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2010-04-12 14:28:26

The 1996 U.S. Farm Bill eliminated many acreage restrictions, thereby allowing farmers to plant what they believe to be their most competitive crops. A study conducted by University of Illinois agricultural economists evaluated subsequent acreage changes across crops to better understand which crops have been most profitable during a period when farm legislation contains few acreage constraints. "Since the passing of the Freedom to Farm Act, soybean and corn acreages have increased...

2009-08-03 16:43:26

The big combines are beginning to roll across the spring wheat fields of Idaho, Montana and South Dakota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday. The harvest is under way, but just barely with 3 percent of the acreage harvested in the nation's top six wheat-producing states, the USDA said. A few weeks into the oat harvest, the nation's top nine oat-producing states are 31 percent done, the weekly crop report said. In step with corn and soybeans, the oat harvest lags behind its...

2009-05-18 15:48:38

Corn planting is well off the pace of its five-year historic averages, with just 62 percent of the acreage planted, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. On average, 82 percent of the acreage has been planted by this week of the year. Only North Carolina reports acreage 100 percent planted. A critical corn state, Indiana, reports only 24 percent planted against a historic average of 83 percent. Only 20 percent of the crop in Illinois has seed in the ground. Historically, at this point,...

2009-04-27 16:08:51

The U.S. Agriculture Department said corn planting was catching up after a slow start, with 22 percent of the acreage now holding seed in the ground. The historic average for acreage planted by this week of the year is 28 percent. Wet weather has cleared, however, giving farmers time in the fields after a slow early spring. Soybean planting, which generally follows corn with its shorter growing season, has just begun. Three percent of the expected soybean acreage now has seed in the ground....

2009-04-13 15:58:02

The U.S. corn planting is under way, the Department of Agriculture said Monday, with a small percentage of acres planted in the southern end of the corn belt. Planting in Texas is a relatively hefty 59 percent complete, while North Carolina has 13 percent of its seeds in the ground against a five-year average of 33 percent for this week of the year. Among the 18 most important productive corn-growing states, farmers have 2 percent of their seeds in the ground against a five-year average of 6...

2008-11-24 18:31:47

The U.S. corn harvest edged closer to completion this week, reaching 89 percent done, the Department of Agriculture said. The crop's five-year average for harvest completion during this week of the year is 97 percent. Winter wheat emergence is one tick ahead of the five-year average, 92 percent of the acreage showing crop emergence compared with an average of 91 percent. In the 18 most important winter wheat states, field conditions are reported as excellent or good in 44 percent of the...

2008-08-03 09:00:11

By Joe Knight, The Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, Wis. Aug. 3--The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week it would not allow land in the Conservation Reserve Program to be put into production without penalties. The USDA had been under pressure from meat producers, the ethanol industry and some congressmen to allow farmers out of their CRP contracts, without penalty, so they could grow more corn. The CRP offers annual payments for 10- to 15-year contracts to farmers who...


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