The crop markets are mixed in early Friday trading. Little pertinent ag industry news emerged Thursday night, although traders are almost surely looking forward to the belated release of the weekly USDA Export Sales report.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an analysis of the benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments for insect control in soybeans that concluded that there is little or no increase in soybean yields using most neonicotinoid seed treatments.
The crop markets exhibited surprising strength Thursday. Overnight grain weakness seemed to reflect bearish equity market expectations, as well as an acceleration of the fall harvest as the Midwest dries out.
Growers may still have time to plant wheat this fall even though cool, wet weather that has delayed soybean harvest for many growers is making wheat planting difficult for some, according to a field crops expert with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
U.S. farmers are cutting back on spreading fertilizer this autumn in response to a drop in crop prices to multi-year lows and a delayed harvest, dealers say, warning of a pullback that will be felt from grain markets to Canadian potash mines.
Tucked away in the M.T. James Entomological Museum at Washington State University, more than 130,000 colorful moths, beetles and other bugs are preserving a slice of Guatemalan biodiversity essential to the country’s health and economy.
One of the world’s leading scientific authorities on irrigation and drainage recognized a South San Joaquin Irrigation District (SSJID) pilot program as a global model for water conscious, efficient farming.