Hay shortages have not been uncommon the last several years, resulting in higher prices that may tempt some farmers to convert lower quality crop ground into hay or pasture.
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Good contracts with wind and solar companies can increase the value of farmland, experts said at the release of the 2019 Illinois Farmland Values and Lease Trends Report in March.
For the second time in less than a decade, northwest Missouri is feeling the devastation of Missouri River flood waters.
U.S. auto production would grind to a halt in a week, while pork producers and dairy farmers would be shut out of their largest export market. Grocery shoppers would quickly face shortages of avocados, tomatoes and other produce or steep…
With the short timeframe for fieldwork this spring prior to planting, early weed management may fall to the bottom of the priority list for many.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — An increase in grain dust explosions were reported nationally at grain handling, feed manufacturing and biofuel facilities in 2018. However, resulting injuries and fatalities were down from the previous year, according to an annual report issued…
More nitrogen will be applied this spring than is typical because wet weather limited fall applications. University-recommended nitrogen application rates in Illinois are between 140 and 180 pounds of actual nitrogen per acre for corn-following-soybeans.
After extended rains last fall, corn and soybeans may have been stored at a higher moisture content than usual. This moisture, along with the resulting molds, can lead to grain and particularly soybeans going out of condition and clogging or…
Planting at the optimum time is crucial to ensure optimal yield potential for corn, and waiting to apply fertilizer can result in significant delays to planting. Options for applications post-planting are more limited with nutrients which do not move in…
STORM LAKE, Iowa — Tom Vilsack stepped out in the Schaller Memorial Chapel at Buena Vista University on March 30 and proceeded to set the stage for the five Democratic presidential candidates there for a forum on rural issues.
St. CLOUD, Minn. – Larry, Curly and Moe move over. The Peterson Farm Bros. rival the Three Stooges with their clever music videos that get people laughing about happenings on the farm.
The rapid snowmelt in spring 2019 has caused instances of stored grain being covered with floodwater. By current Food and Drug Administration policy, grain inundated by uncontrolled river or stream water is considered adulterated and must be destroyed.
SULLIVAN, Ill. — On the first day of spring, farmers didn’t mind dodging intermittent rain showers or getting some mud on their boots to see the newest design of a structure that could improve water quality leaving their tiled land.
MILAN, Mo. — On a late March morning, after Oscar Mensa finished his chores, he headed inside his home on his Sullivan County farm and fixed himself a cup of tea. Spring officially arrived that day, and on sunny days,…
BARNES CITY, Iowa — It’s not unusual to hear the familiar sound of corn popping when you stop by to see Bill and Ginger Grubb.
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — When a condo development was put in just to the west of his land, Marshalltown farmer Ethan Crow ran into an issue with new residents next door.
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. — As a farmer in St. Louis County, Warren Stemme is in a fairly uncommon situation.
SHILOH, Ill. — Urban development is putting the squeeze on Illinois farms. And not just in Chicagoland.
The deluge that devastated so much of the Midwest over the last week could be a preview for one of the worst years for flooding in the U.S., according to federal weather officials.
While it was predicted corn acres would see an increase and soybean acreage would fall, both went beyond expectations in the USDA’s Prospective Plantings report released Friday.