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Slow pace continues for corn, soybean inspections
  The USDA reports corn and soybean export inspections as of the week ending March 15th remain behind the pace needed to meet projections for the 2017/18 marketing year. The current marketing year runs through May for wheat and August for beans, corn, and sorghum. Wheat came out at 443,269 tons, up 14,454 from the week ending March 8th, but down 207,610 tons from the week ending March 16th, 2017. Continue reading Slow pace continues for corn, soybean inspections at Brownfield Ag News.      
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The Incredible Ways John Deere Is Using Artificial Intelligence To Transform Farming
Pesticides are currently an essential ingredient of big agriculture in order to ensure we can continue to feed the ever-growing global population of our planet. However, pesticides also carry inherent risks, such as the damage they can do to the environment and local ecosystems, and the hazards that over-exposure can pose to human health. Their production and distribution also has environmental costs, as well as financial costs to the farmers. For this reason, when they must be used, there are a lot of good reasons that they should be used efficiently, and accurately. Computer vision specialist Blue River Technology has developed a solution for exactly that, using advanced machine learning algorithms to enable robots to make decisions, based on visual data (just as we would do ourselves) about whether or not a plant is a pest, and then deliver an accurate, measured blast of chemical pesticides to tackle the unwanted pests. Given that traditionally such decisions are made on a field-by-field basis, rather than plant-by-plant basis, the opportunities for efficiency are clear. Farm equipment and services giant John Deere saw the potential of this development and acquired the start-up late last year and added it to the catalog of high tech, data-powered services it already offers its customers. It is just the latest move in John Deere’s push to put data-driven analytical tools and automation in the hands of farmers. With the rate of global population growth, the company – established in 1837 as a tool manufacturer – understands that they serve an industry where small efficiencies quickly add up to big competitive advantages. Already the firm enables automated farm vehicles to plough and sow, under the control of pinpoint-accurate GPS systems. On top of that its Farmsight system is designed to enable data-driven insights to inform agricultural decision making, based on shared user data from subscribers all around the world. With so much data now available and an ever-growing number of sophisticated tools to crunch through it, it’s no surprise that agriculture is staking its claim to a slice of the AI-driven tech revolution. And it’s a good job too - the industry which provides us with our most basic necessity for survival is heavily affected by weather patterns, climate change, water availability and human migration patterns. And that’s before you even get into the impact that economic and political activity can have. Luckily infrastructure for gathering data which can be used to predict the effects of these influences is increasingly available. Satellite imagery – previously often prohibitively expensive – is more affordable than ever with one person I spoke to recently comparing the cost of launching a satellite to launching an app. Visual data is also available from unmanned aerial vehicles such as quadcopter drones, which can be used to monitor the growth and spread of pest through crops in real-time. One company specializing in analysis of satellite imagery last year came within 1% of accurately predicting corn and soya yields by applying machine learning algorithms to their data. It has already released its predictions for this year’s season, which it claims will be more accurate. The large-scale mechanization of agriculture means that accurate data is available from the machines which spread seeds and harvest crops. Robots - such as those developed by Google Funded Abundant Robotics which suck ripe fruit from branches with vacuums -naturally record everything they do and every parameter of their operation. This structured machine data meshes well with unstructured data from meteorological or satellite imagery, and when filtered through AI algorithms will provide insights that more accurately predict yields and losses. Of course, getting on-board with all these possibilities could prove challenging to some farmers who are more accustomed to running their businesses on grain silos than data silos. And even in the developed world, its generally acknowledged that the slow rollout of fast broadband services to rural areas has had a constricting effect on business. In the developing world the situation is worse with local farmers often reliant on slow, shared internet connections provided by community cooperatives or charities. But it’s problems like this that agricultural technology plans to overcome, and with the world population expected to grow by another billion by 2030 while the amount of available agricultural land is expected to shrink, it is in all our interest to make farming as efficient as we can. Source: Forbes
Russia Launches Attack on GMOs
New research from Iowa State University has revealed that Russia is funding online articles that question the safety of GMOs. Conducted by Shawn Dorius, ISU assistant professor of sociology, and Carolyn Lawrence-Dill, an associate professor in ISU’s departments of agronomy and genetics, development and cell biology, the research was initially designed to delve into public perception of genetically engineered food by assessing the comments section on five U.S. news sites (Huffington Post, FOX news, CNN, Breitbart News, and MSNBC). Nearly 90% of U.S. farmers grow GMO crops, such as corn and soybeans that are genetically engineered to tolerate herbicides and pesticides. Yet, despite the federal government’s declaration nearly two decades ago that GMO crops are safe for public consumption, opponents continue to raise questions about GMO food safety. According to Dorius and Lawrence-Dill, even with prolific debate public knowledge of the subject remains low, with national opinion polls showing 46% of adults care little or not at all about GMOs and less than 20% feel well-informed. RUSSIA MEDDLING At the time they were conducting their research, reports of Russian troll farms and meddling in the U.S. election were making the news. So, Dorius and Lawrence-Dill decided to include two English-language sites funded by the Russian government (RT and Sputnik), and they made a startling discovery: RT and Sputnik produced more articles containing the word “GMO” than the five U.S. sites combined. In fact, of the GMO-related articles found on the seven sites, 34% were published by RT and 19% by Sputnik. Among the U.S. sites studied, Huffington Post produced the most anti-GMO articles, followed by CNN. Fox News produced the most mixed coverage of GMOs. RT and Sputnik also made ample use of clickbait, content designed to encourage readers to click on a link to another web page. For instance, clickbait in an article on the Zika virus linked to another article claiming GMO mosquitoes could be the cause of the Zika outbreak. Nearly all articles in which the term GMO appeared as clickbait were published by RT, and RT and Sputnik overwhelmingly portrayed genetic modification in a negative light. “There was this weird thing where you would see the GMO issue purposely inserted into articles that had nothing to do with the topic,” says Lawrence-Dill. “The article would be about something most people would find abhorrent, like child pornography, or at least controversial, like abortion, and then you’d get to the bottom of them and see a link about GMOs. By then, the reader’s mind is already in this very negative place and so by extension, GMOs must be negative, too.” Although the anti-GMO content of RT and Sputnik often closely mirrored the