WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is pleased with the farm bill conservation title that the agriculture committees sent to the supercommittee in charge of deficit reduction and is unlikely to take a position on whether conservation compliance should be tied to crop insurance, a key U.S. Department of Agriculture official said Feb. 28.
COGSWELL, N.D. — Some farmers in southeast North Dakota were shocked in 2009 when Rural Community Insurance Services hit them with a surprise — denying prevent-plant insurance indemnities on some of their acres.
The corn market lost 5 cents in March and 15 cents in December last week. Corn continued to trade in its sideways pattern. The market found support from fresh export sales along with tight ending stocks, while the new crop market is finding pressure from larger acreage and yield estimates.
FARGO, N.D. — Bart Schott planted his first corn crop in 1977. Since then, the North Dakota farmer and corn industry leader has watched the crop’s popularity explode across the state. Enthusiasm for the crop in North Dakota and elsewhere on the Northern Plains is particularly strong this spring.
FARGO, N.D. — Steve and Scott O’Neill don’t promise area corn farmers quick or easy answers. But producers who “push the boundaries of production and challenge their mindsets” will be rewarded with much-higher yields than their less-flexible neighbors, Steve O’Neill said.
WASHINGTON — Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., is preparing to introduce a farm bill commodity title that would guarantee farmers 90 percent of crop revenue on their individual operations, a top aide says.
The 2009 “battle for acres” may become more of a balancing act than a battle. On March 31, the USDA will release the first survey-based estimate of 2009 planting intentions. In the past several years, this report has signaled the start of a competition for acres, which leads to a strong price rally through spring planting.
Frayne Olson, Crops Marketing Economist, NDSU Extension
March 14, 2009
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