDA acreage data-Tim Hannagan By: 06/24/2011 @ 11:13am

Thursday's weekly export sales report put wheat exports at 661,000 metric tons. Not a bad number, but we're sitting with 839 million bushels left over from last year's crop, as well as ample…

Early livestock commentary-Robin Fuller By: 06/24/2011 @ 8:03am

Cattle traded in Nebraska Thursday at mostly $178 dressed to major packers, with some at $180 to regional packers. Live trade came in a range of $111.00 to $114.00, though most cattle traded at $112.00. Bids…

McCormick and Woods announce alliance By: 06/23/2011 @ 4:00pm

McCormick USA and Woods Equipment Company announced today that they have formed a strategic partnership to offer Woods attachments through McCormick USA’s nationwide dealer network.This alliance covers…

Art’s Way to purchase Steel Tank Company By: 06/23/2011 @ 8:46am

Art’s Way Manufacturing Co., Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of farm machinery in the United States and internationally, announces it has signed a formal Letter of Intent (LOI) to acquire…

John Deere announces 2012 7R Series By: 06/23/2011 @ 8:07am

With a focus on increased power, versatility, capacity and improved operator comfort, John Deere introduces the 7R Series Tractors for the 2011-2012 season.  These completely new row-crop tractor…

Early livestock commentary-Robin Fuller By: 06/20/2011 @ 8:25am

Cattle blasted as much as $4.00 higher this past week as packers ran over the top of each with their bidding. Trade in the south ranged from $107.00 to $109.00, with a few cattle trading as high as $111.00 in…

Funds take fat profits-Tim Hannagan By: 06/17/2011 @ 3:11pm

Reports give and reports take. Last week gave us the rally we called for into the big June 9 USDA monthly crop report.  December corn, on the week, rallied from a Monday, June 6 low of $6.64 to a report…

Livestock commentary-Robin Fuller By: 06/15/2011 @ 8:29am

A small number of cattle traded to a regional packer in Nebraska last night at $176 dressed, steady with the topside of last week's market. Asking prices are $106.00-$107.00 in Texas. Oklahoma and Kansas…

Caution: Wheat hay to livestock By: 06/13/2011 @ 1:35pm

MANHATTAN, Kan. – With wheat fields struggling amid drought conditions through parts of the High Plains, some producers may be considering cutting and baling their crops for hay. If so, a Kansas…

Ohio's Tornado Season Peaking Now By: 06/11/2011 @ 4:50pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's annual tornado season might have begun in April, but if history is any guide, June is the month to be on guard.According to information on the website of the Ohio Committee for…

Late Planting Could Cost Ohio Corn, Soybean Growers $980 Million -- or More By: 06/10/2011 @ 11:00pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio farmers stand to lose close to $1 billion in income from late planting of corn and soybeans this spring.Barry Ward, production business management leader with Ohio State University…

Grain stocks & high waters By: 06/09/2011 @ 3:32pm

The supply scenario for corn and wheat just got tighter. In its monthly World Supply/Demand (WASDE) report, USDA lowered both wheat and corn stocks based on inclement crop weather in key areas for…

Livestock commentary-Robin Fuller By: 06/08/2011 @ 9:25am

Packers bids are $104.00 live across all regions. Feedlots have been passing those bids as they try to hold for at least $105.00, the price packers paid for cattle in Kansas on Friday. Trade is possible today…

Scouting a must for 2011 soybean aphids By: 06/07/2011 @ 8:32am

Results of fall scouting of soybean aphid indicate that soybean growers may face some level of soybean aphid populations this summer.“We expect Ohio to continue its two-year cycle of very few if any…

High waters getting higher By: 06/03/2011 @ 3:16pm

High waters are getting higher around the swollen Missouri River from North Dakota to southern Iowa, causing residents to take action to protect life and property and farmers to start planning for a season…

Deere’s new 4940 self-propelled sprayer By: 06/03/2011 @ 12:47pm

Building on many of the popular features of its current 4930 Self-Propelled Sprayer, John Deere introduces the 4940 Sprayer as its most advanced applicator for the 2011-2012 season. These new John Deere…

Deere’s new sub-compact tractors By: 06/03/2011 @ 12:44pm

John Deere introduces the new 1 Series Sub-compact Utility tractors for the residential market. The 1023E and 1026R will provide homeowners with the power and performance to easily attach and remove…

Early livestock commentary By: 06/03/2011 @ 7:52am

Cattle trade is expected to be quiet today. Asking prices on cattle left on the lists or on the new lists for next week are mostly $106.00 in the south. There are no bids. The choice cutout was down $0.48 at…

Wheat matchmakers By: 06/02/2011 @ 10:05am

Munching a steamed bun – popular with consumers in Asia’s wheat market – conjures up great memories for grain elevator warehouseman Dan Brown.“It reminds me of the chicken and dumplings my…

Early livestock commentary By: 06/02/2011 @ 8:23am

Cattle traded in moderate to active numbers in Kansas and the Panhandle at $104.00 live, mostly steady with last week. Asking prices on cattle left on the lists this morning are mostly $106.00, with no bid…

Hard white wheat outlook improves By: 06/01/2011 @ 11:38am

Consumers like it. Millers like it. Foreign buyers would like more of it. But U.S. wheat growers have been reluctant to expand their hard white wheat acres.Many haven’t forgotten what happened the last…

Fungi's genetic sabotage in wheat discovered By: 06/01/2011 @ 11:05am

Using molecular techniques, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and collaborative scientists have shown how the subversion of a single gene in wheat by two fungal foes triggers a kind of cellular suicide in…

Early livestock commentary By: 06/01/2011 @ 7:54am

Showlists are uniformly larger this week, as the industry comes into seasonally larger cattle supplies. Asking prices are firmer, however, as feedlots look to take back some of the huge margins that packers…

Views from the field By: 05/27/2011 @ 3:48pm

Today's mobile technology, namely smartphones, allow farmers to document a lot from the field. Here are a few photos from farmers around the country shot straight…

Early livestock commentary By: 05/26/2011 @ 8:00am

The cattle market was quiet yesterday and trade is done for the week. Asking prices for cattle left on the lists are mostly $106.00. Packer margins are back to being very good, and we expect them to be a bit…

Heavy rainfall causes forage, pasture challenges By: 05/25/2011 @ 9:09am

It's probably best not to invoke the old saying "Make hay while the sun shines" to forage producers this year. The sun hasn't been shining very often, and they haven't had the ability to…

Early livestock commentary By: 05/25/2011 @ 8:16am

Cattle traded at $104.00 live in the south on Tuesday. Not only did the board collapse on Monday, but there is a seasonal tendency for the basis to narrow into delivery. Volumes were good and we don't…

Managing Transitions By: 05/23/2011 @ 12:39pm

Kriss Lightner, 56, still feels a rush when he pulls the planter into the field. He knows when he's done all he can to lay the groundwork for a bin-busting harvest. He's in the driver's seat and…

He Said/She Said By: 05/23/2011 @ 12:34pm

Don Jonovic and Jolene Brown pull no punches on these planning predicaments.Q: Dad and I should have a formal written partnership, but he refuses. How do I convince him to change his mind?Jolene: It's a…

Springtime pasta By: 05/23/2011 @ 12:22pm

Warmer weather is finally here, which means it's time to revive those salad recipes that have been tucked away all winter. Many salads include pasta as an ingredient, and that can make your favorite pasta…

Is divorce the solution? By: 05/23/2011 @ 12:03pm

Problem submitted by T.M., OhioFarming with family is very hard, so it is important to get everything in writing.Many farmers think farming is their birthright. If they lose money, they rely on their spouse to…

Rally could meet its match-Tim Hannagan By: 05/20/2011 @ 1:09pm

Thursday's weekly export sales report gave us a break from looking at the endless weather updates. Wheat exports last week were 126,000 metric tons, down 61% from the week prior. With 839 million bushels…

Early livestock comments By: 05/20/2011 @ 8:39am

Kansas saw a small clean-up type trade on Thursday at $108.00, steady with Wednesday's trade. We did not find any trade in The Panhandle. A few thousand traded in Nebraska at $107.00-$109.00 live and…

Early livestock comments By: 05/19/2011 @ 8:03am

Moderate cattle trade developed Wednesday afternoon in Kansas and the Panhandle at $108.00 live. This was down $4.00 from the bulk of last week's trade. Trade came after the June futures closed down hard…

Early livestock commentary By: 05/17/2011 @ 7:52am

Showlists are larger this week in all areas, though the increase in Texas is very small. Asking prices start the week at $114.00 to a few at $115.00 in the south. Cattle in Nebraska are priced at $4.00 over…

Early livestock commentary By: 05/13/2011 @ 8:55am

Cattle traded in moderate numbers in Kansas and The Panhandle Thursday at mostly $112.00, down $2.00-$3.00 from the bulk of last week's trade. Trade in Nebraska came at mostly $113.00-$114.00…

Early livestock commentary By: 05/12/2011 @ 7:59am

Packers have opened with $112.00 bids in the south. Asking prices are mostly $115.00 to some at $116.00. Cattle in Nebraska are priced $4.00 over the June board. Ideas are that the market will trade lower this…

Early livestock comments By: 05/11/2011 @ 8:40am

Packers have opened with $112.00 bids in the south. Asking prices are mostly $115.00 to some at $116.00. Cattle in Nebraska are priced $4.00 over the June board. Ideas are that the market will trade lower this…

Early livestock comments By: 05/10/2011 @ 8:00am

Showlists are mixed this week, but up slightly overall. Asking prices in the Panhandle are slow to be published; Kansas feedlots are asking $115.00 or better. Asking prices in Nebraska are $4.00 over the June…

Early livestock comments By: 05/06/2011 @ 8:03am

A few cattle traded at $114.00 live in the Panhandle and Kansas Thursday as the board fell apart. It represented a very attractive basis and some feedlots probably decided to take advantage rather than wait to…

Farmers sue over levee breach By: 05/03/2011 @ 3:36pm

With a few small, bright orange explosions set against a backdrop of the black of night, the death warrant for thousands of acres of farm land in southeastern Missouri was signed Monday night.Just hours later…

Early livestock commentary By: 05/03/2011 @ 8:04am

Showlists are mixed this week, but close enough to unchanged overall as to not make much difference. Asking prices start the week at $118.00 live in the south and $4.00 over the June futures in the north…

