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(Posted Fri. Nov 7th, 2014)

Keywords: Conservation Production

The National Corn Growers Association urges all farmers to contact EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy advocating for a revision of the proposed Waters of the U.S. rulemaking by the deadline of Friday, November 14.   As proposed, this rule would significantly expand the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act and would only further muddy the waters for farmers seeking clarity as to what is and what is not subject to federal regulation. …

(Posted Tue. Mar 25th, 2014)

Keywords: Water Production

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jointly released a proposed rule that seeks to clarify stream and wetland protections covered under the Clean Water Act. At this time, the National Corn Growers Association is reviewing the 370-page draft and plans to submit official comments to Federal Register during the 90-day public comment period.   NCGA will examine the rule to ensure that it …

(Posted Tue. Sep 3rd, 2013)

Keywords: Production

Sept. 3: The U.S. corn crop made steady progress toward maturity last week while remaining in good condition, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. The percentage of the corn crop denting increased by 19 points last week, while the percentage of corn doughing further narrowed its lag behind the five year-average to only five points.  Reports also indicate that the crop condition remains almost unchanged from …

(Posted Mon. Aug 12th, 2013)

Keywords: Crop Progress Production

Aug. 12: Despite slight decreases in the forecasts for overall production and national yield, U.S. farmers are still on track to produce a record corn crop, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates released today. The projected harvest of 13.8 billion bushels of corn fell 187 million bushels from the forecast a month prior as the first survey-based yield forecast fell to 154.4 bushels per acre. If this forecasts is …

(Posted Mon. Apr 15th, 2013)

Keywords: Planting Progress Production

Apr. 15: A cool, wet spring has delayed planting progress across much of the country according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With only two percent of total corn acres planted by April 14, progress lags far behind this time last year, when 16 percent of U.S. corn acres were already in the ground and trails the five-year average for this point by a full …

(Posted Mon. Mar 25th, 2013)

Keywords: Production

Mar. 25:  A new guide to seed treatment stewardship has been developed by the American Seed Trade Association and CropLife America to promote the safe handling and management of treated seed by farmers and others, a service appreciated by the National Corn Growers Association. “This guide will be an invaluable resource for our members,” said NCGA President Pam Johnson and Iowa corn grower. “We’re encouraging all corn growers to refer …

(Posted Tue. Feb 12th, 2013)

Keywords: Production

Feb 12: Farmers participating in the National Corn Growers Association 2012 National Corn Yield Contest set a new record by submitting 75 entries that surpassed the 300 bushels-per-acre mark. Bucking trends and overcoming severe drought conditions, these entrants showed the incredible achievements that are possible in farming using advanced practices and state-of-the-art technology.“NCGA’s corn yield contest continues to enjoy such popularity because it showcases what is possible for our industry …

(Posted Fri. Feb 8th, 2013)

Keywords: Production Corn Supply

Feb 8: More U.S. corn will be available than previously forecast, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released earlier today. Revising corn ending stock projections upward by 30 million bushels, the report also indicates that a 20 million bushel rise in corn use projections for sweeteners and starch.“As the picture of the current corn supply continues to become more clear, we are seeing the markets are adjusting,” said National …

(Posted Tue. Dec 4th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

Dec. 4: Last week, the National Corn Growers Association’s Mycotoxin Task Force met in Houston, Texas to discuss questions concerning mycotoxin mitigation, testing methods and the task force structure moving forward. During these meetings, the task force moved to jointly fund a new project studying fumonisin research and to further explore the possibility of expanding consolidated aflatoxin testing methods currently used in Texas to other areas of the country.  …

(Posted Fri. Nov 9th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

Nov. 9: More U.S. corn will be available in 2012 and 2013 than previously anticipated, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released this morning.  Raising total production by 19 million bushels with a three-tenths of a bushel increase in the corn yield to 122.3 bushels per acre, forecasts now project higher ending stocks of 647 million bushels, an increase of 28 million bushels since last month’s report. …

(Posted Wed. Oct 31st, 2012)

Keywords: Production

Oct. 31: Revenge tillage may sound strange, overtly emotion or possibly even satisfying depending on one’s circumstance, but agronomists urge farmers to take a calculated look at the long-term situation on their own farm before hitting the fields.  In a recent article published by Purdue Agriculture News, Purdue Extension Agronomist Tony Vyn lays out guidelines that can help farmers determine if tillage would actually benefit their land or …

