Entries by Red River Farm Network

Record Farm Income

The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute expects U.S. net farm income to reach a record $148 billion this year. That’s twice the level seen just five years ago. FAPRI says the high commodity prices will buffer the largest ever year-to-year increase in farm production costs.

Dry Bean Crop Advancing

According to the USDA crop progress report, dry edible bean conditions rated 1% very poor, 5% poor, 40% fair, 48% good, and 6% excellent. Dry edible beans dropping leaves was 65%, well behind 92% last year and 89% average. Harvested was 18%, behind 35% last year and 31% average.

NASS to Review Acreage Data

USDA plans to review planted and harvested acreage data for corn, soybeans and sugarbeets as it prepares for the September crop production report. If changes are justified, the National Agricultural Statistics Service will publish updated acreage estimates in the September 12 report. This review typically takes place in October, but there is enough information to […]

Desiccation Happening in Dry Beans

The dry bean crop is rapidly approaching maturity across the region. “We’ve got an outstanding crop out here due to the added moisture this year and we need to get these desiccation or as some call them harvest aid applications going,” said Ken Diebert, technical service representative, BASF. Timing is the key to the success of […]

A Sneak Peek: USDA Support for Climate Smart Funding

Climate-smart agriculture is front-and-center at the USDA. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told attendees at the Farm Progress Show USDA initially planned to use $1 billion from the Commodity Credit Corporation to invest in climate-smart pilot projects. “We asked farmers, agribusinesses and food companies, what would you do? We ended up getting 1,050 applications and the requests […]

House Ag Leader Talks Farm Bill at Farm Progress

House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Glenn “GT” Thompson is at the Farm Progress Show, discussing the next farm bill with state agricultural groups and farmers. “There’s only one option in my mind in 2023: reauthorize the farm bill before the current bill expires. I’ve been open about my frustrations for two years, but finally, in […]

Export Sales Report Paused

USDA will not publish its weekly export sales report until mid-September at the earliest. The Agriculture Department pulled the report last week after a technical problem caused uncertainty in the markets. USDA plans to revert to its ‘legacy’ system will it fixes the new system.

Farm Rescue Adds IL to Eligible States in 2023

Farm Rescue, a non-profit organization, currently accepts applications to assist farm families who have experienced a major injury, illness or natural disaster in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota. Farm Rescue says operations in Illinois will begin with spring planting assistance in 2023 followed by haying, harvest, commodity hauling and livestock […]