Tips from All Around the Farm By: 04/29/2011 @ 12:58pm

The award-winning All Around the Farm program brings together the latest, greatest ideas for the farm -- from the shop to the field -- that help save time, money and labor. Check out a few of…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 04/29/2011 @ 8:48am

The cattle market is expected to be quiet today unless the futures market falls apart. Packer margins will move back into the black next week only if the beef halts its slide. They will be looking for any…

Falling numbers gum up wheat quality By: 04/28/2011 @ 11:02am

Wheat kernels that look perfectly fine can ambush end users with bread that won’t slice, pancake mix that is gummy, or cookies that just don’t taste right. “End users like grain that comes out…

Keeping weeds down in a wet year By: 04/28/2011 @ 9:54am

Add weed control to the list of elements of growing your 2011 crop that is being complicated as cool, wet weather continues to delay planting in the bulk of the Corn Belt.If you're too far delayed in your…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 04/28/2011 @ 8:48am

Cattle trade may be done for the week if the board continues Wednesday's rally today, though overnight trade was lower. Packers will hold off trying to buy more cattle until they see another opportunity…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 04/26/2011 @ 8:53am

Cattle traded in the Panhandle and Kansas Monday afternoon at $117.00 live, down $2.00 from last week. Volume was light to moderate, and more cattle are expected to trade at some point. Asking prices on cattle…

New Holland's new track loaders By: 04/20/2011 @ 10:49am

New Holland has introduced three compact track loaders in the new 200 Series. The new machines feature best-in-class forward dump height and reach – boosting operator profits…

New Holland sponsors Top Shops Contest By: 04/20/2011 @ 10:34am

New Holland has teamed up with Successful Farming magazine to offer the Top Shops® Contest – a nationwide search for the most outstanding farm shop designs. The grand prize is a New Holland 200…

Tim Hannagan: Up Monday By: 04/15/2011 @ 3:45pm

Wheat remains very cautious about this weather that lies ahead. Kansas and Colorado could see decent rain over the weekend and again early next week, with Oklahoma and Texas getting at least a small…

Generating success! By: 04/15/2011 @ 9:17am

Farmers are fond of hats. If you ask, you'll find that each one is reserved for specific occasions. They're rarely interchangeable. But when it comes to managing a family business, two hats compete…

Retiring 'in a few years' By: 04/15/2011 @ 9:05am

Problem Submitted By H.W., OhioMy father is planning on retiring, as he puts it, "in a couple of years."Here is his plan: He's worked out his estate to transfer a big chunk of the operating LLC's…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 04/15/2011 @ 8:54am

A very small (less than 1,000) number of cattle traded in Texas on Thursday at $119.00 live. Bids in Kansas did not improve from $117.00. Regional packers bought cattle in Nebraska at $190-$191 dressed, down…

Mushroom and ham fold-overs By: 04/15/2011 @ 8:41am

Whether you like them raw or cooked, mushrooms are brimming with protein, B vitamins, and minerals. Low in calories, these famous fungi are available year-round. So why not choose one of the popular edible…

Topcon tracks GLONASS K1 signals By: 04/14/2011 @ 3:18pm

Within an hour of the first signal emanating from the new GLONASS K1 satellite on April 7, Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) engineers were tracking the satellite’s L1 and L2 signals.  TPS…

Corn herbicide offers options By: 04/14/2011 @ 1:31pm

Farmers across the Corn Belt plant diverse corn hybrids in multiple soil types at various times, but the one thing that remains consistent on nearly every farm is unpredictable weather. Over the last…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 04/12/2011 @ 8:31am

Showlists are mixed, but larger overall. The largest increase came in Kansas. Asking prices start the week at $123.00-$124.00 live in the south. Cattle in Nebraska are priced at $3.00 over the April futures…

Thomas Elwood: Livestock market comments By: 04/08/2011 @ 8:29am

Nebraska traded lightly on Thursday at $124.00 live and $196-$197 dressed before packers pulled bids in the wake of the big Japan earthquake aftershock. There was some trade at $123.00 live and $194- $195…

Fieldwork pace picking up By: 04/07/2011 @ 10:47am

George Kakasuleff's had a busy last couple of weeks. His area of Hamilton County, Indiana, has already been a busy place. Weather conditions have been mostly cooperative…

John Deere launches “unlock” website By: 04/05/2011 @ 9:11am

As part of its launch of new large agricultural equipment for 2011, John Deere has created an innovative, interactive new website – johndeere.com/unlock – to give growers an early preview of the new…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 04/05/2011 @ 8:30am

Feedlots have come into the week fairly bullish as cattle numbers are maintained at tight levels. Asking prices in the south are mostly $125.00. Some feedlots in Nebraska are reportedly planning to hold for…

Fuel costs & field operations By: 04/04/2011 @ 2:19pm

You can't know where you're going unless you know where you stand right now. Just like that, you can't start on saving fuel costs if you don't know how much you're spending now.If…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 04/01/2011 @ 9:06am

Kansas saw light trade Thursday at $123.00 live and $195 dressed, at the top end of the trading range from Wednesday. Not enough numbers traded in Texas and Nebraska to call a market, but sales were generally…

Beck’s Hybrids and MyRainReport.com announce partnership By: 03/31/2011 @ 10:54am

Beck’s Hybrids and MyRainReport.com powered by RainWave® are pleased to announce a partnership enabling Beck’s Hybrids to be the exclusive provider of MyRainReport.com services in…

Time to pick the 'Greatest Tractor of All-time' By: 03/29/2011 @ 3:27pm

What's the greatest tractor of all-time? Successful Farming magazine Machinery Director and host of the Successful Farming Machinery Show Dave Mowitz has selected a group of 32 tractors…

Small-flock turkey production By: 03/28/2011 @ 9:14am

Raising turkeys can be a satisfying educational activity as well as a source of economical, high-quality meat for your family and friends. By raising a small flock of turkeys, you can produce the…

Thomas Elwood: Livestock market comments By: 03/25/2011 @ 9:00am

The cattle market is expected to be fairly quiet today. Asking prices on cattle coming on to next week's lists are $116-$117.00. Packers appear to be satisfied with their purchases this week, and we have…

Weeds to watch in 2011 By: 03/24/2011 @ 2:50pm

Two years ago, corn harvest was a bear. And now, with the 2011 crop right around the corner, that nightmarish 2009 harvest season isn't going away yet.That's because a problem that the '09…

Choosing a chicken breed By: 03/24/2011 @ 2:10pm

There are many reasons for raising chickens. People raise chickens for eggs, meat, exhibition, and rare breed preservation, as well as for the enjoyment of raising, caring for, and watching their…

Egg production for turkeys By: 03/24/2011 @ 10:43am

Home-raised, home-processed poultry is becoming a popular alternative farm enterprise. The scale of operation may be small; only a dozen or twenty broilers raised in one’s back-yard for home…

Raising poultry on pasture By: 03/24/2011 @ 10:02am

What’s pastured poultry? A common way to raise pastured poultry involves putting 75 to 100 three- to four-week old meat chickens in movable pens during the growing season. These floorless 10′ by…

Keeping geese By: 03/24/2011 @ 9:53am

So you want to keep a few geese, but don't know where to start? Let's start with some little known facts: (1). geese are easy to raise; (2) they grow rapidly; (3) geese do not require much…

KUHN Group acquires KRAUSE Corporation By: 03/24/2011 @ 8:57am

KUHN Group, a leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hay and forage, livestock feeding and bedding, tillage, planting and seeding, manure and fertilizer spreading, landscape…

Herbicide mode-of-action 'drought' ahead? By: 03/23/2011 @ 4:00pm

No new herbicide active ingredients are currently available for the 2011 growing season, and University of Illinois Extension weed specialist Aaron Hager says in a university report that he expects this…

Sundown on winterkill By: 03/21/2011 @ 10:27am

Winter barley has a lot of advantages, but winter hardiness isn’t among them.“The best winter barley is only as good as a middling winter wheat,” says Pat Hayes, a barley breeder at Oregon State…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 03/21/2011 @ 8:37am

Cash cattle traded $3.00-$4.00 lower last week on a live basis. Prices were $113.00 to mostly $114.00 in Kansas and $113.00 in Texas. Dressed trade in Nebraska was mostly $185. Asking prices this week likely…

Rich Posson: Milk and grain By: 03/18/2011 @ 9:54am

Production remains a strong fundamental, for the milk market. There is aggressive productivity, while demand catches up to supply with an improving US economy.  My research suggests since 1968, on …

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 03/18/2011 @ 8:50am

Feedlots are asking $113.00-$114.00 for cattle left on the lists. There are no bids again today, and trade may be over for the week. All eyes will be on Japan and the futures market for direction on next…

How to make more grass equal more beef By: 03/16/2011 @ 2:03pm

As you move your pastures toward a system of management intensive grazing, you're going to grow more forage—maybe even twice as much. That begs the question: How do you manage your herd to best utilize…

Working cattle By: 03/16/2011 @ 1:55pm

In as little as 30 minutes, Breanne Ilse and two livestock technicians weigh and vaccinate 60 steers thanks to an upgraded facility that combines high-tech equipment and some basic cow sense. And the whole…

Thomas Elwood: Grilling season nears By: 03/16/2011 @ 10:01am

Cattle traded in Kansas Tuesday at $115.00 live, down $3.00 from the bulk of last week's trade. Light trade occurred in Texas at just $114.00 live, with many feedlots still holding out for $115.00…

Apple-Glazed Chicken With Spinach By: 03/15/2011 @ 11:05am

Tired of fixing chicken the same way every week? Here's a delicious and plate-pleasing recipe that's sure to become a family favorite with just the right blending of sweet and salty flavors.Start to…

Which farm is home? By: 03/15/2011 @ 10:37am

Problem Submitted By L.J., Wisconsin:My fiancé and I have a problem I don't think you've ever addressed. We have to choose which farm we'll work on after we get married next year.Mike and I met…

Celebrate National Ag Day By: 03/15/2011 @ 9:48am

Successful Farming is a sponsor of National Ag Day this year on Tuesday, March 15.  Ag Day is about understanding how food, fiber and renewable resource products are produced, and to…

