North America

Row width trends in soybeans

Extensive research studies conducted over many locations and years have compared drilled narrow rows vs. 30-inch rows in soybeans, and have generally shown a significant yield advantage for drilled narrow rows. In recent years, however, drilled soybeans have fallen out of favor in many areas. FULL STORY »

Soil compaction management

It is important to have a thorough understanding of the basics of soil compaction and to make the investment to address it to maintain the productivity of the soil and improve the ability to be in the fields under sub-optimal conditions. FULL STORY »

Syngenta introduces 70 corn hybrids for 2013

Syngenta has introduced a diverse line-up of 70 new corn hybrids for the 2013 planting season. The new offering includes 27 hybrids containing genetics that are new to the market. FULL STORY »

China to stockpile domestic corn, soy for state reserves

The Chinese government will start stockpiling soy and corn from local farmers at higher prices than a year ago, an industry source said on Tuesday, a move set to stabilize domestic prices and support soy imports. FULL STORY »

YouTube series shows farming innovation can feed the future

A new four-part YouTube series "9 Billion Mouths to Feed: The Future of Farming," is now available on University of California's YouTube original channel UCTV Prime. The series examines the challenges of feeding the world and demonstrates how UC Davis researchers and students are working together to develop innovative ways to feed the world without depleting our resources. FULL STORY »

Ag marketers optimistic on business outlook

Agribusiness executives generally believe the ag economy and business environment will strengthen over the coming year, according to a poll from Agri Marketing magazine and the American Business Media's (ABM) Agri-Council. FULL STORY »

Profit tracker: Pork producer losses mount

Pork producer margins took a turn for the worse, dropping $13.96 per head last week compared with the week before. Packer margins continue to gain ground, having nearly doubled from the profits for the previous week. FULL STORY »

September beef exports fall, pork remains steady

U.S. pork exports in September were steady with last year’s volume, while beef exports were well below a year ago. Despite sluggish volumes, however, the value of both pork and beef exports through the third quarter of 2012 remains ahead of last year’s record-setting pace. FULL STORY »

Right and left at odds in Chesapeake Bay cleanup

The Washington Post reports plans for water cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay are being “hit by opponents from both the left and right.” FULL STORY »

Update on South American soybean crops

November is the most important month for soybean planting progress in South America’s two largest producers, Argentina and Brazil. FULL STORY »

Alternative enterprises boost farm incomes

Growing numbers of farm families generate additional income by engaging in on-farm businesses other than producing agricultural commodities, according to a new report from USDA’s Economic Research Service. Close to a third of U.S. farm households generate income by engaging in off-farm business ventures and on-farm activities independent of commodity production, according to the report. FULL STORY »

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