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  • Potato expectations critical in buy-sell relationship


    01/15/2018 10:48 AM ORLANDO, Fla. — Communicating quality expectations clearly is the best way to avoid conflicts in buyer-seller relationships, according to panelists at the 2018 Potato Expo.
  • Tough Regulations over Water Rights for Colorado Farmers
    01/13/2018 01:01 AM

    Tough regulations of well pumping for farmers causing issues

  • New York leader awarded 2017 Potato Woman for All Seasons
    01/12/2018 10:13 PM ORLANDO, Fla. - New York’s Melanie Wickham has been awarded the 2017 Potato Woman for All Seasons by The Packer and Farm Journal.
  • California adds $2.5 million to HLB battle
    01/12/2018 02:12 PM California Citrus Mutual is praising the addition of $2.5 million to the state’s budget to battle Asian citrus psyllids and the huanglongbing disease they can spread.
  • USDA maintains estimate for Florida citrus
    01/12/2018 02:11 PM Florida citrus remains on track for 46 million boxes this season, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture estimate.
  • Farmers Post Record Crops
    01/12/2018 01:47 PM

    Farmers post record crop for soybeans, peanuts, canola, hops

  • Small But Mighty Canola Offers Opportunity
    01/11/2018 05:42 PM

    When you think about crop production in the U.S., the big three are corn, soybeans and wheat—in that order. One crop that garners only a modest number of acres but might be worth taking a look at for your farm is canola.

    “In the U.S., the ratio of supply versus demand of canola oil is about 1:4, which presents a huge opportunity for U.S. producers to grow more canola,” according the U.S. Canola Association.

    There are a number of reasons for that. Among them, according to the USDA, is that canola oil for cooking ranks behind only soybean oil and palm oil. In addition, canola meal is the second-most used feed meal with livestock, behind only soybean meal. In the past 40 years, canola has gone from being the sixth-largest oil crop to the second largest globally.

    Even so, U.S. farmers—at 17 million acres in 2017—produce only a small portion of the global crop. North Dakota farmers produce 83% of the total crop, according to Margaret Smith with the agricultural marketing resource center at Iowa State University.

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    Coming to a Store Near You: Peanut Milk
    01/10/2018 01:46 PM

    The number of nut-based milk products are growing with a new addition arriving on store shelves this month: peanut milk.

  • U.S. cold weather spares citrus 
    01/04/2018 11:38 AM U.S citrus groves have apparently come through a patch of cold weather in December and early January without significant damage to fruit on the trees.
  • Video
    Imperfect August Weather Cuts Louisiana Pecan Crop in Half
    01/02/2018 01:58 PM

    In August, wet and cloudy conditions put a damper on what started out as an excellent pecan crop in 2017 for growers in Louisiana.

     

  • Video
    World Beer Prices Could Rise if NAFTA Fails
    12/29/2017 09:09 AM

    If NAFTA fails and barley imports get duties or taxes, Mexico will likely have to raise the prices of beer for all the world.

  • South Korea allows fresh U.S. potatoes again
    12/27/2017 06:48 AM South Korea has rescinded a 2012 ban on table-stock potatoes from Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
  • Video
    Here is What Farmers say about Keeping NAFTA
    12/26/2017 11:58 AM

    Since his campaign days, President Donald Trump has voiced little support for keeping the United States involved in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Ag trade groups, companies and associations have varying perspectives and positions on the topic as well. Last week, U.S. farmers, dairymen and livestock producers weighed in to share their points of view, via a Farm Journal Pulse survey.

  • Former Tobacco Barns Repurposed for Anti-Smoking Message
    12/22/2017 01:42 PM

    Former tobacco barns repurposed for anti-smoking message

  • Make Your Seed Dollars Work Harder
    12/21/2017 08:00 AM

    Corn hybrids move in and out of the marketplace at a faster rate of speed than ever today. The revolving door means farmers have less time to evaluate and pick the seed best-suited for their fields. Mike McLaughlin’s solution to that challenge is to evaluate multiple hybrids in his own on-farm test plot each year.

    “The plot doesn’t make me an expert at picking hybrids, but it gives us a good feel for how different hybrids perform on our farm,” says McLaughlin, who farms near Le Roy, Ill., with his brother, Steve, and their partner, Cole Dooley.

    Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie notes that plots provide valuable insights that farmers can gain only by evaluating hybrids in their own fields and under their own management practices.

     “I’ve seen the same hybrid vary by 20 bu. to 40 bu. per acre because of different management practices used in a company test plot versus a farmer’s field,” Ferrie says. “Few farmers do plots, but the cost of seed today makes it worthwhile,” he adds.

  • Crop Kings Are Losing to Vegetable Growers in the Farm-Data Race
    12/21/2017 06:46 AM

    Corn may be king, but when it comes to adopting new data-driven farming methods, look to the bell peppers.

  • Compass Minerals Launches ProAcqua Products In North America
    12/20/2017 09:12 AM The portfolio consists of three product families: foliar, fertigation, and chelates.
  • Video
    Cottonseed Glut Cuts Into Both Gin and Grower Budget
    12/15/2017 11:43 AM

    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.

     

  • USDA lowers citrus estimate in Florida
    12/12/2017 02:47 PM Florida’s orange prospects have diminished since November, according to a crop production report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Forest Service Using New Tech for Post-Fire Work in Montana
    12/09/2017 01:05 AM

    Forest Service using new tech for post-fire work in Montana

  • USDA reports North American potato production down slightly
    12/06/2017 10:08 AM The latest estimate for North American fall potato production is 505 million cwt., down 1% from last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Video
    Imperfect August Weather Cuts Louisiana Pecan Crop in Half
    12/05/2017 02:03 PM

    In August, wet and cloudy conditions put a damper on what started out as an excellent pecan crop in 2017 for growers in Louisiana.

     

  • Florida lawmakers ask for citrus disaster assistance
    12/04/2017 01:56 PM A group of more than 20 U.S. lawmakers from Florida have asked the House Appropriations Committee to bolster disaster assistance for hurricane-battered citrus growers in the Sunshine State.
  • Potato marketers see lower volumes, firm pricing
    11/29/2017 02:23 PM Tough growing conditions in some regions — and a wide range of temperatures during harvest — led to a U.S. potato crop that marketers describe as about average.
  • Young Farmer Jumps Headfirst Into Export Market
    11/27/2017 08:33 AM

    Welcome to direct marketing on steroids. Chris Adams, 30, is transforming his farming operation with an export business built on trust and boots-on-the-ground trade missions.