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Swanson Russell announces the promotion of Zach Bock and Justin Klemsz in its Lincoln office. DuPont Pioneer announced the Journal of Crop Science has published results of a multi-year study conducted to evaluate maize (corn) hybrids under drought-stress, or water-limited, conditions. Show More Summary

How to Make Roman Semolina Gnocchi (Gnocchi alla Romana)

Long before ships brought native crops from the Americas to Europe, Italy was a land without red sauce, corn polenta, or potato gnocchi. But even without the potato, gnocchi still existed, such as in the form of the classic gnocchi alla Romana, this custardy oven-baked version made with semolina, egg, cheese, and butter. You could say these are the OG: the original gnocchi.

USDA- NASS Crop Condition Updates

On Monday, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) office in Texas indicated that, “Producers in South Central, the Upper Coast, and the Southern parts of the state began planting corn. Sorghum planting was active in areas of the Coastal Bend and the Lower Valley. Field preparations for cotton and sorghum continued in areas of the […]

USDA- NASS Report- Crop Values 2014 Summary

On Tuesday, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its Crop Values Summary report for 2014. In part the NASS report included these two tables highlighting corn and soybean values: (Click here for a larger view). The table shows the average price of corn in the U.S.: 2012- $6.89 2013- $4.46 2014- $3.65 (Click here […]

BASF Awards SOY, Corn and Wheat Scholarships

BASF Crop Protection made 10 students pursuing agricultural degrees very happy today with the presentation of scholarships at the 2015 Commodity Classic, in partnership with the American Soybean Association (ASA), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and the National Wheat Foundation (NWF). Show More Summary

Daily Demand and Supply: Farmers make teaching econ 101 easy

U.S. farmers from Louisiana to North Dakota are preparing to switch more land to soybeans as they seek to limit losses from a slumping corn market. While corn remains the biggest domestic crop, prices have tumbled so much after two years of record harvests that the grain fetches less than...

Scientists Just Found a Way to Make GMOs Much Safer

It's the worst nightmare of activists opposed to genetically modified crops: An errant GMO seed blows out of a wheat or corn field and breeds with a species in the wild or on a neighboring farm. The modified gene proliferates and spreads...Show More Summary

FAPRI Analyst Provides Crop Outlook at AFBF

The bumper corn crop this year means lower prices for the grain, but feed demand will continue to be strong… while demand to turn grains into biofuels will stagnate. That’s the mixed bag of information attendees of the American FarmShow More Summary

Crops can do their own weed control

Weeds would have a tough time competing against crops such as corn, grains and beans if farmers were to alter their sowing patterns, experts say. "Our results demonstrate that weed control in fields is aided by abandoning traditional seed sowing techniques. Show More Summary

Subsidized Success: Corn, Cabernet and Caterpillar

If you make it cheaper and less risky to produce corn, more people will grow corn. Farmers know that. Even though the recently signed Farm Bill eliminated direct payments to farmers, it still provides for nearly $90 billion in "crop insurance" over 10 years. Corn production continues to rise. Show More Summary

N.C. bears getting bigger

So reports the Associated Press. Why? Changing agricultural patterns Farmers shifting from inedible crops like tobacco and cotton to edible items like corn and soybeans give the bears plenty to eat so they no longer have to expend so much energy and lose weight hibernating, state Wildlife Resources Commission black bear biologist Colleen Olfenbuttel said. […]

Ag Economy; Policy Issues; Biotech; Biofuels; Budget; and, Tax Extenders- Wednesday

Agricultural Economy Jacob Bunge and Jesse Newman reported in today’s Wall Street Journal that, “Illinois farmer Darrel Gingerich harvested a huge corn crop this autumn thanks to near-flawless weather. Now, he is stashing it away. “‘I didn’t sell any more than we had to in order to cover our costs for this year,’ the 53-year-old said. […]

Tarantulas become latest cash crop for Nicaraguan farmers

4 months agoNews : The Raw Story

His corn and bean fields ravaged by drought, Nicaraguan farmer Leonel Sanchez Hernandez grudgingly found a new harvest: tarantulas. He gets a little over a dollar for each of the hairy critters, which breeders sell overseas as pets. His take may not be much, but in Nicaragua, a dollar buys a kilo...

FMC Introduces 3RIVE 3D™ Technology

Do you want your corn to thrive? How about 3RIVE 3D? That’s a new product from FMC Corporation. It is a crop protection delivery platform for three-dimensional in-furrow protection. The patent-pending 3RIVE 3D™ technology integratesShow More Summary

Boosts in productivity of corn and other crops modify Northern Hemisphere carbon dioxide cycle

In the Northern Hemisphere, there's a strong seasonal cycle of vegetation. Each year in the Northern Hemisphere, levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide drop in the summer as plants "inhale," then climb again as they exhale after the growing season. Show More Summary

Boosts in productivity of corn and other crops modify Northern Hemisphere carbon dioxide cycle

Each year in the Northern Hemisphere, levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide drop in the summer as plants "inhale," then climb again as they exhale after the growing season. During the last 50 years, the size of this seasonal swing has...Show More Summary

Ag Economy; Farm Bill; Budget; Immigration; Trade; Biotech; and, Regs- Tuesday

Agricultural Economy A news release yesterday from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) indicated that, “According to the November Crop Production report released today by [NASS], corn production is expected to reach 14.4 billion bushels this year, up 3 percent from 2013 [related graph]. Show More Summary

Slight Decrease in Corn, Increase in Beans

The November crop forecast from USDA calls for a slightly lower corn crop but a slightly higher soybean crop. Corn production is now forecast at 14.4 billion bushels, just a bit lower than last month, but still three percent higher than last year, with yields now expected to average 173.4 bushels per acre. If realized, this will still be the... Read More

‘Interstellar’ Review: Ambition and Corn Collide In a Universe Powered By Love (or Something)

The Earth is in bad shape, and mankind is on the fast track to follow okra and obesity into extinction. A devastating blight has swept the planet, killing off plants and crops and making way for epic dust storms (haboobs to anyone who’s...Show More Summary

Digital Storytelling from Deere

During the Bayer CropScience Corn and Soybean Future Forum Than Hartsock, John Deere, did some digital storytelling. In fact, his presentation was titled, “Digitalization – next level of corn and soybean cropping.” Than talked about how John Deere is developing new tools to deal with ways for farmers to make more money from their crop. This includes all the things... Read More

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