Crop & Feed

Decision soon on Japan joining TPP

The United States, New Zealand and nine other countries negotiating a free trade pact in the Asia-Pacific region could formally decide next month whether to allow Japan into the talks, New Zealand's trade minister said earlier this week. FULL STORY »

Now is the time to fine tune your sprayer

Higher pesticide costs and new chemicals designed to be used in lower doses make accurate application more important than ever. There is no better time than early spring to take a closer look at your sprayer. FULL STORY »

How many corn acres will be planted in 2013?

What is your guess for the March 28th USDA projection for planted acreage for corn? Likely, if you are not planting as much corn as others, you think the number will be on the low end of the 96-99 million possible range. FULL STORY »

2013 corn and soybean acreage and yield prospects

Production prospects for corn and soybean in the United States in 2013 will hinge primarily on the nature of the growing season and yield prospects, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good. FULL STORY »

April showers forecast as U.S. begins healing from drought

Crop-friendly snowfall and some rain moved across much of the U.S. crop belt over the weekend offering slight relief to the drought while a new storm system is expected by late this week, an agricultural meteorologist said on Monday. FULL STORY »

USDA urges farmers to prepare for continuing drought

With the prospect of a continuation of one of the worst droughts in nearly 50 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is reminding farmers and ranchers of some of the programs they offer that may help to mitigate effects of the drought. FULL STORY »

In time, higher volume after CME cuts grain futures hours

CME Group's plan to scale back its trading day for grain contracts will likely provide a boost to volume and liquidity, but traders said it will take time for investors to return to the market. FULL STORY »

Weekend snow expected to ease drought in U.S. crop belt

An early spring snowstorm is expected to move in a broad swath from the U.S. Plains into the Midwest late Friday through the weekend, adding moisture to drought-depleted soils, an agricultural meteorologist said. FULL STORY »

Threat of corn flea beetle moderate to severe in Ohio this spring

Growers scouting their fields this spring should be on the lookout for corn flea beetle as the relatively mild Ohio winter Ohio is expected to cause a moderate to severe infestation of the pest, an Ohio State University Extension entomologist says. FULL STORY »

Western Corn Belt can’t shake drought woes

The start of spring this week brought renewed hope for producers across the nation’s heartland as another round of snow and rain set its sights on the parched region. FULL STORY »

Exports: Both corn and soybeans tumble

According to the USDA’s latest U.S. Export Sales report, corn net sales of 92,200 MT for the 2012-2013 marketing year were down 67 percent from last week and 59 percent from the 4-week average. FULL STORY »

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