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According to Purdue University Extension economist Chris Hurt, although pork consumers have paid record-high retail prices this year, they want more. The latest USDA Hogs and Pigs report suggests that pork producers will be able to get more pork to consumers and to get it to them more quickly than had been anticipated.“The rising volume of pork production over the next year will stand on three legs: lower death losses from PED, higher farrowings from producer expansion, and higher market...
Facing lower soybean cash prices this year, farmers are looking for opportunities to add to their bottom lines. Growing identity-preserved (IP) soybeans is one option for additional profit opportunities, but the costs can seem overwhelming to farmers thinking about getting started.U.S.-soy-industry-led board QUALISOY developed a calculator that can help farmers determine how much profit they can add by growing IP soybeans, including high oleic varieties.The calculator, based on a Purdue...
Skid steer loaders are synonymous with the construction industry. However their presence in the agriculture community is growing with the availability of a wide array of attachments. Operators have the design option choice of vertical or radial lift. Skid steers come in all sizes and colors. Small, compact models will be able to fit in tight places and may prove helpful in barns or stables. Where as the larger models will be able to handle more weight.
Farmers would agree that grain augers make a world of difference both during and after harvest. With options of power source, length, and diameter, as well as the option of a swing-away system and drive over hoppers there is something to fit almost every need.
The world’s commitment to sustainable agriculture has deep roots. Nearly 30 years ago, the World Commission on Environment and Development issued recommendations, titled Our Common Future, to increase worldwide food production in an economically viable way, while retaining the environmental integrity of global food systems.Sustainable ag is defined as the need to accommodate for the growing demands of global food production without compromising the earth’s finite resources on which agriculture depends. One very important trait of sustainable ag is that it encompasses a variety of social, economical and environmental factors at the same time.Agriculture can be considered sustainable when it leads to growth in five categories: