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    Mexican Grain Importers Pause Investments

    08/16/2017 07:00 AM

    Whether it’s loaded and driven, or rolls out by rail, U.S. grains are pouring out of our country and heading for end users in Mexico. 

    “We use raw material [such as] corn, sorghum, wheat and fiber-like cotton seed hulls to make feed for livestock,” said Ricardo Elizondo, owner of Forrajera Elizondo, a family-run feed mill in Monterrey, Mexico.

    This family-run feed mill said the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) helped make that grain, and in turn their feed competitive. Today, they’re bagging or selling roughly 50 million metric tons of corn and sorghum every year. They’d like to buy more. 

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    Cotton Gins Growing Because of Technology
    08/10/2017 01:53 PM

    Stronger cotton prices mean more acres, but the recovery is too late for some ginners. 

  • Texas Cotton Harvest Underway, Strong Crop Quality
    08/08/2017 11:19 AM

    Cotton harvest 2017 is underway in the nation’s top cotton growing state, Texas.

  • Arkansas Farmers Optimistic Despite Floods
    08/07/2017 01:01 PM

    While spring floods left many rice farmers with fewer acres of rice than they originally planned, they're hopeful a rising market can offset at least some of the lost acreage.

  • Texas Rice Farmers Hope for Increased Trade Opportunities
    08/04/2017 10:18 AM

    Rice prices have declined for several years because of competition from huge rice producers like Vietnam and Thailand as well as increases in agricultural productivity that have boosted supplies. Over the past few decades, hundreds of rice farmers in Southeast Texas have given up the crop entirely but that could soon change.

  • NAFTA Rewrite Key to Future, Growers Say
    08/03/2017 10:00 AM

    The future of the American grower depends on a rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement, some believe.

  • Monsanto Outlines Three-Step Plan for Dicamba Complaints
    08/02/2017 02:25 PM

    With more than 1,000 formal pesticide drift complaints in which dicamba is named the suspect, farmers want answers. Wednesday Monsanto released a statement to describe the company’s plan in response to reported complaints.

  • Water, Milk or Shampoo: Coconut Versatility Stokes Planting
    08/01/2017 02:21 PM

    Philippines production seen rising as old trees replanted.

  • Alabama Peanut Farmers Hopeful for Good Crop
    07/31/2017 10:54 AM

    Alabama peanut farmers hopeful for good crop

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Soil Management

  • Drought Monitor: Drought Growing Across the U.S.

    07/27/2017 11:30 AM

    The latest Drought Monitor shows soils continue to dry out and crops are suffering as drought and abnormal dryness continue to expand or intensity across the Plains, Midwest, northern Rockies and Virginia.

  • NAICC: A Slow Start to the 2017 Crop
    07/05/2017 04:12 PM

    One of the contributing factors to our alfalfa stand losses is a root rot called Aphanomyces race 2. The prolonged wet conditions allowed this root disease to finish off already-weakened alfalfa crowns.

  • American Countryside: Monument to a Pest
    05/24/2017 03:28 PM

    In the early 1900s, cotton was king around Enterprise, Ala., and much of the southern U.S. But a silent southern invasion was just beginning.

  • Keeping Microbes Happy Key to Crop Success
    05/23/2017 01:46 PM

    Microscopic organisms can make or break your crop

  • Scout Smart, Mind How Weather Affects Pest Risks
    05/12/2017 02:00 PM

    After several days of rain in recent weeks the majority of corn growing states are officially drought free—and in some cases looking more like lakes than fields. For young corn seedlings, continued pounding rain could compound pest problems and even lead to replant.

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    Corn Belt Farmers Talk Planting Progress, Spotty Depending on Area
    05/09/2017 10:09 AM

    Before the last week or so, planting was rolling along and emergence was on its way, but it’s been a less than ideal planting season for many pockets of the Midwest. 

  • When a Farmer Punches Back at the Feds
    05/01/2017 08:02 AM

    John Duarte faces millions of dollars in fines for breaching the Clean Water Act by plowing 450 acres of farmland. If Duarte ultimately loses in court, his fall will affect the property rights of landowners and farmers across the U.S.

  • BASF Expands Digital Farming Portfolio
    04/25/2017 10:14 AM

    Helping grow their digital farming footprint, BASF recently acquired ZedX, digital agriculture intelligence developer of Pennsylvania. ZedX focuses on developing agronomic weather, crop and pest models to provide insight for agricultural production.

  • Who Killed the Finest Soybean Soil?
    04/22/2017 02:31 AM

    Randy Dowdy says he’ll face major yield loss from natural gas pipeline project

Input Management

  • Hot and Dry States See More Tipped-Back Ears

    08/16/2017 03:35 PM

    Farmers across the Midwest are starting to see tip back in some of their corn fields. 

  • Too Wet? Too Dry? Either Way, Your Corn Might Need More Nutrients
    08/11/2017 03:52 PM

    By the time mid-August rolls around, corn growers often think it’s too late in the season to adjust their crop’s nutrient program. But that’s not at all the case according to John Leif, AgroLiquid Field Agronomy Manager.

    Leif says as he’s evaluated corn throughout the Midwest this season he’s seen the results of huge moisture differences from area to area, with some being too dry while others are too wet. He believes farmers on both sides of the weather extremes are likely to have crops that need additional nitrogen, potassium and sulfur.

  • Mycogen Seeds Launches New Corn Seed Treatment
    08/10/2017 01:40 PM

    Available for the 2018 season, Mycogen Seeds announced Thursday its new Revontek seed treatment for corn. 

  • Mighty Earth Attacks Crop Farmers to Advance Anti-Meat Agenda
    08/09/2017 03:40 PM

    A report last week from Mighty Earth, a campaign of the Center for International Policy, took a break from criticizing farmers and ranchers that raise livestock for meat, and instead turned their attention to the meat companies and feed suppliers (ie. crop farmers), asking them to provide “pollution-free” feed.

  • Illinois Studies Nitrate and Phosphorus Loss from Tile Lines
    08/08/2017 04:10 PM

    A partnership of non-profits and retailers joined together for the second year in Illinois to determine just how much nutrients are lost through tile drains. The group tested in 37 sites across a nine county geography.

  • Nominations Open For 4R Advocates
    08/08/2017 06:21 AM

    In its seventh year, the program has recognized 60 individuals so far.

  • Syngenta Licenses Enlist Corn and Soybeans
    08/07/2017 12:11 PM

    Syngenta will sell corn and soybeans with Dow AgroSciences Enlist event following their agreement with Dow AgroSciences and M.S. Technologies.

  • Largest Recorded "Dead Zone" calls for Nutrient Loss Reduction
    08/07/2017 09:45 AM

    The Gulf of Mexico’s hypoxia zone, the “dead zone,” is 3% larger than ever before at 8,776 square miles. 

  • Founder Re-Launches Midwest Seed Genetics
    08/03/2017 09:58 AM

    Formerly merged into Channel Bio Corp (owned by Monsanto) Midwest Seed Genetics will be relaunched in the Corn Belt for the 2017/2018 season. Founder Don Funk says this comes at a time that farmers are asking for more options.

  • Pollination Hits and Misses
    08/01/2017 12:15 AM

    Pollination is among the most critical growth times for corn—and it often comes at the hottest, driest, most challenging part of the year. Drought, heat and insects all play a vital role in how well your corn pollinates—examine your environment to see how your crops fare.

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