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26 Jun Weekly Fertilizer Review

Patience may lower nitrogen costs Byrce Knorr Published on: June 26, 2015 Growers scrambling to find nitrogen for applications disrupted by flooding are facing higher prices as June ends. But there's hope costs could begin to head lower soon if rallying crop prices don't upset potential for...

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18 Sep U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook

Published by the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center     Latest Seasonal Assessment - During the past 30-days, much of the Four Corners region experienced a continuation of robust monsoon conditions along with beneficial precipitation, while other areas received subnormal precipitation. The Pacific Northwest, most of California, and...

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06 Jan Feeding Cows for Cold Weather

January 6, 2014 By: Steve Tonn, UNL Extension Educator The cold blast we had in December makes us think there is more cold weather ahead. When feeding cows we need to consider the effect of weather conditions. Dr. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist,...

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12 Dec Agriculture, Navy Secretaries Promote U.S. Military Energy Independence with ‘Farm-to-Fleet’

  December 12th, 2013 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus today announced the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Navy's joint "Farm-to-Fleet" venture will now make biofuel blends part of regular, operational fuel purchase and use by the military. The announcement incorporates...

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10 Dec Importance of Liming

ETX Drive Illustrates Why You Really Need a Soil Test Analysis finds huge variations for pH in soils By HUGH SOAPE Gregg County Extension Agent The results of the recent Gregg-Upshur County Soil Test Drive has confirmed what I have been trying to tell folks for a long time:...

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10 Dec Report Shows Value of Seed Treatments

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 A recent report released by CropLife Foundation (CLF), a U.S. trade association representing the major manufacturers, formulators and distributors of crop protection and pest control products, highlights the role of modern seed treatments, primarily fungicides and insecticides. "The Role of Seed Treatment in...

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30 Nov U.S. Monthly Drought Outlook

Published by the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center Released November 30, 2013 Latest Monthly Assessment - The December 2013 Drought Outlook is based on initial conditions, short and medium range forecasts, the CPC updated monthly outlooks for temperature and precipitation, and climatology. During the first...

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08 Feb Texas Ranch Wins Environmental Award

from AgWeb, February 8, 2013 Gary and Sue Price, 77 Ranch, Blooming Grove, Texas, are the national winner of the NCBA Environmental Stewardship Award Program. The award, presented during the 2013 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show, recognizes the family’s outstanding environmental stewardship of...

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07 Feb Ohio State Specialist: Immigration Reform Would Benefit Ag, But Some Producers See Downsides

Growing Georgia, February 7th, 2013 Ohio agricultural producers who employ Latino immigrant workers would favor comprehensive immigration reform for several reasons, says an Ohio State University Extension specialist on agricultural labor.  Francisco Espinoza, coordinator of OSU Extension's Agriculture and Horticulture Labor Education Program, said effective reform would...

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24 Jan The Impact of Corn in 2013

Source: Farmgate blog January 24, 2013 Your planting decision may already have been made and the seed ordered. Whether that is the case or not, will you be planting more corn? Corn is more profitable per acre than soybeans, and more profitable than most cropping rotations...

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24 Jan Basic strategies help deal with rising fertilizer prices

Alabama modifies corn recommendations Paul Hollis, Southeast Farm Press, January 24, 2013 While the state of Alabama has modified its corn nitrogen recommendations this year to reflect “anticipated yields,” the basics of fertilization still apply, says Charles Mitchell, Auburn University Extension agronomist. “There are basic strategies for dealing...

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21 Jan House ag committee chairman says Direct Payments will be made as authorized in farm bill extension

Agriculture secretary not so sure Jan. 21, 2013 From the National Cotton Council House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) has emphatically stated that Direct Payments (DPs) authorized in the farm bill extension will be made. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack has not been as certain. In several recent public statements,...

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17 Jan Why Soybeans Can Trump Corn

Gene Johnston 01/17/2013 Agriculture.com Most farmers who know their numbers say it costs $100 to $250 less per acre to grow a soybean crop, compared to corn. Even then, most Midwestern budgets favor growing corn where possible. That’s because 180-bushel corn at $5 per bushel is $900...

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13 Nov The 50-Year Farm Bill

Wendell Berry --  November 13, 2012 --  The Atlantic Magazine For the past three years, the author and his longtime collaborator Wes Jackson of the Land Institute have been advocating for this long-term solution to America's land "emergency." At a recent James Beard conference in New...

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09 Nov USDA Releases Enhanced Energy Website

November 9th, 2012 In January 2012, USDA launched its brand new Energy Web site. The site contains agricultural, economic, and social data on renewable energy to assist stakeholders, public users, state and local government in identifying opportunities, activities and USDA's projects in renewable energy. The Energy Web...

