On May 1, under lovely skies and a refreshing breeze, Jim Quinton and other volunteers picked up yardsticks and began a tour through Arkansas wheat fields.
Quinton – currently residing in Mexico, Missouri -- and colleagues counted tillers and looked for disease in an effort to compile a simple “state of the crop” report.
Weather and declining prices are putting a dent in the expected total of rice and corn acres planted, said Scott Stiles, Extension economist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture....More
Private analysts' estimates of 87 million acres of soybeans could help send November soybean futures below $9 per bushel. The University of Arkansas' Scott Stiles urges growers to price their crops now....More
“Country of Origin Labeling not only drives up compliance costs for our domestic producers, but the WTO’s ruling against the rule will now allow for billions of dollars in retaliatory tariffs against U.S. exports.” -- Arkansas Rep. Rick Crawford....More
Farm families have the same issues as families from other professions. “As estate planners, we mustn’t get stuck into one thing and think that’s all these families care about,” said Stan Miller of Little Rock-based McChain, Miller & Nissman....More
Global ending stocks of most agricultural commodities are expected to reach multi-year highs in 2015. Rice is an exception, with global ending stocks projected to decline for the second year in a row to reach their lowest level since the 2009-10 marketing year....More
With corn and soybean prices substantially lower than two years ago and below breakeven for almost everyone, marketing strategies are going to be based not on how much money can be made, but how little can be lost....More
For young people who want to begin farming or ranching or expand an established farm or ranch, securing adequate land remains their top challenge. Another major challenge is coping with burdensome government regulations....More