Month High Low Last Chg
Sep '17 352'4 349'6 352'0 1'4
Dec '17 366'2 363'4 365'6 1'4
Mar '18 378'0 375'4 377'6 1'4
May '18 384'2 381'4 384'0 1'6
Jul '18 390'0 387'4 390'0 1'6
Sep '18 395'0 392'4 394'6 1'2
Month High Low Last Chg
Sep '17 939'0 927'6 937'4 7'2
Nov '17 939'0 929'4 937'6 4'6
Jan '18 946'4 937'4 945'6 4'4
Mar '18 954'2 945'4 953'6 4'2
May '18 961'2 953'0 960'6 4'0
Jul '18 967'4 959'6 966'6 3'6
Aug '18 966'2 962'0 967'2 3'4
Month High Low Last Chg
Sep '17 417'6 410'4 414'4 0'2
Dec '17 445'4 438'2 442'2 0'2
Mar '18 463'4 456'4 460'6 0'2
May '18 477'4 471'0 475'0 0'0
Month High Low Last Chg
Aug '17 107.450 105.750 106.375 -0.750
Oct '17 106.850 104.750 105.900 -0.325
Month High Low Last Chg
Oct '17 67.79 0.34
Dec '17 67.50 66.68 67.28 0.37
Mar '18 67.20 66.50 67.06 0.30
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"I grew up on a family farm south of Lawrence where my parents still ...
"I grew up on a family farm south of Lawrence where my parents still raise corn, wheat, and cattle. I spent my childhood helping with harvest, planting, fixing fence, and working cattle." Click the link below to read the rest of Ryan's story! #KeepingItLocal>
Cover crops fill grazing, conservation need
Brian Martin sees high value in experimenting, such as in cover crops for grazing.? He and his father experimented during the drought of 2012 when the corn crop produced more forage than it did grain.? Cover crops had a two-fold purpose and value. ?It?s a combination of erosion control, and then the benefit of added forage at a time when there?s nothing else to graze,? Martin told Brownfield Ag News. Another experimentation opportunity Martin took advantage of was during the 2015 growing season.? Continue reading Cover crops fill grazing, conservation need at Brownfield Ag News.      
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"I grew up on a family farm south of Lawrence where my parents still raise corn, wheat, and cattle. I spent my childhood helping with harvest, planting, fixing fence, and working cattle." Click the link below to read the rest of Ryan's story! #KeepingItLocal>
The power of fungicide...these pictures truly say it all! ...
The power of fungicide...these pictures truly say it all! #YourYieldsMatter #FungicidePays>
After a night of consistent rain in central Nebraska, the rain gauges ...
After a night of consistent rain in central Nebraska, the rain gauges on a farm north of Aurora are both at 5.8" this morning at 7:30 a.m. and it's still raining. Looks like it's time to dump them out and start over.>
All grains are trading lower again this morning on the open. Crop ...
All grains are trading lower again this morning on the open. Crop condition ratings improved a couple points yesterday afternoon, but the trade is having a hard time agreeing with the USDA. This morning the US Dollar is slightly higher and crude oil is trading slightly lower. Trade will be watching to see if the bulls have enough strength to keep prices above recent lows. Several well-known crop tours will start up the end of this week and beginning of next week. On the open at 8:30 a.m., Corn down 4, Old Soybeans down 4, New Soybeans down 6, KC Wheat 7 lower.>
Congratulations to the July winners in the Summer of Ethanol ...
Congratulations to the July winners in the Summer of Ethanol Giveaway! #YourCornYourEthanol Richard Waller of Holdrege Bruce Christensen of Dannebrog Kirk Duensing of Byron Mike Wilkens of Gibbon Richard Hoffman of Doniphan Gale Christenson of Aurora John Jensen of Upland Steve Mead of Aurora Charlie Dubas of Palmer Monte Hermansen of Harvard Don't forget a drawing will be held on September 15th for one lucky winner to receive free ethanol blended gasoline for a year! Every 15 gallons of ethanol purchased this month gets you in the drawing!>
Chicago futures are starting the week in the red. A south American ...
Chicago futures are starting the week in the red. A south American boat of corn is expected to load this week and point to the United States. The US Dollar is trading higher this morning. Crop progress will be released at 3 p.m. this afternoon and the market is looking for steady conditions vs last week. The radar this morning shows a bit of moisture hitting the ground in Northern Iowa. The marketplace will continue to argue grain production estimates as several private crop tours will start towards the end of this week and next week. On the open at 8:30 a.m., Corn down 3, Soybeans down 10, KC Wheat down 9.>
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Today we want to wish Deanie Harris a Happy Retirement! Thank you Deanie for 32 plus years of dedicated service to the Roseland location and community! You will be missed!>
The USDA pegged US corn yield at 169.5 and soybeans at 49.4 bushels ...
The USDA pegged US corn yield at 169.5 and soybeans at 49.4 bushels per acre. Corn production at 14.153 billion bushels and soybean production at 4.381 billion bushels. Traders will continue to debate yield estimates as most in the marketplace still believe that yield and production numbers are too high based on weather. The outside markets have the dollar down sharp, crude oil is a bit weaker and global markets could see some position squaring ahead of the weekend. On the open at 8:30 a.m., Corn +3/4, Soybeans +5, KC Wheat -3>
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The USDA will release their updated Supply and Demand balance sheets ...
The USDA will release their updated Supply and Demand balance sheets this morning at 11 a.m. The average trade guess for corn yield is 166.2 bushels per acre and soybeans are estimated at 47.5 bushels per acre. Total corn production looks to come in near 13.855 billion bushels with soybeans at 4.212 billion bushels. New crop corn ending stocks are estimated at just over 2 billion bushels while beans are estimated at 424 million. On the open at 8:30 a.m., Corn +1/4, Soybeans +4 to 5, KC Wheat 1 to 2 higher. For more information on today's report, give us a call at 855-226-7587.>
Futures posted very small gains overnight on light volume. The ...
Futures posted very small gains overnight on light volume. The marketplace only has to wait another day to see the new fundamental news from the Supply and Demand report. Average estimates for tomorrows yield number is 165.3 bushels per acre on the corn side. The USDA will also update world crop production. Canada, China, and Ukraine had weather issues so traders will be watching those closely. On the open at 8:30 a.m., Corn +1, Soybeans +2, KC Wheat +1 ?.>
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Chicago markets are stronger this morning as the market waits for ...
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As aerial crop spraying season is still in full swing, we celebrated ...
