Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, says he will “do everything I can” to get a farm bill done by late September. “But the magnitude of changes,” he says, “dramatically alters the situation.”...More
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he is praying for rain and warns current drought conditions across the United States “are the worst they have been since 1988,” a development he says will eventually raise food prices and threaten to force producers out of business. Speaking at the White House following a briefing on the drought to President Barrack Obama on Thursday, Vilsack addressed reporters and said while crop insurance will aid farmers in staving off the economic losses brought on by the drought, cattle producers will be hit the hardest....More
A corn crop keeps records, says Collin County, Texas, farmer Butch Aycock, “and when you make a mistake it puts down a little black mark. You have to keep enough nitrogen on. You have to get enough water. If you don’t, the crop jots down a black mark and will show you later everything you did wrong.
“Corn is an unforgiving crop.”
One of the earliest memories of many of today’s older generation of farmers is the Farmall B tractor. A few years ago, Case IH brought back the Farmall brand for its small utility tractors and is now expanding into a mid-size line. The company’s Tim Mills talked about the new product line in this interview at a trade show earlier this year....More
Delta County, Texas, farmer Jim Landers says soil moisture on his Northeast Texas cropland “is good all the way through the profile. Cotton looks pretty good. Some fields that were planted earlier than mine are a little ahead of me, but I can’t complain.”