Ag Markets & More

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Ag Markets & More brings you a twice-weekly report on issues that affect agriculture and its role in shaping local, national, and global economies.

Lynn Betts / NRCS

We usually associate organic production with environmental stewardship and sustainability, but good farming practices trump organic certification when it comes to controlling weeds.  Whether farming conventionally or organically, the time to put the whoa on weeds is when you first see them.  Azure Farms, Moro, Oregon, must have missed this concept in their farm plan.

Spring Weather Slowing Cornbelt Planting

May 18, 2017
Lynn Betts / NRCS

As the storms we've seen this spring have passed through the Four Corners Region, they've moved into the Midwest and created slowdowns for farmers planting fields corn and soybeans.  Reports of flooded fields and planting slowdowns have been over reported but haven't affected futures prices as much as commodity traders initially thought it would.

Saving Money By Cutting Fertilizer Costs

May 15, 2017
Gary Kramer / NRCS

Alan Newport's article, "You Could Get Off the Fertilizer Wagon, in a recent Beef Producer post, provides some tips for cutting input costs for livestock producers, which also have applications for crop producers.  He suggests that good grazing management helps to improve soil health that in turn, allows the soil to mine nutrients for forage growth.  Key practices include keeping the soil covered, minimize soil disturbance, maintaining a diverse mix of forage plants throughout the growing season, and harves

Main Stream Ag Publications Shifting Focus

May 15, 2017
ClickArt

Mainstream agricultural publications are including more articles about small farms and alternative crops, which is a shift from what readers would see a decade ago. 

Is Urban Agriculture A Fad or A Trend?

May 9, 2017
Joe Larson / Photo courtesy of USDA NRCS

Plenty United, a two year old firm, plans to increase production of lettuce, arugula and herbs to over three million pounds annually in their 51,000 square foot converted factory building located by San Francisco Bay.  They also plan to set up growing operations near 60 cities in the U.S.

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