What A Day: Stuck in a Sticky Situation
Planting got a little more challenging when mud halted this tractor and drill.
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Showers of Blessings on Seed
For the past seven years, Deacon Ron Deimeke and parishioners of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Martinsburg, Mo., have held a “Blessing of Seeds” for farmers and gardeners. “It’s not just about us—farmers have a lot of seed and technology choices, and it’s ultimately in God’s hands,” Deimeke says. Do you have a similar service in your community? Send a photo and description to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Driven by markets, farmers adjusted their acres this year to plant the crops that provide the greatest profit on their farm.
90.9 million corn acres, down 3% from 2016
89.5 million soybean acres, up about six million from 2016, a record high
45.7 million wheat acres across all wheat types; durum took the greatest hit, down 20%
12.1 million cotton acres, up a whopping 20% compared with 2016
6.0 million sorghum acres, down by more than three-quarters of a million acres
2.6 million long, short and medium grain rice acres planted in six states, down 19%