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Diesel, Gas Prices Down Slightly

Diesel, Gas Prices Down Slightly

👤From the Energy Information Administation 🕔Mar 29, 2017

The U.S. average diesel fuel price fell one cent to $2.53 per gallon on March 27, 41 cents higher than a year ago. The East Coast price decreased by one cent to $2.59 per gallon, the West Coast price fell

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Trump’s Health Insurance Promise Fails; No Relief in Sight – DTN

Trump’s Health Insurance Promise Fails; No Relief in Sight – DTN

👤By Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Mar 28, 2017

The failure of the House health insurance bill last week leaves farmers and other small business people without any relief from increasingly higher premiums.   The defeat of the bill last Friday left House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., declaring “Obamacare

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California Cotton: Water Announcement Tempers Enthusiasm on Acreage Increase

California Cotton: Water Announcement Tempers Enthusiasm on Acreage Increase

👤From the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association 🕔Mar 28, 2017

The good news is that cotton acreage looks like it will increase for the 2nd year in a row. Record rainfall and snowpack, coupled with stable cotton prices and falling prices from other commodities are leading to an increase in

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California Walnuts: Monitoring for Walnut Scale

California Walnuts: Monitoring for Walnut Scale

👤By Dani Lightle, University of California 🕔Mar 28, 2017

Increased incidences of scale have been observed in Sacramento Valley walnut orchards for upwards of 10 years. Reasons for scale increases in walnut are not entirely known. Commonly, when a secondary pest emerges as a problem, it is because something

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Mergers: EU Approves Dow-Dupont; ChemChina-Syngenta and Bayer-Monsanto Not There Yet – DTN

Mergers: EU Approves Dow-Dupont; ChemChina-Syngenta and Bayer-Monsanto Not There Yet – DTN

👤By Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter 🕔Mar 28, 2017

Despite initial backlash to the proposed mega-mergers among agro-chemical companies in the past two years, some of the deals appear to be inching toward finality.   Most recently, the European Commission approved the Dow Chemical and DuPont marriage, and some

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Livestock Producers and Industry Divided Over USDA Proposed Rules – DTN

Livestock Producers and Industry Divided Over USDA Proposed Rules – DTN

👤By Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Mar 27, 2017

Major livestock and meatpacker groups on Friday (3/27/2017) called on USDA to withdraw proposed rule changes to the Packers and Stockyards Act.   The extended comment period ended Friday for an interim final rule and proposed rules under the Grain

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Per Acre Payment Caps – Don’t Expect Them to Go Away

Per Acre Payment Caps – Don’t Expect Them to Go Away

👤By Nick Paulson, Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess, University of Illinois; and Carl Zulauf, Ohio State University 🕔Mar 27, 2017

Limits on payments by farm commodity programs have been a contentious issue in recent farm bills. Several types of limits now exist, including a 10% cap on the payment per base acre by ARC (Agriculture Risk Coverage). This 10% cap

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California Walnuts: Dormant Monitoring and Pest Treatment Decisions

California Walnuts: Dormant Monitoring and Pest Treatment Decisions

👤By Dani Lightle, University of California 🕔Mar 27, 2017

Dormant monitoring helps to decide whether to pursue treatments of some pests (primarily scales and mites) in the dormant or delayed dormant period. This timing can be quite effective. Coverage tends to be very good since there are no leaves

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Rose On Cotton: Recent Weakness May Be Partly Tied To Political Events

Rose On Cotton: Recent Weakness May Be Partly Tied To Political Events

👤By Louis Rose, The Rose Report 🕔Mar 26, 2017

It was a trying, frustrating, if not outright miserable week for bullish row crop investors, with ICE cotton joining the CME grains in posting weekly setbacks. CME bulls took a shellacking, while cotton optimists were punished less severely. The ICE

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California Almonds: Plenty Of Precaution Taken Ahead Of Rains – AgFax

California Almonds: Plenty Of Precaution Taken Ahead Of Rains – AgFax

👤By Owen Taylor 🕔Mar 25, 2017

The weatherman wasn’t bluffing when he said that plenty of rainy days were in store for the Central Valley, and almond growers pushed to make fungicide applications ahead of storms.

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