Don’t Forget Maintenance Before Storing Planters

As planting season wraps up, farmers might be tempted to put their planters in the shed without looking them over first. Grayson Catania, product marketing manager at CNH Industrial, said producers should go through several steps before storing their planters. “It’s always tempting to pack your planter away, catch up on other things, and move […]

Vilsack Explains How USMCA Can Benefit American Farmers

Shortly after taking office earlier this year, Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, placed an emphasis on USMCA and how it can benefit the American farmer. “[We want to] re-enforce our goal and our belief that these agreements need to be enforced to the letter.” With, Vilsack noted, particular focus on Canada. Specifically on dairy as the […]

Idaho Pest Survey Underway

The Idaho state Department of Agriculture is conducting its annual pest survey, where thousands of traps go up looking for invasive species that could bring harm to the state’s farming community. The ISDA’s Lloyd Knight said they are looking for Japanese beetles, a few grain pests in wheat and corn, the European Shoot Moth as […]

USDA: China Purchases More American Ag Products

The amount of American agriculture products purchased by China in the first half of fiscal year 2020 was fairly small.But as far as this year, USDA economist and trade tracker Dylan Russell said China has climbed to #1 in corn purchases and #2 for un-milled wheat. He added China has, of course, greatly expanded purchases […]

CME Group Permanently Closing Physical Trading Pits

CME Group announced this week it will not reopen its physical trading pits that were closed last March due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the trading pits for corn, wheat, soybeans and other ag commodities. Contracts for ag commodities will be traded only electronically. However, CME Group’s Eurodollar options pit, which […]

Perry Expects Profitable Returns for Wheat & Hay Growers

Today’s Northwest Farm Credit Services’ Quarterly Commodity Snapshot Series transitions to wheat and hay. When it comes to wheat, NWFCS Vice President Bill Perry says their 12 month outlook anticipates profitable returns for producers. “Higher prices for wheat and crops grown in rotation will bolster producer returns.  The USDA raised export projections for white wheat, […]

Export Inspections of Corn and Soybeans Rise While Wheat Drops

Week-to-week exports of corn and beans rose while wheat assessments declined. Corn inspections in the seven days ending on April 22 came in at 1.95 million tons. That’s up from 1.56 million metric tons the previous week and was almost double the 1.08 million tons two weeks ago. Soybean assessments last week totaled almost 224,000 […]

Volunteer Canola Becoming A Bigger Problem Across the Northwest

Washington State University researchers are warning growers to be on the lookout for volunteer canola, which is becoming a problematic weed here in the Northwest. WSU’s Drew Lyon said as canola acreage increases throughout the state, volunteer canola has become a bigger challenge. “Some of this canola is got the Roundup Ready trait in it, so […]

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 […]