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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.