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Scientists splice plants with bacteria to supercharge their growth

6 hours agoHealth : The Checkup

You don't need to be a farmer to know that weeds grow faster than potatoes. But scientists have been trying for a while to make slow-growing plants -- like wheat and rice -- perform more like fast crops, like corn and many weeds. The key is the way the crops photosynthesize, and some genetic splicing could trick slow plants into speeding up. Read full article >>

USDA Deregulates ENLIST Crops

USDA has issued a decision to deregulate Dow’s Enlist 2,4-D and glyphosate-resistant corn and soybean traits in the United States. “Gaining approval for this important technology has been a long, hard fought battle,” said National Corn Growers Association Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair Jim Zimmerman of Wisconsin. Show More Summary

Second Generation Biofuels Could be Key to Future

Much of the talk surrounding biofuels in the past has centered on corn, wheat, soybeans, and sugarcane, which are known as first generation biofuels. These food crops were seen by many as a way to become more energy independent, as they could be processed to create ethanol fuel that in turn could replace our dependence on oil. Show More Summary

Okay, Enough Of This Trend Already: Thief Wipes Out Preschoolers’ Pumpkin Patch

First, it was corn stolen from farmers. Next, it was a class of fifth graders learning the harsh lessons of life when someone swiped their entire onion crop. And now we’ve gotten to the sad, low point of some awful, horrible, no good very bad person or persons stealing all the pumpkins from a patch belonging to preschoolers. … [More]

New Anhydrous Applicator from John Deere

The recent increase in continuous corn acres requires rugged nutrient application equipment that keeps pace with today’s intensive crop production. The tough new John Deere 2410C Anhydrous Applicator gives customers in the anhydrous ammonia applicator business exactly what they need. Show More Summary

Ag Economy; Policy Issues; and, Political Notes- Friday

Agricultural Economy Yesterday’s Crop Production report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) noted that, “Corn production is forecast at 14.4 billion bushels, up 3 percent from both the August forecast and from 2013. Based on conditions as of September 1, yields are expected to average 171.7 bushels per acre, up 4.3 bushels from the […]

Favorable Weather Increases Record Corn Crop

By T. Marc Schober: 2014 average corn yields are estimated at a record 171.7 bushels per acre, an increase of over four bushels from last month, according to the USDA. Adjusting for corn's 2014/15 record production, the ending stocks-to-use ratio is now estimated at 14.7%, compared to the five year average of 8.8%. Show More Summary

Big Crops Getting Bigger

USDA has increased its estimate of both the corn and soybean crops this month, building on already forecast record highs. Corn production is forecast at 14.4 billion bushels, up 3 percent from both the August forecast and from 2013. Based on conditions as of September 1, yields are expected to average 171.7 bushels per acre, up 4.3 bushels from the... Read More

Wal-Mart Joins U.S. Crop-tour Fever Seeking Food Chain Edge

By Karl Plume CHICAGO (Reuters) - Retail giant Wal-Mart joined a group of volunteers counting corn ears and soybean pods in fields in the United States recently in a clear sign traditional crop tours are expanding their appeal from farmers and traders to all those with a stake in the U.S. Show More Summary

Honduras: Beware of Neoliberal Economic Growth Strategies

Honduras used to be known as the "breadbasket" of Central America. It grew enough of the basic staple crops of beans, rice, and corn to feed its own people and then have enough left over to export to the region. But back in the early-1990s,...Show More Summary

Crop Conditions End August At 20-Year Highs

By T. Marc Schober: Fall frost remains the final major threat to corn and soybean crops whose conditions remain at 20-year highs. Farmers at the Farm Progress Show noted excellent growing conditions present this farming season, but some were not as confident in the forecasts of record production as the USDA. Show More Summary

Jack Frost; Last Major Risk To Record Crops

By T. Marc Schober: Ideal crop weather continued in the month of August, supporting expectations for a record corn crop on weighing on commodity prices. July ended dry for some farmers across the Corn Belt, but August rainfall was at or above average for many regions, helping progress the corn and soybean crops. Show More Summary

Ag Economy; Policy Issues; Immigration; Climate; and, Political Notes- Monday

Agricultural Economy Tom Meersman reported over the weekend at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune Online that, “The prospect of a bin-busting crop has driven corn prices to their lowest levels in four years and raised fears of a prolonged slump for crop farmers in Minnesota and elsewhere. “After three years of profits, analysts are calling 2014 a break-even year, at […]

Bill Northey Talk Corn Crops, Water Quality

During the Farm Progress Show this week, I caught up with Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey. I asked him what the corn crop was looking like in Iowa in particular, as Boone, Iowa is the host of this year’s Farm Progress. Northey said that for the most part, Iowa is going to have a great corn crop as well as... Read More

Pork Economic Situation and Outlook

The record yields and production predicted for the U.S. corn crop this year have good potential to get even bigger, according to livestock economist Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics. “It just looks very good … we’re looking at a great crop,” said Meyer at the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica North Carolina Swine Health Seminar last week. “Based on history, the two years... Read More

Ag Economy; Policy Issues; Biotech; Regs; and, Immigration- Thursday

Agricultural Economy Jesse Newman reported in today’s Wall Street Journal that, “Two visitors on an annual Midwest crop tour here [McLean County, Il] this week quickly found themselves enveloped by 10-foot-high stalks of corn, an up-close view of what some think could be an even-larger U.S. crop than the record harvest projected by federal forecasters.” The […]

Wall Street's Commodities Analysts Are Getting Their Hands Dirty In America's Corn Fields This Week

This week, a bunch of Wall Streeters have traded in their suits and ties for jeans as they make the annual pilgrimage to the Midwest to check out this year's crops. It's what New York-based Societe Generale commodities analyst ChrisShow More Summary

Ag Economy; Regulations; and, Immigration- Tuesday

Agricultural Economy Jesse Newman reported yesterday at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “The corn crop in Ohio, the nation’s seventh largest producer of the grain, will surpass projections made in the most recent federal estimates, according to an average of survey results collected by crop scouts on a closely watched crop tour. “Corn yield potential […]

Favorable August Weather Continues To Support Healthy Crops

By T. Marc Schober: Ideal growing weather continues to support corn and soybean conditions as we move closer to harvest. Illinois and Iowa, the largest corn producing states, have the best conditioned corn in the U.S. The highly acclaimed...Show More Summary

Plunging Corn Prices Encourage Livestock Producers To Fatten Up The Flock

By The Mays Report: By G C Mays The USDA released its first survey-based estimate of the 2014/15 marketing year and estimated corn production at a record 356.4 million metric tons. With 73 percent of the corn crop recently rated good-to-excellent farmers will likely realize much if not more of that record estimate. Show More Summary

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