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Harvest Time Is Not the Time to Determine if a Disease Affected Your Crop
10/31/2019

It happens every year. A field is about to be harvested and something is awry.  Perhaps the plants are lodged, ears are poorly filled, or pods shrunken.  What happened to my crop? From a plant disease perspective, it is nearly impossible to provide any useful information to the producer.  Many pathogens that can cause crop […]

USDA Establishes Domestic Hemp Production Program
10/30/2019

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the establishment of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. This program, as required by the 2018 Farm Bill, creates a consistent regulatory framework around hemp production throughout the United States. “At USDA, we are always excited when there are new economic opportunities for our farmers, and we […]

The Case for Looking at the ARC-IC (ARC-Individual) Program Option
10/30/2019

ARC-IC (Agriculture Risk Coverage – Individual) has received less attention than ARC-CO (ARC – County) and PLC (Price Loss Coverage).  ARC-IC is operationally more complex, thus harder to explain and understand.  It pays on only 65% of program base acres while ARC-CO and PLC pay on 85% of base acres.  Nevertheless, ARC-IC is worth considering […]

U.S., China Phase One Trade Deal Progresses, as China Purchases Some U.S. Soybeans
10/28/2019

Bloomberg writers Michael Hirtzer and Tatiana Freitas reported last week that, “China is clearing the way for more purchases of American soybeans in an apparent boon for U.S. farmers. There’s just one thing getting in the way — cheap Brazilian supplies. “As Beijing and Washington edge closer to an initial trade resolution, the Asian nation is said to have granted tariff waivers on […]

Soil Temperatures and Fall Ammonia Application
10/28/2019

According to NASS, Illinois producers harvested 36 percent of the corn crop and 52 percent of the soybean crop by October 20. That’s still behind the average pace of harvest, but harvest continues in many areas this week, and as it progresses, fields in many areas are becoming available for fall field work to begin. […]

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Fall Sampling for SCN
11/4/2019

The post-harvest period is an excellent time to sample for soybean cyst nematodes (SCN), the most yield-limiting pest in soybeans. Soybean cyst nematodes often go undetected but cause more yield loss in Nebraska and across the U.S. than all other soybean diseases combined. Yield losses of over 30% have been documented in healthy-looking soybean fields. […]

Writing a Marketing Plan for Your Stored Grain
11/4/2019

The goal for any farmer holding grain in storage should be to obtain a better price for that crop in the spring or summer than the price offered at harvest. Some farmers put grain in the bin looking to sell it by hitting a grain marketing “home run,” i.e., selling all of their grain in […]

China’s Ag Import Capacity Considered as Phase One Trade Talks Continue
11/4/2019

Reuters writers Heather Timmons and Hallie Gu reported last week that, “U.S. President Donald Trump’s demand that Beijing commit to big purchases of American farm products has become a major sticking point in talks to end the Sino-U.S. trade war, according to several people briefed on the negotiations. Farm Policy@FarmPolicy  “@realDonaldTrump: We’re ahead of schedule on phase […]

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