Delta planters roll; Spring nearing for Corn Belt By: 03/14/2011 @ 1:16pm

If you talk to the folks in the Delta and the U.S. South, you'll find the theme for this year's spring planting season is more: More corn, more soybeans, more cotton.Weather, but mostly higher…

Tim Hannagan: New grain year By: 03/11/2011 @ 4:50pm

Thursday's USDA monthly crop report came out as expected, a real yawner, yet a few surprises based on pre-report estimates by the brokerage houses.  This report was all about the amount of grain…

Pork, Be Inspired By: 03/10/2011 @ 9:52am

With a new focus on reaching creative, flavor-seeking home cooks who already prepare, eat and love pork, the National Pork Board today announced a new branding position celebrating…

Early livestock market comments By: 03/10/2011 @ 8:56am

Cattle traded $4.00-$5.00 higher on a live basis Wednesday as the futures market soared into new contract highs. Most trade occurred at $118.00 live, with a few early at $117.00. A few cattle in Nebraska…

Food prices up 4% in 2011 -- FAPRI By: 03/09/2011 @ 1:40pm

Food prices could increase by more than 4% in 2011 as the farm sector recovers from a sharp downturn in the recession, University of Missouri economists reported to Congress earlier this week, according to a…

Top Shops Contest entry form By: 03/08/2011 @ 4:03pm

Print off the entry form below, fill it out, and mail it in for your chance to win! Please include a detailed description of the entry including such information on how it was built, how the innovation is…

Top Shops Contest official rules By: 03/08/2011 @ 3:47pm

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Contest begins March 5, 2011 and ends June 30, 2011.  Entries must be postmarked on or before June 30, 2011, and received by July 15, 2011. Entries…

Pioneer releases RR alfalfa varieties By: 03/07/2011 @ 10:46am

Now that the federal government has signed off on Roundup Ready alfalfa, one company is offering a set of new alfalfa varieties with the trait that company officials say can make the crop thrive under a wider…

Early livestock market comments By: 03/07/2011 @ 8:32am

Showlists should be even to smaller this week, but there are some ideas that cattle feeders may pull cattle ahead due to the good prices. This could result in larger lists. Asking prices will be higher. Asking…

What's driving cattle prices? By: 03/04/2011 @ 1:49pm

Tight supplies and strong demand propelled fed cattle values into another record-breaking week Feb. 28-March 4, but cattle feeders’ profits are not as lofty as some might expect, Kansas State University…

The latest from the Classic By: 03/04/2011 @ 10:54am

Grain marketing chat, new tools and technology, the latest farm policy and ways to connect farmers with their consumers are among the highlights of this week's 2011 Commodity Classic held in…

Pork industry 'walking a tightrope' By: 03/03/2011 @ 9:29am

With the pork industry walking a tightrope between high hog prices and high feed prices, consumers begin seeing the consequences -- record high prices for pork. “Producers will be receiving record-high…

Pork industry 'walking a tightrope' By: 03/03/2011 @ 9:28am

With the pork industry walking a tightrope between high hog prices and high feed prices, consumers begin seeing the consequences -- record high prices for pork. “Producers will be receiving record-high…

All in one pass? By: 03/03/2011 @ 9:17am

Have you seen diesel prices lately? Ouch. With prices around the $4/gallon range, now's a good time to think about ways to get everything applied in your fields in one pass. "Every pass across the field…

Big rents & high land By: 03/02/2011 @ 11:30am

  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…

Big rents & high land By: 02/25/2011 @ 3:09pm

  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…

Propane FEED program pays By: 02/24/2011 @ 1:48pm

Farmers can earn up to $2,500 toward the purchase of a new propane-fueled irrigation engine or lawn mower through the Propane FEED (Farm Equipment Efficiency Demonstration) program, sponsored by the…

Early livestock comments By: 02/24/2011 @ 8:45am

Packers are maintaining bids at $108.00 live in the south against asking prices of mostly $112.00. Much will depend on the direction of futures today and tomorrow. The choice cutout was up $0.89 last night at…

Early livestock comments By: 02/23/2011 @ 8:13am

The Panhandle is still asking $112.00-$113.00 live, while Kansas lots are asking $112.00. Asking prices in Nebraska are now $2.00 over the February futures. Packers have opened with $108.00 bids in SW Kansas…

Getting Family to Listen By: 02/18/2011 @ 11:35am

Problem Submitted By J.P., WisconsinWhen I walked out of my family meeting last week, I seriously considered never going back. I've calmed down since, but I'm still asking myself if it's worth…

Plains HRW wheat greening up early By: 02/17/2011 @ 3:36pm

As a wheat farmer, Jay Cook says it's good to see sprouts emerging from his fields near Garden City, Kansas. He would have preferred, however, to see them shortly after he planted his wheat last October…

Hiring farm employees? Check this list By: 02/16/2011 @ 2:12pm

Looking to hire some help on your farm this year? Whether you're hiring a full-time farm manager or somebody to haul manure for you a few hours a month, don't make light of the hiring process. A good…

'Social support' for women landowners By: 02/16/2011 @ 10:03am

Half of all the farmland in Iowa is owned by women. And there's a group to help support those women and their specific needs as farm stakeholders.Women, Land and Legacy (WLL) is a project that, according…

Brazilian Crop Tech By: 02/11/2011 @ 8:36am

Agriculture.com begins the first leg of its annual Crop Tech Tour this week, as Marketing Editor Mike McGinnis visits Brazil to view farmers' progress with corn and soybean harvest there…

Scoping out Brazil's crops By: 02/10/2011 @ 10:40am

Agriculture.com begins the first leg of its annual Crop Tech Tour this week, as Marketing Editor Mike McGinnis visits Brazil to view farmers' progress with corn and soybean harvest there…

iPhone 4 protection with Otterbox By: 02/10/2011 @ 10:25am

The agriculture industry is making the shift from clipboards to handheld technology -- mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads are more popularly used in feedlots, crop fields and meat plants to…

GVL Poly brings cancer awareness to ag equipment By: 02/08/2011 @ 1:18pm

When Allan Cronen, CEO of GVL Poly, an agricultural polyethylene parts manufacturing company, witnessed a close family member’s struggle with breast cancer, he was committed to help others battling…

Backyard bantams By: 02/07/2011 @ 2:42pm

Getting your Bantam Bantam chickens are a great way to raise beautiful ornamental poultry without taking up too much space in the backyard. Weighing in at 16 to 30 ounces, these diminutive birds share the…

Coalition addresses grain safety By: 02/07/2011 @ 2:14pm

In a three-week period in the summer of 2010, seven people died in grain bin engulfments in the Midwest. This tragic loss of life led to the formation of the Grain Handling Safety Coalition (GHSC), a…

You say subsidy delivers food security By: 02/07/2011 @ 12:50pm

Subsidies should be retained to protect national and regional food supply. This is the view from more than half the farmers across the globe who gave views on the best purpose of agricultural subsidy…

The Maschoffs buy Nebraska farm By: 02/04/2011 @ 11:47am

One of the nation's Pork Powerhouses is getting more powerful.The Maschoffs LLC announced Friday its agreement to buy "substantially all" of NPP, LLC, a transation including around 50,000 sows. The…

The Maschoffs buy Nebraska farm By: 02/04/2011 @ 11:46am

One of the nation's Pork Powerhouses is getting more powerful.The Maschoffs LLC announced Friday its agreement to buy "substantially all" of NPP, LLC, a transation including around 50,000 sows. The…

Capreno corn herbicide now available By: 02/04/2011 @ 8:50am

Corn growers across the Corn Belt now have access to new Capreno® postemergence corn herbicide from Bayer CropScience.The corn herbicide, which was available in select geographies in 2010, controls more…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 02/03/2011 @ 8:34am

Asking prices in both Kansas and Texas are maintained at $109.00 this morning. Nebraska lots have cattle priced par with the futures. We still find bids no better than $104.00 in the south, and not every…

Limited hog trade expected Tuesday By: 02/01/2011 @ 9:18am

Feedlots have raised asking prices overnight after watching the futures soar higher on Monday. Texas lots now have cattle priced at $109.00. Nebraska lots have cattle priced par with the futures, so are…

Storm disruptions for livestock market By: 01/31/2011 @ 9:55am

Cattle traded in moderate volumes last week at mostly $1.00 lower than the previous week, though some cattle sold as much as $2.00 lower. Live trade ranged $104.00 to mostly $105.00 in the south. In the north…

Tim Hannagan: Civil unrest By: 01/28/2011 @ 3:10pm

Thursday's weekly export sales report started the day with mixed demand signals.  Corn exports were 414 t.m.t., off 54% from the week prior, 31% under our four-week average and well under a year ago…

New foliar product available for corn, soybeans By: 01/28/2011 @ 1:59pm

Ratchet, a new foliar product for corn and soybeans, has just been introduced for the 2011 growing season by EMD Crop BioScience. According to EMD, Ratchet enhances photosynthesis and plant growth.It contains…

Successful Farming, February 2011 By: 01/28/2011 @ 9:28am

The February 2011 issue of Successful Farming magazine has hit mailboxes, and we've compiled many of the stories right here on Agriculture.com. Browse photo slideshows and read valuable insight…

300 bushel corn? By: 01/26/2011 @ 2:43pm

In 1992, Ohio's corn crop achieved a record yield of 143 bushels per acre. Since then, genetic improvements have led to even higher yields, with the state's 2010 crop averaging a very…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 01/25/2011 @ 8:10am

Cattle traded in light to moderate volumes in Kansas late Monday afternoon at $105.00 live, steady with the late trade last week, but down $1.00 from the weighted average. Trade came after a weak close in…

Tim Hanngan: Funds buy and sell By: 01/21/2011 @ 8:05pm

Friday brought us our weekly export sales report, showing 1.054 million metric tons of wheat was sold last week. This was the highest weekly sales since last August, when the Russian wheat crop failure…

Pioneer rolls out drought tolerance for 2011 By: 01/21/2011 @ 9:44am

If you plant Pioneer corn hybrids, you're going to have a lot bigger choice for what you put in the ground this spring. Officials at Pioneer Hi-Bred announced Friday the release of 108 new hybrids and…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 01/21/2011 @ 8:54am

