Auburn Extension Specialist: Farmers Need to Hit Home Run

Clint Thompson Alabama, Corn, Cotton, Crop Forecasts, Field Crops, Peanuts, Soybeans

By Clint Thompson Max Runge, Extension specialist in agricultural economics and rural sociology at Auburn University, believes Alabama row crop farmers are feeling the pressure of delivering a profitable season. That, more than anything else, will impact what they produce this year. “Ideally, we talk about this all the time, stick to your rotations and look for the long-term. A …

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Slight Decrease in U.S. Cotton Production Forecast

Dan Cotton, Crop Forecasts, USDA-NASS

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released their October crop reports today, and Chris Singh with NASS in Washington D.C. says the U.S. cotton production estimate is down slightly from last month’s report. All cotton production is forecast at 21.7 million 480-pound bales, down 1 percent from the previous forecast but up 18 percent from 2018. Based on conditions as of …

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Slight Increase in U.S. Cotton Production

Dan Cotton, Crop Forecasts, USDA-NASS

We told you last month that cotton production here in the Southeast will be much lower this year due to Hurricane Michael. But according to the December report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), U.S. production is now forecast to be a bit higher than what the November report indicated. Chris Singh, with NASS in Washington, …


Citrus Forecast Steady as Growers Await Aid

Dan Citrus, Crop Forecasts, Florida, Industry News Release

Florida struggling citrus crop, fighting disease and battered by Hurricane Irma, held steady over the past month in a newly released forecast. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated Thursday that Florida will grow enough oranges in the current season to fill 45 million 90-pound boxes, a mark unchanged from a February forecast. However, that would still be a major drop …


Corn Yield and Soybean Production Up in 2017

Dan Corn, Cotton, Crop Forecasts, Soybeans, USDA-NASS, Wheat

Winter Wheat Seedings and Grain Stocks also reported Across the Midwest, a lack of extreme heat helped boost the nation’s corn yield to its highest level on record – slightly above 2016. The nation’s soybean yield was down 6 percent from 2016, but production reached a record level due to record high acreage, according to the Crop Production 2017 Summary …


Citrus Forecast Drop Spurs More Calls for Relief

Dan Citrus, Crop Forecasts, Industry News Release

Florida agriculture leaders say the latest projected decline in citrus production underscores a dire need for federal disaster relief after Hurricane Irma. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated Tuesday that Florida will grow enough oranges to fill a decades-low 46 million 90-pound boxes, 8 percent less than in a November estimate. Meanwhile, grapefruit production held at 4.65 million boxes in …


Putnam on Updated Citrus Crop Forecast, Need for Federal Assistance

Dan Citrus, Crop Forecasts, Industry News Release

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its monthly citrus crop forecast for the 2017-2018 season: “While much of the state has recovered and moved on from Hurricane Irma, Florida’s citrus growers continue to grapple with the unprecedented damage, which is still unfolding in many groves. Florida’s growers need …