Focus on Ag http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/70021/feed Timely information on crop and livestock production, farm management and marketing, ag policy, renewable energy and other ag topics. en USDA report increases soybean acreage http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-report-increases-soybean-acreage <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The June 30 USDA report indicated that farmers planted less corn and more soybeans, compared to the USDA March Planting Intentions Report. USDA surveyed more than 70,000 agricultural producers during the first two weeks of June to gather information for the June 30 USDA Report. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-report-increases-soybean-acreage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-report-increases-soybean-acreage#comments Soybeans National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Focus on Ag Tue, 07 Jul 2015 22:12:00 +0000 99101 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Corn waist-high by 4th of July? http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/corn-waist-high-4th-july <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>For generations, the standard measure for corn growth was knee-high by July 4th, which meant that the corn plant should be able to produce a crop for that year. Of course, most farmers a couple of generations ago had much lower yield goals for their corn than the farmers of today. Today, waist-high, or higher, corn by July 4th is a more typical, and has resulted in some very good corn yields in most areas in recent years. It is difficult to get exceptional corn yields in the southern half of Minnesota, if corn is only knee-high or smaller on July 4. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/corn-waist-high-4th-july" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/corn-waist-high-4th-july#comments Corn corn production Focus on Ag Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:26:00 +0000 99021 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com WTO ruling challenges COOL regulations http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/wto-ruling-challenges-cool-regulations <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>In response to the latest WTO ruling, legislation has now been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that would eliminate the COOL requirements for beef, pork, and chicken muscle and ground products; however, the U.S. Senate has yet to act on the legislation. There is considerable bi-partisan support for this legislation in Congress, especially from states that could be facing significant economic impacts from trade retaliation by Canada and Mexico. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/wto-ruling-challenges-cool-regulations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/wto-ruling-challenges-cool-regulations#comments Issues Legislation Focus on Ag Mon, 22 Jun 2015 20:10:00 +0000 98671 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Avian flu outbreaks slow, but impacts continue http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/avian-flu-outbreaks-slow-impacts-continue <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Even though the number of avian flu cases has waned in recent weeks, the economic impacts of the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history are not likely to disappear any time soon. The first turkey producers in central Minnesota that broke with the virus in early March have started to re-populate their barns, slightly over 90 days after their flocks were depopulated. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/avian-flu-outbreaks-slow-impacts-continue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/avian-flu-outbreaks-slow-impacts-continue#comments Issues Management Focus on Ag Tue, 16 Jun 2015 17:48:00 +0000 98591 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Low corn, soybean prices challenge farmers http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/low-corn-soybean-prices-challenge-farmers <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The consistently high cash price levels for corn and soybeans from 2011-2013 made grain marketing decisions pretty easy for many producers. By contrast, grain marketing decisions in 2014 and 2015 have become much more difficult, with continued declining prices that are sometimes below breakeven levels. The current scenario for grain prices makes it more important than ever for farm operators to have a solid grain marketing plan in place, which is part of an overall farm risk management strategy.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/low-corn-soybean-prices-challenge-farmers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/low-corn-soybean-prices-challenge-farmers#comments Corn Marketing Soybeans Prices Focus on Ag Tue, 09 Jun 2015 15:55:00 +0000 98391 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Custom farming agreement rates, benefits, considerations http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/custom-farming-agreement-rates-benefits-considerations <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>An alternative to leasing farmland is a Custom Farming Agreement. In a typical custom farming agreement, the custom operator agrees to perform all the machine operations on the owner’s land in exchange for a set fee or rate. The landowner pays for all seed, fertilizer, chemicals, crop insurance and other input costs; receives the all grain produced and all eligible farm program payments on the land; and is responsible to store and market the grain.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/custom-farming-agreement-rates-benefits-considerations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/custom-farming-agreement-rates-benefits-considerations#comments Corn Soybeans Focus on Ag Tue, 02 Jun 2015 20:27:00 +0000 98161 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Crop conditions fairly good; conservation compliance deadline looming http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/crop-conditions-fairly-good-conservation-compliance-deadline-looming <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>After an almost perfect planting season through late April and early May in most of the Upper Midwest, a few more crop challenges have occurred in the past couple of weeks. The biggest overall concern in the past couple of weeks has been the extended period of cool, cloudy weather, which has slowed plant growth, and caused some plant discoloration. The extended forecast appears to be more favorable from a temperature standpoint.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/crop-conditions-fairly-good-conservation-compliance-deadline-looming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/crop-conditions-fairly-good-conservation-compliance-deadline-looming#comments Corn Soybeans corn production soybean production Focus on Ag Tue, 26 May 2015 21:56:00 +0000 97971 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com May 12 WASDE shows large grain stocks http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/may-12-wasde-shows-large-grain-stocks <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) Report released on May 12 was regarded as mainly neutral for the corn market and bearish for the soybean market in the coming months. The May report showed slightly higher corn ending stocks for 2014-15, and slightly lower soybean ending stocks, as compared to the April Report. Corn stocks are expected to decline slightly by the end of the 2015-16 marketing year, while the ending stocks for soybeans are expected to increase by 43% during that time. The 2015-16 marketing year runs from September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/may-12-wasde-shows-large-grain-stocks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/may-12-wasde-shows-large-grain-stocks#comments Corn Soybeans Focus on Ag Tue, 19 May 2015 19:26:00 +0000 97741 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Potential changes to actively engaged rules http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/potential-changes-actively-engaged-rules <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>In late March, USDA announced some proposed revisions to the actively engaged rules that are designed to further clarify some of the definitions and rules surrounding the requirement for management in a farm operation. This could potentially restrict certain individuals that currently qualify for farm program payments from potentially having future farm program payment eligibility beginning with the 2016 crop year.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/potential-changes-actively-engaged-rules" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/potential-changes-actively-engaged-rules#comments Issues Farm Bill Management Focus on Ag Wed, 13 May 2015 01:47:00 +0000 97381 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Corn, soybean planting rapidly progressing http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/corn-soybean-planting-rapidly-progressing <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The corn crop in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa was planted in very rapid fashion during the last half of April, as nearly ideal soil conditions existed in most areas. Crop experts have estimated that with today’s larger farm equipment, as much as 15% of the corn grown in a given area can be planted in one day, when field and soil conditions are at optimal levels. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/corn-soybean-planting-rapidly-progressing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/corn-soybean-planting-rapidly-progressing#comments Corn corn planting soybean planting Focus on Ag Tue, 05 May 2015 21:05:00 +0000 97251 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com