Crop & Feed

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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