Soggy Weather Delays Crop Planting

May 7, 2013
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This spring’s wet weather has prevented many farmers from getting into the fields.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported earlier this week that just 7% of the Illinois corn crop has been planted.

In Missouri it’s 22% which is still far below the average.

National Corn Growers Association vice president Paul Bertels says before long the delay will affect farmers’ bottom lines.

“Typically in this area what we say is every day after about May 15 that you delay planting you lose about a bushel per day,” Bertels said.

Aberrant Weather Affects Crops

Apr 24, 2013
This year, Missouri has reported a 28% decrease in corn crop yields due to the devastating summer drought.
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The weather this year isn’t as beneficial to crops as many farmers would like, but it’s far better than last year’s drought. Though the cold weather is delaying planting, farmers are looking at an excellent year if the weather clears up.

Corn is looking to be the worst affected because the planting window is rapidly closing. If the cool weather continues, many farmers will have to consider planting other crops, such as soybeans. 

Dr. Michael Aide, Chair of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University, says the influx of moisture is a boon if it gets warmer.

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Case Between Monsanto And Indiana Farmer

Feb 20, 2013
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The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday in a legal battle between St. Louis-based Monsanto and a 75-year-old Indiana farmer.

The case revolves around whether Vernon Hugh Bowman violated Monsanto's patent rights when he bought and planted second-generation soybean seeds.

The seeds were intended as animal feed, not to be planted. Most of them still contained Monsanto's genetically-engineered traits.

The high court justices strongly questioned Bowman's argument that patent rights end once seeds are sold and replanted.

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The price of beef and pork will continue to climb this year, according to an agricultural economist at the University of Missouri.

Ron Plain says the supply of meat being produced in the United States is down due to the drought and high feed costs.

“That’s meant record costs of production on the farm for raising livestock and a lot of red ink and producers have responded by downsizing their herd somewhat and that means less meat,” Plain said.

The USDA predicts there will be 1.3% less red meat and poultry produced this year as compared to last year.

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Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, is muscling in on one of the fastest growing segments of American agriculture: local food.