corn http://kbia.org en USDA: US corn yields to offset lesser acreage http://kbia.org/post/usda-us-corn-yields-offset-lesser-acreage <p></p><p>A government report says the nation's corn growers should have banner production this year despite lesser acreage devoted to the grain. But corn prices later in the year may suffer a bit.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its first World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report of the year.</p><p>The report estimates that corn producers will harvest 165.3 bushels of corn per acre, up 6.5 bushels from the previous year. Corn acreage is expected to slip to 91.7 million acres, from 95.4 million acres.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 21:26:58 +0000 Associated Press 52712 at http://kbia.org USDA: US corn yields to offset lesser acreage Climate change: short-term benefits, long-term worries for farmers http://kbia.org/post/climate-change-short-term-benefits-long-term-worries-farmers <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">The White House’s new climate change report predicts threats to agriculture, including severe weather, more pests and greater demands for water and energy.</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 13:10:41 +0000 Amy Mayer 52628 at http://kbia.org Climate change: short-term benefits, long-term worries for farmers USDA predicts low corn prices here to stay http://kbia.org/post/usda-predicts-low-corn-prices-here-stay <p>The days of record high corn prices are gone, at least for now, and they’re only going to continue their decline, according to projections released earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (<a href="http://usda01.library.cornell.edu/usda/ers/94005/2014/OCE141.pdf">PDF</a>)</p><p>You can pin part of the blame on the 2012 drought, when corn hit an all-time high of $8.31 per bushel. The dry conditions made corn a limited commodity.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 48641 at http://kbia.org USDA predicts low corn prices here to stay Field Notes: More younger farmers and Low corn prices http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-more-younger-farmers-and-low-corn-prices <p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 48645 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: More younger farmers and Low corn prices USDA figures show Missouri farmers grew more corn and soybeans last year http://kbia.org/post/usda-figures-show-missouri-farmers-grew-more-corn-and-soybeans-last-year <p></p><p>Missouri farmers appear to have grown more corn and soybeans last year than in 2012.</p><p>Figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show Missouri farmers produced an estimated 435 million bushels of corn last year, up 76 percent from 2012. Soybean production rose 25 percent to an estimated 197 million bushels.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:13:29 +0000 Associated Press 46567 at http://kbia.org USDA figures show Missouri farmers grew more corn and soybeans last year MU Extension warns of danger to crops http://kbia.org/post/mu-extension-warns-danger-crops <p>The University of Missouri Extension is warning that recent wet weather increases the chances of diseases developing in corn and soybeans.</p><p>Agronomy specialist Jill Scheidt says rain carries funguses in the air, making it easier for the funguses to spread. She says diseases like rust, gray leaf spot, northern corn leaf blight, brown spot, crazy top and stalk and ear rots develop best in wet and humid conditions.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:35:23 +0000 Associated Press 39046 at http://kbia.org MU Extension warns of danger to crops It's tough going right now for Missouri, Illinois corn growers http://kbia.org/post/its-tough-going-right-now-missouri-illinois-corn-growers Farmers in Missouri, Illinois and much of the Midwest are having a tough time getting their corn planted.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The US Department of Agriculture says in Illinois just 7 percent of the corn crop is in the ground; while in Missouri it’s 22 percent.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Usually, nearly half of the nation’s corn has been planted by this time.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The National Corn Growers Association vice president Paul </span>Bertels<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says it’s not just the rain that’s been a problem.</span><p><span Wed, 08 May 2013 13:51:39 +0000 Maria Altman 33363 at http://kbia.org It's tough going right now for Missouri, Illinois corn growers The seeds of genetic modification http://kbia.org/post/seeds-genetic-modification <p></p><p>The vast majority of the corn and soybeans in United States grow from seeds that have been genetically modified. The technology is barely 30 years old and the <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/blog/1605/finding-scientific-consensus-gm-food-mark-lynas/5">controversy surrounding it</a> somewhat younger. But how did it even become possible?