Features

  • Americans Eat Less Meat, But Less Will Be More

    September 17, 2014

    Everyone is familiar with the phrase, "What goes up must come down." Grain prices seem to be following this old axiom, with substantial questions remaining about how far down. For meat, we might say the reverse is true; less meat in our diets must eventually become more.

  • Farmer Known for Corn Gets Record Soybean Crop

    September 16, 2014

    Georgia farmer Randy Dowdy just harvested the highest soybean yield in Georgia history. Dowdy regularly lands at the top of the heap for corn yield, but also has a soybean crop worth bragging about this year. Dowdy’s soybeans yielded an astonishing 110.66 bushels per acre, crushing the previous record of approximately 82 bushels per acre, according to retired University of Georgia extension agronomist John Woodruff.

  • Tiny Ag Campus Gives Students a Big School in a Small Town

    September 15, 2014

    In Caitlyn Mahoney ’s classes, it’s impossible to blend into the crowd. There is no crowd – no huge survey classes, no giant lecture halls, no overwhelmed teaching assistant giving the lecture. “I’ve had three classes where there were only two of us and one class that had five,” said Mahoney, who is studying biological sciences at the Tifton campus of the University of Georgia.

  • Olives Growing in Popularity as Disease Plagues Citrus

    September 12, 2014

    When Vicki Hughes gets a call from a Florida farmer interested in olives she knows what he’s facing in his orchards. “I meet a lot of Florida citrus growers and they are all just sick of dealing with greening,” said Hughes, who has served at the director of the Georgia Olive Growers Association for the past two years.

  • AGCO CEO: Commodity Prices Will Rise Again

    September 11, 2014

    The drop in commodity prices this year is difficult, but won’t be anything like the tough times of the 1990s, AGCO Chief Executive Officer Martin Richenhagen told Bloomberg News.

  • Obama Likely Would Veto Bill to Stop Waters of U.S. Rule

    September 10, 2014

    President Obama’s advisors would recommend that he veto a bill to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from expanding jurisdiction over waterways. The House of Representatives passed H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, 262-152 on Tuesday.

  • Is USDA Get Better or Worse at Estimating Crop Size? Researchers Ask

    September 09, 2014

    As the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts that near perfect weather is making for a boom year in corn, prices have dropped to a four-year low. Now, a group of researchers in corn country are asking: Is the USDA getting better or worse at predicting corn yield?

  • Cotton Researchers Study Drift to Prepare for Xtend, Enlist

    September 08, 2014

    In a lot of ways, technology in the field answers farmers’ questions and alleviates their concerns. But technology also can raise new questions and concerns. When Monsanto releases Roundup Ready 2 Xtend – a glyphosate product with dicamba – and Dow AgroScience launches the Enlist Duo system with glyphosate and 2,4-D, farmers will have two potent new weapons to fight weeds.

  • Peanut Growers Get Calculator for Base Acres, Payment Yields

    September 05, 2014

    Peanut growers have a new tool to help them figure out their base acreage and payment yields under the 2014 Farm Bill. The Preliminary Base Acreage and Payment Yields Decision Calculator, which was created by the National Center for Peanut Competitiveness, launched the Southern Peanut Growers Conference in Panama City, Fla. this week.

  • Research Connects Temp with Produce Freshness

    September 04, 2014

    A University of Florida-led research team’s development of a tracking system could change the way companies ship fresh fruits and vegetables, letting them know which produce is closest to expiration and providing consumers the freshest products available.

  • New Dairy Protection Program Opens with Tools for Producers

    September 03, 2014

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture opened enrollment on Tuesday for the new dairy Margin Protection Program. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

  • Portable Sawmill an Investment for Different Types of People

    September 02, 2014

    At least one home game this football season, the agriculture and forestry folks at Auburn University will grab tailgaters’ attention with a portable sawmill, showing the potential of the machines.

  • Women in Ag: Keeping Roots in Potatoes, Family Grows and Thrives

    September 01, 2014

    The McCrum family started to grow potatoes in 1886, more than 70 years before Idaho began to replace Maine as the largest potato producer. Today, the fifth generation is taking over the operation and finding the value-added ways to keep an agriculture business growing for future generations.

  • Maps Show Impact of EPA Rule on Farms

    August 29, 2014

    A picture is worth a thousand words. And soon, farmers will get a picture of just how much a new federal rule would impact waterways in their states. Dozens of farming groups have opposed the Waters of the U.S. Rule, which would define which streams and ditches fall under the regulation of the Clean Water Act.

  • Project Could Give Women Farm Owners a Voice

    August 28, 2014

    Nearly half of Iowa farms are owned – or at least co-owned – by women. Experts don’t really know how many farms in other states are owned by women. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Census focuses on operations and doesn’t capture info about the person who owns the land, if another person leases and operates the farm.

  • How to Make the Most of High Cattle Prices

    August 27, 2014

    Most cattlemen have a slight grin on their faces these days. Cattle have been selling for record prices this summer. What is causing this major increase in prices? Primarily there are two key factors: fewer cattle, and cheaper feed.

  • Dirty Underwear Shows How to Keep Pasture Healthy

    August 26, 2014

    There’s nothing like a pair of dirty drawers to drive home a point about soil health. Extension specialists at North Carolina State University and Clemson have put a spin on an old agronomy demonstration project by burying underwear – rather than just plain cotton swatches – to show ranchers what happens when the soil is depleted of carbon.

  • Farmer Profile: Extension Work a Calling from God to Help Farmers

    August 25, 2014

    Rome Ethredge has a piece of paper somewhere that says he graduated high school in Lincoln, Nebraska. He’s never been to Nebraska, but as an agronomist, might like to go one day. The diploma he earned through correspondence lessons is just one of the details of a life that took a South Georgia farm boy to France and then Togo, Africa, only to bring him back to the same type of South Georgia farming community he loved as a boy.

  • Farms Across U.S. Win Funds for New Products

    August 22, 2014

    Titan Farms, the largest peach operation on the East Coast, throws away 14 million pounds of fruit a year. Most of the peaches are edible, just not as perfect as fresh-market consumers demand. That waste equates to 275 tractor-trailer loads of peaches that go into the trash.

  • Old Farmer’s Almanac Predicts Wet Sunshine State

    August 21, 2014

    Much of the country will face drier than normal weather in 2015, while drought in California will continue and parched ground will cost farmers yield in the Midwest, according to the prognosticators at the Old Farmer’s Almanac, which went on sale on Wednesday. On the other hand, Florida could face a wetter-than-normal winter.

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