On Monday…

The National Cotton Council alerted readers to a “mini omnibus” appropriations measure in the Senate.

Producers were urged by Pioneer to get a head start on fall soil testing and nutrient applications. 


We learned that USDA-ARS researchers have made progress with stem rust-resistant varieties.

President Obama signed Free Trade Agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.

Forrest filed a video report recap from the Sunbelt Ag Expo.

Edamame production may be coming to Arkansas. Producers in the state may “be the first in the United States to grow vegetable soybeans for large-scale commercial production of edamame.

On Tuesday…

Paul Hollis penned an article warning of pest dangers in wheat following wheat.“Increased wheat production in the past couple of years in the Southeast has brought with it a few pest problems that commonly can be found wherever wheat follows wheat in a farmer’s field. Among these problems are the insect pest Hessian fly and diseases problems such as take-all and Fusarium head blight.”

The connection between rising prices of anhydrous ammonia and natural gas was explored.

Monty’s Plant Food Company, manufacturer of plant and soil enhancement and specialty products for the agriculture industry, introduced Agrihance, a three-step nutrient management program to promote crop growth from planting to harvest.

A video report covered the Georgia Peanut Commission’s celebration of its 50-year anniversary.

Another video report focused on discussions at the Southern Crop Production Association annual meeting regarding new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits.

Part two here.

An audio report covered USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service plans to revamp commodity reports.

LSU AgCenter specialists discussed Louisiana’s 2011 pecan crop.

A major speech by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack covered, among other things, USDA priorities for the 2012 farm bill, the farm safety net, nutrition, and biofuels.

We learned that Mississippi’s peanut crop is the highest-yielding in the nation with USDA forecasting 2011 crop yields at 3,600 pounds per acre.

Trying to harvest their cotton crops, Arkansas producers were dodging raindrops.

Poultry producers were reminded that “Bird Health Awareness Week” runs through next week with Arkansas seminars planned.

On Wednesday…

Forrest reported on Congress’ approach to the EPA’s NPDES permitting fiasco. “By now, most farmers are familiar with the ongoing legal battle around the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in the case of National Cotton Council vs. EPA. The ruling required EPA to develop a new permitting system for pesticide sprays for aquatic applications.”

A report explored the expected rise of agricultural input costs in 2012.

We learned DuPont and Plant Sensory Systems have entered into a collaboration to evaluate proprietary genes for increasing nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) in corn.

The United Soybean Board signed on as a sponsor with Cotton Incorporated and the US Rice Producers Association for the annual Conservation Systems Cotton & Rice Conference, Southern Corn & Soybean Conference, and the Southern Precision Ag Conference.

Cattle feeders will use more corn than previously expected according to USDA's latest Cattle on Feed report that showed 5 percent more cattle in the nation's feedlots.

The House Rice Caucus met for the first time.

On Thursday…

David wrote on a study that compares the bevy of farm program proposals that have recently been proposed. “Motivated by expected deep cuts to agriculture programs by Congress’ ‘super committee,’ farm/commodity groups and congressional committees have produced a steady stream of agriculture program proposals. The proposals cover a gamut of policy ideas.”

We learned about efforts by Arkansas crop physiologist Larry Purcell to “employ unmanned aerial reconnaissance to study 1,200 research plots for traits that may help develop drought-tolerant soybean varieties.

David discussed the “Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2011” with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s Juli Obudzinski.

TheNational Sustainable Agriculture Coalition also pushed the“Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act”, a comprehensive bill intended for inclusion in the 2012 farm bill. “This legislation will help farmers and ranchers engaged in local and regional agriculture by addressing production, aggregation, processing, marketing, and distribution needs. It will also assist consumers by improving access to healthy food. Of utmost importance, the bill will provide secure farm bill funding for critically important programs that support family farms, expand new farming opportunities and rural jobs, and invest in the local agriculture economy.”

On Friday…

Hembree blogged about Alabama dairyman Will Gilmer’s use of the Internet and social media to build “a wide-ranging audience for the day-to-day goings-on at Gilmer Dairy Farm” and also “to create a more positive image for agriculture.”

A second piece on social media and farmers came from Mississippi State University. “Farmers and Facebook may not seem like natural allies, but savvy agribusiness owners are using social networks to generate business and educate consumers.”

A report from Oklahoma State University said the worst of the drought-forced movements of cattle may be slowing down.

A video report on Iowa couple, Kolby and Micky Burch, shows that “like a growing number of sheep producers, they’re finding higher demand for wool and lamb is creating opportunities for a new segment of the livestock market.”