Brazil’s top soybean producing state, Mato Grosso (Mah’-toe Grah’-soh), has soybean fields ready for harvest but are so muddy it’s difficult to walk through, let alone drive a combine through. A Bloomberg report says a week of persistent rainfall has caused some soybeans to begin fermenting. The beans have become engorged their pods, which have started to open as the oilseeds begin to germinate. Read the rest of this entry »
An Ag Web Dot Com article says gains in other commodities have convinced at least one analyst that $11 soybeans are possible, even with an average 2017 crop. John Payne of Daniels Trading says other markets like copper, cotton, and oats to a certain extent, have risen. Read the rest of this entry »
USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds farmers that February 28 is the sales closing date for crop insurance. This applies to policies for corn, cotton, flue-cured tobacco, grain sorghum, peanuts, and soybeans. Tyron Spearman has the details. Read the rest of this entry »
The American Soybean Association and the Soyfoods Association of North America call the Dairy Pride Act unnecessary. The Act would prohibit the term “milk” from being used with soymilk and soymilk-based products, under the premise that the term “milk” is misleading to consumers. In a letter to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Monday, the groups said the legislation is unnecessary “as no confusion in the market exists.” Read the rest of this entry »
Pickens County farmer Annie Dee was recently selected to serve on the Soybean Innovation Lab (SIL) Advisory Board, where she fills a pivotal role connecting U.S. farmers to the international development community.
Dee is a partner in Dee River Ranch near Aliceville, a family-owned and -operated 10,000-acre diversified farm. Dee said she knows U.S. soybean farmers can help solve global poverty, food security and economic stability through SIL’s goals of building profitable, resilient and food-secure smallholder farming communities worldwide.
Dee joins nine other members representing diverse backgrounds with experience in international agricultural development, humanitarian work, higher education, agricultural research and institutional capacity building. Read the rest of this entry »
The nation’s soybean farmers expressed significant concern Monday, following an executive order from President Donald Trump that withdraws the United States from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). American Soybean Association (ASA) President Ron Moore pointed out the high stakes for soybean farmers, and urged the Trump Administration to immediately announce how it intends to engage and expand market access in the Asia-Pacific region. Read the rest of this entry »
American Soybean Association President and Illinois soybean farmer Ron Moore welcomed the forthcoming announcement of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as the nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the administration of President Donald Trump in a statement late Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »
President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly picked former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be Agriculture Secretary under the incoming administration. While the USDA landing team has yet to confirm the nominee, multiple media outlets attributed a senior transition official as saying Trump will nominate Perdue to the post.
Soybean acres are predicted to rise as corn and wheat prices continue to struggle. Richard Brock of Brock and Associates in Chicago is predicting that planted acres will rise from 83 million this year to 87 million in 2017. Read the rest of this entry »
Brazil soybean harvest is just underway in Matto Grosso, getting started a few days before Christmas. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today says soybean harvest in Parana should get going within the next ten days. Read the rest of this entry »
New corn and soybean products from DuPont Pioneer was the main topic of discussion during a Virtual Media Conference held this week. One of the speakers was Dan Poston, field agronomist from Alabama, who had an example of how in some cases they work directly with growers to address specific issues.
Ozgur Batuman, a new citrus plant pathologist at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, discusses the diseases he’ll work on. “I am planning to of course tackle some of the more pressing issues that citrus growers are facing these days, one of them being huanglongbing (HLB), and confronting its vector, Asian citrus psyllid,” he […]
On February 21, leaders of three key Florida citrus organizations acquainted the Florida Senate’s Agriculture Committee with the issues facing the citrus industry. They summarize their presentations: “It’s not a pretty picture,” says Florida Citrus Mutual CEO Mike Sparks. He describes the huge production losses and increased costs that HLB disease has created. “Right now […]