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Will China Meet USDA’s Lofty Ag Import Goals in 2021?

U.S. agricultural exports in 2021 are forecast to reach $157 billion, driven by record shipments to China that are expected to hit $31.5 billion. The estimate for the fiscal year ending September 30 would mark a new record for U.S. ag shipments and is +$5 billion higher than USDA's November forecast. USDA says the hike was largely due to higher ...
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Number of U.S. Farms Continue to Decline

The number of farms in the United States in 2020 was estimated at 2,019,000, a decline of -4,000 from 2019. That compares to a decline of -5,800 the year before that and -12,800 the year before that. So the good news is this was the smallest decline in total U.S. farms since 2010 when the number actually climbed by about ...
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Uncle Jimmy and the Treasure He Left Behind

James Micioni was an avid collector of baseball cards and memorabilia. He never married, never had kids lived a modest life as a factory worker and high school janitor. He loved sports, he loved baseball, and particularly loved his New York Yankees. He also loved his seven nephews and nieces, who always knew he was somewhat of a sports collector ...
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Could La Niña Trigger Severe Weather this Spring?

Many farmers around the country are still cleaning up the mess that winter recently doled out, but attentions are already turning to what spring weather might have in store. Winter doesn't officially end until the Spring equinox on March 20 but there are several items on the wish list already, as well as worries that some of the severe weather ...
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Saving Farms Money by Using Automated Sustainable Practice Verification and Improving Operational Efficiency

Every input on the farm that goes into the process of growing and harvesting crops is considered a sunk cost. That’s why "operational efficiency" is so important to most farmers’ bottom lines. A company called FluroSat is working to help farmers cut costs by up to -30% by using data to optimize everything from irrigation to harvesting, while also being ...
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Rantizo Brings “Spraying Drone Swarm” to Fields Near You

Farmers that have embraced drones in their agricultural operations tend to use them for crop monitoring purposes but Iowa-based ag startup Rantizo thinks drones can do much more to help lessen the workload for farmers. The company utilizes autonomous sprayer drones for precise input application. Last summer, Rantizo became the first in the U.S. to receive FAA approval for nationwide ...
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INTERESTING… NEW BioRefining Turning Grass into Feed

New Danish research and innovation have now cracked the code on how you can extract protein from grass in an effective way. The process is called biorefining, which covers a wide array of methods that can refine or improve the value of nature’s most basic resources. The perspectives are far-reaching. The company is called "BioRefine Denmark". Keep in mind, fresh ...
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There is So Much More We Need to Learn About “Light”

GROW is a short 2-minute video inspired by scientific light recipes which improve plants’ growth and resilience. The light is somewhat poetic, and inspired by photobiology light science technologies which have shown that certain recipes of blue, red, and ultraviolet light can enhance plant growth and reduce the use of pesticides by up to 50%.GROW is part of the artist-in-residence ...
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Australian Wheat Exports are Back in a Big Way

Australia is on track to produce its second-largest wheat crop in history with exports that are expected to match. USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service's post in Canberra recently forecast Australia's wheat production at 31 million metric tons (MMT) for the 2020/21 marketing year, more than double last year's drought-afflicted output of just over 15 MMT and 1 million higher than the ...
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Can Microbes Help to Boost Soil Carbon?

One of the key challenges in soil carbon management is finding ways to sequester carbon -- that is, capture and store atmospheric carbon dioxide -- in soil so that it can be used by plants and other organisms. The primary way that carbon is stored in the ground is as soil organic matter, effectively limiting the amount of carbon that ...
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