As aerial crop spraying season is still in full swing, we celebrated National Aviation Day a little early this month by sporting yellow and white to represent air tractors and thrush airplanes. We continue to keep positive thoughts and prayers going out to our aviation team as they finish out the aerial season strong!>
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Nebraska Ag Update - August 18, 2017
Nebraska Ag Updates
Late Season Weed Escapes in Soybeans?
Despite your best weed-control efforts this year, you still ended up with patches or fields with weeds coming through the crop canopy. Now that August has rolled around, what options are available to control weeds and prevent them from going to seed? What can we do differently to prevent this problem next year? August is a good time to evaluate your current weed management plan and develop strategies for next year. Is there a herbicide available for rescue treatment? The short answer is no. Although it would be great to have a herbicide rescue treatment to control escaped waterhemp and other weed species that are now 3+ feet in height in soybean, there are no control options available. The crop stage at this point is generally advanced far enough that products, such as Roundup, Liberty, Flexstar, dicamba, and others are no longer labeled for use in soybean. Although some may be inclined to spray Cobra or other lactofen-containing products in an attempt to control weed escapes, they will not provide effective control of large weeds and have significant crop-injury potential (up to a 14% yield reduction) (Nelson et al. 2007). Lactofen-containing herbicides such as Cobra have a 45 day pre-harvest interval that also needs to be considered. Refer to product labels for pre-harvest intervals and other important information. In most instances, spot-spraying is the best herbicide option. Will yield be impacted Probably not. If weeds were controlled earlier in the season and there are few sporadic escapes, there will likely not be an effect on soybean yield. However, one weed can make weed control more difficult in the future if seed production occurs. Although seed production of weeds will vary widely, waterhemp can produce over 200,000 seeds per plant in competition with soybean, lambsquarters can produce over 70,000 seeds per plant, and giant ragweed can produce over 10,000 seeds per plant. How long will weed seeds stick around? If escaped weeds are allowed to produce seed, they have the potential to stick around for decades. Over 50% of lambsquarters seeds will still be in the soil seed bank in 12 years. For waterhemp, 50% of the viable seeds will be degraded in 3 years. Giant ragweed seeds are degraded relatively quickly, with over 95% of the weed seeds being degraded in 2 years according to recently published U of MN research (Goplen et al. 2017). No matter what escaped weeds you’re dealing with, preventing seed production should be the primary concern. What can I do? Herbicides are not an option, but seed production can have lasting impacts on future weed control. Unfortunately the best option to control escaped weeds involves physical labor and pulling the weeds by hand. If soybean canopies are lagging behind and have not closed in, cultivation can still be used as an option, although cultivation will probably still not be effective on large weeds. There have been sightings of bean bars and wick style herbicide applicators this year, which are also options that may be applicable to your scenario. Many soybean growers this year have incorporated “hand-pulling” of problem weeds in their fields in addition to other weed control methods. Some of these growers have questioned if mature weeds need to be carried out of the field due to concerns that these weeds may contribute to the weed seed bank within the field. Remember that many weed seeds need to be “ripe” or physiologically mature before they would be of concern for next year’s crop. If not yet mature, this is referred to as “innate dormancy,” which is defined as the process of growth of an embryo to a stage fit for germination which has not been completed while the the embryo was still borne on the parent plant. Most weeds in Minnesota will begin producing viable seeds in the next 1-2 weeks, so the time to pull or control weeds is now. If escaped weeds are not controlled prior to seed production, keep in mind that combines are one of the best ways to spread weed seed. If there is a confined patch of weeds, consider going around the weed patch to prevent spreading weed seeds throughout the field. Consider harvesting order too. To keep clean fields clean, combine weedy fields last to prevent spreading seeds from field to field. What can I do differently to prevent weed escapes next year? Be proactive! Review and reflect on your weed management plan. The time you invest in evaluating the plan is well worth it. What you do on your farm matters, so take control and take action. Ask yourself these questions: Which weeds survived and why? Be honest with yourself. How effective were your preemergence herbicides on your spectrum of weeds? Which weeds escaped control? Consider product choice, activation of herbicide (rainfall, soil types) rate used and length of residual control expected. How effective were your postemergence herbicides and on which weeds? Were applications timely, on small weeds, with appropriate coverage? Did you use multiple, effective sites of action on your weeds? Did they have residual activity? Did you include non-chemical tactics in your plan? Do you suspect herbicide resistance? One clue is you will often find surviving plants right next to dead plants of the same species. You may also see small patches of escapes in a field. If you have waterhemp that was not adequately controlled by PPO inhibitor herbicides (e.g. Flexstar, Cobra) or glyphosate, and you suspect herbicide resistance, consider submitting a leaf sample to the University of Illinois Plant Clinic for a molecular-based test for glyphosate and PPO inhibitor herbicide resistance. The University of Illinois Plant Clinic can also run a diagnostic test on plants you suspect to be Palmer Amaranth. In planning for next year this would be money well spent. Submission form and instructions are located at: Submission form: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/plantclinic/downloads/molecular.pdf Instructions: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/plantclinic/downloads/herbicide.pdf References Goplen, JJ, CC Sheaffer, RL Becker, JA Coulter, FR Breitenbach, LM Behnken, GA Johnson, and JL Gunsolus. 2017. Seed bank depletion and emergence patterns of giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida) in Minnesota cropping systems. Weed Sci. 65:52–60. Nelson, KA, GE Rottinghaus, and TE Nelson. 2007. Effect of lactofen application timing on yield and isoflavone concentration in soybean seed. Agron. Journal. 99:645–649. Source: Jared Goplen, Dave Nicolai, Lisa Behnken, Jeff Gunsolus, University of Minnesota Extension
Harnessing Rich Satellite Data to Estimate Crop Yield
Without advanced sensing technology, humans see only a small portion of the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Satellites see the full range-from high-energy gamma rays, to visible, infrared, and low-energy microwaves. The images and data they collect can be used to solve complex problems. For example, satellite data is being harnessed by researchers at the University of Illinois for a more complete picture of cropland and to estimate crop yield in the U.S. Corn Belt. "In places where we may see just the color green in crops, electromagnetic imaging from satellites reveals much more information about what's actually happening in the leaves of plants and even inside the canopy. How to leverage this information is the challenge," says Kaiyu Guan, an environmental scientist at the U of I and the lead author on the research. "Using various spectral bands and looking at them in an integrated way, reveals rich information for improving crop yield." Guan says this work is the first time that so many spectral bands, including visible, infrared, thermal, and passive and active microwave, and canopy fluorescence measurements have been brought together to look at crops. "We used an integrated framework called Partial Least-Square Regression to analyze all of the data together. This specific approach can identify commonly shared information across the different data sets. When we pull the shared information out from each data set, what's left is the unique information