Rich Keller

More than 1,200 counties declared disasters

As of July 18, 1,207 counties in 29 states had been declared disaster areas eligible for disaster assistance by farmers and ranchers. FULL STORY »

No Stop to Farmland Prices

As farmland prices continue to soar, there still aren’t many pessimists warning that prices being paid for prime farmland are excessive. There are some who worry that farmland prices cannot support further advances if commodity crop prices dip by any substantial degree during 2012. FULL STORY »

Need to contact crop insurance agents early

The money and manpower is in place to handle crop insurance claims from this year’s drought situation, according to Bill Murphy, administrator of the USDA Risk Management Service. FULL STORY »

Concern about rural development funding

The National Association of Counties e-mailed an announcement explaining a letter sent to members of the House of Representative asking for funding of the rural development title in the farm bill. A total of 72 organizations signed onto the letter. FULL STORY »

Dry weather crops still need fungicides

Weather that includes sufficient moisture for good crop growth is usually thought of as a crop that needs protected with fungicides, and crops growing in dry weather are often thought to be unworthy of protecting. That thinking is definitely not the case. FULL STORY »

Commentary: EU too influential over Central America ag

The European Union is tightening its business connections with Central American countries, and that presumably means agricultural exports to Europe is part of that tightening. I’m afraid this means European countries are achieving more power over how crops are grown by Central American producers. FULL STORY »

July is Smart Irrigation Month

July is “Smart Irrigation Month” as proclaimed by the Irrigation Association (IA) ever since 2005. It is an initiative to increase agricultural producer, landscaper and the public awareness of the value of water-use efficiency, plus grow demand for water-saving products, practices and services. FULL STORY »

On-the-go Mobile Weather offered by John Deere

Detecting the weather conditions on the go has become a feature that ag retailers and custom applicators are seeing as extremely important in today’s regulated application business, and the electronics for this weather-condition monitoring has become readily available from John Deere. FULL STORY »

Key Issues Perspective: Corn earworm a major problem in soybeans

How far north will corn earworms be a problem for soybean growers in 2012? The degree of the problem and where the problem will occur north of the Mason Dixon line are nearly impossible to predict, but Mid-South entomologists know how intense the corn earworm problem can be in any given year. FULL STORY »

12 Respect the Rotation field days scheduled

Helping cultivate ideas and answers to weed resistance to herbicides is why Bayer CropScience and its university partners have scheduled 12 Respect the Rotation field day events for 2012 at research facilities and farms throughout the Midwest and South. FULL STORY »

Look at Chinese investment in Australian ag

Those involved in Australian agriculture and foreign trade are looking at Chinese investment to develop farming operations in the northern portion of Australia. FULL STORY »

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