Crop & Feed

Corn, soybean, and wheat acreage trends surprising

Let’s begin with a quiz about the Corn Belt. Which state is increasing its corn acreage the most rapidly? Next question. FULL STORY »

Would you fund your own crop insurance program?

Crop insurance premiums for 2013 will be minimally different from last year. They will be less than 2012 because of the re-ratings by USDA’s Risk Management Agency, but not reflect any increase because of higher indemnity payouts from the 2012 drought. FULL STORY »

Midwesterners open to wind farms, especially in rural areas

Indiana residents are overwhelmingly receptive to wind farms in their communities, even in areas that have rejected turbine development, according to Purdue University studies. FULL STORY »

Corn growers: Assess wireworm risk prior to planting

Corn growers need to scout their fields to determine wireworm populations before planting so they don't miss the optimum treatment window, a Purdue Extension entomologist says. FULL STORY »

Trading limits for CBOT corn revert to 40 cents

The daily trading limit for Chicago Board of Trade corn futures and options will revert to 40 cents a bushel for Tuesday's session, while limits for oats will widen, CBOT's parent CME Group said on Monday. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Should you pellet your diets today?

With high feed ingredient prices there is renewed interest in pelleting swine diets to capture feed efficiency improvements. Historic data in the literature suggests upwards of a 7 percent improvement in feed conversion and 5-6 percent improvement in daily gain when corn-soybean meal-based diets were pelleted. FULL STORY »

Another surprising corn stocks estimate

The USDA’s quarterly estimates of U.S. corn inventories have become a source of substantial surprises for the corn market. FULL STORY »

Missouri ‘Right to Farm’ bill moves closer to law

Just a few more hurdles remain before Missouri’s ‘Right to Farm’ bill becomes law. FULL STORY »

Will planting get off to a slow start?

With temperatures in the Midwest about 20 degrees below normal at the beginning of spring people will soon start to consider the weather impact on spring planting. FULL STORY »

A cold spring is tough on crops

A cold spring is not an enjoyable experience for farmers who pride themselves on being first to plant wheat in the fall and corn in the spring. During the past few years these courageous planters have been fortunate to get warmer than normal spring weather, but this year it seems that the tables may have turned. FULL STORY »

Is the farmland price bubble poised to burst?

With farmland across the nation soaring, many farmers are questioning the potential fallout if – or when – the farmland price bubble pops. FULL STORY »

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