</p><p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 22:13:58 +0000 Amy Mayer 29211 at http://kbia.org The seeds of genetic modification Feeding your neighbors and the world http://kbia.org/post/feeding-your-neighbors-and-world <p>Now that it’s Thanksgiving, the eating season has begun. Coming up we’ll take a look at how the U.S. helps feed the world, but first, let’s take a look in our own back yard. The local food banks, pantries, shelters and soup kitchens have picked up in business. KBIA’s Ben Mahnken reports that volunteerism and donations are up this year.</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:35:52 +0000 Kristofor Husted 24859 at http://kbia.org Drought spells tough times for US corn exporters http://kbia.org/post/drought-spells-tough-times-us-corn-exporters <p>While the U.S. remains the world’s biggest supplier of corn, American farmers will lose a portion of the global corn market this year.</p><p>The Midwest drought devastated the normally robust corn harvest, which has led to higher corn prices and plummeting corn stocks. In a normal year, the U.S. exports more than 1 billion bushels of corn to markets worldwide, but with low domestic supply it’s a tough year for corn exporters – the USDA predicts U.S. corn exports will be at a 40-year low this year.</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 21:11:51 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 24815 at http://kbia.org Drought spells tough times for US corn exporters Drought-resistant corn tested; unemployment in women, minorities http://kbia.org/post/drought-resistant-corn-tested-unemployment-women-minorities <p>Growing across the Midwest is a strain of hybrid corn that should perform well under the driest conditions. Harvest Public Media’s Rick Fredericksen says this summer’s parched farmland is providing an ideal test.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:35:37 +0000 Kristofor Husted 21055 at http://kbia.org Drought-resistant corn tested; unemployment in women, minorities Drought-resistant corn faces real-life test http://kbia.org/post/drought-resistant-corn-faces-real-life-test <p>The sub-par corn harvest of 2012 is coming in early, after the worst growing conditions in more than 2 decades.<br><br>“We’ve been really dry all summer," farmer Bill Simmons says. "I talked to an older gentleman some time ago that said he had taken&nbsp; 47 crops off of his farm and this was about the worst that he’d ever seen it."<br><br>Simmons is combining 13-hundred acres of corn on the Clan Farm outside Atlantic, Iowa. Multiple varieties were planted, but one field turned out to be especially interesting: a 300-acre section devoted to <a href="https://www.pioneer.com/home/site/us/products/corn/seed-traits-technologies-corn/optimum-aquamax-hybrids/">AQUAmax</a>, a new drought-resistant product from DuPont Pioneer. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:21:53 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 21053 at http://kbia.org Drought-resistant corn faces real-life test Isaac rains help soybeans in Midwest http://kbia.org/post/isaac-rains-help-soybeans-midwest <p>Several days of rain brought some relief to farmers in the nation's midsection as they contend with the worst drought in the U.S. in decades.</p><p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 13:16:55 +0000 Associated Press 20515 at http://kbia.org Isaac rains help soybeans in Midwest Livestock producers want less corn in your gas http://kbia.org/post/livestock-producers-want-less-corn-your-gas <p>Livestock producers are watching their feed costs rise with corn prices and taking their concerns to Washington D.C. The Environmental Protection Agency is under pressure from livestock groups and some rural lawmakers to curb corn prices and ease livestock producer worries by suspending the federal ethanol mandate. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 23:14:32 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 20339 at http://kbia.org Livestock producers want less corn in your gas MU professor: grazing drought-damaged crops and pasture can harm livestock http://kbia.org/post/mu-professor-grazing-drought-damaged-crops-and-pasture-can-harm-livestock <p>A University of Missouri veterinary professor says farmers need to be careful when feeding drought-damaged corn to their livestock. