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by DTN
Mar 29, 2013
Some of the largest increases, percentage wise, come from increased planting in Arkansas, Mississippi and other Delta states as farmers switch from cotton to corn. USDA expects farmers in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, South Dakota and Nebraska to plant slightly less corn than last year.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Mar 29, 2013
The word “extreme” is getting a workout regarding spring 2013 vs. spring 2012. A year ago, record-high temperatures and dry soils had corn growers running planters by mid-March. There’s a sharp contrast in 2013: Daytime temperatures running 20 degrees Fahrenheit below normal have made March seem like a displaced version of January.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Mar 22, 2013
Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Commissioner Bart Chilton wants to make sure customers are protected if another futures commission merchant fails, but he also wants to address industry concerns about the expense of a CFTC-proposed rule on customer protections.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Mar 8, 2013
The new hours will be Sunday to Friday from 7 p.m. to 7:45 a.m. On Mondays through Fridays, there will be a break in electronic trading from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Trade will continue from 8:30 to 1:15 p.m. The change affects CBOT grains and KCBT wheat, and pending CFTC approval, the new hours will begin on April 8.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Mar 1, 2013
“I know it sounds counterintuitive, but it comes down to weather in June and July,” USDA ag meteorologist Brad Rippey said when attendees questioned USDA’s optimistic yield forecast. “History shows that even in the wake of the drought of 1988, it seems to be late spring and summer weather that determines the outcome for row crops.
Livestock Industry Opinions
by DTN
Mar 1, 2013
If Congress fails to head off the approaching sequestration cuts and USDA is forced to furlough meat inspectors, John Harrington’s “Plan B” suggestion is to use members of Congress—such as Reps. Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner—as substitute meat inspectors.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Feb 22, 2013
Nearly 300 weed scientists from 33 countries are Down Under last week, digging into the science of herbicide resistance. Stephen Powles, Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI) director, told DTN in an interview that the evolution of herbicide resistance in weeds poses a real threat to global food production and security.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Feb 22, 2013
Portions of a proposed CFTC rule to enhance the protection of customers’ margin funds could make hedging prohibitively expensive for farmers and ranchers and the small- to mid-sized futures commission merchants that serve them, industry representatives fear.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Feb 8, 2013
Farmers and traders have always been more concerned about keeping the wheat contract committee intact than keeping the pit open, Gilpin said, and CME has agreed to keep that committee intact for at least three years. The contract committee gives physical users of wheat input on the contract terms, a role they’d like to keep.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Feb 1, 2013
This is the time of year when farmers are dealing with taxes and other financial paperwork. It’s also the perfect time to address those important “perpetual” tax documents that get outdated. This is important defensive medicine. The IRS will create havoc when your paperwork does not match current transactions.
Cattle and Beef Industry News
by DTN
Feb 1, 2013
For the children of a 75-year-old couple who live in the Great Plains, the paperwork dash was a little too close for comfort. Their parents had put off the finishing touches on an estate plan until Dec. 31 last year, their son said.


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