Crops

Meeting New Fruit, veggie safety standards: OSU workshops set

Ohio State University’s Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team will offer its first-ever Produce Safety Education Program four times in three places over the next two months. The first will take place on March 1 in Clayton, about 20 miles northwest of Dayton, with the sign-up deadline on Feb. 22. Also set are two offerings on March [...]

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ASA concerned about ag cuts

The American Soybean Association is concerned with the disproportionate cuts in agriculture spending in H.R. 1, the Continuing Resolution for Fiscal Year 2011. ASA believes the proposed cuts to agriculture are more than double the amount proposed to be cut in overall non-defense discretionary spending. H.R. 1 would cut 5.21-billion dollars, or 22.4 percent, from [...]

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The battle for acres in 2011

By Matt Reese As spring planting draws near, the demand-driven market has put crop producers amid as hotly a contested acreage battle as there has ever been. The stakes and the risks are high for the 2011 growing season. “When you’re talking to the banker, the volatility we’re seeing in the markets is a challenging [...]

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Syngenta Seeds submits EPA applications for two refuge-in-a-bag products

Syngenta Seeds, Inc., announced it has submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) an application for the registration of its Agrisure Viptera 3220 E-Z refuge trait stack and its Agrisure 3122 E-Z refuge trait stack, both featuring a blended 5% refuge or “refuge-in-a-bag” component. Once approved, the Agrisure Viptera 3220 E-Z refuge trait [...]

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Crop insurance deadline approaching

Brian D. Frieden, Director of the Springfield Regional Office, Risk Management Agency, reminds producers that the sales closing date for 2011 crop insurance is March 15, 2011, for spring-planted crops. The sales closing date is significant because it is the deadline for taking out insurance, making a change to the crop insured or level of [...]

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Mixed news for corn and soybean exports

The USDA’s weekly Export Sales report and weekly reports of export inspections provide timely information about export demand for U.S. agricultural commodities. The U.S. Census Bureau, however, is the official source of export estimates. The monthly Census Bureau reports are not as timely as USDA reports, but provide an opportunity to reassess export progress during [...]

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James Bower of Bower Trading, Inc. to speak in Pickaway County

The Pickaway County Farm Bureau invites you to a special risk management event with Bower Trading on Monday Feb. 28. Learn how to set yourself up for success in 2011 with the latest information in today’s volatile market. James Bower is Owner and President of Bower Trading, Inc., a full service commodities futures and options [...]

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Estimated ACRE coverage levels for 2011

By Chris Bruynis, OSU Extension Educator Farmers are now into the third year of the 2008 Farm Bill programs. The ability to elect into the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) or to remain in the Direct and Counter Cyclical Program (DCP) will close on June 1, 2011 for this program year. Farmers not currently enrolled [...]

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NCGA pleased with full deregulation of corn amylase

The National Corn Growers Association is pleased with the decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to fully deregulate corn amylase (Event 3272) for all markets. APHIS had not found a plant pest risk associated with this event and reported a positive Environmental Assessment. “Corn amylase is the first [...]

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Crop insurance considerations for 2011

By Matt Reese Volatility is expected in the prices for corn, soybeans and their inputs. The weather is always an unknown. The risks, at the current high price levels, are tremendous. With these things in mind, farmers need to make some important decisions in the weeks leading up to the March 15 crop insurance deadline. [...]

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