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Cow-Calf Producers Face Drought Issues

26 May 2022
OMAHA (DTN) -- For cow-calf operations, drought can affect forage production yield. It can also severely affect animal performance and health. However, there are some ways to stretch forage during times of drought. Cattle owners can reduce stocking rates, alter grazing practices and wean calves early. DROUGHT LIMITS FORAGE During a recent Kansas St...

Soil Problems Plague Farmers

26 May 2022
ROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) -- Row crop farmers are worried about their soil resources, according to a new study from USDA's Economic Resource Service (ERS). Farmers of cotton, wheat, oats and soybeans reported having at least one "soil resource concern" on 49% of their fields in the study, which analyzed farmer-reported data on soil and water problems fr...

USDA Takes on Meat, Poultry Competition

26 May 2022
OMAHA (DTN) -- USDA on Thursday will announce $200 million to expand meatpacking capacity through a new loan program, along with releasing a new proposed rule to protect contract poultry growers and invest in ways to increase training programs for workers in meat and poultry processing. Citing the Biden administration's efforts to promote competiti...

DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

26 May 2022
OMAHA (DTN) -- For the first time in several months, retail fertilizer prices were mixed, according to prices tracked by DTN for the third week of May 2022. A few were slightly higher, a few were slightly lower and one fertilizer was unchanged in price compared to last month. Four fertilizers' prices were higher compared to last month, but none wer...

Illinois Wheat Estimated at 68.56 bpa

25 May 2022
ANKENY, Iowa (DTN) -- Scouts on the Southern Illinois Wheat Tour on May 24 estimated the state's soft red winter wheat (SRW) will average 68.56 bushels per acre (bpa). Farmers and wheat industry officials assessed fields and production potential and crop quality. Most of the SRW wheat in Illinois is grown in the southern third of the state. All the...
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