12/11/2013 5:20:00 PM
FDA announced that it will publish its final Guidance 213 and a proposed update to its Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rule. With the announcement, the antibiotic-resistance merry-go-round kicked into road gear.
12/11/2013 4:09:00 PM
New visitors to the Midwest are often left speechless by the wide open spaces and the endless vistas uninhibited by trees and big buildings. I love living in a place that has room to stretch out, with lots of fresh air to breathe and nature to enjoy. The one complaint in my area of South Dakota, however, is the wind. No matter the season, the wind blows here, and there’s not much to block it.
12/11/2013 2:25:00 PM
Another week without a new farm bill provides another chance for the Obama administration to highlight an important aspect of the legislation. Tuesday’s focus: conservation programs and gains that will be lost without a deal by the conference committee.
12/11/2013 6:00:00 AM
Yesterday, I rounded up four items that depict the animal welfare and animal rights concerns that consumers have and what the activists who participate in this arena are up to. While their voices seem really loud, only 2-3% of folks are vegetarians or vegans. For the rest of us meat-loving folks, we can still enjoy a juicy ribeye without guilt.
12/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Valley Irrigation, the leader in precision irrigation, is adding the innovative Proof Positive Span Cable to its extensive line of cable theft deterrent products.
12/10/2013 10:47:00 PM
Roller-coaster variations in temperatures, an ongoing drought, and a shortage of preferred varieties, could have set back the crop but most Texas High Plains wheat is in fair to good condition
12/10/2013 10:26:00 PM
Portales peanut plant may reopen on a limited basis.
12/10/2013 9:55:00 PM
If an issue has had relevance to Texas agriculture in the last 25 years, it most likely was discussed and analyzed at one of the Texas Plant Protection Association (TPPA) annual conferences.
12/10/2013 9:49:00 PM
Farmers should base yield goals on realistic projections of crop potential.
12/10/2013 4:58:00 PM
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced a proposal to reduce the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for 2014 from the previous requirement of 18.15 billion gallons to a revised level of 15.21 billion gallons. The EPA proposal represents a reduction of approximately 16% from the original RFS fuel volume for 2014, which was originally established by the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. The overall goal of this legislation was to reduce U.S.
12/10/2013 4:45:00 PM
Early in the boom cycle when prosperity was running high with record profits, farmers were making land investments. Later in the cycle, we are observing more equity being used as a down payment for farmland and in some cases lines of credit are being diverted from operating expenses to fund long-term investments.
12/10/2013 4:22:00 PM
Given guarantee levels, farmers who have not purchased at the highest crop insurance coverage levels should consider higher coverage levels due to lower guarantee levels.
12/10/2013 4:10:00 PM
The Conservation Stewardship Program is an important farm bill conservation program that helps established conservation stewards with taking their level of natural resource management to the next level.
12/10/2013 4:07:00 PM
Nutrition title cuts agreed, says Peterson
House leadership considers short-term extension of current farm law as farm bill conference makes progress on nutrition program funding cuts.
12/10/2013 4:04:00 PM
University of Illinois has received reports of corn yields of the outside 8 to 24 rows on the south or west edges of corn fields showing lower or much lower yields than corn farther into the field. Possible causes include application drift or weather.
12/10/2013 2:43:00 PM
The topic of animal welfare and animal rights is hot right now. It seems everywhere I turn, someone is talking about how cruel ranchers are, how livestock are poorly mistreated and how another celebrity is endorsing a vegan diet. Today, I’ve rounded up four items within the animal rights sphere that I think ranchers should know about.
12/10/2013 11:26:00 AM
The beef checkoff is in the process of re-evaluating its marketing efforts to shift more focus to the nation's largest generation – millenials.
12/10/2013 11:06:00 AM
LSU AgCenter just released Rice Varieties and Management Tips publication helps farmers determine which varieties are best-suited to your particular location and growing conditions.
12/10/2013 10:29:00 AM
Arkansas growers could plant nearly 1.5 million acres of rice in 2014 if more normal weather conditions return and corn and soybean prices and production costs continue to soften over the next three or four months. U.S. rice acreage could rise by about 400,000 acres to 2.8 million.
12/10/2013 9:49:00 AM
Are you adding more soybean acres next year? If you're making those plans, buying the seed and moving forward with these intentions, make sure you are hedging or locking in a good chunk of your estimated production, as well.
12/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Monsanto Company and Novozymes have announced a long-term strategic alliance to transform research and commercialization of sustainable microbial products that will provide a new platform of solutions for growers around the world.
The BioAg Alliance will allow the companies to leverage employees, technologies and commercial assets in the companies’ agricultural biologicals portfolios.
12/9/2013 8:21:00 PM
Farmland, a film about the challenges and opportunities of a new generation of American farmers is scheduled to reach theaters next spring.
12/9/2013 6:47:00 PM
This December, we are hosting a photo contest featuring images from Christmas on the ranch. Send in your photos now to enter!
12/9/2013 3:20:07 PM
The Nutrient Master Class was held in November and farmer attendees had the oportunity to learn about fertility needs of modern hybrids, strategies for smarter applications, tissue and soil sampling, as well as a fertilizer roadmap.
Held on Nov. 19 and 21, the class featured speakers Tom McGraw and Fred Below. Both spoke to their groups about growing 300-bushel corn, and offered tips and secrets on how to get there.
12/9/2013 2:55:00 PM
Tom McGraw, founder, Midwest Independent Soil Samplers, recently spoke to farmers attending the Nutrient Master Class about how to grow 300-bushel corn. He touched on crop nutrition and seed options, as well as using data to reach the 300-bushel goal.
12/9/2013 2:31:00 PM
Before Fred Below launched into his Seven wonders of the corn world presentation at the Nutrient Master class, he talked about the crucial prerequisites to an optimized corn crop – proper drainage, pest and weed control, and proper soil pH with adequate P & K based on soil tests.
12/9/2013 2:15:00 PM
Tom McGraw, a soil guru who built Midwest Independent Soil Samplers into the largest soil sampling company in North America, was a pioneer in precision ag mapping. In his talk entitled “300-bushel corn,” he outlined his keys to hit this high yield mark.
12/9/2013 1:40:00 PM
Arkansas Soybean Research Summit set for Dec. 17
After bountiful soybean harvests across much of Arkansas, December 17 Arkansas Soybean Research Summit to look back, help farmers plan better for the future.
12/9/2013 11:06:00 AM
Antibiotics are essential for human health and animal health alike. But antibiotic resistant pathogens will only be managed if everyone--cattlemen, government, scientists and consumer advocates--work together.
12/9/2013 9:37:00 AM
Official rules for new contest
Introduction: Penton Media Inc., d/b/a BEEF Magazine is offering another BEEF Daily Photo Contest.