The International Quarter Scale Tractor Student Design Competition took place recently in Peoria, Ill. The four-day event is where agricultural engineer students from across the country show off their skills, designing and building small-scale tractors with real-world power and providing student with real-world experience. The students hook the small tractors up for a pull contest, too.
Southern winter wheat production in 2014 is expected to be less than in 2013. Southeast wheat farmers report good yields but regional average yields expected to be less than in 2013, according to the latest National Agricultural Statistics Service field office reports.
The U.S. peanut market has been since the end of the quota system on a boom-bust cycle, leaving farmers in a state of oversupply and suppressed prices or responding too much in acreage following a high-price season.
Total U.S. peanut acreage will be up 29 percent in 2014. Total upland cotton acres will increase 7 percent compared to last year but down in some Southern states. U.S. soybean acres set to set record and higher in Southeast, too, with wheat acres down, according to USDA Prospective Plantings report issued March 31.