(Posted Tue. Oct 16th, 2012)

Keywords: Conservation Production

Oct. 16: The U.S Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service launched an initiative highlighting the benefits of improving and maintaining healthy soil last week. The “Unlock the Secrets in the Soil” looks at successes and identifies lessons learned in communities already examining how soil health can benefit their operations. This information will be shared with farmers in other areas which might also benefit from implementing similar practices.  “Managing …

(Posted Tue. Oct 9th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

Oct 9: Farmers again picked up the pace, pushing corn harvest closer to completion and further ahead of schedule. Currently, 69 percent of harvested acres have already been brought in, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. A full 41 points ahead of the five-year average and 15 points ahead of just the prior week, farmers across the country are working diligently to bring the crop in …

(Posted Fri. Sep 28th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

Sept. 28:  The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported this morning that, as of Sept. 1, there were 988 million bushels of corn held over from 2011. This reflects a decrease of 193 million bushels from the USDA’s Sept. 12 supply-and-demand report, and represents a 12 percent drop from the same time last year, the National Corn Growers Association noted.  “While we were not expecting a decrease such as this, …

(Posted Fri. Aug 31st, 2012)

Keywords: Production

Aug 31: This week, Iowa farmer and NCGA Production & Stewardship Action Team member Jay Lynch participated in a briefing for EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs regarding the benefits of seed treatments.  Neonicotinoids, a seed treatment used on the vast majority of corn in the U.S., have come under increased activist pressure in recent months due to concerns that the products are contributing to Colony Collapse Disorder in honey …

(Posted Tue. Aug 14th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

Aug. 14: This week, the U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, released an in-depth analysis of recent U.S. Department of Agriculture reports which revised corn production and market forecasts. Looking closely at the broader, international implications, the Council examines how natural market forces will stabilize corn markets and push corn users to find innovative ways to maximize efficiency and improve marketing …

(Posted Mon. Aug 13th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

Aug. 13:  In its weekly crop progress update today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture rated 23% percent of the nation’s corn crop as good or excellent – the same rating as last week and an indication that corn quality has leveled off for the time being. Despite the challenges, the National Corn Growers Association reports, farmers have already begun harvesting crops in some areas. Expected production will still come …

(Posted Thu. Jul 19th, 2012)

Keywords: Ethanol Production

July 19:  National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer released the following statement in response to media coverage and Capitol briefings on the drought, food prices and the Renewable Fuel Standard.  “This is a time when farmers and ranchers are suffering the nation’s worst drought in years, covering nearly two-thirds of our country’s land mass. Like any crisis, it has led to numerous inaccuracies and exaggerations, especially when it …

(Posted Wed. Jul 11th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

July 11: The efforts of American farmers to increase the corn supply have ensured that, despite extremely difficult growing conditions, they will be able to meet the nation’s corn needs according to U.S. Department of Agriculture report released earlier today.  Although estimates were revised to reflect the toll extreme heat and drought conditions have taken on much of the crop, the 4.5 million additional acres planted this year will …

(Posted Wed. Jul 11th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

July 11: The National Corn Growers Association appreciates Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s announced improvements to natural disaster programs that will deliver faster and more flexible assistance to farmers. Vilsack announced three significant improvements today to the outdated USDA programs.  Improvements include finalizing a final rule that will allow for a faster process of declaring a Secretarial disaster area, reducing the emergency loan rate and reducing the cost of …

(Posted Fri. Jul 6th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

July 6: The National Corn Growers Association continues the second season of Field Notes, a series that takes readers behind the farm gate to follow the year in the life of American farm families. While these growers come from diverse geographic areas and run unique operations, they share a common love for U.S. agriculture and the basic values that underpin life in farming communities.  As much of the Corn Belt …

(Posted Wed. May 23rd, 2012)

Keywords: Production

May 23: Today, the National Corn Growers Association opened online entry for the 2012 National Corn Yield Contest.  This format allows farmers to quickly and easily submit all necessary entry forms while taking advantage of the special early entry discount available until June 15.  With fees reduced to $80 until that time, NCGA reminds growers that a small time investment now saves money later this summer.  “The online entry …

(Posted Mon. May 21st, 2012)

Keywords: Production

May 21: The 2012 planting season is almost over, with 96 percent of U.S. corn acres already planted, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today.  In addition, the report indicated that the crop appears to be progressing well with 76 percent of corn acres emerged and 77 percent of the crop in good to excellent condition.   “This year, it seems that every week that passes brings …