messages of well-known anti-GMO groups, Dorius is quick to say they found nothing to indicate those groups are in any way linked to the Russian campaign. “Many of the arguments, news articles, and common tropes that have been circulated among anti-GMO organizations also appear in Russian news coverage. In that respect, we are seeing a consistent portrayal of GMOs in English-language Russian news that broadly agrees with those of organizations that oppose GMOs.” WHAT IS RUSSIA’S MOTIVE? The research does not address Russia’s motives, but two theories rise to the top. One enhances Russia’s status in world trade. The researchers believe Russia is funding articles shared online that question the safety of GMOs in an effort to hurt U.S. agriculture interests and bolster its position as the “ecologically clean alternative” to genetically engineered food. Russia wants to be the leading exporter of organic food, and GMOs are already divisive. Worldwide, the U.S. is the largest producer of GMO crops, but their reception by trade partners is shaky. Growing genetically engineered crops is banned in about three dozen countries, including Russia. In China, where the U.S. is one of the top suppliers of soybeans, the planting of genetically modified varieties of staple food crops is not allowed, but the import of GMO crops is, such as soybeans for use in China’s animal feed industry. Disrupting trade by turning the world against GMOs “would have a clear negative effect on an industry in the U.S. and could advantage Russia,” says Dorius. It is also likely that Russia is working to drive a wedge between various factions within the U.S., an approach that fits the pattern of Russia’s interference in other areas. The U.S. Justice Department has charged 13 Russian nationals and three entities for interference in U.S. politics, including the 2016 presidential election. “Certainly the ‘wedge issue’ hypothesis is one that lines up with related findings about the kinds of social and political issues that can be exploited to inflame passions and divide the electorate,” says Dorius. “Stirring the anti-GMO pot would serve a great many of Russia’s political, economic, and military objectives.” The research also doesn’t address Russia’s success at swaying opinions about genetically engineered crops, nor the affect of those opinions on agriculture’s ability to meet future food demands. “There are many ways to improve our food system,” says Lawrence-Dill. “Biotechnology is one of the tools that we have. It doesn’t make sense to take any of the tools off the table. It’s not an ‘either or’ issue.” The ISU research was funded by the ISU Crop Bioengineering Center and the ISU Plant Sciences Institute Faculty Scholars. Source: Successful Farming
Modern Sprayers Take Precision Application to New Levels
Maybe your grandpa pulled an old 300-gallon Continental sprayer. He likely killed weeds, but he couldn’t match what you can do now with a self-propelled sprayer decked out with all the technology today’s companies offer. The first part of this series looked at technology on sprayers from Equipment Technologies, Hardi and Agco Challenger. This article looks at sprayers from other major manufacturers. Not every sprayer is included here. However, it’s hard to imagine there is a sprayer out there with more technology than these models. • New Holland. The Guardian series with front-mounted booms features up to 78 inches of crop clearance. Spokespeople say that makes this sprayer an ideal choice for applying products late in the season. Thanks to hydraulic cylinders, the amount of clearance is adjustable from the cab. IntelliSpray built by Raven for New Holland allows individual nozzle control if that’s the option you choose. You can control size of spray droplets from inside the cab. The New Holland system uses a combination of liquid and air to move spray through the boom. The Guardian SP310F and other new models also feature boom height control. You can see as-applied maps being built as you spray. If you prefer, you can send information from the sprayer cab wirelessly to the farm office. • Miller. The Miller Nitro 7310 sprayer and the New Holland Guardian SP310F are essentially the same sprayer, CNH spokespeople say. Both can be equipped with an optional factory-installed chemical injection system, which handles up to three chemical injection pumps and four midmount chemical tanks. • Case IH. The Patriot Series comes standard with five-, six- or seven-section boom control, depending on the width of the boom, says Mark Burns with Case IH. You can upgrade to one of two options: either 36-section control or nozzle-by-nozzle control. Optional Aim Command Flex uses pulse width modulation technology to maintain consistent droplet size at any speed. Not all herbicide labels allow PWM technology. Upgrades also include turn compensation capability, which varies the duty cycle to various nozzles as you turn, Burns says. Make as-applied maps as you spray, and download them onto a USB drive. Or purchase a subscription and transfer them wirelessly from the cab. AFS AccuGuide autosteering allows you to choose either WAAS, OmniStar satellite subscription or RTK for GPS. Automatic height control on the Patriot features five sensors across the boom where some sprayers only use three, Burns says. “Extra sensors help when you’re in topography that changes rapidly,” he notes. A weather station is optional. If it’s ISOBUS-compatible, it can feed into the Raven monitor and be recorded. “The ability to record it is important today,” Burns says. • John Deere. ExactApply technology enables individual nozzle control using the PWM system. John Deere’s Lindsey Pollock explains that Deere uses 15- and 30-hertz pulsating nozzles, while most of the industry uses 10- and 15-hertz. The company contends that its nozzle approach allows more even coverage and prevents streaking. There is an option to spray without pulsing if the herbicide is not labeled for use with that system. ExactApply can now also retrofit to John Deere 4 Series sprayers made in 2014 and after. Also new are LED lights on the bottom of each nozzle, and the ability to switch between two preset selections of nozzles from the cab. New 2018 John Deere sprayers use AutoTrac Vision for autosteering. RowSense is now available, which provides a mechanical backup for GPS. • Hagie. Since John Deere purchased Hagie in 2016, Hagie engineers have been working to make conversions to align with Deere in certain components, such as engines. Spokespeople say their newest sprayer featuring autosteer with all-wheel drive can help you find the right spot to pull back into the crop on turns. It’s the only North American sprayer with all-wheel steering. Source: WallacesFarmer
Trials Examine if Nitrogen Application Benefits Soybeans
Nitrogen in corn production is a given, but soybeans are even bigger guzzlers of the fertilizer. Corn needs to accumulate one pound of nitrogen per bushel produced, while soybeans need four to five pounds of nitrogen to produce a bushel. Through fixation, soybeans are able to produce about 50 percent of its nitrogen requirements, and the rest is supplied by the soil. The question is: As yields rise, will the plants reach a point where they will be nitrogen-limited due to an inability to fix enough nitrogen and a limited amount in the soil? If so, would a nitrogen application help or limit yields? Fred Below, University of Illinois plant physiologist, and Tim Smith, Cropsmith managing agronomist, have conducted a multiple-year study with support from the Illinois Soybean Association to determine when it makes sense to apply nitrogen on soybeans, optimal timing, application rates and what role soil plays in providing additional nitrogen. Results of this research were unveiled by Below and Smith in a recent ISA-hosted webinar. Before getting into the meat of the research findings, Below wanted to address “one of the biggest myths of all time — there is no such thing as soybean credit.” A 60-bushel soybean crop requires 245 pounds per acre of nitrogen. Of that, 123 pounds per acre is