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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Successful Land Sale... | Real Estate | Agriculture

Successful Land Sale... | Real Estate | Agriculture: Spending a little time at a local farmland auction is not a bad way to spend part of the holiday season, and the sale of 181.68 acres in Johnson County, Iowa, didn't disappoint.
The farm featured three contiguous tracts between Riverside and Lone Tree. There were two tracts of farmland and a 40.04-acre parcel of wooded land.
Combined, the sale netted $1.031 million, or $5,675 per acre. Here's how the individual tracts sold:

Survey shows very little Iowa farmland sold to new farmers

Survey shows very little Iowa farmland sold to new farmers: The recently released Iowa State Extension land values survey gives some insight into what happens when farmland is sold in the state.
Iowa State University extension economist Wendong Zhang oversees the survey. �“About three-quarters of the land sold in Iowa is bought by existing farmers, so it’s more typical that Iowa farmers are buying Iowa land,” Zhang says.

Life on Christmas Island: Turning mining sites into farmland | SBS News

Life on Christmas Island: Turning mining sites into farmland | SBS News: Scientists and farming specialists have grown tonnes of fresh produce on Christmas Island on land that many locals believed would never support plant growth.

The experiment has proved so successful that the proponents are confident it could be turned into a commercial agricultural enterprise by the end of 2016, adding a much-needed boost to the local economy.

It could also pave the way for cheaper fresh fruit and vegetables on an island where a lettuce that has to be flown in can cost up to $18.

'Soft landing' in farmland market ahead?

'Soft landing' in farmland market ahead?: Crop producers are making plans for the 2016 season, reevaluating their leases and inputs in light of lower commodity prices. Farmland values are moderating as a result of softer crop prices, according to two recent reports by farm-lending institutions.

AgriBank, the St. Paul-based Farm Credit Bank, cited U.S. Department of Agriculture 2015 survey data. It showed that the annual change in farmland value across the 15-state AgriBank District, which includes Wisconsin, showed signs of slowing markedly in 2015, though not declining. District-average cash rents for cropland declined for the first time in more than 20 years. However, district-average cash rents for pasture increased.

3 Big Things Today, ... | Crops News | Agriculture

3 Big Things Today, ... | Crops News | Agriculture: Grain and soybean futures were little changed as the few traders still around likely won’t want to make big changes to their positions on the last day of the year.�
Flood waters still engulf many winter wheat fields in Missouri where as much as a foot of rain fell in the days through Dec. 28, according to the National Weather Service. The floods have killed dozens and left thousands of homes under water.�
Soybean traders have been watching Brazil weather, which has been a mixed bag recently. Most areas have had decent precipitation, improving soil conditions, while others have been suffering from dry weather, putting crops at risk.�
Still, a lot of corn, soybeans, and wheat are in storage globally, and demand thus far has been weak so far this marketing year.

Agriculture From Spa... | Corn | Agriculture

Agriculture From Spa... | Corn | Agriculture: The map above shows the amount of moisture in the top 2 inches of the ground across the U.S. It was produced with data collected in May 2015 with radar and radiometer instruments on NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite.�
Colors show the volume of water contained in a volume of soil. Dark green and blue areas are progressively wetter, up to a ratio of about 0.5. At that point, the ground is considered saturated.�
“What we really want is soil moisture information that can be used to understand how plants are growing and what’s going on in the atmosphere right now,” says Susan Moran, with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and chair of the SMAP Applications Working Group. “We have to get soil moisture information to the agriculture community, and the only way to do that is from satellites.”

Feed & Grain News - CHS Assumes Full Ownership of Montana Grain Elevators

Feed & Grain News - CHS Assumes Full Ownership of Montana Grain Elevators: CHS Inc., a farmer-owned cooperative, announced it will assume full ownership of the limited liability company it has operated with ADM in northcentral Montana since 2001. The company currently operates grain elevator shuttle facilities in Havre and Big Sandy, which handle 9-11 million bushels of wheat annually

2015 is not ending quietly | Cattle Network

2015 is not ending quietly | Cattle Network: 2015 is showing her teeth one last time with a storm that is affecting people and animals across a majority of the country.� The massive storm includes a severe side with rain, flooding and tornados and a winter weather side with snow and blizzard conditions, all separated by a band of freezing rain and sleet.� The dividing line between these storm components runs across the middle of Oklahoma resulting in a wide variety of conditions and challenges for Oklahoma cattle producers.� The one consistent component across both sides of the storm has been lots of wind.

San Joaquin Valley Grape Symposium, Jan. 6, Easton | Western Farm Press

San Joaquin Valley Grape Symposium, Jan. 6, Easton | Western Farm Press: The 2016 San Joaquin Valley Grape Symposium is scheduled for Jan. 6 from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at C.P.D.E.S. Hall, 172 W. Jefferson Ave., Easton, Calif.

Beltwide Cotton Conferences, Jan. 5-6, New Orleans | Western Farm Press

Beltwide Cotton Conferences, Jan. 5-6, New Orleans | Western Farm Press: Mark the calendar for the 2016 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, Jan. 5-7, 2016 in New Orleans, La.

Registration and hotel reservations at the New Orleans Marriott can be made starting Sept. 21 online. A schedule of events and general information are on the website.

Registration costs prior to Dec. 14 for the National Cotton Council-coordinated forum are: $175 for NCC/Cotton Foundation members, university and USDA researchers, Extension personnel, associations and consultants; $300 for non-NCC/Foundation members, and $80 for students.

Record flooding hits US Midwest, threatens South

Record flooding hits US Midwest, threatens South: Swollen rivers in the U.S. Midwest and other regions brought flood warnings for over 12 million Americans on Wednesday as scores of buildings were submerged after days of intense rain in which 24 people have died.

Two rivers west of St. Louis crested at historic levels, flooding local towns, disabling sewer plants and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents.

Other major rivers including the Mississippi are expected to reach record highs as flood waters rush toward the Gulf of Mexico, the National Weather Service said.

Ranchers Turn to Facebook, Twitter to Find Cattle Stranded By Blizzard | Agweb.com

Ranchers Turn to Facebook, Twitter to Find Cattle Stranded By Blizzard | Agweb.com: Producers�from New Mexico to Texas and Oklahoma have suffered losses of livestock due to the extreme weather. Snow has piled up in the region, leaving some cattle stranded and others wandering free. New Mexico dairy farmer�Andle van der Ploeg says the drifts were so high at his dairy that the heifers just walked out of their pens.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Weekly export sales report is due at 7:30 this morning. Trade estimates are: wheat 250,000 to 450,000 tonnes, corn 600,000 800,000 tonnes, soybeans 1,000,000 to 1,400,000 tonnes, soymeal 150,000 to 265,000 tonnes, and soyoil 10,000 to 25,000 tonnes.

The US coast guard closes 76-mile stretch of Mississippi river downstream from Chester, Illinois due to high waters.

Chicago based research firm suggests Brazil’s soybean growing area is in good shape, after traveling to the region for their own assessment. The say the problem areas are on the fringes, mostly far north and northeastern regions of the main production area.

Crop progress in Argentina through Dec 29th has corn planting at 78% done compared to 77% last year. Soybean planting is 87% complete compared to 89% a year ago. Wheat is 75% harvested versus 88% a year ago.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Pataskala is now applying treated sludge to farms

Pataskala is now applying treated sludge to farms: The city has started applying treated sludge to area farm fields, and it intends to expand the effort in 2016, thanks to the upcoming completion of a large sludge holding facility.

Work on the facility has been ongoing at the city's wastewater treatment facility, which stands at the end of Shawnee Loop South on the far eastern edge of the city.

The work should be completed sometime in the coming weeks. When it is, Pataskala Utility Director Nathan Coey�said the city stands to benefit via savings tied to annual sludge disposal costs.

Jaw-Dropping Photo of Rare Tornado Wins National Geographic Contest

Jaw-Dropping Photo of Rare Tornado Wins National Geographic Contest: The grand prize winner of National Geographic’s 2015 Photo Contest shows a rare and awesome force of nature.

Photographer Jame Smart’s “Dirt” captures an anti-cyclonic tornado as it touches down on farmland near Simala, Colo.

Egypt’s President Sisi Launches Project Aimed at Expanding Farmland by 20 Percent | Egyptian Streets

Egypt’s President Sisi Launches Project Aimed at Expanding Farmland by 20 Percent | Egyptian Streets: The “Million Feddans” project is a national project that has come at the forefront Sisi’s agenda since he assumed office in June 2014.

In August, Sisi ordered that the reclaimed area be increased to 1.5 million feddans (630,000 hectares).

The first phase aims to expand farmland in the Farafra Oasis in the New Valley province, located in Egypt’s Western Desert.

Almond industry wants to use orchards for groundwater recharge | Tree Nuts content from Western Farm Press

Almond industry wants to use orchards for groundwater recharge | Tree Nuts content from Western Farm Press: What started out to his neighbors as a crazy idea is gaining traction as a good plan.

“It’s not going to solve everything but it’ll certainly help,” said western Fresno Count, Calif. grower Don Cameron.

