This week's big news in ag

  • 01

    As the calendar turned to 2012 this week, farmers took the time to look ahead and get to planning the next year on their farms.

  • 02

    All the looking back to 2011 is over. Now, we're all looking ahead. So, what are some of the biggest stories in the ag industry for 2012? The economy? The new farm bill? See what other farmers say top their lists and add your 2 cents' worth.

  • 03

    Supply & demand aren't going to be big factors in the coming year just for the grains. Sectors like fertilizer and other inputs are going to feel pressure from high demand in 2012, and that's been a big topic of discussion for farmers in the last week.

  • 04

    One hot topic among farmers this week has been planting decisions heading into this spring. Some say continuous corn could see a big jump this year based on market prices and the amount of fieldwork that was done before winter set in. What's it like in your area? See what everybody's saying and add your perspective.

  • 05

    The last 3 weeks have been a hot, dry stretch in Brazil and Argentina and the grain markets in the U.S. have taken note. And, while that hot, dry weather's continuing in the southern hemisphere, it's got farmers starting to take note of dry conditions in the Corn Belt, too.


  • 06

    So, is it dry on your farm? If so, are you already worried that could cause problems for your 2012 crops? In a recent poll, 70% of farmers say it's dry, but over half of those say they're not too worried yet. See more on the poll and other farmers' comments.

  • 07

    The La Nina-driven weather is slamming the corn and soybean crops in South America. This week, an contributor in Paraguay said "it has gotten worse in the last 7 days."

  • 08

    Looking ahead to the farm machinery marketplace the coming year, a new outlook shows sales growth will slow in 2012 for all machinery, dipping most for larger tractors and combines.

  • 09

    A prosperous 2011 for the hog industry will likely continue that way in the year to come, with a little more downward pressure than what's been seen. That calls for following a "prudent path" when it comes to building your hog farm for the future, one economist says.

  • 10

    Where are you sending your investment dollars these days? That's the question asked by a young farmer in Farm Business Talk this week. "I am now at a place where I feel investing in me is more important than investing in the farm," he says. What is your investment advice? Maybe you can pick up a tip or 2 in this conversation.

South American heat, dryness stoke U.S. drought anxiety

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