accumulated through nodule nitrogen fixation, 179 pounds is removed with the grain at harvest and the net removal from the soil is 56 pounds per acre. “Soybeans do not add nitrogen to the soil. Soybeans remove more nitrogen than it fixes because it only gets half of the nitrogen from the nodules. So, the reason for the soybean nitrogen credit is actually a corn residue penalty,” Below said. To find some answers to the question if supplemental nitrogen can increase soybean yields, trials were conducted over the last three years at sites near DeKalb, Yorkville, Champaign and Harrisburg. Seven nitrogen sources were evaluated along with an unfertilized control strip. With each source, 100 pounds of nitrogen was applied per acre, and each source was applied broadcast before planting, as well as at V3, R1 and R3. One concern going into the trial was if an application of fertilizer nitrogen would affect soybean nodule activity. The research found that applying 100 pounds of any nitrogen source used in the trials did not negatively impact nodule development. In addition, applying 100 pounds per acre of nitrogen at pre-plant or at V3 tended to increase nodule activity and perhaps provide more nitrogen through nitrogen fixation. The trials found on average that pre-plant or the V3 growth stage tended to be the best times for a nitrogen application, and pre-plant applications had the greatest increase in yield over three years. Ammonium nitrate, urea ammonium nitrate and controlled release ESN were the most consistent sources in increasing soybean yield. “This goes completely against the conventional wisdom when it comes to ammonium nitrate, but apparently having a little bit of that freely available nitrogen upfront right from the very beginning gets that soybean plant off to a quicker start, helps the nodules develop, and once they develop, it really helps that growth trajectory of the plant,” Below said. Smith is taking Below’s findings to the farm level to further demonstrate if a nitrogen application benefits soybean yields. Smith’s research also estimates soil contributions by measuring nitrate availability and mineralization using the Illinois Soil Nitrogen Test. Among the lessons Smith learned from his research were when considering a nitrogen application to soybeans, start in a high-yield environment with low mineralizable nitrogen, organic matter, as a guide. Varieties and planting populations make a difference, and weather always is a big influence and how farmers can manage around the weather. Source: AgriNews
US Corn Export Sales Hit 23-Year High
Come, come US farm official. You are being too modest. Sure, the US Department of Agriculture was right in saying that the 2.51m tonnes in US corn export sales in the week to last Thursday was “a marketing-year high”. But it was actually the highest in a number of marketing years, going back 23 seasons in fact, to a particularly strong performance in December 1994. That month accounted for two of the four better weekly performances than 2.51m tonnes, on data going back to 1990. ‘Strong upward march’ As two why US shipments were so popular, attractive prices, compared with rival origins, look one factor. The US Department of Agriculture a week ago raised its forecast for US corn exports by 4.4m tonnes to 56.5m tonnes, citing “competitive prices and continued strong foreign demand”. While a “strong upward march” in prices over the previous month had raised US quotes by $18 a tonne to $183 a tonne, Black Sea offers were up the same amount at $193 a tonne, and Argentine prices “soared $19 a tonne to $186 amid continued weather concerns”, the USDA said. Brazilian domestic corn prices were up 24% over the month to last Thursday, according to Cepea. Steel vs corn Worries over tit-for-tat trade levies with the US, after Washington announced tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, might be another. The top three buyers of US corn in the latest were Japan, with net purchases of 838,000 tonnes, Taiwan, at 388,600 tonnes, and South Korea, at 206,800 tonnes. All three countries are among the top 10 exporters of steel to the US. Cotton on Cotton export data were also decent. Not that export sales statistics of 321,416 running bales of upland cotton, while strong, were important, with the US already rich in orders of the fibre. (Indeed, on commitments, ie unfulfilled orders and completed shipments combined, the US cotton export performance rose above the USDA’s forecast for shipments for the whole of 2017-18, upgraded last week to 13.74m running bales. And there is still more than four months of the season to go.) The market’s eye, as ever, was on the pace of shipments, which at 414,000 running bales for upland cotton were above the (rapid) weekly pace needed to meet the full-season forecast, if down 110,000 running bales week on week. Two-month low For soybeans, the 1.27m tonnes of US exports sold in the week to March 8 was just above the range of market expectations, of 800,000-1.20m tonnes, if below the 2.51m tonnes sold the previous week. However, the wheat export sales figure, at a two-month low of 162,800 tonnes, fell well short of expectations of 250,000-500,000 tonnes, besides being down 58% week on week. The higher protein (and price) wheats were particularly responsible for the downturn, with hard red spring wheat export sales, at 59,700 tonnes, down by more than one-half week on week. Hard red winter wheat export sales, plunged by 84% week on week to 6,830 tonnes. It looks like the surge in hard red winter wheat futures in particular, on worries over southern Plains drought, is doing in spades its job of destroying demand. Source: AgriMoney
Research Gives Game Plan to Beat Glyphosate Resistance
There’s a chance farmers might regain control with glyphosate—but it’ll take work and patience. Researchers from Kansas State University recently discovered the pathway for glyphosate resistance in weeds is one that is unstable and could be decreased. “We have somehow caught it [resistance] in between becoming permanently resistant,” says Bikram Gill, director of Kansas State’s Wheat Genetics Resource Center and co-author of the study. The resistance mechanism isn’t fully integrated back into the plant’s DNA. Because the resistance is unstable, farmers might have a chance to beat it. “What we want to explore is, for example, if we do not apply glyphosate repeatedly or reduce the selection by glyphosate, we can make these ring-structured chromosomes unstable and once again make these plants susceptible to glyphosate,” says Mithila Jugulam, Kansas State weed scientist and co-author of the study. Researchers recommend best management practices like rotating herbicides and crops. “This may allow evolving resistance to dissipate as we know that [the resistance] is unstable and can be lost in the absence of herbicide selection pressure,” Jugulam adds. How resistance formed. “What we found that was new was how these weeds have evolved resistance to glyphosate in such a short time,” Jugulam says. “If you look at the evolution of glyphosate resistance in Palmer amaranth, based on our research, it appears to have occurred very rapidly.” Glyphosate resistance in Palmer amaranth and other amaranth species not only evolved rapidly, but spread rapidly, too. Nearly every corn-growing state has at least one reported incident of glyphosate-resistant amaranth. “We found that glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth plants carry the glyphosate target gene in hundreds of copies,” Jugulam says. “Therefore, even if you applied an amount much higher than the recommended dose of glyphosate, plants would not be killed.” Abnormal DNA is what fueled resistance. “Normally, the genetic material in all organisms—including humans—is found in long, linear DNA molecules,” Gill says. “But when [K-State researchers] looked at these glyphosate-resistant weeds, the glyphosate target gene, along with other genes actually escaped from the chromosomes and formed a separate, self-replicating circular DNA structure.” This unusual DNA structure is called extra-chromosomal circular DNA (eccDNA). Each of these structures produces enzymes to tolerate glyphosate when it is sprayed on the plant. “Therefore, the plant is not affected by glyphosate application,” Gill says. “Eventually, we think that these eccDNAs can be incorporated into the linear chromosome. If that happens, then they will become resistant forever.” What’s unfortunate is the eccDNA structures are hereditary. So with each seed produced, which can be in the hundreds of thousands for amaranth species, resistance spreads. It can also be passed to related species, like Palmer amaranth pollinating a waterhemp plant, for example. Double check your weed management strategy—are you following best management practices to beat glyphosate resistance? Source: AgProfessional
