Rain brings further recharge to South Dakota topsoil moisture

Showers and thunderstorms this past week brought South Dakota topsoil moisture to 82 percent adequate to surplus. Corn is 82 percent fair to good, and 13 excellent. Soybeans are 74 percent fair to good. Seventeen percent of the soybean crop is blooming, which is behind normal. Spring wheat is 81 percent fair to good, and… Read more »

Donnelly surveys flood damaged crops

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly spent Monday morning surveying crop damage from June’s excessive rainfall. During his stop at Rusty and Jeannette Merritt’s farm in north central Indiana Senator Donnelly said the damages are wide spread.  “We’re going to continue to focus on this and we have crop insurance in place through the Farm Bill,” he… Read more »

Crop ratings slip again in Ohio

Ohio’s crop conditions continue to slip. As of the Sunday, June 5, the condition of the Ohio corn crop was 77 percent fair-to-good, down two points from a week ago. 4 percent of the corn crop is silking, that’s six points behind the 5-year average. 73 percent of the Ohio soybean crop is in fair-to-good… Read more »

Missouri crop report with grower weighing in

Missouri got nearly two-inches of rain last week and there was also flooding that got in the way of field work. Soybean planting in Missouri progressed by 11 percentage points this past week but is still about 20 points behind average at 73-percent complete. Jay Schutte, who farms in north-central Missouri near Mexico got his… Read more »

Indiana joins Clean Water Act lawsuit

Indiana is the latest state to join the multi-state lawsuit challenging the US EPA’s Clean Water Act.  Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the EPA’s rule that redefines small bodies of water would be costly to farmers and could harm the state’s agricultural economy. And, he says, the rule also intrudes upon the state’s authority to… Read more »

Division of Soils moves from ODNR to ODA

A provision in the state budget signed by Governor Kasich transfers the Division of Soils to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA). ODA Director Dave Daniels says from the agency’s perspective he’s excited. “This is going to give us more of an opportunity to be a resource for more farmers, all across the state,” Daniels… Read more »

Crop damage assessment vital this year

Mother Nature was tough on Indiana farmers this June.  Following his tour of Indiana farms yesterday, Governor Mike Pence says the damage to the crop is devastating. But, as of June 30th, afflicted counties hadn’t reached the 30 percent threshold for the state to pursue a disaster declaration.  “We believe that is likely to change as more information… Read more »

Senators want unified biomass policy

A group of Senators is asking for a unified biomass energy policy – addressing their concerns to the USDA Secretary, EPA Chief and the U.S. Energy Secretary. Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran – who is one of 46 who signed the letter says federal agencies must remove regulatory barriers “that hinder forest biofuel production, which could… Read more »

Ohio AG files lawsuit against EPA

Like nearly two dozen other states, the Ohio Attorney General is challenging the U.S. EPA’s clean water rule. Ohio AG Mike DeWine says the new regulations are not only an expansion of power of the federal government, the regulations clearly violates both the language and spirit of the Clean Water Act. “We just can’t let… Read more »

Missouri farm leaders disagree on WOTUS

Not all farmers believe the EPA should be sued for its Clean Water Rule.  More than two-dozen states, including Missouri, are suing to stop the rule saying it is an overreach on private lands and will harm farmers and ranchers. Farmer Richard Oswald, president of the Missouri Farmers Union, prefers to work WITH the EPA,… Read more »