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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Take time to plan for farm succession

Take time to plan for farm succession: It is springtime and many of you are shifting gears from winter chores to spring planting season. As you shift gears for the spring planting season, there is much work to do: developing the cropping plan, ordering seed and fertilizer, making sure the equipment is in working order, having enough help, etc.

50 local farms sign up to produce Chinese herbs - SWVa Today: The Floyd Press

50 local farms sign up to produce Chinese herbs - SWVa Today: The Floyd Press: Chinese herbs could possibly become a major crop for Floyd County farmers. That was the message Robert Glenn, Jr. conveyed to Supervisors Tuesday.
Speaking at the Board’s meeting, Glenn told Supervisors that this type of farming could draw national attention to Floyd. Glenn has helped Floyd’s Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine obtain private funding and grants. He said he had been called in three years ago to help decide whether the center should close or continue, and it has continued in a big way.

Wisconsin Ag Connection - National/World News - Illinois Farmland Sells for Nearly $13,900 Per Acre

Wisconsin Ag Connection - National/World News - Illinois Farmland Sells for Nearly $13,900 Per Acre: Illinois farmland sold Wednesday for prices reaching as high as $13,879 per acre, as more than 200 people jammed into the Knights of Columbus Hall in Springfield for a Murray Wise Associates auction.

The auction of 775 acres of high-quality Sangamon County land brought a total of $9,037,000, or $11,661 per acre, according to Joe Bubon, president of the auction company.

Illinois farmland prices hit $13,879 per acre in Murray Wise Associates auction -- SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Illinois farmland prices hit $13,879 per acre in Murray Wise Associates auction -- SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --: Illinois farmland sold Wednesday for prices reaching as high as $13,879 per acre, as more than 200 people jammed into the Knights of Columbus Hall in Springfield for a Murray Wise Associates auction.

The auction of 775 acres of high-quality Sangamon County land brought a total of $9,037,000, or $11,661 per acre, according to Joe Bubon, president of the auction company. "Investors and operators alike are willing to look past current commodity prices and act on the long-term value of good land," he said.

Flooding hits farmland, pastures as historic rains fall inLouisiana | Corn content from Delta Farm Press

Flooding hits farmland, pastures as historic rains fall inLouisiana | Corn content from Delta Farm Press: Heavy downpours and unprecedented flooding across north Louisiana have farmers and ranchers dealing with a familiar foe – the consequences of Mother Nature.

“We’ve got water in places we’ve never seen it,” Dustin Morris, a Richland Parish farmer said.

Corn planting was well underway across north Louisiana, and it appears that all of that corn seed and the diesel fuel used to plant it is now wasted. “We’re going to be over 20 inches of rain quickly,” Morris said. “So, we’re probably going to get a re-do on everything we’ve planted so far.”

A green evolution | The Economist

A green evolution | The Economist: NOT so long ago Jean Pierre Nzabahimana planted his fields on a hillside in western Rwanda by scattering seed held back from the last harvest. The seedlings grew up in clumps: Mr Nzabahimana, a lean, muscular man, uses his hands to convey a vaguely bushy shape. Harvesting them was not too difficult, since they did not produce much.

Agribusiness Report: Green Growing On Iowa Farms

Agribusiness Report: Green Growing On Iowa Farms: His cover crops of cereal rye are now so green it's easy to mistake them for grass. Most of Wassenaar's his fields have a cover of cereal rye, except for a couple of control locations.

Forming Expectations For The 2016 U.S. Average Soybean Yield: What About El Ni�o?

Forming Expectations For The 2016 U.S. Average Soybean Yield: What About El Ni�o?: There continues to be a lot of discussion about the likely magnitude of U.S. soybean production in 2016, with much of current focus on planted acreage. Low commodity prices, along with the 2.8 million acre reduction in winter wheat seedings and the likelihood that there will be fewer prevented plantings in 2016, create uncertainty about the likely magnitude of total acreage of spring planted crops, as well as uncertainty about the acreage of individual crops. For the most part, current expectations are that total planted acreage may decline from that of 2015, but expectations for soybean acreage are very mixed. The Grains and Oilseeds Outlook at last week's USDA Outlook Forum projected plantings of the 8 major crops would decline by 5.5 million acres (2.2 percent) in 2016/17 and that soybean acreage would decline by 0.2 million acres (0.2 percent) to a total of 82.5 million acres. The USDA will release the results of its March survey of 2016 planting intentions in the Prospective Plantings report to be released on March 31.

Nothing Like a Perfectly Timed Rally | Agweb.com

Nothing Like a Perfectly Timed Rally | Agweb.com: This week’s rally in corn, soybeans, wheat, and cattle�couldn’t have come at a better time.

“Everything is making some money again,” said Jerry Gulke, speaking with Farm Journal Radio’s Pam Fretwell. “… It’s good news for everyone who is out there and needs cash flow to make things work for another year.”

Corn, for example, was up 4 cents at week’s end. That may not be much, Gulke admitted, “but it’s up instead of down.” Soybeans finished up roughly 18 cents. �“Wheat, which has been the dog of the bunch—we’re awash in wheat—was up 15 cents again.”