Eighty-five percent of the nation's corn crop is planted and just over half of that in the ground has emerged, according to Monday's latest USDA-NASS Crop Progress report.
Though farmers are making changes to help offset the growing revenue gap, the slide is widening its influence to more of the rural economy in general.
If you're still planting corn but have worries about Palmer amaranth -- a potentially ravenous weed pest that has already been confirmed this spring in spots around the Corn Belt -- you may want to change course before you run the planter again.
In the last two weeks, agronomists have found Palmer amaranth in the western, central, and eastern Corn Belt, and the weed that's difficult to distinguish from similar but less-damaging weed species is likely elsewhere in the region, a cause to get out and scout your fields that are already planted.
What if you run too shallow? You run the risk of leaving the seed-vee open, with the seed exposed to the elements without closing properly.
A weekend of active weather in the Plains and Midwest has ushered in what is likely to be a week of continued rainfall in the Plains. Tonight, temperatures may dip into the 20s in the northern Plains. While the former is usually a blessing for that region's winter wheat crop, the continued wetness is raising disease incidence and concerns, and the latter could nip any corn that's already in the ground, especially in North Dakota.
How's your planting going? Do you have a helper in the cab with you? How about breakdowns? Check out these photos from farmers around the country on these angles and more. Stay safe out there!
"It's been many years since I've dated LISA. I've chased other women, and now there are bills for that. It's time to open the little black book and find Lisa's number," says Agriculture.com Farm Business Talk senior adviser BA Deere.
Northwest Iowa has become the epicenter of the bird flu story that's developed over the last few weeks, with continued culls ordered as more birds -- now more than 20 million -- become exposed to the virus.
In late overnight trading, the July old-crop corn contract is trading 3 1/4 cents higher at $3.65 1/2 per bushel, while the December new-crop contract is 3 cents higher at $3.81 1/2.
Can you come up with another $67 an acre? That's about how much the average cash rent will have to decline in the state of Illinois in order for the typical grain farmer to see returns exceed land costs under current grain-price scenarios, new data out this week show.