Nebraska Ag Update - March 16, 2018
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Spring Burndown: What Works, What Doesn?t In Midwest, Midsouth
  When resistant-weeds emerge in the weeks prior to planting, an early spring burndown may be the best option for Midwest and Midsouth farmers. That’s particularly true when these weeds are impossible to control in-season. To manage herbicide-resistant horseweed/marestail, Indiana corn and soybean producers have turned to two-pass burndown programs – either a fall burndown followed by one at planting or early spring burndown followed by one at planting. “For us, marestail is the driver of our winter annual weed control programs,” says Bill Johnson, professor of weed science at Purdue University. “To control it, producers are becoming more aggressive with their programs. We’re starting to increase rates or add other herbicides to the tank or both. We’re also seeing more acres getting a second burndown treatment.” The fall/at-plant burndown is the more common two-pass option, and in a lot of cases, the more effective in his state, according to Johnson. “We get more consistent activity on marestail in the fall rather than in the early spring timing,” he specifies. “We can also use higher rates of herbicides. But when we have mild winters, which we have about 70% of the time, I’d like to get more producers thinking about this two-pass spring program.” Swat Horseweed/Marestail Early For early spring burndown in no-till soybeans, Johnson suggests 2,4-D- or dicamba-based programs with Sharpen (saflufenacil), Valor (flumioxazin) Tricor (metribuzin) or an Authority- (sulfentrazone) based product. “Most of that is going to go out with glyphosate, although we are seeing some paraquat-based programs down in the southern part of the state,” he adds. “Try to hit marestail from the rosette stage to 4-inches tall. Control is very variable on anything larger than that.” For the 20% of corn that is no-tilled, Johnson suggests an early spring burndown with an atrazine premix with glyphosate and 2,4-D or dicamba. Annual (Italian) Ryegrass, The Cover Crop An early spring burndown is also critical for no-tillers taking out cover crops in advance of planting, adds Johnson. “If the rest of this winter is mild, we’re going to deal with marestail. If the rest of the winter is mild, and it’s cool and wet in the spring for an extended period, we’re going to struggle with burning down our annual rye cover crops.” While Johnson discourages using annual ryegrass as a cover crop, the practice is widespread nonetheless. “Herbicide-resistant annual ryegrass (also known as Italian ryegrass) is a problem, particularly in the Midsouth,” Johnson says. “In the long term, I’m not convinced that we can continue to plant seed lots that aren’t contaminated with herbicide-resistant biotypes. I’m really concerned about getting a contaminated seed lot and then seeing the problem really take off on us. “We encourage producers to try and kill the ryegrass cover when it’s small,” Johnson says. “Hopefully, you have some warm daytime air temperatures (for herbicides to work). Use the maximum rate of glyphosate and add either Basis or something with rimsulfuron or Sharpen to the tank.” The Logistics Of Burndown LSU AgCenter weed scientist Daniel Stephenson says the best timing for an early spring burndown is 4 to 6 weeks prior to planting. That gives the herbicides plenty of time to work and to ensure that producers are planting into bare ground. Many producers follow this rule of thumb for corn. But for logistical purposes they often burn down cotton and soybean ground while they’re still in burndown mode for corn. “So for cotton and soybeans, you’re now 8 to 10 weeks out and that does not work,” Stephenson observes. “When this scenario happens, new weed emergence is very likely. In that situation, tank-mix paraquat with your residual preemergence herbicide right before you plant the crop or soon after to eliminate weed vegetation that is present,” Stephenson says. For management of all other winter annual weed species in the spring, Stephenson recommends a full label rate of glyphosate and no less than a pound acid-equivalent of 2,4-D. Producers may be tempted to trim the 2,4-D rate, but Stephenson says that will likely lead to incomplete “control of the annual winter weeds. When you come back to clean it up when the weeds are older, herbicides are not as effective.” Stephenson also cautions producers about putting out a residual herbicide such as Valor, Dual Magnum (S-metolachlor) or Goal (oxyflurfen) when there is substantial green vegetation on the ground in the spring. “If you do, you’re only getting postemergence activity because the herbicide is contacting vegetation and not the soil. If you don’t see bare soil, you’re not helping yourself from a residual standpoint.” Italian Ryegrass – As A Midsouth Weed While Indiana producers plant annual/Italian ryegrass as cover crop to suppress weed growth, many Midsouth producers are desperately trying to kill it before it grows to an unmanageable size by spring. Glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass has spread rapidly through parts of the Midsouth over the last few years, particularly in Mississippi. It’s also appeared along rivers and waterways in Louisiana, according to Stephenson. “Unfortunately, it’s in every one of our Mississippi River parishes, plus it’s spreading,” Stephenson says. “It’s also in the northwest part of the state following the Red River south. It’s not as bad as it is in Mississippi, but if we ignore it, that’s inevitable.” For control of glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass, Stephenson recommends a residual applied in the fall as the best option. He says the next best option is applying a graminicide such as clethodim in January when Italian ryegrass is less than 4 inches tall. Preliminary research suggests that clethodim-resistant Italian ryegrass is also spreading from Mississippi to Louisiana, according to Stephenson. “If you have clethodim-resistant Italian ryegrass, a producer’s only choice in the spring is tillage or one to two applications of paraquat,” Stephenson says. “The LSU AgCenter has adopted Mississippi State University’s recommendations for glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass management. Their recommendations work when followed.” Taking Out Cover Crops Stephenson notes that Louisiana producers are reluctant to do fall burndown programs to control Italian ryegrass or other winter annuals because so much vegetation is removed by the herbicides, which exposes beds to weathering. But if weeds get too big, they’ll be more difficult to control in the spring. To address this problem, Stephenson and other scientists are studying the effects of planting a cover crop and spraying a residual herbicide after it emerges (Dual or Zidua) (S-metolachlor or pyroxasulfone) to provide winter weed control in the cover crop. To kill the cover crops in the early spring, “it’s very important to use full rates of glyphosate and 2,4-D,” Stephenson says. “If you have legumes mixed in the cover crop, I’m suggesting adding 6 to 8 ounces of dicamba.” Source: AgFax Weed Solutions
Optimal Seeding Rate Depends on Hybrid