Cameron’s plan to set aside thousands of acres of farmland for groundwater recharge didn’t start out with much support or praise from others, but as drought lingers and organizations like the Almond Board of California (ABC) talk up the concept of using orchards and other farmland for groundwater recharge, the idea doesn’t seem so far-fetched anymore.

Too much rain, drought and a complex farm bill | Farm Press Blog

Too much rain, drought and a complex farm bill | Farm Press Blog: Is anyone sorry to see 2015 go?

Not me, even though we are entering an election year and those are always filled with, as Mark Twain put it so eloquently, “lies, damn lies and statistics.”

Even with the coming false promises, endless posturing and “taffy pulling,” to use another of Twain’s euphemisms for dishonesty, I will not miss 2015 much.

We did see an end to the four-year drought. But the conclusion came with monsoon-like rains, flooding, and significant damage to crops and property. Then drought set in again before fall brought more rain and additional crop damage.

Missouri governor warns of 'historic and dangerous' floods

Missouri governor warns of 'historic and dangerous' floods: Missouri's governor warned Tuesday of flooding and swollen river levels that could exceed levels seen in a devastating flood in 1993, and he pleaded with drivers to stay off inundated roadways.

Thirteen people in Missouri have died in floods caused by severe storms over the weekend, and although the rain has moved on, swollen rivers are still rising and won't crest for days, Gov. Jay Nixon said.

Deep Discount Proves Problematic for Argentinian Corn | Agweb.com

Deep Discount Proves Problematic for Argentinian Corn | Agweb.com: Kevin looks at the long term effects of the deep discount on Argentinian corn.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Traders continue to struggle to find reasons for the grain market price movement this week. Some are citing the concern China will stop DDG imports and increase movement of corn out of their reserves. This�should increase soymeal or protein demand. However there has been no confirmation of either story.

The Christmas weekend moisture which fell across the Midwest is having an impact on grain futures prices with wheat getting the most benefit. The high water on the Mississippi at St Louis is stopping grain from moving to the gulf causing basis fluctuations at up river locations. The heavy rains are causing flooding and or standing water on wheat fields which is suffocating the crop not in dormancy.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Farming in 2016: Land values, farm program payments, cash flow, management | Focus on Ag

Farming in 2016: Land values, farm program payments, cash flow, management | Focus on Ag: Land values in most areas of the Midwest have declined by 10-20% from the peak land values in 2013 and early 2014; however, there were still some very strong localized land sales during 2015. A recent, highly credible, land value survey from Iowa State University, released in early December, showed that average land values in Iowa decreased by 3.9% during 2015, which followed a decline of 8.9% in 2014. This was only the second and third time since 1999 that Iowa farmland values decreased from one year to the next. The 2014 decline was the largest annual decrease since 1986.�

Farm Transition a Critical Issue for Agriculture | 101.5 WKKG101.5 WKKG

Farm Transition a Critical Issue for Agriculture | 101.5 WKKG101.5 WKKG: An aging American farm population, the need to successfully transition land ownership from senior farmers to new industry entrants, and providing support and training for these beginning farmers, are top concerns for the future of the agriculture. That’s according to agricultural economist Ani Katchova with Ohio State University. She says “farm transitions have been identified as one of the major upcoming structural changes in agriculture that concerns policy makers.” Katchova made those comments at a public meeting earlier this month. Her research found that among U.S. farmers, 6 percent are 35 years old or younger, while 33 percent are greater than 65 years old.

Women in Ag: Finding... | Women in Agriculture... | Agriculture

Women in Ag: Finding... | Women in Agriculture... | Agriculture: It’s about an agriculture reporter’s experiences when attending a four-day journalism program on food and agriculture, put on by the National Press Foundation (NPF). The program included an organic farm tour (and speakers from the Organic Trade Association) and a tour of Monsanto’s research campus in Missouri – along with several speakers from the company’s executive management team.

Eastern Oregon farms step up organic acres - Oregon - Capital Press

Eastern Oregon farms step up organic acres - Oregon - Capital Press: Eric Nelson knew it wouldn’t be easy when he decided to go organic on his family’s 900-acre wheat farm north of Pendleton.

Nelson, a fourth-generation farmer, talked it over with his father — former state Sen. David Nelson — who wondered how they would control weeds without herbicide, or how they’d afford organic fertilizer and still turn a profit. But Nelson had faith it would work, and in 2008 Nelson Grade Organics harvested its first organic crop.

Their parents work the farms as migrant labor. What are their kids' lives like? | Public Radio International

Their parents work the farms as migrant labor. What are their kids' lives like? | Public Radio International: It’s estimated that more than a million undocumented children are living in the US. And for those who are children of migrant farmworkers comes even more uncertainty. A new PBS documentary tells the story of one of those children.

GMB union say figures show UK needs nuclear and gas-powered energy plants | Daily Mail Online

GMB union say figures show UK needs nuclear and gas-powered energy plants | Daily Mail Online: Wind turbines produced just 10 per cent of their energy capacity during almost a fortnight of the last three months, it was claimed yesterday.�

Monitors tracking the energy generated from Britain's wind farms found 12 days when output dropped to 10 per cent of capacity or less, according to the GMB union.

It said its 'wind watch' figures demonstrated that Britain could not rely on renewable energy and needed nuclear or gas-powered plants to ensure its supply.

Officials hope child fatalities on farms leads to change in safety culture | CTV News

Officials hope child fatalities on farms leads to change in safety culture | CTV News: Photos of three smiling, blond sisters circulated around the world this year after they were killed on their family farm in west-central Alberta.
Catie Bott, 13, and 11-year-old twins Dara and Jana, suffocated in a truck loaded with canola as their family was busy bringing in the harvest in October.

James Lovelock: 'enjoy life while you can: in 20 years global warming will hit the fan' | Environment | The Guardian

James Lovelock: 'enjoy life while you can: in 20 years global warming will hit the fan' | Environment | The Guardian: Lovelock believes global warming is now irreversible, and that nothing can prevent large parts of the planet becoming too hot to inhabit, or sinking underwater, resulting in mass migration, famine and epidemics. Britain is going to become a lifeboat for refugees from mainland Europe, so instead of wasting our time on wind turbines we need to start planning how to survive. To Lovelock, the logic is clear. The sustainability brigade are insane to think we can save ourselves by going back to nature; our only chance of survival will come not from less technology, but more.

Nuclear power, he argues, can solve our energy problem - the bigger challenge will be food. "Maybe they'll synthesise food. I don't know. Synthesising food is not some mad visionary idea; you can buy it in Tesco's, in the form of Quorn. It's not that good, but people buy it. You can live on it." But he fears we won't invent the necessary technologies in time, and expects "about 80%" of the world's population to be wiped out by 2100. Prophets have been foretelling Armageddon since time began, he says. "But this is the real thing."

Fannie, Freddie give birth to new mortgage bond - Fannie Mae (OTCMKTS:FNMA) | Seeking Alpha

Fannie, Freddie give birth to new mortgage bond - Fannie Mae (OTCMKTS:FNMA) | Seeking Alpha: The federal government is trying to get taxpayers off the hook for billions of dollars of potential losses if another mortgage crisis arrives - and in the process, it's quietly giving birth to a new asset class.

AgPhD Video: Talking To Your Banker. | Farms.com

AgPhD Video: Talking To Your Banker. | Farms.com

Protect Your Bottom Line, Manage Milk Price Risk | Agweb.com

Protect Your Bottom Line, Manage Milk Price Risk | Agweb.com: The last few weeks many market analysts have predicted lower milk prices in the first few months of 2016 than previously expected. There is a lot of milk in the market and not much processing capacity to take it. In addition the market for dairy products is in a downturn and lower product prices translate to lower milk prices. Mike North of Commodity Risk Management Group told “AgDay” host Clinton Griffiths the best thing a farmer can do in the next week is protect your bottom line with a risk management strategy that will allow flexibility when the price shifts upward.

California almond industry highlights year of challenges and success | Tree Nuts content from Western Farm Press

California almond industry highlights year of challenges and success | Tree Nuts content from Western Farm Press: Perhaps it was a combination of the best of times and worst of times that drew record attendance to this year’s almond conference in Sacramento.

Whether optimistic or concerned about the state of the California almond industry in the wake of several years of drought, other challenges and even success stories, more than 3,500 people were on hand to hear both sides of the story about the state’s storied nut crop.

The Almond Board of California (ABC) says 3,501 people attended this year’s industry conference in downtown Sacramento, a 16 percent increase over last year’s attendance, which at the time was also a record.

Business Matters: The Value of Financial Simplicity | Agweb.com

Business Matters: The Value of Financial Simplicity | Agweb.com: As we get close to the end of the year, there are lists of things we need to finish up on the farm, not to mention all of the activities during the holiday season. Without question, you should make time with family and friends a top priority. �

On the farm, it’s time to transition into the office. �A big portion of year-end financial success depends on your commitment to measuring your situation accurately. For many of us in agriculture, the office and financial work isn’t the factor that originally brought us to this career. Yet if we don’t commit sufficient time to measuring, documenting and scrutinizing results, it could be the factor that takes us out of this career.�

Monday, December 28, 2015

The Good and Bad of 2016 Grain Prices - Crops - News | Agweb.com

The Good and Bad of 2016 Grain Prices - Crops - News | Agweb.com: With the highest world corn and soybean stocks in more than a decade, many farmers remain skeptical a rebound in prices for 2016 is likely. A strong dollar also creates problems for farmers hoping to move grain this winter. That’s because it lowers foreign countries’ buying power and makes foreign grain more competitively priced, according to Purdue ag economist Chris Hurt.

