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Anticipating the Size of the 2012 Corn and Soybean Crops

Posted by Paul Mariman -

Anticipating the Size of the 2012 Corn and Soybean Crops The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the USDA will release the first yield and production forecasts for the 2012 U.S. corn and soybean crops on August 10. The first forecasts of the season are always highly anticipated, but none more than this year as widespread drought conditions have resulted i...

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The 2012 Drought and Income Tax Deferral of Crop Insurance and/or Disaster Payments

Posted by Paul Mariman -

The 2012 Drought and Income Tax Deferral of Crop Insurance and/or Disaster Payments Overview The drought in significant parts of the corn-belt during the summer of 2012 has raised familiar questions about deferability of crop insurance proceeds. The issue is especially important for those farmers that have a history of reporting crop income in t...

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Keeping Pastured Horses Safe during Drought

Posted by Myla Munro Ringler -

by: Kristen M. Janicki, MS, PAS Much of the country is experiencing drier than normal conditions this summer and, thus, some horses living on pasture might soon have limited forage choices. Owners must take care to ensure pastures do not contain certain plant and weed species capable of producing toxins during stre...

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Pork Industry Faces Financial Disaster?

Posted by Paul Mariman -

Pork Industry Faces Financial Disaster? by Chris Hurt Drought and the impact on feed prices may be on the verge of creating a financial disaster for the pork industry and other livestock species. The crop stress which began in Indiana and Illinois is now spreading further to the west. Most of the media attention has been focused on crop producers who face large...

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