More Field Prep than Planting in Northeast Indiana

Apr 26, 2017 40

NE Indiana spring update The pace of corn planting in Indiana is accelerating, but in the northeast part of the state earlier this week the predominate work being done in fields was tillage and spraying. Not a lot of fields have been planted in that area yet but soil temperatures are now conducive for good Via:: Hoosier Ag Today ...

Armyworms on the March in Indiana

Apr 26, 2017 44

Armyworms on the March in Indiana With a wet early spring in Indiana, knocking back cover crops in time for planting has been an issue in some areas. Dry weather this past week has allowed many growers to get this done along with burndown of fall annual weeds. This week’s DuPont Pioneer Agronomy Report from Hoosier Ag Via:: Hoosier Ag Today ...

So Much for Meatless Mondays

Apr 26, 2017 46

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent Cold Storage Report showed record reductions of beef and pork, which means demand for the products remains high. At the other end of the spectrum, chicken stocks remain historically high. Total beef in cold storage dropped 38 million pounds in March, the biggest drop in March since back in Via:: Hoosier Ag Today ...

Ethanol Production Continues to Decline

Apr 26, 2017 44

According to EIA data, ethanol production averaged 987,000 barrels per day (b/d)—or 41.5 million gallons daily. That is down 7,000 b/d from the week before. The four-week average for ethanol production dropped to 996,000 b/d–the first time in 25 weeks to hit below a million b/d, for an annualized rate of 15.27 billion gallons. Stocks Via:: Hoosier Ag Today ...

Farm Groups Plead for NAFTA

Apr 26, 2017 35

President Trump promised during his campaign that the U.S. would withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA. It now looks like he is about to make good on his promise. Following reports Wednesday that an executive order is being prepared that would withdraw the United States from NAFTA, farm groups were quick to Via:: Hoosier Ag Today ...

Indiana Agriculture Has Wins and Losses in General Assembly session

Apr 25, 2017 50

Indiana Agriculture Has Wins and Losses in General Assembly session Indiana agriculture had some wins and losses in the just concluded session of the Indiana General Assembly. The big win was new funding for road and bridge repair. House Enrolled Act 1002 provides a framework for road funding that relies on user fees: increased fuel taxes, uniform Via:: Hoosier Ag Today ...

Moving The RFS Point Of Obligation Would “Raise Prices At The Pump”

Apr 25, 2017 35

Business owners across America continue to speak out about the negative consequences to small business and consumers if special interests get their way and the government moves the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) point of obligation. The most recent example is from The Arizona Republic, where Mike Mathers, vice president of operations at Pro Petroleum, says Via:: Hoosier Ag Today ...

After Long Wait USDA Secretary begins Work

Apr 25, 2017 39

Perdue confirmation finally It finally happened and it was a no-doubter. The US Senate confirmed Sonny Perdue as the 31st US Secretary of Agriculture late Monday after a lengthy confirmation process. “The yeas are 87, the nays are 11, one senator responded ‘present. The nomination is confirmed,” was the final announcement. That set the stage Via:: Hoosier Ag Today ...

U.S., EU, Opening Door to TTIP Talks

Apr 25, 2017 51

The European Union and the United States could soon be reviving negotiations of the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross over the weekend said reducing the trans-Atlantic trade deficit in goods is a top priority. The $146 billion trans-Atlantic trade deficit is only second to China’s $347 billion deficit. Ross was Via:: Hoosier Ag Today ...

Planting Progress Picking Up in Indiana and Across the Corn Belt

Apr 25, 2017 39

Planting Progress Picking Up in Indiana and Across the Corn Belt The USDA says 15% of the corn has been planted in Indiana. Mary Gumz, who covers NW Indiana for DuPont Pioneer, says there has been a good deal of fieldwork taking place in the past few days, “We have seen a good deal Via:: Hoosier Ag Today ...