“China’s currency has lost 4% of its buying power in the U.S. over the past year,” he notes in the December 2015 Purdue Agricultural Economics Report. “More dramatically, Japan’s buying power has dropped 12% and the Korean currency has dropped 15% in the past year.”

2016: Net incomes to fall after ‘golden age of ag’ - AgriNews

2016: Net incomes to fall after ‘golden age of ag’ - AgriNews: History has shown the peaks and valleys of farm income and projections through 2016 are comparable to those valleys farmers faced from 1998 through 2002 with low commodity prices.

As with previous periods of low income, cost control and working capital management will be key to financial stability, said Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois agricultural economist and farm management specialist, at the Farm Economics Summit.

Using average corn price projections of $3.65 per bushel in 2015 and $3.85 in 2016 and soybean prices of $8.90 each year, combined with lower corn yields and stable soybean yields, Schnitkey projects 2015 net income in the $20,000 to $30,000 range in 2015 and 2016.

The net income in 2014 for farms enrolled in Illinois Farm Business Farm Management was $104,000.

Land is in demand | The Scottish Farmer

Land is in demand | The Scottish Farmer: As 2015 drew to a close, the country's top land agents have delivered their verdict on the year and the doom and gloom that has dominated discussions of everything from land reform to the weather doesn't seem to have hurt the land market's bottom line.

Mid-Valley InBusiness Outlook: 2016 could be good for ag

Mid-Valley InBusiness Outlook: 2016 could be good for ag: The good: Drought took its toll on mid-valley farmers in 2015, knocking grass seed yields down by as much as 25 to 50 percent depending on field location and soil type.

With a record December rainfall, the good news is that perhaps drought will not again be a factor.

In step with rapidly declining international oil prices, mid-valley farmers should enjoy lower input prices for necessities such as fertilizer.

Producers continue to diversify with grass seed acres being converted to filbert orchards due to an expected international marketing opportunity.

The bad: Producers are looking at lower commodity prices and livestock prices have dropped significantly as the number of cows available nationwide has rebounded much faster than anticipated.

Banana, casuarina farms too wiped out - The Hindu

Banana, casuarina farms too wiped out - The Hindu: While paddy as the principal crop has been the focus in the aftermath of the floods that ravaged the northern districts, farmers who had taken to horticulture also report heavy losses.

Across Cuddalore and Kancheepuram, fields of banana, papaya and watermelon have been inundated following rains earlier this month.

In Melakandai in Kancheepuram, agricultural labourers said they haven’t had any work in three weeks since the rains battered and destroyed the banana plantations. In the farm of V. Veeraraghavan, not a single red plantain tree survived the rains.

Unpredictable Precipitation Will Complicate Idaho's Irrigated Agriculture

Unpredictable Precipitation Will Complicate Idaho's Irrigated Agriculture: Southern Idaho’s irrigated agriculture is already feeling the rise in global temperatures.

“We’ve already been affected,” said Shirrel Silvester, a longtime farmer south of Twin Falls whose profitability has been hurt by weather extremes and instability.

“What you see outside your backyard is not the climate,” said Hans Peter Marshall, a geoscientist at Boise State University. Climate refers to weather patterns on a large scale, over large regions and for long periods. Climate change, however, will affect local weather.

Wet year had impact on crops and agriculture - Enidnews.com: Local News

Wet year had impact on crops and agriculture - Enidnews.com: Local News: This year was a wet one for Oklahoma farmers and cattle ranchers.
The Oklahoma Climatological Survey ranked 2015 in Oklahoma’s panhandle as the second wettest on record, with more than 31 inches of rain over the last 365 days. North-central Oklahoma is the 16th wettest with 45.8 inches.

El Nino Batters Pacific Rim Agriculture From Australia To Vietnam, As Economists Debate Price Fallout

El Nino Batters Pacific Rim Agriculture From Australia To Vietnam, As Economists Debate Price Fallout: While the climate phenomenon called El Ni�o�has brought near-ideal growing conditions for many farmers throughout North America and South America in 2015, it has wreaked havoc on the agriculture of other countries around the Pacific Rim. From dry cattle pastures in Australia to struggling coffee farms in Vietnam, El Ni�o�has struck several nations in the Asia-Pacific region hard this year, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The Top Agriculture Stories of 2015

The Top Agriculture Stories of 2015: Many of the world’s greatest challenges – climate change, poverty, natural resource depletion, and hunger – intersect on the fields of the world’s farmers.� These global challenges provide the backdrop to our top agriculture stories of 2015.

NRDC gives California failing grade for drought management | Farm Press Blog

NRDC gives California failing grade for drought management | Farm Press Blog: It’s not every day that farmers and the Natural Resource Defense Council agree, but when they do it’s stuff like this that makes the irony oh, so sweet.

In its latest newsletter Families Protecting the Valley points out this jewel of a nugget.

While the State of California gets poor grades for its handling of the drought and water resources, it was State Water Board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus who responded like a teenager when asked why the grades on her report card were less than stellar.

International mills need high strength, long fiber cotton | Cotton content from Southwest Farm Press

International mills need high strength, long fiber cotton | Cotton content from Southwest Farm Press: Seventy cents per pound for 2016 cotton is possible, says cotton buyer Robert Luehrs, who also says high quality bales will be the key.

“We all know yield and quality go hand in hand in contributing to grower’s revenue stream,” says the Texas purchasing manager for Allenberg Cotton Co. at Corpus Christi, Texas, who spoke at the recent Texas Plant Protection Association annual conference at Bryan, Texas.

NPE growers comment on 2015 cotton production | Cotton content from Southwest Farm Press

NPE growers comment on 2015 cotton production | Cotton content from Southwest Farm Press: From �West Texas to eastern Virginia, cotton farmers report 2015 production as “awful” to “decent,” depending on weather, particularly rain — lack of it, abundance of it, and when it fell.

A few of the some 140 growers attending Deltapine’s annual New Product Evaluator (NPE) Summit in San Antonio opened up about what was an unusual year for cotton production. NPE growers test Deltapine varieties on large-acre plots, and their input helps the company decide which lines to commercialize.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are mixed in a quiet session. Outside markets are having a bit of risk off attitude with crude oil down sharply and indices under pressure.

The short trading week ahead will allow for choppy action in corn and soybeans. The weather in South America will be the focus as rain in the Northern Brazil soybean production area is critical. The models are not matching up in their outlook for rains this week, the Euro is much wetter than the GFS but both models are calling for heavy rains across the northern half of Brazil in the 6-10 and 11-15 day portion forecast maps.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

New Orleans Saints top Jacksonvillle Jaguars, 38-27, in home finale | NOLA.com

New Orleans Saints top Jacksonvillle Jaguars, 38-27, in home finale | NOLA.com: It was an anticlimactic home finale at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday afternoon.

There will be no playoffs or postseason accolades. The sparse amount of fans that traveled to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome alternated between booing Brandon Browner, cheering Delvin Breaux and Drew Brees and attempting the wave.

Weather rules grain fortunes during 2015 - Agriculture - Agribusiness - General News - Farm Weekly

Weather rules grain fortunes during 2015 - Agriculture - Agribusiness - General News - Farm Weekly: NEWS of a respectable 2014/15 13.52 million tonne harvest opened the new year, backing up WA's biggest ever season the year before.

The Albany and Esperance regions had standout results of 3.4mt and 2mt respectively and summer rains had growers in the North already primed for the next season.

Falls in the realm of hundreds of millimetres filled the soil profiles for many, with Carnamah grower Bob Dempster among those celebrating after 232mm fell on his property.

The earliest break of the season on record came at the beginning of April and spurred a flurry of activity when double digit rainfall affected 97 per cent of the Wheatbelt.

Sugar beets surge in Michigan - THonline.com: Agriculture

Sugar beets surge in Michigan - THonline.com: Agriculture: Michigan's sugar beet growers reported that they have harvested a record crop this year.
The Michigan Sugar Co., a Bay City-based grower-owned cooperative, said earlier this month that the total 2015 production was roughly 5 million tons, representing a record-setting yield of 31.6 tons per acre. Last year, growers delivered about 4.7 million tons with a yield of 29.6 tons per acre.
Michigan Sugar CEO Mark Flegenheimer credits production increases to technological advances.
In a news release, he praised the farmers' ability to overcome severe weather that hit the rural Thumb and Saginaw Valley regions during the growing season.
The state's sugar beet harvest is being processed at four Michigan Sugar facilities.

Agriculture is big threat to water quality. These farmers are doing something about it. - CSMonitor.com

Agriculture is big threat to water quality. These farmers are doing something about it. - CSMonitor.com: ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT
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DECATUR, IND. — Mike Werling shoulders his way into a field of head-high corn and peers down a row.