relevant to vegetation conditions and crop yield." The study uncovers that the many satellite data sets share common information related to crop biomass grown aboveground. However, the researchers also discover that different satellite data can reveal environmental stresses that crops experience related to drought and heat. Guan says the challenging aspect of crop observation is that the grain, which is what crop yield is all about, grows inside the canopy, where it isn't visible from above. "Visible or near-infrared bands typically used for crop monitoring are mainly sensitive to the upper canopy, but provide little information about deeper vegetation and soil conditions affecting crop water status and yield," says John Kimball from University of Montana, a long-term collaborator with Guan and a coauthor of the paper. "Our study suggests that the microwave radar data at the Ku-band contains uniquely useful information on crop growth," Guan says. "Besides the biomass information, it also contains additional information associated with crop water stress because of the higher microwave sensitivity to canopy water content, and microwave can also penetrate the canopy and see through part or all the canopy. We also find that thermal bands provide water and heat stress information," Guan says. "This information tells us when leaves open or close their pores to breathe and absorb carbon for growth." Coauthor David Lobell from Stanford University, who crafted the idea with Guan, says leveraging all of this satellite data together greatly increases the capacity to monitor crops and crop yield. "This is an age of big data. How to make sense of all of the data available, to generate useful information for farmers, economists, and others who need to know the crop yield, is an important challenge," Guan says. "This will be an important tool. And, although we started with the U.S. Corn Belt, this framework can be used to analyze cropland anywhere on the planet." The study, "The shared and unique values of optical, fluorescence, thermal and microwave satellite data for estimating large-scale crop yields," is published in Remote Sensing of Environment. The work was initiated and designed by Kaiyu Guan from U of I and David Lobell from Stanford University. It is coauthored by a multi-institute team of Jin Wu (Brookhaven National Lab), John S. Kimball (University of Montana), Martha C. Anderson (USDA ARS), Steve Frolking (University of New Hampshire), Bo Li (University of Illinois), and Christopher R. Hain (NOAA). Funding was provided by the NASA New Investigator Award (NNX16AI56G), U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF-SES-1048946), a Terman Fellowship from Stanford University, the University of Illinois, NSF grant NSF-EF1065074, and NASA (NNX14AI50G). All the data used in this study are available by request (kaiyug@illinois.edu). In addition to being an assistant professor in ecohydrology and geoinformatics in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at U of I, Guan has a joint appointment as a Blue Waters professor affiliated with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Source: AgriMarketing
Sudden Death Syndrome Starting to Show up in Soybeans
Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) symptoms typically start to appear when soybeans are in the mid- to late pod-filling stages. This disease is becoming more common in Nebraska, but still occurs in very isolated pockets in many fields. It’s crucial to assess the areas affected and make sure you identify the disease correctly to make management decisions for future years. Sudden Death Syndrome, which was first identified in Nebraska over 12 years ago, is usually found in small areas of a field. Soil compaction and high fertility levels are associated with increased levels of SDS. Sudden Death Symptoms in Soybeans Foliar symptoms of sudden death syndrome start with interveinal necrosis. Spots coalesce to form brown streaks with yellow margins between the leaf veins. Leaves eventually drop, leaving the petiole (leaf stem) attached. The root system will have a deteriorated tap-root and lateral roots will only be evident in the upper soil profile. Plants will typically pull very easily and there may be a dark blue fungal growth on the roots. Split the Stems. With any root and stem rot disease it is critical that the stems are split to properly examine symptoms and identify the disease. Brown stem rot will result in the same foliar symptoms as SDS and is also common in Nebraska. In plants with SDS splitting the stems will show discoloration is confined to the outer stem layers. The center of the stem will not be discolored. The root cortex discoloration will be light-gray to brown and may extend up the stem. In contrast, brown stem rot will discolor the center of the stem with the brown discoloration typically extending from the soil line going up. Accurate diagnosis is critical for proper management for the next soybean crop. If you are uncertain of the cause of damage in your field, I encourage you to have it identified at the University of Nebraska Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic. More information on SDS and other soybean diseases can be found in the Soybean Plant Disease Management section of CropWatch. Source: Nebraska CropWatch
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Generational Transfer of Farm Decision Making
The agri-food industry pays a lot of attention to how assets transfer between generations in farm families. Wills, trusts and estate laws are the subject of financial planning conferences and law seminars. Even so, there are few answers about how is best to manage this complex topic. There is far less attention paid to how decision-making transitions from one generation to the next. The problem? As the roles of each on-farm generation evolve, it affects more than just the farm families. In 2016, researchers from Purdue University's Center for Food and Agricultural Business conducted a study about this issue with farmers in the U.S. and Canada. The goal was to get a better understanding of how decisions are made on multi-generational farms and how the roles of each generation affect purchasing and marketing decisions. Details of the study are available online, but I'd like to share a summary of thoughts and implications from it - mainly in preparation for a new center program, called Accelerate your Management Potential, or AMP. This program offers sessions dedicated to multi-generational farms and working more effectively across generational shifts and gaps. How farmers are dealing with generational shifts in decision-making is a big deal today, both for those farms and the sellers of products used on farms. Our data shows that most multi-generational farms in the U.S. and Canada intend to transition to the younger generation over the next eight years. The largest farms are more formal in this process, but few farms are 100 percent confident in the way they accomplish the transfer. There are some important implications for suppliers to consider as they think about strategies for serving multi-generational farms. Multiple generations of decision makers and large farms go hand-in-hand. If you think about it, this makes sense. For a farm to support multiple generations of families, they have to be a little larger than most. For smaller farm sizes, the younger generation often works off-farm, and when they do, they work full-time, particularly in the U.S. where they need insurance benefits. When we ask who has responsibility for purchase decisions, it is interesting to note that both generations suggest they have responsibility. The younger generation may have responsibility for selection, but the older generation still feels a great sense of responsibility - usually at least financial. These points create challenges for sellers who would prefer a simpler process of determining who to talk with about their products and services. Instead, sellers have to figure out where the farm is in terms of the decision-making transfer, which can be a contentious issue. Suppliers also have to figure out the role of each generation in the decision process for each product, and catch up with decision makers who might be working full-time or odd hours off the farm. As generations shift over the next several years, sellers have to figure out who in their organizations should be calling on whom within the farm. Generation matching is one approach that sellers have taken. Having young sellers call on young buyers and more seasoned sellers call on the older generation of buyers can be a useful strategy, but communication remains a challenge, and having multiple people involved with the farm is not overly efficient. The younger generation reports more concerns or sources of conflict than the older generation does. Generally, they feel like they have less power in the operation than the older generation does. Suppliers have to be careful about inserting themselves in this process and avoiding the landmines that occur as a result. At the end of the day, every customer requires individual consideration. For the largest multi-generational farms, frank discussion about the decision-making process and the preferences for approaching them may be worthwhile. Source: Purdue University
