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Drought Monitor: Storms Hit Northwest, Elsewhere Remains Dry

Drought Monitor: Storms Hit Northwest, Elsewhere Remains Dry

👤Edited by Ernst Undesser, AgFax Web Editor, with Information from David Simeral, Western Regional Climate Center 🕔Nov 30, 2017

Summary This U.S. Drought Monitor week saw a series of storms impact the Pacific Northwest, northern California, and northern Rockies. The heaviest precipitation was observed across the Olympic Mountains and North Cascades of western Washington where precipitation accumulations (liquid) ranged

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USDA: Farm Income Forecast – Most Row Crop Receipts Decline, But Profits Stable

USDA: Farm Income Forecast – Most Row Crop Receipts Decline, But Profits Stable

👤From USDA 🕔Nov 30, 2017

After 3 consecutive years of decline, farm sector profits are forecast to be relatively stable in 2017. Net farm income, a broader measure of profits, is forecast to increase $1.7 billion (2.7 percent) from 2016 to $63.2 billion in 2017

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Gasoline Prices Fall, Diesel Rises

Gasoline Prices Fall, Diesel Rises

👤From the Energy Information Administration 🕔Nov 29, 2017

The U.S. average diesel fuel price increased over 1 cent to $2.93 per gallon on November 27, 51 cents higher than a year ago. The Rocky Mountain and Gulf Coast prices each increased over two cents to $3.03 per gallon

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Australia’s Almond Industry: Observations from a Trip Down Under

Australia’s Almond Industry: Observations from a Trip Down Under

👤By David Doll, University of California Cooperative Extension Almond Specialist 🕔Nov 28, 2017

During the first two weeks of November, I was able to attend the once-every-four-years International Research Congress on Pistachios and Almonds. This meeting was held in Adelaide, Australia in which almond and pistachio researchers (as well as some growers) attended

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Drought Monitor: Some Wet Areas, but Mostly Another Dry Week

Drought Monitor: Some Wet Areas, but Mostly Another Dry Week

👤Edited by Ernst Undesser, AgFax Web Editor, with Information from Richard Tinker, NOAA/NWS/NCEP/CPC 🕔Nov 22, 2017

Summary With a few exceptions, dry weather dominated the contiguous 48 states this past week, particularly in areas already experiencing dryness and drought. Heavy precipitation fell on the orographically-favored areas in the West (specifically, the Sierra Nevada, windward slopes of

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Diesel, Gas Prices Dip

Diesel, Gas Prices Dip

👤From the Energy Information Administration 🕔Nov 22, 2017

The U.S. average diesel fuel price fell less than one cent to $2.91 per gallon on November 20, 49 cents higher than a year ago. The West Coast, Midwest, and Gulf Coast prices each fell one cent to $3.38 per

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Farm Bill Update: Perspective from Chairman Conaway and Chairman Roberts

Farm Bill Update: Perspective from Chairman Conaway and Chairman Roberts

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Nov 21, 2017

Last week, Don Wick, a farm broadcaster from the Red River Farm Network (Grand Forks, N.D.), sat down with several lawmakers on Capitol Hill to discuss current Farm Bill issues.   Notably, he spoke with both the Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Mike Conaway, as

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Dicamba: It was the 5th Most Used Herbicide in 2012, and Then… – Part 1

Dicamba: It was the 5th Most Used Herbicide in 2012, and Then… – Part 1

👤By Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, Texas Agrilife Extension Service 🕔Nov 20, 2017

Dicamba will likely go down as the biggest agricultural issue in 2017.  This post will discuss some background information and then address several recent developments regarding the herbicide dicamba.   The herbicide dicamba has been in use since the 1960’s.  In

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AgFax Weekend: Ag Bankers Optimistic; Want a Black John Deere Tractor?

AgFax Weekend: Ag Bankers Optimistic; Want a Black John Deere Tractor?

👤AgFax Staff 🕔Nov 17, 2017

In this week’s AgFax Weekend – Ag Bankers Optimistic; Want a Black John Deere Tractor?; Tax Reform – Benefits and Drawbacks; and more.

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Drought Monitor: Mostly Dry Week Outside Northern West Coast

Drought Monitor: Mostly Dry Week Outside Northern West Coast

👤Edited by Ernst Undesser, AgFax Wed Editor, with Information from Richard Tinker, NOAA/NWS/NCEP/CPC 🕔Nov 17, 2017

Summary It was a dry week for the Nation as a whole. Widespread heavy precipitation was restricted to the central and northern West Coast from the Cascades and northern Sierra Nevada westward. A few patches near the coast recorded 6

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