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USDA expects record soybean crop, third-largest corn crop


With most of this year’s corn and soybeans harvested, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is boosting its expectations for the size of the crops. An update Tuesday says farmers are expected to produce a record soybean crop totaling 3.98 billion bushels, up 1 percent from last year. That’s based on 95 percent of the crop harvested. Illinois looks to remain ...

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Farmers holding onto grain, hoping for a break in the market

By JACK WEATHERLY  Mississippi farmers are holding large amounts of grain, primarily corn and soybeans, on their property, waiting for the best time to sell it. But they are holding out for hope in a market oversupplied and underpriced. Plus, if too many dump it at the same time, that would drive prices down further, said John Michael Riley, agricultural economist ...

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Farmers ante up and place bets in risky year

By JACK WEATHERLY  Mississippi farmers have doubled down on soybeans as a way to remain a player in the high-risk poker game that has seen winnings from past years dwindle. Farmers say they will plant 2.3 million acres of the beans this year, up 4 percent from 2013, the most land devoted to that crop since 1988, according to the ...

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Tight margins on crops force hard choices for Mississippi farmers

By JACK WEATHERLY  Last year, Mississippi farmers had a bumper harvest, but that was not necessarily a cause for celebration. Production is one thing, price is another. Because of a pattern of high productivity in the past couple of years, the market has reacted with lower prices, according to John Michael Riley, an agricultural economist at Mississippi State University. Farmers are ...

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Record soybean yield is valued at $1.17 billion

A potentially record-setting production year made soybeans a billion dollar crop and Mississippi’s third-largest agricultural commodity in 2014. Trent Irby, soybean specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said soybeans are expected to yield a record average of 52 bushels an acre.  “Overall, we had a really good year for soybean production,” Irby said. “Planting season was delayed with ...

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State officials expect less wheat acreage to be planted

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Excellent summer crop harvests in recent years is partly responsible for a significant decrease in the amount of wheat being planted in the state this fall. Official estimates are not yet available, but Erick Larson, grain crops agronomist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said he expects state farmers to plant less than 150,000 acres of ...

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October storm has little impact on state's agriculture industry

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The major storm that passed through the state Oct. 13 brought a lot of wind and rain but caused little damage to the state’s row crops, because most of them were already harvested. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture figures released Oct. 12, harvest was 87 percent complete for rice, 74 percent complete for soybeans, 98 percent ...

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Despite weather, soybean growers anticipate record yield

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s soybean growers are on track to harvest a record yield this year despite the cool, wet weather that kept most producers behind schedule by two to three weeks. Trent Irby, Mississippi State University Extension Service soybean specialist, said growers are optimistic about potential yield this season. The state’s average yield is currently projected to be ...

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Farmers expected to plant more cotton and beans, less corn

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI  — With corn prices down, Mississippi farmers are likely to plant more cotton than 2013’s record low acreage. But soybeans are still king, with almost as many acres expected to be planted than all other crops combined. Those are the findings of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s survey of what the state’s farmers plan to plant this year. ...

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