Expected declines in Chinese imports

A report from CoBank says China’s economy is not to blame for expected declines in ag imports in 2015 and 2016. CoBank, a cooperative lender that’s part of the Farm Credit System, says the significant decline Chinese imports is being caused by multi-year highs of supplies in corn, wheat, cotton, milk powder and soybeans. China… Read more »

Tough times for cotton producers

These are tough times for U.S. cotton producers. The crop is at its lowest price level in five years, selling for around 60 cents a pound. It brought 88 cents a pound in 2011. Dahlen Hancock, who farms near Lubbock Texas, says it’s very discouraging right now. “This my 35th cotton crop. I’m fourth generation… Read more »

Weather challenges for Texas cotton growers

This week’s freezing rain, snow, and at times heavy rainfall could cause big problems for Texas cotton producers. USDA meteorologist Eric Luebehusen says the National Weather Service has much of the cotton producing regions of north Texas in a path of freezing rain accumulations of greater than one-quarter of an inch. According to the latest Crop Report –… Read more »

Dow responds to court decision in bee case

Dow AgroSciences says it is considering options for challenging a federal appeals court decision affecting some of its insecticide products. The Ninth district court in San Francisco says federal EPA regulators should not have allowed the insecticides containing sufloxaflor onto the market because important information about them was lacking. The lawsuit was filed by Earthjustice on… Read more »

54th Annual Delta Center field day

Field research tours for corn, cotton, soybeans and rice have been held at the Fisher Delta Research Center – where specialists have explained to farmers their latest research developments. It was the 54th Annual Delta Field Day in Portageville, Missouri. Research at the University of Missouri Center is enhancing crop production, weed management, soil and water… Read more »

Southeast Missouri harvest begins

Southeast Missouri’s harvest has begun. Heading into the Delta Center field day, we got an update on the crops.Gene Stevens, plant science specialist at the University of Missouri Delta Center, says farmers here got luckier than many others in Missouri and parts of the Corn Belt… “It started off really wet. It was kind of in pockets…. Read more »

Bayer CropScience invests in ag’s future

The 2015 Bayer CropScience Ag Issues Forum “Feeding imagination today.  Nourishing tomorrow.” was held this week in Phoenix, Arizona.  Innovation in food and agriculture has been a focus of this event each the 10 years it has been held. David Hollinrake, Vice President of agricultural commercial operations marketing at Bayer CropScience LP tells Brownfield his… Read more »

Dicamba-tolerant beans, cotton approved

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The USDA has given final approval to dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton developed by Monsanto. Those products will be resistant to a new herbicide that combines dicamba and glyphosate.  Monsanto is still waiting for final approval on the herbicide from the EPA. The company also awaits approval from Chinese regulators to allow imports of the new… Read more »

End to Brazil/U.S. cotton dispute

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U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced the settlement today in which the U.S. will make a one-time payment of $300 Million dollars to the Brazilian Cotton Institute – an assistance fund for Brazilian farmers. In turn, Brazil agrees to give up the right to retaliate against the U.S. with… Read more »

Farmer says Stoller’s stress reduction “unreal”

Texas farmer Steven Albracht says Stoller’s Bio-Forge seed treatment helped his crops get through a very stressful growing season. Albracht grows mostly corn, triticale, cotton and sorghum.  Every year, he tells Brownfield, he deals with drought stress. This year, they had 15 to 19 inches of rain in his area.  He says the amount of… Read more »