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Wheat prices are estimated at $5.30 a bushel, down 22% from last year. Corn prices could fall to $3.90 a bushel, down 60¢ a bushel, and soybeans are forecast at $9.65 a bushel.
Ohio ranked No. 7 for number of farms (though its farm number fell and its farmland acreage rose) and No. 10 for crop sales. Ohio did not rank in either Top 10 list in the 2007 census. A final census report is due in May.
The Agriculture Department is suffering from a shortage of inspectors at some of the nation’s meat and poultry plants, a top inspectors’ union official and a food safety group said this week, raising the possibility that contaminated products could reach consumers.
Farmers call them "flying rats" or "deer with wings." They gather by the tens of thousands every year about this time to graze on sprouting winter wheat, rye, alfalfa, and barley. They're voracious, persistent, and dirty, leaving behind a trail of droppings.
Opponents of a proposed ban on crops in Jackson County using genetically modified organisms have been raising money from farm bureaus and other agricultural interests from around the country.
At 959 pages, the "Agriculture Act of 2014" is hardly a quick read. But it includes a new feature, Agriculture Risk Coverage, that could provide corn and soybean farmers with an important cushion for at least the next two years.
The number of very small and very large farms both dropped, while the number of farms between 50 and 500 acres grew.
Of the estimated 11.7 million people without legal residency status, about 100,000 call Ohio home — nearly double the 55,000 reported in 2000, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.
According to Dee Jepsen, a state safety leader for the Ohio State University Extension, an average of 26 Ohio farm workers lose their lives to production agriculture every year. During the past 10 years, three Ohio deaths were the result of engulfment in grain bins.
There are four primary factors affecting profitability: crop price, production costs, yield level and crop quality (as it affects price). But which of these factors does the grower have significant control over?