Cattle traded on a dressed basis in Nebraska Thursday at $170-$172, down $1-$2 from last week. There also was light additional trade in Kansas at $106.00 live, steady with Wednesday's trade. Texas remains…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 01/20/2011 @ 8:40am

Cattle traded in Western Nebraska Wednesday afternoon at $106.00 live, down $1.00 last week's trade. A few cattle traded in Kansas during the early afternoon at $107.00 live, down $1.00 from the bulk of…

Tim Hannagan: China buys eyed By: 01/19/2011 @ 2:53pm

We started the week, Tuesday, with our Monday weekly export inspection report, delayed one day.  Wheat inspected for near term export came in at 21.6 million bushels, down from 25.5 the week prior and…

Drainage systems key to land improvement By: 01/19/2011 @ 10:34am

With soaring land prices, subsurface 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.A…

World Ag Expo introduces show app By: 01/19/2011 @ 9:22am

For the first time in 44 years, World Ag Expo is going mobile. Available for both the iPhone and all phones with the Android Market, World Ag Expo's Application gives its users access to everything…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 01/19/2011 @ 9:00am

Asking prices remain strong despite the bobble in futures Tuesday. Panhandle feedlots are asking $111.00 live this morning, with Kansas cattle priced at $110.00. Nebraska lots have cattle priced par with the…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 01/18/2011 @ 8:50am

Showlists are mixed this week, with the total up just slightly, not enough to make a difference. Asking prices are strong. The Panhandle and Kansas are priced at $110.00 to $111.00 with the strongest prices…

Raven introduces Slingshot platform By: 01/17/2011 @ 11:32am

Raven Industries recently introduced the Slingshot API at the 2010 Ag Retailers Association Annual Conference and Expo.  Building upon the Slingshot suite of wireless products and services…

Tim Hannagan: A demand pause seen By: 01/14/2011 @ 2:48pm

Now that the big crop report, by the USDA, is out of the way and 2010 crop production behind us, we can get our  attention to what really drives the market and that’s demand.  The next crop…

Tex-Mex pork and corn soup By: 01/13/2011 @ 4:40pm

On a cold January day, there's nothing better than a piping hot bowl of this colorful soup to take the chill away. Start to Finish: 40 minutes 1 tablespoon olive oil 12 ounces pork tenderloin or lean…

A matter of trust By: 01/13/2011 @ 3:58pm

Problem Submitted By F.K., Wisconsin My parents, older brother, and I worked the family farm for many years. For almost as many years, I stewed, simmered, and did a slow boil about how much say was given to my…

Successful Farming, January 2011 By: 01/13/2011 @ 9:10am

From invention patents to engine repair, sprayers to CPR, enjoy these informative stories from the January 2011 issue of Successful Farming magazine.Across The Editor's Desk: What farmers wantHe said, he…

Cold air blast headed to Midwest By: 01/11/2011 @ 3:15pm

Bundle up. It's going to get cold in the Plains and Midwest in the next couple of days. Arctic high pressure has pushed south out of Canada into the central Plains, and that will usher in very cold…

Farmland demand not slowing down By: 01/11/2011 @ 2:42pm

Much of the U.S. economy has been slow to recover from the recession. That hasn't been true of farmland markets, which have continued to climb, a group of Purdue University agricultural economists…

Chemical - not water - application is cause of pollution By: 01/11/2011 @ 1:36pm

By Don ComisEnvironmental crop and herbicide-use history are more critical to herbicide efficacy and environmental safety than the timing and amount of irrigation water used, according to…

With wheat, better safe than sorry By: 01/11/2011 @ 12:59pm

By Ed HaagIn the summer of 2002, Kim Kidwell, Washington State University (WSU) wheat breeder, was feeling confident about Zak, the newly released variety from her spring wheat breeding program. She…

Down on wheat drought By: 01/11/2011 @ 11:07am

By Ed HaagAny farmer can tell you that dry and wet periods run in cycles. Despite periodic droughts, as in the 1930s, the last 100 years have been mainly damp.In many areas of the Corn Belt, a soaking…

A teachable moment By: 01/11/2011 @ 10:52am

By Jim KneiszelAs the lights come back up, a gathering of about 20 area school administrators and school board members quietly contemplate a 10-minute promotional video outlining the massive…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 01/11/2011 @ 8:51am

Showlists are larger in all areas but Nebraska. Asking prices started out at $107.00 live in all areas Monday morning, but the higher close on the board firmed Texas prices to $108.00 overnight. Dressed asking…

John Deere announces new automated crop reporting By: 01/10/2011 @ 10:16am

John Deere is improving how producers report field data for crop insurance purposes. Their new Automated Crop Reporting process provides a simpler, more accurate way to track field data for a…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 01/10/2011 @ 8:21am

Cash cattle traded $0.50 to $1.00 lower last week as packers cut back on slaughter levels in response to deteriorating margins. Slaughter was only 639,000 head, the smallest non-holiday slaughter since spring…

Tim Hannagan: Market jockeying By: 01/07/2011 @ 4:43pm

The Thursday USDA weekly export sales report was disappointing across-the-board.  Wheat exports were 644 t.m.t. up 9% from  the week prior, but 22% under our four-week average. No key world…

Kill cooling breakdowns By: 01/07/2011 @ 1:39pm

By Tharran GainesLike the engines they maintain, the cooling systems on today’s farm machinery have changed dramatically over the past few years. Even though modern larger diesel engines – often…

Multimeter magic By: 01/07/2011 @ 1:18pm

By Ron Van ZeeA multimeter, or VOM (volt, ohm, milliampere) meter, is like a Swiss army knife – no farmer should be without one. As essential as a Vise-Grip, a VOM can tell you why your tractor…

Mission accomplished with multi-tools By: 01/07/2011 @ 1:14pm

By Michael D. FawWhen it’s time to tackle most farm chores, you often need tools to aid the process. And if it’s anything mechanical, like turning bolts on a combine, you often discover you need…

Protecting plugs By: 01/07/2011 @ 1:04pm

Moisture is the enemy when it comes to good electrical connections for cords operating trailer or wagon lights and brakes. Head off deterioration by adding a simple storage cap that readily fits on any…

Pioneer delivers corn advantages in water-limited environments By: 01/06/2011 @ 11:17am

DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred launched a new generation of corn hybrids developed and tested to help deliver a yield advantage in water-limited environments, allowing growers to minimize risk and…

Monsanto announces nine project advancements By: 01/06/2011 @ 10:54am

Several projects across platforms and crops designed to improve farmers’ on-farm productivity and profitability advanced phases today as part of Monsanto’s annual pipeline update.The company…

Avian influenza in poultry By: 01/06/2011 @ 10:34am

Avian influenza is a viral disease affecting the respiratory, digestive and/or nervous system of many species of birds. Avian influenza virus infection can occur in most, if not all, species of birds…

The avian immune system By: 01/06/2011 @ 10:29am

The avian immune system is divided into non-specific and specific immune mechanisms.Non-specific immune mechanisms include the innate or inherent ways in which the chicken resists disease. This…

Water for poultry By: 01/06/2011 @ 10:26am

Most of the standards that we are attempting to apply to animal drinking water are taken from those set for humans, and even they have a rather short history. The Public Health Service Act of 1962 was…

Feeding soybeans to poultry By: 01/06/2011 @ 10:22am

There are many types of beans including soybeans that are used as ingredients in bird diets. In general, all beans and peas are good protein and energy sources for birds. The primary problem with their…

Medicated chicken feeds By: 01/06/2011 @ 10:20am

Poultry feeds are available with several types of medications for preventing or treating diseases. Coccidiostats and/or antibiotics are the two most common medications added to feeds.Coccidiosis is hard…

Feeding schedules for chickens By: 01/06/2011 @ 10:12am

Poultry feeds are referred to as "complete" feeds, because they are designed to contain all the protein, energy, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients necessary for proper growth, egg production, and…

Early livestock market comments By: 01/06/2011 @ 8:31am

The cattle market was quiet Wednesday and trade may very well be done for the week. Asking prices remain quite stout, with Texas lots still asking $107.00 for cattle remaining on the lists. Feedlots in Kansas…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 01/05/2011 @ 8:18am

Cattle traded in Texas on Tuesday at $105.50-$106.50, down $0.50-$1.50 from last week. The market had a weakening tone, with lower prices later in trade. Kansas saw active trade at $105.50, down $0.50 from…

Tim Hannagan: Wet funds By: 01/04/2011 @ 3:09pm

We started the new year with our first weekly demand report, our weekly export inspections. This report is one we need to follow very closely, as it's a gauge of near-term demand for sales to be shipped…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 01/04/2011 @ 7:53am

Light trade developed in Kansas and Nebraska Monday afternoon after the futures market declined. There were about 7,000 head reported in Kansas at $106.50 to private sources by last night. That was up slightly…

Hog prices expected to soar in 2011 By: 01/03/2011 @ 2:53pm

Hog and pork prices are expected to launch to record highs in 2011 due to a combination of high demand, high feed costs, and a smaller herd.  “Foreign buyers are expected to elevate pork exports by 10…

Weather is wildcard, analyst says By: 12/30/2010 @ 3:40pm

Grains close early Friday at 12:00 central time for the New Years Holiday weekend.  USDA Weekly Export Sales Report showed wheat exports were 431,000 metric tons, down 27% from the week prior with no…

What's ahead for 2011? By: 12/29/2010 @ 1:36pm

It's that time of year: When we like to look back on the last year, what's happened and what we've accomplished. The year 2010 will go down for many farmers as one of extreme weather and extreme…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 12/29/2010 @ 8:56am

A strong close to the futures market Tuesday keeps asking prices firm. Asking prices are now $107.00- $108.00 live in the Panhandle. Kansas area lots were still asking $105.00-$106.00 live as of last night…

Pioneer adds regional seed distributors By: 12/28/2010 @ 2:43pm

DuPont announced today it has acquired Seed Consultants, Inc., Washington C.H., Ohio, and Terral Seed, Lake Providence, Louisiana, as part of its Pioneer Hi-Bred PROaccessSM business strategy, according to a…

Bryan Doherty: Beef, pork exports By: 12/23/2010 @ 1:26pm

As the world looks for more food supply, the U.S. is in line to be a provider. This is evident in pork and beef exports. While the actual supply numbers for beef have yet to exceed the pre-mad cow era that…

