The month of May had many interesting challenges for Ohio growers, from frost to heavy rains. For some producers, those conditions resulted in discolored corn and crusty ground. DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Jeremy Weiland covered those issues and more in this week’s Field Report.Read More »
Researchers at Rabo AgriFinance have released the Rabobank Q2 Fertilizer Report, which finds the cool, wet conditions across the Midwest are contributing to a delay in the normal fertilizer restocking cycle, resulting in uncertainty in the 2013 Q2 fertilizer markets. Ty Higgins gets the details from the group’s Senior Vice President, Sterling Liddell.… Continue readingRead More »
Last year, the United States Government established a Claims Process to make available up to $1.33 billion or more to farmers who alleged discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) based on being female, or based on being Hispanic, in making or servicing farm loans during certain periods between 1981 and 2000. If you qualify and submit a timely claim, you could receive an award of up to $50,000 or up to $250,000 in cash, depending on the evidence that you submit. USDA will also provide a total of up to $160 million in debt relief to successful Claimants who currently owe USDA money for eligible farm loans. Successful Claimants may also receive an additional amount, equal to 25% of the combined cash award plus the principal amount of debt relief, to help pay federal taxes that may be owed.Read More »
By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net
For 4 decades and counting, Ohio farmer David Brandt has been a no-till farmer. He farms 1,200 acres in central Ohio and strategically uses cover crops in corn, soybean and wheat rotations. A lot has changed about cover crops since Brandt started the practice on his farm.
“We’re now using more than one specie,” Brandt said. “When we go with 2 or 4 or 6 or 8 we just see the the soil improving so much more rapidly than we did with a single specie. It has been a real fun ride so far to see how this concept has grown here in Ohio and throughout the country.”
AUDIO: Brandt discusses cover crop misconceptions and ways to ease into the practice on any operation.
Brandt will share his experiences with cover crops at a field day on March 22nd in Mt.… Continue readingRead More »
By Matt Reese
Beneath blue and sunny skies in the stunning Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Florida, the Commodity Classic is underway in Kissimmee. In between family trips to Disney, feeding the alligators every day and visits with Harry Potter, there is plenty of business to take care of for the farmers in attendance.
In terms of policy, the hot topics being debated include the stalled farm bill, political gridlock at the federal level and the labeling of genetically modified crops. When they are not in policy sessions, farmers are comparing notes, speculating about the potential for a continued drought in the western U.S. and seeing the newest agricultural offerings at the vast trade show.
Commodity Classic is the once-a-year, can’t-miss event for America’s soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum farmers. The event showcases the latest innovations first-hand and introduces game-changing ideas from the people who created them. Stay tuned for more policy updates from the event.… Continue readingRead More »