• Grocery Stores Slowly Catching Up With Demand


    The retail grocers who sell finished agricultural products like beef and eggs to consumers have had a rough time during COVID-19. Greg Ferrara is the President and CEO of the National Grocers Association, and he says their stores saw unprecedented demand levels ramping up in March that were very hard to keep up with. While […]
  • Update on Wheat Harvest and Double Crop Soybeans


    The Indiana wheat harvest is nearing completion; and, right behind the combine, are planters for double crop soybeans. Wheat yield numbers in Southern Indiana are proving to be highly variable. Agronomist Brian Bush says the early May freeze has resulted in big yield cuts in some areas. “I have some growers reporting 40 bpa yields, […]
  • USDA Accepts Over One Million Acres in CRP Grasslands


    The USDA’s Farm Service Agency says it’s accepted more than 1.2 million acres in the Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands during the recent signup. The number of acres offered during signup was 1.9 million, more than three times the number offered during the last signup period in 2016. Through CRP Grasslands, farmers and ranchers can protect […]
  • July Supply And Demand Estimates: World Corn, Soybean Stocks Fall


    The July World Ag Supply and Demand Estimates Report is calling for sharply lower supplies in corn, along with reduced feed and residual use, increased food, seed, and industrial use, as well as lower ending stocks. Corn production is lowered 995 million bushels from June, coming in at 15 billion bushels on a yield of […]
  • Indiana Corn Crop Getting Challenged This Year


    The new Purdue Crop Chat podcast is now live on the HAT website and it offers insights into Indiana’s variable corn crop. Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen says the variability is not just related to planting dates and conditions, but where rains have and haven’t hit the ground in the state. “Just in the last […]
  • Indiana Soybeans Ahead of Schedule Developmentally


    Purdue Extension Soybean Specialist Dr. Shaun Casteel says soybeans are about a week ahead of schedule developmentally. “We had over half our crop planted by about May 15, which normally it’s the 21st or 22nd, so about a week ahead of the pace there. We had some folks get in in April and some that […]
  • Additional Commodities Eligible for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program


    On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced an initial list of additional commodities that have been added to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), and that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) made other adjustments to the program based on comments received from agricultural producers and organizations and review of market data. Producers […]
  • Purdue Crop Chat Episode 6, Corn and Soybean Development With a Hot, Dry Forecast


    On the latest Purdue Crop Chat podcast, Purdue Extension corn specialist Dr. Bob Nielsen and soybean specialist Dr. Shaun Casteel discuss how crops are developing across the state, this hot, dry forecast, and how they’re using drones to scout fields. Tune in to the Purdue Crop Chat podcast by clicking the play button below!
  • Crops Under Stress as Pollination Begins


    Crops Under Stress as Pollination Begins A hot, dry July is not what Indiana crops need as pollination begins. Crops went in early; and, for the most part, stands look good. As we enter the critical time of pollination, above normal heat and below normal rainfall are robbing yields. According to Pioneer agronomist Brian Bush, […]
  • USDA Announces Initial Purchase of Vaccine for National Animal Vaccine Bank


    The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing the initial purchase of vaccine for the National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank (NAVVCB). APHIS will invest $27.1 million in foot-and-mouth disease vaccine, which the Agency would use in the event of an outbreak to protect animals and […]