drought 2012 http://kbia.org en 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: Popcorn and Ag Sec. Vilsack's trip to China http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-popcorn-and-ag-sec-vilsacks-trip-china <p></p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 45426 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Popcorn and Ag Sec. Vilsack's trip to China Sellers squeezed by high price of popcorn http://kbia.org/post/sellers-squeezed-high-price-popcorn <p>U.S. popcorn sellers took a big hit from the 2012 drought, which caused one of the worst popcorn harvests in recent memory. Crops not irrigated were decimated and low supplies continue to force local candy shops and giant movie theater chains alike to pay high prices for the golden grain, biting into their profit margin.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Peter Gray 45427 at http://kbia.org Sellers squeezed by high price of popcorn Agricultural lenders at MU symposium discuss industry changes http://kbia.org/post/agricultural-lenders-mu-symposium-discuss-industry-changes <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The two-day Emerging Issues in Agricultural Lending Symposium at MU ended Thursday. This is the second year for the symposium, which gathered a variety of agricultural lenders such as loan officers, credit </span>analysists<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, regulators and board members.</span></p><p>The symposium brought in experts to speak to lenders on challenges the agriculture industry is currently facing and possible solutions.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 21:46:34 +0000 Morgan Uber 35005 at http://kbia.org Agricultural lenders at MU symposium discuss industry changes New MU website helps farmers track rainfall and nitrogen loss http://kbia.org/post/new-mu-website-helps-farmers-track-rainfall-and-nitrogen-loss <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A University of Missouri plant scientist has<a href="http://plantsci.missouri.edu/nutrientmanagement/Nitrogen/Nitrogen watch 2013/nitrogen watch 2013.htm"> launched a website</a> that allows crop producers to track rainfall and the risk of nitrogen loss during the spring seasons.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:34:16 +0000 Alyssa Strickland 34759 at http://kbia.org New MU website helps farmers track rainfall and nitrogen loss The 'Big Tree' beckons http://kbia.org/post/big-tree-beckons <p></p><p>The first day of spring doesn’t feel that way as John Sam Williamson and Chris Starbuck meet up on a county road outside Columbia, Mo.</p><p>Temperatures are below freezing and a cold wind is whipping along the flat land here on the Missouri River bottoms. Williamson, a farmer whose family has owned this land for six generations, tugs at the bill of his John Deere cap and <a href="http://plantsci.missouri.edu/faculty/starbuck.cfm">Starbuck</a>, a retired University of Missouri plant scientist, pulls his Arborist Society stocking cap further down over his ears.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 22:47:01 +0000 Peggy Lowe 31832 at http://kbia.org The 'Big Tree' beckons MU gets USDA grant to help farmers build resilience to drought http://kbia.org/post/mu-gets-usda-grant-help-farmers-build-resilience-drought <p>On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will announce that it will fund a University of Missouri project&nbsp;focused on building drought resiliency through soil health.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:22:58 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 31457 at http://kbia.org MU gets USDA grant to help farmers build resilience to drought Snowfall and rain reduce drought's impact http://kbia.org/post/snowfall-and-rain-reduce-droughts-impact <p>Climatologists say recent rain and snowstorms are slowly easing the grip of the worst U.S. drought in decades. But the wet weather also is creating some potential headaches. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 22:01:22 +0000 Associated Press 30239 at http://kbia.org Snowfall and rain reduce drought's impact Missouri ethanol plant to be idled due to high corn prices http://kbia.org/post/missouri-ethanol-plant-be-idled-due-high-corn-prices <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em;">Seventeen ethanol plants nationwide have been idled since last June because of a scarcity of affordable corn due to the drought and a weak market for the corn-based fuel. On Friday, a plant in Macon, Mo., took the hit — and brought the number to 18.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 13:56:54 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 28161 at http://kbia.org Missouri ethanol plant to be idled due to high corn prices Corn, soybean production took hit in 2012 http://kbia.org/post/corn-soybean-production-took-hit-2012 <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service released its end-of-year&nbsp;<u><a href="http://usda01.library.cornell.edu/usda/current/CropProdSu/CropProdSu-01-11-2013.pdf"><strong>Crop Production 2012 Annual Summary</strong></a></u><a href="http://usda01.library.cornell.edu/usda/current/CropProdSu/CropProdSu-01-11-2013.pdf"><strong> </strong></a>Friday.</p><p>Not surprisingly, the report revealed that corn and soy production took a beating last year due to the drought that is still ravaging farms all over the Midwest.</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:21:33 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 27329 at http://kbia.org Corn, soybean production took hit in 2012 2012 was record warm year in much of Missouri http://kbia.org/post/2012-was-record-warm-year-much-missouri <p></p><p>If you're a Missourian and felt hot under the collar last year, there is good reason.</p><p>The National Weather Service says 2012 was the warmest year on record in St. Louis and Columbia, and was among the warmest in other cities.</p><p>St. Louis recorded an average temperature of 61.2 degrees for last year, a full 1.1 degrees higher than the previous mark set in 1921.</p><p>In Columbia, the average temperature of 59.4 degrees topped the 1938 record.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 23:01:49 +0000 Associated Press 26991 at http://kbia.org 2012 was record warm year in much of Missouri Field Notes: The year's top stories in agriculture http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-years-top-stories-agriculture <p><em><em>This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><u><a href="http://www.kbia.org/programs/field-notes">Field Notes</a></u><em>, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.</em></em></p><p><em><em>For this edition of&nbsp;</em>Field Notes&nbsp;<em>— our first in 2013 — we decided to take a look back at last year’s biggest stories in agriculture.</em></em></p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 20:37:20 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson & Peggy Lowe 26826 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: The year's top stories in agriculture Holiday storms have limited impact on US drought http://kbia.org/post/holiday-storms-have-limited-impact-us-drought <p></p><p>Holiday storms that pounded much of the nation with snow and rain did little to ease the overall grip of the worst U.S. drought in decades.</p><p>The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows that about 61 percent of the continental U.S. remained in some form of drought as of Tuesday, down less than a percentage point from the previous week. That number has been above 60 percent largely since July.</p><p>More than 21 percent of the lower 48 states are in extreme or exceptional drought, the two worst categories. That's down slightly from the previous week.</p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 22:02:00 +0000 Associated Press 26780 at http://kbia.org Holiday storms have limited impact on US drought Drought Puts The Squeeze On Already Struggling Fish Farms http://kbia.org/post/drought-puts-squeeze-already-struggling-fish-farms This year's drought delivered a pricey punch to US aquaculture, the business of raising fish like bass and catfish for food. Worldwide, aquaculture has grown into a $119 billion industry, but the lack of water and high temperatures in 2012 hurt many U.S. fish farmers who were already struggling to compete on a global scale.<p>At <a href="http://osagecatfisheries.com/about.asp">Osage Catfisheries</a>, about one mile off the highway in rural, central Missouri, there are dozens of rectangular ponds with rounded corners. Thu, 03 Jan 2013 20:48:00 +0000 Kristofor Husted 26783 at http://kbia.org Drought Puts The Squeeze On Already Struggling Fish Farms Turkey, quail and bees fared well in Mo. in 2012 http://kbia.org/post/turkey-quail-and-bees-fared-well-mo-2012 <p>2012 was a rough year for Missouri farmers battling severe drought and extreme heat, but some species of wildlife did well – specifically, turkeys, bobwhite quail and honeybees. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 16:40:48 +0000 Marshall Griffin & Marsh 26620 at http://kbia.org Turkey, quail and bees fared well in Mo. in 2012