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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

3 weeks 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

6 Vegetarian Recipes to Make with the “3 Sisters”: Corn, Beans, and Squash

Cooler weather calls for heartier meals and seasonal ingredients, so try out one of these simple vegetarian recipes featuring the "Three Sisters”: corn, squash, and beans. These three crops were once commonly grown together by indigenous groups across

Weather Impacts on Corn Soybean Yield & Trading

With a session topic on how environmental constraints impact crop yield and trading you’d think this would take a long time. However, at the Bayer CropScience 2014 Corn and Soybean Future Forum Kyle Tapley, MDA Information Systems, got the job done in a short time frame. The focus was on weather and Kyle made a few statements that caught my... Read More

Follow This Insider's $106 Million Bet On A Potential Industry Boom

Few sectors have been hit as hard this year as agriculture. Record-high crop production and a strong dollar are driving grain prices to multi-year lows. Since April, the price of corn and wheat have

ERS: Global stocks of major crops rising

From USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS)- “Global stocks of major crop commodities are forecast to expand in the 2014/15 marketing year, with total stocks of wheat, rice, corn, and soybeans completing recovery from the relatively low levels that preceded the 2008 spike in world crop prices. Record U.S. crops of corn and soybeans, along with […]

Commodities Supplies In The United States 2014

By Bailey Link: Corn as a commodity has reached its lowest level of prices in four years after the virtually perfect summer for the crop. It was not too hot, obviously not cold, and had just the right amount of rain to spur extra growth despite the fact that farmers did not plant crops in as many acres this year as they did previously. Show More Summary

Ag Economy; Farm Bill; Regulations; and, Immigration- Monday

Agricultural Economy On Friday, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its Crop Production report, which indicated that, “Corn production is forecast at 14.5 billion bushels, up less than 1 percent from the previous forecast and up 4 percent from 2013. Based on conditions as of October 1, yields are expected to average 174.2 bushels per […]

Record Crop Continues To Grow

By T. Marc Schober: October yield estimates for corn and soybeans have historically increased from September, and this year was no different; average estimated corn and soybean yields increased 2.5 and 0.5 bushels per acre, respectively. Show More Summary

Grains Council Helping Exports Rebound

With a record corn crop being harvested, exports are more important than ever. The United States exported more than 11 percent of the U.S. corn supply to over 100 countries in the 2013/2014 marketing year, which U.S. Grains Council president and CEO Tom Sleight says is a nice recovery from lost market share after the drought of 2012. “Now it’s... Read More

Climate Change Hits Close to Home for Small Family Farmers

For many years on my Virginia farm I had my corn crop in the ground by the end of March. But that has not been the case for the last 10 years. Spring planting season has become more and more delayed because of changes in our weather patterns. Show More Summary

Grains - Third-Quarter Review And Outlook For The Rest Of 2014

By Andrew Hecht: Grain prices did not just fall during the third quarter of 2014, they plummeted. There are some years when weather affects crop production. We saw that during the drought of 2012, which sent the price of corn, soybeans and wheat to dizzying highs. Show More Summary

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