Shoot away: Views from the farm By: 12/23/2010 @ 11:24am

As interactive technology tools and social networks like Facebook, Twitter and even Agriculture.com's community pages grow in size and sophistication, more traditional type of information…

Costs squeezing dairy farmers By: 12/21/2010 @ 3:43pm

Dairy producers face a cost-price squeeze for the first half of 2011, University of Missouri dairy economists say in a university report.Milk prices are expected to average only $15.75 per hundredweight, down…

Costs squeezing dairy farmers By: 12/21/2010 @ 3:42pm

Dairy producers face a cost-price squeeze for the first half of 2011, University of Missouri dairy economists say in a university report.Milk prices are expected to average only $15.75 per hundredweight, down…

Winter squash with apple stuffing By: 12/17/2010 @ 8:19am

Maple syrup, nuts, raisins, cinnamon, and an apple highlight the flavors of sweet winter squash, which comes in many sizes and shapes.Preparation: 15 minutes Bake: 400 degrees F. for 30 to 40 minutes; 375…

Are you a coach or a critic? By: 12/17/2010 @ 7:59am

Jolene Brown has spent years helping farm families work through serious business and relationship challenges.Too often, she says, families base business decisions on emotions, personalities, dreams, and…

Performance-based pay for a farm manager By: 12/16/2010 @ 8:48pm

Problem Submitted By L.E., South Dakota My husband, Tim, 48, manages a large farm here that he owns with his father. They have put estate and compensation plans in place, which are working just as they…

Double-digit land value gains By: 12/15/2010 @ 3:58pm

Farm land values rebounded big-time in Iowa in 2010. But now, as they again start to return to the record-high levels seen in the late 1970s and early 1980s, that doesn't mean the collapse in that market…

4 ways to squelch herbicide-tolerant weeds By: 12/15/2010 @ 11:41am

By John PocockCorn and soybean growers who don’t currently use an integrated weed-management program are most likely in a pickle when it comes to potential herbicide-resistant weed problems – and…

Herbicide rotation sparks performance By: 12/15/2010 @ 11:29am

By John PocockJosh Smith, Auburn, Illinois, planted some LibertyLink soybeans for the second consecutive year in 2010. It was also the first year he planted all his soybean acres…

New laws affect year-end tax planning By: 12/15/2010 @ 11:12am

By Gary MaydewThe Small Business Jobs Act signed by President Obama in September has three important implications for farmers’ year-end tax planning.1. Faster equipment write-offs.Before passage…

Stem borer takes a bite By: 12/15/2010 @ 10:27am

By Larry Reichenberger Farmers know they can’t count on a crop until it’s in the bin. But there’s nothing more frustrating than losing a part of it just before the combine gets to…

Variable aerials By: 12/15/2010 @ 9:56am

By John DietzApproximately 30 aircraft employed by 16 companies both in the U.S. and Canada are enabling growers to fine-tune in-season crop treatments.The common factor is a specialized…

DIY zone maps By: 12/15/2010 @ 8:54am

By John DietzGrowers and ranchers who want to do their own zone maps now have the option of using a pair of public access websites to augment their precision farming technology.Available…

Educate, then prosecute By: 12/14/2010 @ 11:20am

By Cindy SnyderWheat growers who are thinking about selling some wheat for seed had better think again.That’s the message a coalition of seed companies and land-grant universities hope growers hear…

Where drip irrigation fits in By: 12/14/2010 @ 10:52am

By Chester Peterson Jr.There are three main types of irrigation in the country: gravity, center pivot, and subsurface drip irrigation (SDI). Roger Brining has experience with all three on his…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 12/14/2010 @ 9:24am

Showlists are larger in all regions except for Kansas, which is showing a small decline. Asking prices are lower this week as feedlots acknowledge the coming reductions in slaughter over the holidays. Asking…

Bryan Doherty: Tale of two trends By: 12/10/2010 @ 2:19pm

In January 2010, the USDA surprised the marketplace by increasing yield per acre. Consequently, prices (which had been trending upward for three months) rapidly descended and closed limit lower. That was the…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 12/10/2010 @ 8:40am

Cattle traded actively in Kansas and Nebraska Thursday, but Texas has yet to pull the trigger on the $101.00 bids. Volume in Kansas at $101.00 was substantial, and Nebraska also moved quite a few cattle at…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 12/09/2010 @ 9:01am

Trade is expected in some areas today and the pricing will be heavily dependent on action in the futures market. Asking prices are still at $105.00-$106.00 in the south and $105.00 live/$166 dressed in the…

EXPERT TIP: Weed resistance tactics By: 12/07/2010 @ 10:13am

Herbicide-resistant weeds are popping up more and more in fields around the country. But, that doesn't mean all hope is lost for avoiding those weeds in the future, says Corn High…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 12/07/2010 @ 8:10am

Showlists are larger in the south and smaller in the north. Overall, available numbers are larger, thanks mostly to a big increase in the Panhandle list. Asking prices are firm, at $106.00-$105.00 live in the…

Funds to follow USDA report -- Tim Hannagan By: 12/07/2010 @ 7:58am

We're starting the week with a report, our weekly export inspection and ending the week with the report Friday our November 10 USDA monthly crop report at 7:30 AM central time. We also have our usual…

Watch the 3 Bs in 2012 farm bill By: 12/06/2010 @ 3:58pm

The impact of a yearlong discussion in Washington about the 2012 farm bill are now up in the air following the November elections, according to Purdue University agricultural economist Roman Keeney.When the…

Iron sales remain a bright spot By: 12/06/2010 @ 3:47pm

The farm equipment and machinery sector continues to be a bright spot in a murky economy, and recent data shows 2010 will end up outpacing production and sales numbers for 2009.A recent global get-together of…

EXPERT TIP: Corn-on-corn outlook By: 12/06/2010 @ 2:43pm

Though input costs are higher for continuous corn, striking the right balance of crop inputs can be the difference between a profit and loss. The good news heading into 2011 is that…

UPDATE: South America crop report By: 12/04/2010 @ 11:16am

CURITIBA, Brazil (Agriculture.com)--With the country's three most important corn and soybean provinces receiving just 64% or less of normal rainfall in 2010, crop and market-watchers have started to get…

UPDATE: South America crop report By: 12/03/2010 @ 8:48pm

By  Robson Mafioletti Eng. Agronomist MSc. Applied Economics  ARGENTINA With the country's three most important corn and soybean provinces receiving just 64% or less of normal rainfall in…

Bryan Doherty: Permanent volatility By: 12/03/2010 @ 4:49pm

The last 5 years have seen dramatic shifts in commodity price volatility. It's highly likely that this shift in volatility is here to stay for the foreseeable future. As we take a step back and look…

Grains in recovery mode, analyst says By: 12/03/2010 @ 9:26am

Grains have recovered a good share of their losses since the Nov. 9 USDA  report, when grains retreated sharply from recent highs.  Since then we  have recovered between 50-60% of the losses…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 12/02/2010 @ 8:26am

The cattle market is expected to be quiet again today after good numbers traded on Tuesday. There was a small trade of cattle in Kansas at $103.00-103.50 live on Wednesday, at the top of Tuesday's range…

Grains start December with a bang By: 12/01/2010 @ 3:11pm

Corn and soybeans kicked off December on a higher note, with each pit driven by different factors, according to Dow Jones Newswires reports.See the latest From the Floor with MarketeyeCorn rallies on wheat…

Selecting your 2011 corn hybrids By: 11/30/2010 @ 2:51pm

Sure, you may have just gotten your 2010 crops wrapped up. But, it's already time to at least start thinking about your corn hybrids for next year.Peter Thomison, an Ohio State University Extension state…

EXPERT TIP: Corn inoculants & seed treatments By: 11/30/2010 @ 2:15pm

Ed Winkle sees things from both sides of the field's edge as a farmer and crop adviser with HyMark Consulting LLC in Martinsville, Ohio. For the 2010 corn crop in his area -- both on his own…

VIDEO: The right iron for a good corn crop By: 11/29/2010 @ 2:06pm

In recent years, Pat Duncanson usually ends up with more planter capacity than his farm needs. But, in years when time is tight, or when the Mapleton, Minnesota, farmer has decided to bump up corn acres, that…

Christmas picks for farmers By: 11/26/2010 @ 2:40pm

So, what do you want under your Christmas tree this year? Whether it's a new tool for the shop or just a few things to keep you comfortable in the field or shop, check out this year's picks…

Tim Hannagan: Macro markets By: 11/26/2010 @ 12:01pm

This week's USDA Export Sales Report Friday showed neutral figures, highlighting Asia's steady demand interest. Wheat exports were 745,000 metric tons down 21% from the previous week but 1% over…

Tim Hannagan: Markets eye China, South America weather By: 11/24/2010 @ 12:28pm

It's been a typical pre-holiday week with just one twist in the market. We saw continuation of long liquidation in the market. This has been a trend, as index funds continue to reduce the size of their…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 11/24/2010 @ 9:53am

A strong performance in futures Tuesday sparked sharply higher trade this week. Kansas traded cattle shortly after the close at $101.00 live. Trade in Texas followed mid afternoon at $101.50 to $102.00 live…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 11/23/2010 @ 8:18am

Showlists are mixed this week but smaller overall. Asking prices start the week at $101.00 to $102 live and $160 dressed. The highest asking prices are in Texas where feedlot attitudes are very bullish. If…

Tracking, juggling market factors By: 11/19/2010 @ 2:22pm

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…

3 categories of traders By: 11/18/2010 @ 2:28pm

In the past, two schools of thought on trading ruled: fundamental trading and technical trading (or reports vs. patterns/pictures). Today, both of these schools are also greatly affected by a third…

Christmas picks for farmers By: 11/17/2010 @ 10:37am

So, what do you want under your Christmas tree this year? Whether it's a new tool for the shop or just a few things to keep you comfortable in the field or shop, check out this year's picks…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 11/11/2010 @ 9:40am

Kansas saw a small trade at $97.50 Wednesday morning, steady with last week's average. There were only about 3,000 head that traded, and unlike last week, other feedlots did not follow suit and held out…

Make careful decisions when selecting 2011 corn hybrids By: 11/11/2010 @ 9:33am

Ohio corn harvest may not be quite wrapped up yet this season, yet growers are already making decisions about hybrids to plant in 2011.Peter Thomison, an Ohio State University Extension state agronomist…

