Southwest Farm Press en Mars pledges to use only high oleic peanuts by 2017 <div class="node-body article-body">High oleic peanuts, she explains, are much less likely to break down and go rancid.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Peanuts Peanuts Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:55:00 +0000 100201 at <p>Anne-Marie DeLorenzo, Mars strategic sourcing manager, nuts, left, and Alissa Marturano, who advises on&nbsp;millennial matters, discussed new marketing strategies at the recent Southern Peanut Growers Conference in Destin, Fla.</p> Syngenta confident deal with ChemChina will close by end of year <div class="field-byline"> Andrew Noël, Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Syngenta AG, which has agreed to be taken over by China National Chemical Corp. for $43 billion, said talks with regulatory authorities to win approval for the deal have been constructive and the Swiss company is confident the transaction can be closed on time.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellaneous Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:43:00 +0000 100191 at <p>Syngenta says merger talks with regulatory authorities are going well and transaction will be completed by year end.</p> Photo: midscanner/Thinkstock Hot, dry, high winds taking toll on Texas cropland; Southwest Oklahoma gets beneficial rain <div class="node-body article-body">Recent reports from several news sources across Texas and Oklahoma indicate how cropland is faring as the season moves into what folks used to call “lay-by time.”</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Cotton Grain Sorghum Rice Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:04:00 +0000 100181 at <p>The white flower on a cotton plant is an important factor to watch as the growing season progresses.</p> Low wheat prices need to hang around <div class="node-body article-body">Wheat prices will not increase until world production declines.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wheat Wheat Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:25:00 +0000 100171 at <p>Wheat acreage must decrease before prices will improve.</p> Dow-DuPont shareholders approve $59 billion merger of equals <div class="field-byline"> Jack Kaskey, Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Shareholders of Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. approved the companies’ historic merger, clearing a hurdle for the deal to close this year and for a later split into three entities.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellaneous Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:46:00 +0000 100161 at <p>Shareholders of Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. approved the companies&rsquo; merger, clearing a hurdle for the deal to close this year and for a later split into three entities.</p> Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images Kansas Republican incumbent who voted against farm bill faces primary challenge <div class="field-byline"> Danielle Bernstein, Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Kansas farmers are taking on some of America’s most powerful conservative interests in an attempt to oust U.S. Representative Tim Huelskamp, a Tea Party favorite kicked off the House Agriculture Committee for ideological rigidity.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000 100151 at <p>Rep. Tim Huelskamp is being challenged by Roger Marshall, who has been endorsed by the Kansas Farm Bureau.</p> Photo: wildpixel/Thinkstock USDA initiative can help lower variable crop input costs <div class="node-body article-body">Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says his agency is committed to developing programs that help rural businesses and communities, with the ultimate goal of providing better services and, if possible...lowering overall costs to farmers and other rural businesses.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Cotton Vegetables Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:37:00 +0000 100141 at <p>Saving energy is one goal a USDA program is using to decrease production cost for U.S. farmers.</p> Monsanto rejects $125 per share offer <div class="field-byline"> Simon Casey, Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Monsanto Co., the world’s largest seed company, said Bayer AG’s latest $55 billion takeover offer is "financially inadequate" and doesn’t ensure a deal would be completed.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellaneous Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:55:00 +0000 100131 at <p>Monsanto said it&#39;s open to continuing conversations with Bayer.</p> Photo: wellesenterprises/Thinkstock Investors cheer on Monsanto flip from predator to prey <div class="field-byline"> Lydia Mulvany, Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Just six months ago, Monsanto Co., the world’s largest seed company, was still painting itself as a predator, saying it would continue to seek acquisitions in crop chemicals after failing to buy Syngenta AG in August.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellaneous Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:24:00 +0000 100121 at <p>Bayer and Monsanto will likely get together, analyst says, but the closing price remains unknown.