USDA Cuts Ag Export Forecast for 2022

The USDA cut its farm exports forecast in 2022, blaming weaker soybean demand from China and lower soybean prices. The Economic Research Service says it now expects American ag exports to hit $175.5 billion in the fiscal year 2022, down from the August forecast of $2 billion. The agency says soybean exports will be down […]

FY21 A Good One For Ag Exports

The USDA now has all of the trade numbers from Fiscal Year 2021. As the books closed at the end of September, numbers showed the U.S. exported just over $172 billion worth of Ag products. That’s $32.5 billion more than in 2020. “A good increase and far and away a record,” noted USDA economist and […]

While Chlorpyrifos Ban Won’t Come Immediately, Concerns Remain For Farm Country

The EPA’s recent decision to end the use of the widely employed food and non-food crop pesticide chlorpyrifos will not take effect immediately. American Farm Bureau Vice President of Public Affairs Sam Kieffer said they asked EPA staffers about the timing of the chlorpyrifos ban and when it was being announced, which he noted led […]

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 […]

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 […]

Farm Credit System Reviews Current Ag Economy

Record agricultural exports are contributing to favorable economic conditions for the U.S. farm sector. Exports to China have risen to record levels, with increases in soybeans, corn, wheat, and cotton. High crop prices and strong producer margins are expected to bring more acreage into production, but continuing drought in much of the western United States […]

AFBF Watching Exports To China Closely

An American Farm Bureau Federation Market Intel analysis shows China is buying more U.S. commodities for the upcoming marketing year, starting in September. AFBF Economist Veronica Nigh said the analysis includes corn, soybeans, sorghum and cotton. “So far, soybeans sorghum and cotton have quite a lot of advanced new crop sales, greater than what they’ve […]

Corn, Soybean Acreage Surprising For Some

According to Gary Crawford some have called Tuesday’s USDA planting acreage report for corn, soybeans and cotton bullish. Meanwhile, Crawford noted that cotton plantings were down 11% year over year at 12.2 million acres. If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Farmer Awarded Millions In Dicamba Suit

Over the weekend, a seven member jury awarded a Missouri peach farmer $265 million in a case against Bayer and BASF.  Bill Bader alleges the herbicide Dicamba ruined thousands of his trees back in 2015 and 2016, when the chemical drifted from a neighboring cotton field.   This marks the first Dicamba suit to do […]