Low-lin soybeans netting premiums By: 11/09/2010 @ 12:48pm

Market opportunities and processor-paid incentives are available to farmers who grow and segregate low linolenic soybeans from Pioneer Hi-Bred, for the 2011 season, according to a company…

Preparing A Marketing Plan By: 11/09/2010 @ 12:02pm

Bill Havertape, cofounder of Midwest Strategic Investments, Inc., and well-known grain marketing commentator based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, says a majority of today's producers are production experts but…

Battle of the Brothers By: 11/09/2010 @ 11:05am

B.L., Ohio I've been home on the farm for over 10 years (after finishing college and working for a large company). A weeklong ag management program motivated me to introduce some key management ideas that…

Post Nov. 9 report, grain markets follow funds, analyst says By: 11/05/2010 @ 8:49am

By Tim HannaganPFGBest.com Grain AnalystThursday saw gold, silver, crude oil, stock indices all moved sharply higher while the dollar was lower. This is what I call an Inflation Storm. It has index and…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock commentary By: 11/05/2010 @ 8:38am

The cattle market is expected to be quiet today, with trade finished for the week despite the fact that volumes were no better than moderate.  Asking prices range $99.00 to $100.00 for the cattle…

Deere’s new two-speed skid steers By: 11/04/2010 @ 9:30am

In response to customers’ needs for faster travel speed across jobsites, John Deere is introducing a two-speed option to its mid-frame 318D and 320D skid steer loader models.The new option, which will be…

Rural residents happier, poll shows By: 11/03/2010 @ 2:27pm

The success of this year's Cornhusker football team isn't the only reason  rural residents of Nebraska have to be happy this year. Less uncertainty about the economy has more residents of that…

Ag leadership shifts; 'more of same?' farmers ask By: 11/03/2010 @ 11:02am

The Senate Agriculture Committee's going to be looking for a new leader.Senator Blanche Lincoln, an Arkansas Democrat, was defeated by Republican challenger John Boozman Tuesday, just one of many races…

Landoll Corporation acquires Brillion Farm Equipment By: 11/03/2010 @ 9:48am

Landoll Corporation announced that it has acquired the Brillion Farm Equipment division from Accuride Corporation. As part of the agreement penned on November 2nd, Accuride will transfer the full…

Soybean aphids remain threat for growers By: 11/03/2010 @ 9:38am

While 2010 was not a significant year for aphid infestation, that doesn't mean growers can or should ignore this yield-robbing pest in 2011, say experts from Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont…

Beetles offer effective weed control By: 11/02/2010 @ 2:56pm

With the help of the weed-eating flea beetle, researchers significantly reduced infestations of a non-native plant, leafy spurge, on Montana rangeland. The good news is that this biological method of…

BASF, Monsanto zeroing in on new weed control system By: 11/02/2010 @ 9:57am

BASF and Monsanto Company on Tuesday announced significant progress toward launching next-generation dicamba-based weed control systems for soybeans and cotton that could be available globally for farmers this…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 11/01/2010 @ 8:48am

Cash cattle traded $2.00-$2.50 lower this past week as packers used large inventories to save a bit of money. Even so, cattle traded no worse than $100.00 live, which was still up $2.00 from two weeks ago…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 10/29/2010 @ 8:40am

Light cattle trade was reported in Nebraska on Thursday at $156 to mostly $157 dressed. Texas and Kansas both saw additional cattle trade at $100.00 live, steady with Wednesday's trade. Depending on how…

Tim Hannagan: November grain factors build By: 10/29/2010 @ 8:05am

Thursday's weekly export sales report showed wheat exports, last week, at 604,000 metric tons, up 5% from the week prior. But, that was well under the 1.0 million metric tons, or more, needed to push…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 10/28/2010 @ 8:35am

Cattle traded lightly in Texas and Kansas yesterday at $100.00 live, down at least $1.00 and as much as $2.50 from last week's trade. Western Nebraska saw light trade at $100.50 dressed, but not enough…

Case IH launches new shopping website By: 10/26/2010 @ 2:08pm

‘Tis the season to begin planning for the holidays and this year it will be even easier to complete your shopping with a new merchandise Website from Case IH -- www.ShopCaseIH.com.  Whether you…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock commentary By: 10/26/2010 @ 9:57am

Showlists are sharply mixed this week, but about unchanged overall. We note a large drop in formula/contract cattle in Texas; that may explain why packers were so aggressive about accumulating numbers in the…

Winter of extremes forecast for U.S. By: 10/21/2010 @ 11:13am

The Pacific Northwest should brace for a colder and wetter than average winter, while most of the South and Southeast will be warmer and drier than average through February 2011, according to…

Bayer CropScience showcases new innovations at CAPCA By: 10/20/2010 @ 9:37am

Bayer CropScience featured three new innovative solutions at this year’s CAPCA Conference held October 17 -19 in Anaheim, California. The featured innovations are Movento insecticide, Luna fungicide…

Monsanto announces new weed management "platform" By: 10/19/2010 @ 3:41pm

Monsanto announced a new "platform on weed management," which the company says will help control weeds "in the absence or presence of glyphosate-resistance."   In a statement at the opening…

Kubota, Vermeer announce alliance By: 10/15/2010 @ 9:22am

Kubota Tractor Corporation and Vermeer Corporation have announced a marketing alliance for the sale of performance-matched, allied-approved, Vermeer forage equipment. The combination Kubota and Vermeer…

Tax Pitfalls Of Employing Spouses By: 10/14/2010 @ 1:32pm

Hiring spouses and other relatives on the farm or ranch can be a good business decision and good tax planning. The IRS and the courts scrutinize employ ment of relatives, however, much more closely than that…

Passing the farm to the fourth generation By: 10/14/2010 @ 1:16pm

Problem Submitted By R.F., IndianaIt's hard for me to believe that our farm is moving to a fourth generation of ownership. Seems like my generation just got the farm last Tuesday.My five cousins and I…

Those Daughters-In-Law By: 10/14/2010 @ 11:27am

We can't choose in-laws, but we can choose to communicate with them up front.Time after time, conversations start like this: "Our family members got along just fine till the boys got married." Or, "How do…

Tim Hannagan: Buying or selling ahead of Nov. report? By: 10/13/2010 @ 11:42am

If South American rains come in the next 30 days, a pullback in prices could occur on all three grains. But, failure of rains to come and talk of 10% or more declines on acres planted, we could put two…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 10/13/2010 @ 8:32am

Correction from Tuesday: Cattle traded mostly $95.00 last week, not $96.00 as we printed. Asking prices this week range $97.00-$98.00 live in the south, and $98.00 live/$157 dressed in the north. There are…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 10/12/2010 @ 9:07am

Showlists are mixed this week but a little smaller overall despite a big drop in sales volume last week. Asking prices start the week at $98.00 live in the south, and $98.00 live/$157 dressed in the north…

6 quick harvest snacks By: 10/11/2010 @ 11:53am

Chili-corn snack mix  Ingredients:1 tablespoon canola oil1 tablespoon lime juice1 teaspoon chili powder2 cups toasted high-fiber corn cereal and/or crispy corn and rice cereal1 cup tiny…

Tim Hannagan: The last bullish report By: 10/09/2010 @ 12:13pm

Thursday brought us a update on the demand side of grains with our weekly export sales report. It tells us how much of each grain was sold last week and becomes a gauge of near term demand. When harvest…

Bee colony collapse associated with viral, fungal infection By: 10/08/2010 @ 1:26pm

The sudden death of bee colonies since late 2006 across North America has stumped scientists. But today, researchers may have a greater understanding of the mysterious colony collapse disorder, said a…

Grains mixed overnight, wait for USDA reports By: 10/08/2010 @ 7:28am

Corn and wheat were both slightly lower, while soybeans were higher in overnight trading, as all pits waited for Friday morning's USDA Crop Production report for direction through Friday and beyond.See…

What ailed corn in 2010? By: 10/07/2010 @ 3:08pm

Illinois corn yielded less than expected in most areas in 2010, and corn following corn was particularly hard hit. Because current crop acreages are skewed toward corn, at least 20 percent of the 2010 corn…

Got green soybeans? You're not alone By: 10/07/2010 @ 1:12pm

The 2010 soybean harvest looks promising for Illinois growers with early yield reports indicating the best harvest many growers have ever seen. However, green soybean plants and stems may reduce harvest speed…

Farmers finally have time for fall tillage By: 10/07/2010 @ 9:53am

Corn Belt farmers are finally getting a chance to address compacted soils this fall.“With the removal of water by the crop and normally dry weather in the fall, soils at harvest are typically dry enough to…

Got green soybeans? You're not alone By: 10/07/2010 @ 9:46am

The 2010 soybean harvest looks promising for Illinois growers with early yield reports indicating the best harvest many growers have ever seen. However, green soybean plants and stems may reduce harvest speed…

Early calls: Grains up on pre-USDA report positioning By: 10/07/2010 @ 9:03am

Ahead of Friday's USDA Crop Production report, the CME Group grains are expected to open Thursday's trade higher.Early calls are 4-6 higher for corn, 8-10 higher for soybeans and 6-9 higher for…

Early calls: Grains up on pre-USDA report positioning By: 10/07/2010 @ 9:02am

Ahead of Friday's USDA Crop Production report, the CME Group grains are expected to open Thursday's trade higher.Early calls are 4-6 higher for corn, 8-10 higher for soybeans and 6-9 higher for…

USDA writing checks for direct, CRP payments this month By: 10/05/2010 @ 6:31pm

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week announced during this month, USDA will distribute approximately $1.6 billion in annual Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) rental payments and $3.8 billion in final…

Where do the markets go from here? By: 10/01/2010 @ 2:29pm

Where are these markets going? Though most fundamentals are looking up, some say there are "cracks in the bull market" and the trade could be starting to turn lower. Whether that's true or not depends a…

Thomas Elwood: Early Livestock Comments By: 09/30/2010 @ 9:01am

CattleCattle trade developed at $97.00 live on Wednesday in Texas and Kansas, down $1.00 from the bulk of last week. Trade was fairly active, with volume good. Trade in Nebraska came at mostly $97.00 live as…