What’s the optimum agronomic plant population for corn? What’s the optimum economic population? Can they vary by hybrid? These questions were first posed a couple of years ago when Bob Nielsen was helping producers understand the difference between optimum agronomic seeding rate, which looks at yield, and optimum economic seeding rate, which looks at return. After a two-year study with the same two hybrids, it was clear that optimum agronomic and economic seeding rates aren’t always the same. Likewise, it’s clear that both can vary greatly from hybrid to hybrid. Both hybrids were tested at five seeding rate targets, varying from 26,000 to 38,000 seeds per acre. The trial was replicated three times. Karen Mitchell, Tippecanoe County Extension ag educator, and Daniel Bechman, Beck’s product specialist, assisted with stand counts before harvest. Nielsen interpreted the data. Here are 10 key findings from the study: 1. Trends were the same in 2016 and 2017. Hybrid A yielded more than Hybrid B at every population both years. The gap was slightly larger in 2016. The optimum economic seeding rate was lower for Hybrid A compared to Hybrid B in both years. The optimum economic seeding rate was lower for Hybrid A in 2017 vs. 2016. It was higher for Hybrid B in 2017 vs. 2016. 2. Both hybrids produced the highest yield at the highest seeding rate in 2017. The agronomic optimum seeding rate for Hybrid A in 2017 was 38,000 seeds per acre, with a harvest population of 37,167 plants, producing 225.2 bushels per acre. The agronomic optimum seeding rate for Hybrid B was also 38,000 seeds per acre. Actual population for Hybrid B was 35,667 plants per acre. Yield was 212.4 bushels. 3. Optimum economic populations compared to optimum agronomic population varied by hybrid. The final plant population producing the highest net income for Hybrid A in 2017 was 26,833. Based on the exceptional 98.5% average stand establishment in the trial, economic optimum seeding rate for Hybrid A in 2017 would have been 27,245 seeds per acre. The optimum economic population for Hybrid B was 35,667 plants per acre. Based on this number, the optimum economic seeding rate was 36,215. 4. The gap in economic optimums was narrower in 2016. The economic optimum, the point at which you make the most money, was around 30,000 plants per acre at harvest for Hybrid A in 2016, and just under 34,000 for Hybrid B. 5. Estimate required seeding rate from population. In the 2017 trial, actual population averaged 98.5% of seeding rate. To estimate seeding rate from any final population, divide by 0.985. 6. A seeding rate sweet spot was determined from several trials. Based on 90 Purdue field-scale trials, maximum yield occurs at final populations between 28,000 and 35,000 plants per acre on better soils. Read the research summary. 7. A late planting date didn’t impact yields in 2017. This trial was planted June 8 due to weather delays. Yield averages for each treatment ranged from 200 to 225 bushels per acre. “This year featured a very good, cool late-summer period for grain fill,” Nielsen says. “Early planting date by itself isn’t a guarantee of higher yields.” 8. Hybrid A performed best in 2017 at the lowest seeding rate. The regression line in the chart above indicates the hybrid might have performed even better economically at lower rates than those in the trial. 9. Hybrid B performed best at the highest seeding rate in 2017. Economic return was still increasing at the highest rate tested. 10. Yield and population response don’t correlate. This is a classic example, Nielsen says. Hybrid A responded to increasing population slowly in 2017. Yet the higher the seeding rate, the more Hybrid B yielded. However, across the entire trial, in two years, Hybrid A yielded more than Hybrid B and produced higher net returns at all populations and seeding rates. Source: PrairieFarmer
Iowa Project Battles Herbicide-Resistant Weeds
  Harrison County is home to a new project focused on combating weed resistance as part of a statewide pest resistance management program led by Iowa State University. A team of local farmers, landowners, agronomists, crop advisers, bankers, seed and chemical company representatives, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists are addressing the increasing threat of herbicide resistant weeds, including Palmer amaranth. Launched in 2017, the Iowa Pest Resistance Management Program is a statewide effort to slow the development of pest resistance using a collaborative approach to promote pest resistance management practices. The Harrison County team includes farmer cooperators who will help evaluate and demonstrate the cost-effectiveness of weed resistance management for 2018 and beyond. “I am extremely pleased in how this project is evolving, the interest that it is receiving, and especially our team,” said Larry Buss, a Harrison County farmer and leader of the project. “This team is devoting time and energy to this project because they all feel, as I do, that we have got to get on top of this resistance issue. If we do not, the results will be reduced crop yields and increased production costs, both which will decrease Iowa farmer profitability.” Palmer amaranth was first discovered in Iowa in 2013 in Harrison County. It is of great concern to farmers due to its competitiveness, high growth rate, prolific seed production and demonstrated ability to evolve resistance to herbicides. Once it is established in a field, weed management costs may rise significantly. “Combating weed resistance requires both a short-term and a long-term focus and adaptive management as we learn what works and what does not work,” Buss said. In addition to combating Palmer amaranth, the Harrison County team will focus on improving management of widespread herbicide-resistant weeds — waterhemp, giant ragweed and marestail. The Harrison County effort is one of several pest resistance management projects around Iowa coordinated by Iowa State, which is working with many partners to develop and implement projects across the state with farmers and their agronomic and farm advisers and agricultural professionals to devise cost-effective resistance management practices to sustain yields. “The local teams drive these projects,” said Evan Sivesind, program manager in the Department of Entomology at Iowa State who oversees the Iowa Pest Resistance Management Program. “Farmers, crop advisers and other agriculture professionals set the direction for each project and develop strategies that address the issues facing farmers in their area. The Harrison County project has a great team in place that really understands the local landscape and the specific challenges farmers are facing in the area.” In Harrison County, growing conditions and management practices vary widely. Field demonstrations will take place in both the Loess Hills and the Missouri River Valley. The viability of recommended resistance management practices will be tested and demonstrated in the context of local cropping systems. Source: Iowa Farmer Today
5 Cost-Cutting Tactics