Tips for Conducting the End-of-Season Corn Stalk Nitrate Test
The end of season corn stalk nitrate test is one of the few diagnostic tools available to determine if excess nitrogen was applied to corn. The methodology and interpretation of this test were highlighted in previous Michigan State University Extension articles: “End of season corn stalk nitrate test” and “End of season cornstalk nitrate test in a drought year.” Here are some tips to the correct sampling procedure that is critical to getting reliable data from this test. The time for stalk sampling is critical. It is two to three weeks after physiological maturity or when black layers have formed on about 80-90 percent of the kernels. At this stage, any further mobilization of nitrogen from the plant to the kernels has ceased. Typically, most leaves and stalks have turned brown at this stage. The portion sampled is the 8-inch segment of stalk between 6 and 14 inches above the soil. Collect 12-15 segments within an area no larger than 10 acres. Remove all the leaf sheaths from the segment. The sample needs to be taken at random, but any plant with stalk rot should be discarded. The rot destroys the pith area of the stalk, rendering it dark brown to black. Notice the color of healthy stalks in the photo. Plants adjoining a skip should be avoided. Areas with different soil types or management histories (manure practices and previous legume crops such as alfalfa and clover) should be sampled separately. Hybrids with different maturities and widely different planting dates may require different sampling dates. Place samples in paper (not plastic) bags to allow some drying and minimize mold growth. Send to a laboratory as soon as possible. Refrigerate samples (do not freeze) if stored for more than a day before mailing. Most soil testing labs in your area will offer this test. For questions regarding shipping, cost and the test, contact your local soil testing lab. Although this test does not provide any remedy for the current year, familiarity with the data over a number of years including wet and drought years should assist producers in fine-tuning their nitrogen fertilizer practices. Source: Michigan State University Extension
Sugarcane Aphids Spreading Throughout the Texas Panhandle
While sugarcane aphid populations are still low in grain sorghum fields across the Texas High Plains, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist in Amarillo said they are beginning to establish and could reach treatable numbers. Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist, said sugarcane aphid populations in the South Plains only recently reached economic levels in some fields that justified treatment with insecticides. Infestations in the field can be just a few aphids per plant to a thousand or more aphids per plant. Infestations were found the first week of August in sorghum fields in Parmer and Deaf Smith counties in Texas and DeBaca County in New Mexico. More sugarcane aphid presence has been reported this week in Moore, Sherman, Hansford and Ochiltree counties, he said. “We need to make sure producers are out checking their fields, scouting for the sugarcane aphid and are prepared when insecticide applications are warranted,” Bynum said. For identification purposes, the sugarcane aphid has dark cornicles, tips of antennae and feet, and no stripe down its back, he said. Their damage is caused by the piercing sucking mouthparts, which puts the plant in poor health and can keep it from fully developing. Excess plant sap during feeding is left on the leaves as a sticky substance called honeydew. A black sooty mold will grow on the honeydew causing a reduction of photosynthesis. AgriLife Extension entomologists have advised the threshold for the High Plains is to treat when: – 20 percent of plants have aphids in the pre-boot stage. – 20 percent of the plants have more than 50 aphids in the boot stage. – 30 percent infestation in the flowering-milk stage. – 30 percent infested with localized areas of heavy honeydew and established aphid colonies in soft dough and dough stages. – At black layer, when heavy honeydew and established aphid colonies are present, treat only for preventing harvest problems. Bynum said field trials have shown only two chemicals provide good control of the aphid. These products are Transform and Silvanto. Other insecticide products recommended for control have not proven to be effective in studies across Texas, he said. “Producers can control the sugarcane aphid if they stay on top of the situation and make timely applications,” Bynum said. For the most up-to-date news, sightings, recommendations on sampling and control, go to http://txscan.blogspot.com. Source: Texas AgriLife Extension
Red Sunflower Seed Weevils Exceeding Thresholds and Then Some
A couple of weeks ago, we covered red sunflower seed weevil scouting. Last week, we received calls regarding this pest and the population reports were staggering. The recommended threshold for the red sunflower seed weevil is 4-6 adult weevils per head (Figure 1). However, the populations that are being observed in South Dakota are approximately 40-100 adults per head. Even more beetles were seen, but counting was stopped due to the threshold already being greatly exceeded. Insecticide Issues In addition to the large populations, we also received reports of issues regarding the management of the red sunflower seed weevil. Thus far, reports indicate that products containing lambda-cyhalothrin haven’t been reducing red sunflower seed weevil populations. Although this may be an issue of resistance towards the active ingredient, we haven’t been able to confirm this. When spraying for red sunflower seed weevils, the chemical application should be oriented to obtain maximum coverage on the face of the sunflower head. Be sure to follow the recommended label rates for insecticides to ensure that the appropriate amount of active ingredient is being applied. Reporting Problems If you have a sunflower field with a population of red sunflower seed weevils that didn’t respond to an application of a product containing lambda-cyhalothrin, please contact us at SDSU Extension so that we may collect a sample. If these populations are resistant, early detection will be important to prevent additional insecticide applications and also to ensure yield protection. Source: Adam Varenhorst, South Dakota State University Extension
Estimating the Full Value of Crop Residue
If you're considering cutting drought-stressed crops for silage, you might want to take a second look at the potential for losing more value than you'll gain from the operation. In nutrient value alone, crop residue is estimated to provide almost $18 per acre. After considering nutrient loss, harvest costs and other factors, there may be more value in harvesting a drought-damaged field for the grain and leaving the residue standing. Residue can help reduce soil erosion and increase soil moisture by capturing snow over the winter. Before making any decisions on managing drought-damaged crops, be sure to contact your crop insurance agent and FSA office. Crop residue has value, both as soil cover, and as a nutrient source and producers should consider several factors when assessing whether to harvest it. Factors to Consider Cost of harvesting the residue. Based on a custom baling price of $11.50 per big round bale, residue harvesting costs can range from $60 to $70 per acre, depending on how many bales per acre. If the average bale weighs 1200 lb, the cost is $20/ton. Value of removed nutrients. A ton of corn residue contains about 17 lb of nitrogen (N), 4 lb of phosphate (P2O5), 50 lb of potash (K2O), and 3 lb of sulfur (S). Depending on fertilizer nutrient prices and the need for that nutrient based on soil test levels, the value of the nutrients removed