While fertilizer prices have declined since spring, fertilizer prices remain high, and fertilizer costs are significantly higher than a year ago. Therefore, reducing rates where practicable seems prudent. Some fields will have soil test levels above those that will...
Fall means harvest for most farmers – and for members of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), it also means the start of what we often call meeting season. The business of our farm organizations is year-round, but events...
Grower acceptance of soil carbon sequestration programs seems to be lagging, based upon my unscientific observations. There are many speculations about why this is true, including the minimal payments most programs are offering in exchange for somewhat lengthy agreements...
In April 1933, Senator George W. Norris (R-NE) argued that Congress should include a cost of production calculation in farm support policy.  His efforts were part of the debate for authorizing emergency policies in response to the Great Depression...
Individual farm crop revenue insurance covers losses from low yield, prevented planting, and low price.  We assess the relative role of these three types of loss by examining the indemnities paid by revenue insurance to the 2011-2021 crops of...
Introduction Last month, Ibendahl (2022) provided a prediction of national soybean yields, acres, and total production. This prediction was based on the USDA weekly crop reports which rates the percentage of the soybean crop in each state as either: very...
In the world of economic policy, IRA no longer stands for just “Individual Retirement Account,” but also “Inflation Reduction Act.” This package, signed into law by President Biden September 16, was passed by Congress through budget reconciliation, a method...
As a part of the second quarter of the Gardner Food and Agricultural Policy Survey (farmdoc daily, August 18, 2022), we surveyed US consumers about their views of inflation. This article reviews the results of the survey, with a focus...
This year marked the return of the annual Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) board tour after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a highlight on the calendar of OFA board members as it gives us an...
Brazilian grain producers are expected to begin planting in September.  If the weather cooperates, the Brazilian harvest could result in its largest grain harvest in history. The first forecast for the 2022/2023 season from the National Supply Company (Conab),...
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