Farmers’ financial positions continue to erode as commodity prices remain weak. While USDA projects total production expenses to be flat in 2018 compared with recent years, net farm income is expected to decrease nearly 7% from 2017. “We remain two to three years out until profits in the crop sector normalize,” says Matt Roberts, founder of The Kernmantle Group, an economics research firm. “That sounds like bad news, but all forces still point forward for agriculture.” Be optimistic and employ these strategies in the year ahead. 1. Project your cash flow. Regular financial analysis is key. “Your numbers will look tough, but at least you know where you are,” says Gary Schnitkey, ag economist at the University of Illinois. 2. Review every expense to find savings. You might feel like you’ve trimmed all your costs, but keep looking. Consider less-expensive seed varieties, Schnitkey says. Also evaluate your nitrogen rates. “A lot of farmers put on more nitrogen than universities would suggest,” he says. Know your cost of production at the field level, Roberts advises. “Fertility, rent and other costs are different for each field you farm,” he says. 3. Analyze every cash-rent agreement. Most cash-rented ground in Illinois is generating low to negative returns, Schnitkey says. Discuss your financial situation with your landlords, he recommends. When talking with your landlords, share your cost of production range across all your fields, Roberts suggests. Then show each landlord how his or her farm fits in that range. This level of transparency will build trust with your landlord and help make your case for adjusting rental rates. “Also look at moving to a variable cash-rent lease,” Schnitkey says. “It is really hard to know what incomes will be. Variable cash rents are a good alternative in this environment.” 4. Develop and stick to a grain marketing plan. “The biggest single mistake farmers make is not selling more before planting,” Roberts says. Historically, the best windows for pricing old- and new-crop corn and soybeans is in the spring. Roberts suggests marketing 25% to 33% of your expected production before April 15. Then shoot to have 75% to 100% sold by harvest. A written marketing plan will also help you overcome the emotional aspects of marketing. “You’re not going to hit the high, so don’t even try,” Schnitkey says. “Don’t beat yourself up if the price goes up after you make the sale.” 5. Ask your lender pointed questions. During tough times, advice and analysis from advisers are vital. Schnitkey suggests asking your banker: What improvements would you like to see? What are your working capital standards and how close am I to reaching concerning levels? What would strengthen my lending portfolio? Source: AgWeb
Oklahoma Wheat: Little Disease Activity, but Keep Watch for Rust Development
I spent Monday (March 12) looking at wheat around Stillwater and found no foliar diseases. Gary Strickland (Extension Educator; Jackson County) indicated the same for southwestern OK. He indicated wheat is short and drought stressed with flag leaves emerging in some wheat even though it is only about 4 inches tall. Josh Bushong (Area Extn Agronomy Specialist) indicated a similar scenario for wheat west of Lahoma, (10 miles west of Enid). He also indicated he had heard of some spraying being done for aphids – both for bird cherry–oat and greenbug. At this point, it appears there is not much rust inoculum building up to the south of us in Texas. On March 9, Dr. Clark Neely (Small Grains/Oilseed Extension Specialist; Texas A&M AgriLife Extension) scouted sentinel plots for foliar diseases. Here is his report. “I checked sentinel plots at College Station, TX on Friday, March 9, for disease. I found moderate levels of stripe rust in ‘Sisson’ only. I did not observe stripe rust in any other sentinel plots. I was unable to go through the entire variety trial at the time, but there were no obvious signs of a stripe rust epidemic. There were trace amounts of stripe rust found in a nearby fungicide trial on ‘WB 4303’. “There have been no reports from growers anywhere in the state yet of stripe rust in producer fields. Leaf rust was found on these varieties as well, but in trace amounts. Overall, leaf rust is much lower this time of year compared to the past two years due to cold temperatures we experienced this winter. Powdery mildew is very common due to cloudy, damp weather the past month and dense canopies. “Many winter varieties are around Feekes 7-8. Hard red spring wheat ‘LCS Trigger’ in an adjacent trial was the most advanced of anything I observed and was at Feekes 9 (fully emerged flag leaf).” Finally, the OSU Diagnostic Lab has tested 11 samples from southwestern OK (Washita County) for the wheat viruses that cause wheat streak mosaic, high plains, Triticum mosaic (all transmitted by the wheat curl mite) and barley yellow dwarf (aphid transmitted). We are doing this to see if testing for the presence of these viruses early in the season with the ELISA procedure may have value in giving producers a “heads-up” related to the decision of removing cattle or to graze out a given field. We will follow these fields as the season progresses to see how the incidence of these viruses in these fields relates to the virus testing.  Source: AgFax
Iowa Farmer Wins National Conservation Legacy Award
The American Soybean Association presented Mark Schleisman, who farms near Lake City in western Iowa, the 2018 National Conservation Legacy Award during the annual ASA Awards Banquet Feb. 28 at the Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif. Prior to Schleisman’s recognition as the program’s national winner, he was named Midwest Regional winner of the Conservation Legacy Award. The national winner is chosen from three regional winners. The other 2018 regional winners were Dave and Linda Burrier, Union Bridge, Md. (northeast region) and Grant Norwood, Mansfield, Tenn. (south region). The program is designed to recognize outstanding environmental and conservation achievements of soybean farmers, which help to produce more sustainable U.S. soybeans. Along with ASA, the program is co-sponsored by BASF, Monsanto, Corn & Soybean Digest magazine, the United Soybean Board and Valent. Document feed value of cover crops Schleisman heads up M&M Farms, a diverse family operation in Calhoun County, Iowa. M&M Farms has 4,500 acres of crops, including 2,000 acres of popcorn; manages 360 cow-calf pairs; and finishes approximately 30,000 head of pigs. With livestock being such an important part of the M&M Farms operation, Schleisman was approached by Practical Farmers of Iowa to do a three-year research project documenting the economic benefits of cover crops and grazing. He and three other farmers documented the feed value of the biomass produced by cover crops. “The amount of cover crop growth we get is very weather-dependent, but we have seen a value of $70 an acre or more, with our top year coming in at $76 an acre,” Schleisman says. “The benefit to the cows is tremendous.” The family started with cereal rye as its choice for a cover crop and now is adding other species such as oilseed radishes and rape. “The cows seem more satisfied on the cover crops because they are not just eating dried-up cornstalks, but getting some green material in there,” Schleisman notes. ‘3 times’ return on cover crop by grazing The economic benefits became obvious quickly. “By our numbers, we are getting at least a three-times return in the short term by grazing the cover crops, in addition to long-term benefits we are seeing in soil health,” Schleisman says. The soil health benefits realized on M&M Farms led them to also plant cover crops on fields where they don’t have cows graze. M&M Farms also strives to protect water quality. Located in the Elk Run watershed, a tributary to the Raccoon River, the area is a source of concern about nitrates. As part of a demonstration project directed by the Iowa Soybean Association in cooperation with partner organizations, Schleisman installed edge-of-field practices designed to significantly cut nitrate contribution to the Raccoon River. One of these practices is a saturated buffer. It stores water under field buffers by diverting tile water into shallow laterals that raise the water table within the buffer, thus slowing outflow. The other edge-of-field treatment process is a bioreactor. It consists of a buried pit filled with a carbon source (wood chips) through which tile water is diverted. The carbon provides a food source for microorganisms; they use nitrate to metabolize the carbon, converting the nitrate to harmless atmospheric nitrogen gas. “I’ve seen nitrate levels entering the bioreactor running 15 to 22 parts per million,” Schleisman says. “The water is exiting the bioreactor with nitrate at less than 1 part per million.” He has shared that story with many farm audiences and has been featured in many interviews conducted for urban audiences as well. There are many more innovative and sustainable practices that Schleisman and other recipients of the 2018 Conservation Legacy Awards are putting into action on their farms today. Source: Wallaces Farmer
Selection of Chickens with Increased Disease Resistance One Step Close
