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New Interactive Maps Of Global Cropland

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released a worldwide map that details croplands in high resolution in an ongoing effort to monitor croplands and water use. The interactive maps are part of the Global Food Security-Support Analysis Data at 30 meters (GFSAD30), a NASA-funded project to provide high resolution global cropland data and their water use that contributes towards global food security in the 21st Century. The map establishes that there are 1.87 billion hectares (4.62 billion acres) of croplands in...

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New Dairy Processor Helps Michigan Reduce Surplus

Foremost Farms USA plans to build a new dairy processing facility in Greenville, Michigan. It was announced on Nov. 9 that Foremost Farms had purchased a 96 acre plot of land in Western Michigan. Foremost Farms plans to build a plant that would process up to six million lb. of milk daily. It is planned for the plant in Greenville to process milk solids. The plant is slated to be operational in the next 12 to 14 months. Foremost Farms' President and...

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University of Illinois: Soybeans With Fewer Leaves Yield More

Researchers at the University of Illinois have discovered soybeans produce more leaves than needed, which is detrimental to yield. The group says this problem will only get worse with rising atmospheric carbon dioxide. To test this theory, researchers removed about one third of emerging leaves on soybeans to discover an 8% seed yield increase. The group attributes this increase to better photosynthesis, decreased respiration and diversion of resources that would have been invested in leaves rather than seeds. "Reduction in the...

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Better Than Anticipated Cow-Calf Returns in 2017

Cattle prices during the fourth quarter of 2017 were significantly stronger than expected. Higher prices caused 2017's calculated cow-calf return over cash costs plus pasture rent to be revised up. In fact, earlier in 2017, the forecast was for returns to be negative, but they actually will be positive. Since the mid-1970's, the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC) has estimated annual cow-calf returns based on a typical commercial full-time spring calving and fall weaning operation. Those estimates are not survey-based...

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EPA Air Emissions Reporting Looms

Barring a delay from a federal court, between 60,000 and 100,000 livestock and poultry operations will be mandated to file a report regarding on-farm air emissions beginning Wednesday, Nov. 15. The reporting is mandatory for farms that exceed the reporting threshold of 100 pounds total of either ammonia or hydrogen sulfide in any 24-hour period at least once annually. On Oct. 27, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued preliminary guidance documents that outlined reporting obligations for livestock operators under the...

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