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AgFax Southwest Cotton: Harvey Damage Reports Trickle In

AgFax Southwest Cotton: Harvey Damage Reports Trickle In

🕔Aug 31, 2017

Conservative estimates are that Harvey wiped out unharvested fields representing a potential loss of 400,000-plus cotton bales. Nearly all of the 200,000 acres lost in the Upper Coast were loaded with bolls. Quality loss will be a huge issue for growers

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DTN Livestock Close: Lean Hogs Cautiously Extend Long-Awaited Recovery

DTN Livestock Close: Lean Hogs Cautiously Extend Long-Awaited Recovery

👤By John Harrington DTN Livestock Analyst 🕔Aug 31, 2017

Hog futures closed higher, supported by short-covering and pre-holiday profit-taking. The cattle complex settled mixed in the live trade and moderately lower in the feeder market. GENERAL COMMENTS Light-to-moderate cattle business was reported in several states with most live and

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2017 U.S. Farm Income Forecast Updated

2017 U.S. Farm Income Forecast Updated

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Aug 31, 2017

Yesterday, the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) released its August 2017 Farm Income Forecast.  This was the first revision of the initial net farm income forecast released by ERS in February.  Today’s update provides a recap of highlights from the farm

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Drought Monitor: Houston Gets 50 Inches in 5 Days; Northwest Remains Dry

Drought Monitor: Houston Gets 50 Inches in 5 Days; Northwest Remains Dry

👤Edited by Ernst Undesser, AgFax Web Editor, with Information from Chris Fenimore, NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI 🕔Aug 31, 2017

Summary Precipitation during this USDM week (August 23-29, 2017) was above normal for some of the country’s midsection, the Northern Plains to Upper Midwest, southwestern Florida, parts of New Mexico and much of Texas and Louisiana. Hurricane Harvey made landfall

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DTN Fertilizer Trends: Retailers Expecting Lower Prices Than Last Season

DTN Fertilizer Trends: Retailers Expecting Lower Prices Than Last Season

👤By Russ Quinn, DTN Staff Reporter 🕔Aug 31, 2017

Average retail prices for most fertilizers were lower again the fourth week of August 2017 compared to the previous month, according to fertilizer retailers surveyed by DTN. Prices for seven of the eight major fertilizers were lower compared to last

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Biodiesel: Projecting RINs Prices Under Different Policies

Biodiesel: Projecting RINs Prices Under Different Policies

👤By Scott Irwin and Darrel Good, University of Illinois Ag Economists 🕔Aug 31, 2017

Introduction In a farmdoc daily article last week (August 23, 2017), we developed a simple economic model to predict D4 biodiesel RINs prices based on biodiesel prices, diesel prices, and the biodiesel tax credit. Empirical analysis using historical data shows

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Illinois: Increasing Property Taxes Impact Land Owner Returns and Equilibrium Land Values

Illinois: Increasing Property Taxes Impact Land Owner Returns and Equilibrium Land Values

👤By Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics 🕔Aug 31, 2017

Since 2008, per acre property taxes in Illinois have increased substantially. These increases lower returns to farmland owners and magnify the losses associated with lowering cash rents. If per acre property taxes have reached a permanently higher level, equilibrium farmland

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Iowa Corn: Nitrogen Considerations with Dry Conditions in 2017

Iowa Corn: Nitrogen Considerations with Dry Conditions in 2017

👤By Antonio Mallarino and John Sawyer, Iowa State University Extension Agronomists 🕔Aug 31, 2017

The dry conditions in some areas of Iowa in 2017 have raised several soil fertility questions. In some cases, there has been relatively normal crop production and no need for management changes. In other situations with severely damaged crops, there

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Iowa Soybeans: When Is It Too Late to Treat for Soybean Aphid?

Iowa Soybeans: When Is It Too Late to Treat for Soybean Aphid?

👤By Erin Hodgson, Iowa State University Extension Entomologist 🕔Aug 31, 2017

I’m getting a lot of questions regarding treatment timing for soybean aphid. Mainly, when is it too late to treat? In the last week of August 2017, most fields are reaching R5/R6 and so the question is an important one.

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Iowa Soybeans: Why Use the Economic Threshold for Soybean Aphid?

Iowa Soybeans: Why Use the Economic Threshold for Soybean Aphid?

👤By Erin Hodgson, Iowa State University Extension Entomologist 🕔Aug 31, 2017

The economic threshold of 250 soybean aphids per plant, with more than 80% of plants infested and aphid populations increasing was published in 2007 to prevent populations from reaching the EIL. These values were determined by closely monitoring aphid populations in

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