“That’s a beautiful sight!” he exclaims.

It was not the corn that delighted Mr. Werling in late September as much as what was growing underneath. Shoots of rapeseed and rye poked up through the dirt, spreading a green flush beneath the tangled leaves. The new plants, sown the week before into the ripe corn, will remain in the field long after the harvest. They’ll protect the soil over the winter and absorb nutrients that might otherwise find their way into the St. Marys River, whose brown-green waters flow past Werling’s farm on their way to Lake Erie.

From Cattle to Coffee, Farmers Weather Worst of El Ni�o - WSJ

From Cattle to Coffee, Farmers Weather Worst of El Ni�o - WSJ: Two thousand of Troy Setter’s dark-haired cattle have been trekking along centuries-old paths through isolated Australian farmland, chomping on grass and roadside vegetation to fatten up before slaughter.

The migration recalls a bygone era, but this is no nostalgic trip. The most severe El Ni�o in nearly two decades has parched pastures in eastern Australia, leaving cattle short of feed.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

NZ agriculture well placed for 2016 | Stuff.co.nz

NZ agriculture well placed for 2016 | Stuff.co.nz: Three pieces of news that appeared at the end of 2015 should not be forgotten in 2016.

Firstly, the climate change talks in Paris included efficiencies of food production: There is no substitute for food, so which countries can produce most food with least greenhouse gas impact?

For grass fed meat and milk, New Zealand is hard to beat. The increasing integration between the dairy and beef sectors is part of the advantage, as is the longevity of dairy cows in the herd, and the judicious use of supplementary feeding.

Secondly, the World Trade Organisation has achieved progress on removing agricultural subsidies. Admittedly the removal is in the smallest component, 'export' subsidies, but the progress is a sign for the future.

Agriculture sector prepares for drier weather in 2016 | mb.com.ph | Philippine News

Agriculture sector prepares for drier weather in 2016 | mb.com.ph | Philippine News: Year 2016 will be crucial for Philippine agriculture as it faces a drier weather due to a stronger El Ni�o but this will not be the only thing that the sector will have to face. Other than that, the Department of Agriculture (DA) will also have to think of ways on how to improve palay and corn production, boost the livestock sector, among others.

For this year (2016), the national budget allotted for the agriculture sector stands at P94 billion, which is higher compared to the P89 billion the industry had in 2015.

China to step up supply-side structural reforms in agriculture - CCTV News - CCTV.com English

China to step up supply-side structural reforms in agriculture - CCTV News - CCTV.com English: Homepage > China Video
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China has concluded a tone-setting rural work conference, where it's vowed to step-up supply-side structural reforms in agriculture, and improve quality and efficiency.

President Xi Jinping stressed the importance of agriculture, and said the country's rural issues should be managed through five key concepts during the 13th Five-Year Plan: namely, innovation, coordination, green, openness and sharing. Xi added that China will continue to reform in rural areas, push forward modernization in agriculture, and work to eliminate poverty.�

Aging Farm Population Will Lead To Structural Changes In Ag, OSU Economist Says | Farms.com

Aging Farm Population Will Lead To Structural Changes In Ag, OSU Economist Says | Farms.com: An aging American farm population, the need to successfully transition land ownership from senior farmers to new industry entrants, and providing support and training for these beginning farmers, are top concerns for the future of the American farming industry, said an agricultural economist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

“Farm transitions have been identified as one of the major upcoming structural changes in agriculture that concerns policy makers,” said Ani Katchova, chair of Ohio State’s Farm Income Enhancement Program. She also holds appointments with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, the statewide outreach and research arms, respectively, of the college.

Katchova spoke Dec. 7 at the kickoff to the college’s 2015-2016 Agricultural Policy and Outlook series, which is a series of local meetings held statewide through January. Dates and times for the meetings, along with information such as policy briefs and presentation files from each of the presenters can be found at go.osu.edu/2016outlook.

Crop and Income Outlook - Conserve Cash Income | Farms.com

Crop and Income Outlook - Conserve Cash Income | Farms.com: Net incomes on Illinois farms have decreased form an all-time high near $290,000 in 2012. In 2014, net income for Illinois grain farms enrolled in Illinois Farm Business Farm Management (FBFM) averaged near $100,000 per farm. Much lower income levels are expected in 2015. If commodity prices do not increase in 2016, net income in 2016 likely will be at similar levels to that in 2015.

Bell Farms awarded high honor

Bell Farms awarded high honor: Irv and Jean Bell have been living on the family farm for more than four�decades, continuing a tradition that dates back to the 1800s.

In that time, the job of farming the land has seen drastic changes in�machinery, technology and�technique,�but the Bells have managed to adapt to the shifting agricultural landscape, and they've managed to do so while raising a family and involving themselves in the farming community.

Early in December, the Bells were honored with the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award, a mark of highest esteem given out by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.

Family cranberry farms forced to sell as prices bog down - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Family cranberry farms forced to sell as prices bog down - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: “We pretty much cut everything in half,” the third- generation farmer said from her home at the family’s 110-acre marsh northwest of Milwaukee. It’s the worst environment she’s seen since 1959 when farmers dumped their entire crop amid a health scare. Van Wychen doesn’t want to sell the operation but admits the future of cranberries may not include family growers. “There are many smaller farmers that are finding that they literally cannot make it,” she said.

Friday, December 25, 2015

The Surfer at Home: Strider Wasilewski in Malibu - The New York Times

The Surfer at Home: Strider Wasilewski in Malibu - The New York Times

Mississippi River to reach flood stage, 17 ft, in New Orleans by Jan. 19 | NOLA.com

Mississippi River to reach flood stage, 17 ft, in New Orleans by Jan. 19 | NOLA.com: 1 / 3
Heavy rainfall totaling 12 to 15 inches is expected in areas feeding the middle stretch of the Mississippi River, which will flow downstream and cause the river to rise to 17 feet in New Orleans by Jan. 19, say officials with the National Weather Service's Lower

Farmland concerns at Oregon hits 4 million milestone – Natural Resource Report

Farmland concerns at Oregon hits $4 million milestone – Natural Resource Report: Oregon’s population now tops 4 million people. Whether the continued population increase negatively impacts agriculture remains to be seen, but the state’s land use protections are more important than ever, according to officials with the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

“Two must-haves for Oregon agriculture are land and water,” says ODA Director Katy Coba. “As more people come to live in Oregon, there is likely to be more competition for those natural resources. We simply need to continue protecting our agricultural production base to keep farming viable.”

Garrett’s Blog: Arkansas River Forecast To Climb 11ft By Sunday | Fort Smith/Fayetteville News | 5newsonline KFSM 5NEWS

Garrett’s Blog: Arkansas River Forecast To Climb 11ft By Sunday | Fort Smith/Fayetteville News | 5newsonline KFSM 5NEWS: Major river flooding is expected on all major rivers in our area this weekend. Flooding will rival levels seen earlier this year in May if the forecast rain occurs as predicted.

Computing power offers access to land value information

Computing power offers access to land value information: Farmers can access a free Internet site – AcreValue – that lists the estimated value of a piece of farmland.

Using AcreValue’s map-based interface, users can zoom down to locate fields and view key data about those fields layered onto the map – acreage, estimated value per acre, and expected soil productivity based on the local productivity index.

Users can also download detailed reports for free for individual fields or groups of fields. The detailed reports contain valuation information, soil maps, and a history of crop rotations over the past five years.

AcreValue uses an Automated Valuation Model (AVM), which is common in the residential market to estimate farmland values.

Class III Prices Could Fall Below $14 in First Quarter | Agweb.com

Class III Prices Could Fall Below $14 in First Quarter | Agweb.com: Even though milk production has slowed and consumer confidence remains reasonably strong, University of Wisconsin dairy economists Bob Cropp and Mark Stephenson are warning that the first quarter of 2016 could yield some bleak milk prices.

Bullish Reports Give Livestock Producers 'Best Christmas Present You Could Ask For' | Agweb.com

Bullish Reports Give Livestock Producers 'Best Christmas Present You Could Ask For' | Agweb.com: On Wednesday, USDA announced a total inventory of 68.3 million hogs and pigs on Dec. 1. While that’s the largest supply since 1988, it was still lower than the market expected—and traders responded.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Wait, Who's Selling This Tennessee Farmhouse? A Horse, of Course! - Modern Farmer

Wait, Who's Selling This Tennessee Farmhouse? A Horse, of Course! - Modern Farmer: Page got the idea of using Willie to help sell the house after reading about the “Email a Tree” campaign in Melbourne, Australia, which started as way for people to report things like broken limbs around the city. Eventually, it turned into a virtual arboreal love fest, with various trees around the city receiving fan mail from as far away as the United States. Page�realized Willie could also accept emails and, frankly, do a better job than a tree when it came to repping the family’s land.�

The current owners, Page’s parents, have owned the farm for 15 years and want to move closer to their children in the Nashville area. (He says his parents are “old school” and don’t want their names mentioned in the story.) The plot�boasts a variety of�nut trees, muscadine grapes, a vegetable garden that includes okra, carrots, and jerusalem artichoke, plus pear and apple�trees. Other livestock include�goats, chickens, and turkeys.

