Report: Climate change presents big challenges for ag

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One of the lead authors of a new University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) report on climate change says Nebraska farmers and ranchers will face significant weather-related challenges in the coming decades. UNL climate scientist Don Wilhite says average temperatures will continue to rise–as much as nine degrees in a worst-case scenario–with a substantial increase in high-temperature… Read more »

Helping irrigators become more precise with their water applications

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Farmers in Nebraska and other High Plains states are having to become more precise with their use of water for irrigation.  In many areas, they’re seeing more restrictions on the amount of water they can pump out of the ground to irrigate their crops. During a recent visit to the Monsanto Water Utilization Learning Center… Read more »

UNL report predicts ‘unprecedented’ changes in climate

A new University of Nebraska-Lincoln report on climate change predicts Nebraska’s climate will change dramatically in coming decades. UNL scientists says the magnitude and rapidity of the projected changes are “unprecedented”. The report says average temperatures in Nebraska, by the end of this century, will increase from four to nine degrees, depending on the amount… Read more »

NCBA issues another warning on WOTUS impact

Despite EPA’s assurances to the contrary, a top officer of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association remains convinced the proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule would greatly expand the scope of the Clean Water Act. NCBA treasurer and Oklahoma cattleman Richard Gebhart, who is also an attorney, says he has read though the WOTUS rule multiple… Read more »

Deere to review crop insurance business

Deere & Company says it is going to review “strategic options” for its crop insurance business. Some analysts see that as a signal that the company’s eight-year foray into crop insurance could be coming to a close. Deere says no formal decisions have been made and no agreements have been reached concerning the company’s crop… Read more »

General Mills supports nationwide GMO labeling

Even though General Mills’ shareholders have rejected a proposal to eliminate genetically modified organisms (GMOs) from the company’s products, General Mills CEO Ken Powell says the company still supports nationwide GMO labeling. According to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Powell told shareholders this week that General Mills “strongly supports” a federal GMO labeling solution that “would… Read more »

Iowa land values down nine percent

Iowa farmland values fell about three-and-a-half percent over the past six months and are down nearly nine percent in the past year. That’s according to the latest survey of land values conducted by the Iowa Chapter of Realtors Land Institute.  The group’s chairman, Kyle Hansen with Hertz Farm Management, says the drop is not surprising… Read more »

Nebraska’s corn harvest is underway

Nebraska’s 2014 harvest season is getting underway. As of Sunday, three percent of the state’s corn crop had been harvested compared to the five-year average of nine percent.  Soybean harvest, at one percent complete, was four points behind average.  The sorghum harvest is also underway, at one percent complete. Forty-one percent of dry beans were… Read more »

Iowa’s crops still lagging in development

Iowa’s corn and soybean crops continue to run behind normal in their final stages of development. As of Sunday, 37 percent of the state’s corn crop was mature, 10 days behind normal, while 34 percent of soybeans had dropped leaves, five days behind normal. Iowa secretary of agriculture Bill Northey says farmers are anxious to… Read more »

Iowa farmland down 9% in past year

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Iowa farmland values fell about three-and-a-half percent over the past six months and are down nearly nine percent in the past year. That’s according to the latest survey of land values conducted by the Iowa Chapter of Realtors Land Institute.  The group’s chairman, Kyle Hansen with Hertz Farm Management, says the drop is not surprising… Read more »