(Posted Mon. May 14th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

May 14:  In its weekly crop progress report released today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that 87 percent of the nation’s corn is now planted. Based on the prospective plantings report of 95.9  million acres total, this means that 83.4 million acres planted, the National Corn Growers Association said, with all states currently ahead of their five-year average for planting.  “It’s been a great spring for planting, and …

(Posted Fri. May 11th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

Mar. 11: The National Corn Growers Association joined the American Farm Bureau Federation, The Fertilizer Institute, National Pork Producers Council and other farm groups this week to file a motion to intervene in the Gulf Restoration Network v. EPA lawsuit.  More than a dozen environmental groups are seeking to force the Environmental Protection Agency to establish strict water quality standards for nutrient runoff for all states in the Mississippi …

(Posted Mon. May 7th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

May 7: Corn planting is progressing well ahead of the five-year average across the vast majority of corn producing areas, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today.  As a whole, the report indicates that a full 71 percent of the nation’s corn crop had already been planted as of May 6,  24 points ahead of the five-year average at that time.  “What growers optimistically viewed as …

(Posted Tue. Apr 10th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

Apr. 10:  Corn stocks and demand in the United States remain stable according to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture today.  While potential for change in the May report was noted, the agency found that, at present, the previous estimates require no revision.   This news follows reports issued by USDA late yesterday indicating that seven percent of the U.S. corn crop had already been planted as …

(Posted Fri. Apr 6th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

Apr. 6: With planting across much of the Midwest set to begin within the next week, the National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers to take time to review proper safety procedures.   “Part of maintaining and increasing opportunities for corn farmers includes helping ensure that everyone in our community remembers the importance of safety, especially during the extremely active planting and harvest seasons,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer. “While a …

(Posted Fri. Mar 30th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

Mar. 30:  American farmers expect to plant nearly four million more acres of corn in 2012, a four percent increase from 2011, according the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Prospective Plantings report released today.   If realized, it will be the highest corn planting in the United States since 1937, when 97.2 million acres were planted.  In recent years, the record corn planting was in the spring of 2007 when U.S. …

(Posted Wed. Mar 21st, 2012)

Keywords: Production

Mar. 21: The release of U.S. Department of Agriculture reports on crop production plays an increasingly large role in the movement of volatile commodity markets according to its own data.  In a report released earlier this month through the department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service titled “Price Reactions after USDA Crop Reports”, the impact of data on corn prices has magnified since 2006, with monthly and annual production data releases, …

(Posted Fri. Mar 16th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology Production Trade

Mar. 16: Farmers looking for information about the approval status of U.S.-grown corn hybrids in certain export markets now have access to the most current data through the National Corn Growers Association’s Know Before Your Grow program.  Recently updated, Know Before Your Grow, featured on the association’s website, provides a comprehensive look at this vital information in an easily accessible format.  To learn more about this program, Off the …

(Posted Thu. Mar 8th, 2012)

Keywords: Production Trade

Mar. 8: U.S. corn farmers harvested a high-quality crop in 2011, according to a report released by the U.S. Grains Council. With good test weights, low damage and relatively high protein concentrations, the crop will require little drying and store well.  The first report of this kind issued by the Council, this initial edition sets a baseline for subsequent annual updates while establishing credible criteria and processes through which …

(Posted Mon. Mar 5th, 2012)

Keywords: Biotechnology Production

Mar. 5:  As a preview to National Agriculture Day events in Washington this week, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance is holding a panel discussion on Capitol Hill that will be streamed live online, and is inviting questions from the public. While he is not a panelist, National Corn Growers Association Chairman Bart Schott, a North Dakota corn farmer, will be present in his role as Vice Chair of …

(Posted Thu. Feb 16th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

  Feb. 16:  The National Corn Growers Association released its 2011 National Corn Yield Contest Guide online, providing a sneak preview of the winner profiles and sustainability information that will hit many farmers’ mailboxes in the mid February issue of Farm Journal.  With a personal message from NCGA President Garry Niemeyer and informative and entertaining information, such as a look at the nation’s oldest corn club, this edition of …

(Posted Thu. Jan 26th, 2012)