U.S. faces an aging farm population | Pork Network

U.S. faces an aging farm population | Pork Network: An aging American farm population, the need to successfully transition land ownership from senior farmers to new industry entrants, and providing support and training for these beginning farmers, are top concerns for the future of the American farming industry, said an agricultural economist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

Eye on Agriculture: Losses Expected in 2016 - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Eye on Agriculture: Losses Expected in 2016 - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND: The NDSU Extension Service is projecting losses for nearly all North Dakota crops in 2016.

Tim Olson has more in this week's Eye on Agriculture.

(Paige Brummund, NDSU Extension Agent) "Who would sign up for something where one year you may earn, say, $60,000 this year, but the next two years, you're only gonna get $15,000. You know, who signs up for that?"

But that's the scenario that farmers in North Dakota could be facing in 2016.

Lower crop prices have led the NDSU Extension Service to project negative returns for farmers in the coming year -- even for crops that are usually dependable.

Gerawan Farms exits table grape business, affecting 2,500 workers | Fresno Bee

Gerawan Farms exits table grape business, affecting 2,500 workers | Fresno Bee: Gerawan Farming, one of the largest growers of tree fruit and grapes in Fresno County, has alerted its employees and government officials that it is shutting down its table grape operations next year, affecting more than 2,500 workers.

The Reedley-based farming company issued a layoff notice, required under both state and federal employment law, on Dec. 18, declaring that the shutdown will take effect on Feb. 25.

Ronald Barsamian, a Fresno attorney for the company, said the vineyards are scattered between Fresno and Kerman. He declined to address how many acres of vines are involved in the decision, but added that the vineyards will be torn out. “They’re still going to have a little bit of vineyard, but those will go to the winery, not for table grapes,” Barsamian said Wednesday.

Property Tax Structure Puts Pressure On Farmers | News - Indiana Public Media

Property Tax Structure Puts Pressure On Farmers | News - Indiana Public Media: Kevin Underwood is a second-generation West Lafayette farmer. He can’t afford to replace his tractors for two reasons. There has been too much rain, and he’s under a property tax structure that charges him based on what he pulled out of the ground three years ago.

Underwood says,�“Because of that, we’re having to hold off on a lot of those purchases that we really hoped we’d be able to start back up on again, and so we’re making those kind of decisions to try to just keep from adding additional loan expenses as we move forward.”

Underwood says his taxes alone are around $50,000 to $55,000, and they’re projected to grow at least 15% next year. Underwood’s land is worth $1.5 million. He says even if he tried to sell his land, he’d get a depressed rate because other farmers aren’t expanding and demand is low. Plus, he’d be out of a job.

Wall Street wobbly in thin volumes ahead of holidays

Wall Street wobbly in thin volumes ahead of holidays: U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Thursday amid light trade as investors prepare for a shortened trading day for the Christmas holiday.

Stocks close at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday and are closed for the Christmas holiday on Friday. Other markets including energy and bonds will also close early, shutting at 1:30 p.m. ET and 2 p.m., ET, respectively.

Super El Nino causing weather anomalies worldwide | Farm Press Blog

Super El Nino causing weather anomalies worldwide | Farm Press Blog: Weather scientists now say this year’s “extreme” El Ni�o weather phenomenon is the strongest ever recorded, which could mean more abnormal winter weather for all of North America.

The West, which has suffered major drought in recent years, could see significant flooding, much of the Southwest could be colder than normal with bigger snowfalls, while large areas of the Mid-South and northeast have been experiencing warmer than normal weather. Skiers in the eastern states are already complaining of the “snow drought,” thanks to warm temperatures now forecast into January, while moisture-laden storms are dumping snow on ski areas in the western states.

Sesame is drought tolerant and not palatable to deer and wild hogs | Grains content from Southwest Farm Press

Sesame is drought tolerant and not palatable to deer and wild hogs | Grains content from Southwest Farm Press: It’s hog-proof, deer-proof, cattle don’t like it, horses won’t eat it — and it doesn’t appeal to sheep either. Disease pressure is infrequent and yield potential is good with as little as 12 inches of water.

Sesame may not be a magic crop that solves all the production challenges for Southwest farmers, but it may offer a viable alternative or profitable rotation crop for more traditional enterprises.

5 Grain Market Lessons Learned in 2015 | Agweb.com

5 Grain Market Lessons Learned in 2015 | Agweb.com: As any farmer knows, it's been a tough year in the grain markets. How many times do you want to see that corn prices are below the cost of production? But with 2015 nearly in the books, perhaps we can all learn from the past so we can build a better, more effective�marketing plan for 2016, based on the 5 �grain market�lessons learned�in�'15.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: All of us at Allendale want wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Enjoy the long weekend with family and friends.

Grain markets are quiet as the holiday begins around the world. The US Dollar retraces some of its weekly gains while crude oil is steady. The Lean hog futures could have some fireworks today as USDA put “all hogs” at record levels for Dec 1 but data shows producers have been aggressive marketers recently.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Decline of wild bees imperils US crops - CSMonitor.com

Decline of wild bees imperils US crops - CSMonitor.com: Wild bees, crucial pollinators for many crops, are on the decline in some of the main agricultural regions of the United States, according to scientists who produced the first national map of bee populations and identified numerous trouble spots....

NW Iowa bucks downward ag land trend (12/23/15)

Spencer Daily Reporter: Local News: NW Iowa bucks downward ag land trend (12/23/15): After dropping sharply in each of the past two years, area farmland took a modest turn upward in 2015, according to a new study of agriculture land values by Iowa State University Extension Service.

Farmland loss is alarming

Farmland loss is alarming: I was wondering, do you know how scarce farmland is? Only four percent of the world is arable — that means farmable — and Iowa has 10 percent of that. It’s kind of crazy, but it’s all true. Also, it takes 500 years to grow one inch of farmland back, and Iowa loses 26,000 acres of farmland every year. After doing all the math, that means Iowa loses 100 farms every month.

How Much Working Capital Do You Need? - Crops - News | Agweb.com

How Much Working Capital Do You Need? - Crops - News | Agweb.com: Maintain your working capital – that’s a given. But how much working capital will you need? Ag economists Michael Boehlje, Michael Langemeier and Ken Foster addressed this question in the December 2015 Purdue Agricultural Economics Report.

Agriculture Ministry launches two mobile apps for farmers - The Hindu

Agriculture Ministry launches two mobile apps for farmers - The Hindu: In a bid to let farmers harvest the best of mobile technology, the Agriculture Ministry on Wednesday launched two mobile apps for farmers here.

Launching the apps, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh said the government would launch a new crop insurance scheme next month, which would aim speedy disposal of claims with very less premiums.

Drop predicted in farmland values - South Bend Tribune: Business

Drop predicted in farmland values - South Bend Tribune: Business: Higher interest rates and low crop prices likely will drive down the value of Indiana farmland in 2016, according to Craig Dobbins, an agricultural economist at Purdue University.
However, any losses should be moderate, he said, and values should fall slowly because there is a limited supply of farmland on the market.

Ag Report: farm land value survey - Story | SiouxlandMatters

Ag Report: farm land value survey - Story | SiouxlandMatters: Iowa State University recently released the results of its annual land value survey.

The survey actually showed that the average price of farmland in Iowa has declined nearly 4% across the state.�

This might be surprising to some, given the fact that agricultural commodity prices and farm income are both down.�

However, Melissa O'Rourke, a farm management specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, says the surprise is how little the farmland values did go down.

A Chipotle Education - WSJ

A Chipotle Education - WSJ: The executives at Chipotle Mexican Grill have been, well, dining out for years on their self-styled reputation for “food with integrity.” So their competitors who by implication lack integrity can be forgiven if they indulge in a little Schadenfreude about the company’s recent trouble with food-borne disease.

Real Estate News: Existing-Home Sales Down 10.5 Percent in November, NAR Says : News : Realty Today

Real Estate News: Existing-Home Sales Down 10.5 Percent in November, NAR Says : News : Realty Today: The total existing-home sales in November has dropped by 10.5 percent- the slowest pace in 19 months.

����������� According to the press release of National Association of Realtors in PR News Wire, the total completed transaction of existing homes, which include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, decreased by 10.5 percent �to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.76 million in November (lowest since�April 2014�at 4.75 million) from a downwardly revised 5.32 million in October.�After the decline of existing home sales in October, sales are now 3.8 percent below a year ago - the first year-over-year decrease since September 2014

AgManager.info: Grain Outlook

AgManager.info: Grain Outlook: Since USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) and Crop Production reports on December 9th, U.S. and World wheat market prices have moved sideways-to-marginally higher. �For the “new crop” 2015/16 marketing year the USDA projected that 1) World wheat total supplies (947.0 mmt) and total use (717.1 mmt) would be at record high levels, 2) World wheat export trade (161.7 mmt) would be down moderately from a year ago (164.4 mmt) – with World export sales competition occurring in what can be termed a “buyer’s market”, and c) World wheat ending stocks (229.9 mmt – up from 212.1 mmt a year ago) would be record high, with percent ending stocks-to-use (32.1% - up from 30.0% a year ago) at their highest level in 14 years (since MY 2001/02).� The 38-year low in World wheat ending stocks of 128.6 mmt and percent ending stocks-to-use of 20.9% S/U occurred in the last major “short crop” marketing year in MY 2007/08.�

Will You Be Ready to Act on the Rally? | Agweb.com

Will You Be Ready to Act on the Rally? | Agweb.com: “As we look at 2016 … everything seems very dark, very bearish, but I’m optimistic that there’s going to be a few opportunities along the way between market structure and weather and a number of other (factors),” said Mike North of Commodity Risk Management Group, speaking on U.S. Farm Report. “There’s a few things that are hiding in the bushes, so to speak, that could stick their head up and provide some opportunity, but I think we need to be smart about opportunity as we head in to 2016.”