Chickens selected for higher levels of natural antibodies have a stronger immune response, according to researchers with Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in the Netherlands. This provides insight into possible mechanisms for these natural antibodies in general disease resistance. Selection of chickens with increased disease resistance is one step closer to practice and ultimately can result in reduced antibiotic use and animals with improved well-being, WUR said. In poultry housing systems, birds frequently come in contact with each other. A possible pathogen, once present in a house, can spread relatively easily among the flock. For a decade already, the poultry industry has requested robust birds with good resistance to diseases. One possibility for achieving such a robust chicken is to breed animals with an increased disease resistance, WUR said. Animals have natural antibodies that are part of the immune system. Natural antibodies recognize pathogens in healthy animals without previous exposure to that pathogen. They block and prevent further spread of pathogens but also warn and activate other parts of the immune system, WUR explained. Earlier studies showed promising results, finding that natural antibody levels are heritable and can, therefore, be altered by breeding, the researchers said. Also, higher natural antibody levels were associated with a increased survival rates. WUR researchers put this to the test and selected layer chickens for high or low natural antibody levels for two generations. The layer hens in the second generation were vaccinated with one of three different vaccines. Tom Berghof, main investigator of this study, explained, “We used vaccines that cause different immune responses: one immune response is directed against bacteria, one immune response is directed against viruses and one immune response was specific for our selection on natural antibodies.” Compared to animals with low levels, birds with high natural antibody levels had a higher antibody response against the bacterial vaccine, but not to the other vaccines. “This suggests that animals with higher natural antibodies might have better protection against bacterial diseases,” Berghof said. According to WUR, this study offers hope for the possibility of breeding chickens with higher natural antibody levels to improve general disease resistance, especially towards bacteria. “First, we want to know more about the selection for natural antibodies, so we will continue the selection for a couple of generations more,” Berghof said. “In addition, we will investigate if the lines also respond differently to real bacterial pathogens and if they differ in other forms of protection against, for example, viruses.” Eventually, this research could lead to animals with improved general disease resistance and, thus, less antibiotic use, lower economic losses for the farmer and improved animal welfare, WUR said. Source: Feedstuffs
Slow pace continues for corn, soybean inspections
  The USDA reports corn and soybean export inspections as of the week ending March 15th remain behind the pace needed to meet projections for the 2017/18 marketing year. The current marketing year runs through May for wheat and August for beans, corn, and sorghum. Wheat came out at 443,269 tons, up 14,454 from the week ending March 8th, but down 207,610 tons from the week ending March 16th, 2017. Continue reading Slow pace continues for corn, soybean inspections at Brownfield Ag News.      
Purdue unveils its new animal sciences complex
Brownfield?s Amie Sites will be on the ground when Purdue unveils its new animal sciences complex on March 22, 2018 in?West Lafayette, Indiana. Continue reading Purdue unveils its new animal sciences complex at Brownfield Ag News.      
Farmers meet Michigan gubernatorial candidates
Michigan?s ag industry is meeting candidates vying to lead the state as the next governor. This November Michigan voters will elect a new leader to succeed Republican Governor Rick Snyder. What are farmers looking for? Soybean farmer Dave Williams tells Brownfield, ?I?m looking for somebody that?s supportive of agriculture and that has some common sense and that?s going to do things right for the state.? Beef farmer Steve Thelen says, ?To see what their view is on the future and support of agriculture. Continue reading Farmers meet Michigan gubernatorial candidates at Brownfield Ag News.      
KASM Dairy Forum
Brownfield Anchor/Reporter Mark Dorenkamp will be on the ground for Brownfield?s affiliate radio station KASM Dairy Forum on Wednesday, April 4th in Albany, MN. Continue reading KASM Dairy Forum at Brownfield Ag News.      
Indiana counties eligible for disaster assistance
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has issued a disaster emergency for four more counties: Gibson, LaGrange, Vanderburgh, and Vermillion. Widespread flooding has caused infrastructure damage in several counties. The announcement brings the list of counties to 35. A disaster declaration allows the state Department of Homeland Security to provide expanded emergency services. The other counties covered are LaPorte, Noble, Posey, Wabash, Warren, Jackson, Kosciusko, Newton, Porter, Harrison, Jasper, Ohio, Pulaski, Benton, Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Jefferson, Spencer, Warrick, Carroll, Dearborn, Elkhart, Fulton, Lake, Marshall, Perry, St. Continue reading Indiana counties eligible for disaster assistance at Brownfield Ag News.      
Review of Global Dairy Trade SMP auction completed
A review by Global Dairy Trade of their March 8th auction event found a reasonable explanation for higher-than-usual Ultra High-Temperature Skim Milk Powder prices. Global Dairy Trade says the price outcomes from March 8th event 207 reflect that multiple bidders had strong needs to secure higher quantities of high-temp powder than was available for the event. In a statement issued over the weekend, GDT says no evidence was found indicating a breach of trading rules when the index shot up 44.8%.? Continue reading Review of Global Dairy Trade SMP auction completed at Brownfield Ag News.      
House Democrats want to see farm bill language
03.15.18 Ag-DemFarmBill-LetterToPeterson Democratic Members of the House Ag Committee say they are done negotiating the farm bill until Republicans release the draft language. Democrats on the committee are unanimously opposed to major changes in the SNAP nutrition program, which include expanded work requirements for recipients and the ?heat and eat? provisions states like Michigan and Wisconsin use to determine eligibility for SNAP and heating assistance. Congressmen David Scott and Jim Costa wrote a letter to Ranking Democrat Collin Peterson asking him to abstain from further negotiations with Chairman Mike Conaway until they see what?s in the bill.? Continue reading House Democrats want to see farm bill language at Brownfield Ag News.      
New Taco Bell item sells a lot of cheese sauce
Fast food chain Taco Bell?s latest menu addition has been good news for dairy and potato producers.? Their Nacho Fries debuted in January on their dollar menu, but have already sold more than 53 million orders.? That?s more than 780-thousand gallons of cheese sauce since January, and that?s not counting the cheese and cheese sauce the chain sells for other menu items. Parent company Yum! Brands recently announced the limited-time item has been extended into early April.? Continue reading New Taco Bell item sells a lot of cheese sauce at Brownfield Ag News.      
CME dairy markets up to close the week
The dairy markets were mostly up to close the week at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. ? Class Three milk for March was down $.02 at $14.28 a hundredweight. ?April was up $.21 at $14.33. May was up $.15 to $14.30. June was up $.12 to 14.67. ?Milk futures from July through next March were up between $.01 and $.12 cents. Grade AA Butter was down $.0075 at $2.21 per pound. ? Continue reading CME dairy markets up to close the week at Brownfield Ag News.      
