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Monday, May 16, 2016

Wisconsin Ag Connection - Wisconsin Farmland Values Were Up From Last Year

Wisconsin Ag Connection - Wisconsin Farmland Values Were Up From Last Year: Wisconsin continued to outpace the rest of its neighbors in the growth of farmland property values during the past year. According to the latest survey of agricultural lenders in the Seventh Federal Reserve District, farmland values in the upper Midwest between January through March 2016 were down four-percent from a year ago; and was one-percent lower compared to the previous quarter. However, Wisconsin ag property increased by one-percent from last year (the only state that had positive growth), but did fall two percent from the fourth quarter of 2015.

Farm Credit Dairy Summary Gives Bleak Outlook | Dairy | lancasterfarming.com

Farm Credit Dairy Summary Gives Bleak Outlook | Dairy | lancasterfarming.com: Milk prices are expected to keep trending downward in 2016, meaning farms will have to tighten their belts even more to offset shrinking profit margins.

That’s what a panel of Farm Credit East experts said in a webinar on Monday.

The peak profit margin of $4.75 per hundredweight in 2014 fell to 12 cents in 2015, which was basically a breakeven year. But cash that farms had on hand last year is likely gone, meaning the current outlook is bleaker than a year ago.

The real value of urban farming. (Hint: It's not always the food.) - Vox

The real value of urban farming. (Hint: It's not always the food.) - Vox: During World War II, millions of Americans planted "victory gardens" in their backyards, eventually supplying a hungry nation with 40 percent of its homegrown fruits and vegetables. Once the war was over, those urban farms withered away, supplanted by increasingly efficient large-scale rural agriculture.

With cropland prices high, now might be the right time to sell | The Kansas City Star

With cropland prices high, now might be the right time to sell | The Kansas City Star: Is now the right time to sell the farm? If you are a landowner nearing or just past retirement age, this might be the perfect time to consider selling. Cropland prices are near historically high levels, and particularly for top quality land, prices seem to have stabilized for the moment.

Skylark’s numbers are in decline - Bury Free Press

Skylark’s numbers are in decline - Bury Free Press: But this is a songster whose populations have undergone a significant decline, leading to its placement on the Birds of Conservation Concern ‘Red-list’. The reasons for the change in fortunes are all too familiar; the process of agricultural intensification (and in particular the switch from spring to autumn sowing of cereals) has reduced the number of breeding attempts Skylarks can make within a season. In addition, the change in farming practice may have lowered overwinter survival rates because of the loss of the winter stubbles that used to be so rich in spilt grain and other seeds.

USDA accepting more farmland for wildlife habitat - Sidney Daily News - sidneydailynews.com

USDA accepting more farmland for wildlife habitat - Sidney Daily News - sidneydailynews.com: The initiative, known as State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE), is part of the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), a federally-funded voluntary program that for 30 years has assisted agricultural producers with the cost of restoring, enhancing and protecting certain grasses, shrubs and trees to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and reduce loss of wildlife habitat. In return, USDA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance.

Climate change badly affecting agriculture in Pakistan | DailyTimes

Climate change badly affecting agriculture in Pakistan | DailyTimes: Climate change is impacting adversely the agriculture sector of Pakistan and it is need of hour that measures be taken on fast track basis to create awareness about climate change among the farming community.

Within the policy framework of climate change federal government has issued directives to the provinces for protection of agriculture and improvement in livestock.

Ministry of Climate Change has also directed the provinces to take steps to counter the negative fall-out of climate change with particular reference to agriculture and live stock.

Agriculture is backbone of Pakistan’s national economy which contributes 21 percent to the GDP of the country. It is source of livelihood for 45 percent people and it constitutes 75 percent share of income accruing from exports.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are lower as planting conditions improve in the US. Crude oil is higher while US Dollar is steady.

Weather conditions should give all areas a chance to get some fieldwork done this week. The weekend weather was a bit cooler than trade had expected with 32 degree temps in northeastern IA, MN and WI.

On the weekly planting progress report this afternoon trade is looking for corn planting above 75% and soybean planting near 40%.