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09 Nov Survey Shows Consumers, Growers Confident World Can Be Fed With Responsible Production Practices

Growing Georgia Magazine                                   Friday, November 9th, 2012 A majority of consumers and growers agree that modern agriculture can achieve two critical goals simultaneously: - Feed the world's growing population, - While demonstrating responsible stewardship. More than 80 percent of the growers and nearly 70 percent of the consumers who...

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01 Nov Saving soil moisture

By John Walter/Agriculture.com 11/1/2012 In a postdrought year, soil moisture will take center stage for many farmers as they look ahead to next season. But in most years during a normal growing season, farmers experience soil moisture shortages through annual short-term droughts, according to Harold van...

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21 Sep Stabenow committed to farm bill

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said Sept. 20 that she will “do everything possible” to get a new farm bill finished in the lame duck session, despite House leadership’s unwillingness to bring the bill to the House floor. By: Jerry Hagstrom, Agweek WASHINGTON — Senate...

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21 Sep A world at war over water

Commentary: A world at war over water? It could happen… Mike Barnett, Texas Farm Bureau  |   September 19, 2012 Editor's note: The following commentary was written by Mike Barnett, Director of Publications for the Texas Farm Bureau and was originally posted on the Texas Agriculture Talks website. Earth...

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30 Aug BioNitrogen announces three-year gasification agreement

Posted August 24, 2012 in AgProfessional Magazine See Post BioNitrogen Corporation, a company that utilizes proprietary technology to build environmentally-friendly plants that convert biomass into urea fertilizer, announced that it has signed a three-year, non-exclusive agreement with PRM Energy Systems, Inc. (“PRME”) to build gasification units for...

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30 Aug BioNitrogen secures property for urea plant

Posted February 22, 2012 in AgProfessional Magazine See Post BioNitrogen Corp., a developer of revolutionary patent-pending technology for converting renewable and abundant biomass waste into high-nitrogen urea and urea fertilizer, announced it has secured a 49-acre parcel of land to construct the company's inaugural plant in Lubbock,...

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30 Aug Seasonal fertilizer prices

Posted January 6, 2012 in Farm Industry News See Post Graphs presented here show monthly fertilizer prices beginning in the fall prior to planting through spring and summer. From fall 2008 though summer 2011, prices generally decreased from fall through spring. This decreasing pattern exists primarily because...

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30 Aug Transforming ag waste into urea fertilizer

Posted January 25, 2012 in AgProfessional Magazine See Post BioNitrogen Corp. officially launched its commercial website today positioning itself to become a global, mass manufacturer of high-quality, urea fertilizer. Utilizing patent-pending technology, the company is able to convert biomass waste - from household garbage to plant stalks...

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26 Aug Texas Ag Commissioner Launches Newly Updated Hay Hotline to Find Forage, Save Herds for Drought-Stricken Ranchers

Posted on Aug 26, 2011 in AG WEB August 26, 2011 By: Dairy Today Editors Hay Hotline to offer hay pricing, listings for donated forage, transportation information and available grazing lands. Source: Texas Department of Agriculture AUSTIN — As the worst one-year drought in Texas history continues to scorch the state and...

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23 Aug Initiative to build “weather-ready” nation

Posted on Aug 18, 2011 in Southeast Farm Press Initiative to build “weather-ready” nation From the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Aug. 18, 2011 9:19am NOAA is launching a comprehensive initiative to build a “Weather-ready” nation to make America safer by saving more lives andprotecting livelihoods as communities across the...

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23 Aug Ag Secretary & Ag Chair Highlight Importance of Ag Research

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 in Farm Futures Ag Secretary & Ag Chair Highlight Importance of Ag Research Productivity increases won't continue without research. Compiled by staff Published: Aug 23, 2011 Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Senate Agriculture Chair Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., met with community leaders, farmers and ranchers in Michigan...

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17 Aug Texas Drought Prompts Culling

Posted on Aug 17, 2011 in The Progressive Farmer Texas Drought Prompts Culling Ranchers Face Few Options With No Forage Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor Wed Aug 17, 2011 08:51 AM CDT AMARILLO, Texas (DTN) -- Cowboys at the Amarillo Livestock Auction spent the morning sorting old mama cows...

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25 Jul Futurist takes on ag trends

Posted on July 25, 2011 in Agriculture.com by DANIEL LOOKER Business Editor In a world that is wealthier than ever before, and in a nation with more disposable income, the next generation of farmers will have more opportunities than ever. That’s the take home message of New Mexico State University...

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