Posted by & filed under News. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week published a checklist for agricultural employers to use to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19. The checklist, developed by the CDC and the U.S. Department of Labor assists employers with applying specific preparation, prevention and management measures on their operation. The checklist is broken into five sections: • Section 1: Assessment • Section 2: Control Plan based on the Hierarchy of Controls » Continue reading

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Farm Credit Rates 6/26/2020 | 7:36 AM CDT DTN Ag Interest Rate Snapshot TODAY – LAST YEAR as of: 6/26/20 6/26/19 BENCHMARKS Prime Rate 3.25 5.50 30-Day Libor 0.18 2.40 1-Year Libor 0.57 2.15 10-Yr. Treasury 0.66 2.01 CCC Loan Rate 1.125 3.375 Real Estate * 4.34 5.59 Operating * 4.57 5.42 Feeder Livestock * 5.06 4.80 Farm Machinery * 5.31 5.89 * Federal Reserve’s quarterly average effective interest rates at ag banks. © Continue reading

Posted by & filed under Livestock. Wholesale beef prices are getting close to last year’s lows, thanks to breaks in production logjams at slaughter facilities. That’s what Texas A&M AgriLife Extension economist David Anderson is seeing. He reported choice beef cutout (steaks, briskets, prime chuck, roasts) peaked at $4.59 per pound as Covid-19 began to interrupt production. Last week, that price was down to $2.41 per pound. That is close to June 2019, when it was at $2.22 per pound. Continue reading

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — As June starts to melt into July, summer insects’ favorite buffets are in season: fields of growing crops. Soybean fields appear to be at the top of the menu this month, with a growing number of agronomists and farmers reporting sightings of soybean gall midge, thistle caterpillars and Japanese beetles in soybean fields in the past week. SOYBEAN GALL MIDGE Soybean gall midge is a relatively new insect that has been Continue reading

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By Russ Quinn, DTN Staff Reporter Original Article can be found here: OMAHA (DTN) — Retail fertilizer price movement continued to be mixed the third week of March 2019, according to retailers surveyed by DTN. This marked the fourth week in a row in which at least some prices declined. Prices for half of the eight major fertilizers were slightly lower compared to last month. DAP had an average price of $509 per ton, Continue reading

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By Elton Robinson Progressive Farmer Contributing Editor Original article can be found here: Robby Bevis didn’t decide to chuck his farm-management plan and get closer to nature on a whim. It took some convincing by friends and finally a commitment to let plants and biology tell him how to manage the crop. The transformation began back in 2012, when former college friends working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service started telling Bevis about the Continue reading

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Original Post Here:   As 2018 was winding down, Iowa State University Extension specialists were gearing up, publishing eight pest management guides for the 2019 growing season. Several of these guides are downloadable, for free, from the ISU Extension Store. The materials can help you establish a balanced integrated pest management strategy for all your weed, insect and disease pests. The guides include the following: • Iowa Crop Performance Tests – Corn 2018 (CROP 3148) Continue reading

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Original Article:   The impact of the government shutdown is real for Reynoldsville, Pa., dairy farmer Bill Smith. He was having problems with his local USDA Farm Service Agency long before the shutdown, but his situation has gotten worse since the shutdown began. Smith is the fifth generation on his dairy farm, which is located along Interstate 80. He has a milking herd of 120 registered Holsteins and prides himself in showing cattle, including Continue reading