By Mary Hightower, University of Arkansas Extension
Trent Roberts, soil scientist with the University of Arkansas System's Division of Agriculture, said that Tillage Radishes' usual downward growth habit lends to their promotion as a tool to reduce soil compaction and cut the need for deep tillage in crop land.
Ceres, Inc., an agricultural biotechnology company, announced that its biotech sugarcane traits have been advanced to the next stage of testing ahead of schedule due to positive data from initial field evaluations under tropical conditions in Latin America.
Sher Singh, a farmer from India's desert state of Rajasthan, prays to Varuna, the Hindu god of water, for a bountiful harvest. Now, he is also looking to the heavens for satellite imaging to boost his crop. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to promote a "per drop, more crop" approach to farming to make better use of scarce water, and aims to have a new satellite crop monitoring system working in time for the peak of this year's monsoon in July.
With net farm income predicted to shrink by a third in 2015, Iowa soybean farmers are scrutinizing all aspects of their farm operations to remain competitive. To assist in their efforts, the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) is renewing its partnership with Pivot Wealth Strategies of Des Moines to provide farmers with timely insight on asset management, financial planning, and farm succession.
By John Newton and Todd Kuethe, University of Illinois
Due in large part to record plantings and yield the U.S. produced 3.969 billion bushels of soybeans in 2014. Of this total, USDA's March 10 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) projects for the U.S. to export 1.79 billion bushels of soybeans during the 2014-2015 marketing year. The primary destination? China.
Ethanol and agriculture industry groups came together last week to advocate for continued funding of U.S. blender pump initiatives and U.S. export promotion efforts in a letter to the House Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Programs Committee on Appropriations.
Short covering reportedly boosted crop markets Monday morning. Tomorrow’s big USDA Grain Stocks and Prospective Plantings reports could spark strong reactions in the crop markets, so traders are probably squaring positions beforehand. Indeed, wire service reports cited short-covering for today’s early corn strength. Concurrent soybean and wheat gains are likely pulling corn higher as well. May corn futures edged up 2.0 cents to $3.93/bushel late Monday morning, while December added 1.75 to $4.165.
Syngenta announced it has sued agrochemical maker Willowood, LLC, Willowood USA, LLC, Willowood Azoxystrobin, LLC, and Willowood Limited (collectively “Willowood”) for patent and copyright infringement, as well as unfair and deceptive trade practices.