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USDA Opens Signup for New On-Farm Trials Effort

USDA is investing up to $25 million per year over the next five years to help support the adoption and evaluation of innovative conservation approaches on agricultural lands. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)...

USDA WASDE Report Released Today

The USDA released their Supply and Demand estimates today. November ’19 soybean futures traded lower immediately after the report, but have now started to trade higher on the day. December ’19 corn futures traded...

History Suggests late Planting Means Lower Corn Yields

Economists from the University of Illinois and Ohio State University say serious planting delays will result in reduced yields this year. Gary Schnitkey of Illinois and Carl Zulauf of Ohio point out that history...

Trade War Getting Worse for Soy Growers

Tariff increases announced by the Trump administration on China are a “worst case” scenario for U.S. soybean growers, according to the American Soybean Association. The President’s Twitter announcement over the weekend was confirmed this...

National Corn Yield Contest Launched Monday

Monday was opening day, not for baseball, but for the National Corn Growers Association’s National Corn Yield Contest (NCYC).  Baseball and growing record corn yields may have little in common on the surface, but...

Wet Conditions Lead to Delayed Field Work Preprations

The late season winter storm that had six states under blizzard warnings brought a substantial amount of snow to the plains and upper midwest. This storm came after a harsh winter that also brought...

Stewardship Planning an Important Part of Planting Season

Spring is a great time to revisit the use of best management practices (BMPs) as farmers plant a new crop, and the National Corn Growers Association is encouraging thoughtful use and handling of neonic...

Trump, Senators Meet Regarding Stalled Disaster Aid

Senators from states that are still recovering from natural disasters met with President Trump at the White House to talk about stalled disaster aid. The House passed a bill that failed to advance in...

House Ag Chair Backs One-Time Payment for Flooded Grain

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says farmers ought to be eligible for federal compensation for grain lost in flooded bins this spring. At nearly the same time, House Ag Committee Chair Collin Peterson called for...

What Soybean Seed Quality Looks like for 2019

After last years harvest, soybean producers are wondering if they should be concerned with soybean seed quality. 2018’s fall harvest was in the midst of a continual pattern of unusual dry then wet weather....

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