Rains arrive, Brazil weather concerns remain By: 09/29/2010 @ 9:09am

CURITIBA, Brazil--Southern Brazil welcomed up to 6.00" of much needed rain over the weekend, as they allowed farmers to resume plantings in the states of Parana and Rio Grande do Sul, two major grain growers…

'Interesting' corn year: Dragging yields continue By: 09/28/2010 @ 2:28pm

See how some of this summer's challenging growing conditions are being reflected in corn yields this fall in the Corn Belt and Great Plains.Corn harvest exposes a lot of issuesCropsey, Illinois, farmer…

Tim Hannagan: Were you ready? By: 09/24/2010 @ 4:36pm

Thursday's weekly export sales report showed a gauge of demand. It put corn sales at 561 t.m.t. off 4% from the week prior as Asian markets are sitting back and watching the fast harvest pace and…

'Big opportunities' brewing in the grain trade By: 09/24/2010 @ 3:52pm

With the grain futures markets trading at nearly 2-year highs -- $11.00-plus soybeans and $5.00-plus corn -- it's the right time for farmers to take some profits, analysts say.A lot of fundamentals are…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock commentary By: 09/24/2010 @ 10:04am

CattleCattle trade developed at $97.00 live on Wednesday in Texas and Kansas, down $1.00 from the bulk of last week. Trade was fairly active, with volume good. Trade in Nebraska came at mostly $97.00 live as…

New data management tools released By: 09/23/2010 @ 3:48pm

Farm Works Information Management, a division of Trimble, announced this week 3 new products for farmers, according to a company report.Farm Works Mobile streamlines data management in the field by bundling…

Farmers taking action on glyphosate resistance, poll shows By: 09/23/2010 @ 3:42pm

Nearly 60% of farmers who responded to a recent poll say they are changing their weed management plans to deal with growing glyphosate resistance. The poll, conducted by BASF Crop Protection, shows a similar…

Feds approve Pfizer pandemic swine vaccine By: 09/23/2010 @ 10:17am

Pfizer Animal Health has gained full licensure from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for FluSure Pandemic, according to a company report.The vaccine helps pork producers protect their herds from the…

Iowa farm land value up 8.5% in last year, survey shows By: 09/23/2010 @ 10:14am

The Iowa Farm and Land Chapter #2 REALTORS Land Institute is pleased to announce the results of our September 2010 Land Trends and Values Survey.  Our REALTORS® Land Institute Chapter is an arm of the…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock commentary By: 09/23/2010 @ 9:58am

A few cattle traded at $97.00-$97.50 in Texas and Kansa on Wednesday after the board collapsed.  Numbers were very small since most of this week's cattle were already sold, but a lower trend appears…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 09/22/2010 @ 8:38am

Cattle traded Tuesday afternoon in both Kansas and Nebraska in moderate numbers. Live trade occurred at mostly $98.00, with dressed trade at $154. Trade was mostly steady with last week. There also was…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock commentary By: 09/21/2010 @ 8:31am

Showlists are mixed this week, and up slightly overall.  Asking prices are $100.00-$101.00 live and $160 dressed.  Although bids seem hard to come by, there was light trade at $98.00 in parts of…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock commentary By: 09/20/2010 @ 9:11am

Showlists are expected to be even to a little smaller this week.  Feedlots remain extremely current.  While weights have resumed their upward trend after a bobble in August, they remain well below…

Kevin McNew: Bean basis continues to slide By: 09/17/2010 @ 2:23pm

Nearby corn futures continued to push higher this week, as the critical $5 mark was within striking distance. Market watchers continue to expect the corn crop to be smaller as yield reports from…

Weather 'feeding the bulls' By: 09/17/2010 @ 2:15pm

Fall harvest is ahead of schedule in much of the nation's midsection, but with widespread rain expected in parts of the Corn Belt over the weekend and into next week, market-watchers have weather on the…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 09/16/2010 @ 8:20am

Packers maintained their $96.00 bids on Wednesday in the south, though there was one bid of $97.00 in Kansas briefly. In the north, packers opened with $96.00 live and $153.00 dressed. Trade is certainly…

All Around the Farm nets national media award By: 09/15/2010 @ 4:14pm

A partnership between Firestone, Successful Farming magazine and Agriculture.com has netted a top national award from the Media Industry News (MIN).The All Around the Farm program -- a regular feature…

Atrazine safe, study shows By: 09/15/2010 @ 2:39pm

Researchers with Syngenta Crop Protection presented study results to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) panel Wednesday that prove the herbicide atrazine is safe, company officials say.Syngenta…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock commentary By: 09/14/2010 @ 10:30am

Showlists are smaller everywhere but Texas this week; available numbers are down overall.  Feedlots are generally asking $100.00 live in the south.  Some lots in Kansas started out the week at…

Wheat shortage abroad means opportunity for U.S. farmers By: 09/10/2010 @ 2:40pm

Russia's ban of wheat exports is giving U.S. farmers the opportunity to produce more of the crop to meet demands around the world, a Purdue University agricultural economist says.  Chris Hurt…

McCormick’s T-MAX utility tractors By: 09/08/2010 @ 8:57am

McCormick USA has introduced a new line of utility tractors designed to meet the needs of material handling and general farming operations. The T-MAX Series features three models, including the T 90…

Bryan Doherty: Early harvest feedback By: 09/06/2010 @ 5:40pm

The warm and dry August weather has helped push the corn crop ahead of schedule. Consequently, farmers are in the field harvesting sooner than usual. This is especially true in southern parts of the Midwest…

Rich Nelson: A tightening of supplies By: 09/06/2010 @ 5:36pm

The trade did not see the Russian agriculture ministry correct Prime Minister Putin’s comments from Thursday. A larger portion of the trade will now believe Russia may actually ban exports of grain through…

When to harvest? By: 09/06/2010 @ 2:19pm

"So how do you decide when to begin harvesting corn?" asks a farmer in Crop Talk. "Does it make sense to shell it at 25% on September 1 or wait till October 1 when we are more often than not beginning…

Tim Hannagan: Three interesting days By: 09/03/2010 @ 9:46am

We're at a very interesting point of the year in grains. Harvest is beginning so were equally hearing as much bullish yield news as bearish.  The Bears talk of the miracle of biogenetic seeds while…

World Food Prize Foundation honors Annan in Ghana By: 09/02/2010 @ 1:08pm

The World Food Prize Foundation presented its Norman E. Borlaug Medallion to Kofi Annan today, during the first-ever African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in his home country of Ghana. The Medallion…

Tim Hannagan: USDA seen raising export projections By: 09/01/2010 @ 9:20am

We started the week's reports with our weekly export inspection report. This report is important because it's a gauge of demand. We have two reports each week that the government informs us…

Syngenta rolls out new corn hybrids By: 08/31/2010 @ 3:57pm

Syngenta Seeds, Inc. has introduced 140 new corn hybrids, including 41 featuring the Agrisure Viptera 3111 trait stack, company officials say.These new hybrids will be sold by Garst, Golden Harvest and NK…

Bayer, Monsanto reach seed treatment deal By: 08/31/2010 @ 3:54pm

Bayer CropScience LP and Monsanto Company have entered into an exclusive agreement on the use of Poncho/VOTiVO seed treatment, company officials say.Bayer data shows that the 500 rate of Poncho delivers…

Bayer CropScience and Monsanto cooperate in Poncho use By: 08/31/2010 @ 9:49am

Bayer CropScience and Monsanto have announced an exclusive agreement on the use of Poncho/VOTiVO seed treatment, according to a release from the companies.   Under the agreement, Monsanto will…

Wanted: High-quality new-crop corn By: 08/27/2010 @ 2:51pm

With a shortage of high quality corn, U.S. grain buyers have pulled out all of the stops to attract freshly harvested crops. For months, the industry has been focused on the issue of blending last…

Bryan Doherty: A repeat of 2008? By: 08/27/2010 @ 10:14am

The way the grain markets have rallied since the end of June, it appears that the environment changed from the previous 12 months of trade activity. Just to review, corn, soybeans and wheat markets were under…

CRP general sign-up ends August 27, 2010 By: 08/27/2010 @ 9:40am

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that a general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will begin on August 2, 2010 and continue through August 27, 2010. During the sign-up…

Downy mildew disease invades Illinois pumpkin crop By: 08/25/2010 @ 2:38pm

Evidence of downy mildew has been confirmed in central Illinois, Tazewell County in the Morton/Pekin area, according to Mohammad Babadoost, University of Illinois plant pathologist in the College of…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock commentary By: 08/25/2010 @ 8:44am

Cattle traded in all areas Tuesday at $99.50 live, $0.50 lower from the top end of trade last week.  Dressed bids in Nebraska were up to $154, with no trade reported. The lower trade early in the…

Jerry Nelson: The Fuller Brush Man and Other Farm Visitors By: 08/24/2010 @ 3:23pm

Judging by the numbers of visitors, our farm was a pretty important place when I was a kid.Foremost among the callers was the milkman, who picked up our milk every other day. He would hoist a 10-gallon can of…

Tim Hannagan: A profit-taking pullback in the grain market By: 08/24/2010 @ 2:29pm

We started Monday with our weekly export inspection report at 10 am central time showing 21.4 million bushels of wheat was inspected by the USDA, unchanged from the week prior, up from a year ago of 17.8 and 4…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock commentary By: 08/24/2010 @ 8:41am

Showlists are mixed, but unchanged overall.  Areas with increased numbers on the lists report the bigger list is due to hopes of high prices rather than a genuine need to put the cattle on the list…

Tim Hannagan: Seasonals are winning By: 08/20/2010 @ 2:35pm

Thursday’s weekly export sales report came out as big on the demand side as expected. Wheat sales were 1.412 million metric tons, a new marketing year high since June 1st, the beginning of wheat’s…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock commentary By: 08/20/2010 @ 8:57am

Cattle trade likely is done for the week after decent volumes traded on Thursday at $100.00 live.   Combined with the trade on Wednesday, volumes are very good and trade likely is done for the week…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock comments By: 08/19/2010 @ 8:54am

Feedlots got their asking prices this week, and then some. Trade began in earnest after supper and some cattle didn't trade until after 9 pm. Texas trade came at $98.00-$99.00 live. Trade in Kansas was…