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are higher on short covering as they slip into the holiday trading comma. Outside markets are a bit stronger with very light volume. New news is sparse as the world prepares for the Christmas Holiday.

Weather is focused on South American crops. Comments from RJ O’Brien’s contact in Brazil suggests the dry to extremely dry area has been reduced to 20% in Mato Grosso and some surrounding areas. He is estimating Brazil’s production could be down 2 mmt from the 100 mmt projected by USDA. Weather forecasts for Brazil in the 11 to 15 day period are expecting good moisture coverage.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Kroger to unveil fresh-focused concept store - The Produce News - Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Kroger to unveil fresh-focused concept store - The Produce News - Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.: A new fresh-focused concept store is in the works for Kroger. Main & Vine will open in Gig Harbor, WA, in the near future, though an exact date hasn't been announced.

The new banner will feature fresh, affordable local produce and meat, as well as unique culinary experiences and taste adventures, "with tasty meals made fresh in our kitchen," the company's website states.

Agriculture didn't spur growth of human population | Zee News

Agriculture didn't spur growth of human population | Zee News: Global climate change and biological factors such as diseases, and not the advent of agriculture, controlled long-term growth of human population for most of the past 12,000 years, says a new study.

How agriculture saved a former US soldier

How agriculture saved a former US soldier: When former United States Air Force policeman Patrick Taylor settled in the Philippines in 2013, he faced many challenges in adapting to Manila life.

In his article on X, he recounted how he had severe drinking and depression issues and was extremely overweight.

"I was a toxic person to be around and really hated myself and the world that was around me. One day I just asked myself what am I doing here and I just had basically hit rock bottom I wanted to die," Taylor said.

He got so low that he would just lock himself because he couldn't function around other people.

Advanced Steering System Helps Farmer After Devastating Injury

Advanced Steering Sy... | Planting | Agriculture: Home / Technology / Crop Management / Planting / Advanced Steering System Helps Farmer After Devastating Injury

Advanced Steering System Helps Farmer After Devastating Injury
Laurie Bedord
Updated: 12/21/2015 @ 3:22pm
It was an autumn day like any other for Trent Satterthwaite. The Chelsea, Michigan, farmer was unloading corn into his grain bin, a chore as routine as changing the oil in a tractor.
“As I went to pull samples to check the moisture, the pulley on the grain cleaner caught the hood of my sweatshirt,” he says. “I was able to pull myself loose, but the hood and left sleeve of my sweatshirt weren’t so lucky.”
Thinking he had escaped serious injury, Satterthwaite, who grows corn, soybeans, and wheat, went on with the rest of his day. “My arm hurt, but I thought it was no big deal,” he remembers.
As he hit the fields the following spring, the pain intensified. “The more I used my left arm, the sorer it got. Eventually, I couldn’t use it at all because it hurt so much,” he says.

Potential for U.S. Grain Markets Found in South Africa, Tanzania

Potential for U.S. G... | Business News | Agriculture: The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has returned from an early December trip to Tanzania and South Africa where it sought out opportunities for U.S. grain sales. The group saw a real need for corn in South Africa and a potential market in Tanzania.�
South Africa usually sources the white and yellow corn that it needs for citizens and livestock locally, but because El Ni�o caused one of the worst droughts in 24 years, the country is experiencing a serious crop shortage. Some fields aren’t even getting planted because there isn't enough water to sustain growth.�

Cattle drive Montana's strong agriculture economy

Cattle drive Montana's strong agriculture economy: In Montana’s $3-billion-a-year agriculture economy, when markets are bullish, there are real cattle involved....

Indiana Farmland Value Could Dip - Inside INdiana Business

Indiana Farmland Value Could Dip - Inside INdiana Business: A Purdue University agricultural economist says Indiana farmland may decrease in value in 2016. Craig Dobbins says the dip will likely be caused by higher interest rates and low crop prices, though any losses should be moderate.

Writing in�The Purdue Agricultural Economics Report, Dobbins forecasts farmland values dropping 5-12 percent next year after falling 5.1 percent in 2015. That follows a ten year period where farmland values nearly tripled.

New bird flu outbreak: More than 60 farms in France infected — RT News

New bird flu outbreak: More than 60 farms in France infected — RT News: New cases of highly pathogenic avian flu in poultry have recently been detected in south-western regions of France, forcing authorities to step up sanitary measures.
The total number of confirmed cases of contamination with the virus in France has risen to 61, according to a statement from the French Ministry of Agriculture.�The statement�was published on Tuesday.

Small Fed Move and Big Questions | Agweb.com

Small Fed Move and Big Questions | Agweb.com: Well, the Fed finally bumped up interest rates from their 0-.025% short term rate band to 0.5%. This was 7 years in the making. They had to be patient, as an early move, or too aggressive move, has in the past screwed up budding recoveries. Now that the hike is a certainty, instead of a very well advertised possiblilty, the markets are free to complete their interpretations of what it means. The stock market threw a tantrum (as we anticipated). The speculators like the leverage of cheap money and now the cost of business could be starting to go up. There are studies which show corporate earnings pulling back a little after Fed rate hike cycles begin, so the equities might just be lower the P in the P/E to match new expectations.

When City Hall Walks on the Farm | Agweb.com

When City Hall Walks on the Farm | Agweb.com: Farms can die with a whimper, not a bang, when the grabbing hands of local government arrive. The days of empty acreage rolling off a farmer’s front porch are long gone in many parts of the United States, replaced with the age of urban sprawl. Cities once drew in rural communities with economic promise, but the gravitational pull has reversed. Creep, crawl or sprint, when cities rub against farmland, producers are often left holding two cards: fight or flight.

Did the Grinch bring back Christmas? | Cattle Network

Did the Grinch bring back Christmas? | Cattle Network: Perhaps the Grinch’s small heart grew a bit as cattle markets get some good news to end the year.� Last Friday’s strong limit up futures trading for Live and Feeder cattle is encouraging that perhaps a bottom is in place.� However, it remains to be seen what the follow-up trading will be this week.� The holiday period is a difficult time to establish a new market trend and is it quite impossible to predict or even interpret market actions during holiday disrupted trading.� Nevertheless, an array of good news the past few days revives Christmas hope for cattle markets.

Who is Going to Milk Cows on Christmas Day? - Dairy - News | Agweb.com

Who is Going to Milk Cows on Christmas Day? - Dairy - News | Agweb.com: Dairying is a 365 day-a-year job. Every day, Christmas and New Year’s included, cattle need to be fed, milked and the barns scraped. But who is going to do it on those special days?

5 Lessons Learned from the Dairy Market in 2015 | Agweb.com

5 Lessons Learned from the Dairy Market in 2015 | Agweb.com: Here's the top five things that impacted the dairy markets this year and what you and your farm operation need to know for�the year ahead.

Is a price recovery just around the corner? | Agweb.com

Is a price recovery just around the corner? | Agweb.com: The calendar is nearing the end of 2015 and one certainly needs to be thankful milk prices have not been any worse than they have been. Yes, farm income has been reduced drastically from the record high of 2014, but milk prices have not been as bad as feared earlier this year.

$6 wheat not likley by spring | Wheat content from Southwest Farm Press

$6 wheat not likley by spring | Wheat content from Southwest Farm Press: I’ve just finished a meeting where a producer asked, “Kim, I read yesterday that wheat prices will go above $6.00 this spring. What do you think?”

I had read the same thing a few days earlier, and replied, “Possible, yes. I just can’t see it happening.”

“Why?” he asked.

At this writing, the 2016 KC December wheat contract has the highest price ($5.24), which is 76 cents below $6.00. The March (nearby) contract price is $4.70, $1.30 below $6.00. Technical analysis (charts) shows price resistance levels at $5.00, $5.50, and $6.00, with $ 6.00 appearing to be the price level that separates low prices from high prices.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Five things to look for in Lions at Saints | Yardbarker.com

Five things to look for in Lions at Saints | Yardbarker.com: The Saints aren’t making the playoffs. This much we know. But they have to win out to avoid a losing season – something I can promise you is a motivating factor for the players and coaches. This is a Monday Night game in Prime Time in front of a national audience and regardless of how bad these teams have been at times this year they’re not going to want to embarrass themselves on this stage. I believe the effort will be there. Here’s five things to look for:

NFL Monday Night Football: Why Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints Could Be Epic

NFL Monday Night Football: Why Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints Could Be Epic: This week’s edition of NFL Monday Night Football is arguably the least-anticipated MNF showdown of the season. The 5-8 New Orleans Saints — mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, holding last place in the NFC South — host the 4-9 Detroit Lions, who are in the exact same position in the NFC North. On the surface, it looks like a game worth missing.

