Well, it seemed as though Indiana was starting to dry out, but we knew all along that Thursday during the overnight hours it could change in an instant. And change it did. In the first planting forecast of the season, sponsored by the Indiana Corn and Soybean Checkoffs and First Farmers Bank and Trust, Hoosier Ag Today Chief Meteorologist Ryan Martin says drying out those farm fields in the coming days isn’t likely.
The Community Clubhouse was full of talk about soil health, bud size and harvest dates at the Flathead Cherry Growers co-operative meeting. According to Bruce Johnson, President of the co-op’s board of directors, the event serves as a springboard for the coming season. Growers learn from specialists who speak at the event.
When Congress passes disaster bills, the government commonly compensates growers for loss of crops and livestock with the proviso they buy crop insurance in the future so they are protected against catastrophic damage. Companion bills filed by Democrats in the House and Senate would go a step further by giving farmers the money to pay for the policies.
WA grain growers took out more than half of all of Australia’s first frost insurance policies, with most of them farming from between Perth, Kondinin and Tambellup. For the first time, Australian grain growers were last year able to insure their crops specifically against frost and crop establishment failure through grain marketer AWB, as an add-on to its existing fire and hail policies.
With last month's blizzard not even 30 days into the past, cattle operations in the Panhandle and eastern Wyoming are taking steps to get ready for another potential bomb cyclone. “When it comes to winter protection, a lot of it starts way out in advance,” Jack Arterburn, UNL Beef Systems Extension educator for the northern Panhandle said.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced that higher levels of coverage will be offered through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), a popular safety net program, beginning Monday, April 8. The 2018 Farm Bill also increased service fees and made other changes to the program, including service fee waivers for qualified military veterans interested in obtaining NAP coverage.
The next 10 days will be dry in the central and western CornBelt, which is good for reducing the problem of excess water in the soil. 2010 and 2013 allow us to consider two scenarios for this year. In 2013, high soil moisture associated with low temperatures led on May 10 to corn planting delays of about 40 percent points compared to averages (28% vs. 65% on average).
The Black Hawk military helicopter flew over Iowa, giving a senior U.S. agriculture official and U.S. senator an eyeful of the flood damage below, where yellow corn from ruptured metal silos spilled out into the muddy water. And there’s nothing the U.S. government can do about the millions of bushels of damaged crops here under current laws or disaster-aid programs, U.S. Agriculture Under Secretary Bill Northey told a Reuters reporter who joined the flight.
Coccidiosis may produce symptoms in calves three weeks to one year old, but it can infect all age groups. North Dakota cattle producers have been losing young calves to coccidiosis this spring, according to Gerald Stokka, North Dakota State University Extension veterinarian and livestock stewardship specialist.
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