Williams: Giving away opportunities
David Williams is among the farmers concerned about the future of U.S. agriculture trade.? The Michigan Soybean Association President tells Brownfield 60 percent of his state?s soybeans are exported and his specific worry is slow progress on the North American Free Trade Agreement. ?I think we?re just giving away some of our opportunities,? Williams told Brownfield Ag News at Commodity Classic.? ?Trade is so important, and if lose our trading partners, I?m not quite sure what we?ll do with all our production.? Williams says he was disappointed when the U.S. Continue reading Williams: Giving away opportunities at Brownfield Ag News.      
Plant ?17 returns
  An ag meteorologist is calling for a cool, wet start to the planting season. ?I think we?re looking at delays and cold soils as well, especially with limited sunshine, frequent wet weather that?s anticipated and wouldn?t be surprised if we have some very significant late seasons snows.? Greg Soulje? says the significant rains that moved through the Southern Lakes Region and parts of the Corn Belt have left the ground saturated which could mean flooding similar to last year?s planting season.? Continue reading Plant ?17 returns at Brownfield Ag News.      
Japan to lower beef tariff
Japan is expected to lift its 50 percent so-called safeguard tariff on U.S. frozen beef by the end of the month. ?The extra tariff ? triggered last August by a large volume of imported beef entering Japan ? will drop to 38.5 percent at the end of Japan?s Fiscal Year, according to Joe Schuele with the U.S. Meat Export Federation. ?It?s not often that you celebrate a 38.5 percent tariff,? Schuele told Brownfield Ag News Friday, ?but it?s better than 50 percent.? Japan?s importers and consumers still maintained a high volume of U.S. Continue reading Japan to lower beef tariff at Brownfield Ag News.      
Conservationist had soil health all wrong
A renowned conservationist says until a few years ago, he and many others completely missed the mark on soil health. “I missed that the soil is not just a growing medium, it’s alive.” That?s Ray Archuleta, who spent 30 years with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Now retired, he tells Brownfield farmers must embrace the soil health movement. “I was taught that I controlled the ecosystem, that I forced it to get more yield.? Continue reading Conservationist had soil health all wrong at Brownfield Ag News.      
Milk futures, cash dairy mostly higher
    The dairy markets were mostly up for a second straight day at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Friday. Class Three milk for March was down $.02 at $14.28 a hundredweight. ?April was up $.21 at $14.33.? May was up $.15 to $14.30.? June was up $.12 to 14.67. ?Milk futures through next March were up between $.01 and $.12. Grade AA Butter was down $.0075 at $2.21 per pound. ? Continue reading Milk futures, cash dairy mostly higher at Brownfield Ag News.      
Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: March 16, 2018
May corn closed at $3.82 and 3/4,?down?4?cents May soybeans closed at $10.49 and 1/2,?up 8 and?3/4?cents May soybean meal closed at $372.90,?up?$1.90 May soybean oil closed at 31.98,?down 8?points May wheat closed at $4.67 and 3/4,?down?11?cents Apr. live cattle closed at $121.25,?down?60 cents Apr. lean hogs closed at $65.45,?down?27 cents Apr. Continue reading Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: March 16, 2018 at Brownfield Ag News.      
A bi-partisan act introduced last week would maintain funding and acre
A bi-partisan act introduced last week would maintain funding and acreage levels for the farm bill?s three largest conservation programs.
Rains in Argentina Over the Weekend
Rain Still is a Driver in Grain Markets
Grain market traders are still worried about the amount of rain that has and will fall across Argentina this week. The recent buildup of long positions in corn and soybeans by funds are providing a concern for the bears. There are several economic events this week that could affect outside markets and potentially the grain investors.
After appearing to stabilize, farmer demand for agricultural loans inc
After appearing to stabilize, farmer demand for agricultural loans increased sharply in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Nice Condition Older Model Combines Holding Value
Machinery Pete shines light on current trend of nice condition used Combines in the 10 year old range holding their value very well, seeing strong auction sale prices
Planter Prep Tricks
Tips to help smooth planter repairs and maintenance.
Americans for Farmers & Families commented on Friday regarding the rec
Americans for Farmers & Families commented on Friday regarding the recent release of the European Union?s retaliatory tariffs product list.
Soybeans remain in the spotlight for the 2018 acreage battle?a result
Soybeans remain in the spotlight for the 2018 acreage battle—a result of robust global demand and profit potential.
That Pesky Time Change
I?m not sure about you, but Daylight Savings Time always gets me. It takes me a few days to get use to getting up an hour earlier than I did a few days prior, with the same being said about going to bed. It?s only an hour, right?! Well it?s Friday and I?m still tired! The change in the schedule messes me up and gets me feeling worn out by the day?s end. Well as you look at the table of weekly price changes below, it seems like that spilled over to the ag markets.
The amount of moisture received across the US southern high plains sin
The amount of moisture received across the US southern high plains since October has been ridiculously low. Forecasters warn of intensifying drought and wheat crop losses.
Ted Seifried is guest hosting today's AgriTalk ATB. He's been chomping
Ted Seifried is guest hosting today's AgriTalk ATB. He's been chomping at the bit to talk with Naomi Bloom with Stewart Peterson. They both do their best to cover as many markets as possible before time runs out.
Schmieding Produce, which ships watermelons grown in most of the major
Schmieding Produce, which ships watermelons grown in most of the major watermelon areas in the U.S. has acquired North Carolina grower Moore?s Produce.​
Pete's Pick Of The Week: 2002 John Deere 7810
It sold for the second highest auction price in the U.S., and only trails the 1999 model John Deere 7810 with 1,050 hours that sold on an August 2, 2014 farm auction in Canada. 
Australian Authority to Greenlight Syngenta Fungicide
ChemChina reported that the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) will approve the registration of Syngenta?s foliage fungicide MIRAVIS in April 2018. MIRAVIS is Syngenta’s new foliar fungicide for preventing black shank and white spot diseases of canola, and its active ingredient is ADEPIDYN (pydiflumetofen). It is the first SDHI (succinate dehydrogenase?inhibitor) fungicide under the new chemical group – FRAC Group 7. Angus Rutherford, head of Syngenta products, says the new fungicide is expected to bring significant benefits to Australian canola growers. MIRAVIS greatly surpasses current industry standards in the prevention and control of black shank disease. Local tests show that, in comparison with Prosaro and Aviator Xpro, the yield can increase by 10% to 15%, with growers? input-output ratio significantly increased. MIRAVIS has excellent surface tension, rapid absorption and great dispersibility in plants, which can provide efficient and long-term protection under different conditions. Source: ChemChina