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Southern Plains still grappling with persistent drought

Unlike California, a wet June over the nation’s heartland helped to slowly erode portion of drought on the southern and central Plains, but it wasn’t enough to bring the region out of drought. FULL STORY »

Reducing fertilizer use with a more accurate soil test

Soil tests that determine fertilizer needs measure nitrate in the soil, but they don't sufficiently account for soil microbes, which mineralize organic nitrogen and make more of it available to a crop. As a result, farmers often apply more fertilizer than they need. FULL STORY »

Biting the hand that feeds you

In the creeping corners of organic vegetable stands and the shadows of specialty stores lurks a very disturbing creature. Willowy in form with daunting pale skin, it sniffs and picks through an assortment of produce, eyeing each one like a hawk. FULL STORY »

Crop markets were sharply lower

Corn futures declined and marked the eighth consecutive session of lower quotes. The futures fell to the lowest level since August 2010 on the continuous chart. FULL STORY »

Will El Niño be enough to break California’s drought?

The upcoming El Niño is fizzling, turning into an “El Wimpo” that won’t be likely strong enough to end drought in California. FULL STORY »

Downturn resumed in the crop markets

Corn futures gave up early gains and proved vulnerable on Thursday morning. Pressure was from the weather forecasts that call for below normal temperatures and normal to above normal precipitation for the next week to ten days, which is nearly ideal for corn pollination. FULL STORY »

Canadian hog barn fire kills 4,000 sows

Nearly 4,000 sows were killed in a hog barn fire on a Canadian Hutterite colony. FULL STORY »

WH Group seeking up to $3 bilion in revised Hong Kong IPO

Chinese pork producer WH Group Ltd is seeking to raise up to $3 billion as early as this month in a revived Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO) which saw the deal size cut by nearly two-thirds. FULL STORY »

Corn net sales climb 25% higher

In the USDA’s latest Weekly Export Sales report, corn net sales for 2013-2014 were up 25 percent from the previous week at 363,000 metric tons (MT). FULL STORY »

Pork net sales slip another 27%

According to the USDA’s latest Weekly Export Sales report, pork net sales of 8,900 metric tons (MT) for 2014 were down 27 percent from the previous week and 19 percent from the prior 4-week average. FULL STORY »

Manure storage challenged after historic rains

Heavy rains can add water to manure storage. This reduces space for manure and freeboard and makes emptying pits more difficult. FULL STORY »

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