Jan 8, 2013

How Will 2013 Affect Agriculture?

Another year has arrived. The world did not end on Dec. 21, 2012, as predicted, our politicians have kicked the can down the road to avoid the fiscal cliff and the sun still rose on Jan. 1, 2013. Let us examine some of the domestic and global variables that may influence your decision making in 2013 and beyond....More
Jan 8, 2013

Farm Bill Extension for 2013 8

As part of the congressional agreement that was passed to avoid the fiscal cliff, the 2008 Farm Bill was extended through the 2013 crop year, and will now expire on Sept. 30, 2013. The extension of the current farm bill was viewed as a big disappointment to several members of Congress from both parties, as well as by many agricultural organizations and other groups that were hoping for reform in ag policy with a new bill....More
Jan 7, 2013

U.S. Soy Cancellations Rise with Brazilian Crop Estimates

Further cancellations of U.S. soybean orders by China have added to the downward pressure on soybean prices as buyers grow more confident in a bumper South American crop. On Jan. 3, USDA said that private exporters had reported the cancellation of export sales of 315,000 metric tons of soybeans for delivery to China during 2012-13. The cancellation follows Chinese buyers’ cancellation of a total of 840,000 tons of previous U.S. soybean purchases for 2012-2013 during the week before Christmas. Another 120,000 tons of soybeans sold to an unknown destination that was most likely China were also cancelled on Dec. 18....More

Rank your new year’s agronomic resolutions

It's a new year and you get to start with a proverbial clean slate. Time to wipe clear out of date practices and embrace new ideas and technologies. What will your agronomic resolutions include? Will you spend more time with your crops? Till less? Optimize planter accuracy? Improve nitrogen use efficiency and application? Pay more attention to soil health? Whatever the option, it's up to you to hold yourself to the new resolution....More

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