AgFax Southwest Cotton: Harvey Damage Reports Trickle In

🕔Aug 31, 2017Conservative 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 […]

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

🕔Aug 31, 2017Hog 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 […]

2017 U.S. Farm Income Forecast Updated

🕔Aug 31, 2017Yesterday, 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. […]

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

🕔Aug 31, 2017Summary 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 […]

DTN Fertilizer Trends: Retailers Expecting Lower Prices Than Last Season

🕔Aug 31, 2017Average 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 […]

Biodiesel: Projecting RINs Prices Under Different Policies

🕔Aug 31, 2017Introduction 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 […]

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

🕔Aug 31, 2017Since 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 […]

Iowa Corn: Nitrogen Considerations with Dry Conditions in 2017

🕔Aug 31, 2017The 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 […]

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

🕔Aug 31, 2017I’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 […]

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

🕔Aug 31, 2017The 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. […]

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