Memphis named in Top 10 cities for home-buying millennials - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis named in Top 10 cities for home-buying millennials - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee: The Millennials are coming.

At least, that's what Realtor.com said. The real estate site predicted that in 2016, Memphis will be one of the top cities for millennials to buy homes.

Memphis ranked third out of 10 cities, just behind Atlanta, Georgia, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and just before Boston, Massachusetts.

According to the website, Memphis has a slightly higher share of 25- to 34-year-olds than the average U.S. city with 13.5 percent of the population.�

Say Hello to a Permanent $500,000 Section 179 - News | Agweb.com

Say Hello to a Permanent $500,000 Section 179 - News | Agweb.com: Farmers who have been anxious about the status of Section 179 can now breathe easier. President Obama signed legislation that addresses the matter on Friday, Dec. 18, as part of a $622 million package of tax extenders.

“One of the key provisions for farmers is to make Section 179 permanent at the $500,000 level,” says accountant and Farm Journal columnist Paul Neiffer. “Once equipment purchases total $2 million, then the allowed Section 179 amount will start to phase-out dollar-for-dollar and no more will be allowed after $2.5 million. Additionally, the amount will be indexed to inflation in $10,000 increments.� Starting with tax years beginning in 2016, air conditioning and furnace units will also qualify for Section 179.”

Farms in the projects? Yes—and that's just the beginning | Crain's New York Business

Farms in the projects? Yes—and that's just the beginning | Crain's New York Business: You wouldn’t expect to find a vegetable farm at a public housing development in New York City. But a one-acre farm at Red Hook Houses—the first-ever large farm on New York City Housing Authority property—is growing cabbage, collard greens, butternut squash and basil. Soon, new urban farms will sprout on five more NYCHA properties in Brownsville and Canarsie in Brooklyn, East Harlem, the Bronx and Staten Island.

These new farms will increase access to fresh produce in communities with high levels of poverty, food insecurity and diet-related diseases, while also serving as hubs for education, community engagement, and job training for residents. The workers will be supplied by Green City Force, a nationally recognized AmeriCorps program that recruits and trains 18- to 24-year-old NYCHA residents and pays them to work on environmental sustainability and energy-efficiency programs at Housing Authority sites. These young people gain rigorous job training and career planning support that propels them into jobs.

Expanding the roots of agriculture while creating jobs - GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

Expanding the roots of agriculture while creating jobs - GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News: When locals think of Woerner, they think turf. However, in recent years, the company has expanded to other branches of agriculture including dehydrating produce.
In 2008, the Woerner Companies Inc. had 9,000 acres of turf grass across the United States.
After the economic collapse came many changes and downsizing; George Woerner, CEO of the Woerner Companies, said the partners decided then the company would never be just one thing or product again.
As the world and economy continues to change, Bon Secour Valley Ingredients (BSVI) was created. BSVI is a plant site, but the purpose of this operation is to grow and dehydrate agriculture products such as chicory, carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, kale, among others items. Produce will be sent to a 40,000 square foot dehydration plant to produce ingredients such as powders, granules, particulates and extracts. The city of Foley is restoring the former Peavey Plant where the dehydration and ingredients plant will be.

Sharad Pawar stresses on GM crops as Rajya Sabha debates agriculture crisis - The Economic Times

Sharad Pawar stresses on GM crops as Rajya Sabha debates agriculture crisis - The Economic Times: Questioning the government about its policy on GM crops, former Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar today pitched for increased research in the field saying it could save farmers from stress due to floods and droughts.

Participating in a short-duration discussion on the 'serious situation arising due to floods and drought in the country', the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo, also attacked the NDA government for not specifying its policy on genetically modified (GM) crops.

Mmegi Online :: Agriculture: The future is smart and innovative

Mmegi Online :: Agriculture: The future is smart and innovative: As the ugly effects of global warming continue to wreck havoc in semi-arid Botswana, government is pinning its hopes on the climate deal that emerged from the recently ended Paris Conference of the Parties 21 (COP21) global climate change event.

Moreover, the Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Tshekedi Khama believes the conference presented insights on how to strengthen the country’s climate change policy, which is due for completion in April.�

Pasture ground price rises 15% in the North, new Farmland Database shows - Chronicle Live

Pasture ground price rises 15% in the North, new Farmland Database shows - Chronicle Live: The price of pasture ground in the north of England rose by nearly 15% in 2015, according to research by Strutt & Parker.

The company’s Farmland Database shows that average pasture land values in the region rose from �5,389/acre in 2014 to �6,186/acre this year.

However, the average price of arable land fell back by 2.3% from �8,785/acre to �8,583/acre.

Getting Ready for Christmas & Farmland Saved - AgInfo.net

Getting Ready for Christmas & Farmland Saved - AgInfo.net: Statistics show that in the last 50 years farmland has been decreasing primarily due to urban sprawl. Chalk one up for the farmer. A 140-acre farm near Arlington, Washington has been saved from development. The land was ready to go on the auction block but a young third generation farmer, Andrew Albert, managed to lease the land and will be planting and growing his new crop this next year. Between 2007 and 2012, in Washington state alone the total area of farmland decreased by over 224-thousand acres.

State acquires more than 90 acres of former farmland on Prudence Island for preservation

State acquires more than 90 acres of former farmland on Prudence Island for preservation: A more than 90-acre swath of former farmland on Prudence Island in Narragansett Bay has been purchased by the state so it can be preserved as conservation land.

The state Department of Environmental Management announced the $900,000 acquisition of the former Eugene Chase Farm on Monday.

The property used as farmland for more than a century until the mid-1900s is undeveloped and will be incorporated into the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, established for the preservation of coastal lands for research, education, and recreation.

Feed & Grain News - Members Approve Merger of Farmers Cooperative Co. and West

Feed & Grain News - Members Approve Merger of Farmers Cooperative Co. and West: The members of Farmers Cooperative Company (FC), Ames, Iowa, and West Central� Cooperative, Ralston, Iowa, have both approved the merger of their cooperatives effective April 1, 2016.

“In this merger vote, our members were presented with a rare opportunity to combine two strong, financially-stable cooperatives in a merger of equals to maintain local ownership for generations to come,” explained West Central Board Chair and Paton, Iowa-area farmer Sue Tronchetti.

Copenhagen is hidden gem for investment – PropGoLuxury - Property News

Copenhagen is hidden gem for investment – PropGoLuxury - Property News: The Danish capital, Copenhagen, is a hidden gem that more international buy-to-let investors should consider, says an Anglo-Danish property management company.

Nectar Asset Management, which helps UK investors to buy in Denmark and vice versa, says Copenhagen has ranked highly in international surveys for its quality of life for many years

Charles Sherratt-Davies says Copenhagen is a hidden gem. “Its stable economy, great schools and safety make it attractive for locals and visitors alike. Although it is one of the world’s most expensive cities, it is also one of the most liveable with excellent public transport, a world class cycle network and strong environmental policies.

Congress shivers at $1 billion tariff threat, kills COOL | Cattle Network

Congress shivers at $1 billion tariff threat, kills COOL | Cattle Network: The battle over country-of-origin labeling (COOL) between the U.S. and its North American neighbors may finally be, well, cooling off.

Thanks to its inclusion in the omnibus spending bill passed Friday, COOL has finally been repealed after years of controversy. Intended to provide more transparency to consumers about their food, COOL has been a sticking point with Canada and Mexico. Those two countries have asserted that the law violates their trade agreements with the U.S. and puts their products at an economic disadvantage.

Centennial Crop Rotation Points to Profit | Agweb.com

Centennial Crop Rotation Points to Profit | Agweb.com: The last harvest is 88 years away and Wayne Ebelhar knows he’ll never bring in the final crop. He is 12 years into a 100-year look at crop rotation with measurable results pointing to the bottom line. Producers see dollar signs and profitability numbers are the only way to change opinions on farming practices. Hell or high water, producers are often forced to chase markets. However, solid data stacked over multiple years shows the peaks and troughs of a consistent rotation system.

National Pecan buys 4,000-acre orchard in Arizona

Company plans to explore more acquisitions in 2016 | Orchard Crops content from Western Farm Press: National Pecan announced Dec. 16 its acquisition of a 4,000-acre-plus pecan orchard and operation in Bowie, Ariz.�

The acreage was purchased from Lesco�Enterprise Inc.�

National Pecan�says the pecan farm purchase is another major step toward vertical integration, industry leadership, and overall growth for National Pecan.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are slightly higher in a narrow trading range. Outside markets are higher as traders even positions before holiday.

Trading volume will continue to wind down as the weeks progress. This also creates the opportunity for very choppy markets. Stay in touch with your Allendale Representative.