could be near $20/ton (see Table 1). At this value, removing three to four tons of residue per acre (five to six round bales) would remove $60-$80 of nutrients. Erosion control. Maintaining crop residue on the soil surface is important to control runoff and water and wind erosion of soil. The amount of residue required varies, depending on soil type, slope, crop rotation, tillage system and existing conservation practices. Leaving one ton of residue per acre is generally sufficient to keep water erosion to less than five tons per acre per year if the slope is less than 2% and no-till is practiced. Under tilled conditions with a slope of more than 5%, more than five tons of residue per acre may be required. Leaving two tons per acare may be sufficient to adequately control wind erosion in no-till wheat-based rotations while more than four tons per acre will be required on tilled row crop rotations. Producers with highly erodible land (HEL) fields should contact their local Natural Resources Conservation Service office to review their Conservation Plan and discuss the potential impact of harvesting crop residue before they remove any crop residue from the field. Soil Organic Matter/Soil Health. Removing crop residues will affect soil organic matter which contributes to nutrient availability, soil water holding capacity, and the formation and stability of soil aggregates. This eventually affects infiltration, aeration and drainage. Soil organic matter is also important for soil microbial life. Excessive removal of residues will ultimately result in soil deterioration and declining yields. While the nutrients removed can be replaced, the functions of soil organic matter are not so easily mitigated. In conservation and no-till systems two to three tons of residue per acre should remain in the field; with more intensive grazing, greater amounts should be left. Impact on Available Water and Crop Water Use Efficiency. Leaving crop residues on the soil surface reduces the effect of raindrop impact and runoff and improves water infiltration. Residue cover also reduces evaporation, leaving more water available for plant uptake. Crop residues also trap snow, keeping it evenly distributed across the field and resulting in more uniform soil moisture conditions and soil temperatures the next spring. In 2008 former UNL Extension Irrigation Specialist Norman Klocke reported on Kansas research showing that leaving the residue in place resulted in a savings of 3.5 inches of soil water. In a dryland situation, each additional inch of available water could translate into 12 bushels of corn per acre for a total of about 40 additional bushels of corn per acre. Alternatively, saving that 3.5 inches of water could significantly reduce irrigation costs. With irrigation costs averaging from $7 to $10 per acre-inch, the resulting savings would be $25 to $35 per acre. Manure Application and Cover Crops. Nutrients and organic material removed in crop residue harvest can be replaced with manure application. It requires about two tons of feedlot manure to replace the organic material removed in one ton of crop residue. In addition, manure won't offer the same benefits as crop residue related to reduced evaporation and snow capture. A cover crop will mitigate some of the effects of crop residue removal but will not replace removed nutrients except possibly nitrogen through nitrogen fixation or reduced leaching of nitrate-N. Cover crops use water and will often result in reduced yield of dryland crops or increased irrigation. Estimating the amount of crop residue to harvest. If your average yield for continuous corn yield is 200 bu/acre, approximately 5 ton/acre of crop residue are produced (1 ton / 40 bu X 200 bu). If more crop residue is needed for water erosion control, for example 2.5 ton/acre/year, compared with wind erosion control or other constraints, than this 2.5 ton is subtracted from the 5 ton produced. If the harvest is once every two years, multiply the difference by 2. Therefore, the difference (5 - 2.5 = 2.5) multiplied by 2, or 5 ton/acre can be harvested once every two years. Source: University of Nebraska CropWatch
Researcher Reports 3.1 Million Acres of Dicamba Complaints Received
A new report issued on Monday shows the dicamba damage footprint is still growing. Both the number of investigations and damaged acres are climbing, especially in the Midwest. Kevin Bradley, a plant science professor at the University of Missouri, compiled the data and it shows complaints of off-site dicamba movement now cover 21 states, stretching from North Dakota to Georgia. Through state departments of agriculture surveys, at least 2,242 official investigations have taken place up through August 10th. Estimates from state weed extension experts show suspected dicamba damage totals 3.1 million acres, an area about the size of Connecticut. The number of investigations across the country has grown exponentially as well. The report issued just three weeks earlier showed 1,411 investigations across roughly 2.5 million acres. Bradley says the ultimate effect any dicamba damage will have on yields and farmer profits will be difficult to guess until harvest time. "In reality, we will likely not know the extent of dicamba damage until the end of the season," Bradley says. Source: AgriMarketing
West Texas Cotton: Scout for Aphids and Bollworms
Cotton will benefit from some of the timely rainfall we have been receiving recently. However, it is going to make conditions better for survival and multiplication of several pest species as well. In general, the hot and dry weather of West Texas helps to keep bollworm numbers in check (through desiccation of eggs). Humid and cloudy conditions over the last couple of weeks, however, may increase egg hatch rate and worm survival in cotton. In addition, added new growth on plant terminals will help both bollworms and aphids thrive better. Over the last 10 days, we have spotted many fields with cotton aphid infestations. Aphid colonies are mainly concentrated to plant terminals but as the numbers build-up, they may move on to the leaves. Overall, beneficial numbers seem to be lower compared to the previous year, but they are present. Isolated showers will also help wash out honeydew and some of the aphids from the plants. If aphid colonies are spotty and mostly restricted to plant terminals, I would wait and monitor the situation over the next few days. Often aphid populations crash out in response to beneficials and rain. Click here to access more detailed information on cotton aphids. I have also come across a few reports of bollworm damage to non-Bt cotton. In our research trials, bollworm damage ranges from 5-6% boll injury in non-Bt cotton and <1% in Bt cotton. The threshold is 6% fruit injury with the presence of live worms in both Bt and non-Bt crop. Among various insecticide options for bollworm control, Diamide insecticides (Prevathon and Besiege) are the most reliable choices. Remember, Besiege contains both a diamide and a pyrethroid so it would be a better choice if stink bugs are present too. However, if aphid colonies are present in the field, the pyrethroid component may flare-up aphids. If a field needs to be treated for both aphids and bollworms, Prevathon can be tank-mixed with any of the commonly used aphidicides such as acetamiprid (Intruder). Along with the proper insecticide selection, coverage is also important getting the desired level of worm control. In fields with dense plant canopy, it is important to get material down in the lower canopy where worms are in protected places. Air induction nozzles recommended for newer herbicide technologies produce coarser spray which may not penetrate through the dense plant canopy and provide thorough coverage. Penetration through plant canopy can be improved with flat fans or hollow cone tips and by increasing final volume (no less than 10 GPA with a preference of 15 GPA for ground rig). If using an airplane, use at least 5 GPA. Source: Texas AgriLife Extension
NAFTA Negotiations Set to Begin
