Demand for the H-2A guest worker program, which allows foreign workers to fill temporary or seasonal ag jobs, has nearly quadrupled in the last decade. Economic Research Service Senior Economist Jonh Pender tells Brownfield there were 275,000 certified jobs in 2020. “There were five states... Read More.
The head of a state corn board is encouraging farmers to stay connected and prioritize mental health this harvest season. Kelly Brunkhorst is with the Nebraska Corn Board. “Mental fatigue is out there just from the year we’ve had from the weather standpoint and... Read More.
A Canadian trade representative says the country’s biofuels market is growing and that is good news for U.S. corn farmers and ethanol producers. Acting Consul General for Canada Aaron Annable says his country is trying to aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. “The... Read More.
The USDA is now accepting applications for its $500 million grant program that aims to increase US fertilizer production. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says he’s hopeful independent suppliers will apply for grants under the new Fertilizer Production Expansion Program, and not the dominant fertilizer... Read More.
U.S. oat production shot higher in 2022. That followed a slight increase in planted area, a big jump in harvested acreage implying lower rates of abandonment and forage use, and a modest year-to-year rise in average yield. Production totaled 57.655 million bushels, 45% more... Read More.
The USDA says domestic wheat production this year totaled 1.65 million bushels. That’s slightly higher than 2021 with reductions in planted area for all types of wheat canceled out by better yields. Winter wheat production in the southern and southwestern U.S. Plains was... Read More.
The USDA has revised 2021 U.S. corn production lower, while raising the total for soybeans. The department says corn production last year was 15.074 billion bushels, a decrease of 41.4 million from the preliminary number in January, with the average yield down fractionally at... Read More.
The USDA says September 1st corn, soybean, and wheat supplies were above year ago levels. Corn came out at 1.377 billion bushels, 12% above a year ago, but below the average pre-report estimate, with slightly higher fourth quarter demand and a downward revision to... Read More.
Across the Corn Belt, scattered frost was noted again Friday in the Great Lakes region, mainly outside primary corn and soybean production areas. As a result, late-developing corn and soybeans continue to move toward maturity, amid cool but favorably dry conditions. Friday’s high... Read More.
A fertilizer marketing expert says U.S. agriculture dodged a bullet when Hurricane Ian made landfall. Josh Linville with StoneX says, “The worst of the storm surge and wind, and all of that was south of Tampa.” Linville says a lot of North American phosphate is... Read More.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- or above-normal temperatures and near- or below-normal rainfall across most of the country. Cooler-than-normal conditions will be mostly confined to the Great Lakes and Atlantic Coast States, while wetter-than-normal weather should be limited to... Read More.
The USDA is making $20 million available to help farmers in three states rebuild grain storage facilities that were devastated by natural disasters. Steve Dick, State Executive Director of South Dakota’s Farm Service Agency, says derechos swept through his state and Minnesota earlier this... Read More.