Crop & Feed

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 »

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 »

Feeding corn germ to pigs does not affect growth performance

Inclusion of corn germ in swine diets can reduce diet costs, depending on the local cost of corn germ and other ingredients. Recent research conducted at the University of Illinois indicates that corn germ can be included at up to 30 percent in diets fed to growing pigs. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Take time for agricultural safety awareness

Most common in rural areas, bright orange "Slow Moving Vehicle" triangles on tractors and other farm equipment also are spotted by motorists in suburban and (sometimes) urban areas, especially as spring planting season approaches FULL STORY »

Wet soil or dry: Will ACRE provide any benefits in 2013?

Most Corn Belt farmers not have received an ACRE payment, since the inception of the program in the 2008 Farm Bill. FULL STORY »

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