Crop & Feed

2012 drought could mean larger soybean seeds

Soybean growers heading into the 2013 planting season might find that many soybean seeds are larger than normal - a lingering impact from the 2012 drought, says an expert with Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). FULL STORY »

More corn...more profit?

Economics, dealing with weed and disease pressures, the installation of drainage tile, having a place to apply manure...all are reasons that a producer might vary the number of acres devoted to any single crop enterprise in any single year. FULL STORY »

Feeding corn germ to pigs does not affect growth performance

Inclusion of corn germ in swine diets can reduce diet costs, depending on the local cost of corn germ and other ingredients. Recent research conducted at the University of Illinois indicates that corn germ can be included at up to 30 percent in diets fed to growing pigs. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Take time for agricultural safety awareness

Most common in rural areas, bright orange "Slow Moving Vehicle" triangles on tractors and other farm equipment also are spotted by motorists in suburban and (sometimes) urban areas, especially as spring planting season approaches FULL STORY »

Wet soil or dry: Will ACRE provide any benefits in 2013?

Most Corn Belt farmers not have received an ACRE payment, since the inception of the program in the 2008 Farm Bill. FULL STORY »

Estimating yield potential of soybean by planting date

With the wet weather conditions this spring, many soybean growers are concerned about the late start this year compared to the 2012 spring. FULL STORY »

Improving corn success after 2012 drought

As we get close to planting corn it is a good time to make management decisions for the upcoming planting season. FULL STORY »

Optimal timing one key in getting corn planting off to good start

Growers who want to get their corn crop out to a good start this year should make sure they get it planted during the optimal corn-planting time, which in some parts of Ohio typically starts as early this week, an Ohio State University Extension expert says. FULL STORY »

Are 2013 crops in jeopardy of herbicide carryover?

The 2013 planting season is 2-4 weeks behind the early start of 2012, depending on your location in the Corn Belt. FULL STORY »

WeatherBug releases U.S. summer season forecast

WeatherBug is forecasting a summer season similar to 2012 for much of the continental U.S. For summer 2013, WeatherBug indicates a distinct threat for above-normal temperatures from west Texas across the Great Plains into the central and Southern Rockies, and across the Mid-South. FULL STORY »

Hog profits may still return with lower feed prices

The prospects for a return to profitability have brightened once again, but due to an entirely different reason: much lower feed prices. FULL STORY »

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