Keywords: Conservation Production

Jan. 26: The National Corn Growers Association’s Production and Stewardship Action Team traveled to Fresno, Calif., this week to tackle issues related to sustainability, water quality and other conservation and environmental concerns.  At the meeting, Gary Edwards and Ken McCauley, who serve as NCGA organizational appointees on two sustainability initiatives, spoke to growers about sustainability efforts in the agricultural industry.  McCauley, an NCGA past president who farms in eastern …

(Posted Thu. Jan 12th, 2012)

Keywords: Production

Jan 12: In its annual report on crop production released this morning, the U.S. Department of Agricultural slightly increased its previous estimates of corn production and average yield, now reporting a crop of 12.4 billion bushels harvested on 84 million acres, for a yield of 147.2 bushels per acre. This demonstrates the resilience of corn and corn growers despite significant weather challenges throughout the growing season, the National Corn …

(Posted Fri. Dec 16th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

Dec. 16: The National Corn Growers Association launched the next-generation of its Insect Resistance Management refuge calculator online today to help growers as they begin planning for the 2012 growing season. The product of a collaboration between agribusiness and NCGA, under the leadership of the Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team, the calculator allows users to easily clarify refuge options and develop a plan, even for the latest products available …

(Posted Mon. Dec 12th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

Dec. 12: While U.S. corn production this past year was impacted by several major weather-related events that cut acres and yield, taking a broader look shows how grain demands can be met by taking into account overseas production. This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is reporting record global corn, wheat and rice production.  “We always hold that, no matter the challenge we face, the global marketplace will respond …

(Posted Mon. Dec 5th, 2011)

Keywords: Biotechnology Production

Dec. 5: High-yield technologies like those used in the United States will have to be effectively adapted for use world-wide in order to meet growing global food demand, according to the findings of a study released by University of Minnesota Professor David Tilman and colleagues in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Estimating that global food demand will double by the year 2050, the scientists project that, in …

(Posted Wed. Nov 9th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

Nov. 9: Despite slightly lower corn harvest estimates for 2011, growers are still pulling in the fourth-largest U.S. corn crop ever to meet all needs for food, feed and fuel, the National Corn Growers Association said Wednesday upon release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s monthly report on supply and demand.  “Even in light of slightly lowered estimates, U.S. corn farmers remain on track to produce an abundant crop …

(Posted Thu. Nov 3rd, 2011)

Keywords: Farm Policy Production

Nov. 3: The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers and their allies to submit comments opposing a petition filed with the Environmental Protection Agency that would ban atrazine use and production before the public comment period closes on November 14. The petition, originally submitted this spring by an activist organization named Save the Frogs, asks for both further review of this proven herbicide and regulatory changes. The EPA posted …

(Posted Tue. Oct 25th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

Oct. 25: Harvest is progressing quickly this year with 65 percent of acres already complete, a full 14 points over the five-year trend, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Monday afternoon.  Corn condition overall remains stable as the season nears an end, with 54 percent of the crop rated good or excellent.   “Farmers relied on a strong, deeply engrained work ethic this season that allowed them …

(Posted Thu. Oct 13th, 2011)

Keywords: Production Trade

Oct. 13: National Corn Growers Association Corn Board member Mike Geske answered questions on what farmers will need to maximize productivity and profitability over the next five to ten years at the World Food Prize’s Truth About Trade and Technology 2011 Global Farm Roundtable, held this week in Des Moines.  Responding to inquires from an international panel, Geske stressed the myriad of benefits that biotech crops provide growers, the …

(Posted Wed. Oct 12th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

Oct. 12: U.S. corn supplies have eased with larger projected ending stocks for both the 2010 and 2011 marketing years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported today. Ending stocks for 2010, reported on Sept. 30, remain at more than 1.1 billion bushels, up more than 200 million bushels since the Sept. 12 WASDE estimate, and ending stocks for 2011 were increased nearly 200 million bushels to 866 million bushels.  …

(Posted Fri. Sep 30th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

Sept. 30: Corn supplies for the coming year are higher than previously estimated, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Stocks report released today. With the total carry-out estimate revised to include an additional 200 million bushels more than the Sept. 12 estimate, this new data indicates that carry-out stocks, coupled with an estimated 12.497 billion bushels of production in 2011, will provide more than 13.6 billion bushels …

(Posted Mon. Sep 26th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

Sept. 26: The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday afternoon that the 2011 corn harvest is 15 percent complete, one percentage point below the five-year average but lower than last year’s harvest by 11 points. At the same time, the corn condition is rated at 80 percent fair-to-excellent.  “This is such an important and busy time for our growers,” said NCGA President Bart Schott, who farms near Kulm, N.D. …