Brent Olson: Pickles By: 08/19/2010 @ 8:18am

My pickles sealed.Okay, I don’t know exactly what that means, but it’s apparently a good thing.I’m new to the pickle biz.  I’ve always been a fan of consuming them, but pickle production always…

First Russia, then Ukraine, now Australia? By: 08/18/2010 @ 7:07am

DJ Western Australian Wheat Crop Could Fall By One Third -IndustryDJ - Wed Aug 18, 2:24AM CDTCANBERRA (Dow Jones)--Wheat production in Western Australia, which typically accounts for around 40% of…

Tim Hannagan: A push to buy By: 08/17/2010 @ 2:16pm

As demand will be the driving force for futures prices after the U.S. crop is in and known and the final eastern European winter wheat plantings are finished, it's important to look at this week's…

Sharon Johnson: Season vs. historical cotton market By: 08/17/2010 @ 11:46am

The 1275 pt rally in the past 3 ½ weeks by December 2010 contract and how high it is on a flat price basis this summer have prompted comparisons with this year versus 1995 and 2003. Although there are…

Sharon Johnson: Season vs. historical cotton market By: 08/17/2010 @ 11:31am

The 1275 pt rally in the past 3 ½ weeks by December 2010 contract and how high it is on a flat price basis this summer have prompted comparisons with this year versus 1995 and 2003. Although there are…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock commentary By: 08/17/2010 @ 8:53am

Showlists are just a little smaller this week after very active sales last week.   Feedlots are extremely current and have better bargaining power.  Asking prices start the week higher, at…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock commentary By: 08/16/2010 @ 8:39am

By Thomas ElwoodLinn Group Inc. Livestock AnalystShowlists are expected to be even to a little bit larger this week on generally increasing numbers, but feedlots remain extremely current.  Early…

Bryan Doherty: Carryout is the key By: 08/13/2010 @ 3:28pm

The much anticipated August USDA Supply and Demand report had little fanfare. However, the report did confirm that this year's crops appear to be large, with the corn yield increased to 165 bushels per…

Sharon Johnson: USDA cotton data is bullish By: 08/13/2010 @ 3:22pm

By Sharon JohnsonCotton AnalystFirst Capitol GroupSince the USDA issued their August revised balance sheets, futures have rallied almost another 500 pts for a 3-week total of 1,275 pts with the December…

Tim Hannagan: Fewer crops, higher markets By: 08/13/2010 @ 3:14pm

Thursday’s storm of reports began with weekly exports sales report, telling us how much of each grain was sold for future shipment, corn exports were 1.200 m.m.t. old and new crop sales. The new crop year…

Massey Ferguson 100+ hp. tractors to feature AGCO SISU POWER engines By: 08/12/2010 @ 1:01am

Reid Hamre, Manager, Brand Marketing With this announcement, eight models are being transitioned from the Perkins diesel engine to the six-cylinder 66 CTA AGCO SISU POWER diesel engine, including the…

Tim Hannagan: USDA August Crops Report is next By: 08/11/2010 @ 4:53pm

By Tim HannaganPFGBEst.com Senior AnalystWe started Monday with our weekly export inspection report showing corn inspected for near term export at 41.9 million bushels (mb), up from 33.9 the week prior and…

Nita By: 08/11/2010 @ 3:27pm

She was very small.  If I had to guess I’d say in her life she never reached 100 pounds, and about 80 of those were heart.You know, we all owe God a life, and when you’ve lived as long as I have, you…

Midwest crop tour agrees with USDA yield estimate By: 08/11/2010 @ 9:14am

After covering about 2,800 miles through the key Corn Belt states of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio (July 28-August 5) on my annual corn and soybean crop tour, it is difficult to argue with the USDA’s and…

Ohio farmers watching developing Russian wheat disaster By: 08/09/2010 @ 11:39am

By Natalie Lehner , Communications Director, Ohio Wheat Growers Association Wheat farmers throughout Ohio could be planting more wheat this fall, as the demand and price per bushel has…

AG CONNECT Expo 2011 registration opens By: 08/09/2010 @ 10:21am

AG CONNECT Expo, the new global Ag trade show in North America, announces that registration has opened for the 2011 show. AG CONNECT Expo 2011 is slated for January 8-10, 2011 (Preview Day January 7 by special…

Markets could have one more 'leg up' By: 08/06/2010 @ 2:35pm

This week's USDA Weekly Export Sales Report shows the effects of world grain production problems. Wheat exports last week were 854,000 metric tons, up 61% from the four-week average and new crop…

Brent Olson: Living wage By: 08/05/2010 @ 11:00pm

Did you see the thing in the news about the city council members in California that got paid $100,000.00 a year for part time work?What’s up with that?  I’m a county commissioner, I make about a…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock commentary By: 08/04/2010 @ 11:00pm

Packers are bidding $91.00 live in the south and $145 dressed in the north.  That is not going to buy  any cattle with the board blasting higher last night.   Asking prices remain $95.00 live…

Corn, soybean production costs holding steady By: 08/04/2010 @ 11:00pm

Iowa State University (ISU) ag economists don’t expect production costs for corn and soybeans to change much for 2011. Although they won’t release their final assessment of production costs until December…

Soy prices to push up Brazil 2011 acreage By: 08/02/2010 @ 11:00pm

By Jose RocherGazeta do Povo Newspaper EditorCURITIBA, Brazil (Agriculture.com)--Four weeks before the beginning of the summer planting season, estimates ofBrazilian acres are starting to pop up and point in…

Jerry Nelson: A Civil War Play By: 08/01/2010 @ 11:00pm

It’s a mystery as to how I got into this mess.A while back I agreed to be part of Pipestone Civil War Days, taking place during the second weekend in August. All I really recall about the recruitment process…

More head scab-resistant wheat varieties now available By: 08/01/2010 @ 11:00pm

As wheat growers prepare to plant their crop this fall, they are encouraged to choose varieties that are resistant to head scab. Pierce Paul, an Ohio State University Extension plant pathologist…

Early calls for the corn, soybean, and wheat markets By: 07/29/2010 @ 11:00pm

Grain futures on the CME Group floor are expected to continue the rally that closed out Thursday's session when the opening bell rings in Chicago Friday morning. Early calls for the commodities are corn…

Sharon Johnson: Economic worries vs. cotton consumption By: 07/29/2010 @ 11:00pm

By Sharon JohnsonFirst Capitol Group Cotton AnalystDaily Trading Activity – US cotton futures ignored Wed’s key reversal with a rally to new multi- week highs only to close down on the day in the…

Sharon Johnson: Economic worries vs. cotton consumption By: 07/29/2010 @ 11:00pm

Daily Trading Activity – US cotton futures ignored Wed’s key reversal with a rally to new multi-week highs only to close down on the day in the December contract where the vast majority of open interest is…

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

a {text-decoration:none} “Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the…

Soybean aphid tolerance coming in 2011 By: 07/29/2010 @ 11:00pm

Monsanto Company will introduce new Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybean varieties with aphid tolerance in 2011, company officials said Friday.          …

Alan Kluis: Major lows due in corn, soybeans this fall By: 07/27/2010 @ 11:00pm

I began learning about charting and price cycles in 1974 when I first started trading in the commodity markets.I have to admit that as a college graduate with a degree in ag economics I was skeptical about the…

Alan Kluis: Major lows due in corn, soybeans this fall By: 07/27/2010 @ 11:00pm

I began learning about charting and price cycles in 1974 when I first started trading in the commodity markets.I have to admit that as a college graduate with a degree in ag economics I was skeptical about the…

Ag Entrepreneur: A jump-start into farming By: 07/27/2010 @ 11:00pm

Helping out on his parents' farm near Ramer, Tennessee, was a role Randy Stanfield fell into instinctively. He liked working long days and willingly climbed into the tractor seat in early mornings.Now, at…

Your 10-point plan for a hassle-free harvest By: 07/27/2010 @ 11:00pm

Time spent this month sizing up your harvest armada for replacement, repairs, expansion, or streamlining can boost your capacity to bring in the crop before winter sets in. Here are 10 plans you can employ in…

Rich Posson: For dairy, production and price don't correlate By: 07/27/2010 @ 11:00pm

By Rich PossonAg Financial Strategies Inc. Milk production peaked relative to a calendar seasonal-trend and at a record level during the month of May. Monthly per cow production has also turned lower…

Beef Insider: Is there finally a light at the end of the tunnel? By: 07/27/2010 @ 11:00pm

Cattle producers have seen their share of ups and downs over the past few years. As the economy begins to recover, how long will it take for those who were able to weather the storm to reap the benefits? Or…

Beef Insider: Corralling calves By: 07/27/2010 @ 11:00pm

A mother's instinct to protect her young is a powerful thing. And that instinct can turn dangerous if you're trying to separate a calf from its mother. "When spring calving season is in full swing, I…

Brent Olson: Sleeping well By: 07/26/2010 @ 11:00pm

Our granddaughter spent two nights at our house last week -- without her parents.  It was a big deal for all concerned.  Her mother called roughly every half hour to make sure that things were going…

Thomas Elwood: Early livestock commentary By: 07/26/2010 @ 11:00pm

By Thomas ElwoodLinn Group Inc. Livestock Analyst Packers are bidding $92.00-$93.00 in Kansas, with bids still hard to come by in Texas this morning.   Even so, sources in Texas think trade is…

Soybean management decisions depend on growth stage By: 07/26/2010 @ 11:00pm

Heavy spring and summer rainfall in Indiana made for a sporadic soybean planting season. The crop ranges in development from just planted to flowering and podding, and it is important for farmers to be able to…

Soybean management decisions depend on growth stage By: 07/26/2010 @ 11:00pm

Heavy spring and summer rainfall in Indiana made for a sporadic soybean planting season. The crop ranges in development from just planted to flowering and podding, and it is important for farmers to be able to…

Western Bean Cutworm Egg Masses, Larvae Found in Ohio By: 07/25/2010 @ 11:00pm

For the first time since the trapping of Western bean cutworm moths in corn began in 2006, Ohio State University research entomologists have identified egg masses and larvae. The find reveals that populations…

Research seeks to improve diesel fuel quality sensors By: 07/25/2010 @ 11:00pm

By LeAnn M. Ormsby, Communications Specialist, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, University of IllinoisSensors currently used to monitor the quality of diesel fuel and biodiesel…