It’s Always Something – Again

In USDA, weather by Cindy

Once again, Roseanne Roseannadanna comes to mind this week as farmers manage to almost catch up to normal in planting, but many in Iowa are looking at having to re-plant due to flooded fields. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey posted this photo on his Facebook page yesterday of an Iowa corn field. “Lots of corn in Iowa is swimming …

Technology Makes Progress Possible

In Farming, USDA by Cindy

It’s truly amazing to see how quickly farmers can make progress in the field given just a little window of opportunity. That’s what happened last week around the Midwest as the weather got warm and dry enough for growers to plant over 40% of the corn crop in seven days. According to the latest crop progress report, 71% of projected …

Snow Slows Planting Progress

In Farming, USDA, weather by Cindy

Nothing like a little snow in May to really slow down a planter! This photo from Minnesota was posted last week on the Case IH Facebook page. Despite the snow, Minnesota farmers did manage to get two percent of their corn crop in the ground last week, but they should have over half of it planted by now. Nearly 50% …

Why Does Open Ag Data Matter?

In Farming, International, USDA by Cindy

Representatives from eight nations just gathered in Washington DC to discuss how they can work together to share important agricultural data with the rest of the planet with the ultimate goal of increasing global food security. Overall, they agreed that they need to make government data sets such as research and crop production as accessible as possible. At the G8 …

Still Cold and Wet

In Farming, State Groups, USDA by Cindy

Planting progress continues to be slowed by wet and cold weather in most of the major corn producing states, with some states even getting more snow last week. According to USDA, just 5% of the U.S. corn crop was planted as of Sunday, only a percentage point of difference compared to the previous week. Last year at this time, nearly …

It’s Always Something

In Farming, USDA, weather by Cindy

This spring is an example of what Gilda Radner’s character Roseanne Roseannadanna on the old Saturday Night Live shows used to say: “It just goes to show you, it’s always something! If it’s not one thing, it’s another!” That’s what farming is all about when it comes to the weather. Last spring’s weather was picture perfect for planting and fast …

Have to Have a Farm Bill

In Audio, Farm Bill, government, USDA by Cindy

“I believe we will have a bill this year because we have to have a bill this year.” That’s what Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said to agricultural journalists meeting in Washington DC. While he is confident there will be a “food, farm and jobs” bill sometime this year, he’s not sure about exactly when that might be. “I don’t know …

Ag Day at USDA

In Audio, USDA by Cindy

Our U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack spoke at the annual National Ag Day banquet Tuesday at the USDA Whitten Bldg. Secretary Vilsack wished everyone a Happy Ag Day and then talked about American farm productivity, pointing to a chart showing how high the ag sector is compared to other industries since 1948. “American agriculture’s productivity far, far outpaced the …

Little Change in New Supply Demand Report

In Ethanol, poultry, USDA by Cindy

Projected 2012/13 U.S. corn ending stocks were unchanged from last month’s estimate in the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate report out Friday, lowering exports but increasing feed use and keeping corn use for ethanol the same. Corn exports were lowered 75 million bushels, imports were increased 25 million, and feed usage was increased by 100 million – due in …