(Posted Tue. Sep 20th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

This piece is an installment of series launched this spring featuring interviews with executives from organizations representing corn growers at the state level on the specific issues affecting their growers.  Sept. 20: Today, Off the Cob speaks with Texas Corn Producers Board Executive Director David Gibson about the devastating drought that has severely impacted corn growers across his state this growing season. As water pumping restrictions on the high plains …

(Posted Mon. Sep 12th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

Sept. 12: The United States is still on track to produce the third-largest corn crop on record, estimated to total 12.5 billion bushels of corn, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released this morning. Despite U.S. corn farmers facing several major weather events that negatively impacted much of the production acreage, causing national average yield estimates to drop to 148.1 bushels per acre, the world corn stocks projection …

(Posted Tue. Sep 6th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

Sept. 6:  As growers gear up for this year’s corn harvest, Hurricane Irene was the latest in a number of weather-related challenges that have affected acreage, yield and corn condition across the nation’s corn fields. 2011 has definitely been a year to test the resilience of the American farmer, the National Corn Growers Association reports.  “We had delayed planting and flooding in the upper Midwest, we lost acreage to …

(Posted Thu. Aug 11th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

U.S. corn farmers are still on track to produce the third largest crop on record despite difficult growing conditions that have plagued much of the Corn Belt since planting according to USDA reports released today. Projected at 12.9 billion bushels, the total 2011 U.S. corn crop will only be 1.3 percent, or 177 million bushels, below the record set in 2009.  “This report confirms again that U.S. farmers …

(Posted Tue. Jul 26th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

July 26:  The maturity of the U.S. corn crop is still on track in most areas according to the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture crop progress report. Additionally, with only spotty exception, the majority of the crop is of comparable condition as that of 2009, when U.S. corn growers set the current production record.  “While its doubtful yields will set records this year, corn growers are still projected …

(Posted Tue. Jul 19th, 2011)

Keywords: Production Trade

July 19: The Chicago Mercantile Exchange has added a new product to their portfolio. Contracts for urea, urea ammonium nitrate (UAN), and di-ammonium phosphate (DAP) began trading last week on the New York trading floor and are cleared through CME ClearPort.  These new fertilizer contracts provide opportunities for fertilizer companies and farmers to manage their risk. Ideally, the option to manage risk will make contracts between fertilizer retailers …

(Posted Thu. Jun 30th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports today that U.S. corn growers planted an estimated 92.3 million acres this year, a 5 percent increase over 2010. This exceeds estimates from the March prospective plantings report which estimated 92.2 million acres would be planted this year. Once again, our nation’s corn farmers are showing their determination and resilience by exceeding expectations despite difficult weather conditions through much of the Corn Belt, …

(Posted Thu. Jun 30th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

Field Notes opened the farm gate this spring and provided followers with an inside look at the activities of several farmers from a variety of geographical areas. Today, this series visited with Illinois grower Tom Martin to see how his crop is progressing and how he views newly released USDA reports indicating corn farmers planted 92.3 million acres in 2011, up five percent from 2010.  “In this part of …

(Posted Fri. Jun 24th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

Field Notes opened the farm gate this spring and provided followers with an inside look at the activities of several farmers from a variety of geographical areas. Today, this innovative series brings participants from the northern and southern ends of the Corn Belt together to share their perspectives on the state of the 2011 corn crop as summer kicks off.  Field Notes growers Sam Hancock of Kentucky and DeVonna …

(Posted Wed. Jun 15th, 2011)

Keywords: Conservation Production

U.S. corn farmers yet again proved that they are growing more with less year after year. According to USDA and Fertilizer Institute data, farmers decreased usage of key fertilizers by roughly one-third per bushel in the last 30 years.  “Farmers truly were the first environmentalists,” said National Corn Growers Association Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Steve Ebke. “The multigenerational nature of our operations constantly reminds us of why …

(Posted Thu. Jun 9th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today reduced its projection of corn acres this year, based on the impact of weather and flooding during the spring. Despite this, USDA is still expecting a record crop of 13.2 billion bushels, the National Corn Growers Association noted.  “As corn growers, we continue to face the same question: ‘Will there be enough corn?’ Reports this early in the season do not always take …

