NW Sugarbeet Production Expected To Be Higher, While Dry Pea Expected To Be Lower

Production expectations for several key commodities across the northwest are out as we quickly approach harvest. According to NASS, Idaho sugarbeet production is forecast at 6.99 million tons, up 2% from 2020 production. Harvested area, at 170,000 acres, is up 1,000 acres from 2020. Yield is expected to be 41.1 tons per acre, up 0.7 […]

USDA Expects Smaller Wheat Crop, Larger Numbers for Corn Soybeans

Late last week, the USDA released its Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate Reports. USDA said the U.S. wheat outlook is for reduced supplies, slightly higher domestic use, unchanged exports, and decreased ending stocks. The season-average farm price dropped ten cents to $6.60 a bushel for wheat. Meanwhile USDA is calling for […]

Is This Another Boom Time For U.S. Ag?

The USDA is forecasting net farm income this year the highest since 2013, while net cash income the highest since 2014. And USDA Chief Economist noted at that time, “We were kind of in that boom period there in terms of very strong farm income.” So are we in another boom time for agriculture? Meyer […]

AFBF: Increased Commodity Prices Pushing Net Farm Income Higher

For fiscal year 2021, the Department of Agriculture projects net farm income to increase $18.5 billion, 19.5% over last year’s figure. Veronica Nigh, American Farm Bureau Federation Senior Economist, said that forecast puts net farm income at the highest level since 2013. “We hit a low of $62 billion back in 2016. So, reaching $113 […]

Pioneer: Growers Prefer Integrated Approach to Extend Life of CRW Traits

In many portions of the country, conditions such as mild winters and low moisture are making it likely that growers should expect the recent rise in corn rootworm pressure to continue into next season. For those with affected or at-risk fields, it could mean plants with damaged root systems, poor seed set and yield loss. […]

USDA Corn Bean Cotton Numbers Higher Winter Wheat Down

A rise in corn and soybean production, significant increases in cotton production and a drop in winter wheat forecasts. Those are just a few of the takeaways from the August USDA Crop Production Report. Rod Bain breaks down the numbers. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or […]

Barchart Raises U.S. Crop Forecasts on Higher Yields, Cuts Canadian Wheat Prediction

Barchart released its August 2021 Yield and Production forecasts for U.S. crops this week. “Our forecasts for U.S. field crop production have been revised higher on the back of increased yield expectations for both corn and soybeans and are now broadly in line with USDA’s most recent predictions,” says Keith Peterson of Barchart. The U.S. […]

Duval Farmers Need Stepped-Up Basis To Remain

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duval pushed back against the Biden Administration’s stance that most small family farmers will escape a proposed capital gains tax to replace the stepped-up basis. Duval disputed the White House’s claim that a $2 million per couple exclusion on the gain on farm assets and that passed onto children, will […]

Corteva Agriscience Leveraging Mobile Robots to Walk Row Crops

Corteva Agriscience is working to take agricultural robotics to new heights using a Spot robot from Boston Dynamics. The company is among the first in agriculture to use this platform to ‘walk’ between rows of corn, sunflowers and other crops. Company officials say the robot has potential applications in field testing of both new seed […]

USDA: Rye and Winter Wheat Most Common Cover Crops

The USDA’s Economic Research Service [ERS] said farmers utilizing cover crops most commonly choose rye grass or winter wheat. Researchers reported which cover crops were grown the fall before planting corn, cotton, and soybeans. For corn fields intended for use as grain or silage in data from 2016, more than 90% of acres with cover […]