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Interest for H-2A workers not slowing down

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.

2022 oat production up sharply from 2021

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.

U.S. wheat production up slightly on year

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.

USDA revises 2021 corn, soybean crop totals

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.

Major grain, oilseed stocks up on year

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.

Hurricane Ian misses Florida phosphate plants

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.