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 19:36:33 +0000 Associated Press 19469 at http://kbia.org MU professor: grazing drought-damaged crops and pasture can harm livestock USDA releases crops progress report http://kbia.org/post/usda-releases-crops-progress-report <p>According to the USDA&#39;s crops progress report, which was released on Monday, in Missouri, 83 percent of the corn acreage and 72 percent of soybeans are in very poor or poor condition. Both figures are the worst for any major agricultural state. Optimism for a good corn yield is dwindling, but Southeast Missouri State University&rsquo;s Michael Aide says there is still hope for soybeans.<br /> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 22:29:24 +0000 Jacob McCleland 18523 at http://kbia.org USDA releases crops progress report Farmers talk drought at MU field day http://kbia.org/post/farmers-talk-drought-mu-field-day <p>Missouri is in the midst of the worst drought since 1988 &ndash; that was the buzz on the MU campus yesterday, as more than 200 farmers and researchers gathered for the annual Pest Management Field Day. Although they came to learn about the latest research on pesticides and herbicides, conversation frequently turned to the bone-dry conditions on Missouri&#39;s farms.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:25:31 +0000 Camille Phillips 17498 at http://kbia.org Farmers talk drought at MU field day Crops hurting in dry, hot weather http://kbia.org/post/crops-hurting-dry-hot-weather <p>High heat and a lack of rain have taken a big toll on Missouri corn and soybean crops, with nearly half of both reported in poor to very poor condition. Tue, 03 Jul 2012 13:55:17 +0000 Associated Press 16946 at http://kbia.org Crops hurting in dry, hot weather Calm before the corn http://kbia.org/post/calm-corn <p>Corn has been good to farmers. Helping fuel a boom in the ag sector. And as this year&rsquo;s record corn forecast indicates, Midwestern farmers can&rsquo;t seem to plant enough of the grain. Even with concerns growing about the effectiveness of today&rsquo;s high-tech genetically engineered seeds, farmers aren&rsquo;t backing down. Wed, 30 May 2012 22:34:55 +0000 Clay Masters 15038 at http://kbia.org Calm before the corn Newscast for March 30, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-march-30-2012-0 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:</p><ul><li>A lawsuit between southeast Missouri farmers and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers</li><li>A battery acid leak affecting Columbia Police Department and Joint Operations</li><li>Missouri Gaming Commission new rule regarding casino exclusion list</li><li>More corn planted this year since end of Great Depression</li><li>State Auditor Schweich releases report about misuse of federal funds</li></ul> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 22:18:14 +0000 Brian Pepoon 11577 at http://kbia.org More corn production this year http://kbia.org/post/more-corn-production-year <p><span style="line-height: normal; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 13px;">Farmers intend to plant 96 million acres of corn this year, according to a new study by the National Agricultural Statistic Service,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; ">or NASS. That&rsquo;s a 4 percent increase over last year, and the most land dedicated to corn since 1937. Here are the factors for this year&#39;s record amount of corn production.</span></p><p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 20:40:49 +0000 Jacob McCleland 11563 at http://kbia.org More corn production this year Scientists say pesticide not fending off corn rootworm http://kbia.org/post/scientists-say-pesticide-not-fending-corn-rootworm <p>Insect scientists say biotech corn is losing its ability to fend off a major insect pest known as the corn rootworm.&nbsp; The scientists say continued widespread use of genetically-modified corn will only make the problem worse. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 14:00:14 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 10376 at http://kbia.org Scientists say pesticide not fending off corn rootworm Newscast for March 12, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-march-12-2012 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:</p><ul><li>Rick Santorum, victorious in Kansas, makes a stop in Missouri.</li><li>MU researchers develop new form of electric car battery.</li><li>Scientists worry about corn protection after learning a pesticide is failing to fend off the corn rootworm.</li></ul> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 13:52:01 +0000 Scott Kanowsky 10375 at http://kbia.org Newscast for March 12, 2012 A new source of biomass http://kbia.org/post/new-source-biomass <p>Corn has been the engine behind the ethanol industry for years, and that food vs. fuel debate doesn&#39;t look to end anytime soon. &nbsp;But as researchers work to unlock the biofuels potential in crop residue and other biomass, a refinery is being built in Kansas may help take the industry to another level. Wed, 08 Feb 2012 19:41:53 +0000 KCUR-FM: Eric Durban 8445 at http://kbia.org A new source of biomass