Lower Farm Income No Crisis

In Farming, USDA by Cindy

Word out of USDA this week that farm income is projected to drop dramatically this year brought visions of tractorcades and Farm Aids from the 1980s, but hold those calls to Willie and keep the tractors in the fields because a repeat of the infamous farm crisis is highly unlikely. Net farm income is forecast to be $95.8 billion this …

Harvest in the Bin

In Audio, Farming, USDA, Video by Cindy

The 2013 harvest is considered completed at this point and the overall consensus is that it was a strange year that turned out well in the end. Lance Honig with USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service says it looks especially good compared to 2012. “Last year with the extreme drought, we’d be hard pressed not to be above last year,” he …

Corn Commentary for Farm Broadcasters

In Audio, Farm Bill, Media, USDA by Cindy

There was lots of corn commentating going on last week at the 70th annual National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) annual meeting in Kansas City. The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is a big supporter of the guys and gals who put farm news on radio and television stations and the internet. “It gives us the opportunity to get our …

Harvest is on a Roll

In Audio, Ethanol, Farming, State Groups, USDA by Cindy

After a slow start, the 2013 harvest is pretty much back on schedule in most of the country, but it seems late compared to last year’s record pace. As of Sunday, USDA reports 73 percent of the corn crop was harvested, two points ahead of average, but more than 20% less than last year at this time. Only a few …

Corn Crop Lowered but Record Still Expected

In General, USDA by Cindy

Despite a wet spring causing a challenging start to the season, the 2013 corn crop is still looking to break new ground this year, according to the latest USDA production estimate out Monday. “This crop should be a record crop,” said USDA chief economist Joe Glauber. “This is our first objective yield survey of the corn crop, showing a yield …

Fun Facts in Historical Ag Data

In USDA by Cindy

Did you know? In 1933, hybrid corn seeds made up only one-tenth of 1 percent of the national crop. Within ten years, that proportion reached 50 percent, and by 1956, more than 90 percent of the national corn crop was from hybrid seeds. Iowa harvested 2.36 billion bushels of corn in 2011, more than the entire U.S. corn harvest of …

Corn Growers Support Conservation in Action

In Audio, Conservation, USDA by Cindy

“Without soil, we’re out of business.” That is the simple reason why corn growers support cutting edge conservation practices, according to Illinois farmer Dan Cole, a member of the National Corn Growers Association Production & Stewardship Action Team (PSAT) who took part in last week’s Conservation Technology Information Center 2013 Conservation in Action Tour. “PSAT is in charge of water …

Silking is Slow but Corn Still Looks Good

In Farming, USDA by Cindy

Corn silking made progress last week but is still way less than the five year average at just 16% nationwide, less than half what it normally should be at this point according to the latest crop progress report. “It’s well behind the five year average of 35 percent and last year’s 67 percent,” said USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, who expects …

More Corn Acres than Expected

In Farming, USDA by Cindy

Despite the challenging planting conditions this spring USDA is saying that farmers have planted even more corn than last year and the most acres in 77 years, according to Friday’s Acreage report. Corn planted area for all purposes in 2013 is estimated at 97.4 million acres, up slightly from last year. This represents the highest planted acreage in the United …

Corn Crop on the Upswing

In Farming, USDA by Cindy

It was right about this time last year that the intense hot and dry weather started taking its toll on crops that had started off great. Just the opposite is true this year. Corn is catching up in emergence and the condition is on the upswing according to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, who says 96% of the corn crop is …