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RMA Announces Change to Haying and Grazing Date

USDA’s RMA adjusted the 2019 final haying and grazing date from November 1 to September 1 to help farmers who were prevented from planting because of flooding and excess rainfall this spring.

Mexico Legislature Approves USMCA

Mexico’s Senate has voted to ratify the new trade agreement with the United States and Canada, making Mexico the first of the three countries to gain legislative approval.

Nations Scramble to Contain Pig Disease Outbreaks

Asian nations are scrambling to contain the spread of highly contagious African swine fever, with Vietnam culling 2.5 million pigs and China reporting more than a million dead.

The US Trade War Reaches India

In the last couple of weeks, we have seen several more maneuvers in President Trump’s ongoing trade war, including the addition of a new front—India.

Prevent Plant for Corn and Soybeans, 2007-2018

Providing a historical perspective on corn and soybean prevent plant acres, this article shoes those acres are expected to be large, if not record large, in 2019; in part because corn and soybeans are large acreage crops in areas expected to have sizeable prevent plant acres.

Weed Pressure Building After Wet Spring

With temperatures reaching near normal seasonal levels on the heels of what many California growers are calling an exceptionally wet year, weed pressure is increasing in many orchards and the race is on to get the problem under control.

Flooding Keeps Chokehold on Barge Traffic, Stalling Grain Shipments

The long, record-breaking flooding of 2019 on the Mississippi River system has taken a toll on farmland, personal property and the many cities and towns that line the rivers, and also disrupted commerce on the rivers that depends on barges to move products to and from the Gulf of Mexico and other points along the way.

Managing Prevented-Planting Fields

With many acres of corn and soybeans still unplanted as we move into the second half of June, prevented planting (PP) is going to be a major part of the story of the 2019 cropping season in Illinois. Here we’ll look at goals and options for managing acres on which the intended crop—corn or soybean—does not get planted.

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Re-enroll or Extend your Expiring CRP Contracts

Farmers and ranchers with expiring Conservation Reserve Program contracts may now re-enroll in certain CRP continuous signup practices or, if eligible, select a one-year contract extension. ...
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