Crops

Kansas Farm Production Expenditures down 13 percent

Farm and Ranch Production Expenditures in Kansas totaled $17.7 billion in 2016, down 13 percent from a year earlier, according to USDA. Livestock expenses, the largest expenditure category, at $6.00 billion, decreased 23 percent from 2015.

Nebraska Farm Production Expenditures down 4 percent

Farm and Ranch Production Expenditures in Nebraska totaled $21.7 billion in 2016, down 4 percent from a year earlier, according to USDA. Livestock expenses, the largest expenditure category, at $6.17 billion decreased 9 percent from 2015.

Historical Perspective of Crop Rotations across Nebraska

Nebraska is a diverse state with a wide range of farm production environments, including irrigated and rain-fed systems. With this diversity, crop rotation has become a big factor.

Bee's Are Buzzing Back from Colony Collapse

USDA released it's honey bee health survey this week, which found the number of commercial U.S. honey bee colonies rose three percent to 2.89 million as of April 1st, 2017 compared with a year earlier.

Harvest Returns Launches Agriculture Investment Platform

Harvest Returns is launching an agriculture investment platform this month. The format is an equity partnership format where farmers and landowners collect capital and maintain control of the operation and investors collect returns from harvests.

Keller Elected U.S. Grains Council Chairman, First Woman To Hold The Office

Deb Keller, a farmer from Clarion, Iowa, was elected USGC chairman at the organizations 57th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting. She also made history as the first female selected for the role in the organizations nearly 60 year history.

Control Volunteer Wheat to Stop the Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus

On average, WSMV causes $75 million in losses to Kansas wheat farmers every year, but this year's losses were much higher. Wheat Streak Mosaic can cause a yield loss of more than 80 percent. Prevention is the only method to improve yields.

Advisory Teams, Delegates Deliberate USGC Strategy In Vancouver

Members and delegates of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) deliberated priorities and activities during meetings Tuesday of the organizations Advisory Teams, commonly known as A-teams, as well as at a general session of the USGC Board of Delegates.

SCN Resistant Soybeans are Showing Some Problems

Iowa State University nematologist Greg Tylka says soybeans with Soybean Cyst Nematode resistance are becoming less effective. He calls it an alarming trend that sets the stage for even more yield loss to SCN in the future.

Corn Farmers Call for Faster Access to New Technology

Members of the National Corn Growers Association are calling for faster access to new biotechnology-enhanced crop traits. The move reflects growing frustration among NCGA members over excessive regulatory delays in the international marketplace.

Southern Rust Confirmed in Corn in 14 Nebraska Counties

Southern corn rust has returned to portions of north central Kansas and moved into Nebraska. Extension specialists say now is the time to scout those fields.

Crop Insurance Takes Center Stage at Senate Farm Bill Hearing

Crop insurance industry leaders testified this week before the U.S. Senate, touting the benefits of the program to our nation's farmers and ranchers. But they were far from the only ones promoting crop insurance.

Nebraska Department of Agriculture responds to Herbicide use complaints

NDAs pesticide and fertilizer program staff are actively investigating these complaints for noncompliance with state and federal laws, but cautions producers that these investigations will not characterize crop damage; acres involved or estimated dollar

Research funded by Nebraska Soybean Board key to expanding California biodiesel market

The California Air Resource Board announced July 20, 2017 that they have certified a biodiesel additive that will make B20 blends in California the cleanest proven and tested diesel fuel with the lowest emissions profile available anywhere in the U.S.

AGCO to Aquire Precision Planting from the Climate Corporation

AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto, announced that a definitive agreement has been signed for AGCO to acquire the Precision Planting LLC equipment business.

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