Today’s update looks at recent news items that focus on the first round of NAFTA trade negotiations that are scheduled to start this week. Along with some general background, the articles also highlight perspective from both Canada and Mexico, and explore agricultural concerns associated with the NAFTA discussions, particularly with respect to pork and corn. View all graphics and videos here. Background William Mauldin and Jacob M. Schlesinger reported earlier this week at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “The first round of negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement is scheduled to start Wednesday in Washington, D.C. President Donald Trump has called the pact, which took effect in 1994, a disaster for U.S. workers, a message that resonated in manufacturing states during his campaign. But businesses that have benefited from open trade with Canada and Mexico are urging the administration not to jeopardize the complex system of commerce among the three countries that has taken root under the agreement.” With respect to timing, an issue that lawmakers emphasized at a House Ag Committee hearing on NAFTA late last month, Mauldin and Schlesinger explained that, “Trump aides say the president wants to move quickly, aiming to wrap up negotiations by early next year, to avoid having the talks getting caught up in the 2018 election campaigns in Mexico and the U.S. But that is an unusually rapid timetable, as major trade negotiations are usually measured in years, not months. Trade experts say the quick deadline might be feasible if the countries were only looking at minor tweaks, but Mr. Trump’s desire for a major overhaul makes it particularly challenging.” While addressing farm interests, the Journal article indicated that: "The big U.S. agricultural industries—corn, beef, pork—are happy with the current version of Nafta and are focused mainly on preserving their duty-free, quota-free access to Mexico and Canada. “But disagreements over agriculture can quickly turn bitter in trade talks. When Mr. Trump threatened to pull out of Nafta in April, some Mexican politicians warned that their nation could import more food from other Latin American nations instead of the U.S. Meanwhile, U.S. dairy farmers want Canada, which tightly controls dairy prices and imports, to open up its market.” In a separate Wall Street Journal article posted on Sunday, Jacob M. Schlesinger, Robbie Whelan, Paul Vieira and Jacob Bunge explained that, “The question is whether U.S. negotiators can extract enough concessions from Mexico and Canada so that Mr. Trump can declare victory to his factory-worker base without upsetting his business backers, who have lobbied intensively to preserve the agreement. “Few think that will be an easy needle to thread.” The Journal writers added that, “Mexico and Canada are entering the negotiations mainly playing defense, making few demands other than to try to protect and modernize an agreement that has generally been more popular in those countries than in the U.S.” Perspective from Canada and Mexico Alan Freeman reported on Sunday at the Washington Post Online that, “Canada enters crucial talks in Washington on the ?renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement this week with a complex mix of self-confidence and dread about possible damage to its most important trading relationship.” The Post article noted that, “Although they think that Trump’s major trade gripes are with Mexico, they remain concerned about U.S. efforts to gain concessions in such politically contentious sectors as lumber, dairy and wine, as well as a threat by the Americans to weaken the dispute-settlement mechanism, which Canada achieved only with difficulty in its original free-trade talks with the United States in the 1980s.” And Kate Linthicum reported in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times that, “Mexico’s aim during the negotiation will be to be move quickly under the guiding principle of ‘do no harm,’ said Michael Camuñez, the CEO of a consulting group called Monarch Global Strategies, who served as assistant secretary of Commerce under President Obama. “Camuñez said he believes that all sides can reach an agreement they will be happy with while significantly modernizing NAFTA. After all, he said, Mexico’s political and business leaders have long desired updates to the country’s trade relationship with its neighbors to the north. That is why Mexico eagerly signed on to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 12-country trade deal that Trump pulled the U.S. out of on his third day in office.” Agricultural Issues- Pork, Corn Barbara Soderlin reported on Sunday at the Omaha World-Herald Online that, “A large new pork processing plant set to open next month 100 miles north of Omaha is expected to add more fuel to the Nebraska pork industry’s recent growth spurt.” “The plant, run by Seaboard Triumph Foods, is one of five opening around the Midwest, adding a total of about 10 percent more processing capacity for the industry. The growth may not lead any existing plants to close, though, because U.S. hog numbers are expected to keep growing fast enough to keep the plants productive, observers said.” Ms. Soderlin noted that, “But there’s a cloud threatening to rain on the industry’s growth parade: the risk that the upheaval in free trade deals under President Donald Trump will dampen other countries’ demand for U.S. pork. The industry is counting on those export sales for continued expansion. ‘The reason that (the industry is) profitable right now, despite an increase in production, is that exports are surging,’ said Dermot Hayes, ag economist at Iowa State University in Ames. The World-Herald article added that, “It’s also important for the industry not to lose ground with Mexico and Canada, among its top four export partners, when negotiations begin this week over the North American Free Trade Agreement, said Al Juhnke, executive director of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association. ‘We don’t want to mess that up,’ he said.” And with respect to corn export issues, recall that back in March, a Los Angeles Times article reported that, “Mexico, which exported surplus corn as recently as the early 1980s, now buys a third of the corn it consumes from the United States. Last year, it purchased $2.5 billion worth of corn from Iowa, Nebraska and other states, making Mexico the largest corn export market for U.S. farmers.” Corn Belt producers would not like to see this demand rattled, as stakeholders explained to the House Ag Committee last month, particularly at a time of increasing competition on the global corn market from Brazil and Argentina. And in more detailed reporting on this increasing competition in the corn market, Bloomberg writers Tatiana Freitas and Megan Durisin reported late last month that, “The world’s biggest corn exporters are preparing for a showdown.” “Competition has ramped up for farmers in the U.S., the world’s biggest grower and exporter. Brazil, which barely shipped any corn just two decades ago, has since emerged as a significant competitor. Sales are also on the rise from Argentina, which reaped a record harvest this season.” The Bloomberg writers added that, “‘U.S. exports probably will continue to flag lower, while South America’s continue push higher,’ Don Roose, president of U.S. Commodities in West Des Moines, Iowa, said in a telephone interview. ‘It’s going to be a real fight.'” This month’s Feed Outlook report, from USDA’s Economic Research Service, provided a broad-based view of the importance of exports to the U.S. corn market, relative to some other countries, including Brazil and Argentina. The Outlook report stated that, “U.S. corn exports are lowered this month by 25 million bushels in September-August 2017/18 to 1,850 million. Competitor corn shipments continue to be forecast higher, dampening U.S. prospects. So far this marketing year, the major buyers of U.S. corn have been Mexico, Japan, and Pakistan. Brazil, Argentina, and the Ukraine continue to ship more than last year, increasing pressure on U.S. exports.” The Feed Outlook report also explained that, “The United States is also the largest corn exporter, even though it is projected to export only 13 percent of its produced corn. However, some major exporters produce much less corn than the United States but export a much larger share of their corn output because of low domestic use. Brazil, Argentina, and Ukraine are projected to account for 9, 4, and 3 percent of world corn output in 2017/18, while their world corn export shares are much higher at 22, 18, and 14 percent, making them the largest corn exporters after the United States. These three countries are projected to collectively account for more than half (55 percent) of world corn exports, supplanting the United States, which used to have more than a 50 percent share in world corn trade [see ERS graphs below].” Source: Keith Good, Farm Policy News
After a night of consistent rain in central Nebraska, the rain gauges ...
