U.S. – E.U. Agreement on Ag Collaboration

Dan Corn, Exports/Imports, Tariff, Trade

On the sidelines of the Group of 20 Summit this week, European Union officials and the Biden administration put together a deal to ease the tariffs on E.U. steel and aluminum imports into the U.S. while eliminating retaliatory duties from the E.U. on several U.S. goods. Rod Bain reports the new transatlantic collaboration agreement that agriculture leaders from both the U.S. …


NCGA Joins Groups Commenting on Supply Chain Issues

Dan Corn

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) joined 51 other groups in sending comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation on the many issues currently disrupting the U.S. supply chain. The comments offered recommendations on how to alleviate these challenges through legislative and regulatory actions. “To be successful, farmers must have a reliable and fully-functioning national transportation system that allows us …


USDA’s New Projections for Corn, Soybeans, Cotton and Oranges

Dan Citrus, Corn, Cotton, Crop Forecasts, Soybeans

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) October crop estimate, both corn and soybean production is up from the September estimate. But a story from Gary Crawford notes it is a different story for cotton. According to USDA, the U.S. season-average corn price received by producers is unchanged at $5.45 per bushel. The season-average soybean price for 2021/22 is forecast …


New USDA Crop and Livestock Reports Coming

Dan Cattle, Citrus, Corn, Cotton, Field Crops, Fruits, Livestock, Peanuts, Soybeans, Specialty Crops, USDA, USDA-NASS, Vegetables, Wheat

Traders are anxiously awaiting USDA’s next round of reports which should give us a better idea of the size and market prospects for the major crops. And as Gary Crawford reports, USDA will also release revised forecasts for the livestock sector. USDA will release the new round of crop and livestock forecasts on Tuesday, October 12, noon EDT.


Problems That Can ‘Pop’ Up When Growing Corn

Dan Corn, Field Crops, This Land of Ours

Some problems that can pop up when growing corn. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Although corn plants are quite hardy, they can also be finicky. Under, or over-abundant, watering can cause issues like irregular temperatures, low pollination, and certain insect activity. But there are other problems, too.  Such as diseases and pests. Corn kernels can germinate anywhere from …

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DeLauro introduces Fresh Produce Procurement Reform Act

Dan Corn, Field Crops, Legislative, Regulation, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro this week introduced the Fresh Produce Procurement Reform Act. The Connecticut Democrat says the legislation will increase and improve the Department of Agriculture’s procurement of fresh fruits and vegetables. The bill would require USDA to partner with growers, distributors, and food hubs to provide fresh, U.S.-grown fruits and vegetables to community organizations like schools, …


Updated Study Shows Value of Red Meat to U.S. Corn Farmers

Dan Beef, Cattle, Corn, Field Crops, Livestock, Sheep-Goats

According to a recent study by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), U.S. beef and pork exports added 41 cents per bushel to the value of corn in 2020. That’s 11.5% of the average annual price of $3.52/bushel, and the overall value of red meat exports was $5.8 billion. This is obviously information that pleases the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). Their Market Development …


USDA to Survey Farm Chemical Use and Production Costs

Dan Alabama, Corn, Cotton, Field Crops, Georgia, USDA-NASS

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has announced they will be gathering information about production practices from producers across Alabama and Georgia, as part of the 2021 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). This year, NASS is reaching out to survey cotton and corn producers across the region. Starting in October, NASS representatives will call producers to set up an …