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 Field Notes: Drought will continue to haunt beef industry http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-drought-will-continue-haunt-beef-industry <p><em>This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><strong><u><a href="http://www.kbia.org/programs/field-notes" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-decoration: none; ">Field Notes</a></u></strong>, <i>in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.</i></p> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 16:19:27 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 26244 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Drought will continue to haunt beef industry Weathering the recession, drought http://kbia.org/post/weathering-recession-drought <p></p><p>In recent months, a fairly severe drought and a slowly recovering economy have thrown food businesses for a loop.</p><p>Coming up we’ll listen in on a conversation Abbie Fentress Swanson had with President Barack Obama’s top agriculture guy about the looming dip in corn exports. But first, some businesses have been able to weather the storm better than others. Jennifer Davidson has this report about one successful shop in West Plains.</p><p>Now, things aren’t so peachy for everyone in the food industry. Clearly.</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 21:40:16 +0000 Kristofor Husted 25496 at http://kbia.org Weathering the recession, drought Reports shows drought is getting worse http://kbia.org/post/reports-shows-drought-getting-worse <p>A new report shows that the nation's worst drought in decades is getting worse again, ending an encouraging five-week run of improving conditions. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 22:07:13 +0000 Associated Press 24884 at http://kbia.org Reports shows drought is getting worse 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 Barging in on a global story http://kbia.org/post/barging-global-story <p>I left my house in Columbia, Mo., at 5:30 a.m. Thursday to make it to the Ingram Barge Co.'s Upper Mississippi River office by 8:30 am. I knew the three-hour drive had been worth it when I pulled up to the barge company’s office because the sturdy grey structure actually sits IN the Mighty Mississippi. I walked across an anchor barge that doubles as a pedestrian bridge to enter the office and passed by the <u><a href="http://www.ingrambarge.com/default.aspx?v=barge/resources/boatdetails&amp;abrv=RCM ">R. Clayton McWhorter</a></u>, a 45-foot tall, 140-foot long towboat with four decks.</p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 21:15:24 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 24651 at http://kbia.org Barging in on a global story South American farmers may benefit from US drought http://kbia.org/post/south-american-farmers-may-benefit-us-drought <p></p><p style="line-height: 19px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; font-family: Verdana; padding: 5px 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); ">Corn prices hit record highs this past August when they soared to over $8 a bushel, in large part because the drought hammering U.S. farms decimated corn stocks. Such prices were a windfall for Midwest farmers who actually&nbsp;<em style="padding: 0px 3px 0px 0px; ">had</em>&nbsp;corn to sell. But could high corn prices hurt farmers if they drive buyers looking for cheaper grain and feed to South American farms?</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 18:27:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 24072 at http://kbia.org South American farmers may benefit from US drought Should dairy farmers cut cow tails? http://kbia.org/post/should-dairy-farmers-cut-cow-tails <p>To dock or not to dock? That is the question.</p><p>Well, that’s the question some Midwest dairy farmers are debating now that the <a href="http://nmpf.org/about-nmpf">National Milk Producers Federation</a> has taken a stand against the widespread practice of cutting off cow tails -- or tail docking. It started decades ago as a method to stop the spread of disease because the tails often becomes slimed with manure. Recent studies suggest the practice isn't necessarily effective, but many dairy farmers still employ the technique to avoid a face full of slimy cow tail.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 19:07:28 +0000 Kristofor Husted 21826 at http://kbia.org Should dairy farmers cut cow tails? Crop, livestock price increases drive up rent costs http://kbia.org/post/crop-livestock-price-increases-drive-rent-costs <p>It cost more to rent an acre of cropland or pasture land in 2012, according to new figures from the USDA.</p><p>The average cost to rent an acre of cropland in Missouri went up by 4 percent. Pastureland increased by 10 percent.</p><p>Ron Plain is an agricultural economics professor at the University of Missouri. He says rental rates and a land’s market value are both tied to the value of what is being produced on that land.</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:02:35 +0000 Jacob McCleland 21735 at http://kbia.org Crop, livestock price increases drive up rent costs Higher percentage: ethanol in gas, hogs sent to market http://kbia.org/post/higher-percentage-ethanol-gas-hogs-sent-market <p>There’s a new kind of gas on the market, with more ethanol in it than the gas we usually put in our cars. That’s beneficial for corn farmers who grow the corn that ethanol is made from and want more of it in your gas. But while the ethanol industry fought for years to bring this fuel to the market, now that they’ve won… good luck finding it. Even in Corn Country, pickings are slim.<br> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 21:44:55 +0000 Kristofor Husted 21453 at http://kbia.org Higher percentage: ethanol in gas, hogs sent to market Low feed means more hogs sent to market http://kbia.org/post/low-feed-means-more-hogs-sent-market <p>The gravel road leading to Harrison Creek Farms is sandwiched between one field of withering corn, and one field of stunted soybeans. The drought has hurt farmers like Kenny Brinker who owns Brinker Farms and Harrison Creek Farms in Auxvasse, Mo.<br><br> “The hog farm we have here in Callaway County is what you call your standard feral to finish operation," he says. "We own the hogs ourselves."<br> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 21:31:46 +0000 Alexandra Olgin 21447 at http://kbia.org Low feed means more hogs sent to market Gas with more ethanol available at some pumps http://kbia.org/post/gas-more-ethanol-available-some-pumps <p>Head to your local filling station and you might see a new blend of gas at the pump. After a three-year regulatory process, the Environmental Protection Agency approved E15 – gas made with 15 percent ethanol – this summer.</p><p>Most gas we pump is already blended with ethanol, sometimes it contains as much as 10 percent, but the ethanol industry fought hard to bring E15 to the market. For ethanol backers and the farmers who feed the ethanol industry, getting drivers to pump gas with 50 percent more ethanol is a big win.</p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 21:02:30 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 21446 at http://kbia.org Gas with more ethanol available at some pumps Help us map out the drought in the Midwest http://kbia.org/post/help-us-map-out-drought-midwest <p>Parts of the Midwest got a reprieve from the drought this week, according to the<u><a href="http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/monitor.html"> latest US Drought Monitor report</a></u> released on Thursday. The report found that last weekend’s cold front brought up to five inches of rain to southeastern Missouri, eastern Illinois and central Indiana.</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 18:29:32 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 21117 at http://kbia.org Help us map out the drought in the Midwest 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 Drought takes toll on building foundations http://kbia.org/post/drought-takes-toll-building-foundations <p>This year’s drought is beginning to take a toll on building’s foundations. Heather Bain’s home in Moberly has been affected by the drought. Her home is in need of foundation repairs. After the lack of rain the clay is shrinking leaving her dry wall cracking, her doors sticking and the trim no longer meets the floor.</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 13:57:47 +0000 Karline Swan 20922 at http://kbia.org Drought takes toll on building foundations