Crop & Feed

Political dealing with farm programs

Monty Hall would love it. And farmers who gamble on the markets and big stakes revenue crops would be in hog heaven. FULL STORY »

Planting delays and corn prospects

April 2013 has turned into a “second March,” with wet weather and cool temperatures persisting into the last week of the month and corn planting progress in Illinois stuck at 1 percent as May 1 approaches. FULL STORY »

Farmland lease template avoids pitfalls of verbal agreements

Michigan State University Extension educators have created an interactive, written cash cropland lease template that can be completed using a home computer. FULL STORY »

How large does the corn crop need to be?

Based on corn planting intentions of nearly 97.3 million acres (implied harvested acres for grain near 90.2 million) and a trend yield of 161.5 bushels, the 2013 season started with expectations of a record U.S. crop near 14.6 billion bushels. FULL STORY »

Corn planting date: Implications of planting in May

Corn that has been planted in a few Corn Belt fields is struggling to survive in the cold, wet soil. And once you get planting, some farmers may not stop, come darkness or even breakfast the next morning. Which makes one wonder about the impact of planting late. FULL STORY »

Don't fall for the three tillage temptations

A Purdue Extension agronomist is urging corn farmers not to let planting anxiety drive them to fall for three common tillage temptations: too early, too wet, and too often. FULL STORY »

Spotlight on Economics: Should you enroll in the ACRE program?

The 2008 farm bill was extended through Sept. 30, 2013, for most programs that were in place for the 2012 crop year. This means producers have the option to enroll in the Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment (DCP) program or the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program this spring. FULL STORY »

More weather setbacks for corn planting

Recent rains may have helped wash away the drought from many areas in the Corn Belt, but April showers continue to stall corn planting across much of the heartland. FULL STORY »

Grain handlers wary of toxin lingering in 2012 U.S. corn harvest

Problems with the toxic residue of a mold that attacked the 2012 drought-hit U.S. corn crop may worsen this summer and autumn as Midwest farmers blend off tainted supplies held in storage, grain experts say. FULL STORY »

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 »

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