The U.S. is a top five global exporter of high-value rice and more than 80 percent of the rice we eat is sustainably grown here on family farms. But a series of challenges - both manmade and environmental -...
Certified organic versions of potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberries, and celery are widely available to consumers for the holidays and beyond. But where are these organic crops produced? Organic potatoes (indicated by the brown State color in the map above) most...
Identification of soybean gall midge (Resseliella maxima) Figure 1. Adult soybean gall midges are small, slender flies. The body color, wing and leg patterns are key characteristics. Photo: Noah Stavnes, U of MN Adults (Figure 1) Tiny (2-3 mm long), delicate...
Bt corn has been genetically modified to make insecticidal proteins that protect plants from caterpillars and some root-feeding beetles. In our region, growers pay an average of around $35 more for a bag of Bt corn compared to non-Bt...
Source: USDA news release USDA has estimated annual production costs and returns and published accounts for major field crop and livestock enterprises since 1975. Cost and return estimates are reported for the United States and major production regions for corn,...
The head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture outlined his agency's priorities for 2023 during the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention Friday. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says a focus for USDA in the year ahead will be implementing programs...
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced plans for additional emergency relief and pandemic assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA is preparing to roll out the Emergency Relief Program (ERP) Phase Two as well as the new...
Ag Meteorologist Bryce Anderson reported on Friday at DTN that, “October was dry in many primary U.S. crop areas, including the Eastern Midwest and specifically the Ohio River valley. Precipitation totals in the Ohio Valley were no more than...
The average price of diesel is $5.32 per gallon, more than $1.50 above the same time last year. While prices are below the $5.81 peak in June, the high cost of fuel is hitting farmers hard as they navigate...
Syngenta is pushing back against a recently filed complaint by the Federal Trade Commission alleging one of its incentive programs inflates prices for farmers. Syngenta president of Crop Protection Vern Hawkins says the FTC's complaint isn't based on facts. He...
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