The cotton industry is watching budget negotiations in Congress closely. Both the House and the Senate appropriations bills included cotton changes in its proposed bills; however, the text didn’t make the cut in the short-term bill.
Now, producers hope cotton-friendly policies get included in the next budget plan which has a fast approaching deadline of December 22, and would avoid a government shutdown.
The Dec. 12 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) brought little excitement to the markets.
Here's the latest from the USDA's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates:
According to the USDA, nearly all of the cotton crop has been picked, and now the gins are hard at work.
Just an hour and forty-fives south of the Iowa state line, 15-year-old Garrett Heil’s cotton is a testament to the determination of a remarkable farmer not old enough to qualify for a driver’s license. Heil has succeeded in producing cotton deep in the pocket of the Midwest.
Monsanto moves to stop Arkansas from banning weed killer
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Latest applications provide new levels of machine automation and data sharing.
Work by oil and gas companies contributes to irreparable soil damage
Break down dense soil with annual ryegrass
A well-planned program results in more bushels, less fertilizer and reduced loss
In the annals of agriculture fraud, one scam may rule them all. Pulled from the pages of a Hollywood script, agriculture’s most outlandish Ponzi scheme is a cauldron of greed, loss and lingering questions. Simply, the bizarre B & B worm scandal is too absurd for fiction.
Preventing fertilizer from leaving your fields lowers production cost while increasing yield. Oh yes—it also protects water resources. Sure, you’ve heard the warnings before, but it can be overwhelming to put nutrient management practices into motion. Start with these six steps to address your environmental footprint.
By partnering with Planet, aerospace and data analytics company, Farmers Edge will offer satellite images more frequently—every one to three days.
Crops don’t wait for irrigation, and now means now when it’s time to water. Solid end-of-season irrigation maintenance goes a long way in preventing problems the following crop year during crunch-time. Before the grip of winter sets in, checks and repairs are vital.
Farmers in Waverly, Iowa are trying at beating the rain moving into their area this week. Marc Mummelthei, a farmer from Waverly says he’s cutting as many soybeans as he can because conditions are right and the yields may be the best he’s produced.
Corn production is a journey from where you are now to where you want to be, figures Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie. Your destination is maximum profitability.
Tillage is a critical mile marker on the route to profitability. With tillage, the goal is to create uniform soil density so roots and water aren’t restricted.
Sumitomo Chemical Company, parent company of Valent, recently entered an agreement with DuPont Crop Protection for the development, registration and commercialization of seed treatment technology.
WEEDit aims at weeds and input costs
Dynamic industry changes could provide fresh opportunity for independents
Wayne Springer is tired of paying $300 for a bag of traited corn seed. Unafraid to change horses in midstream, the 60-year-old producer is transitioning from a row crop farm to a ranching operation.
Examine land, fertilizer and seed cost to save strategically
As we ponder the early discount season, let’s focus on seed and crop protection because both inputs offer these kinds of opportunities. As you consider products for your operation, think of the five Ps: performance, practical, placement, peace of mind and price.
As producers look to the 2018 growing season, fertilizer application is top of mind. Anhydrous is cheaper than it has been in the past couple of years, so many farmers are considering fall application.
Building pest control around hybrid/variety weaknesses means a variety of control measures will probably be necessary. That means the pest boss, and everyone on the pest management team, must communicate.
“One of the most crucial elements of successful pest management is communication among all team members,” says Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie. “That includes planter, sprayer and combine operators, suppliers, scouts and everyone involved with producing the crop.
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