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Corn planting pace turns from record slow to record fast

Drier weather last week gave farmers the opportunity they needed to make up for lost time. After struggling for weeks against the wetter weather, they were able to get 71 percent of the corn in the ground. FULL STORY »

USDA researches environmentally friendly farming Play video

A USDA researcher is studying the feasibility of using cheaper alternatives to commercial fertilizers and how much farmers can use in an environmentally friendly way. FULL STORY »

Lawmakers plan to start drafting farm bill next week

Congress will begin writing a new, $500 billion U.S. farm law next week, the head of the Senate Agriculture Committee said on Tuesday, even as calls mounted for deeper cuts in farm subsidies and food stamp spending. FULL STORY »

Farmers consider using drones on crops

While most headlines about unmanned aircrafts and farms have involved animal rights groups, universities and businesses are experimenting with ways drones can be used to a farmer’s advantage. FULL STORY »

Planting corn late does not foretell low yield

Average recommended planting dates for corn in Iowa lie between April 12 and May 18 in order to achieve 98-100 percent yield potential, but yields can be above state yield trends with later planted corn. FULL STORY »

Showers keeping U.S. corn farmers at home

Wet and chilly weather into the weekend will continue to slow plantings of the U.S. corn crop that already has fallen to the slowest seeding pace on record, an agricultural meteorologist said on Friday. FULL STORY »

Your recipe for insect, weed control could be hazardous to corn

You are trying to manage your various risks in crop production, double checking weed and insect management plans. Then suddenly the crop protection chemical industry throws a wide sweeping curve ball that sails past you for a called strike. FULL STORY »

Crop forecaster reduces U.S. corn outlook by 30 million bushels

Crop forecaster Lanworth on Wednesday trimmed its estimate of U.S. corn production due to wet weather that will likely cut planted acreage this spring. FULL STORY »

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 »

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