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AgFax Weekend: USDA Curve Ball; Farm Bill Distractions

AgFax Weekend: USDA Curve Ball; Farm Bill Distractions

👤AgFax Staff 🕔Aug 18, 2017

In this week’s AgFax Weekend – USDA Curve Ball; Farm Bill Distractions; Dicamba Was Causing Problems 16 Years Ago; and more.

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Rice: So, Why Has The Market Turned Lower?

Rice: So, Why Has The Market Turned Lower?

👤By Scott Stiles, Economist, University of Arkansas 🕔Aug 18, 2017

Compared to the other major crops, rough rice futures look relatively unscathed in the aftermath of the August 10 USDA reports. Corn, soybeans, wheat and cotton have all lost 4 to 7% over the past week. As for rice, the

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DTN Livestock Close: Another Negative Week for Beef

DTN Livestock Close: Another Negative Week for Beef

👤By John Harrington DTN Livestock Analyst 🕔Aug 18, 2017

The cattle complex closed on a mixed basis with deferred contracts generally holding up better than nearbys. Lean hog contracts also finished with mixed results, scrambled by a combination of long-liquidation and late-week profit-taking. GENERAL COMMENTS The cash cattle trade

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Arkansas Rice: Early Yields Encouraging

Arkansas Rice: Early Yields Encouraging

👤By Jarrod Hardke, Extension Rice Specialist, University of Arkansas 🕔Aug 18, 2017

Where soil conditions are drier in central Arkansas, more early yields are starting to come in. In the southeast where progress should be greater than it is, growers are going with tracks on machines to get rolling. Overall yield reports

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Alabama Peanuts: Crop Benefiting from Wet Summer

Alabama Peanuts: Crop Benefiting from Wet Summer

👤By David Reardon, Alabama Cooperative Extension 🕔Aug 18, 2017

One year removed from a drought of epic proportions, Alabama peanut farmers are happy with the rainier summer of 2017. Though wet conditions can cause a separate set of issues, peanuts are looking very strong thus far. According to the

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Grain Harvest: Yield Monitor Calibration – Garbage In, Garbage Out

Grain Harvest: Yield Monitor Calibration – Garbage In, Garbage Out

👤By Bob Nielsen, Purdue University Extension Agronomist 🕔Aug 18, 2017

Understand this one simple fact about grain yield monitors: They do not measure grain yield. How’s that for an opening statement? What I want you to understand is that yield monitors ESTIMATE yield by converting electrical signals received from a

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South Carolina: Soybean Loopers on the Rise – Identification and Management

South Carolina: Soybean Loopers on the Rise – Identification and Management

👤By Justin Ballew, Clemson University Agronomist 🕔Aug 18, 2017

More loopers are showing up in the sweep nets.  We’re getting in to the time of year when we really need to keep an eye on them.  Make sure you or your scout can tell the difference between a soybean

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Welch On Wheat: We’re In A Price-Discovery Phase

Welch On Wheat: We’re In A Price-Discovery Phase

👤By Mark Welch, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Economist 🕔Aug 18, 2017

The U.S. spring wheat crop condition index slipped 1 point this week to 273: very poor increased 2 points, poor down 3, good up 2, and excellent down 1. The average index rating for the U.S. spring wheat crop at

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South Carolina Peanuts:  Threecornered Alfalfa Hoppers, Late Season Manganese

South Carolina Peanuts: Threecornered Alfalfa Hoppers, Late Season Manganese

👤By Dan Anco, Clemson University Peanut Specialist 🕔Aug 18, 2017

What is the treatment threshold for threecornered alfalfa hopper?  Good question. At this point we don’t really have a good answer linking insect or girdling counts to economic yield impact. Still, most of the products labeled for threecornered alfalfa hopper

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Indiana: Fall Applied Herbicides – Controlling Waterhemp and Other Winter Annuals

Indiana: Fall Applied Herbicides – Controlling Waterhemp and Other Winter Annuals

👤By Joe Ikley and Bill Johnson, Purdue University Extension Specialists 🕔Aug 18, 2017

One of our biggest weed problems across Indiana every year is control of marestail in soybeans, and 2017 has been no different. Many growers had a lot of trouble controlling marestail in their spring burndown programs in April and May.

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