</p> Photo: Zoonar O Kovach/Thinkstock Ten ways technology will change the way retailers support farmers <div class="node-body article-body">“Phase 1 of precision agriculture is already in place; Phase 2 will be integrating data to increase yield, drive down costs, and improve sustainability.”</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Inputs Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:39:00 +0000 100111 at <p>Mike Vande Logt, left, executive vice president and chief operating officer for WinField US, chats with Ag Answer Tech Summit Showcase exhibitor&nbsp;Andy Vigna, Field View.</p> Hot, dry conditions reduce bloom period on dryland cotton <div class="node-body article-body">“I know we are not keeping up with the water demands of any crop. We need a good soaking rain event across the whole South Plains.”</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Cotton Mon, 18 Jul 2016 19:49:00 +0000 100101 at <p>Producers want cotton plants to take full advantage of the bloom period to develop harvestable bolls.</p> Monsanto's choice: Live with the dream with BASF or just cash out <div class="field-byline"> Lydia Mulvany, Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With a newly-sweetened bid in hand from Bayer AG, Monsanto Co.’s board faces a tough choice: Cash out now, or take a riskier route to the master plan it’s pursued for years.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellaneous Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:57:00 +0000 100081 at <p>Monsanto has long sought to become a one-stop shop for farmers by boosting its crop chemicals portfolio to complement its seeds business.</p> Photo: wellesenterprises/Thinkstock Supreme Court could move forward with water rights lawsuit <div class="node-body article-body">The written complaint charges New Mexico with failure to live up to the terms of a multi-state water management agreement on how to distribute and manage the waters of the Rio Grande River.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Water Shortage Irrigation Legislation Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:55:00 +0000 100091 at <p>Irrigation water is at the core of a&nbsp; Texas-New Mexico lawsuit that may be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.</p> Answer Tech Summit showcases WinField US’s commitment to ag data management <div class="node-body gallery-body">The 2016 Answer Tech Summit is the first since Land O’Lakes, Inc. (WinField US Parent Company) and United Suppliers, Inc. merged last fall, creating “a single, relevant and competitive system of independent agricultural retailers.”</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grains Grains Inputs Thu, 14 Jul 2016 22:54:00 +0000 100071 at <p>Microsoft&#39;s Grad Conn with a satellite model at the Winfield US Answer Tech Summit, BEYOND, in Dallas, Texas</p> Bayer raises bid for Monsanto to $125 per share <div class="field-byline"> Chitra Somayaji, Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Bayer AG raised its offer for Monsanto Co. after being rebuffed in its initial bid to combine operations and become the world’s biggest supplier of farm chemicals and seeds.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellaneous Thu, 14 Jul 2016 17:54:00 +0000 100061 at <p>Bayer AG raised its offer for Monsanto to $125 a share from $122 a share.</p> Obama ready to sign GMO labeling bill that consumer groups find suspect <div class="field-byline"> Alan Bjerga and Angela Greiling Keane, Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The White House plans to support legislation creating a national labeling standard for foods containing genetically modified organisms even though consumer groups criticize the bill for allowing information to live behind special codes, and for allowing an exemption for meat and eggs.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:57:00 +0000 100051 at <p>Consumer advocates say it may still be tough to tell if food contains genetically modified ingredients.</p> Photo: jupiter images/Thinkstock The future of farming is new technology <div class="node-body article-body"> and innovation is still outpacing the agricultural industry's ability to implement invention as fast as it is introduced and made available on the market.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Technology Mon, 11 Jul 2016 17:18:00 +0000 100041 at Thinkstock Photo Credit: Jevtic Feds hail new drone rules <div class="node-body article-body">... the rules have cleared the way for use of drones by farmers and ranchers and define the requirements and provisions to conduct remote sensing over farms and ranches.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Regulatory Branch Mon, 11 Jul 2016 17:07:00 +0000 100031 at <p>A fixed-wing unmanned&nbsp; aerial vehicle (UAV) makes a pass over a research plot on the Stiles Farm Foundation near Thrall, Texas, recently. A new rule regulating&nbsp; UAV use goes into effect August 29.</p> Storage bins play critical role on grain farm <div class="node-body article-body">“If we get a bump in the basis, we might sell some wheat in October or November, and look for opportunities from December into March. If it’s a short crop year, we may sell out of the field.”