(Posted Mon. Jun 6th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

Farmers in the top corn states made good planting progress last week in several key areas, including the eastern Corn Belt, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported in its weekly crop report. Ohio planted 39 percent of its corn acres last week, and 13 of the top 18 states are 90 percent or more planted. The crop is now 94 percent planted nationwide, only 4 points below average.  According …

(Posted Tue. May 31st, 2011)

Keywords: Production

In its first report on the condition of the 2011 corn crop as planting nears completion across the Corn Belt, the U.S. Department of Agriculture rated the crop 94 percent fair to excellent, compared to the last year’s rating of 96 percent. Across the top 18 corn-producing states, the crop was 86 percent planted as of Sunday, nine points below average. Two thirds of the corn crop has emerged, …

(Posted Fri. May 27th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

As many areas across the Corn Belt spent the week enduring a seemingly endless onslaught of severe weather, planting progress varies widely with rain and flooding halting the process almost completely in Ohio. Yet in areas unaffected by the persistent precipitation, such as mid-Illinois, planting nears completion. During this busy season, Field Notes growers Sam Hancock, Tom Martin and DeVonna Zeug took time to discuss current planting progress on …

(Posted Mon. May 23rd, 2011)

Keywords: Production

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported today that 79 percent of the nation’s 2011 corn crop has been planted, as growers are working hard to catch up. The percentage of acres planted now falls just 8 percentage points below the five-year average. In some of the major corn states, such as Iowa, Illinois, Kansas and Missouri, planting has surpassed the five-year average mark, and growers in Iowa are virtually …

(Posted Fri. May 20th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

As many areas across the Corn Belt experienced temporary relief from spring’s unrelenting rain, farmers are using a combination of cutting-edge technology and old-fashioned hard work to make up for planting delays. In states such as Iowa, corn plantings increased by 61 percent in just one week. During this busy time, Field Notes growers Sam Hancock and DeVonna Zeug took time to discuss current planting progress on their farms, …

(Posted Mon. May 16th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

For the second week in a row, favorable weather in areas of the Corn Belt have helped growers catch up in their planting. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports today that, as of Sunday, 63 percent of the U.S. corn crop has been planted, only 12 percentage points below average for this time of year.  “For many of our farmers, it’s been a good week,” said National Corn Growers …

(Posted Wed. May 11th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

Today’s projection of a record 13.5 billion bushel corn crop for 2011 provides further evidence that corn growers will be able to meet all needs for food, feed and fuel yet again, despite weather challenges that delayed planting in much of the Corn Belt, the National Corn Growers Association said. A strong corn market that has led to higher expected corn acres will help boost the corn supply.  “It’s …

(Posted Mon. May 9th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

In the past week, corn growers nationwide hit their fields in earnest and planted more than a quarter of their 2011 crop, finally enjoying a break from cold, wet weather. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that, as of May 8, 40 percent of the 2011 corn crop has been planted, compared to 13 percent May 1.  “It’s great to see our farmers get the chance to get out …

(Posted Fri. May 6th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

While the sun peaked out over parts of Missouri and Illinois today, growers continue to experience delays as a long, wet spring delays planting for many in the Corn Belt. Noting that he did get into the field early in April to plant 20 percent of the corn he intends to this year, Field Notes grower Tom Martin continues to hope that more suitable planting weather will help what …

(Posted Mon. May 2nd, 2011)

Keywords: Production

May 2: According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s weekly Crop Progress report, 18 states representing 92 percent of the U.S. corn acreage have 13 percent of corn acres planted. “The numbers don’t tell the whole story,” said NCGA CEO Rick Tolman. “While eastern states are experiencing wet weather, our farmer leaders and state staff from the western Cornbelt report they are making significant progress in getting corn …

(Posted Fri. Apr 29th, 2011)

Keywords: Production

As rain and severe weather continue to plague the Corn Belt and the South, Tom Martin is hopeful that he will be able to plant in time to avoid potential yield losses. Despite his optimism, Martin notes that progress thus far has been very slow and that the optimal planting window will close in his area by mid-May.  Martin took a moment to explain why farmers place an emphasis …

(Posted Thu. Apr 21st, 2011)

Keywords: Production

As a cool, wet spring draws on throughout the Corn Belt, Tom Martin continues to work on his equipment and wait for the weather present decent planting conditions. While the temperature will hit the minimum for planting next week with 60 degree weather in the forecast, continuous predictions of wet weather have farmers like Martin, who normally would begin planting in early April, wondering when they will start planting …