Crops

Dry soil conditions and the reliability of soil tests

By Robert Mullen, Ohio State University Extension Some producers may be a little concerned with their lower soil test potassium levels measured this past fall. So what happened to cause these levels to be lower than expected? As most of you noticed, late summer and early fall was quite dry across much of the state. [...]

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Year in review

By Ryan McAllister, CCA, Team Sales Agronomist, Beck’s Hybrids This is the first year that I can remember that the weather pattern was pretty much the same for everyone…planting window in April with above normal temperatures and soil conditions followed by one month of rain with planting resuming towards the end of May, first of June. There were [...]

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Corn prices looking for direction

December 2010 corn futures have regained more than half of the decline that occurred from Nov. 9 to Nov. 23. Cash prices have recovered even more as basis levels continue to strengthen, said University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good. “A number of factors continue to influence corn prices, with the market trying to weigh [...]

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Farm bill debate will include reducing spending

When the new Republican House majority takes up the 2012 farm bill, Purdue agricultural economist Roman Keeney says farmers should expect lawmakers to reduce spending by focusing on three major areas: Brazil, budget and baseline. In 2009 the World Trade Organization allowed Brazil to impose sanctions against the United States after ruling that U.S. cotton [...]

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ASA urges Congressional approval of Korean Trade Agreement

The American Soybean Association (ASA) expresses appreciation to President Barack Obama and his team of negotiators who brought a successful conclusion to a United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) that would create landmark opportunities for U.S. soy, meat, and poultry exports. ASA leaders are now urging Congress to swiftly vote approval of the necessary [...]

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NASCAR to run on E15

The National Corn Growers Association and its state affiliates are among the organizations backing American Ethanol, a partnership including Growth Energy and NASCAR. This new partnership, announced by NASCAR, comes after the popular racing organization said in October it would fuel all races with E15, a 15% corn ethanol blend, starting with the 2011 season. [...]

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The budget, HSUS and the future at ODA

A conversation with… Jim Zehringer, the future director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. OCJ: First, could you share a little about your background in agriculture and your legislative career that has helped prepare you for this position? Jim: I grew up in town, but in the 70s I started working with my father in-law [...]

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USDA's CAP deadline approaching

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers they have until close of business on Thursday, Dec. 9, to apply for assistance for 2009 losses under the Crop Assistance Program (CAP). Up to $550 million in disaster assistance will be issued to producers of rice, upland cotton, soybeans and sweet potatoes for eligible losses because [...]

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USDA’s CAP deadline approaching

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers they have until close of business on Thursday, Dec. 9, to apply for assistance for 2009 losses under the Crop Assistance Program (CAP). Up to $550 million in disaster assistance will be issued to producers of rice, upland cotton, soybeans and sweet potatoes for eligible losses because [...]

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