A few years ago, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Akron, Colorado began noticing a pattern to their wheat harvests: yields were higher in low-lying areas.
That by itself was no surprise. Soils at low-lying spots in a field capture run-off from higher spots, often have more organic matter and are better at holding water, which is critical in the soils of eastern Colorado, where water is scarce, and crops are strictly rain-fed.
Trade, to put it lightly, is a pretty big deal in the Evergreen state.
More than 300 crops are grown here, worth $10.6 billion in 2017. The processed foods sector, in 2016, generated more than $20 billion in revenues, and the value of food and ag products that were exported overseas in 2017 was approximately $6.7 billion.
The current trade environment puts all of that on uncertain ground.
Farmers now have a low-cost option for insuring small parcels of land in one county by combining them into a single enterprise unit with land in a neighboring county under their crop insurance.
(Patch.com) DIABLO, WA — If you take a look at U.S. Department of Agriculture drought map of Washington released on Thursday, things look a little backward.
A huge piece of Southeast Washington's high desert from Walla Walla northwest to Ellensburg is whited-out on the map, indicating low drought conditions. But look west to the usually damp forests of Western Washington, things are considerably drier.
(NY Times) Last year, after an economist with the division presented research that contradicted the Trump administration’s views about the president’s signature tax cuts, the Agriculture Department put into effect new rules about submitting work to peer-reviewed journals. Now, Sonny Perdue, the agriculture secretary, is planning to move the roughly 300-person research unit, along with another division, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, out of Washington and closer to America’s farmers.
(Environmental Leader) Molson Coors Brewing Company is preparing for the possibility of a decline in barley yields in coming years by helping barley growers adopt more sustainable practices. The company is installing weather stations and soil moisture probes across barley farms in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado as part of its efforts to help farmers future-proof their businesses and ensure its own future supply of the necessary grain.
(Reuters) CHICAGO, May 31 (Reuters) - U.S. wheat futures fell on Friday on a round of technical selling and worries about trade with Mexico, the top importer of U.S. supplies, traders said. * The benchmark Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) soft red winter wheat contract turned lower after failing to take out the 3-1/2-month high of $5.21-1/4 it hit on Wednesday. *
(Tampa Bay Times) Port Tampa Bay officials will decide next week whether or not it will grant a permit to North American flour producer Ardent Mills to construct a $62 million flour mill and grain storage terminal at the site, coverage by the Tampa Bay Times said Thursday.
(Drovers) The total number of farms in the United States declined 3% from 2012 to 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2017 Census of Agriculture released Thursday, April 11. Since the 1997 Census of Agriculture, the number of farms in the U.S. has declined 7.8%.
(Columbus Business Journal) While Middle West sources corn, wheat, glass and barrels in Ohio, like many makers of beer or liquors, the distillery's barley comes from outside the region, sometimes as far away as the United Kingdom.
Lang's been working on an answer to that sourcing problem for nearly a decade, about as long as he's been building Middle West Spirits.