South American weather seems to have a negative twist as we start the week. Matto Grosso is expected to get more rain this week which would ultimately shrink the dry area down to 15% or less. However weather will be a big part of this week’s market focus as Washington heads home for the holidays.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Australian Farmers rejoice as rivals export subsidies axed in trade deal - The West Australian

Farmers rejoice as rivals export subsidies axed in trade deal - The West Australian: The agreement between more than 160 members of the World Trade Organisation will see the immediate removal of subsidies by developed nations.

Developing nations will follow by 2018. National Farmers Federation president Brent Finlay said Australian farmers, whose exports are not subsidised, would be big winners from the first major agricultural deal in the WTO for more than 20 years.

From snowplowing to the call center, how Maine farmers survive the winter chill — Homestead — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

From snowplowing to the call center, how Maine farmers survive the winter chill — Homestead — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine: For Maine livestock farmers, the work continues year-round, no matter the weather. And for those with all-season greenhouses, it can as well. But while some farmers pour over seed catalogues in winter, planning for next season, others slip off the dirt-caked boots and enter the workforce when the ground freezes.

“Winter is always a hard time for people coming off of farm season. It can be stressful,” said farmer Bethany Allen, who runs Harvest Tide Organics in Bowdoinham.

Congress Eases Curbs on Foreign Real-Estate Investors - WSJ

Congress Eases Curbs on Foreign Real-Estate Investors - WSJ: Ever since the downturn, key players in the commercial real-estate industry have been trying to convince lawmakers to reverse a 1980s law that sought to curb foreign investors from scooping up U.S. property, saying it was a relic of a more protectionist era that discouraged investment.

US trumps Straya for Chinese property buyers - MacroBusiness

US trumps Straya for Chinese property buyers - MacroBusiness: President Barack Obama signed into law a measure easing a 35-year-old tax on foreign investment in U.S. real estate, potentially opening the door to greater purchases by overseas investors, a major source of capital since the financial crisis.

Contained in the $1.1 trillion spending measure that was passed to avoid a government shutdown is a provision that treats foreign pension funds the same as their U.S. counterparts for real estate investments. The provision waives the tax imposed on such investors under the 1980 Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act, known as FIRPTA.

Green Plate Special: Maine farms satisfy desires of oyster lovers and help the ocean, too - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Green Plate Special: Maine farms satisfy desires of oyster lovers and help the ocean, too - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: Oysters are a delight anytime of year, but right about now, because they’ve packed on the glycogen stores they’ll need as energy to survive sitting in frigid Gulf of Maine waters all winter, they are particularly plump and sweet.

I’d never eaten so many mollusks as I have since moving to Maine three and a half years ago. It’s not just me. Friends who visit from all the other places I’ve lived: Western Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, England and, yes, France, want Maine oysters, too. After shucking literally hundreds of Bagaduce, Flying Points, Glidden Points, John’s River, North Havens, Taunton Bays and Pemaquids, I had to ask myself, just how many Maine oysters is too many to pull from the sea to be ecologically sound?

Land For Good wins grant to help new farmers find land in New England | masslive.com

Land For Good wins grant to help new farmers find land in New England | masslive.com: The non-profit�Land For Good has been awarded $641,000 to help beginning farmers who are trying to find land in New England, or who want to improve their tenure situation. The project will also help established farmers who want to transfer their properties to a new generation of farmers.

Four ways to support local agriculture this holiday season - New Jersey Herald -

Four ways to support local agriculture this holiday season - New Jersey Herald -: Even if the weather is not cooperating, the holiday season is upon us. As I type this article, I have not purchased the first gift.

If you are a procrastinator like me then perhaps you are starting to feel the anxiety of finding the "perfect gift" for that special someone who has everything, or who swears that they do not need anything. Although I cannot help you with your holiday shopping, here are a few suggestions courtesy of New Jersey agriculture.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York’s agriculture sales are outpacing all of the U.S. | Newsday

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York’s agriculture sales are outpacing all of the U.S. | Newsday: New York state is outpacing the U.S. as a whole when it comes to agricultural sales.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state’s sales from items such as dairy, fruit, vegetables and poultry and eggs have risen 36 percent since 2010. The national increase over the same period was 32 percent.

Drones may aid Virginia agriculture

Drones may aid Virginia agriculture: Agriculture officials are saying drones could be the wave of the future for the farming industry.

According to a release from the Virginia Farm Bureau, drones could�allow operators of large farms and producers of high-value crops to better identify and treat crop problems.

FarmBot is a DIY agriculture robot that promises to usher in the future of farming - Yahoo News

FarmBot is a DIY agriculture robot that promises to usher in the future of farming - Yahoo News: Precision farming has been hailed as the future of agriculture, sustainability, and the food industry. That’s why a�company called FarmBot is working�to bring precision agriculture technology to environmentally conscious individuals for the first time. The company’s first product –the FarmBot Genesis– is a do-it-yourself precision farming solution, that, theoretically, anyone can figure out.�The system�is already up to its ninth iteration, and the open source robot improves in each version thanks to input from the FarmBot community.

Cattle drive Montana's strong agriculture economy | Business | billingsgazette.com

Cattle drive Montana's strong agriculture economy | Business | billingsgazette.com: In Montana’s $3-billion-a-year agriculture economy, when markets are bullish, there are real cattle involved.

For the fifth year in a row, Montana calf sales are hotter than a red iron brand. Prices for quality calves are double what they were seven years ago. Analysts say there simply aren’t enough cattle to keep up with world demand for beef and likely won’t be for years. It hasn't been since the early 1950s when the U.S. Department of Agriculture record books showed fewer cattle.

Maine farmer travels 200 miles to sell wares, Christmas trees — Homestead — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

Maine farmer travels 200 miles to sell wares, Christmas trees — Homestead — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine: Every week during Christmas tree season, Jim Buckle of Buckle Farm rises before dawn and begins the long journey — about 200 miles — south to Boston.

On the first miles, the country roads are narrow and quiet, the other traffic likely to be Amish buggies or bicycles, and the scenery largely limited to fields and forest. But as he gets closer to his destination, the bucolic views give way to the built-up infrastructure and the busy traffic of urban America. By the time the farmer gets to his ultimate destination — a parking lot in Jamaica Plain neighborhood in Boston — he is very far from home.

Farmland values fall in Iowa, but some Northwest Iowa counties buck trend

Farmland values fall in Iowa, but some Northwest Iowa counties buck trend: The reductions followed a statewide trend, as average values overall dropped by nearly 4 percent in 2015, the second straight year of decline, according to the survey.

Only seven counties showed increases in farmland values this year, and four of them are in Northwest Iowa, home to some of the state's most productive ground.

Dickinson, Lyon, O'Brien and Osceola each posted meager gains of 1.69 percent, according to the survey. Overall values this year slipped in eight of the state’s nine crop reporting districts, with Northwest Iowa being the exception.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

End to Export Tariffs Breathes Life into Argentina's Agriculture

End to Export Tariffs Breathes Life into Argentina's Agriculture: Argentina used to be the world’s granary.�Up until World War I, Argentina’s per capita income was higher than the United States’. Its grains and meat exports made up 7 percent of world trade, and its GDP represented half of Latin America.

However, increasing government regulations and taxes in the 20th and early 21st centuries killed the South American nation’s most famous industry.

Now that recently elected President Mauricio Macri revealed on December 15 that he would abolish tariffs on all agricultural exports except for soybeans, which will continue to be taxed at 30 percent, hope is growing among farmers again.

Sewage sludge dumping raising a stink in Palm Beach County - Sun Sentinel

Sewage sludge dumping raising a stink in Palm Beach County - Sun Sentinel: Palm Beach County fields once green with sod have turned into a sludge-covered disposal site that reeks like the inside of an over-loaded portable toilet.

Truckloads of leftover sewage sludge from Broward County are getting spread on western Palm Beach County farmland — turning a portion of the Everglades Agricultural Area into a destination for treated human waste.

US eases real-estate tax on foreign investors | BusinessMirror

US eases real-estate tax on foreign investors | BusinessMirror: Contained in the $1.1-trillion spending measure that was passed to avoid a government shutdown is a provision that treats foreign pension funds the same as their US counterparts for real-estate investments. The provision waives the tax imposed on such investors under the 1980 Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax� Act, known as Firpta.

Five Picasso murals are part of castle for sale in the south of France - LA Times

Five Picasso murals are part of castle for sale in the south of France - LA Times

Spite Houses: 12 Homes Created With Anger and Angst

Spite Houses: 12 Homes Created With Anger and Angst: What’s not to love about a building called a “spite house?” In an essay in the New York Times, writer Kate Bolick discusses her dream of owning the Plum Island Pink House, a forlorn, decaying structure in Newbury, Massachusetts set in the middle of a salt marsh. The romantic, reclusive home stands alone for a reason; built by a recently divorced husband for his ex-wife as a condition of their separation, it’s an exact duplicate of their shared home, just uncomfortably moored in the middle of remote wetlands and constructed without any running fresh water. The square loner is part of a small but ignoble tradition of spite houses, buildings created for malice instead of comfort meant to irritate or enrage neighbors, or occasionally piss off anyone unfortunate enough to be dwelling inside. Normally built to block a neighbor’s light or access, they can be found as early at the 18th century. Here are some examples of homes or apartment that were built, or painted, out of anger.