A Week of Planting Catch-up || Fewer Women in Ag

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    Mother Nature finally propped open a good-sized planting window this week, with warmer, drier air prevailing over the Corn Belt. Corn-planting progress is still behind the normal pace, but the last week's weather has helped farmers catch up. See what else you need to know this week!

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    This week started out with bang for a lot of corn farmers who had been waiting on a drydown before planting corn. But, when a lot of planting got rolling, conditions were far from perfect in many spots.

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    Though farmers played a lot of catch-up over the weekend, this week's USDA Crop Progress report still showed farmers are behind the normal pace. Farmers got 10% of the nation's corn crop planted in the last week. That's not bad considering the cool, damp conditions up to this week. How's your progress?

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    While farmers made major strides in the field this week, the trade's attention has started to turn to Friday's USDA reports, namely the WASDE report that could show a continued erosion in global grain supplies. What are the latest numbers to watch? Here are the trade's estimates heading into Friday morning.

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    Do you watch reports like Friday's WASDE data from USDA? Or, is that not part of your marketing plan? Either way, is that plan performing the way you want it to? Most farmers responding to an Agriculture.com poll this week say their marketing plans are "non-existent." Add your vote and see what other folks are saying!

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    If part of that plan involves smuggling soybenas, are you in Argentina? That's exactly what's going on there -- some are smuggling beans outside the nation, then ultimately back in to avoid paying a steep tax. Check out this exclusive report from Luis Vieira!

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    Or, is crop insurance a bigger part of your plan? Some farmers -- especially those facing the worst of the drought -- have derived a lot, if not all, of their income from crop insurance the last few years. But, over half responding to a poll this week say it hasn't "saved their farm." What about you?

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    Beef cattle incomes, on the other hand, are stronger right now than they've been in a while, and that'll likely continue for the next few years, one prominent livestock economist said this week. Despite some bearish factors, there's plenty of feed for the bulls in both the cattle futures and finished beef markets.

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    There's been quite a bit going on in the federal farm and environmental policy arena this week. First, there was a big report released by the White House on Tuesday showing that climate change is underway, and agriculture, officials in the industry say, does have something to do with that.

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    Meanwhile, officials and lawmakers said this week some pieces of implementation for the farm bill will be in place by this fall. "It's our hope that by the fall, folks will be able to make appropriate adjustments to their acres and production," Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said this week.

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    The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released nearly all of the data from its 2012 Census of Agriculture late last week, with the results showing that U.S. producers had both record high sales and production expenses that year. Sales hit $394.6 billion, with production costs at $328.9 billion.

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    one surprise was that the latest ag census found was fewer women who count themselves as principal operators of a farm, breaking a long-term trend of carving a bigger share from a male-dominated profession. The number of women operators fell from 306,209 in the 2007 Census to 288,264 last year.

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    Want to learn about some of the latest, greatest technology out there for your farm? Check out the Tools of the Future Tour taking off next month. Topics will include drones, soil health, Google Glass, crop sensors and a whole lot more!

Farmers raced to plant corn this week in the Midwest while USDA released numbers showing fewer women are farming today.

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