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.
By Gregory Luce and Bill Wiebold, University of Missouri
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.
More than 20 leaders and staff from the American Soybean Association (ASA) and state affiliates helped lead a fly-in organized by the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food last week in Washington, D.C., to urge Senators to back the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act.
Responding to an increasing need to promote the importance and understanding of seed innovation, members of the American seed industry recently announced the formation of the Seed Innovation and Protection Alliance (SIPA).
Trimble announced that the new version of its Trimble TMX-2050 display will come standard with wireless connectivity for easy integration with the Connected Farm online management solution. The TMX-2050 version 3.0 also introduces the App Central marketplace for managing download and installation of third-party Android-based mobile applications.
Farmers from the National Corn Growers Association and the National Farmers Union announced the release of a white paper on how the EPA's proposed rule on the Renewable Fuel Standard is threatening farm income and rural economies across the United States.
Wheat, from breads and pastries to beer and pastas, is an integral part of diets. Farmers produced about 730 million tons of wheat globally in 2014. It serves as the staple food for more than 35% of the world’s population – around 2.5 billion people – according to the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization.
On October 6, 2015 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an enforcement letter to SkyPan International, Inc. assessing a $1.9 million dollar civil penalty for flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) without permission. The FAA has fined drone operators for unlawful flights in the past, but this is by far the largest civil penalty to date.
The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) kicked off the 2016 4R Advocate Awards Program with a call for entries from retailers wishing to highlight exceptional nutrient stewardship practices of their farmer customers.