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Prevented planting acreage tops 19 million nationwide

August 12, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

WASHINGTON D.C. – Agricultural producers reported they were not able to plant crops on more than 19.4 million acres in 2019, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This marks the [Read More…]

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Western Illinois Threshers underway this weekend

August 3, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY ETHAN LILLARDPCC STAFF HAMILTON – Getting stuck behind a tractor is a regular occurrence around the farming areas in the tri-states. This week and possibly over the weekend, some may find themselves stuck behind [Read More…]

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Dairy producers get second payment under margin coverage program

April 18, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Enrollment Expected to Begin this June WASHINGTON D.C. — USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the February 2019 income over feed cost margin was $8.22 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the second payment [Read More…]

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FSA programs ready for producer losses

March 22, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

DES MOINES – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Risk Management Agency (RMA) offer programs that help producers recover losses, rehabilitating farms and ranches, and managing risk. Recovering Losses FSA [Read More…]

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USDA unveils new Dairy Margin Coverage program

March 7, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the January 2019 income over feed cost margin was $7.99 per hundredweight, triggering the first payment for eligible dairy producers [Read More…]

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Grassley talks agriculture, business, and guns at town hall

February 23, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG PCC EDITOR PILOT GROVE – As part of his annual 99-county tour, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) stopped in Pilot Grove at Steffesmeier Welding & Manufacturing Thursday afternoon to meet with about [Read More…]

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December weather and drought outlook updates

November 16, 2017 Lee Vandenberg 0

BY JOHN FELDT BLUE WATER OUTLOOK – December Temperature and Precipitation Outlook – Seasonal Drought Outlook NOAA’s December temperature and precipitation outlook has just been issued. This outlook calls for equal chances for either above [Read More…]

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Chances for a white Thanksgiving

November 14, 2017 Lee Vandenberg 0

BY JOHN FELDT BLUE WATER OUTLOOK Unusually High North American Snow Cover A Cold Late Fall / Early Winter? The Accumulated Winter Season Severity Index (below) is indicting an “extreme” or “severe” start to the [Read More…]

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Continued dry weather ahead most areas

September 25, 2017 Lee Vandenberg 0

BY JOHN FELDT BLUE WATER OUTLOOK While parts of the western corn belt, especially parts of Kansas could receive substantial rainfall, and Oklahoma and Texas will receive excessive amounts, the central and eastern corn belt [Read More…]

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October, seasonal temp, precipitation outlooks

September 21, 2017 Lee Vandenberg 0

BY JOHN FELDT BLUE WATER OUTLOOK October and Seasonal (Oct-Nov-Dec) Outlooks October Outlook October Temperature Outlook October Precipitation Outlook Seasonal Outlooks Science Behind This (Seasonal) Outlook: NOAA forecasts are generally transitioning from an ENSO (La [Read More…]

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La niña watched issued: A La Niña winter?

September 14, 2017 Lee Vandenberg 0

BY JOHN FELDT BLUE WATER OUTLOOK La Niña Watch Issued Assuming this La Nina does develop and continue into the winter, this could result in colder-than-normal temperatures and more snow than usual for a majority [Read More…]

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Summer 2017: How extreme was it

September 11, 2017 Lee Vandenberg 0

BY JOHN FELDT BLUE WATER OUTLOOK The following statics provide some insight into how extreme (or not) the past summer was for the U.S. corn belt. For the entire corn belt both temperature and rainfall [Read More…]

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Tracking Hurricane Irma – Interactive Informational Map

September 4, 2017 Lee Vandenberg 0

Blue Weather Outlook has posted a tracking map for Hurricane Irma & will be modifying/adjusting information as the storm moves west/northwest over the next week. You can find the map here. (http://arcg.is/WPLqn) Hurricane Irma Interactive [Read More…]

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