</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grains Wheat Corn Wheat Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:39:00 +0000 100011 at <p>Chad Wetzel, left, chats with Jim Swart, executive director, Cereal Crops Research Incorporated, about 2016 crop prospects.Wetzel said in early June that corn needed one more good rain to make a good yield. Wetzel farms with his father Bruce near Tom Bean, Texas.</p> Efficient water use is crucial for Southwest winner Rickey Bearden <div class="node-body article-body">Water is the most critical aspect of growing peanuts in Yoakum County, Texas, says Rickey Bearden.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Peanuts Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:23:00 +0000 99971 at <p>Rickey Bearden, Plains, Texas, is the 2016 Southwest Region Peanut Efficiency Award winner.</p> Farm loans still relatively cheap, but repayment more challenging <div class="node-body article-body">“Many farmers who are in precarious financial situations may face forced sales, and a depressed equipment market certainly won’t improve matters.”</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Grains Livestock Management Orchard Crops Peanuts Vegetables Wheat Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:54:00 +0000 100001 at <p><em><strong>Lenders across Mississippi reported that, on average, 61 percent of farmers had less than one year&rsquo;s operating capital available to meet financial obligations, while 39 percent had one to two years&rsquo; operating capital available.</strong></em></p> Getty Images/Chung Sung Jun NCC leaders share information on competitiveness in China visit <div class="node-body article-body">Delegation of National Cotton Council leaders visits Chinese cotton organizations to get update on current sitatuion with cotton usage, competitiveness.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Government Markets Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:46:00 +0000 99991 at <p>Members of a National Cotton Council delegation meet with local cotton farmers following a tour of cotton fields in&nbsp;Xiantao&nbsp;province in China.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Photo: National Cotton Council/Cotton Council International I am saddened beyond words over recent killings <div class="node-body blog-body">I woke up this morning to hear the horrifying news that five police officers had been killed in Dallas, Texas, while protecting a Black Lives Matter protest.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Blog Farm Press Blog Fri, 08 Jul 2016 16:49:00 +0000 99981 at Getting up to speed on the new Worker Protection Standard <div class="node-body article-body">EPA's new Worker Protection Standard rules will begin taking effect next January. Extension specialists such as Kim Pope Brown are working to help farmers prepare.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Thu, 07 Jul 2016 16:25:00 +0000 99961 at <p>Kim Pope Brown, pesticide safety education coordinator for the LSU AgCenter.</p> High Court ruling tough news for New Mexico farmers <div class="node-body article-body"> Farm and ranch supporters say decision will hurt NM agriculture industry.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Non-farm bill agriculture Vegetables Thu, 07 Jul 2016 15:20:00 +0000 99941 at <p>A recent&nbsp; New Mexico Supreme Court ruling grants workers&rsquo; compensation coverage to farm and ranch labor.</p> Water is most critical factor for West Texas peanuts <div class="node-body gallery-body">“The most important thing we have to remember is to not plant more than we have water to make,” says Southwest Region Peanut Efficiency Award winner Rickey Bearden.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Peanuts Peanuts Thu, 07 Jul 2016 15:08:00 +0000 99921 at <p>Rickey Berden, Plains, Texas</p> Marketing strategies when wheat’s at 17-year low <div class="node-body article-body">The current market supply and demand situation doesn’t support higher wheat prices. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wheat Wheat Thu, 07 Jul 2016 14:54:00 +0000 99931 at <p>Winning wheat market strategies not available.</p> Southern Peanut Growers Conference July 21-23 <div class="node-body article-body">The 18th Annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference will be July 21-23 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort at Miramar Beach, Florida. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Peanuts Wed, 06 Jul 2016 17:31:00 +0000 99911 at Vet gun offers simple option to treat cattle for horn flies <div class="node-body video-body">The Vet Gun allows operators to apply insecticide in the pasture, without bringing cattle into holding pens</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Livestock Cattle Tue, 05 Jul 2016 19:15:00 +0000 99901 at U.S. agriculture will meet the demand for more food <div class="node-body video-body">The United States will be the international leader in meeting food demands. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Grains Livestock Vegetables Tue, 05 Jul 2016 19:07:00 +0000 99891 at