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California Drought Spreads
A third of California is now in the worst state of drought classified by the U.S. Drought Monitor, with the “exceptional drought” designation expanding to 33 percent late last week from the 25 percent recorded one week earlier.
Federal officials say the upsurge is attributable to not only a lack of rain, but also additional data that gives them a better understanding of the impact of three years of well-below-normal precipitation. Read More…
Study Attacking GMOs Retracted Last Year Is Republished
It’s back. A controversial study purporting to show that genetically modified food causes health problems was republished this week in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe (DOI: 10.1186/s12302-014-0014-5). It was retracted last year by Food and Chemical Toxicology, which published it in 2012.
The research by Gilles-Eric Séralini of the University of Caen in France, claims that rats fed the modified maize suffered kidney, liver and pituitary problems. But the original was slated by toxicologists for its poor use of statistics, and the republished study has received just as much criticism. Read More…
Farmers Playing Wait and See After Rain
Excess rain is starting to leave its mark on Iowa crops, although corn and soybeans continue to rate highly, according to state agriculture officials.
“Parts of the state, especially Northwest Iowa, are dealing with excess water resulting in pockets of damage from recent severe weather,” Iowa Agriculture Bill Northey said in his weekly crop assessment. Read More…
Cattle Contracts Close At Historic Highs
Cattle buyers may be short bought, but they are slow in showing bids, except for a few in Nebraska at 238.00. DTN says their guess is live sales will eventually be 1.00 to 2.00 higher, but significant business may not develop until sometime on Friday.
Asking prices are around 153.00 plus in the South and 242.00 plus in the North. The kill was estimated at 117,000 head, 1,000 less than last week, and 8,000 more than last year.
Boxed beef cutout values were firm on choice and weak on select on light to moderate demand and offerings. Choice beef was up .49 at 245.01, and select was down .61 at 237.56. Read More…
Rootless Corn Can Recover
Rootless or “floppy” corn might look questionable, but under the right conditions, it can recover.
Corn crops that are leaning or lodged might be impacted by rootless corn syndrome, said Peter Thomison, an Ohio State University Extension agronomist. OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of the university’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Read More…