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Is the corn crop overestimated?

The USDA's October 9 Crop Production report forecast the 2015 U.S. corn crop at 13.555 billion bushels, 30 million bushels smaller than the September forecast and 660 million bushels smaller than the 2014 crop. The U.S. average corn yield is forecast at 168 bushels, 0.5 bushel above the September forecast, and harvested acreage is forecast at 80.664 million, 437,000 below the September forecast.


Three things to consider before applying N this fall

Harvest is underway and soon farmers will start setting the stage for the 2016 season. For many, that means applying their entire nitrogen supply on fields this fall. But, that could be a mistake.


Historical perspective on the 2014 Farm Bill's Farm Program Choice

The 2014 Farm Bill provided farmers with the opportunity to elect the commodity program for their crops and farms. As discussed in detail in previous farmdoc dailyarticles, producers could elect a fixed-price program (Price Loss Coverage, PLC), a county-level revenue program (Agriculture Risk Coverage, County, ARC-CO) and an individual all commodity level revenue program (Agriculture Risk Coverage, Individual, ARC-IC).


Pest blights India's GM cotton crop, fueling debate over risks

Two Indian states are suffering the first major pest infestation since the country adopted genetically modified cotton in 2002, raising concerns over the vulnerability of the lab-grown seeds that yield nearly all of the cotton in the world's top producer.


Drought conditions worse; will affect soybean yield, wheat planting

In a normal year, September precipitation has minimal effect on soybean yield except for double cropped soybean after wheat and in some portions of the Missouri where delayed planting is part of a drought avoidance strategy. But, this year it is estimated that nearly one million acres of soybean were planted after July 1.


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