After a night of consistent rain in central Nebraska, the rain gauges on a farm north of Aurora are both at 5.8" this morning at 7:30 a.m. and it's still raining. Looks like it's time to dump them out and start over.>
Cover crops fill grazing, conservation need
Brian Martin sees high value in experimenting, such as in cover crops for grazing.? He and his father experimented during the drought of 2012 when the corn crop produced more forage than it did grain.? Cover crops had a two-fold purpose and value. ?It?s a combination of erosion control, and then the benefit of added forage at a time when there?s nothing else to graze,? Martin told Brownfield Ag News. Another experimentation opportunity Martin took advantage of was during the 2015 growing season.? Continue reading Cover crops fill grazing, conservation need at Brownfield Ag News.      
Senators hold agro-terrorism discussion in KC
The message from a?discussion on agro-terrorism is to “be prepared.”? Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R)?of Kansas equates a secure food system to national security.? Roberts ? speaking at a roundtable discussion on agro-terrorism Friday ? says the consequences of any threat to the U.S. food supply have to be mitigated through research, prevention and preparedness,? ?The devastating ramifications of being ill-prepared for a malicious attack or a natural disaster on our food supply would be absolutely overwhelming. Continue reading Senators hold agro-terrorism discussion in KC at Brownfield Ag News.      
Hogs close lower on supply concerns
On the Chicago Mercantile Exchange cattle closed mostly lower in low trade volume.? Cattle were pressured by the lower boxed beef trade at the midday.? August live cattle closed down $.75 at $106.37 and October live cattle closed down $.32 at $105.90.? August feeder cattle was the only contract to close in the black ? it ended the day up $.02 $140.50 and September closed down $.70 at $140.02. Cash trade was at a virtual standstill Friday following yesterday?s light to moderate activity. ? Continue reading Hogs close lower on supply concerns at Brownfield Ag News.      
Soybeans, corn up on weather uncertainties
Soybeans were higher on short covering and technical buying. Forecasts for rain coverage continue to look mixed, beneficial in some areas, completely missing others. Demand is strong with only a couple of weeks left in the marketing year. The 2017/18 marketing year for soybeans, and corn, starts September 1st. Soybean meal and oil followed beans higher. Bean oil had additional support from strength in crude oil. Corn was modestly higher on short covering and technical buying. Continue reading Soybeans, corn up on weather uncertainties at Brownfield Ag News.      
USDA says no fipronil eggs from Netherlands here
From the American Egg Board: The USDA?s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says the chance of any human health impact from shell eggs treated with the insecticide fipronil is extremely low. A criminal investigation is going on in the Netherlands where contaminated eggs have been found in 15 European countries and Hong Kong. The FSIS says the US is not currently receiving egg products from the Netherlands — no such products have entered the U.S. Continue reading USDA says no fipronil eggs from Netherlands here at Brownfield Ag News.      
Farm Science Review
Brownfield Anchor/Reporter Amie Sites will be on the ground in London, Ohio September 19 – 21, 2017 for Farm Science Review. Continue reading Farm Science Review at Brownfield Ag News.      
Soybean research to benefit Michigan farmers
Michigan soybean farmers can look forward to valuable data gathered through large-scale and long-term research. Mark Seamon with the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee says the SMaRT program uses input from growers to determine what types of projects to look at in the coming year. “What we really like to do in that case is to look at projects that the results can be implemented on farms immediately, or the following growing season.” Those projects include disease control, population trials and nutrient issues. Continue reading Soybean research to benefit Michigan farmers at Brownfield Ag News.      
Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: August 18, 2017
Sep. corn closed at $3.52,?up 1 and 1/2?cents Sep. soybeans closed at $9.37 and 1/2,?up?7 and 1/4 cents Sep. soybean meal closed at $297.20,?up?$1.10 Sep. soybean oil closed at 33.61,?up?40?points Sep. wheat closed at $4.16,?up 2?cents Aug. live cattle closed at $106.37,?down?75 cents Oct.?lean hogs closed at $66.12,?down 80 cents Sep.? Continue reading Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: August 18, 2017 at Brownfield Ag News.      
CoBank report predicts ethanol downturn, but producer remains optimistic
A new report from CoBank says ethanol producers will soon face worsening profit margins as supply outpaces demand, which could potentially push the industry toward another round of consolidation. CoBank predicts more ethanol production will be idled in the next 18 to 24 months, with some aging plants being retired. But Duane Kristensen, general manager of Chief Ethanol, which operates two ethanol plants in Nebraska, remains optimistic. He says most ethanol producers have learned to manage the ups and downs in the market?and he says many plants are also working to diversify their operations. Continue reading CoBank report predicts ethanol downturn, but producer remains optimistic at Brownfield Ag News.      
MU: Dicamba damaged bean acres 325k in Missouri
Reports about soybean dicamba damage in Missouri have essentially doubled since the six-day dicamba ban was lifted in mid-July. MU Weed Scientist Dr. Kevin Bradley tells Brownfield there were around 130 dicamba soybean injury cases reported to the Missouri Department of Agriculture before the department issued the temporary ban, ?We?re at 257 so I think it speaks pretty clearly that there?s still quite a bit of drift and volatility that occurred after all of that.? Missouri lifted the ban but required restrictions on the use of the new herbicides, limiting the time it could be safely sprayed. Continue reading MU: Dicamba damaged bean acres 325k in Missouri at Brownfield Ag News.      
U.S. Talks ?Tough? on NAFTA
The game is on!? This week in Washington, DC, was all NAFTA all the time as formal treaty renegotiation began in earnest. The five-day session was much like the first day of school.? Everyone found their desks and then presented each nation?s priorities on various issues. ?The effort was then organized into subgroups of each delegation to work on specific items.? Progress this week is defined as ?agreeing to what new issues may be discussed for possible addition? to the trade pact. Continue reading U.S. Talks ‘Tough’ on NAFTA at Brownfield Ag News.      
Bryan Bigler ? Lake Wilson, Minnesota
Bryan Biegler found success with cover crops and no-till in Minnesota. Listen to Bryan’s podcast to find out how: Continue reading Bryan Bigler – Lake Wilson, Minnesota at Brownfield Ag News.      
Midday cash livestock markets
Trade has been quiet this morning following yesterday?s light to moderate activity.? It?s looking more and more like trade is essentially finished, but there could see a few clean-up deals this afternoon.? Southern live deals were mostly $5 lower than last week at $110 and Northern dressed business was $10 lower than last week?s weighted average basis in Nebraska at $173 to $175. Asking price for the few showlists are around $112 plus in the South and $178 plus in the north.? Continue reading Midday cash livestock markets at Brownfield Ag News.      
Indiana farmers recognized for conservation practices
One of the farmers honored for his commitment to conservation says he wants to leave the land in better condition for future generations. Garry Tom tells Brownfield the farm has implemented conservation practices for several decades because of the many lakes and streams in Kosciusko?County. “We live really close to the lakes and we wanted to make sure we could control the erosion as much as possible,” he says. “Our father was a real conservationist and he passed a lot of good ideas onto us.” Tom farms alongside his brother Max. Continue reading Indiana farmers recognized for conservation practices at Brownfield Ag News.      
Arkansas task force hears dicamba concerns
A University of Arkansas weed scientist said Thursday he can?t recommend that dicamba be allowed in the state next year unless volatility issues are addressed. According to a report on ArkansasOnline.com, Jason Norsworthy told members of an Arkansas dicamba task force that recent tests confirm the herbicide’s tendency to move off target and damage other crops and vegetation. In a recent interview with Brownfield, Norsworthy said there is no easy solution to the dicamba volatility issue. Continue reading Arkansas task force hears dicamba concerns at Brownfield Ag News.      
Half a Million Acres Burned in Montana, Cattle Losses Limited
In Montana almost a half million acres have burned this summer, with more than half of the acreage coming from one wildfire. Fortunately, cattle losses have been limited according to officials with the Montana Stockgrowers Association.
Gulke: How Crop Tour Might Affect Markets
If corn and soybean conditions prove less robust than USDA projected in early August, it might suggest the marketplace has seen the largest grain production numbers of the year, says Jerry Gulke of the Gulke Group.
Growmark and Global Grain Company Forge Partnership
Deal connects the 2nd biggest retailer with global grain company.
Report: Climate Change Costs India $10 billion Annually
Extreme weather events are costing India $9-10 billion annually and climate change is projected to impact agricultural productivity with increasing severity from 2020 to the end of the century, writes Vishwa Mohan on The Times of India. In a recent submission to a parliamentary committee, the agriculture ministry said productivity decrease of major crops would be marginal in the next few years but could rise to as much as 10-40% by 2100 unless farming adapts to climate change-induced changes in weather. Wheat, rice, oilseeds, pulses, fruits and vegetables will see reduced yields over the years, forcing farmers to either adapt to challenges of climate change or face the risk of getting poorer. Adaptation will need different cropping patterns and suitable inputs to compensate yield fluctuations. Read the full story on the Times of India website.
CPEC Provides Avenues to Target $100 billion Chinese Agri-market
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a golden opportunity for overall development of this region and Pakistan should reorganize its agriculture sector to get a major slice of the $100 billion worth of agriculture produce imports by China, suggested Muhammad Mehmood, Punjab Agriculture Secretary, writes Imran Rana on The Express Tribune. Speaking at the launch of a study on ?CPEC ? Prospects & Challenges for Agriculture?, Mehmood pointed out that nearly one-fourth of the world?s population was living in China and most of its exports would be routed through Pakistan after the completion of CPEC. ?Containers full of exportable surplus will be sent to various international markets, but on their return, these containers will be empty and we must capitalise on the opportunity to export our surplus agriculture produce to China,? he said. Mehmood revealed that per capita income of China was increasing substantially, bringing a visible change in people?s lifestyle and food habits there. ?Like other affluent societies, they also prefer rich and costly food and fruits,? he said, adding Pakistan could get maximum benefit of the emerging change. Read the full story on Tribune.com.pk.
5 Key Focus Areas for Indian Agriculture Sector
In the year 2017 total production of food-grains was somewhere around 273.83 million metric tonne, writes Prabodh Krishna on BusinessWorld.in. According to a data by World Bank, Indian food-grain production is likely to reach 280.6 million metric tonne by the year 2020-21. This seems to be a reasonable growth for the sector. However, it is important to mention here the key areas which are and can further help Indian agriculture to grow and achieve the estimated figures. BW Businessworld presents to you the five key areas which India should focus on to bring Indian agriculture sector to an advantageous position. 1. Demand Strength As per India Brand Equity Forum, robust demand has made this food-grain production possible. A large population is believed to be a key driver of agrarian demand growth. A rise in urban and rural income can also be termed as a key factor for higher demands. External demands have also got a major role to play, for instance demands from Middle Eastern countries and Central Asian nations. 2. Attractive Opportunities We should also focus on upcoming opportunities which hold the capability to further this demand. The opportunities which at the moment need attention include hybrid seeds, chemical fertilisers and organic fertilisers. 3. Competitive Advantages There are few key competitive advantages in India?s current agrarian scenario as well. A high proportion of over 157 million hectares of agrarian land has a huge role to play among various advantages of Indian agriculture. India is the leading producer of Jute, and pulses; largest milk producer; largest buffalo meat exporter; and second largest wheat producer in the world along with paddy. India is also known for its standard productions of few horticulture produces and fruits like grapes and banana. Read the full story on BusinessWorld.in.
Pete's Pick of the Week: Rare (1 of 2) International 7788 Tractors
This tractor sold on Wednesday.
Farm Debt, Assets at Record Highs
Low commodity prices cause decreased land values, tighter balance sheets and a high level of stress for producers across the country.
Weekly Cash Comments - August 18
Free Trial Available on Farm Journal Pro During Midwest Crop Tour Week
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Lessons Learned from Dicamba
More than 2,200 complaints with dicamba named as the suspect have been filed in the U.S. since the beginning of the 2017 season. In perspective, if various Extension experts’ estimate of 3.1 million U.S. acres of damage is accurate, that represents 3.5% of planted soybean acres, as of press time.